The beginning of the learning journey

Our youngest pupils start their educational journey at Dean Close Pre-Prep in the Early Years where they follow an exciting play-based curriculum, with a balance of child and teacher initiated activities to stimulate and develop each child. Children take part in music, PE, have an active part in assemblies and shows, and make use of our lovely grounds and Forest School.


Squirrel kittens

  At Squirrel Kittens, for children aged 2 years plus, we have an exciting child-centred programme following
  the seven areas of learning outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our aim is to develop each and
  every child, ensuring that we plan the right experiences for them and ignite a love of learning.

  The Squirrel Kittens group is situated in its own 
  purpose-built suite of rooms, comprising a messy
  play area, cosy carpeted playroom, eating area, and
  their own toilet and changing area. They also benefit
  from sharing the Pre-Prep facilities and join with
Pre-Prep to take part in activities such as playtime, PE, Forest School, library time, music and dance and some assemblies.




In our Nursery for rising threes, children love learning and developing their knowledge through exciting
activities and play, whether in their bespoke outside play area, the Wendy house, dressing up, painting, cooking or listening to a story on the cushions.


EYFSChildren then move on to one of our two Kindergarten classes where they take their next steps in learning to read and write, being introduced to phonics and developing number and topic-based learning. They also have ICT lessons and are introduced to the French language through songs and games.

   The conservatory area and outside  
   playground adjacent to their classrooms
   provides a stimulating area for dressing up,
   water play and for using their imaginations to
   create their own world. Kindergarten also
   visit our Forest School every week, where  
   they can explore and learn about the wonders 
                                                                                                    of nature and their beautiful outside




EYFSIn Reception the children begin full-time school and the curriculum becomes a little more structured. They will have regular numeracy and literacy lessons alongside exciting topic work and child-initiated play in their dedicated play areas and playground. Pupils also begin swimming and tennis lessons and continue their French and Forest School visits.