Sturminster Marshall Pre-School

Sturminster Marshall Pre-School

Rear of Sturminster Marshall First School
78a High Street, Sturminster Marshall
Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4AY

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01258 858395
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1 Sep 2017

September 2017

If you have a child who is two years old or over and you would like to book a visit to the setting, please call the office, 01258 858395.  We work a flexible system for booking and will cater for your individual needs where possible.  So many great friendships are built in Pre-School for both children and parents, which continue throughout their education and beyond.  Secure emotional attachments are recognised as an essential building block for education.

All three year old children are entitled to 15 hours funding from the term after their third birthday. Some children are eligible for funding from two years old. Please contact the setting, 01258 858395, for more details or bring your ‘Golden ticket’ to us.
Also, some children are now eligible for 30 hour funding. Please refer to www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/30hours for further details.

Our opening hours in September will be:-

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

If you have a child approaching Pre-school age and would like to visit, please call the office, 01258 858395, to arrange an appointment. Be assured that you will receive a warm welcome from us all. 

1 Aug 2017

August 2017

Another academic year has passed and we wish all of our children starting ‘Big School’ the very best for the future.

If you have a child who is two years old or over and you would like to book a visit to the setting, please call the office.  We work a flexible system for booking and will cater for your individual needs where possible.

So many great friendships are built in Pre-School for both children and parents, which continue throughout their education and beyond.  Secure emotional attachments are recognised as an essential building block for education.

All three year old children receive funding from the term after their third birthday. Some children are eligible for funding from two years old.  Please contact the setting for more details or bring your ‘Golden ticket’ to us.

Our opening hours in September will be:-

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

Also some children are eligible for 30 hour funding.  Please contact the office to find out more details.

1 Jul 2017

July 2017

There is fun everywhere at Preschool as the sun shines (albeit intermittently) and we take full advantage of our beautiful surroundings in the Preschool area and the school grounds.  Living in the countryside brings great pleasure along with a few safety issues.  Our role is to help children learn about and assess dangers in their environment in order to say safe.  This is partly done by leaving things like fungi and berries in their natural environment, using them to educate the children about what to recognise and the possible dangers.

School places have been confirmed and our leavers have a well-established routine for transition into the Reception class of our popular village school ensuring they know and feel secure in their future classroom and playground.   This is done through regular visits getting to know the environment, routine and become familiar with the teaching staff.  Planning this throughout the summer term ensures any worries and concerns can be addressed with a team approach involving both the school and the preschool staff

I would like to thank our fundraising team who have done a brilliant job raising over a thousand pounds at our quiz night. Thanks also to Badg Champion, our Quiz Master.

In May we had a visit from Ofsted for our formal inspection. Our overall outcome is GOOD in all areas. They said ‘Children enjoy their learning and make good progress’ and ‘Staff have a secure understanding of children’s interests and learning needs, and provide good support as children engage in their activities.’  This is a reflection of the dedication from practitioners and Committee.

We are currently arranging sessions for September 17/18, the start of our next academic year.  If you have a child who is 2 years old or above, please contact the office for more details of our Preschool. 

10 May 2017

Cream Teas

Cream Tea at The Old School, Sturminster Marshall

Fresh homemade cakes, scones and sausage rolls

10th and 11th June 2017

2.30pm -5.30pm

Tombola and Children’s activities available

Everyone Welcome


1 Jun 2017

June 2017

It has been a very busy time at Preschool and we have been fortunate enough to have some development work completed over the holiday.  We now have a new closed fencing around the swimming pool area of the school/Preschool as well as new fencing to the tarmac and planting area.  This allows for activities to be segregated, providing more individual areas when needed as we cater for varying ages and abilities. We have also had a second door fitted to allow for easier use of the tarmac playground during free flow play.

The Pre-School children have been busy in the garden. Hands-on experiences in the outdoor environment are important for their all round development and provides great opportunities for creative and physical development whilst learning about the environment around them.

We have been making plans for our last half term before the summer holidays.  This is a busy time of year.  We plan for a school outing, Sports Day and our special Teddy Bears Picnic for the children leaving the setting and moving into ‘Big School’.

The ‘Rising 5’ children are now taking part in PE lessons both in the school hall and on the school field.  We also join the children for playtime on Friday morning so that are children are well accustomed to the routines of school.  Several visits have been booked with Mrs Hockham, the Reception teacher so that the children are familiar with their new classroom and teachers. It is so important that the children feel secure with this transition especially as we have such perfect surroundings to support this,

We are currently collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers to exchange for equipment for Pre-School.  It would be much appreciated if you could forward any you have to Pre-School.

1 Mar 2017

March 2017

As the sun shines, I realise once again how lucky we are to have such a lovely outdoor environment here at Sturminster Marshall Pre-School.  We have begun digging our vegetable beds ready for planting.  The children are enjoying playing in the large sandpit and generally making good use of our space. 

It is good to have the children mix together across the age range of 2-5 years. There is so much they can learn from each other, sharing experiences and knowledge. 

Change of opening hours after Easter:-

We are now going to be open Monday 9am – 1pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9am -3pm.  Morning or afternoon sessions can be split as required. We cater for children from 2 – 5 years.  Please call to discuss sessions.

Funding:-

All three year old children are entitled to 15 hours funding from the term after their third birthday. Some children are eligible for funding from two years old.  From 1st April the Department of Education is increasing free childcare from 15 to 30 hours for eligible 3/4 year old children. Please refer to www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/30hours for further details.

Easter Egg Hunt

Friday 7th April 2017
Starting Point School playground from 1-2pm
Finishing Point - Preschool 
Follow the map around the village
And collect your prize (Same day prize collection only)
Tickets:  £3 per child (£1 for siblings)
A Prize and drink for each child’s completed route map
Teas, Coffees and Cakes, available at Preschool

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