Altarnun Pre-School - Information For Parents

We are very proud of the achievements of our children, the standards of our pre-school and the quality of our staff.

Altarnun Pre-School


Altarnun pre-school is parent/committee run. The committee help with our fundraising events, outingsand parties. The pre-school is unable to run without parental support through the committee. More information about how the committee works and how parents can become more involved in it can be found below.


We have an optional uniform at the Pre-School consisting of a Hoody (£11.00) and a T-Shirt (£4.00). We encourage wearing slippers in doors and wellie boots out doors to Pre-School. We do however suggest that all children are "sensibly dressed" for the season as we go outside frequently. Please ensure they have a sun hat during the summer and a waterproof coat and jumper or fleece during the rest of the year although we have Pre-School wet weather clothes available if needed. In order to feel free to explore and experiment with all kinds of materials, including messy ones, it is best to send children dressed in clothes that are easily washable and not new. Many parents send their children with a change of clothes as sometimes sitting in a muddy puddle can be irresistible.


We will supply you with a "progress" report at the end of every half term that forms part of your child's EYFS learning journey. You will be able to see your child’s Key Person observation know which area of learning your child is achieving in and the age-band they were working in for that activity.

We use the Tapestry Online Learning Journal system and soon hope to have this live on the website via secure log-in. This will enable you to follow your child’s individual progress closely. You will also be able to contribute your own stories of your child’s life outside of Pre-School.

Parent Consultations

These are available formally at the end of term, however we encourage parents to speak to your child’s Key Person informally at least on a weekly basis where possible.

Progress check at age 2

For children under 3, we will provide you with a Year 2 progress check document. This will highlight areas where your child is progressing well and anywhere they might need some extra help or support. You might find it useful to share the information from the check with other professionals such as your Health Visitor, as they can use it as part of the Health Development Review.

Important Dates!

Autum Term 2017 (73 days)

  • Inset Day 04/09/2017
  • Start 05/09/2017
  • Start Half Term 23/10/2017
  • End Half Term 27/10/2017
  • End of Term 20/12/2017

Session Times

Monday: 8.45am to 12.30am

Tuesday: 8.45am to 12am

Wednesday: 8.45am to 3:15pm
Lunch club: 12:00am to 12:30pm
Afternoon: 12:30pm to 3:15pm

Thursday: 8.45am to 12am

Friday: 8.45am to 12am

Altarnun Pre-School Applications & Fees

Applications Process

If you are interested in sending your child to our pre-school, we would love to offer you a tour of the setting where you will get to meet with members of our team and see what we do. It's a great opportunity to discuss any questions you might have and we love to show off our Pre-School. Please contact us to arrange a suitable time at your convenience.

Dowload a form here or pick one up when you pop over

Fees and Funding

The Nursery Education Grant funds free childcare and education for 2 to 4-year-olds. All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. This is funded by the nursery education grant from local authorities of about £3.80 per child, per hour.

The Nursery Education Grant form is available from the council here(.pdf) or just ask at pre-school for more information and a copy of the form. These must be completed at the start of every term and returned to one of the staff at the pre-school.

Early Years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for 3 and 4 year-olds. In order that the Statutory Framework can be implemented and that every child can achieve well and receive high quality provision, the EYPP is being offered for eligible children aged three and four.
More information:
Cornwall Council Early Years Pupil Premium leaflet (PDF)
National Eligibility Information


We currently charge £11.50 per session although this is reviewed annually by the committee.
Lunch club on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday is an additional £2.50 per child


We will invoice you at the beginning of each month for the sessions your child is booked to attend. We have currently have two payment options, monthly or weekly.

If you are paying monthly, please pay fees by the date stated on the invoice.

If you pay weekly, please make sure you pay promptly every week. Payment can be made by cash, cheque to 'Altarnun Pre-School' or by online transfer (please ask for our bank details)

We are currently looking to take online payments.


Special Educational Needs / Disabilities

At Altarnun Pre-School we are committed to providing a warm, friendly and stimulating environment where the children feel safe and valued, they are therefore able to become confident, capable and independent learners. Our premises are all on one level and there is wheelchair friendly access to the building and outdoor areas

If your child has Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities we will work with you and outside professional agencies such as health visitors, social workers, speech therapists etc, to make sure that we are doing all we can to help your child reach their full potential.

Policies & Procedures

All our policies are designed to offer the best possible experience for children and families in the Pre-School. Our policies are reviewed on a regular basis and comments and suggestions from parents/carers are always welcome. The policy document folder is available for parents/ carers to read at any time.

Management Committee

Altarnun Pre-School is run by a parent management committee essentially acting as a governing body, overseeing the finances, setting budgets and ensuring that all legal and educational responsibilities are met. On occasions, local people who are not parents of children at the pre-school are co-opted onto the committee.

The committee works very closely with the pre-school manager, Chrissie Wakely, who is responsible for the day to day running of the pre-school. This includes the welfare of children, adherence to EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), educational guidance and staffing.

The management committee meets approximately twice a term and holds its AGM usually in September, where the committee is elected. We are always keen for parents to get involved behind the scenes and actively encourage them to join the committee.

Committee members are required to maintain confidentiality.

Current Committee Members:

Contact Us

  • 01566 86274

Altarnun Pre-School, Five Lanes, Launceston, PL15 7RZ, Cornwall.
Charity no. 1116104