About Us


Parkside Pre-School is located on the ground floor of the YMCA Reading building. Although we share the same building as YMCA Reading, we are a secure and separate establishment.

We accept children that have 2 year funding and 3 & 4 year funding. The 15 hours can be made up of mornings, afternoons or a mixture as long as we have spaces.

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday for two sessions. Morning session is 08:45 - 11:45 and afternoon session 12:30 - 15:30, we also run a lunch club which is in between the session times. Lunch club is chargeable with the children bringing their own packed lunch. We can provide 18 spaces per session including 2 year old funded children.

We have two free flow rooms. One allowing more 'messy play' which the children have voted to call 'Hedgehog Room' and the other room which is called 'Squirrel Room'. We have access to a large hall which we use, sometimes twice a week for circle games or dancing. We also have a secure outside area, with grass, hardstanding and a large sheltered area that the children have called 'Fox Shelter'.

At present we are a small team of 4 adults. We pride ourselves on the fact that between us we have numerous years' experience working with young children. Our qualifications range from B.Ed Hons in Primary Education, NNEB, Level 3 in Child Care and Education and HLTA status. We use all of our skills collectively and keep up to date with training for different strategies for children's learning, development and behaviour.

What our parents say:
Pxxxx has had a great year at Parkside Pre-School and loved every minute of it, she has made lots of friends and lovely memories. Thank you for the care and attention you have given Pxxxx and helped her to learn and grow and become a more confident little girl.
Mr & Mrs B
Exxxx has picked up many lovely traits from you. I feel confident she is ready for her next challenge at school. Congratulations on creating such a wonderful Pre-School, it’s a real asset to the area and I feel lucky Exxxx got to experience it.
Mr & Mrs S

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Meet the team


Alison Bennett
Alison Bennett
Manager
Marie Nolan
Marie Nolan
Deputy Pre-School Manager
Elaine Perkins
Elaine Perkins
Pre-School Assistant (Mon, Tue & Wed)
Jo Roberts
Jo Roberts
Pre-School Assistant (Thu & Fri)
Lorraine Bushnell
Lorraine Bushnell
Pre-School Assistant (Wed, Thu & Fri)
Yvonne Coward
Yvonne Coward
Pre-School Assistant (Mon & Tue)