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Village Hall, Middle Road
Sway, Hampshire, SO41 6BB
United Kingdom


We are a high quality, small, friendly Pre school in the heart of Sway in the New Forest, which has been established for over 40 years.

We currently take children from 2 years until school age and are open 40 weeks per year.

With outstanding staff to child ratios, of never more than 4 children per member of staff, and sometimes as low as 2:1, we feel we can provide an excellent environment for your child to feel safe and secure.

Our staff are fully NVQ trained, with a passion and commitment to making this a fun and welcoming setting for young children.


About Us

Children at our pre-school are provided with a challenging and stimulating environment, promoting choice and independence, mirroring that provided at primary school.

OFSTED have recognised our pupils as being "motivated, interested and inquisitive" and "confident with high levels of self-esteem." The small size of our setting (a maximum of 14 children per session) coupled with a high adult to child ratio, enables children to settle quickly and feel secure and comfortable, bridging the gap between home and school. We are able to spend quality time with all of the children, giving support and developing their confidence. We want to ensure your child has all the academic and social skills they'll require for school.

Whatever your child's needs our provision is easily adapted, stretching the most able and providing for those with special needs. We have an outstanding reputation in inclusive practice and are happy to discuss with you any additional needs your child may have.

Our curriculum is planned using the EYFS Statutory requirements together with each child's individual learning needs. We use loose topics on which to base activities. 

We encourage home-school participation. All children are encouraged to bring items related to current topic.
Parents and carers are encouraged to take an active role in their child's education, and are welcome to join us in pre-school as parent helpers.

We have strong links with St Luke's Primary School and accompany the children on four visits to the reception class during the year before they start school.

Please use this link for information regarding children with special needs. 


Our Sessions

We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. 
Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. Children have continuous access to the planned outdoor environment. 

Sessions are based on 'free play' that is well planned to meet the needs of all the children in the group, from the youngest to the oldest. Sessions are flexible, allowing us to take advantage of every learning opportunity. We encourage free choice and independence, giving children the time and space to bring their play to a natural conclusion.

Snacks & Meals

The setting has a rolling snack bar consisting of a cracker/breadstick and two different types of fruit which is donated by parents, giving a healthy variety. Do tell us about your child's dietary needs and we will make sure that these are met. Lunch time is a social time where children and adults eat together.

Optional breakfast of Cereal/Toast/Fruit for £1 is served 8-8.45

We now offer a hot midday meal at an extra cost of £1.80 payable in advance of the meal.

Special Needs

As part of the setting's policy to make sure that its provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. The setting works to the requirements of the 1993 Education Act and The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001).