Chantlers Primary School early years pupils

New to Chantlers Pre-School

A very warm welcome to Chantlers Primary Pre-School.

Our Pre-School is an integral part of our Early Years setting and is available to children aged 3 to 4 years old. We provide a nurturing environment for children to explore, gain a sense of self, play with peers and build self-confidence. 

'The Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding. The start the youngest children have in Early Years at Chantlers sets them up for lifelong learning and they thrive exceptionally well'.

Our approach to learning nurtures a language ‘rich’ environment and curiosity and motivation to learn. We will help your child to acquire the skills and confidence needed to go forward into primary school.

We have a purpose building within the school grounds, with a designated, exciting and stimulating play area. 

Ways of helping your child to become more independent

Your child’s first task is to become independent. A class teacher may have 28 children all wanting help with dressing and undressing at the same time. This is not just a problem at P.E times, but every playtime and lunchtime.

Please bear this in mind when choosing items of clothing for your child. Always look for simple fastening, especially shoes (e.g. Velcro rather than laces).

There are so many things you can do to prepare young children for pre-school. Many things you will have been doing automatically from birth, but the next few pages give details of activities, which pre-school children particularly enjoy.

  • Dress and undress, coping with clothes that may have become inside out.
  • Practise fastening buckles, buttons and zips.
  • Begin to use the toilet properly, be able to wipe their bottom and flush the toilet.
  • Wash and dry hands properly. Practising good hygiene.
  • Help tidy up toys after playing.
  • Recognise their full name.
  • Begin to use a knife, fork and spoon to be able to eat their school dinner.
  • Practise using manners daily, saying Please, Thank You, Excuse me.

For any enquiries, please contact: Miss Dutton - Early Years Lead at