Children are our focus, learning is our goal

Alban Pre-School is based in three rooms above a church hall with access to a large garden. All areas are linked via an intercom system

We operate five days a week from Monday to Friday 9:00am until 4:00pm, for 38 weeks of the year. At any one time we have spaces for up to 50 children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.

All three year olds have access to 15 hours free funding a week and can use these hours flexibly, either half or full sessions. We also provide spaces for 2 year olds who are entitled to government funding.

We believe children learn best in a safe and positive environment

Children are at the heart of anything we do,

Children learn at their own pace with the support they need to flourish

Ofsted graded outstanding

Inspection date 26th June 2015

  • Children have very strong relationships with staff. They are very happy and well cared for. They are emotionally secure because staff respect and care extremely well for their individual needs.

  • Adults are well qualified, have an excellent understanding of how children learn and plan a rich and varied educational programme. This contributes to teaching that is very strong. Children make excellent progress with their communication skills and benefit from skilled staff posing challenging questions.

  • Staff complete rigorous observations and assessments of children's achievements and identify their next steps in learning accurately. Staff know the children extremely well and plan activities that prepare them very well for the next stage in their learning.

The rooms are rented from the church committee on a completely independent basis. The children benefit from learning about festivals and celebrations from all over the world and some that they may be familiar with. We have a highly dedicated team, with qualifications that range from a BA Hons. degree in Early Childhood studies, to foundation degree students and those working towards a level 3 in childcare.


We have recently moved all of our observations to an online journal called Tapestry, where parents/carers are able to access their child's learning on a daily basis, make comments and even upload their own observations. This is all to enhance the partnership of parents/carers with Alban pre-school, so that we can provide the best learning experience for our children. Placing children at the heart of our Pre-School.

We have a large gated, garden at the rear of the building, where we are able to take our experiences from the inside out. There is also a large wooden house with an upstairs and a castle where the children have the opportunity to take a look at the garden and to experience things from a another perspective.

We have a forestry area at the top of the garden, where children are encouraged to participate in a variety of different ways, such as making insect houses and planting a variety of vegetables and flowers. Using real tools they are supervised but are still encouraged to take manageable risks in order to enhance their learning.

We hold a traditional Christmas nativity held in the church, giving the opportunity for your child to shine on the big stage. We also have a yearly school outing to Paradise Wildlife Park, where we invite parents/carers to come along to enjoy the day.

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