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Pre-School: Miss Burns

It is a pleasure to welcome you to our page. 


In Pre-School we take lots of photos and our page will be updated regularly, please check back to see what exciting things we have been up to throughout the school year. Alternatively, you can keep up to date on Twitter: @MissBurnsBVP


For many of you this will be the first time that your little one has been away from you and we appreciate how daunting that must be. This is an extremely important stage for both the parents/carers and for your child. We aim to make that transition as smooth as possible and want to take this opportunity to explain more about how our sessions run.


Each child has a Key Person who will be responsible for meeting the needs of their small group of children, helping them to feel safe and secure within the Pre-School setting. Within this small group your child will also build positive relationships with their peers and their Key Person. The Key Person is also available talk to you, so if you have any questions or queries just ask.


Pre-School runs two sessions during the school day.

Session Times -  Morning Nursery: 8.45 - 11.45am
                               Afternoon Nursery: 12.30 - 3.30pm


Attendance and punctuality are essential to enable your child to settle and to best access their learning. 



We follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) framework and believe our children are unique. They are learning to build positive relationships in a secure, enabling environment. We consider the individual needs, interests and stage of development of each child in our care and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each of them. Although we do concentrate on the three prime areas in Pre-School we do cover all the areas of learning and development.


Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


In Pre-School the majority of the children's learning is done through play. 

Our carpet sessions are based around the song/book of the week and the creative activities tend to be tied in with this. Our song/book focus of the week is displayed in our Pre-School window.

We feel the most powerful interactions are child initiated. As practitioners we respond “in the moment”. This starts with our observations of children, assessing their starting points and then planning to develop their learning. Each child’s interest and enthusiasm is captured and utilised immediately to maximise learning and progress. Their next steps are identified so that learning can be extended.


Two Year Old Progress Check

We will review your child’s progress and provide parents/carers with a short written summary of their child’s development in the prime areas. This progress check will identify the child’s strengths and any areas where the child’s progress is less than expected. If there are any emerging concerns, we will plan to support the child’s future learning and development accordingly.


Proud Cloud

We want to celebrate your children's achievements both in school and at home. If your child does something amazing at home - e.g. tidies their toys, is helpful etc. We would love to know. Fill in a ‘Proud Cloud’ and hand it to us so we can share it during our carpet time and display it proudly.

Proud Clouds are on the notice board - Just help yourself!


Outdoor Learning
In Pre-School we learn through play and believe that outdoors should be as much a part of a child’s learning environment as the indoor environment. By playing outdoors, children learn to play safely and freely while learning to risk assess and develop their skills to manage new situations.


Forest School

All children in EYFS have access to Forest School sessions. Throughout the year children get the chance to spend time exploring and learning about the natural environment while developing new skills. We will be taking part in lots of fun activities including; den building, campfires, using tools safely and outdoor art!


Nappy Changes

If your child wears a nappy please could we ask that you provide nappies and wipes in a named bag. Also, spare clothes in a bag would really be helpful for those times when the children get a bit over excited exploring the water tray! 

You do not need to pack anything else in your child's bag - e.g. food and drinks as we have a snack area where the children can eat and drink as they please.

If you think your child is showing signs of being ready to toilet train, let us know and we will work together to achieve this important life skill. 



  • Milk is free in Pre-School.
  • We ask for a contribution of 50p (per week) to help provide children with healthy snacks to encourage trying new foods and independence.



We have an exciting journey ahead and feel privileged that we get to experience it with your child.

We can not wait to see them grow, develop and achieve many milestones along the way.


Miss J. Burns.

Pre-School Lead.