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Welcome to Pre-school

We opened in February 2016, and can be found in the Sure Start building.

Our Opening times are Monday to Friday8.30am/11.30am and 12.30pm/3.30pm, offering 3 hours per day of child care.

We have free 2 year funded places and paid places available, with priority places to the funded 2 year olds.

Paid places are £14 per session term time only and we also close for school INSET days and all school holidays.


If you think you may qualify for free 2 year funding please follow this website link-

or phone 03005008080


We look forward to meet the toddlers of Bilsthorpe.


Our Ethos - Explore!

  • We explore the world around us. We have a special focus on the outdoors, enhanced by our Forest schools activities. We are very lucky to have a huge outdoor area with its very own woodlands all enclosed for safety, but great for young explorers.


Create –


We inspire creative and independent thinking, through our open-ended play activities, and by celebrating and listening to our children's ideas. We do 'in the moment' planning following the children’s lead creating an emotionally secure environment.



  • We give children opportunities to follow their fascinations and discover their capabilities by planning our learning journey with them.
  • We achieve our aims by;
    • Creating an environment of fun and friendship for everyone, adults and children alike. We use the phrase, 'Home from Home' a lot, as that's how we want our pre-school to feel.
    • Celebrating the unique characters of our children and embracing their different needs.


  • Offering a wide range of opportunities for the children to develop their gross and fine physical skills.
  • Providing a secure and stimulating environment so that all children have the confidence to develop and practice their language skills.
  • Providing help and advice, offering community links through sure start and school services for all our families in Pre-school.



Virtual School


Hi everyone, Mrs Tuck here...


As we can't be at school at the moment I will be adding activities,stories and songs that you can do at home to our class page. 

Fun in the outdoors 🌲 πŸ’ 🐸 🐿

Fun learning at home 🎨 πŸ–Ό

The hungry caterpillar story 😊 enjoy x

Sharing a story and a song ❀️❀️

Hi πŸ‘‹ I’ve put the videos onto You Tube as I can add more stories to the page then.

If you click on the links below it will take you to the stories/songs xxx hope you enjoy them Mrs TuckDear Zoo xx Squash and a squeeze story with a sing a long.Peace at last. Xx

Here are some links for you to have a look at.


Try to encourage lots of taking, independence and self-care (potty training if you think they are ready)

Some great ways to help encourage talking:-

Get your child’s attention

Face your child or sit down with them. Say their name before you start speaking. Talk about something you can both see in front of you. This helps them to learn what words mean.


Have fun together

Use actions, sing, make noises and funny faces. Don’t be shy, being a bit silly helps get their attention and makes them laugh and can encourage language development.

Comments not questions

Asking lots of questions can feel like it’s a test. Make it a conversation. When you talk to your child comment on what they are doing and what is happening instead.

Give them time to think

Children need more time than adults to think about what they’ve heard, and to decide what to say back. Give them time to respond, and look at them while you wait.

Maybe have a scavenger hunt in your garden?

Can you find a ….

. Twig/Stick

.A small leaf and a big leaf

.A flower

.Your shadow

.An insect

.A stone

Can you make a collage with the items you have collected?

If you would like you can email me any photos to show me what you have been up to at Please state weather you are happy for these photos to go on our website or not.

Thank you,

Mrs Tuck and Miss Townsend xx

Hi, if you would  like to make your own play dough at home and have your little ones help you this is a good one to follow as you don't need any cream of tarter and you can make it without cooking it laugh


If you don't have any food colouring standard children's paint will work the same, please make sure it is children's paint as this wont cause any harm if accidently eaten!wink

Enjoy making your play dough and don't forget to email me a picture smiley


Have a try at some of these xx

Mixing, pouring, cracking, sharing and the best bit ... a pancake to eat at the end of the day ( this mixture was just for play ☺️) πŸ₯žπŸ‘ŒπŸ₯ž

The smell in preschool was out of this world, sending our smell sense into overdrive ! The children were fully engaged cutting, smelling, tasting, feeling and listening to the different sounds when cutting the food πŸ₯˜ πŸ‹ πŸ₯”πŸŠ

The love of mark making.We love laying on the floor to mark make as we can all join in together as a team. Let their imagination flow. #markmaking #freeflow #bfhapreschool

Beating drums with sticks and then as fishing 🎣 rods extending their learning by adding fish to the β€œpond” #outdoorlearning #bfhapreschool

We have been busy experimenting with colours and aqua beads in pre-school and jumping in muddy puddles with Peppa πŸŒˆβ€οΈπŸ˜€

Lots of fun and curiosity happening in pre school. Finding lots of different ways of mixing sand and water and who doesn’t love playing with snow ❄️ ❄️ ❄️

How lucky are we to have these beautiful squirrels just outside our pre school window. 😊❀️🐿

Under table mark making πŸ–ŒπŸ–πŸ“βœοΈβœ’οΈβ€οΈπŸ˜

Doing our bit for the Macmillan coffee morning. Life is great when you’re 2 so much fun had by all, the best bit having a spoon each to β€œclean” our bowls! πŸ˜€ β˜•οΈ 🧁 πŸ‘Ά πŸ₯„πŸ« 🍰 πŸŽ‚ β˜•οΈ

Exploring in all weathers β˜”οΈπŸŒ§β€οΈπŸŒ²πŸŒΏ

Thank you to the firefighters for letting us look at your fire engine πŸš’ πŸ‘©β€πŸš’ πŸ‘¨β€πŸš’β€οΈ

Ice cube painting πŸ–ΌπŸŽ¨πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ¨

Exploring a dinosaur swamp πŸŒ²πŸŒΏπŸ¦•πŸ¦–

Forest schools πŸŒ²πŸŒΏπŸŒΊπŸ„πŸƒ

Outdoor learning with bubble fun ❀️🌲🌿🌺

Look back with pride and forward with confidence