Learning through play

At Hurstpierpoint Pre-School the staff work to create rich learning opportunities using play and playful teaching. We offer a range of opportunities for children to develop through exploration and discovery. As children learn and develop in different ways, our team takes great care to ensure the activities and resources at Preschool are varied and stimulating. The positive relationships that staff develop with the children encourages them to grow into strong, independent individuals.

Our sessions are a mixture of free play, where children can choose activities and are given time to work through a task to its completion, and adult led small and large group activities such as story time, snack time or circle time.

Outdoor play

Outdoor play is essential for children’s learning and development, as well as their enjoyment and wellbeing. Our Forest School is an integral part of the children’s outdoor play and learning at the Pre-School. Once they reach their final year with us each child will attend weekly Forest School sessions. These take place year-round at a woodland location, a short walk from the Village Centre.

In addition, our children have access to two on-site outside areas:

  • The grassy garden, which overlooks the school field. A much-loved play area during the drier months, with a giant sandpit, climbing frame with wobbly bridge and tunnels for dens and hiding places.
  • Our paved garden, which the children have free access to during most of the day. This has space for running, playing ball, riding bikes and scooters. This area is used every day throughout the year. It offers similar learning opportunities to the indoor environment with a focus on physical development, the natural world, exploration, imagination and working together.