Welcome to Cheriton Bishop Pre-school. We are a friendly local Pre-school dedicated to providing pre-school education to the children of Cheriton Bishop and surrounding areas. We are a small village pre-school providing pre-school education to the children of Cheriton Bishop and surrounding rural areas. We provide stimulating activities linked to the National standards. The children are given opportunities to make their own choices, to share and take turns, to explore the world around them and to develop their own abilities, confidence and understanding – learning through play in a safe environment both inside and out. We have always worked closely in partnership with parents in order to help their children to learn and develop. We offer both children and their carers a service which promotes equality and values diversity; we recognise that everyone is special.

Our pre-school opened approximately 35 years ago and is a voluntary, community based operation run by an elected committee, made up of parents &carers within the group. We are a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance and a registered charity.

All our children follow the “Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum”; guiding them through the seven vital areas of learning:

Prime Areas
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
Specific Areas
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Mathematics
The three prime areas are equally important and interdependent, and are supported and implemented using the four specific areas, through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities.

The Pre-school space is spread across various play areas; we have the use of the large hall where the focus is on physical play, including climbing frame and slide, music and dance, balls and large construction. One of our smaller play rooms is dedicated to messy play; painting, ‘junk’ modelling, play dough etc. Our second larger play room has a range of fun activities focused around early communication, role play, small world, literacy and numeracy as well as a snuggly book corner. We also have a secure outdoor area used for a wide range of activities, including a play house, raised bed and mini green house, sand and water trays, balls and ride-ons. The Pre-School is full of lovely age-specific toys and resources that capture our children’s imaginations and encourage their creativity and are often adapted in order to reflect the children’s interests of that time.

Our dedicated and enthusiastic staff team is committed to making sure all children are cared for in a nurturing and stimulating environment. We pride ourselves on our personal touch; getting to know every child and their families to make sure that each child’s day at Pre-school is tailored to promote the individual child’s learning.

When your child begins Preschool they will be allocated a ‘key worker’ who will be there tosupport your child, record the progress during his/her time with us and will also be the first point of contact to share any information from home. Your child’s records are available to be viewed at any time. However, we would like to add that we all know all of the children really well!

Transition to school

Children attend our setting from a wide area. However, if your child is planning to attend Cheriton Bishop Primary school we have great links which make for an exceptional transition for your child into Primary school. We regularly use the school’s outdoor play area and climbing equipment, we eat our dinners with the school children with the choice of ordering a school dinner or bringing in a packed lunch from home and we also attend whole school assemblies once a week. The children also get to regularly see the school staff, so all are familiar to them. We do also have links with other primary schools, and if your child isn’t going to Cheriton Bishop Primary these experiences will still help in getting used to a school setting and routines of a school day.

We welcome visits from prospective families, so please get in touch and we will be happy to show you what we have to offer you and your children.

Cheriton Bishop Pre-school Contact Details:
Telephone: 01647 24314 or 07977 777318 (Out of hours)