YMCA Mansion House Preschool, Corsham

The YMCA Mansion House is in the heart of Corsham, we are in the grounds of St Patrick’s school.  We relocated here from the Old Mansion House on Pickwick road in 2009.

There has been a Mansion House Pre-School for over 40 years in Corsham and during that time we have built up a good reputation.

We now have a beautiful, purpose-built bungalow with two rooms and a large outdoor space with large sand pit, water play tray, and wonderful mud kitchen, for the children to develop independent play and creative thinking. The outdoor area is also ideal for riding bikes, den building and has a very popular digging area.  The children have a garden shed which is used for a variety of activities from extended role play, to a quiet retreat for story telling for the children to develop independent play and creative thinking.

The garden has two astro turf areas so that the children can access the garden even on the most miserable of days.  We hold regular In2Sports sessions on a Wednesday and parents are happy to make a small contribution to the costs.  We are just across the road from Corsham Court Park and this is used regularly to extend activities, go exploring or going on a bear hunt!

Opening times 8am – 5pm Mon – Fri, closed bank holidays.

Government-funded free entitlement hours

All children aged 3 and 4 are eligible to receive 15 hours free early education each week and this offer has been extended to 30 free hours for working parents who are eligible for the new offer. To check for eligibility and see how you can get government funding towards childcare fees please visit:

Eligible two year olds can also access 15 hours free and parents can check whether their child is eligible by looking on the Wiltshire Council web site.

Session Times and Prices  (from 1 April 2017)

Fees for full days (8am-4pm) 

Additional hour available until 5pm which is charged at the hourly rate for the age group.

All Day Rate(8am-4pm) Full Week(8am-4pm)
Daisies (2-3 yrs) £42.00 £210.00
Sunflowers (3-4 yrs) £40.00  £200.00

Hourly Rates for shorter sessions. Please speak to the manager about your requirements

Per hour
Daisies (2-3 yrs) £5.60 (includes snacks)
Sunflowers (3-4 yrs) £5.35 (includes snacks)


Daisy Room – 2-3-year-old room

The Daisies are based the Conservatory, they have their own entrance and the two regular staff members practice in the room every morning providing continuity and familiar faces for the children.  The room can take 8 two-year olds.  Debbie is the Lead Practitioner and leads exciting, creative play based activities for the children to enjoy.  The children enjoy learning to socialise and explore their environment through opportunities which their keyperson has planned which will stimulate their interests and encourage them to become independent learners. Children and parents have induction sessions where parents can plan how to settle their child into sessions.  The staff are happy for parent to stay if this makes a smooth transition into preschool sessions.  The children have their own outside area for free flow play and they enjoy walks to the local park and shops.

A typical session in the Daisies Room

8.45 – 9.15 – Free play
9.15 -9.20 – Register
9.20 – 10-30 – Adult-led activities
10.45 – 11.45 – Join in with the main room for free flow play
11.45 – 12 noon singing/story
12 noon – Lunch

Sunflowers – 3-4-year olds room

The Sunflowers are based in the main play area with the ability to take 30 children.  Practitioners welcome all children as individuals and all staff work closely with parents to make the transition to preschool as smooth as possible.  Again, parents and children have induction sessions where they get to know their key person, they have their picture taken for their coat hook and these are used to identify their own drawer in which they place their creations for the day.   Staff plan to meet and extend their children’s development through adult-led activities and incorporate the child’s interests.

A typical session in the Sunflower room

8am – 11.15 – free flow play, incorporating snack and children’s choice of resources
11.15- 11.30 – Circle time
11.30-11.50 – activity time children work in small groups with staff.  We run a BLAST and letters and sounds group along with adult-led activity
11.50 -12.00 noon – Singing
12.00 noon – 12.30 Lunch time
12.30 – 12.45 – Quiet mat time
12.45-2.00 – Free flow play including snack time
2.00 -2.10 – Circle time
2.10- 2.50 – Activity time
2.50 – 3.00 – Singing
3.00-5.00  – Adult-led activities


Prospective parents / carers are welcome to view the nursery at any time. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or would like us to send you further details.

Contact Details

YMCA Mansion House Nursery

Manager: Gillian Carvey

The Bungalow
St Patrick’s School
Lacock Road
SN13 9HS

Tel : 01249 712569