A Little About us.
Welcome to Toad Hall – a potted history
Toad Hall Pre-school started life as a small privately owned playgroup in the mid sixties, since then it has changed venue and leadership a few times and we eventually settled in St. Gabriel Church Hall in 1979 where we were known as Toad Hall Playgroup. In 1995 the decision was made to change our name to Toad Hall Pre-School, major refurbishment took place in 1997 and we moved across to the bright new hall we are in today. Nicky Blunt took over as manager in January 2011. This group has slowly evolved from the small privately run playgroup into the thriving 64+ place community charity pre-school you see today, managed by a committee of parents and supported by Nicky and her team of very experienced staff of ten.
Toad Hall has built up an enviable reputation of providing excellent care for our under 5’s, placing strong emphasis on their social and emotional development. We have been recognized by OFSTED as an OUTSTANDING provider, for three consecutive inspections, we were inspected in April 2022 we were recognized as a GOOD provider, with OUTSTANDING for Behaviour & Attitudes.
It is most important that parents feel they are welcome to stay and settle their child into their initial sessions. We strongly believe that parents and pre-school staff are joint partners in the development and care of our children and we value any contribution you may wish to offer our group. Maybe you have a particular skill or talent you could share with us such as playing an instrument or telling stories. Perhaps you would like to take an active role on our committee – a very worthwhile commitment. You may like to join in one of our sessions to see what goes on, so that you can share experiences with your child. We would be delighted to have you, just put your name on the Stay & Play Rota on the notice board at a time convenient to you or have a chat with your child’s key worker.
We continue to build links with Hyde Park Infant School where the majority of our children transfer prior to their fifth birthday. We recognize how important it is for your child to have a smooth transition from one setting to the next. We hope you and your family enjoy your time with us. Our promise to you is that we will do all we can to provide a stimulating experience for your child to enable him/her to reach their full potential and help foster respect and enjoy the companionship of the adults and children met along the way.