About Us

Seedlings Preschool provides play, education and care for children aged 18 months – 4 year olds in a stimulating, safe and caring environment.

We have a large outdoor space and run regular Forest School sessions.

We are an independent preschool run by a local Board of Directors. 

Our Preschool

Seedlings Preschool is based in the grounds of Dunstone Primary School, and was established in 2004. We have two rooms for our children, based around age and development – Hedgehogs and Barn Owls. You can find out more about each of the rooms by clicking on their names above.

Outside we have a spacious covered decking area for free-flow play and a large patio for water play and where our apple tree grows. In addition, we have access to a woodland area and run regular Forest School activities for all children throughout the week. Children from both rooms are able to access the outdoor areas as part of their timetables.

We like to welcome visitors to help provide educational experiences, although this is currently on hold whilst we reduce the number of people onsite due to COVID-19 restrictions.

We are rated as a Good provider by Ofsted. Read our latest report.

Our Aims

Provide high quality care and education for children

Work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop

Add to the life and well-being of our local community

Offer children and their parents a service which promotes equality and values diversity.

How We Work

Our setting is split into two rooms – Hedgehogs for our younger children (managed by Becky), and Barn Owls for our 3-4 year olds (managed by Janet). Each room has access to our outdoor areas, 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 for whom they are particularly responsible – 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 Tapestry as an online record of their learning journey and experience, which parents can access securely and add to if they wish.

Early Years Curriculum

We deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) promoting all areas of your child’s development through play and planned opportunities. We use Tapestry to record your child’s learning journey.

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SEN Support

We operate a completely inclusive policy, and ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive. Our staff use Makaton to help children communicate, and we have an Elklan practitioner. 

Forest School

We run regular Forest School sessions throughout the week in our woodland space on site. Suitable clothing is provided to enable the activity to operate regardless of the weather.

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What Our Families are Saying

An absolutely fantastic preschool where they really do put the children first, they are always doing some creative activity whether that’s forest school, baking, learning a new language or creative tasks! All five of my boys have attended Seedlings and I would highly recommend this preschool for all budding adventurers!

The communication is excellent. They always make time to listen to any issues and more importantly they act on it if you have concerns about your child’s development. If you want your child to go to a preschool that not only cares for your child to a high standard but also moulds them for school so they get the best start possible, then choose Seedlings!

Seedlings is a fantastic place to see your children grow and learn. I love the fact that our children get to experience Forest School and can make use of the outdoor space when they want to.

My daughter loves Seedlings. From day one, everyone was very welcoming and she settled in quickly. Her speech developed rapidly, and now she’s a proper chatterbox! Seedlings have been brilliant at assisting with her toilet training too. I highly recommend it to everyone.

Our Staff

We have a wonderful staff team who are ready to welcome your child to our preschool. All of our staff have paediatric first aid training.

Janet

Janet

Manager - Barn Owls

Designated Safeguarding Officer

NNEB

Mel

Mel

Deputy Manager - Barn Owls

NVQ Level 3 Childcare Practitioner

Forest School

Becky

Becky

Manager - Hedgehogs

NVQ Level 3 Childcare Practitioner

 

Hayley

Hayley

Deputy Manager - Hedgehogs

NVQ Level 3 Childcare Practitioner

Tiff

Tiff

Hedgehogs

NVQ Level 2 Childcare Practitioner

Working towards NVQ Level 3

Helen

Helen

Barn Owls

NVQ Level 2 Childcare Practitioner

Tina

Tina

Hedgehogs

NVQ Level 3 Practitioner

Megan

Megan

Barn Owls

NVQ Level 3 Practitioner