Our Preschool Mission
Selecting a preschool is no little thing. You are releasing your most valuable possession into the care of others and as parents ourselves, we understand the enormity of that. Parents know that every child has infinite value, and this has driven our dedication to provide high quality childcare for over 50 years. Our mission is to excel in providing a safe, warm and caring environment where every child can learn and grow – irrespective of background, culture or ability. We love achieving this by working alongside all the children’s families whom we care about too. We want to support parents, because parenting is not easy – and we want to give every child the best start in life possible, so that each one might know that they are truly cared for and loved.
For children aged 2-4 years, we are Ofsted Registered for children from 2 years+. Sessions are run by experienced qualified staff with many years experience supported by a board of Trustees. We offer exceptional value. And just so you can be clear where our heart lies – we are registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (ref: 1167875).
Ethos & values
We not only value every child - but every adult too. Our staff consistently aspire to demonstrate the highest level of respect for each other and for each child, because we believe in being excellent role models.
We believe in family
Our leadership and management team love to work together. We are not just friends, we are family and we love to extend that to the individual families under our care so we can meet their needs too.
We love team work
We love collaboration and we have established excellent partnerships with our local schools. We also love to invite other organisations into our setting - after all "it takes a village to raise a child".
All our staff are trained in paediatric first aid and are fully qualified in child protection procedures. We update safeguarding training yearly. We believe in clear boundaries and teaching children how to keep safe.
Outstanding in every area
We were thrilled that Ofsted has awarded us “Outstanding” in every area – in leadership, teaching, personal development and behaviour, and outcomes. Here are some of our Ofsted accolades and for more details do read our latest Ofsted report.
Activities & learning
Our facilities include our lending library, secret garden, art & creativity equipment, sand & water toys, climbing frame, ride on toys, let’s pretend facilities and our cosy-story corner for quieter times. We also love to invite other organisations into our setting so our children can access them for free. We have also been extremely successful in securing support from external agencies to help children with special educational needs or disabilities.
Through our funding, our children have been able to access many private benefits for free!! We have enjoyed sessions from Tennis Tots, Sing and Sign (baby sign language), Stretch and Grow and animal visits from Pets at Home. Currently we are enjoying sessions by Diddi Dance. We have also been extremely successful in securing support from external agencies to help children with special educational needs or disabilities. We believe that nobody should miss out on the support they need.
Our times & fees
We have FREE places for eligible 2 year olds and FREE early years entitlement available for 3 and 4 years olds.
A non-profit charity
We are registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (ref: 1167875). This means we are a non-profit organisation where all our finances go back into our work. If you would like to join in our work, why not consider signing up to Easy-fundraising for FREE and help us raise additional income that goes straight to benefiting our children. Alternatively, if you would like to help the families and children in our community directly, do fill in our gift aid form and send any contributions by cheque to: Marygate Preschool, Clifton Methodist Church, Clifton, York YO30 6AL or check out our events and fundraising page.
Did your children go to Marygate? Did your children’s children go to Marygate? Perhaps you have worked or volunteered there in the past? Marygate Pre-School Playgroup are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and would love to hear from you if you have any stories or photos from your time there that you would like to share. As part of the 50th year celebrations there will be an event on Saturday 22nd June between 10.45am and 1pm to mark this special milestone birthday, where they will be gathering photos and memories of Marygate to create a display showing the story of Marygate from where it all began in 1969 to the outstanding setting it is today. So if you were there at the beginning or have been involved at any point over the last 50 years please get in touch with Mandy Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07922 538027.
Find us at Clifton Methodist Church, Clifton, York YO30 6AL