About us

At Kirkburton Pre-School we provide a high level of care and teaching.  We believe every child deserves the best start in life and we aim to help them on their journey by offering the right educational stepping stones for them. 

The children’s needs are our main priority.  We focus on providing a safe yet stimulating environment for all our children to learn happily at their own pace, whilst incorporating the Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS).

We have a lovely setting with lots of room to support a variety of fun and educational pre-school activities within key play areas such as; a home corner, indoor sandpit, role-play, sensory play,  a reading ‘forest’ and a music corner to name a few.

Our safe and happy environment encourages the children to learn at their own pace and become confident and happy.

We also encourage children to be independent by putting on their coats and changing shoes for example, which helps to prepare them for the transition to first school.

Every Wednesday afternoon we visit the local library where the children listen to stories told by the librarian and we often go for walks around Kirkburton to look at the local areas of interest.



Our pre-school has adopted the Key Person System.  Each child is allocated a Key Person when they start pre-school.  The Key Person is responsible for ensuring that the needs of each child are recognised within the pre-school and an individual curriculum or play plan is devised to meet these needs.



We are a non-profit making organisation and registered charity which relies heavily on fundraising activities organised by the elected committee and supported by the local community.  Fund raising is essential to cover the running costs of the pre-school as well as essential materials/ toys and not forgetting the children’s parties!



Our pre-school is run by a committee comprising parents and carers, elected at the annual general meeting, usually held in the month of June. The committee volunteer their time to work alongside the pre-school manager and the team. Working together, the committee and staff ensure that we are compliant with all Ofsted requirements and that the running of our pre-school is second to none, whilst constantly striving to maintain an exceptional level of childcare. Pre-school committee meetings are held monthly and all parents are welcome to attend as all suggestions and comments are much appreciated. The committee is a great place to get actively involved with the pre-school.



Here at our pre-school we have a written set of policies that are available for all parents and carers to read at any time.  We have regular newsletters throughout the year to help build the home/pre-school relationship.  The newsletter will update parents and carers on activities that the children have been undertaking that term plus any future fundraising events or initiatives they may wish to take part in, as well as any other exciting news that can be shared with the families.   We also use the newsletter as a means of communicating when the bi-annual parents’ evenings take place.  These are an opportunity for parents and carers to come into pre-school to talk to their childs key worker and see their childs progress in their files.  Visit our News page to see our latest Newsletter.



We have links with the two village first schools  - Kirkburton and Highburton.  Staff from both these schools visit the children in the pre-school setting prior to them entering their reception class.  We also arrange visits to the school, for example we have attended the rehearsal of Kirkburton First Schools Christmas play and Harvest Festival.  We find working closely with the teachers helps enable a smoother transition for the children to first school.



We provide a healthy snack for the children mid-morning and afternoon along with milk, water and fresh orange juice.  If your child is staying for lunch please provide a healthy and varied packed lunch which can be stored in our fridge.



We are open daily Monday to Friday 0900 – 1500 (Term time only)



Morning session 9am – 12 noon

Afternoon session 12 noon – 3pm

Full day session 9am – 3pm

Lunch club 12 noon – 1pm

N.B. Children must bring a packed lunch with a drink when staying for the full day afternoon sessions or lunch club.



  • £11.50 per morning or afternoon session
  • £23.00 for a full day session
  • £3.00 per term (snack contribution)
  • *£3.50 lunch club (1 hour)

*Children who attend the morning session only are welcome to stay and bring along a packed lunch.

N.B. We accept approved childcare vouchers


We currently have a team of six at pre-school. Some members of our team have worked here for many years; this has helped in providing a consistent and high-level of childcare in a very happy environment.


Helen Ives - Manager

  • Foundation Degree in Early Years BA (Hons).
  • BTEC Level 3 in Childcare.
  • SENCO - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
  • Paediatric first aid level 3.
  • Worked in childcare sinvce 1998.
  • “My favourite Pre-school activities include baking and cooking with the children. I also enjoy getting involved with the musical activities.”

Emma Hartley - Deputy Manager

  • NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Childcare Learning and Development.
  • Paediatric first aid level 3.
  • Worked at Kirkburton Pre-School since 2009.
  • “My favourite pre-school activities are the creative ones.  I particularly enjoy working with the children to make our wonderful displays around the setting. I also love messy play.”

Jill Obia

  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Pre School Practice.
  • Paediatric first aid.
  • “My favourite pre-school activities are the messy ones!  I really enjoy outdoor play and gardening in our garden area.  I have green fingers!  I am the play dough expert and make different colours, textures and smells each week for a full sensory experience.”

Janine Browne

Janine Browne

  • NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Childcare Learning and Development.
  • Paediatric First Aid.
  • Worked in childcare since 2013.
  • “My favourite pre-school activity is painting and music/movement.”

Naomi Kyriaiou

  • NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Childcare Learning and Development.
  • Paediatric First aid.
  • "I have worked at Kirkburton pre-school since 2012. I enjoy spending time in the construction area and building with the children.  I also enjoy introducing new technologies to the children and taking part in our outdoor group games."

Sandra Coulthard

  • Our part time administrator looks after the paperwork including admission details, funding, payroll and fees.



  First day at Pre-School  Last day at Pre-School
First Half of Autumn Term Monday 2nd September Friday 25th October
Second Half of Autumn Term   Tuesday 5th November Wednesday 18th December
First Half of Spring Term Monday 6th January Friday 14th February  
Second Half of Spring Term Monday 24th February Friday 3rd April
First Half of Summer Term Monday 20th April Friday 22nd May
Second Half of Summer Term Monday 1st June Wednesday 17th July

PLEASE NOTE: May bank Holiday Please note Pre-School will be closed on Monday 4th May.



Funded 15 and 30 hours available for eligible 2 and 3 year olds!

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Our Address

Kirkburton Pre-School
Hallas Rd

We are on the right near the top of the steep hill. Our building adjoins Top Bodies Gym and parking is available.

Ring us

9am-3pm Monday to Friday

  01484 606976

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