Drake Primary School and Little Pirates Child Care

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Summer Holiday Club - 24th July - 5th September 2023

End of Summer Term 2023 & Holiday Club Dates

Friday 21st July 2023 - Last day of term - Drake Primary School closes at 1pm, but Little Pirates will remain open until 5:30pm as normal, we will then be closed to Term Time only children, due to the summer holidays beginning
Monday 24th July 2023 - Friday 1st September 2023 - Open for Holiday Club and All Year Round children
Monday 28th August 2023 - Closed for Bank Holiday
Monday 4th September 2023 - Closed for Staff Training
Tuesday 5th September 2023 - Open for Holiday Club and All Year Round children only
Wednesday 6th September 2023 - New Term begins for All Year Round and Term Time children


Spring Term 2024

Wednesday 3rd January 2024 - Open for Holiday Club and All Year Round children

Thursday 4th January 2024 - New Term begins for All Year Round and Term Time children

Easter Holiday Club 2023

Easter Holiday Club 2023

We will be running our fantastic holiday club from Monday 3rd - Monday 17th April 2023, closing on Friday 7th & Monday 10th April for the Easter bank holidays. Come and join us for a range of fun Spring crafts and activities. If you would like to book a place for your child, please contact Karen & Susan at or 01842 762055. 

Childcare places September 2023


If you would like to enquire about available childcare places from September 2023, please contact Little Pirates at or call 01842 762055 and ask to speak to Karen or Susan.


We can provide childcare to children aged 18 months - 4 years old and we are able to accept 2 and 3 year old funding as well as Tax Free Childcare.


The sessions we offer are:

Morning - 7:30am - 12:30pm

Afternoon - 12:30pm - 5:30pm

School Day - 8:45am - 3:30pm

Full Day - 7:30am - 5:30pm


Here are some links with more information for you: 


Thank you.

Merry Christmas from Little Pirates!

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and happy and peaceful New Year!

Tiddler Room Closure

Child Care Fees


Please see below a letter regarding our Child Care Fees and  Pricing Structure



We would like to say a huge thank you to all our parents that brought a raffle ticket for our Christmas hampers. With the money we raised, these are some of the products we brought for each of the rooms. All the children have enjoyed playing with the new toys. 


Thank you from The Little Pirates Team 

Parking Outside Nursery 


Can we ask that all Parents please park sensibly and use the parking spaces that are available. Can you all look when reversing your car as we have a lot of parents and children walking around outside. This is being monitored within the Nursery as this is a serious issue. 

Growkids Free Clothing Bank


Please find a poster below about a new free clothes bank - GrowKids. They are based at the Charles Burrell Centre and they are now ready to start providing bags.


Please keep them in mind if you know of any families in need over the next few weeks.

Poppy Appeal 2020

Due to the current situation we have not been given poppies to sell this year. We would really like to be able to raise money for the Armed Forces community so we have attached a link for you to donate if you would like to.


Every poppy makes a difference to the lives of our Armed Forces community


The children and staff in Little Pirates have been busy making the wonderful display below

Below is a letter regarding the new online booking system. The letter is also on Tapestry and Parent hub for school aged children. 


Below is some of the questions we have been asked regarding our online booking system, we hope these answer any worries or queries you may have. 

FAQ Online Booking System

Childcare Online Booking (CoB)


We are happy to announce that the new online booking system, Childcare Online Booking (CoB) is now ready to book all Childcare sessions, including Breakfast, Afterschool and Holiday clubs for October.

Letter to Parents Regarding CoB

Nursery Open


Little Pirates would like to thank the parents for their continued support through these challenging times, we have been dealing with. The children have come back really well and settled back into their rooms. The nursery is now open to all our children, if you would like your child to come back please email the office. All weekly updates will be put onto tapestry, if you are having any trouble with tapestry or do not have an account, please email us and we can get it sorted for you. Once again Thank you for the support.


The Little Pirates Team  

Reopening Letter to Parents 19th May 2020

Opening up for more children - questionnaire for all parents 


From the 1st June, the government has announced that schools may be able to open to children in Early Years including Nursery and Reception Classes, Year 1 and Year 6.  

The government has published guidance for parents and carers you should read before completing this survey:

The government is strongly encouraging children and young people in the eligible year groups and priority groups (such as children of critical workers) to attend as requested by their school unless they are self-isolating or there are other reasons for absence (such as shielding due to health conditions).

Please complete this questionnaire, so we can determine how many pupils are likely to attend our school from 1st June to enable us to plan how we can safely accommodate them. We would appreciate it if you could try to complete this form as soon as possible.

Please read this DfE guidance before completing this form.

We will contact you to confirm an offer of a place at school as soon as possible.

VE Day - Friday 8th May


Just a reminder to all that Friday 8th May is a bank holiday, there will be no work set that day and Daycare for children of Critical Workers will be Closed.


We would love to see some images of the fun things you do to celebrate this day.

Fees Update 


Hi to you all. 


We hope you are all well. All invoices and fees will be sent out in the post by the end of the month. A Statement can be found under Price list tab.


Stay Safe! 

Weekly Update 


Hello to all our Little Pirates Children and Families. We hope you are all safe and well during this uncertain time. We just wanted to let you all know we are still open to a few Key worker children 8.45-3.30. We are putting weekly themed activities on Tapestry for you to do with your children at home, it would be lovely to see photos and videos put on. Please keep checking the main website for any updates. 


We hope you all have a lovely Easter. 


The Little Pirates Team. 

Sports Relief


All the children had a good day of dressing up in their sports wear and doing sports activities within their room. We raised a total of £32.14. Thank you for all your contributions. 

Coronavirus Update

As a school we are kept up to date on the situation via a daily email from the Department for Education and are taking our guidance from that.

Coronavirus and it's impact on school life is discussed within Senior Leadership meetings and the information delivered to all staff and families. Teaching staff are reinforcing good hygiene practices with the children, our full-time janitor is sanitising door handles & other areas on a regular basis and office staff are closely monitoring pupil holiday destinations.


The information below is from our latest DfE email -


Government coronavirus action plan

The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan to do next.

The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

The action plan can be found here:

Action plan recap

The action plan sets out a four-phased approach in response to coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research, based on the latest scientific evidence.

The current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, however planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.


How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:

Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)


Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19: