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Session Times

9am to 12.00 - Morning Session

12.00 to 3.00pm - Afternoon Session


15 or 30 Hours of Early Education Funding available for children 2.5 years plus available the term after a child’s third birthday.

Coppice Pre-School has been operating since 2011 when we saw a need for a good quality local Pre-School provision that was open not only to parents of children who attend the Coppice Primary School but also to the wider community. 

We also recognized that it was beneficial for children who attend Pre-School and whose parents chose The Coppice Primary School for their children, as the children will be familiar with the school and the environment and it will act as a natural transition for them. 

Whichever school your child will move on to we ensure that we provide a good choice for any parent and provide all our children with the best early year’s education and firm foundations for early learning for children to build on when they move to school.

At Coppice Pre-School, we have a friendly atmosphere where we work together in partnership with parents so that all children whatever race, religion or culture are made to feel welcome.

Coppice Pre-School aims to promote enthusiasm, self-confidence and independence in our children.  We believe play is vital for children, it helps them understand the world around them and to develop socially and emotionally. It is through play that our children learn, develop at their own pace and have fun with adults who understand, support and care about them. We want the children we care for to feel secure and to have the confidence to deal develop to their own individual full potential.

We recognize that each child is unique and using highly effective and thorough planning, on-going meaningful observations and assessments, we plan for children’s interests and developmental needs in partnership with parents/important adults to ensure that children move forward at a pace appropriate for their individual needs.


We use an online learning journey to record your child’s learning and development which allows us to share your child’s progress on a regular basis to your phone, tablet or laptop using eyLog’s secure system.  Parents can also comment back to us about children’s development and interests at home, allowing us to build up a picture of how best to support your child.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

To help us we promote The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is a play-based curriculum for children from birth to five years.  The EYFS allows children to explore and learn in an environment that is secure and safe, yet challenging.

Within the EYFS Framework practitioners provide activities and make assessment judgements based on the seven areas of learning: 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas. 


●  Communication and Language
●  Physical Development
●  Personal, Social and Emotional Development


●  Literacy
●  Mathematics
●  Understanding the World
●  Expressive Arts and Design

Research into early child development shows that children learn more rapidly during their first three years than in later life; whilst all areas of learning are important and inter-connected, the three Prime areas that are crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, building their capacity to learn and form relationships and thrive. The specific areas will enable them to be self-motivated learners who are confident to succeed.


Communication and Language

●  Involves children being provided with the opportunity to experience a language rich environment; develop confidence in expressing their wants, needs and feelings and being able to speak and listen in a variety of contexts.

Physical Development

●  Involves children being encouraged to be interactive and active in their learning and develop control, coordination and movement. They are supported in understanding the importance of physical activity and how to make informed healthy choices at meal times.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

●  Involves supporting children in developing a strong, positive sense of themselves, and of others; form strong attachments and relationships and develop respect for others to develop their social skills and learn how to effectively manage their feelings. This area also supports the children in understanding appropriate behaviour and develops confidence in their own abilities.


●  Encourages children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.


●  Encourages opportunities to develop and improve counting skills, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, space and measures.

Understanding the World

●  Involves supporting children in making sense of the world around them and their community by providing opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design

●  Enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as encouraging the sharing of thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.

When planning and guiding activities practitioners will reflect upon the different ways that children learn and ensure they utilise this within their practice.


We also look at HOW children learn using The Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and Exploring

●  Supports children's engagement and investigation and to experience things through being willing to 'have a go'

Active Learning

●  Supports children's motivation to learn by helping develop their concentration, ability and will to keep trying when challenges occur and celebration of completing a task.

Creating and Thinking Critically

●  Supports children's thinking skills through developing ideas, making links between differing ideas and create strategies for completing a task.


Every Child’s a Talker (ECAT)

Through every day, fun and interesting activities which reflect children’s interests, ECAT will encourage early language development right from the outset, extending children’s vocabulary and helping them build sentences so that before they start school, children are confident and skilled communicators

Parents as Partners

The EYFS states that ‘parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in early years’ settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning.’


We believe it is important for nurseries to work with parents to support them in developing home learning and signposting them to other services and agencies. Children who receive stimulation from activities such as singing, playing and looking at books at home generally have higher child development measures, regardless of the education levels or economic circumstances of the parents or carers. (Sammons et al 2007). Children have better outcomes if their mothers and fathers are engaged with their development from birth. We believe we have a critical role to play in working with parents about the impact and key features of a positive home learning environment, and how they can make a difference both to their child’s learning at home and at Pre-School.


For those children who maybe aren’t reaching the milestones they should be or for gifted and talented children, we provide support, working with parents and where necessary and with parent’s permission, can involve outside professionals to further support a child.


We work with our pre-school children to give them a head start in learning and to equip them with the beginnings of the academic confidence required for later school success