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.
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, and Barn Owls for our 3-4 year olds. 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 Blossom 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 Blossom to record your child’s learning journey.
We operate a completely inclusive policy, and ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive.
Our staff use Makaton to help children communicate.
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.