Little Dolphins Pre-school

Little Dolphins Pre-School is an integral part of Dolphinholme C of E Primary School community. We are located on the edge of an area of outstanding natural beauty and have our own fantastic, purpose built classroom, opened in 2018, with spectacular views over the Trough of Bowland.  We cater for children from age two years old to school age. Many of our children then transfer to main school. Our Pre-school staff are Helen, Chloe and Rosie. 

Our Aim is:-

  • To enhance the development and to access the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for each child aged 2 – 5 years.
  • To provide a safe and stimulating environment.
  • To work within the EYFS framework which ensures equal opportunities for all children.

We Offer Your Child:-

  • A child initiated curriculum which accesses the EYFS regulated by Ofsted. Individual care and attention made possible by good relationships between staff, children and parents/carers.
  • The chance to experience being in a school environment, seeing different children, staff and visitors.
  • The support of a personal key worker – parents are encouraged to approach any keyworker or any member of staff to discuss their children.


Payment is made online via Scopay.

We accept child care vouchers from external providers.

Free funded places are eligible for children who turn three the first full term after their birthday and for some 2 year olds. In cases of prolonged absences parents/carers should consult with the supervisor to discuss arrangements about fee paying.

2 Year Old  3 hr Session    £15.75
2 Year Old  Session & lunchtime   £18.75
2 Year Old 

All day (8.45am-3.15pm)

3/4 Year Old  3 hr Session   £14.25
3/4 Year Old  Session & lunchtime   £17.25
3/4 Year Old  All day (including Breakfast and After School Club)   £45.00
All children Lunchtime    £3.00

Pre School sessions run from 8.45am – 11.45am and 12.15pm-3.15pm. 

Children who are 3 and above can attend Breakfast Club and After School Club. These sessions are staffed by the pre school team which ensures that the children see a familiar face. 

Breakfast Club costs £3.50 and runs from 8am to 8.45am 

After School Club costs £7.00 from 3.15 to 4.15pm and £10.00 from 3.15 to 6pm Monday to Thursday and £8.50 from 3:15 to 5pm on a Friday.


If your child is going to be absent from Pre-School please telephone us and let us know. If your child is booked in on a certain day each week you will be charged if your child does not attend on that day.


In order for your child to fee comfortable and access all areas of the curriculum and to experiment with media and materials it is very important to send your child in old clothes only: some activities can be messy! The staff usually endeavour to provide overalls, aprons etc for such activities, but as with anything, accidents will and do happen.

Little Dolphins t-shirts, polo shirts and sweatshirts are available to buy from The Uniform and Leisurewear Company.

It is good practice for children to use independent skills such as going to the bathroom, simple clothing which they can manage will help them reach this goal e.g. elasticated trousers. Should there be any problems a member of staff is on hand to help.

If any accidents do occur in the bathroom or in the messy activities we do have a limited supply of clothes. If your child is sent home in any of these could you please wash and return them as soon as possible. Alternatively, you could provide your own spare clothes in a bag which can be left on their own coat peg. If your child wears nappies please provide a supply for them to use.

We provide your child with a snack – fruit, water, milk and a biscuit.

Sensible footwear must be worn during each session as we play both indoors and outdoors – trainers are ideal. 

If you have any queries or concerns over any of the advice given please feel free to speak to staff.

OUR POLICIES – All our policies are in a folder which is available for you to read. If you would like a separate copy of the policies for your individual use a charge will be made to cover the cost.

Child Protection Policy We would like to make you aware that we have a responsibility by law to report any symptoms/signs of abuse to the Area Child Protection Team without your consent. The full policy is on the notice board alongside our complaints procedure.