Cranfield University Preschool

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Cranfield University Preschool

Cranfield University Pre-School (CUPS) for children aged two years nine months to four plus (or compulsory school age) is located in a residential area of the Cranfield campus surrounded by green open space.

About the Cranfield University Pre-School

In our last two inspections by Ofsted (the UK’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) CUPS was awarded Outstanding in all areas.

Its main facility is a large bright room, with areas for quiet time, computer skills and creative arts. There is also a separate room for music and movement and other physical activities. There is an enclosed garden for outside play. All CUPS staff:

  • have a relevant early years qualification
  • are committed to ongoing training
  • are all trained first aiders, and
  • have passed all Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

The staff to child ratio meets Ofsted guidelines.

Opening hours
Term-time only: Monday-Friday 8,50am-12pm

Admissions and fees

We can accept applications for the pre-school once you have been secured a place at the University.  You do not need to wait to be allocated an address on campus before you apply. Please complete an admission form and email it to in order to secure your child a place on the waiting list.

Children are entitled to 15 hours Government Funded child care per week the term after their 3rd birthday.  If spaces allow children aged 2 years 9 months to 3 years will be charged per session. There is a charge of £12 per session for non-funded children which must be paid termly in advance.

A snack fee is paid termly by all children at a rate of 75p per day for a healthy snack.

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