Welcome to Young Risers Pre-school
Welcome to Young Risers Pre-school

Information for Parents

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Registration Information

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Young Risers Term dates for 2023 - 2024


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Sessions are available term time for children aged 2 years - 5 years



Morning Session

Afternoon Session


9am - 12pm

12pm - 3pm


9am - 12pm

12pm - 3pm


9am - 12pm

12pm - 3pm


9am - 12pm

12pm - 3pm


9am - 12pm

12pm - 3pm




If your child is 2 years old they may be entitled to funding up to five sessions a week; If not the fee is £18.00 per session from January 2024. (currently £16.00 per session)

If your child is 3 years old they are entitled to funding for up to five sessions a week from the term after their 3rd birthday (and in some instances for the full 10 sessions) until they go to school. Please contact us for further information.

Fees are invoiced each term (six times per year). These must be paid in full by the deadline or a late charge will be incurred of £15.00

A late collection fee is in place for children who are collected  late. Details of this are in our child collection policy. 


Early days at Young Risers Pre-school

The first few days at pre-school, can be traumatic for any child and parent. Our aim is to make the process as painless as possible, for both you and your child. To do this, we invite you to stay on the first visit/s for a short while or a whole session if you feel it is necessary for your child to settle in. We also encourage the child to join in the play and your key person will assist with this during the session. We also welcome you and your child to make some informal visits prior to starting at the pre-school so they can start to make friends. Your child’s coat peg and name card will be ready for them so they can feel part of the pre-school.


All children need a named bag with a change of clothing (nappies or training pants if required). Please name all your child's belongings.



Key Person

Young Risers operates a key person system.  This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she is particularly responsible.  Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests.


The role of the early years practitioner has changed dramatically over the years partially due to legislation from successive governments but at Young Risers we believe that our role as practitioners is to ensure the needs of each child are met in order to encourage independence and confidence. Children who feel confident about themselves are more able to have a positive learning experience, which will lay a strong foundation for later learning. We believe in providing the support so every child feels valued therefore we plan for the individual child’s needs by completing an initial assessment of your child after the first two weeks of entry to the Pre-school.


We promote a home to school learning journey where you can include photographs and information regarding outings, visits or family celebrations or events that take place out of school. This builds on the relationship between your child’s key person and your child as they discuss and look at the learning journeys on a weekly basis.



Transition to school

Our transition to school is fluid as we are in the infant school building. Our staff meet up with the foundation staff practitioners on a regular basis to share good practice and we organise joint events with the school FIRPS committee, building on the unique relationship we have with Istead Rise School and the community. We  have established links with other local early years settings and each key person produces a report for their key children, which passes to their foundation stage teacher to support a smooth transition.



Smarter Play

SmarterPlay is a new app providing families in Kent  with exclusive free access to a range of opportunities and facilities to support them in parenting their young children. It is available for both iphones and android. Just look in the playstore on your device.

Accredited Hygge Pre-school


Parental Involvement


Parents and carers are all invited to be involved in the life of the pre-school.



Whether you would like to help out at a one off session; accompany the children on an outing; support fund-raising activities or volunteer for the committee; it is these contributions that help make Young Risers a success.



Speak to a member of staff or the committee to find out how you can get involved.

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