Children can enter our Pre-school when they turn three years old. We accept Local Authority Early Years funding up to a maximum of 15 hours of per week until the term following a child’s fifth birthday. We expect children to start with a minimum of four sessions and recommend that this incorporates a whole day.

Our Pre-School and Reception children make use of many of the senior school facilities such as the swimming pool, library and drama studio, as well as the lovely woodland Forest School. Regular activities include creative arts, cookery, dance, music, PE and plenty of outdoor play.

Daily Routine

All mornings follow a similar structure, except Thursday when children participate in Forest School during the morning. Depending on the age of the children and the time of year the morning sessions include finger gym, phonics, stories, rhymes, maths, reading and lots of continuous provision time where the children can choose what they would like to do. During the continuous provision time, staff 'play' with the children and use their knowledge of the individuals and the curriculum to move the children's learning forward.

Afternoons follow a timetable detailed below: 

Monday Library / Swimming
Tuesday PE / Circle Time
Wednesday Family Links Circle Time
Thursday Maths
Friday Library / iPad Time

Approach to Learning

Children in Pre-School and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This focuses on developing children’s skills in the prime areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development as well as the specific areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive Arts and Design. 

We believe the curriculum to be more than this though; we think it is important to help create individuals who are ready to learn but who are also going to be responsible citizens of the future. We introduce children to skills they will continue to develop during their time at Sidcot including curiosity, integrity, empathy, proactivity, resilience, thoughtfulness and open mindedness.

At Sidcot we believe play is a vital component to children’s development in Pre-School and Reception. That is why the majority of the day is spent with the children having long periods of uninterrupted play where adults and children can play and therefore learn, together. Children learn best when they are really engaged and excited about their learning and this is what we aim to do every single day. Our small ratios enable us to spend lots of time getting to know each and every child as an individual and find out what really interests and engages them. Our skilled practitioners then use this appreciation of the individual to help children to develop their knowledge and understanding.