Pre School


We are a community based Pre-school which runs from Pelynt Children’s Centre. We take children from the age of 2 years. We have a toddler group that runs from the community room on Thursday mornings 9-11am from birth to 2 years.

14.03.19 Please note: We are in the process of migrating all information and content from our old website as we are now part of Pelynt Primary School and also a member of Bridge Schools Trust. We appreciate your support and understanding while we complete this transition. Please be aware that some information on the old website and thus migrated to here may be out of date. This will be updated in the coming weeks and the old website will be closed down soon.

Opening hours:
Monday 9-12 and 12-3
Tuesday 9-12 and 12-3
Wednesday 9-12 and 12-3
Thursday 9-12 and 12-3
Friday 9-12 and 12-3

Telephone number: 01503 220686
Pelynt Children’s Centre,
Summer Lane, Pelynt, Looe, Cornwall
PL13 2LG
Registered Charity No. 103 0591

About Us

Pelynt pre-School has been running since the 1970s. It was originally run by a group of Mums in Pelynt Village Hall. We have grown over the years and in 2010, we finally realized our dreams of having our own standalone building for the care and education of the young children of Pelynt and surrounding areas.This building is modern, bright and spacious for the children to learn and be creative. We have recently raised the funds by the generosity of our local community, to build our very own sensory garden. The building can provide access for all; everything has been purpose built. Other outside agencies including our weekly toddler group called ‘Pelynt pumpkins’ utilize the space the building can offer.

All our staff shares a wealth of experience and knowledge and are motivated to offer the best environment for your children. Our Current Pre-school leaders have an NVQ Level 4 and the team are all qualified to NVQ level 3 or equivalent and above.

We work together with the Pre-School Learning Alliance and adopt their core beliefs that:

Parents are children’s most important teachers and practitioners work with them. Children learn through play and by becoming involved in activities. Learning occurs in social groups and the setting is a learning community for children and families.

Pelynt Pre-School is a charity status organization run by a management committee of parents and carers. We pride ourselves in being true to our aim of providing a warm, friendly learning environment for children and their families. Our new premises enable us to provide this in a bright, modern, welcoming environment.

We have close links to our local school Pelynt Primary School and have a good transition set up in the Summer Term for those starting school in September. We also feed into other local primary schools, and provide transitional support for this very important time in our children’s lives.

We want to continually grow as a Pre-school by listening to parents and children’s views on quality. Enhancing what is done to promote the best outcomes for children by sharing knowledge and the development of a learning culture. We have a commitment to continuous professional development of our staff through reflection and self?evaluation. We attend relevant up to date courses so they are fully informed.

At snack times, we offer a variety of healthy snacks for your children, and are very proud of achieving a level 5 Nipper Nutrition award. We cater for any special dietary requirements that children and families may have and offer detailed information about the foods we are offering.

Meet The Team

Emma Hickman – Supervisor-NVQ 4 Children’s Care, Learning and Development
I have been a Supervisor at Pelynt Pre-School for 12 years after starting a year earlier. I love being creative and I enjoy gardening at home, which I share with the children at Pre-School. The part of my role I love the most, is showing the children new experiences and watching them develop ready for Primary School.

Rachael Hansford – Supervisor – NVQ 4 Children’s Care, Learning and Development
I began my career at Pelynt Pre-school as a volunteer. In 2006 a job vacancy arose and I have been here ever since. I am a joint Supervisor.
Samantha Crosby – Deputy/ SENCO – CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Work force (QCF)
I was a Nanny and a children’s swim teacher before I started working in a preschool setting back in Hampshire in 2010, 3 years later I moved to Cornwall and in 2014 started at Pelynt.

Teresa Clowes -Play Assistant – NVQ 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development
I have worked at Pelynt Pre-school for 8 years. I started at Polperro Pre-school to cover maternity leave and have continued to enjoy working in childcare since then.

Sharon Bunkum – Play Assistant – NVQ 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development
I began working with children by doing voluntary work at my local preschool and primary school. I started my early years training in 2002 and worked at Barbican preschool until January 2015. After a short break I joined Pelynt in September 2015.

Carol Gibbs – Chairperson
Carol has been our Chairperson since November 2008. Carol has been the driving force of our committee!

If you need to contact Carol please call her on – 01503 220400


"Pelynt Pre-School have worked hard with other professionals to develop a learning environment in which our son can socialise, dance, play and learn despite his physical difficulties. Since being at Pelynt pre-school he has just blossomed. I can thoroughly recommend this family-like environment and all of the friendly and caring staff. “

“Pelynt pre-school has been & continues to be a fantastic place for my daughter to attend. The set up is small but well equipped and offers a safe place for me to send my daughter. The staff are all very professional & extremely welcoming when I enrolled my daughter. I’ve since joined the committee & have become involved more with this fantastic pre-school. I would highly recommend Pelynt pre-school to anyone who was looking for a placement for their child to feel safe, have fun & grow in confidence just as my child has”

“My children have attended Pelynt Pre-School for two years now and we have never experienced anything but friendly professionalism, constructive help and advice, and a great sense of fun and learning. The team have been invaluable in helping achieve goals I have found especially difficult when raising twins. ie Potty training, communication, development and discipline. My children love their time at school, and the progress they are making is a joy to watch. I especially enjoy tracking their achievements through the regular updates made to their ‘Smile File’. My children have strong bonds with their teachers and have mad so many friends. I am very happy with Pelynt Pre-School and we will be sad to say goodbye in July!”


 Monday9.00am – 12.00pm12.00pm – 1.00pm12.00pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday9.00am – 12.00pm12.00pm – 1.00pm12.00pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday9.00am – 12.00pm12.00pm – 1.00pm12.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday9.00am – 12.00pm12.00pm – 1.00pm12.00pm – 3:00pm
Friday9.00am – 12.00pm12.00pm – 1.00pm12.00pm – 3.00pm

Government funding is available for all 3 and 4 year olds of 15 hours per week from the term after their birthday, and funding may be obtained in some circumstances via the Family Information Service.

For those children not receiving funding the current charges will be £4.00 per hour, this includes the lunch hour.

A charge will have to be made if your child is away for any reason, including sickness

This payment reserves your child’s place at Pre-school and must be paid at all times.

We will invoice you at the beginning of each half term. If you would like to make other arrangements or would rather have invoices more regularly please talk to a member of staff.

Pelynt Pumpkins

Pelynt Pumpkins Baby & Toddler Group is a friendly group which runs alternate Wednesday (term time only), 9am-11am in the Pre-School Building.

Pumpkins is run by several of the Mums who have children attending the group. A small charge of £1.50 per child is applicable which is used for a healthy snack for the children, refreshments for parents and activities for all to enjoy.

Each week a structured activity is undertaken to encourage the child’s development.

Activities include:
- Arts & Crafts
- Cooking
- Experimenting with new textures
- Planting seeds & much more

It’s not only the children that get to play and make new friends but parents also like to get together a couple of times throughout the year for a well deserved evening out!


Please take a look at our Welcome book in the 'Archive Information' folder below, this will give you a very good overview of what things you may like to know about us.

If you would like to apply for your child/children to attend Pelynt Pre-School please print off the following form Registration Form from the 'Archive Information' folder and drop it into us or you can e-mail it to us.

Please print and complete the registration form (also in the 'Archive Information' folder). We will need this handed in on your child’s first day at Pelynt Pre-school.

Pelynt Pre-School Photograph Consent Form - Please print and complete the photograph consent form (also in the 'Archive Information' folder).


Please click on the link below to go to the relevant website;

Pre-School Learning Alliance

The Pre?school Learning Alliance is the largest early years membership organisation and voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England.


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.


Pelynt School

At Pelynt School they are very much a ‘family community’ and consider the needs of the child whether as a class member, in a small group or as an individual. Please take a look at Pelynt School’s website to learn more.


Nippers Nutrition

The Nippers’ Nutrition Programme provides a framework for day nurseries, child-minders and pre-schools to deliver a balanced diet and nutritious food to under 5’s, so that they can give the children in their care the best start in life.


Cornwall Family Information Service

The Family Information Services (FIS) provides free, impartial information and guidance on a full range of childcare and children’s services and resources across the Cornwall. The service is available to : parents and carers of children. providers of childcare services.

Our Learning Space

Children's work

Our sensory garden


View the following documents within your web browser or download to read later

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Archive Information
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Archive Pre School Newsletters



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Archive Pre School Policies


Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

© 2019 Bridge Schools trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Registration number 7736425. It is an exempt charity.