Introducing Long Marston Preschool

We have a new name. From the 1st April 2016 we are Long Marston Preschool.

The committee feel some sense of achievement having registered our organisation as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) with the Charity Commission, and re-registered our group with Ofsted.

A CIO is a new legal form for a charity and is generally regarded as the most suitable structure for small charitable organisations that employ staff and enter into contracts, and our trustees are now safeguarded from financial liability.

However you won’t and indeed should not see much change to the wonderful pre-school education and childcare that we provide. The following extract from our new constitution summarises Long Marston Preschool’s purpose.

Long Marston Preschool works for the public benefit having as its objects the development and education of children and young people in particular by:

(1) promoting their care and safety;

(2) promoting their education and promoting parental involvement;

(3) promoting their health and wellbeing;

(4) providing services to support them and their families and carers;

(5)  providing services to individuals holding membership of the CIO; and

(6) furthering the aims of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.



Local Pre-School Children Cycle First Stage of The Tour de France in Fantastic Fundraiser 

 It’s not just Marcel Kittel that has celebrated a fantastic cycling achievement in Harrogate this week – children from Long Marston Primary School and Preschool donned scooters and cycles to travel the 190 km of the 1st stage of the Tour de France as part of a two-wheel relay challenge, raising in excess of £500.

Children as young as 2 years old took part in the challenge, cycling an impressive 754 laps around Long Marston’s Butt Hedge Cul-De-Sac in a time of just 1.5 hours.

The achievement gives hope for a new generation of cycling stars in the ilk of Lizzie Armistead and Chris Froome, with the enjoyment of the event so great that many pupils went over and beyond their given distance, showing true team spirit by running circuits with their buddy and teaming up to count laps.

With the bunting decorating the green and local residents sporting yellow t-shirts and flying flags, the spirit of Le Tour was very much present in ‘le petit village’ between Harrogate and York.

Kirsty Wilson Close, proud mum of competitors George (8), Olly (5) and Tom (4) said: “The children smiled all the way round. It was one of the best events they have been involved in. They were so excited to be a part of the Tour de France in Yorkshire and all had real determination to finish their laps.

“It was a great example of community spirit and everyone got involved from ex- pupils to staff members and local residents and the event certainly kicked off what was a memorable weekend for the children and Yorkshire as a whole.”

The funds raised from the event will be used to enhance the school’s wildlife area for outdoor learning to take place and provide new outside toys such as space hoppers, skipping ropes &  hula hoops to its parent-led preschool and playgroup.



Press Release



19th June 2012


Long Marston Pre School Shows It’s Game For The Olympics!


In the week the Olympic torch is touring the region, Children at Long Marston Playgroup and Preschool have been getting into the sporting spirit by taking part in a programme of Olympic themed activities, culminating in their very own torch run and medal presentation ceremony.

With the buzz building as the final countdown starts to the London 2012 Games, children at the playgroup have been getting caught up in the excitement by taking part in a variety of sporting and creative activities themed around various Olympic sports.

The mini Olympians, who ranged from 2 to 5 years old, had their sporting interests encouraged by taking part in a range of events including Dressage, Team Rowing, Gymnastics and High Jump.

Each child received a medal for taking part in the event with activities culminating in a torch run around the playing field, with specially designed torches created by the children themselves. Parents enjoyed refreshments at the event whilst supporting the children involved.

Penny Johnson, Playgroup Leader, explained: “The children have had a very productive and fun week leading up to what has been a really well supported community event. During the week we have used the Olympic theme, linking our creative and sporting activities to various areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

All the children were very proud of their achievements and we’d like to thank everyone who took part in such as successful event.


Wetherby News, Friday 29th June 2012