About Us

English Martyrs Pre-School opened in April 1972.  Mothers from the congregation of English Martyrs Church helped set up the Pre-School which originally only opened on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

As the Pre-School grew it increased the number of sessions to five mornings and three afternoons until September 2010, when it became a full daycare setting, operating during school term time only.

English Martyrs Pre-School is a popular pre-school that provides a safe, friendly and stimulating environment for all children aged 2 to 5 years. It has a large hall and a secure garden area for up to 26 children at any one time.


“Definitely a positive experience for my child and if I knew a year ago how much we would see him grow in confidence, and how much he would love going there, we wouldn’t have worried as much as he did.  Was a big milestone and a very enjoyable one for him..” (Parent Questionnaire, Summer 2018)

The Pre-School is a registered charity and meets the requirements to offer funded early years places through its registration with Reading Early Years Service. It complies with the requirements laid down by Ofsted and is subject to regular inspections by them.

We were inspected by Ofsted in November 2017 and we are pleased to say we retained a ‘Good’ judgement.


As a registered charity we have a committee who oversee the running of the Pre-School, and many past Pre-School children have gone on to become Pre-School parents, staff and committee members.  We currently have 6 committee members who employ 9 members of staff, including a manager who deals with the day to day running of the Pre-School.  Please view our staff page for more information.