Heslington Pre-School is an Ofsted-registered (URN: RP910754) (No. 321542). Heslington Church location - Setting Reference Number: 2516112, Committee run pre-school situated in the village of Heslington in the City of York.  Our childcare staff are experienced and highly-qualified, and are committed to providing a friendly and fun learning environment.  We are a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (No. 22888).  Heslington Pre-School is a Registered Charity (No. 1018521).

Heslington Pre-School opened in 1964 as a playgroup in the community.  It has been operating since with a succession of dedicated committees.  Since 2001 it has operated in one room on a site shared with Lord Deramore's, a thriving multi-cultural primary school.  The Pre-School has access to its own outdoor play area.  There is also some access to the School's outdoor facilities, including extensive green open space and wooded areas.  

Latest Ofsted rating - Good! -  read the report from the Inspection on 12th September 2018

Sunday 20th October 2019


Yorkshire marathon!!

This is happening this weekend. Please show support for Lauren who is running the marathon and raising money for the pre-school. You still have time to donate (see details below) or pop to watch her on Sunday and cheer her on!

We can track her via the marathon app - 2442 Zone 5

What a star!

Click here for Lauren's Go Fund Me Page...

Lauren has previously volunteered at the pre-school and has decided to run a Marathon in October and raise money for US!!!

Message from Lauren:
'So I spontaneously decided to run a marathon this October! Considering I'm on my way to becoming a teacher, I thought it was only right to give back to the school and teachers that massively helped me out during my three years at University! Therefore any money I can raise will be donated to Heslington Pre-School in York.'

We'd be grateful if you'd visit her page and show support.....

Thank you!

***Visit Go Fund Me Page***


24th September 2019

Annual General Meeting (AGM) tonight 7pm in the Cabin.

Everyone welcome - hopefully see you.......

See letter handed out for more information


18th July 2019

Last afternoon of term activity....

A small group of children walked with staff to Brown's in the village to buy a mini milk each. They all said please and thank you.


11th July 2019

The great potato games running total £227!!! 🎉🎉

A huge well done and a big thank you for our potato games support and especially from a family that brought in £60!


9th July 2019

Don't forget our ***Potato Pre-School event*****

Please help us raise funds for numeracy and storage equipment!

Children took home a sponsor form some weeks ago now and we are starting to hand out certificates over the next two weeks to show what events they took part in.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some photos of what they have been doing and creations sent home!

If you have collected sponsorship or would like to make a donation then please hand this to staff before the end of term. Thank you for your support.

Well done little ones. 🎉🎉🎉

From Wendy and the team - thanks! 😀😀😀


24th June 2019

Mr Rourke came into Pre-school to read to us. He read The Evil Pea story.


19th June 2019

Today at Pre-School....

The great potato games!


13th June 2019

Helen our staff member on maternity leave visited with baby Evie.

The children made Helen play snacks and showed her the Evil Pea!


12th June 2019

Evil peas in peaschool!


4th June 2019

Want to find out if you’re eligible and apply for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare? Watch this video for step-by-step guidance on what you need to apply 👉

Visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to learn more.

To help parents check their eligibility and apply online for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours, see this YouTube video which sets out the steps: https://youtu.be/s-38fMXaGSk 

The Department for Education (DfE) is launching a campaign to promote and raise awareness of the benefits that using 30 hours free childcare can have for working families. Chelsea from Telford shares her story of how #30hours childcare helped her find a healthy work/life balance. Hear more from Chelsea and other families who have benefited from 30 hours here: http://ow.ly/OcxP50usZPC


28th May 2019

Date for your diary!

This event held at Heslington Church is happening again in June.


22nd May 2019

Evil Pea visited pre-school today!

Lots of photos on Facebook join our page: https://www.facebook.com/heslington.preschool

Here's a few to show what fun was had by all!!


16th May 2019 (notice for this week)

Shared from Lord Deramores school - we thought it might be of interest.

Sent on behalf of the Heslington Sportsfield
Sunflower Growing Competition for Heslington Playground "The Outgang"

Who can gro
w the tallest sunflower? 
£2 to join in, proceeds will go to local charity Heslington Sportsfield who maintain the playground.

Sunflower seeds and instructions will be sold on Thursday afternoon, Friday morning and afternoon in the school playground.

Many thanks for your support.

The Outgang is privately funded and needs  local support - thank you.


13th May 2019

We'll be making Supertato's this week!


9th May 2019

Evie visits Pre-School with Mummy!

Helen is now on maternity leave. Enjoy!!

7th May 2019


The children enjoyed listening to the book Supertato today.

Story time using real vegetables!


12th April 2019

Toast at la piazza this morning!!

With only 10 children in this morning the staff were able to go on a sunny day free bus trip to la piazza on campus east!

We all say thank you to the serving staff at the cafe, and the bus driver on the 66!


11th April 2019

Easter competition

Winners announced. Well done all!!

Children's entries

Adult entries


9th April 2019

Easter activities are happening this week!!! 


Easter trees (look forward to taking yours home one day this week) and we have a Easter sandpit hunt happening today!


4th April 2019

Following instructions today at pre-school.

Wendy follows the instructions to cut up a pineapple!


1st April 2019

Our Pre-school Easter egg competition starts this week. We are asking for you to decorate a paper egg (collect from Pre-school this week). 

Only £1 to enter - children and adults entries welcome.

Prizes include Easter Eggs that have been kindly donated from Nisa local - Kimberlow Hil.

Closing date for entries Thursday 11th April.


20th March 2019

Today we were potato printing!


20th March 2019

A potato to grow at home.

Most of your little ones may have come home or will be coming home with a potato. Instructions are on the bag.

Good luck all gardners!

Please bring in a picture/share with us a picture of you planting it and how it's growing. You'll see the crop later in June!


18th March 2019

Today we have been planting potatoes!


16th March 2019

This week - We have been looking at and learning about potatoes: seeds and growing.

We made the life cycle of a potato to see how they grow.

We also had potatoes as a snack!


8th March 2019

We had a lovely thank you card from the church today. Just thought we'd share with everyone.


8th March 2019

Yesterday at pre-school - World Book Day storytime.

Little lamb we are looking to spring!


5th March 2019

Pancake Day in the cabin!

Fresh Lemon and a little sugar.

Pancake Day!


4th March 2019

We are back!!

Pre-school open in the cabin


Pre-school uniform

For those that are interested in the pre-school uniform.

You can find out information at: www.myclothing.com

It used to be provided through Tesco but now Myclothing has taken over.


See Uniform section for full information.


20th February 2019

Today - indoor ball throwing!

We are helping the children to throw into different size boxes!

Which box is easiest?!



13th February 2019

**Vacancy ALERT!**

Please see the careers page as we have a vacancy for a Pre-School Supervisor (Maternity Cover)

If you are interested please get in touch, we look forward to hearing from you.....


13th February 2019

Today at pre-school:

We enjoyed making 🍕 today! Yummy!! 😀



11th February 2019

Today at pre-school.

Bringing sunshine to the church!


7th February 2019

This week:

The children were doing each others hair last week using stickle bricks and lego!

Now we have a hairdressers kit!


6th February 2019

Ball rolling practice yesterday at pre-school. We all had fun.

31st January 2019

***Portacabin (location) update***

Just to keep you updated - as I'm sure you've seen work has started on the portacabin.

We have been updated in terms of how long work will take. We are now hoping to be back in the portacabin and the building operational from Monday 4th March.

Obviously we will keep you updated, and this update will be shared on the newsletter coming out soon and on our website.

Thank you for your continued support.



31st January 2019

Today at pre-school.

White outside - white inside too. But it's warmer inside!



28th January 2019

Chinese New Year
We made drums!

Chinese New year


25th January 2019

We are in the local paper saying thank you. See the full article: Click here!



25th January 2019

Bread and butter - today at pre-school.

They were heard to utter
I like my bread and butter

Bread and butter


24th January 2019

Today's trip to the University Physics Department Cosmodome:

James and Alyssa made meteors with us and showed us a piece of a real one!

We saw stars in the dome.


See all the pictures on our closed Facebook group: Facebook


10th January 2019

Church activities from this week:

We are in the church for a couple more weeks awaiting City of York Council to repair the cabin roof.

Thanks Wendy and the staff team


Wednesday 2nd January 2019 - location update

Just to confirm - we will be re-opening on Monday 7th January at Heslington Church - where Heslington Pre-school will operate from. 
Ofsted have confirmed our registration today at this location.

Toddlers update:
Heslington Toddlers will be running on a Monday morning from Lord Deramore's School Hall until further notice.


Wednesday 19th December 2018 - 
end of term

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and see you back on Monday 7th January 2019. We will still be operating from our temporary accommodation at Heslington Church.


Friday 30th November 2018

Next week - Monday 3rd December.

Toddlers will not be running in the pre-school portacabin but temporary accommodation at Lord Deramore's Primary School School Hall.


Friday 30th November 2018

Yesterday we had a leak in the roof of the portacabin which caused one of the lighting circuits to fail. An electrician was requested to attend who made sure the portacabin was safe to use. During this visit, it was found that there is a large collection of water on the portacabin roof. The root of the leak has still yet to be identified.

For safeguarding reasons, temporary accommodation has been organised. Next week a roof structural survey is to be undertaken to assure us that the portacabin is safe to use.

Pre-school will be operating from Heslington Church until we can safely open again within the portacabin. We'll keep you updated.

Pre-school at Church on Friday

There will be no Stay and Play hour on Monday morning (3rd December 2018) to those that were invited - we will re-organise once the children are back in their normal play environment.

Any questions please get in touch. We'll update you when we have more information next week.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


See request below:


Monday 12th November 2018

Leaf Bonanza!

Check out the leaf pictures on our Facebook page. Leaf

Hanging leaf


Thursday 8th November 2018

New high vis jackets


Wednesday 7th November 2018

Today's antics. The new path makes a great blackboard.

See our Facebook page for all photo's: click here!

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Bottle decorating has started!!

Please see letter that has been sent home for details.


Sunday 4th November 2018

Pre-school is back open tomorrow 8.55am.

We had a lovely time on our trip at the end of term - see the photo attached of what the children made to say thank you.

See you in the morning!


Thursday 25th October 2018

Today's trip to church!

See our Facebook page for all the photo's.


Monday 15th October 2018

We all went on the 66 bus this morning and enjoyed toast at the Campus East Piazza!

Thank you to all the kind staff and thoughtful bus drivers!

See our Facebook page for all photo's: click here!

More trips planned:

Next Thursday morning the children will have a walk to see the trees changing colour in the grounds around Heslington church. It is planned that we will also pop in to see the inside of the church too!

The staff team

N.b. We are fully staffed for the trip and do not require helpers.


Thursday 11th October 2018

Many thanks to Jo Reynolds our Toddlers coordinator for our new bench!

It has been put to good use one morning this week!!!


Tuesday 9th October 2018

Ofsted report published:

Good afternoon

We just wanted to share with you that the latest Ofsted inspection report has been published today and is now available on the Ofsted website. The outcome of the inspection on the 12th September 2018 rated us as Good, please see the full report for more information.

We will be holding a meeting this Thursday morning at 9am at the portakabin if you have any questions, staff and members of the committee will be available.

Thank you

Latest report!


Thursday 4th October 2018

Potato rolling!

Yesterday we got some new trays in pre-school. The children enjoyed rolling potatoes in paint around the trays to create lovely unique pictures.


***AGM Tuesday 25th September 7pm at Pre-School***


First Week back - Wednesday 5th September 2018


Welcome back to pre-school.

We are all settling in as gradually children will join us for the next few weeks.

We have a super NEW outdoor kitchen many thanks to Linda Dawson for constructing it for us! And a basket hoop!!


Monday 25th June 2018

Tie dye t-shirts

The children have got their tie dye t-shirts on ready to take home. The children folded and tied their own t-shirt ready to be dyed. We would like to say a big thank you to Natasha for dying them for us! The children get to keep their t-shirts and if you would like to give a £1 voluntary donation to cover costs, a tin will be on the table at morning drop off!

Thank you!


Sunday 24th June 2018

See what we were up to last week....

- Outdoor playbox time!

- And our life cycle wall display is starting to be created.

Don't forget suncream and sunhats this coming week - it looks like we are going to have some lovely hot weather!!

Wednesday 13th June 2018

What are the children up to?

We are dye..in to tell you next week!


Friday 8th June 2018

Caterpillars have arrived this week and we have been busy potting them. We'll be watching their life cycle over the coming weeks!

Look back at this week..

The children have been reading and looking at the book Superworm this week. Superworm is super long!


Friday 18th May 2018

The table was set!

The children had a royal wedding day!
More photos to follow.....

17th May 2018

We are using lots of numbers and singing at Pre-school this week, this leaflet shows some of the themes we play with.

Also many thanks to Laura for plants for the children to pot up for our front outside.


10th May 2018

Thank you to the family who brought a little snail in to show the children!

We are adding a few colouring sheets and a look at numbers to continue the children's interest.

6th May 2018

Look at what we have we been doing and what we have planned next week....

We have been recycling milk cartons to make cress chicks! The children have been learning and looking at how things grow! This will continue next week...

We have also been looking at how real dinosaurs lived along time ago and what we can see today.

We'll be making dinosaur footprints in play dough just like fossil prints!

See you all Tuesday 8th May. We are closed Monday due to the Bank Holiday. Enjoy the sun!!!

Reminder - 1st May 2018

Just a reminder - Please do return your places forms as soon as possible! Places will be allocated before the half term in May as we have more admissions coming in!


25th April 2018

What have we been up to....

The children have seen the tree outside our door and we made a blossom tree just like it!

What we are doing this week -  w/c 16th April 2018:

- We are s
inging to the tune of 5 currant buns about daffodils and painting and making them using our art skills.

- Junk modelling epic structures being formed.

- Thinking about 'What I do and like at Pre-School' - everything from construction, outdoor play, drawing, messy play, the pony set... to having an interest in the windows!!


Mr Rouke visited for storytime 
 at the end of the Spring term - March 2018

At the end of last term Mr Rouke the Headteacher of Lord Deramore's popped in to read a story about Copycub.

21st March - Easter egg competition winners announced


Our mystery judge had to work very hard to choose our winners.

Well done everyone!


Thank you to everyone that gave donations as part of the Easter egg competition. We have raised £43!!

We have our timers!! Thank you.

The children have enjoyed playing and looking at them today. Even the boxes they came have been used; in our texture play the boxes made great shakers.

Thank you once again.


Competition time - Eggspress yourself!

Decorate a paper egg - adult and children's entries welcome.

We are raising money for a timer set for the children. Please make a voluntary donation to enter if possible, but do enter anyway!!

Children's entries will be judged by the mystery judge (no staff or committee). They'll be looking for the child's own work.

The adult prize will go to the most amazing eggspression...

Entries in by Tuesday 20th March please so judging can take place! Results announced Wednesday 21st March. Good luck!

How eggsiting!

What we got up to last week - w/c 26th February 2018

1st MarchThe children made indoor snowmen yesterday and we displayed them for the parents\carers on collection.

The children enjoyed indoor snow play.

28th February Everyone enjoying the snow today!

Snow men are quite small as wind chill meant we were only out for 20min!

Warm socks needed!




This week - w/c 26th February 2018

We are looking forward to World book day.

We will be reading extra books all week with the children and hope you will join in with our Usborne book orders to replenish Pre-School's books.

Thanks Wendy


Last week - w/c Monday 19th February 2018

Last week our student Zain showed us pictures of her home - Bahrain

The children listened to her and spoke some words in Arabic copying Zain!


End of term - 9th February  2018

A short 5 week term!

Many thanks for all your lovely survey comments we are delighted to have such positive responses and appreciate you talk with staff on a daily basis too!

Please remember we love suggestions and there is a folder you can pop any ideas ( from snack ideas to play ideas!) in our SUGGESTIONS folder on the notice board.

Wendy Porter EYT QTS
Heslington Pre-School Manager

p.s. this week we've been mixing paint and discovering everything turns brown!



End of week message - 26th January/Week commencing 29th January 

The children really enjoyed the post office at Pre-School this week. Next week it is being transformed into a fruit and veg shop with real fruit and veg to weigh and play with.

There are many different ways to mark make with children. Mark making this week will be using a whiteboard.


Week commencing 15th January
Welcome to all our new starters we are a very busy pre-school now!

We had some wonderful still life paintings in watercolour by the children this week.

Our fabulous new mobilo is being enjoyed by the children. Thank you to everyone for raising funds.


A big thank you to all the teddy givers!! We made £138 on the teddy tombola - amazing!! 

Thank you from Wendy and her team.

***What this space for overall total we have raised at the school fair - to be announced soon...***

End of term activities

The children have had a brainstorming session last week and shared all their ideas about things that they think of when talking about Christmas. Trees, baubles and snow featured as well as many other ideas.

From their contributions the next three weeks will be full of crafts and decoration making - following and developing their lead.

Glitter alert everyone!!

A newsletter will be out shortly with details of the children's Christmas party on the last day of term - Friday 22nd December.


Masonic Charitable Foundation visit 

We had a visit on Thursday 30th November from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to present us with the £4000 grant that we have been awarded.Thank you https://www.facebook.com/themcf/


Co-op Community fund presentation

What a brilliant morning on Saturday 25th November at the Co-op Hull Road. The Pre-school officially accepted £3946.68 from the Local Community Fund. We are so amazed by the figure that has been raised. A special thank you to the local community and to the Co-op. This will allow us to install a piece of outdoor equipment and to use this money towards the outdoor area in the future.


This week at Pre-school - w/c 13th November

- We will be continuing our enjoyment of the changing season with leaf pictures and outdoor forrages for leaves and autumnal resources.

- We will have lots of outdoor play - our outdoor area has had a revamp and the children are discovering what artificial grass is!

- Please look out for our fabulous Christmas cards created from the children's work.

- Our new staff member Claire joins us on Monday.

And finally....
- Mr Rourke (Lord Deramore's headteacher) hopes to join the children to read a story on Thursday afternoon.


Welcome back after half term - what's on this week?

- We'll be looking at the story - Frances the Firefly. This is about keeping safe on fireworks night.
- We'll be remembering bonfire night..was it noisy?

We hope everyone enjoys their free Bookstart book. (The books have mostly gone out it takes a few weeks till everyone is in to get one!)

We are reading it in preschool too and the children love joining in with fierce toothy faces. Does your child know the alligators name and who found the teeth?


What to look forward to this week - w/c 16th October:

1. Halloween crafts.
2. We will be looking at the colour orange. This is always fascinating to look at with the kids - with it being a colour and a fruit.
3. Possibly pumpkin play!

***Remember we close on Thursday 26th October for half term the same as Lord Deramore's School.***

Thursday 19th October -  Joe and Andy from CBEEBIES Show

We went to see Joe and Andy from CBEEBIES today.

Our little crew sat very well and had their hands up to join in answering questions, cheered, booed and laughed uproariously! We all had a dance at the end too!

Tuesday 17th October - Welcome to Claire!


Claire is our new member of staff who will be joining the team in November!

Claire joined us on today for a settling visit and helped the children make shakers using bottles and various fillings. The children had lots of fun shaking them at the end!

Claire is an experienced practitioner with lots of ideas! We are delighted to welcome her into the Pre-School family!


What to look forward to this week - w/c 16th October:

1. Cbeebies show on Thursday 19th October.

2. The children will be filling bottles with liquids and dry items to create a set of shakers to use as a resource in Pre-School (no more bottles needed thank you).

3. We will be thinking about who we are, and the children will be making a wall display of their birthdays.

4. A little bit of pirate fun. We were given a new pirate outfit by a kind parent this week and want to sustain the children's interest with a little treasure map making and using the p sound for pirate ppp (using The Jolly Phonic system).


For older news items, please click here


A big thank you to all to who have helped us fundraise this year with all our activities......

Summer Community Fair

Thank you to everyone that came down to the Fair on Saturday. We hope you had a lovely afternoon and thank you for your support!!!! 

What a lovely sunny afternoon it turned out to be☀️☀️☀️☀️ xx
See our Fundraising  page for more info...


Spring/Summer term

End of term!

A variety of things will be chosen by the children to make in our last two weeks!

This plate is based on the story: Come on Daisy!

Thank you for all your support this year especially with our journey to the church!

Please do help us wash the toys as we begin to prepare for next year!

Thanks Wendy


We'll be growing potatoes and the life cycle of a potatoes as well as looking at other fruit/vegetables through exciting activities.

Lots of FUN! planned through looking at the Supertato books and stories.


Easter egg decorating competition and Easter activities to look forward to...


Christmas fair - 
Friday 7th December 2018 

Thank you to everyone 
(including staff) who donated, volunteered, helped make it happen and supported our Christmas fair and Raffle. 

We raised over £500 with all our stalls and raffle. The raffle raised £275 on it's own!! Final total coming soon....

A SPECIAL thank you for the teddy donations from everyone and wider friends - a massive £163.20 was raised from this. Xx

Well done everyone. 


Summer fundraising 2018

***Thank you to everyone that attended and donated towards the Summer Community Fair. We hope you had a fabulous afternoon, we did!!! The Pre-School raised £350 - thank you everyone!!***

See the fundraising page for more detail.

****Watch out for updates on Facebook!!!****


Date for your diary: 
Notice of rescheduled - 
extraordinary general meeting - EGM 

On Wednesday 4th December at 2.30pm in the portacabin.

This is being called to vote on the transfer of assets from Heslington Pre-School (HPS), the unincorporated charity, to HPS the charitable incorporated organisation.

   TERM DATES 2019-2020 UPDATED!

Autumn Term
Tues 3rd Sep 2019- Thurs 24th Oct 2019
Mon 4th Nov 2019 - Fri 20th Dec 2019

Spring Term:
Tue 7th Jan 2020 - Fri 14th Feb 2020
Mon 24th Feb 2020 - Fri 3rd Apr 2020

Summer Term:
Mon 20th Apr 2020 - Fri 22nd May 2020
Mon 1st Jun 2020 - Fri 17th July 2020

2019-2020 Teacher Training Days and Bank Holidays
  • Monday 2 September 2019
  • Friday 25 October 2019
  • Monday 6 January 2020
  • FRIDAY 8 May 2020 *School Closed* Bank Holiday 
  • Friday 19 June 2020
  • Monday 20 July 2020
Summer term notices


Just a quick reminder about parking.

Can we please remind all parents and carers that the car park outside Pre-School is for school staff only, so please do not park your car there. There is on street parking available on School Lane (just check time restrictions - depending where you park). You can also park in the Church car park at school drop-off (8.30-9.30am) and pick-up times (2.45-3.45pm). The Church car park is owned by the University of York and a parking warden is now in place there.

Thanks from the Pre-school Committee


Please can we ask if children can bring in a pair of NAMED wellies to keep at Pre-school. It can get rather muddy outside (hopefully not too muddy in the summer term)! Thank you.

Any questions please just check with Wendy and the staff team.


"It's fun to come to pre-school and play with the tracks when I'm here!"
"I like spiders and butterflies"
"I like going to see the donkeys"