About Tithe Barn Preschool

The Tithe Barn Preschool has been established in Bishops Cleeve for over 50 years, firstly ran by Mrs Jean Mason (1972-1992) then Mrs Lenora Smith (1992-2016) at the iconic Tithe Barn. Two Qualified Primary School Teachers, Samantha Fisher and Cathy Lea, took over the ownership in September 2016.

The Tithe Barn Preschool takes children ages 2, 3 and 4 years old. Children from the preschool go to many of the surrounding primary schools within the area, including Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy, Grangefield, Woodmancote, Gotherington, Treddington and further afield.

We are open term time 9am – 3pm. Children bring their own packed lunch.

We accept the 15 Hours and 30 Hours Government Funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. The term after your child turns 2, they are eligible for the Universal 15 Hours Funding and parents can check their eligibility for the 30 Hours Funding on the Childcare Choices website.

We charge £5.56 per hour for Non-Funded Preschool aged children and £6.30 per day for Funded children (Please see Parents T&Cs Policy for more information). Early Learners (2-3 year-old) places are £6.03 per hour.

To register interest in your child joining Tithe Barn Preschool, please click here.

Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission:

Our Mission is to inspire the lives of the children and families we work with, through creating a Preschool which supports and nurtures the needs of both and builds a foundation for life-long learning. 

Our Vision:

  • To provide a safe, happy, caring, secure and stimulating environment for children to flourish within. 
  • To enable all children to develop their capabilities as successful learners, become confident individuals, and discover a sense of responsibility for themselves and respect for others in the environment.
  • To value and support each unique child and their family. 
  • To be recognised as providing excellence within early years by our families, colleagues, community and Governing Bodies.

Our Values:


  • Showing kindness and support to both child and family.
  • Ensuring that Tithe Barn Preschool is somewhere that children ‘love to learn’.
  • Promoting a culture of tolerance, inclusion, diversity, equality, fairness and opportunity.


  • Highest quality, high expectations, always aiming high.
  • Testing ourselves and those around us, reflecting on our own work.
  • Building on our strengths and weaknesses, and developing skills for learning, life and work


  • Being prepared and willing to go the extra mile.
  • Being involved, responsive, interested and interesting.


  • Being genuine, open, honest and sincere.
  • Acting with integrity: Do the right thing, even when no one else is watching.
  • Uphold the trust placed in us by children and their family by providing the highest standard of care.


  • Being mindful and proactive in observing and protecting the safety of those in our care and those working alongside us.
  • Being reflective and learning from parents as our partner – working together to ensure the best possible outcome.
  • Developing strong nurturing relationships.