YMCA Mansion House Preschool is in the heart of Corsham, and situated in the grounds of St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, a short walk from the town centre. There has been a Mansion House Preschool in Corsham for over 40 years and we have a good reputation in our community and a strong partnership with the adjacent school. We are ideal for teachers or teaching assistants to use for their children, as we follow term times and are open from 8am-4pm each day. We do not charge a retainer in the holidays.
We have a beautiful, purpose-built bungalow with two rooms and a large outdoor space with a large sand pit, water play tray, and wonderful mud kitchen. The outdoor area is also ideal for riding bikes, den building and has a very popular digging area. The children have a garden shed which is used for a variety of activities from extended role play, to a quiet retreat for story-telling. The outdoor area space is ideal for the children to develop independent play and creative thinking. We run Forest School sessions regularly in our lovely garden.
The garden has two astro turf areas so that the children can access the garden even on the muddiest of days. We also hold regular sports sessions and the children love these. Outside specialists come in to lead sports. We are just across the road from Corsham Court Park and this is used regularly to extend activities, go exploring or going on a bear hunt! We can also be seen walking through the town to the church or for an occasional hot chocolate.
Session times and prices (1st April 2022-31st March 2023)
We are open for 38 weeks per year during term times and offer flexible sessions and full days between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm Monday to Friday. We close on those Bank Holidays that occur during term-time.
We also take government funding to provide free hours for all parents of three and four year olds and some two year olds. Most of our parents use their 15 or 30 hours free funding to access our lovely preschool and we do not charge top-ups or additional fees for snacks.
Full weeks are discounted.
|Session||Timings||2 – 3 years||3 – 4 years|
|Morning session||8.00am –12.00pm||£23.20||£22.00|
|Morning session (short)||9.00am – 12.00pm||£17.40||£16.50|
|Afternoon session||12.00pm – 4.00pm||£23.20||£22.00|
|School session||9.00am – 3.00pm||£34.60||£33.00|
|Full Day||8.00am – 4.00pm||£46.40||£44.00|
|Full time weekly rate||8.00am – 4.00pm||£216.00||£206.00|
Children bring a healthy packed lunch and we provide a healthy snack, morning and afternoon, which is included in the fees.
We make a small charge for our In2Sport sessions held on a Wednesday morning.
All children aged 3 and 4 are eligible to receive 15 hours free early education each week for 38 weeks. We also offer 30 free hours for working parents who are eligible for these additional hours, also for 38 weeks.
To check if you are eligible for the 30 hour a week offer, please see the Wiltshire Council web site where there is an eligibility checker. www.wiltshire.gov.uk
Eligible two year olds can access 15 hours free each week and parents can check whether their child is eligible by looking on the Wiltshire Council web site. www.wiltshire.gov.uk
We take a range of childcare voucher schemes, and recommend that parents visit the Childcare Choices Website to see which scheme will help them best with their childcare fees. www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss session times and prices.
If you would like to come and visit our preschool you would be very welcome. Please contact the manager on 01249 712569 or email: MansionHouse@ymca-bg.org
Or complete the enquiry form below and we will get back to you:
Daisy Room. 2-3-year-old room
The Daisies are based in the conservatory, they have their own entrance and garden. Our two regular staff members greet the children every morning providing continuity and a familiar face for the children. The room can take a small, friendly group of up to 8 children.
Debbie is the Lead Practitioner and leads exciting, creative play-based activities for the children to enjoy. The children enjoy learning to socialise and explore their indoor and outdoor environments through planned opportunities which stimulate their interests and encourage them to become independent learners. Children and parents have induction sessions where parents can settle their child into preschool life. The staff are happy for parent to stay if this makes a smooth transition into preschool sessions.
The children have their own outside area for free flow play and lots of adventures.
Sunflowers. 3-4-year olds room
The Sunflowers are based in the main play area which has two rooms and is light, airy and well laid out Practitioners welcome all children as individuals and all staff work closely with parents to foster close relationships and share the development of their children.
There is a large well planned garden and children have free flow to this space. They enjoy spending much of their time outside.
Parents and children have induction sessions where they get to know their key person, children have their pictures taken for their coat hook and these are used to identify their own drawer in which they place their wonderful creations for the day. Staff plan exciting activities which reflect the children’s interests and development stages, making maximum use of both inside and outside spaces.
We use In the Moment Planning as we find that children learn best when they are exploring and experimenting while developing their own ideas.