Preschool

The term after they turn 3, children are eligible to move into our Preschool Room. All of our settings offer flexible places for those eligible for the Extended Early Years Entitlement. Our preschools are all individual and vary in size and layout to suit the children. Practitioners support and extend children’s learning and development to ensure that they develop the key skills needed for when they progress to Reception. Children are encouraged to be independent, make positive choices and develop understanding of others and the wider community. Children work together to contribute ideas, have a voice and develop their self-esteem and well-being. With daily opportunities to go outside, in all weather, as well as trips out to the local community, children are encouraged to be active.

Within our Preschools, we provide care and education in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, with a minimum staffing ratio of one adult to every 8 children. Children’s learning and development is observed and assessed throughout their time with us, to ensure that the environment and teaching is giving all children the best opportunity to progress. Fun, stimulating and energising activities are purposefully provided with a wide range of resources that provoke interest and curiosity. Practitioners provide provocations to allow children to develop higher order thinking skills and engage in thinking critically, having a can-do attitude and take risks, learning by trial and error. All of these Characteristics of Effective Learning are key to the EYFS and ensuring children are school ready.

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Testimonials

My daughter has been attending Puffins for almost three years, and she absolutely loves it. The staff are amazing, and she has such special relationships with them. She has really thrived at the nursery, and they always have a variety of different activities inside and outdoors as well as trips out,
and she especially loves the cooking activities. She always comes home happy and excited to tell us about her day, and she's made some lovely friends. I would thoroughly recommend Puffins; the setting and the staff are brilliant.
Mother at Sowton – January 2023
My son attends Puffins 5 days a week, he’s always happy there and learning new experiences. The staff are very good with him and always keep you updated on things plus the ParentZone app is brilliant so you can see what he’s been doing and eating too.
Father at Southernhay – March 2019
Our son enjoys this place a lot and we are all happy for that. Also, staff are amazing and helpful.
Mother at Southernhay – January 2023
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