A day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 3 to 18 in Shebbear, Devon


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.

In the short time of my son attending Shebbear College Pre-School, I can already see a difference in his learning. He has started asking what things say and is taking a keen interest in counting. He is also running into class in the morning and it is no longer a battle to get him ready! - Pre-School Parent

Life at Shebbear College Pre-School is exciting and rewarding. Our relaxed, safe and friendly environment and our caring and experienced staff mean that we can encourage independence and social skills in all our children, developing their confidence as they learn through play.

Pre School at Shebbear College

Our days are very flexible and can often take on an activity initiated by the children, but each day we have sessions on phonics, maths and literacy, as well as singing, PE and topic-related activities, which include messy play, art, cookery, walks around the campus, forest school or a visit to a different part of the Senior School.

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. Pre-Schoolers move smoothly up to our Reception class, which is based in the same building.

Daily Sessions

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

  • Session 1 - 8.15am to 11.15am
  • Session 2 - 11.15am to 2.15pm
  • Session 3 - 2.15pm to 3.15pm
  • Session 4 - 3.15pm to 5.15pm

Early Years Funding

We are registered for the Tax Free Childcare Scheme and offer Early Years Funding to cover 30 hours per week for 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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