" Children are well prepared for the
next stage in their learning, or school. "

Extract from Ofsted Inspection Report – 2015


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Welcome to our popular and friendly
village Pre-school.
A warm and caring environment



We help your child find their own potential, independence
and enjoy their first learning experience

We are a popular and friendly village Pre-school based at The Community Centre in Great Chesterford. We offer a warm and caring environment for children aged 2 – 4+. We aim to help your child find their own potential, independence and to enjoy their first learning experience whilst helping them prepare for the next step to Primary School.

9.00am to 3.00pm daily
Full day, morning and afternoon sessions
Flexible drop off 8.45am to 9.00am every morning
Please view our sessions page for full details or contact our admissions to find out more. You are also welcome to come along to the preschool and talk to Debbie our preschool manager.

Circle time: The children self register by choosing their own name card and sticking it to the themed board. They then sit down on a coloured spot for Circle-Time and Registration. Everyone sings our ‘Good Morning Song’. The register is taken and we use the opportunity to practice counting and number recognition.   Themes provide the opportunity to extend the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world and might include religious festivals, mini beasts, dinosaurs, traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

Main Activities: The children can move between messy areas where activities such as painting, sand, water, play dough, craft and cooking are offered on a rotating basis or self-selected activities based around construction, role play, mark making, board games, small world toys and a cosy quiet book corner. Is the weather is fine the children can play in the Preschool garden. Every day there is an adult- led craft activity the children can enjoy. Learning through play is stimulated through activities such as counting and sorting, floating and sinking, matching and making patterns.

Snack time: The children line up to go to the bathroom and wash their hands before snack time. There is a choice of snacks including crackers, toast, fruit, cheese and raisins and they help themselves to a drink of milk or water. All allergies are catered for. Once they have finished they take their cup and plate to be washed up.

Tidying up: At the end of each activity the children are all encouraged to help tidy the away.

Story Time: We split into two groups, older and younger children and a favourite story is read to them, they are encouraged to help predict parts of the story solve a problem or assist the story teller with props and puppets.

Outside classroom Nature Space: We have 4 timetabled outdoor sessions at the Preschool’s dedicated Nature Space at the allotments. The children are split into age groups for these visits (2-3 year olds and 3+). The sessions take place whatever the weather (unless the weather conditions are extreme).

Show and Tell: Children are invited to bring in things from home and to talk about them to the rest of the children.

Rising 5s: In Spring Term of each academic year sessions for children who are going up to primary school in the following September are held during the preschool day in order to prepare them for school.