About us

'The pre-school provides a good start to children's learning and play experiences. The high priority placed on children's welfare and personal development means that children soon feel secure and settle in quickly. As a result, children make good progress towards the early learning goals and clearly enjoy their time in pre-school. The planning is flexible, responding to children's individual interests, starting point and capabilities. Staff make good use of regular observations to plan for individual children's next steps in all required six areas of learning'.  Ofsted 15th September 2011


Our provision reflects and supports children in the seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programme in our setting.


All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.


Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.


These three areas, the prime areas, are:

• communication and language;

• physical development;

• personal, social and emotional development.


We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.


The specific areas are:

• literacy;

• mathematics;

• understanding the world;

• expressive arts and design.


The aims of our setting are:

  • To provide a caring and friendly environment to help develop your childs concentration, confidence and motivation;
  • To provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age;
  • Work in partnership with parents to help children learn and develop;
  • Add to the life and well-being of the local community and offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.


We aim to ensure each child:

  • Is in a safe and stimulating environment;
  • Is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer helpers;
  • Has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress;
  • Has the chance to share and work co-operatively with other children and adults to live, play, and learn together;
  • To learn to respect each others feelings and form enjoyable relationships;
  • Is helped to take forward her / his learning and development by being helped to build on what she /he already knows and can do through play;
  • Is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop; and is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers.


Pre-School Leader - Samantha O'Leary

Deputy Leader - Charlotte Sheppard

Keyworker - Sue Davey


Keyworker - Natalie Wing


Keyworker - Julia Davis


"To all the teachers of Kinsgmead Pre-School, thank you so much for all the support and kindness you have given both my boys during their time with you.  They have loved every minute!  It's a fantastic place and we will all miss you".  Lucy Hunter - Summer 2010/2011