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The Saplings Preschool Play Sessions provide Early Years Foundation Stage Education in a safe, stimulating, fun and friendly environment. Preschool Play Sessions are for children aged 2-5 years. We offer places for up to 30 children per session. Places are available to any child, regardless of school catchment area.


If your child is eligible for 2 or 3 year old funding, the funded hours can be used at any time during our opening hours 7.30am - 6.00pm. 

Morning session (9.15 - 12.15) - £16.30
Afternoon session (12.15 - 3.15) - £16.30
Full day session (9.15 - 3.15) - £32.65

Additional pre-school hour £5.45



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.

If your child's birthday is between You can claim funding from
1st September and 31st December Spring Term
(Starts in January)
1st January and 30th April Summer Term
(Starts in April)
1st May and 31st August Autumn Term
(Starts in September)

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.

Kesgrave Children's Centre:
Caterpillar Children's Centre:
22 Bell Lane,
7 Cumberland Street,
Kesgrave, IP5 2BY
Woodbridge, IP12 4AH

(01473) 265833
(01394) 388276
email: kesgrave@suffolk.gov.uk
email: caterpillar@suffolk.gov.uk

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.

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. Please download and print off your order form from this website and bring into Preschool with cheque or cash indicating your size required.

Download The Saplings Uniform Order Form

Download The Saplings Uniform Order Form (PDF)

To register your child in the Preschool, please complete the following registration form:

Preshool Registration form