Attending

Pre-school age range and opening times

  • Age range : 2 years 8 months through to 4 years old.
  • Opening hours : Monday to Friday (during term time)
Our Nursery is available for bablies and younger toddlers (age 0-3 years) and is open all year round. For more information please see our Nursery page.

Sessions and Fees

Fees for sessions between 9am and 3pm are £4.10 per hour for two-year-olds and £3.70 for children aged 3 years and onwards.

Morning, Afternoon or All-Day sessions are available. Breakfast club and Afterschool club sessions are also available.

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Lunches and Tea

For the all-day sessions, please either send your child in with a packed lunch, or order them a hot meal (details below)

If you wish, you can send your child in with a packed lunch for the 12-3pm session.

Children staying later than 5pm will need to bring a packed tea.

Hot lunches by La Cocina at Cowes Primary School £1.85 each
(Please order before 9.30am daily. Menus are available in the lobby)

Holiday Club Sessions

We are closed during school holidays, but offer holiday club sessions during the Easter and Summer holidays, subject to sufficient demand. .

Registering at Blackberry Lane

We currently have some places available. If you are interested in registering your child, or simply wish to have a look around, please give us a call to arrange to come and see us. We will be happy to show you around, and discuss your child's needs and the sessions we have available.

Should you decide to go ahead, we will give you a registration pack and book your child's place.

The first days

We want your child to feel happy and safe. Each child is allocated a specific member of staff (their 'key-person') who will work with you to help him or her to settle in. You are welcome to stay for as many sessions as you wish while your child settles.

Your child's key-person will work with you to ensure that the pre-school's provision is right for your child's needs and interests. Observations about your child are recorded on Tapestry (an online early years learning journal). All children have an account which parents are able to access to view and add their own observations.

Snacks and meals

Blackberry Lane makes snacks and mealtimes a social time. Healthy and nutritious snacks are provided. Do tell us about your child's dietary needs and we will ensure that these are met.

If your child is attending an all-day session, please send them in with a packed lunch in a bag labelled with their name. If your child is attending the 12-3pm afternoon session, you may also send your child in with a packed lunch for this if you would like to. If your child is staying later than 5pm please also provide a packed tea.

Alternatively a hot meal is available daily at a cost of £1.80. This consists of a main meal and dessert and is provided by La Cocina (the Cowes Primary School kitchen).

We currently have children at pre-school with severe nut allergies. Please help us by not including any nuts or peanut butter in your child's packed lunch. Please also check that food such as cereal bars don't contain nuts.

Clothing

Protective clothing is provided for use during messy activities, but please send your child in clothes that you won't mind them getting 'grubby' in!

Sensible soft play shoes with covered toes should be worn. Flip-flops and shoes with high heels are unsuitable for use on the climbing frame and outdoor equipment.

We have a 'no jewellery' policy. This is to ensure that injuries are not caused. Staff will remove items of jewellery at their discretion.

We encourage children to gain the skills to look after themselves. This includes taking themselves to the toilet, and putting on and taking off outdoor clothes. Easy-to-manage clothing will help with this.

Blackberry Lane t-shirts and sweatshirts:

We have our own logo-printed t-shirts and sweatshirts. T-shirts are £4 and sweatshirts are £7.00, there is a choice of royal blue or red. To order, please ask a member of staff.

messy play time

'Messy play' time

creative play

Creative play

healthy food

Learning about healthy food choices

playground

Outdoor play area

playground

Outdoor play area