The large, open Preschool space has plenty of room for a wide range of activities for children to enjoy, from mark-making and sorting, to puppet shows and dressing up! The comfortable, carpeted room affords child-sized tables and chairs, activity tables for children to feel and explore different objects and textures and a home corner to encourage role-play.

There is an area for crafts, messy or wet play and children enjoy activities exploring sticking, painting, cooking, gardening, sand and water. There is a wide range of books children can look at and lots of puzzles too! We provide a transition room for 2 year olds who are leaving our baby room before progressing into the preschool.

We have three small toilets for preschool children and small wash hand basins to encourage independence. There are nappy changing facilities and potties available for training

We have a secured outdoor space around the building for free-flow outdoor play. The children enjoy exploring sand and water, how things grow, drawing with outdoor chalks and playing in the play house and on ride-on toys. Our outdoor 'mud kitchen' is also a very popular place to play!



We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum updated in 2017. We provide a rich play environment in which children can engage in spontaneous play. Children have the opportunity to experience various activities including: wtaer play, painting, sand, dough, cooking, woodwork, music and physical exercise.

"Children make good progress and develop a positive approach to learning that prepares them well for school"
Ofsted 2016


Funded sessions for 3 and 4 year-olds and eligible 2 year-olds

The Saplings (Martlesham Heath) is registered to accept government funding in the term following your child's 3rd birthday, providing your child up to 15 hours per week of funded sessions. All the relevant forms will be issued by The Saplings when your child becomes eligible.

Funded hours can be used at any time during our opening hours of 7.30am - 6.00pm and across all our sessions. This includes: Preschool sessions, Breakfast Club and After School Club. You can also 'stretch' your child's funded sessions across term-time and Holiday Club.

Some 2 year-olds are also eligible for 15 hours funded sessions per week, which can also be used across our opening hours of 7.30am - 6.00pm and 'stretched' to Holiday Club. To find out if you are eligible, please contact your local Children's Centre.

Lunch and Snacks

The Saplings Lunch Club sessions also run Monday - Friday for Preschool children. Children bring their own packed lunches to Lunch Club, which runs from 11.45 am - 12.15 pm each day. Lunch Club enables children to attend both morning and afternoon sessions, alternatively children can attend morning session followed by Lunch Club, or attend Lunch Club followed by an afternoon session.

We encourage parents to provide a Healthy Lunchbox in line with current Government Guidelines. The NHS Change4Life website have some ideas on how to make packed lunches healthier:

Guidance to Parents on Packed Lunches

The children are offered a drink of semi-skimmed milk or water and a healthy snack during the Morning and Afternoon Preschool sessions.

Preschool Uniform

Uniforms are available for children who attend The Saplings Preschool to wear. The uniform helps protect children's clothes from getting messy. We have a polo shirt and sweatshirt available. 

Call us on 01473 614753 or email for more information or to arrange a visit

Prices effective from 1st April 2019:

Pre-school Morning session (9.15am-12.15pm) - £18.25

Pre-school Afternoon session (12.15pm-3.15pm) - £18.25

Pre-school full day (9.15am-3.15pm) - £36.45

Additional Pre-school hour* - £6.10

*Pre-school additional hour - Extending a Pre-school session during pre-school hours will be charged at our Pre-school additional hour rate per hour.

Please note this charge is applied per hour even if children do not attend for a full hour. The Pre-school Additional hour rate only applies during our Pre-school hours (9.15am-3.15pm). Prior to 9.15am, Breakfast Club rate applies and after 3.15pm, After School Club rates apply


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