The YMCA Mansion House is in the heart of Corsham, and situated in the grounds of St Patrick’s school. We relocated here from the Old Mansion House on Pickwick road and there has been a Mansion House Preschool for over 40 years in Corsham. We have a good reputation in our community and a strong partnership with the adjacent school.
We have a beautiful, purpose-built bungalow with two rooms and a large outdoor space with a large sand pit, water play tray, and wonderful mud kitchen. The outdoor area is also ideal for riding bikes, den building and has a very popular digging area. The children have a garden shed which is used for a variety of activities from extended role play, to a quiet retreat for story telling. The outdoor area is ideal for the children to develop independent play and creative thinking.
The garden has two astro turf areas so that the children can access the garden even on the most muddy of days. We hold regular In2Sports sessions on a Wednesday and the children love these sessions when outside specialists come in to lead sports. We are just across the road from Corsham Court Park and this is used regularly to extend activities, go exploring or going on a bear hunt!
8am – 4pm Mon – Fri, closed bank holidays.
All children aged 3 and 4 are eligible to receive 15 hours free early education each week. We offer 30 free hours per week for working parents who are eligible for the new offer. We offer this flexibly across the week. We are open from 8am-4pm each weekday for 38 weeks of the year in line with school terms.
Working parents are eligible for an additional 15 hours free early education per week. This takes the total to 30 hours a week for 38 weeks a year. To check if you are eligible please check the Council web site below. At some of our nurseries we are able to spread this offer across the year and offer 22 hours for the 51 weeks.
Eligible two year olds can access 15 hours free and parents can check whether their child is eligible by looking on the Wiltshire Council web site. www.wiltshire.gov.uk
We take a range of childcare voucher schemes, and recommend that you visit the Childcare Choices website to see which scheme will help you best with your childcare fees. https://childcarechoices.gov.uk
Session Times and Prices
Full day rate 8am-4pm:
Daisies (age 2-3 years) £42.00
Sunflowers (age 3-4 years) £40.00
Hourly rate for part day:
Daisies Room (age 2-3 years) £5.60 per hour
Sunflowers Room (age 3-4 years) £5.35 per hour
Prospective parents / carers are welcome to view the nursery at any time. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or would like us to send you further details.
Daisy Room – 2-3-year-old room
The Daisies are based the Conservatory, they have their own entrance and the two regular staff members practice in the room every morning providing continuity and familiar faces for the children. The room can take 8 two-year olds. Debbie is the Lead Practitioner and leads exciting, creative play based activities for the children to enjoy. The children enjoy learning to socialise and explore their environment through opportunities which their keyperson has planned which will stimulate their interests and encourage them to become independent learners. Children and parents have induction sessions where parents can plan how to settle their child into sessions. The staff are happy for parent to stay if this makes a smooth transition into preschool sessions. The children have their own outside area for free flow play and they enjoy walks to the local park and shops.
A typical session in the Daisies Room
8.45 – 9.15 Free play
9.15 -9.20 Register
9.20 – 10-30 Adult-led activities
10.45 – 11.45 Join in with the main room for free flow play
11.45 – 12 noon Singing/story
12 noon Lunch
Sunflowers – 3-4-year olds room
The Sunflowers are based in the main play area with the ability to take 30 children. Practitioners welcome all children as individuals and all staff work closely with parents to make the transition to preschool as smooth as possible. Again, parents and children have induction sessions where they get to know their key person, they have their picture taken for their coat hook and these are used to identify their own drawer in which they place their creations for the day. Staff plan to meet and extend their children’s development through adult-led activities and incorporate the child’s interests.
A typical session in the Sunflower room
8am – 11.15 Free flow play, incorporating snack and children’s choice of resources
11.15- 11.30 Circle time
11.30-11.50 Activity time children work in small groups with staff. We run a BLAST and letters and sounds group along with adult-led activity
11.50 -12.00 noon Singing
12.00 noon – 12.30 Lunch time
12.30 – 12.45 Quiet mat time
12.45-2.00 Free flow play including snack time
2.00 -2.10 Circle time
2.10- 2.50 Activity time
2.50 – 3.00 Singing
3.00-5.00 Adult-led activities