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Mortimer Hall Pre-School

Coronavirus status: OPEN
Mortimer Hall Pre-School provides high quality care and education for children below statutory school age. We place a strong emphasis on providing a wealth of interesting activities and offer large indoor and outdoor spaces for children to further their learning.  We work in partnership with…

Mortimer Hall Pre-School provides high quality care and education for children below statutory school age. We place a strong emphasis on providing a wealth of interesting activities and offer large indoor and outdoor spaces for children to further their learning.  We work in partnership with parents and the local primary school to help us produce good outcomes for children.

We operate a key person system and place high importance on building the relationship between each child and their key person We have been praised by Ofsted for the “very warm attachments between children and staff”.

We add to the life and well-being of the local community and offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Janet Crane
Contact Position
01865 604208
07818 236348

We have had to make changes to the way we run as result of the coronavirus pandemic.  We are open on Monday and Thursday only and children can only attend one session at a time (i.e. cannot stay all day). No parents allowed on the premises (garden or hall).

  • Be aware of social distancing at arrival and departure times.
  • Children to bring a named plastic bag with a change of clothes that can be left at pre-school
  • Children to bring a named bottle of water – normal snack will be provided with a choice of milk or water but we will not have a water dispenser for children to use during the session. We will refill them as needed.
  • Please try to walk or cycle to pre-school to avoid taking up car park spaces as we may need the space for social distancing at arrival and departure times.
  • Please complete and return the form that was sent to you as we need to ensure we have up to date medical information, contact names and phone numbers.

We will have a maximum total of 15 children and they will be split in to 3 small groups.  The government guidelines state that they recognise it is virtually impossible for young children to socially distance and we will encourage it but have to accept that they will mix within the small group.

The children will wash their hands on a regular basis and staff will encourage them to ensure it is being done properly.  We may also use hand sanitiser.  All equipment will be cleaned on a regular basis and no group will share items with another goup until it has been sanitized.

Working to ensure that re-opening pre-school in a way that give the least risk of covid-19 infection has been challenging but we feel the changes we have put in place are as good as they can be.  We also need to rely upon you as parents to keep us informed of any illness and not to bring your child if they or any member of your household has covid-19 symptoms.

We will be concentrating on promoting personal, social and emotional development and this will include lots of communication, language and physical play.  Play will be more directed and we will not be able to have free play / movement – this will be a big change for the children but we hope to manage this   by using gentle reminders, encouragement and providing activities to keep their interest.

This is a different / new way of working at Pre-school but we will still maintain our ethos of learning through play.  We believe that by using our many years of experience and our knowledge of the children we can make the changes work as well as possible. We have had to make these changes to keep the Covid-19 risk low.


General Information:

We are Ofsted rated "Good" across the board. We can offer places to eligible two year funded children.

Where to go

Mortimer Hall
Oxford Road
Old Marston

Current Ofsted Judgment

Requires Improvement


Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£13.00 Per session


Age Ranges
2 - 4 years

Additional Information

Providing services to
0 - 4 years (pre-school)

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Needs

Has Provision
SEN Daycare Provision
Provider's SENCo has experience & undergone training to care for children with differing needs
Experience with
Able to administer medication
Aspergers syndrome or autistic spectrum disorders
Behaviour, emotional or social difficulties
Disabilities affecting mobility
Downs syndrome
Hearing Impairment
Moderate learning difficulties
Physical disability
Profound and complex disabilities
Speech, language and communication difficulties
Vision impairment

Childcare Information

Funded Places

2 year old funding

3 & 4 year old funding (Universal - 15 Hours)

3 & 4 year old funding (Extended - 30 Hours)

Term time only or stretched over more than 38 weeks
Term Time
Offering split funding with other providers
Partnership settings
St. Nicholas's Primary School
Other - please specify
We offer a wraparound service with St Nicholas's Primary School

Opening Times & Facilities

When is childcare available?
Part Time
Term Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday - Friday 9:00am 3:00pm

Accessible changing facilities
Arts and crafts
Climbing Frame
Dressing up
Educational Toys
Large Garden
Visit & Outings

School Pickups

Offers pickups
St Nicholas' Primary School (Oxford)
Children who have a place at St. Nicholas Foundation Stage are walked to and from the school (not restricted to afternoons)

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
19/02/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
30/10/2018Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Last checked on 07/12/2020

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