About us

We are pleased to announce that we are OUTSTANDING in all judgements by Ofsted. We hope you enjoy reading our report, which can be found by clicking Report.

We welcome new prospective families to view our pre-school and take a look around, if you would like to meet us, please do contact us and we would love to show you around!


Great Tey Pre-School is developing a Toddler area! This area will be dedicated to children aged 1 year old to 2 years old, ready to prepare them for the transition to the rest of the hall with the pre-school aged children. We will be opening it from September for our full hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 9am – 2.30pm Tuesdays/Fridays, and 9am – 2.45pm Mondays/Thursdays. As per our pre-school hours there will be a 9 or 9.30am drop off, with a collection time at 12.30pm (without lunch time), 1.30pm with lunch time and all day sessions. We will be accepting the 1 year old working funding (and best of all we have no top fees!). Any non-funded hours will be charged at £7 per hour. If you are interested in more information, or to view our pre-school please contact Truly on 07856574976 or email greatteypreschool@hotmail.com.

We are having an open morning for you to see our new Toddler Area on Thursday 4th July, please drop in anytime between 9.45 – 11.15am where you can see what we will be offering the children, meet the team who will be working in the area and speak to management about any questions you have. We will be in the small hall, while polling is in the big hall, please come to the back doors by the small gate in the car park. We hope to see you there.

If you have any questions about the pre-school, or would like to enquire about spaces please contact us by using the form or email us at greatteypreschool@hotmail.com. Or you can call us on 07856574976.

Great Tey Pre-School welcomes all children aged from the age of two to school age. The pre-school has been running over 50 years. We pride ourselves on being affordable for families, we do not charge extra for funded hours (we accept 15 hours and 30 hours government funding), our current rate is £5.25 per hour for 3 – 4 year olds and £5.75 per hour for 2 year olds. We will be accepting the 15 hours funded for 2 year olds from April too. We also accept tax free childcare payments too! All details are available on ‘our session times and fees’ page. If you have any questions please do contact us.

Great Tey Pre-School is 15 minutes drive from Stanway, and welcomes children from all surrounding areas. Our children go to schools in Great Tey, Marks Tey, Chappel, Stanway, Earls Colne and Fordham. We also run a baby and toddler group on a Wednesday morning, please click on the page on the left to find out all about it.

Our dedicated team of practitioners and parents work together to provide a secure and stimulating learning environment, we would love to have you and your child join us. Please find our SEND Offer here.

I honestly can’t rate this preschool highly enough. We noticed our son was very behind and had lots of ‘quirks’ the preschool noticed straight away and put things in place to help him. They work really hard with him especially his key person. They have also sent a referral to get him an assessment. They are always there to answer any of my questions. He is doing things I never imagined he would be able to do.’ (Parent of 3 year old)

Our role in your child’s development is something we are passionate about, our staff members have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they bring to the pre-school. Please read our Prospectus here. We are a member of Essex Early Years Charter.

‘We love the way our daughter can play with what she likes and can paint a lot and isn’t restricted on what she can and can’t do.’ (Parent of 2 year old)

‘The whole pre-school team has a clear intent of the curriculum. This is used to plan and implement activities effectively to help children make very good progress. Staff carefully plan for children’s learning, using information about what children know and can do.’ (Ofsted Report, January 2024)

The pre-school has a number of exciting events that we organise throughout the year for parents, carers and children to enjoy, including:

  • Christmas Fundraising Events
  • Stay and Plays throughout the year
  • Sport’s Day
  • Children’s Christmas and End of Year Parties
  • Annual Leavers Ceremony

‘A language-rich environment supports all children to acquire and use language. Children are confident and effective communicators. Staff support children through a variety of teaching methods, for example effective questioning, narrating children’s play and extending their vocabulary. Staff also use a variety of different communication methods with the children to ensure that each individual child is able to communicate in their own way.’ (Ofsted Report, January 2024)

‘We really love the pre-school. The girls are so happy and settled and get on well with their key people. A is making excellent progress especially with her writing and loves learning. L goes in confidently and that in itself is nothing short of a miracle after the last year.’ (Parent of 2 children, 3 and 2 years old)

News and events


February 13, 2024 by Administrator

We are pleased to announce that we have been given outstanding judgements in all areas by Ofsted. Please see the report here. We hope you enjoy reading it, and if you would like to know more information please email us at greatteypreschool@hotmail.com

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May 30, 2020 by Administrator

We will be reopening the pre-school for one session a week at the moment. When more children wish to return we will look at opening more sessions. If you wish to start with us in September, or have any questions about the pre-school please contact us by using the form or email us at greatteypreschool@hotmail.com.

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Forced Closure

March 19, 2020 by Administrator

I’m sure many of you will have seen the news where the government has announced mandatory school and childcare closures. This has been an anticipated announcement which we now know will close all school and childcare settings until further notice. The pre-school will be following this guidance, and will close after session on Friday 20th […]

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Looking forward to seeing you all!

September 3, 2019 by Administrator

The team is looking forward to seeing all the children and hearing about their holiday adventures! We start again on the 5th September. If you are interested in looking around the preschool and seeing what we do, please call on 07712967081 or email us at greatteypreschool@hotmail.com

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Good bye to our school leavers!

July 14, 2019 by Administrator

We would like to wish all the children leaving for school good luck in their transition to school. We hope everyone has a great summer holidays and we look forward to seeing all our other children afterwards and hearing all about their adventures throughout the summer.

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