Welcome to our Pre-School

Our friendly Pre-School caters for children from the age of 3 years. Situated within our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) building, we follow the National Curriculum, with learning being delivered in a child-led Montessori style.

Pre-School children are split into two distinct learning groups – Cygnets and Swans – according to age and ability. Some of our Swans also have the opportunity to work with the Reception class in certain areas. 

  • Pre-School unit for children from the age of 3 years old
  • The only Pre-School with an 85 acre campus!
  • Weekly PE, Forest School, French, Cookery and Music Sessions
  • Large, safe garden and outdoor play area
  • Interaction with the whole school community
  • Bespoke ‘settling-in’ programme

Why is our Early Years setting unique?

At Shebbear College Pre-School, Phonics, Literacy and Numeracy lessons are enhanced by regular Forest School, French, Music, Art, PE and Cookery sessions.

We have a wonderful outdoor play area that is a safe and vibrant where our children can play and learn. Beyond this, our 85 acre rural school campus offers an ideal space for the children to explore and interact with the wider school community.

We regularly take the children to visit departments in the Senior School such as our Science Laboratories, Art Studios, Music Centre and Sixth Form Centre where they meet older pupils and take part in exciting activities.

They also enjoy weekly Forest School sessions in our woodland areas and regular trips to local attractions as well as visits from interesting guests.

Following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), 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 EYFS curriculum are regular French, Mathematics, Literacy and Music lessons along with Cookery, PE, Art and a variety of other subjects.

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.

Through observations and interests shown, topics are planned which will develop and enhance their learning in a fun and challenging way.

Children are welcomed into our Pre-School as they reach the age of 3 and are able to remain here at Shebbear for their entire education.

Daily Term-Time Sessions:

Morning Session 8.15am – 11.15am
Mid-Morning Session 11.15am – 2.15pm
Afternoon Session 2.15pm – 5.15pm

As our Pre-School is part of Shebbear College, we are only open during term time and not in the school holidays.

30 Hours Early Years Funding

We are registered for the Tax Free Childcare Scheme. We offer Early Years Funding to cover 30 hours per week for 2 and 3 year olds. You can use your entitlement in a flexible way over various sessions and you do not have to use all 30 hours.

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