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Cherry Orchard, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9AN

01543 263505


St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Growing with Jesus

Dear Parents,

Please view or download the weekly Home Learning tasks for Pre-school here.       An additional version with a white background is also available below to print.  Children can also watch and join in with fun activities with Mrs Cooper and Mrs Hollywood in the video clips! 


Dear Children, exciting news! The summer Reading Challenge is now open! Please see further details below...

You can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge using this link:

More information below

  Schools_pack__Summer_Reading_Challenge_2020 (1).pdf Download

 We accept 15 and 30 hour funded places - more information below

Before and After School care available - more information below 

Apply now for September 2020!


Welcome to St Joseph’s Pre-school


Pre-school Home Learning



The government has put together a 'Hungry Little Minds' campaign which gives parents super ideas for activities to support their 0-5 year old children's learning at home. Click here to access this fantastic site!


The Preschool Curriculum is split into these main areas:

Communication and Language

Encourage your child to talk and ask questions at home. This may be that you think out loud so that they can hear how you question yourself.  Think about ways in which you could increase your child's vocabulary. This may be asking them to describe an object, a picture in a book or magazine or through general conversation encouraging them to describe colour, shape, texture or smell.



Read read read to your child. When reading a fiction book with your child ask them how they think the story might end, who are the characters? what do they think will happen next? What is happening in the picture? Ask your child to describe the setting within the story along with descriptions of the characters.

Why not visit the jolly phonics song on you tube the children enjoy singing the songs and showing you the actions.

Why not go on a listening walk around the garden and see what you can hear and see.


Physical development.

Encourage your child to use a knife and fork, to dress independently and put on their own shoes, zip up coats and drink from a cup rather than a water bottle. Encourage your child to dance and move in time to music.

Encourage your child to develop their tripod grip for holding a pen or pencil along with writing their name.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Encourage your child to take turns at home and share, ask them to talk about the feelings of others and how certain actions may make them feel.



Encourage children to count objects, see what happens when there is one less or one more, group the objects, guess capacity -Do you think this cup holds more or less than this one? Develop your child's mathematical language.


Expressive Arts and Design

Encourage your child to draw, colour in, paint and play with pla

ydough. This will help develop their hand strength for early writing skills.

Useful Website for parents:


Opening Times


9.00am - 3.30pm 


9.00am - 11.30am 




St Joseph’s Pre-school is based within St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and we pride ourselves on providing a quality education in a child-led, caring and fun environment. We achieve this by having fully qualified, highly trained staff who support the children's interests, learning and development whilst following the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum (EYFS).


We always welcome parents and family to come and view our pre-school to see the wonderful environment and meet the staff, if you would like to visit please contact Pre School through email or phone. The details are further down the page.


Meet the Staff


Miss V Cartwright - Early Years Foundation Stage Lead (Pre-School and Reception)

Mrs O Cooper - Acting Pre-School Supervisor

Mrs S Dutton - Pre-School Practitioner 

Mrs N Hollywood - Pre-School Practitioner 

Mrs G Sweeney - Pre-School Practitioner 


Governing body

Mrs P Lewis - Chair of Pre-School Committee

Mrs T Rowe - Vice Chair 

Mrs D McLeary - Committee member

Mrs R O'Leary - Committee member

Mrs C Turnell - Committee member

Mrs J Wordsworth - Committee member



Our Daily Routine 


No matter rain or shine, we are always outside!

9.00am Pre-school opens 

9.10am-9.15am Morning Songs 

9.15am-11.15am Free flow - Inside and outside play 

11.15am-11.25am Tidy up time 

11.30am Home time/Arrival time 

11.30am-11.40am Key Group Phonics Session

11.40-11.55am Whole Group Activity

12.00pm-12.40pm Lunch time 

12.40pm - 2.55pm Free flow - Inside and outside play 

1.00pm Home time/arrival time 

2.55pm-3.05pm Tidy up time 

3.05pm-3.15pm Circle Time 

3.15pm-3.30pm Children get their own bags and coats ready for home time


Each week we go on Welly Walk's onto the big school field to explore the natural environment and do fun activities, for example making bird food and building fairy houses. 


We also have a PE lesson each week taught by a professional sport coach in the school hall or playground, focusing on different sports such as football and tennis. 


Please keep an eye on the school calendar and newsletter for upcoming events and dates for your diary




We join up with Reception and the whole school for trips, as well as going on our own within Lichfield to places like -  

The local Garrick Theatre for the Christmas Pantomime

The local Library

The local market and town shops 

The local park 


We also plan trips with Reception which are further a field and need us to take a coach, we invite parent helpers to come along. 

Take a look at the fun we have!

Parent Workshops  

To support the children's learning we have Maths, Phonics and Writing workshops throughout the school year for parents to come along to and learn about different activities and ways to support their children at home to be ready for Reception. 

Comments from parents who came to the workshops include - 

"I enjoyed finding out how children will progress through the Early Years and the expectations at the end"

"It gave me some useful ideas on incorporating counting and games at home, also I'm more aware of the language used to support the learning at school"

"I enjoyed the practical examples of activities I can do at home"

Here are some websites useful for phonics and maths  


Wrap Around Child Care 

If you require before and after-school care we work in conjunction with Badgers who provide care between 7.30am - 9am and 3.30pm - 6.00pm. 

There are further details on here 


Applying for a place 

 To apply, please fill out an application form and either email it using the address below or post it to pre-school. We will try to accommodate all applications, in the event that we are unable to accommodate your request we will advise you of any alternative we can offer or place you on the waiting list. 

Should you have any questions please use the email or ring us using the details below.



Pre-school prospectus   

Admissions Policy

Terms and Conditions

Pre-school has adopted the policies of the main school please see here for our policies


Contact us:

Cherry Orchard
WS14 9AN

Telephone Number - 01543 263505



Please ensure your child attends Pre-school in clothes suitable for messy play as their day will be filled with lots of fun and we want them to feel comfortable.

Although not compulsory, Pre-school has a polo shirt and sweatshirt that you can purchase from Uniforms Plus should you wish.


Our charging tariff for additional or unfunded hours are £4.20 per hour (or part thereof). Fees are invoiced termly and are payable through Parentpay.

Snack Fee of £10 per term is also payable for children attending St Joseph's Pre-school, this fee cover the cost of providing healthy snacks and extra resources to support your child/ren's education. Snack Fee is paid via Parentpay.

You may also purchase a school meal for your child, please advise your child's key worker on the day. Information on school meals can be found here.

There will also be additional fees for extra trips/events that your child maybe invited to take part in. 

Please see our terms and conditions for more information.

Childcare vouchers

St Joseph's is happy to accept payment using Childcare Vouchers, and we have accounts with many of the main providers. 

Your employer may be able to help you with childcare costs using childcare vouchers or other scheme.

You must pay Income Tax and National Insurance on some kinds of support.

You don’t have to pay tax and National Insurance on:

  • childcare vouchers
  • childcare your employer arranges with a provider (sometimes known as ‘directly contracted childcare’)
  • workplace nurseries

You can get up to £55 a week from childcare vouchers, depending on how much you earn and when you joined the scheme.


15 hour Funded Sessions

Funding is provided for 3 and 4 year olds for 15 hours per week for 38 Weeks per academic year by Staffordshire County Council. Eligibility is usually from the term following their third birthday, please see below for the statutory term dates (please note these may differ from the school actual term dates)

When can my child receive their funded place?

 Funding for 3 & 4 year olds will  start from the term after the child’s 3rd birthday:

Children born between:                  Free places start from:

1st January - 31st March                  Summer term (from 1st April)

1st April - 31st August                           Autumn term (from 1st September)

 1st September - 31st December         Spring term (from 1st January)


30 hour Funded Sessions

Parents/guardians must apply for the 30 hours funding before your child(ren) starts their first term of preschool in order for the 30 hour code to to be eligible.

In addition to the 15 hours funding, some parents/guardians may be eligible to access an additional 15 hours of funding (30 Hour Funding) payable for 38 weeks per academic year, you  can find more information here

Further information regarding funding in Staffordshire can be found here

The 30 hour places will take place over two daily sessions 9am - 12.30pm and 1pm to 3.30pm. 
If you require all day care then payment would be required for 12.30 to 13.00 at a cost of £10.50 per week.