Welcome to our Pre-School


  • The only Pre-School with an 85 acre campus
  • Free taster sessions
  • Wrap-around care available 7.00am – 6.00pm
  • Weekly PE, Forest School type activities, cookery and music
  • FREE after school activities until 4.40pm
  • Safe, enclosed garden and playground
  • Interaction with the whole school community

30 Hours Funding accepted from September 2017

From September 2017 your Early Years Funding will cover 30 hours per week. You can use your entitlement in a flexible way over various sessions, including Early Club and Activities, to suit your requirements. You do not have to use all 30 hours. Childcare vouchers are also accepted.

Kindergarten at Shebbear College

What makes our Pre-School so special?

Our 85 acre rural campus offers an ideal space for the our Pre-School children to explore. We regularly take the children to visit departments in the Senior School such as our science laboratories, art studios, our new music centre and our new Sixth Form Centre where they are able to interact with our older pupils and take part in exciting activities. It is always our aim to include our Pre-School children within our wider school community. The children also enjoy weekly Forest School type activities in our woodland areas and regular trips to local attractions as well as visits from interesting guests.

Kindergarten at Shebbear College

Following the Early Years Foundation Stage, the seven areas of learning are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts & Design

Included in the Pre-School curriculum are regular French, Mathematics, Literacy and Music lessons along with Cookery, PE, Art and a variety of other subjects.

Kindergarten at Shebbear College

The initial phase of a young person’s education should be exciting and rewarding. At Shebbear College we achieve this by providing a reassuring, safe and happy environment. We believe in promoting the independence and social skills of all children in our care, encouraging them to grow into happy and confident children as they learn, through play, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Children are welcomed into our Pre-School in the term of their third birthday, usually on a part-time basis and they remain here until the end of their Foundation year. Through observations and interests shown, topics are planned which will develop and enhance their learning in a fun and challenging way.

Daily Term-Time Sessions:

Early Club 8.00am – 9.00am
Morning Session 9.00am – 12.00pm
Afternoon Session 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Activities 3.00pm – 4.40pm (except on Fridays)

Wrap-around care:

7.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday

Current Government Funding – Early Years Entitlement

The government provides funding for all 3 and 4 year old children, starting from the funding period after their 3rd birthday until the term following their 5th birthday, to attend an Ofsted early years setting. From September 2017 this will be 30 hours of free Early Years Entitlement per week during term time.

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