Raynsford Academy Church of England Acdemy

Rayndrops Pre-School

Welcome to Rayndrops pre-school.

We are a part of Raynsford Church of England Academy and have adopted the school's principles and values.

We have a purpose-built classroom and outdoor area and offer a play-based curriculum where children will have the opportunity to explore, experiment and enquire about the world about them, fully supported by highly qualified and motivated members of staff.



It is our aim to provide high quality Early Years care and education for the Pre-School children of Henlow and the surrounding areas.  



We aim to:

  • provide a safe and healthy enabling environment
  • work in partnership with parent and carers to help their children learn and develop
  • value everyone in the group
  • promote an environment of equality and diversity
  • provide a stimulated place for children to learn through their play




We take children from the term after they are two years old and offer the following sessions:

Monday - Friday (Term time only - see main school website for term dates)

8.30am - 11.30 am (3 hours morning session) 

11.45am - 3.00pm (3.25 hours afternoon session) 

alternatively we can also offer a full day, including lunch this runs from:

8.30am - 3.00pm (6.5 hours full day session) 



Mrs Hayley Dixon - Manager

Miss Ella Winwood- Early Years Apprentice

Miss Rachel Dixon - Early Years Practitioner

Mrs Jane Payne - Early Years Practitioner

Mrs Liz Renney - Early Years Practitioner

Mrs Denise Smith - Early Years Practitioner

Mrs Leah Fookes - Early Years Practitioner




We have a total of 28 places available per morning session and 28 per afternoon session (subject to availability).   

Applications are welcome for the next academic year 2024_25


For further details on funding please refer to the Rayndrops Pre-School prospectus via the link below.

Coming soon (in the process of being updated)

Expression of Interest Form 2024



Orders for uniform are now made via ParentMail under the Payment / Shop tab.


 30 Hours and Tax-Free Childcare

Since the launch of 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare there has been feedback that parents are not always sure how the government’s childcare offers can be used together. To help clarify this the DfE and HMRC have worked together to produce a one-page Childcare Overview that sets out all the government’s childcare offers for parents, helping them to understand at a glance what support might be available to them and how the offers interact (please see below).

Helping to Pay for Childcare Overview

Tax-Free Childcare for 2 and 3 year olds

Remember that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare alongside their 30 hours. With Tax-Free Childcare, for every £8 parents pay into their childcare account, the government will provide a top-up of £2, up to a total of £2,000 per child per year (and up to £4,000 for disabled children).

Government 30  free childcare funding 

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