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About our Preschool

Winter Gardens Preschool caters for children aged 2 – 5 years old. During their time, the children will be getting used to routines and building relationships with other children in staff, in preparation for school.

Our Preschool is a large, purpose built building which can have 30 children at any one time; four two year olds and twenty-six three and four year olds. The Preschool is a free flow setting where children can access the inside and outside during each session. The Preschool has a large open plan garden with many areas to explore. These include the creative area, construction, computers, mud kitchen, reading areas, role-play area and much more. At times, they can also access the Reception inside and outside areas. We have found that this increases opportunities for children to listen to and develop vocabulary and sentence structure from the older children and gets them used to the environment they will be in if they go on to attend the main school at Winter Gardens Academy.

Please see the specific Curriculum tab for more information on how the children learn through play.


Each member of the Preschool staff are Key workers for specific children. There are daily opportunities for communication with all staff members and parent’s evenings are held twice a year for a more formal discussion about your child’s development and progress.  An annual report will be received by parents in the Summer Term.

Samantha Daubney – Preschool Manager

Samantha has two children herself and has many years’ experience in childcare. She holds a level 4 qualification in childcare and education.

Jemma Nash – Preschool Deputy Manager 

Jemma has three children of her own and has many years’ experience in the child care sector. She holds a level 3 in child care and education.

Charlotte Coleman-Fry– Preschool Practitioner 

Charlotte is currently covering maternity leave and has had experience in the role of LSA in schools.

Mairi Hallett – Preschool Practitioner 

Mairi has two grown up children and has lots of experience in childcare. Mairi holds an NNEB qualification.

Melissa Lowry – Preschool Practitioner

Melissa has one grown up child and has many years’ experience working in childcare. Melissa holds a level 3 in childcare and education.

Session times 

Morning session: 8:30am till 11:30am

Lunch session: 11:30am till 12:30pm

Afternoon session: 12:30 till 3:30pm


The preschool does have the option for children to stay and enjoy lunch. Children can have either a packed lunch or a hot meal. If your child would like to stay and enjoy their own packed lunch, it will cost £3 for the supervision. Hot dinners cost an extra £2.10 as well as £3 for the supervision and the children get the opportunity to have their meal in the main school hall. This can be very exciting for them!  Winter Gardens Academy School and Preschool is NUT FREE so no nut products or Kinder products please.


Here at Winter Gardens Preschool, we have an online learning journal that parents can access through their phone or tablets. This is a great way for parents to see what their children are up to whilst at Preschool and also gives parents the opportunity to add any photos or observations they make with their child at home. We strongly believe in good home-school relationships and this is a great way for us to communicate and share your child’s wonderful achievements.

Every week, we also add a challenge and a sound of the week onto Tapestry as fun ways to promote learning at home.

Kevin the Koala

At Winter Gardens Preschool we have Kevin the Koala who is our preschool bear. Kevin is given to a child each week to spend the weekend at their home.  Kevin has his own bag, toothbrush and sets of clothes along with a home diary where his adventures can be written or photographed and then shared with the children at Preschool.


Every term, a newsletter is given to all the parents detailing special events and dates for the diary. Please see Newsletter tab to view these and the Reminders tab for any extra information the Preschool staff would like to communicate.


If you are a prospective parent and would like further information or are a current parent and have any queries, please ring the school Main Office to speak to the Preschool Manager, Samantha Daubney on 01268 699305.

Please LABEL all clothing and please do not dress your child in nice clothes as your child will come home messy. In order to promote independence, we would like to ask parents to supply Velcro shoes or shoes that children can independently put on themselves.

Please can we ask that a bag is supplied with your child that has clothes in such as trousers, socks, underwear/nappies t-shirts and a spare pair of shoes. Also wet wipes would be very useful.

Please supply sun cream and hats in the summer months and ensure children come to school with coats, scarfs, gloves etc in the winter months.