Sturminster Marshall
Pre-School

Sturminster Marshall Pre-School

Pre-School News

July 21

It’s been a busy return from the May half term. We began with practice for annual sports day. It’s unfortunate that covid restrictions meant we could not have families to spectate but the children still enjoyed the day. They each completed 5 events and families were asked to sponsor each child to help fundraise for the preschool.  They all did super and enjoyed a cooling ice lolly once they’d finished.  

Our garden is now in full bloom. The children have loved watering the flowers every day and pulling out any weeds.  The vegetable patch is looking a little less enthusiastic but with a little more TLC I’m sure we’ll have something to try over the coming weeks! 

Being lucky enough to have two outdoor spaces, a tarmac playground and a grassy garden, we have the beauty of choosing which area to use depending on what type of play the children would like. We use bikes, trikes and scooters out on the playground. And the garden has a large covered sandpit, slides and climbing frames. The children have favoured the garden, and plenty of water play to splash about in, to cool down

Our older children who will be starting school in September are now meeting with Mrs Hockham, the Reception teacher in Sturminster Marshall First School, once a week to ensure all children are as prepared as possible for their next stage of learning. This has been more difficult this year due to Covid 19 but the children are embracing the opportunities we can safely provide until further guidance is given. 

Please contact us if you have a child due to start, want to book a visit or to discuss your child’s need and to find out about the Government funding available to you.

The Pre-School is open:

Monday    9.00 am to 3.00pm
Tuesday  9.00 am to 3.00pm
Wednesday 9 00 am to 3.00pm
Thursday       9.00 am to 3.00pm
Friday                9.00 am to 3.00pm

New From September

We are starting something new from September 2021...

Building blocks

Sturminster Marshall Preschool will be able to offer care and education for children from 12 months.

The Preschool will be open from 8.45am to 3.15pm to coincide with school hours and enable drop off and pick up of siblings around school times.

Please contact the Preschool on:
T: 01258 858395
E: office@sturminsterrmarshallpreschool.uk

June 21

We have been very busy in our garden since returning from the Easter break.  Some of our families have kindly donated, flowers, herbs, vegetables and seeds for us to plant. The children have loved being involved, digging and watering every day.

We have also been making the most of the breeze too, making our own kites and flying them in the playground.  

Our PE sessions for the children moving up to school in September, have been a great hit. The children are enjoying the different activities each week and look forward to ‘PE day.’  

Inside we have been focusing on a ‘story of the week.’ This really helps the children to learn some of the classic children’s stories and activities are focused around the theme of the book each week.  

Please contact us if you have a child due to start, want to book a visit or to discuss your child’s need and to find out about the Government funding available to you.

The Pre-School is open:

Monday    9.00 am to 3.00pm
Tuesday  9.00 am to 3.00pm
Wednesday 9 00 am to 3.00pm
Thursday       9.00 am to 3.00pm
Friday                 9.00 am to 3.00pm

May 21

It’s been nice to welcome back the children from the Easter break and they’ve all settled back well. 

We have begun to prepare the pre-schoolers for their transition into “big school”.  We have had lots of discussions about school and have begun our PE sessions out on the school field. 


We’re so lucky to be on the same grounds as the school, it really helps ease that transition. 


We have also been digging and planting in our garden. The children love to help, especially with the watering.  We talk lots about what the plants need and how they grow. 


We have plenty of spaces available for the Summer term and September starters.  We are able to offer visits after school time, if you would like to come and look around. We follow the latest Government coronavirus guidance.  


Please contact us if you have a child due to start, want to book a visit or to discuss your child’s need and to find out about the Government funding available to you.


Please contact us if you have a child due to start, want to book a visit or to discuss your child’s need and to find out about the Government funding available to you.

The Pre-School is open:

Monday    9.00 am to 3.00pm
Tuesday  9.00 am to 3.00pm
Wednesday 9 00 am to 3.00pm
Thursday       9.00 am to 3.00pm
Friday                 9.00 am to 3.00pm

April 21

It’s been a mixed bag of weather this month. We’ve swapped between the garden, playground and inside play.  The children love the giant sandpit in the garden and all the slides.  The playground is fun to whizz round on bikes and scooters.  Inside there are always a variety of activities for the children to choose from.  They love the messy play in particular.  

We have been spending time talking about Spring time and the changes that it brings. The children have enjoyed making Easter treats and cards to send home too. 

We have plenty of spaces available for the Summer term and September starters.  We are able to offer visits after school time, if you would like to come and look around. We follow the latest Government coronavirus guidance.  

Please contact us if you have a child due to start, want to book a visit or to discuss your child’s need and to find out about the Government funding available to you.

The Pre-School is open:

Monday    9.00 am to 3.00pm
Tuesday  9.00 am to 3.00pm
Wednesday 9 00 am to 3.00pm
Thursday       9.00 am to 3.00pm
Friday                 9.00 am to 3.00pm

March 21

At Sturminster Marshall Preschool we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (2017) where we seek to provide ‘a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child.

The setting caters for children aged 2 years to 4 years 11 months and offers a play-based curriculum to enhance learning and development.

As a setting with ‘GOOD’ outcome from our Ofsted inspection, we are able to provide funded places for 2 year old children. All children are entitled to 15 hours funding from the start of the term following their 3rd birthday. Some families are eligible for 30 hours funding depending on certain eligibility criteria. Please call Pre-school or look on the Government website for more details.

Since lockdown in January 2021, we have been open for all children. We take the upmost care in ensuring both staff and children are as safe as possible and are able to offer a varied curriculum both inside and out.

The Pre-School is open:

Monday    9.00 am to 3.00pm
Tuesday  9.00 am to 3.00pm
Wednesday 9 00 am to 3.00pm
Thursday       9.00 am to 3.00pm
Friday                 9.00 am to 3.00pm

Please contact us if you have a child due to start, want to book a visit or to discuss your child’s need and to find out about the Government funding available to you.

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