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

Application Information

Registration Form.docx
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Prospectus 23.pptx
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Young Risers Term dates for 2023 - 2024


YR 23-24.xlsx
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Young Risers Term dates for 2024 - 2025


YR Term dates 24-25.xlsx
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Young Risers term dates 2024-2025.docx
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Our opening hours are 9.00am - 3.00pm, term time only (38 weeks per year), not including public holidays.  At Young Risers Pre-school we consider applications for places from all families regardless of how fees are paid.  In order that we remain a sustainable charity we have parameters in place as follows: 





Morning Session



Morning Session with lunch

9.00am - 1.00pm


Full Day Session

9.00am - 3.00pm






Children accessing the 3-4 year old Universal Entitlement, FF2 funding for eligible 2 year olds or 2 year old working parent entitlement are entitled to 15 hours free childcare for 38 weeks to a maximum of 570 hours per year.

Free early education may be taken with multiple providers.

At Young Risers Pre-School we offer the free education pattern of delivery in the following way:





Morning Session


Free early education

Lunch hour

12pm - 1.00pm

Chargeable lunch hour

Afternoon Session

1.00pm - 3.00pm

Free early education


The lunch hour charge will be £8.00 for the hour


Children whose parents are eligible for the working parent entitlement for 3-4 year olds can access up to 30 hours of free childcare for 38 weeks to a maximum of 1140 hours per year, these spaces would not be charged for the lunch hour. 

These 30 hour spaces are subject to availibility


Government funding is intended to deliver 15 or 30 hours a week of free high quality, flexible education.  It is not intended to cover the cost of mealtimes. 


Lunch fee for funded children: please note if your child is funded by the government, an optional fee of £8.00 will be chargeable, if you require your child to stay for lunch (12.00pm - 1.00pm) 


Please not if you do not wish to pay for this lunch period, you have the option to collect your child at 12.00pm for the lunch hour.  Children may return for the afternoon session 1.00pm-3.00pm


Consumable Charges

There will be an additional charge of 50p daily for snack.


Please see below links that can help you with childcare costs.


Tax-Free Childcare

To support parents/carers with childcare costs for children of all ages, the Government introduced the Tax-Free childcare scheme which is available to around 2 million households.  You can open an online account which you pay into to cover the cost of childcare; for every £8.00 you pay in, the government will top up your account with an extra £2.00.

To find out more about this scheme please go to:



Please note we are a registered provider for tax free childcare.


30 hours Childcare

For those parents/carers with children aged 3-4 years, the 30 hours childcare scheme is available.  To find out more about whether you may be eligible and how to apply, please go to:



2 Year old Funding for working parents

As may of you may be aware from April 2024, 2 year olds may be eligible for funding for those parents who are working.

To find out if you are eligible please go to:



2 Year old funding for eligible families

For families in England, receiving some additional forms of government support.  This scheme is know as Free for 2 in Kent. 

To find out more about whether you may be eligible and how to apply, please go to:




First Days

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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