that choosing the right mixture of care and education to enable the best
transition to school is extremely important. Children usually join preschool at
around 3 years old and from the first time you visit we will work with you to
ensure that you and your child are comfortable in our surroundings.
With over 60
years of combined experience in Early Years Education between the preschool
team and an evident passion for child development, children will thrive in this
creative and empowering environment. Our preschool rooms have been purposefully
designed to provide a stimulating environment. They are located on the ground
floor and both have direct access to our enclosed gardens.
Usually by this
age children are much more independent, and we love hearing all their wonderful
and inquisitive ideas that shape our learning environment. Each of the
preschools offer the same experiences in terms of areas and learning
opportunities, each has a creative area, book area, role play area and wide
variety of open-ended items to stimulate their imagination and problem-solving
A selection of writing materials is always available so that children can
practice ‘mark making’ and emergent writing. Our book areas are full of all
kinds of reading material, from magazines and encyclopaedias, to poetry and
cookery books, the team are highly skilled in story telling and also
encouraging the children to start to create their own stories.
Physical activity and fresh air are extremely important for all of us, but we are
extremely passionate about engendering a love of exercise and fresh air from
the earliest age. Preschool children take part in our very own Forest School learning
programme, which has been proven to increase resilience, listening,
concentration and team work. Group times and early phonics activities are an
integral part of the daily routine, encouraging and enabling children to share
their thoughts and ideas, evaluate the activities they have taken part in and
talk about themselves and their families.
Every year we hold a School Leavers' Workshop facilitated by our team and a local
reception teacher to help you prepare for this next transition and understand
what ‘school readiness’ really means. We have a great relationship with the
local schools, with most of the reception teachers visiting nursery during the
summer term. Our aim is for children to leave us confident, curious and
independent with a lifelong love of learning.