Hadden Hill

telephone01235 813202

North Moreton, Didcot OX11 9BJ

white Open 7.30am to 6pm - 52 weeks


Upper Preschool

how we organise the preschool

Once children reach upper preschool they are independent and articulate little people learning rapidly about the world they live in. They are playing imaginative games with their friends and will want to do more things on their own or with discreet adult support so we understand this and ensure we give the children plenty of choices in what activities they participate in whilst also providing lots of interesting adult led games, projects and experiences.

The preschool room is organised into different areas of learning for different types of activity eg. there is a cosy book corner; a home corner and role play area with a kitchen and lots of dressing up options; a craft area with a choice of materials such as paints and sticking; a “messy area” used for activities like sand and water play or exploring gloop; and a construction area for building blocks, lego etc.

We also spend a lot of time enjoying the outdoors where there are opportunities to do almost everything that we already do indoors as well as gardening, building, large scale digging in our large and very deep sandpit, riding scooters or climbing the equipment. For quieter periods there are opportunities to rest or have a nap, we also ensure there are some restful quiet times when we cultivate a love of books through story time in our cosy book corner.

staff in the preschool room

We always have a Qualified team member leading the upper preschool room and helping prepare your child for school. We aim to create a love of learning in your child, to encourage their growing independence and build their confidence in preparation for school. Our days are carefully structured and we work to our daily and weekly planning which ensures we deliver the curriculum fully but for your child it feels very active, fun and free.

We have 1 member of staff looking after a maximum of 8 children at any one time and we will allocate a member of the team to be their “key person” this will be the person your child makes a special bond with who will help settle them into the room and monitor their well being and progress.

routine in the preschool room

We have a daily routine with meals and rest at fixed times. Young children respond really well to routine and it helps them relax and enjoy the day if they can predict what happens next. In the morning the children are all encouraged to self register by putting their own name or picture on the registration board when they arrive.

Mornings start with breakfast for our early birds (served until 8.30am) followed by playtime until 10am. We then have a morning snack followed by outdoor play, then lunch at 11.30, then quiet play or story time until 1.30pm. The afternoon is structured in the same way with a mix of structured adult led activities and the opportunity for the children to play with the toys they want both indoors and outdoors with a snack at 3.30pm. After tea there are more opportunities to play and explore both indoors and outdoors and depending on the weather we may spend all afternoon outside and have a picnic tea in our lovely garden!

We work to our weekly planning of activities based on our observations of the children and the EYFS curriculum. We ensure every child is given opportunities to learn all aspects of the curriculum through a wide range of play activities which suit their individual style of learning which we will have an understanding of from our observations.

First thing in the morning and again at 1.30pm when the afternoon session begins the room is all set up with a variety of different areas of play such as craft, construction, and role play. A varied selection of toys and activities such as painting or water play are laid out in different areas around the room. The toys in each area change regularly so your child can try new things and it is organised such that your child can turn up and get straight into playing with what they are interested in. There is always a structured activity such as making and playing with playdough. The current topic the children are studying will be the starting point for a lot of the day’s activities eg. if the children are learning about houses they may build a house in a junk modelling session or paint a picture of their own house, they may build a “house” in the garden using crates and tarpaulin etc and there will be information about houses such as books and photos on the interest table. Your child will also always have times in the day when they can choose what activity they want to do from a wide range of options which change regularly.

In the upper preschool the children continue learning French as an additional language. We have a special teacher that comes into the nursery with lots of fun activities, songs and games. Children are very receptive to learning languages at this age and it’s always exciting to see how quickly they pick it up!


We have a professional cook who prepares freshly cooked healthy meals at nursery every day. Our cook prepares the food to suit the lower preschooler’s stage of development and sometimes the cook will do a cooking activity with the children which is always popular!

We promote healthy eating and good table manners and get the children to help set the table, pour water for themselves and others and use the special serving dishes and spoons to plate up their own meals.

personal care & hygiene

Preschoolers are encouraged to be independent and get used to taking themselves to the toilet with adult supervision. They are taught basic hygiene including handwashing. They are only ever supervised by DBS checked members of the team.

Your child will have their own their own cup and will be encouraged to wash their hands and face after each mealtime. You are welcome to bring a toothbrush to nursery and we will ensure they brush their teeth after lunch if you wish.

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