Smallwood Pre-School | Award-winning Facilities for the Provision of Pre-School Education

Our pre-school is open throughout the year from 8.00am to 6.00pm and has a lovely ‘home from home’ atmosphere where our youngest children can feel happy, secure and open to the world of learning.

For many children the nursery/pre-school is their first real encounter with another establishment outside the familiar boundaries of their home. Smallwood Pre-School therefore has a very open approach to children and parents to secure this homely atmosphere.

We provide pre-school education for children from the age of two, who are divided into two classes: ‘Squirrels’ and ‘Owls’. Smallwood Pre-School employs a high ratio of staff to ensure the children attending are given an excellent start to their education.

Designed with the Child in Mind

The pre-school itself was completely refurbished in 2008 following a £200,000 investment and went on to win the prestigious Nursery Design Award at the NMT (Nursery Management Today) Nursery Awards.

Set in the Grade II listed school quadrangle, it has been specifically designed to meet the nursery education needs of both children and teachers.  It features state-of-the-art facilities that provide a stimulating learning environment that feels like a home from home.

Everything at Smallwood Pre-School has been planned with the children in mind – from the colour scheme which maximises light and creates a bright colourful space to the positioning of the pegs in the cloakroom.

Health, safety and security are of paramount importance and the nursery exceeds the relevant health and safety guidelines.  The layout of the quadrangle means that it is a totally enclosed unit.  There is a secure outdoor hard play area at its heart, with a second enclosed grassed area to the rear.  There’s also a purpose-designed kitchen, where home-cooked organic food is served during the holidays.

Activities and Out of Hours

Children receiving pre-school education at Denstone College Prep School also benefit from the school’s facilities such as the swimming pool and its extensive grounds, where, when weather permits, they can enjoy nature walks, picnics and outdoor lessons.

Smallwood Pre-School also runs an out-of school and holiday club for children between the ages of three and eight, where children can undertake a range of activities from dance and music to art and cookery.

To support their nursery education and to help children to become socially confident, there are opportunities to meet the other infants and staff during lunch time, at Pre-Prep music time and assemblies. Pre-School also joins in the whole school Chapel service each week.