Primary School Applications - Sept 2022


Preschool App

We have introduced a new app service to the pre-school. This aims to make our communication with you easier, quicker and more efficient. The app, (called ‘OurSchoolsApp’) is personalised to our pre-school and will allow us to keep you updated with the latest news, calendar events, school documents and links to other school information (e.g. our website and other social media channels).

If you have a smartphone (Android or iPhone) you can download OurSchoolsApp from Google Play Android or the Apple Store for FREE.

When we update OurSchoolsApp with new information or news about the pre-school, a push notification will be sent to your device to inform you of this update.

Early Years Pupil Premium

Additional funding for your child

Your childcare provider may be able to claim an additional £302 to
spend on enriching your 3 or 4 year old’s learning.

For more information and to find out if you qualify, please click the link below:


We hope that you and your child will be happy during your time at pre-school. However, if there is any aspect you are unhappy with, in the first instance speak with your child’s key person. If your key person is unable to resolve your concerns please speak with the room manger, then the overall manager and finally the chair of the committee. If you are not happy that the setting has addressed your concern satisfactorily you can contact Ofsted on 0300 1231231.

Ofsted inspections

We can be inspected by Ofsted at any time without prior notice. We are pleased to say on our last inspection was on 20th January 2017 and we received a grading of ‘Outstanding’. Please follow the link below for the full Ofsted report. Ofsted Sandhills Pre-School report.

Download our report.

More General Info

Are you concerned about a child?
Where can I get more information?
To find out more about the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) visit –
Remember – If you are concerned about a child, young person or vulnerable adult and want to speak to someone, contact the Oxfordshire MASH on
0845 050 7666
and give as much information as you can.
For the setting, our Designated Safeguarding Leads are Sarah Payne & Kerry Holden.

We ask you not to bring your children into pre-school if they are unwell. Children with an infectious disease or illness must remain at home until the doctor says they say they are fit to return. Children need to be 48 hours clear of their last bout of sickness or diarrhoea to come to the pre-school. If your child falls ill during their time at pre-school we will contact you and ask for you to arrange for your child to be collected.
Thank you so much as always for your kind donations of fruit and vegetables for snack time. We would also welcome items such as bread sticks, oatcakes and dried fruit as well.

The pre-school day begins at 8.50am and it would be appreciated if you could drop your child off in the ten-minute window between 8.50am-9.00am to make sure the pre-school routine is not disrupted. The morning session finishes at 11.20am and prompt pick up is required so that staff can focus on the lunch time session. Children who go home after lunch need to be picked up on time as other children come in for the afternoon session. This will ensure there is adequate staff to child ratios. The afternoon session begins at 12.20pm and finishes at 2.50pm. We do have a late collection charge which we apply for late collections. This is charged at £20 for the first 20 minutes and £1 a minute after that.
Please provide cutlery and a drink for your child with their lunch. We are unable to heat up food, so if you would like your child to have warm food, you will need to provide this in a thermos container. Please cut cherry tomatoes and grapes in half length-wise to avoid any choking incidents.
Sandhills Community Primary and Sandhills Pre-School are nut free schools so please do not bring in any food which contains nuts. We do have children in the school and Pre-school who are allergic to nuts so please do not send any in your child’s lunch.