The preschool was established over fifteen years ago and has been supporting the Whiteley community ever since by providing affordable and flexible childcare. We are a charity and committee led setting which can take up to 42 children aged from 2 years 6 months old per session. The preschool operates from the main hall of Whiteley Community Centre. The children have continuous access to a secure garden throughout their day. Another room, Sweethills is used by the children for creative experiences, it also provides a space for small group activities..
Whiteley Preschool prides itself on encouraging your child to reach their full potential through the practice of learning through play. Children respond well to a stimulating play environment which is nurtured by peers and well qualified adults. The play opportunities that your child will experience are planned around their interests to stimulate their curiosity and learning, whilst ensuring they have fun building relationships with others and growing in confidence.
We aim to use natural open-ended resources which help ignite children’s imaginations and assist with developing critical thinking skills. If you improve children’s imaginations, you will improve their aptitude for creative thinking and problem-solving; while also setting them on a path to self-discovery. Free-play has been shown to boost confidence, problem-solving skills, resilience, social-emotional connections, and more.
Provocations – The educators use these to provoke thoughts, discussions, questions, interests, creativity and ideas, these are based on the children’s interests and will be enhanced during play.
Whiteley Preschool prides itself on offering affordable and flexible childcare to the community of Whiteley. The setting is open during term times and closed during the school holidays. Once your child is eligible to claim government funding they can access their funded hours with no additional cost, apart from a termly voluntary consumable charge. Extra hours or hours pre-funding are charged for at a rate of £5 per hour.