I am delighted to welcome you to the Little Owls section of the website and hope you will be inspired to visit us in person at our lovely purpose-built facilities.
In Little Owls Pre-School, we combine all the advantages of a conventional nursery with a wonderful range of learning opportunities and play to provide boys and girls from the age of 3 with essential skills. As our youngest pupils continue to thrive and develop their self-esteem, their all-round progress is best summed up in our most recent Inspection Report: “an outstanding start is provided in the Foundation Stage”.
The importance of these early years in the life of a child cannot be underestimated. At Little Owls Pre-School every day is a new adventure. Creativity and imagination flourish as the children learn and play together, becoming absorbed in the wonder of discovery and excited by their achievements.
In a lively, family atmosphere, our dedicated staff ensure that each child enjoys a happy introduction to school life. At this age, with the benefit of a 1:8 staff to child ratio, children are particularly inquisitive, eager and receptive to new experiences and as they progress.
Please contact us to arrange a visit, we’ll be happy to show you around.
Jackie Hunter, Head of the Pre-School
As an independent pre-school, Little Owls is able to define its own curriculum. We fully support the Department of Education’s Early Years programme but we supplement this in many different and unique ways.
So much of learning at this age is dependent upon structured learning through play and we have fantastic facilities and equipment for this, including a lovely shaded terrace and ample grassed playing fields. However, we also favour more formal learning arrangements as the children develop and these are introduced as the children grow and mature. Here, we have the huge benefit of being able to draw upon our Junior and Senior School staff to provide high quality specialist teaching in music, swimming, Zumba, dance, PE and French.
Although we provide a structured environment, with daily routines, which the children get used to, there is not a set timetable at this stage in their education. The children are encouraged to do what interests and inspires them. There is a free flow system which operates all day, so the children can choose to go outside to play when they like. A hot lunch is at 12.00pm every day for those children who attend the morning sessions which is eaten in the Little Owls part of the school dining room. Snacks and drinks are available all day, not at a set time.
As far as specialist activities, this gives you an idea of what type of activities are on offer and when. There is flexibility every day for the staff and children to take advantage of the changes in weather and local events which may be happening and suitable for the children to take part in. There are also trips and visits throughout the year, such as visits to Playdale Farm, the local fire brigade as well as the visitors who come in to the nursery.