The Pre-School Day

We offer a wide range of activities indoors and outdoors which may be child initiated or adult-led. We provide a stimulating and enabling environment where children can select their own activities. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and observe assess and plan for all children using guidance from Development Matters. We recognise that every child is unique and engage children by playing and exploring, being active in learning and creative and critical thinking. We support learning across the seven areas of learning and aim to help them become motivated and effective lifelong learners.

We do not follow a rigid timetable but offer free flow to a range of activities including sand and water play, construction, marble runs and junk modelling. We provide play-dough, painting, mark-making using crayons, chalks, pens and pencil. We encourage role play and imaginative games by providing dressing up clothes, small world resources including dinosaurs, animals, cars, trains and fairies. We regularly change the role play area following the children’s interests; it may be a shop, restaurant, doctor’s surgery, a castle or a garden centre. Jigsaw puzzles, board games, junk modelling and a range of musical instruments are available every day. We have a book corner for quiet time and a secure garden with a climbing frame, slide bikes, trikes, scooters and a bug hotel. 

We may have group time for stories and singing, music and movement and ‘show and tell’ using a Chatterbox. Children also take turns to take Elliot the Elephant home and are invited to tell everyone what he got up to. We also cook foods such as soup and pasta and make our own play-dough at pre-school.

We have local outings around the village and also have use of the Primary School’s field, playground and hall.

We celebrate British festivals throughout the year from Bonfire Night to Christmas, St Georges Day to Remembrance Day. We also celebrate different cultures and customs and festivals including Australia Day, Divali and the Chinese New Year. If our families have festival/customs they would like to observe whilst at pre-school we welcome additional celebrations. 

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm with optional Lunch Club to 1:00 pm
12:00pm – 3:00pm including optional Lunch Club to 1:00pm