Our pre-school room accommodates children from three to five years of age, although children are likely to start the transition before their third birthday. The focus in the pre-school room is on learning and development and the children are able to choose from a wide range of stimulating resources and activities. Within the pre-school environment there are colourful displays incorporating the children’s artwork, there is a cosy ‘reading area’, a role play kitchen, a creative area and an interactive whiteboard and computer area to access stories and games. The creative area provides a space not only to enjoy the nutritious meals and snacks but also to enjoy a range of creative activities: painting, sticking, drawing, colouring, using glue and glitter, play dough, baking and food tasting. Regular group times are a key feature in the pre-school room, either the whole group sharing experiences or small groups enjoying age appropriate activities designed to stretch and challenge children’s learning. Our ‘sign of the week’ is popular with the pre-school children and they enjoy learning a new Makaton sign to practice with their friends and families.


We work closely with parents to accommodate children’s individual needs, by supporting any particular dietary requirements and we work with parents on sleep routines and toilet training for those children who still need this support. In pre-school we take the opportunity to enjoy our outdoor spaces as often as possible, making the most of the different areas the garden has to offer: the all-weather surface, grass play area and the educational zone with its planting area, our nursery pets, the science shed and the insect hotel. Pre-school children also start to enjoy some of the purpose built play equipment which includes a stage for small group work, the ‘stretch and challenge’ climbing equipment and the story telling area.

All of the pre-school children enjoy a regular 1:1 with either Christine or Mary, both of whom are trained teachers. During that time they will share a story, talk about their experiences draw or write and enjoy the opportunity to develop their skills.

Your child will have a key person who will help them feel settled and happy in the nursery and they will be your primary contact. The key person has special responsibilities for working with a small number of children, giving them reassurance to feel safe and cared for and to build relationships with you. They will observe your child, assess their progress, record what they have done and plan for their learning. Within the pre-school room we work on a ratio of at least 1 member of staff to support 8 children. There are 2 qualified and experienced practitioners based in the pre-school room, both of whom have paediatric first aid qualifications and they are supported by our Advanced Apprentice.

The pre-school children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), a structure of learning development and care that all schools and early years providers follow from birth to five years old. They cover the 3 prime areas:

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development - making relationships, self-confidence and managing feelings and behaviour

  • Communication and Language – listening and attention, understanding and speaking

  • Physical development - developing gross and fine motor skills, health and self-care

and the 4 specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage:

  • Literacy - reading and writing

  • Mathematics - Counting, estimating and working out simple problems, learning mathematical names for shapes and ordering and measuring objects.

  • Understanding the world – people and communities, the world and technology

  • Expressive arts and design – exploring using media and materials and being imaginative.