The preschool was established over fifteen years ago and has been supporting the Whiteley community ever since by providing affordable, flexible childcare. It is a popular preschool, often with a large waiting list.
We are a charity and committee led setting which can take up to 42 children aged from 2 years 6 months old. The preschool runs from the main hall of Whiteley Community Centre.
We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia and Steiner Waldorf approaches. However we have created our own ethos which we are passionate about as a whole team. The preschool uses natural resources and encourages childrens’ independence and creativity. Children use real objects, such as china plates for snack and real fruit and vegetables for role play. Our décor has a muted colour pallet and refrains from bright, fussy displays which can distract rather than inspire children.
Whiteley Preschool was inspected by Ofsted in December 2013 and we are pleased to report that the setting was found to be outstanding in all areas. The effectiveness of the setting’s engagement with parents and carers was graded as outstanding.
Please find below extracts from the report:-
“The pre-school is exceptionally well managed. Expectations for children’s care and learning are high. There is a very strong commitment to provided the highest quality of teaching and play experiences to benefit the children”.
“Children are motivated by the imaginative and stimulating ways activities are presented in the pre-school. They are totally engaged in their learning and make excellent progress taking into account their starting points and capabilities”.
We are a term time only setting open from 9am until 3pm and offer a breakfast club from 8.15am.
Our session are charged at £4.60 per hour.