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Cherry Orchard, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9AN

01543 263505


St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Growing with Jesus

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

Before and After School care available - more information below 

Apply now for January 2020!


Welcome to St Joseph’s Pre-school



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 Miss Moseley through email or phone. The details are further down the page. 

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-11.45am Phonics Session

11.45am-11.55am Toilet time 

12.00pm-12.40pm Lunch time 

12.40pm - 2.50pm Free flow - Inside and outside play 

1.00pm Home time/arrival time 

2.50pm-3.00pm Tidy up time 

3.00pm-3.15pm Circle Time 

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


Each week we go on a Welly Walk 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. 


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 2018-19  

Admissions Policy 2019-20 

Terms and Conditions 2019-20

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 in advance via Staffordshire County Council.

Snack Fee of £3.50 per week is also payable for children attending St Josephs Pre-school, this fee cover the cost of providing healthy snacks and extra resources to support your child/rens 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 Josephs 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.