Seedlings is a bright and welcoming preschool for children to grow and learn, from 6 months until school age. We provide a large indoor and outdoor space which children access throughout the day. We also run regular Outdoor Learning and Forest School activities across the week.
Seedlings Preschool is based in the grounds of Hooe Primary School, and was originally established in Dunstone in 2004. We have three rooms for our children, based around age and development - Hedgehogs, Foxes and Squirrels. Within our outdoor space, there is a designated baby garden area (in addition to their decking), a large shared patio and grass area including construction zone. We also have access to a woodland area and run regular Outdoor Learning activities and visits for all children throughout the week.
What makes us different?
- Outdoor Learning - we run regular Forest School sessions throughout the week as part of our Outdoor Learning provision.
- Location - we are centrally located in Hooe, providing easy access to quality childcare for local families.
- Flexibility - we offer a range of booking options, and do not restrict you to specific session times.
How we work
Our setting is split into three rooms - Hedgehogs for our younger children (6-24 months), Foxes for our middle group (24-36 months) and Squirrels for our 3-4 year olds. Each room has access to our outdoor areas, Outdoor Learning and Forest School provision and gives the opportunity for children to grow and develop at their own pace.
We also have a Key Person system. This means that each member of staff has a group of children whose development they are responsible for - they will make sure that what the preschool provides is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your child first starts, their Key Person will help them to settle and to benefit from the preschool's activities. A buddy system between staff is in place to ensure all children always have a familiar face to support them.
Each child at Seedlings Preschool will have a learning journey that develops with them. We use EyLog as an online record of their learning journey and experience, which parents can access securely and add to if they wish.
- Ofsted rating: Good See the report for the school
We operate a completely inclusive policy, and ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive.
Our staff use Makaton to help children communicate.
Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 6pm all year.
- Pre school
- Pre-school - 2 to 4 years
- Pre-school - 3 to 4 years
- Three / four year old funded
- Two year old funded
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