About us

Our values

Our Vision

To give every child the best start in life

Our Mission

Deliver high quality childcare and exciting opportunities for learning that give every child a head start as they prepare for school


We take care of the children entrusted to us and our dedicated staff. All are appreciated and diversity is valued


We maintain the highest standards in care and safety and provide exceptional early years education


We provide exceptional service and are integral to supporting parents bringing up children


We provide outstanding value for our families

Our Management Behaviours

  •  We are obsessive about our values
  • We act with integrity and transparency in all our relationships and are approachable by any colleague
  • We have confidence and energy and inspire action
  • We know our numbers and keep improving them
  • We do what we say we are going to do and execute at speed
  • We are challenging and will take difficult decisions but always show respect

Here at Brayton Headstart we understand you want the very best for your child, and so do we.

Did you know that Brayton Headstart Preschool follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework in England?   The EYFS framework includes seven areas of learning that are pivotal to your child’s learning and development.

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social, and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

But we don’t just stop there because we know just how precious their childhood is. After all, they only get one.

From our health and well-being to our learning through play activities, our passionate and experienced team goes beyond Government’s standards. We want to ensure your child’s learning journey is full of wonderful experiences that they can carry with them throughout their early years.

Don’t just take our word for it. Come and experience Headstart’s difference with us.

Did you know that the prime areas of learning form the essential foundations for healthy development and future learning for each and every child?  Well, here at Brayton Headstart, we support and ensure that every child is able to develop their solid start within the prime areas and we will continue to build upon these skills, opening to explore more learning opportunities within the specific areas of learning.

These 7 areas are the basis for our curriculum. Careful thought is given to inform our enabling environments (indoors and outdoors), to provide resources, activities and learning opportunities to meet each child’s unique requirements. Ofsted call this ‘curriculum’.  Our curriculum is very flexible and responsive to follow children’s interests and those totally unplanned learning opportunities that sometimes come out of the blue, such as it unexpectedly snowing, etc!

Young children learn through play.  The EYFS refers to the Characteristics of Effective Learning.  These are:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

Every EYFS provider has their own bespoke curriculum, to support each child’s unique developmental pathway, following their interests and fascinations.

We will continue to follow In the Moment Planning, where each child will take centre front.  We will ensure that we seize any opportunities to capture their learning and development through their own interests.

We will continue to follow the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) ethos, which also introduces the concept of cultural capital.  The framework which we will continue to follow, states:

“Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. It is about giving children the best possible start to their early education. As part of making a judgement about the quality of education, inspectors will consider how well leaders use the curriculum to enhance the experience and opportunities available to children, particularly the most disadvantaged […]

“Some children arrive at an early year setting with different experiences from others, in their learning and play. What a setting does, through the EYFS curriculum and interactions with practitioners potentially makes all the difference to children. It is the role of the setting to help the children experience the awe and wonder of the world in which they live, through the seven areas of learning.”


Brayton Headstart Preschool initially started off in September 1967 as ‘Brayton Parish Playgroup’. It was formed by a group of young mothers from the church and was initially held in the parish rooms until 1991, when it moved to its own premises on the grounds of Brayton High School with the help of the Local Authority.  The state-run high school was taken over by Brayton Academy as part of The Rodillian Trust in 2016, and the preschool continued to operate as a parent-led charity committee run provision serving families in the heart of the community on the Academy grounds.    In 2022, Brayton Headstart became a privately run preschool (Ofsted Registration 2682965) with Monika Wood and Amanda Prickett running it as Company Directors.  This was to ensure that the children remained undisturbed and continued to thrive, learn, and develop through play through their early years.

Brayton Headstart Preschool is Ofsted registered and a member of the preschool Learning Alliance.

Set Up

Brayton Headstart Preschool is a private limited company where it has two Managing Directors and a team of highly skilled and qualified staff.


 The friendly atmosphere in our provision emanates from the warm and caring relationships between our preschool team and the children in our care. The individuals that make up our team are passionate and strive to deliver the very best care for every child. Recognising that children learn by example and observation, our teams always show courtesy, patience, and mutual respect.

Safety and security is our priority, and we recruit all our staff according to a robust safer recruitment process. All our people receive continuous Brayton Headstart’s training in all aspects of child development, as well as health and safety, food hygiene, and 12 hour paediatric first aid, to ensure your child receives the highest standards of care.

Monika Wood is our Early Years Lead and Company Director as well as Safeguarding Lead Officer and Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo). Amanda Prickett is our Business Director as well as Deputy Safeguard Officer and Deputy SENCo to support Monika.   Both Monika and Amanda come with a highly skilled team of Early Years Educators; Harriet Wilson, Sarah Jackson, Sally Hartley, Whitney Abdullah and Emma Poole, who all strive to support each child within our care offering outstanding learning and development through their early years.  Sally is the named leader in the absence of both Monika or Amanda.

Monika Wood is our named Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Behaviour Co-ordinator. Our Local Offer (available in setting, copies on request and on our website) outlines our commitments to working with children with additional needs.

Keyperson system

Every child at Brayton Headstart Preschool is assigned a key person – their own special member of our team. It’s an approach that sets us apart and is key to our child-centred care. The special relationship your child develops with their key person will help them feel cherished and secure – giving you peace of mind, too.

We’ll assign your child their key person even before they start with us, so that from day one there’s someone ready to support you both. The key person will be there for the settling in process, so you’ll know your child will have a dedicated person who fully understands their care and their learning and development needs.

Your child’s key person will keep you fully up-to-date with their progress at Headstart. At the end of each day during pick-up, you’ll know about the activities your child has done, what they’ve had to eat and drink, and what they’ve enjoyed most by being able to speak to your keyperson– so you don’t miss out on any part of their development.

As well as ensuring your child is developing and learning according to the Early Years framework, we’ll record special moments such as kindness towards others or eating something for the first time, and your child’s spontaneous reactions to new events and activities. Everything is captured in their unique learning journal, enabling you to look back on your child’s time at Headstart for years to come.

There’s no need to worry about continuity. Each key person is paired with a ‘buddy’ who they make fully aware of your child’s needs and who can step in if they are absent or on holiday.


Funding Options

Funding is available for up to 15 hours per week 38 weeks per year from the term following your child’s second and third birthday. Full details of entitlement birth dates are available in Headstart. For families who meet certain benefit criteria there is two-year-old funding available, please see Monika or Amanda if you think you may be entitled to this funding. Any additional hours over the 15 funded hours (for 3 and 4 year olds) are charged for at the same rate as a paid for session.

We know that covering the cost of childcare isn’t always easy, and we want to help our families find the best options available to them.  So we’re really pleased to tell you about the government’s funding available for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Over a million families are entitled to government-funded childcare support that could be worth thousands of pounds, so if you could do with some help with your childcare costs, you can find out about all the options online. Visit ChildcareChoices.gov.uk for more information on the support you could receive and don’t miss out on the help you could be entitled to.

If your child turns three during the term, they will be entitled to funding for the first term of either April, September or January. The deadline to make your application for a 30 Hour Code is 31st of March, August and December. To obtain a code or to renew your code, if funding is already in place, please visit https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare or call HMRC (0300 389 8667).

We also are able to offer 2 year funding if you meet the criteria:


This is means tested, to find out more call the Families Information Service on 01609 533483.

Tax Free Childcare / Childcare Vouchers

We do all we can to give your child the very best start in life – and make your life easier. So if you’re finding childcare funding a little tricky, we’ll do our very best to help. Click the link below to download this handy guide.


Places are either paid for or funded. Paid for sessions are charged in line with the local authority.  You will receive an invoice on your child’s first session and half termly thereafter detailing sessions reserved and amounts due.

We are unable to offer lunch for children, so you must provide a healthy packed lunch which is from 12pm until 1230pm if your child is attending all day.

There is a Care Package charge of £1.50 per session per child (Snacks, Tissues, Cleaning Materials, Art Supplies Cooking Supplies etc- known as consumables).

All fees must be paid promptly by the date stated on your invoice and by bank transfer where possible. Cheques are not accepted.

We are part of the childcare vouchers scheme, please see Monika or Amanda for more information on this.

Non-payment of fees will incur a late payment charge of 10% of the total invoice bill and a risk to your child losing their allocated space in the setting.

Please note that if your child should be absent from preschool for illness or holiday sessions will still be charged at the usual rate, with exceptional circumstances considered on an individual basis.

If for any reason you wish to remove your child from Headstart then a period of 4 weeks written notice is required with all fees paid up to date.


Brayton Headstart Preschools policies are designed to ensure we offer the best possible outstanding experience for children and families who access our provision. Policies are reviewed annually and we welcome any comments from parents and carers.

Policies are available for you to look at in the cloakroom and copies can be made available on request for a small fee.

Policies cover subjects such as:

  • Safeguarding
  • Special educational needs
  • Behaviour
  • Complaints
  • Health and safety
  • Equal opportunities
  • Sickness
Collection of children

Please keep us informed of who will be collecting your child. There is a section on the registration form where you can inform us of people who will be collecting from preschool. If for any reason someone will be collecting your child who is not expected please inform us and ensure you send someone with whom your child is familiar.

If you are going to be late please phone the setting to let us know as soon as possible – children can become very upset when parents and carers do not arrive on time. Please be aware there is a charge of £20 for persistent late collection.


We strongly advise you not to send your child to playgroup in their best clothes. Messy play with paint, sand and water is actively encouraged and whereas we do provide aprons and coveralls, sending a spare set of clothes is advisable.

All children need to be dressed in clothes suitable for climbing and moving freely, including footwear. Complicated fastenings and belts are not advisable as it makes toileting difficult. We will access our outdoor provision in all weathers so please bear this in mind – sunhats, sun cream, coats, hats, and gloves should all be provided.

For health and safety reasons please do not send your child to Headstart in necklaces or earrings other than studs.

Please name all clothing and footwear.

Changing of children

If your child wears nappies or pullups please ensure there are some provided each session, as well as wipes and nappy bags. When toilet training please provide plenty of spare underwear and trousers.  Where possible, your child’s keyperson will assist with personal hygiene procedures and we will endeavour to support whichever methods you use at home.

Behaviour Management

We believe that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are met and where there are clear and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour. We firmly believe in supporting each child’s INDIVIDUAL needs and will work in accordance with statutory guidelines to ensure this is done.

Fire drill and lockdown drill

Both drills are carried out half termly, the gated access to the garden must be kept clear at all times.

Medical arrangements

First aid training for staff is renewed every 3 years. Should your child sustain an injury or become ill whilst in session then every attempt will be made to contact you. Accidents will be recorded and you will be asked to sign our accident book when you arrive to collect your child.

If your child requires any medication whilst at the provision it must be prescribed and you will need to sign a consent form to allow it to be given


If your child is unwell please do not send them to Headstart, they will be sent home. Coughs and colds are part of growing up and if your child is well in him/herself there is no need to keep them at home. In the instances of vomiting and/or diarrhoea they must be clear for 48 hours before returning to Headstart.

Chicken pox spots must all be scabbed over before returning to the provision.

If you have any questions about illnesses please speak to your keyperson.

Setting closure

We will publish all term dates as soon as we are made aware of them by North Yorkshire County Council. We largely follow local school dates but we are only funded for 38 weeks a year therefore there may occasionally be some differences. Training days will be advertised as early as possible and you will not be charged for any sessions normally taken on a training day.

In the unlikely event of an emergency setting closure we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible by phone and via our facebook page.

Snack / Lunch

All staff preparing snack have relevant and up to date food hygiene training. A weekly snack menu is available for you to see on the parents information board. There is unlimited drinking water available throughout the session with snack provided once per session. We offer water or milk at snack time.
Please consider healthy options for your child’s packed lunch and note that fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate bars will not be allowed.

There is a space on the registration form for you to inform us of any dietary requirements or allergies your child may have.

Please note that we are a NUT FREE provision.  Please ensure that any packed lunches do not contain nuts. (This includes chocolate spread and other foods that contain nuts)


We hope that your child enjoys their time with us and staffs are always on hand to discuss any issues you may have. If there are any issues that cannot be resolved by speaking to your keyperson please make an appointment to see Monika or Amanda.

Privacy notice

We Brayton Headstart are a data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. We collect information from you and may receive information about you from your previous school and the Learning Records Service. We hold this personal data and use it to:

  • Support your teaching and learning
  • Monitor and report on your progress
  • Provide appropriate pastoral care
  • Assess how well your school / PRU is doing.

This information includes your contact details, national curriculum assessment results and personal characteristics such as your ethnic group, any special educational needs and any relevant medical information.

We will not give information about you to anyone outside the Brayton Headstart without your consent unless the law and our rules allow us to do so.

We are required by law to pass some of your information to the local authority, North Yorkshire County Council, and the Department for Education (DfE) and where appropriate we will send to relevant national health service personnel (e.g. school nurses) information on individual pupils changing school (or address) to ensure continuity of health care. If a child moves to another school we will ensure a handover of appropriate data we hold, and we will cooperate with other schools s/he has attended to endeavour to complete any outstanding issues.

If you want to see a copy of the information we hold and share about you then please contact the Directors at Brayton Headstart.
If you require more information about how the Local Authority (LA) and/or DfE store and use your information, then please go to the following websites:

www.northyorks.gov.uk/schoolrecords and

If you are unable to access these websites, please contact the LA or DfE as follows:


Please do not send toys to preschool with your child as it causes great distress if it becomes lost or broken. Staff will not accept any liability for damage caused to toys your child brings from home. If there is a particular item your child wishes to share with his/her keyperson they are welcome to bring it in, show it and then it will be removed and kept safely until picking up time.

New starters can bring in a comforter for the first few sessions until they have settled in.