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The Setting

Sandhills preschool, nursery, childcare, headington, oxford

Key person and pre-school families

Each child will be assigned a key person and will be part of that key person’s pre-school family.

Your child’s key person will be responsible for settling your child in when they join us and will build a close relationship with you and your family during your time with us. They will be your first port of call for anything you wish to discuss about your child on a day to day basis. They will be responsible for monitoring your child’s learning and development, learning about their likes and interests so activities and experiences can be planned to support your child’s individual requirements. Meetings will be arranged with you to discuss your child’s development; however, you are welcome to come and discuss your child’s progress at any time with your key person.

If you would like guidance for your child’s learning and development, please see the following link:

Parents’ Guidance (pdf, 1617 KB)

Equal opportunities and inclusion

We offer a very warm welcome to all children and their families regardless of their class, culture, religion or disability. We aim to ensure individual requirements are met and support is given where needed, through our trained staff, and outside agencies where required.


We practice a promoting positive behaviour approach. If a child displays persistently challenging behaviour, we will notify parents/carers of this and will work closely with them to offer a consistent approach to dealing with the behaviour.

Safety and security

All staff and committee members have been checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
The front doors are closed during the session when not outside. All outside gates are checked and lock on the main gate. All areas are risk assessed before the children are allowed to play outside. All children are registered in and out and must be collected from their key person. If you arrange for someone else to pick up your child, your keyworker at pre-school must be informed of this beforehand. You will need to provide the name and a description of the person as well as a password that is known only by you, them and us. Please make sure you pick up at the correct time so the pre-school remains in the correct ratio of staff to children.


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 03001231231.

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 (pdf, 351 KB)

Dropping Off/Picking Up

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.


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.

Snack Time

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.

Lunchbox Contents

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.

Nut Free Primary School

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.