Welcome to all of our new families and welcome back to our returning families. We have 16 new starters this term; we hope that you all have a very happy time with us at St. Andrew’s. Over the first few weeks of term, a photo board will be displayed to help you all get to know each other’s names. However, I would like to encourage you to introduce yourselves to each other
when you drop off, or collect your child.

At the start of each half term we will send you a newsletter full of useful information to help you prepare for the following weeks. This is a bumper one as at the start of the academic year we also include a description of the Early Learning Goals (ELG).

Diary Dates
  • Mon 17th Sept: Term starts
  • Fri 28th Sept: 50th anniversary celebration for former staff, families and Committee – spread the word!
  • Sun 30th Sept: 2pm – 4pm 50th anniversary family fun afternoon
  • Mon 22nd Oct – 26th Oct: Half term
  • Weds 12th Dec: 12.30pm – 2.45pm Christmas party for all children. More details after half term
  • Fri 14th Dec: 11.00am Christmas play for all children and end of term (no lunch club)
Our Library

Please use our excellent Pre-school lending library. Our books are displayed in the front hall every day. Encourage your
child to select a book and log it in our big blue record book. Children love to take a book home to share and it provides a lovely link between home and Pre-school.



(only relevant to our families with children who are aged 3 and over on 31 August 2018)

During your child’s first week at Pre-school (or at your home visit if you are a new family), you will be given a funding form to complete. This form is provided by Reading Borough Council and enables us to claim for your child’s funded hours.


Please return your completed form to Hilary or Amanda by Monday, 24 September, at the very latest, as we are working to a strict deadline by the Council. Without this form, we will be unable to apply for your funding for the Autumn Term and this will result in you being liable to pay for all the hours that your child attends.


Please remember that for every day your child attends Pre-school, the first half an hour is UNFUNDED. Also, if your child stays on for lunch on Fridays, this additional hour is also UNFUNDED.

For example, if a child attends 4 mornings per week (totaling 12 hours a week), 10 hours would be funded (2.5 hrs x 4 sessions) with the remaining 2 hours being unfunded.


Invoices will be prepared and e-mailed to every family by Friday, 19 October. The deadline to pay your invoice will be Friday, 2 November.

We kindly ask our families to settle their invoice by bank transfer if possible.Please note that we do accept Childcare Vouchers and if you are planning to pay using childcare vouchers, please e-mail our Administrator, Tracy Donaldson, to check whether our Pre-school is already registered with your provider.


St Andrew’s Pre-school is a charity and relies heavily on fundraising and donations to cover the cost of items such as updated play equipment, materials for craft activities etc.

On a termly basis, we kindly ask our families to make a voluntary contribution, to a maximum of £40.00 and this will be shown on your invoice.

It is entirely voluntary and there is no obligation to make a contribution,however any amount is gratefully received. Thank you.

Please note that we are unable to claim Gift Aid on VC’s paid using Childcare Vouchers. So if you wish to contribute, we would ask families to make a separate payment by bank transfer or cheque.


We can reclaim Gift Aid from the Government on any voluntary contributions that we receive, providing that you are a UK taxpayer. By completing a Gift Aid form we can reclaim 25p for every £1 received. Thank you so much to all of our families who have completed a form. It is very much appreciated and makes a huge difference to us.

As previously mentioned, we are unable to claim Gift Aid on voluntary contributions paid using childcare vouchers.


If your child has a younger sibling and you would like to register them with our Pre-school, please complete a registration form, by either downloading the form from our website or ask Hilary or Amanda for a paper copy.

Upon completion, please give your form to a member of our team, together with your non-refundable registration fee of £20.00, and they will forward it to Tracy Donaldson, who will e-mail you to confirm receipt of your paperwork.

Please note that registration fees can either be paid by cash, by cheque (made payable to St Andrew’s Pre-school) or by bank transfer (Account No: 64575704. Sort Code: 09-01-55. Reference: Your child’s name).

Any registrations for the September 2019 intake must be received by the
end of December 2018 at the very latest.

Have a great start to the 2018/19 year everyone!