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A unique family setting where every child can discover and become who they were designed to be.


Term Dates

St. Giles; Preschool broadly follows the school term dates of Epping Forest and we are actively exploring running additional provision during school holiday times where there is demand for us to do so.


We open for drop off from 8:45am. Doors close at 9am.

Children attending for half day sessions are ready for collection at 12noon and must be collected by 12:15pm at the latest.

Children attending for full day sessions are ready for collection by 3pm and everyone needs to be picked up by 3:15pm at the latest.


Children are welcome to attend from one half day each week up to five full days. Please be aware that where we are oversubscribed, priority is given to children attending more sessions as this aids consistency of care and building friendships within the setting.

Where it will not take us outside of our safeguarding ratios, we may occasionally be able to cater for one off situations for current preschool members who need to attend extra sessions (such as where a parent/carer has to go into the office for an extra day) - if you need to access this service please contact at least 48 hours before the session is required.


Our day begins with free flow choosing within the Hall. When all of the children have arrived and settled, we gather for our first circle time of the day where we introduce the children to what today's adventure will be - whether we are playing in the hall or off on adventures in the garden.

We offer healthy snacks and drinks throughout the morning and afternoon wherever we find ourselves and, where possible, the children are involved in preparing and sharing them with one another.

All children who are staying for the full day are requested to bring along a packed lunch with them and often we will enjoy our lunches outdoors as a picnic. Children who are only staying with us for the morning do not need to bring lunch. Children who are joining us at midday should bring a packed lunch with them rather than eating before they attend.

During the afternoon we may have another adventure to a different area or stay out if we have had a picnic lunch. Usually by around 2pm we head back to the Hall to get out of our coveralls and wellies when playing in the garden, use the toilet and have some final circle time where we reflect on our adventures, listen to a story and then we're ready for pickup at 3pm.



As a charitable organisation dedicated to supporting families, we want to make our services as accessible to families as possible.


All families are required to pay a £75 holding deposit to secure their place at St. Giles' Preschool which is refunded to you when your child leaves the preschool if there are no arrears on your account. Your deposit also secures you your child's first uniform jumper, jumpsuit and wellies and we ask that when your deposit is returned you consider donating old uniform to us to keep as spares and to help out families who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Please note that if you pay a deposit but your child does not end up attending the preschool then it is non-refundable.


We have a simple pricing structure of £22 per child per half day attended. All fees have to be paid in advance (so fees for September are payable by 28th August) and places will be suspended where families are in arrears. 

Eligible for 30 Hours Free Childcare?

If you are eligible for 30 Hours Free Childcare then you do not need to pay anything. However, the amount which RBF receives from the government for providing free childcare places is significantly less than what it costs us to offer the provision, so we invite all families to make a voluntary contribution to the Red Balloon Foundation of £6 per half day attended to help make up the shortfall. UK Taxpayers can additionally Gift Aid their donation. Please note that donations are entirely voluntary and if you cannot afford to make them your child can still access everything that the preschool has to offer.

St. Giles' Preschool is run by a charity and operates on a not for profit basis. Any surplus that the setting generates is reinvested into supporting vulnerable families across RBF's work.

Additional Fees

Please note that collections made after 3:15pm will incur a charge of £10, rising by £5 each time in the term that a family is late to pick up. The Peterhouse Hall is used by other groups every evening and our team needs time to clean and clear the space ready for the next users.

Please be aware, in accordance with our Safeguarding Policy we have to make a report to Epping Forest Social Care with regard to children who are persistently not collected in a timely way from RBF activities that they are attending.



As part of our role as a pre-school we believe it is important to prepare children for their primary school experience by having a simple uniform.

All families will receive a first set of a sweatshirt, coverall, plimsoles, bag and wellington boots once their place is confirmed and deposit received and will be signposted to our uniform suppliers to purchase additional branded clothes.


Families for whom the cost of buying any uniform item would be difficult should contact and we will always offer support with costs where needed.


  • Burgundy Sweatshirt or Cardigan (with logo)

  • Light Blue Polo Top

  • Grey Jogging Bottoms/Leggings/Shorts/Skirt/Pinafore

  • Sky Blue Summer Dress

  • Plimsoles

  • Waterproof Coverall (Provided)

  • Wellington Boots (provided)

  • Gym Bag (with logo)

  • Waterproof Winter Coats, Hats and Gloves (please avoid mittens and do not send children with scarves) 

Children will change into their coveralls and wellingtons whist at the setting and these will remain at the preschool overnight. Please note that children will spend lots of time in their coveralls and wellingtons so wearing summer dresses/skirts/pinafores may be uncomfortable when bunched up under their coverall - families are encouraged to try out different combinations at home to find what their child is most comfortable in before they start at the preschool.

Please consider your child's toileting needs when choosing uniform - things they can get on/off quickly are often desirable!


We ask that all families provide a spare set of clothes in case of accidents. These will be kept at preschool and sent home when they require washing.



Like any organisation RBF has a series of policies and procedures which guide us on how to safely and effectively provide services to children, young people, families and the wider community. Our policies and procedures cover all of RBF's work whether it be with pre-schoolers or teenagers. If you have any questions about the content of these policies or have feedback you would like us to consider in our annual review cycle, please contact

Behaviour Policy

Comments & Complaints Policy

Data Protection Policy

Health & Safety Policy & Procedures

Privacy Policy

Safeguarding (Children) Policy & Procedures

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