Sturminster Marshall
Pre-School

Sturminster Marshall Pre-School

Pre-School News

August 2019

It’s hard to believe we have come to the end of another term and the academic year. We have certainly made the most of outdoor areas, enjoying this lovely weather and lots of water play! 

The children all did very well in participating in their sports day. We were lucky to have the help of a sports coach, so had some new activities including, teddy throwing and teddy bears picnic. The children had so much fun and had a great turn out of family and friends to support and cheer on the children. 

We also have enjoyed our annual outing to farmer palmers. We had a tractor ride and joined in with the animal feeding. The children, and grown ups had such fun. 

On our last day we said our final goodbye to our school leavers. We had a walk and play at the park and then came back to preschool for our teddy bears picnic. The children were joined by some of their family and their teddies of course! 

We are all sad to be saying goodbye to those leaving us this year to start their school journey, but we wish them well in their future learning.

If you have a child aged between 2 and school age, please contact us to discuss our setting and your needs for childcare. We are a small, friendly setting and have both local children and children from further afield attending.

The Pre-school opening hours for September will be:-

Monday to Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm


Cream Teas

Cream Tea
at The Old School, Sturminster Marshall

Fresh homemade cakes, scones and sausage rolls
3rd and 4th August 2019
2.30pm-5.30pm

Tombola and Children’s activities available
Everyone Welcome


July 2019

The cooler weather has meant less time in our garden but more time playing in our playground.  We are very lucky to have both playground and garden areas and spend time outside as often as we can.  

The children have enjoyed riding the bikes, trikes and cars along our smooth new tarmac. When we’ve had to dash back inside between the showers, we have spent time listening and dancing to different types of music and discussing how it makes us feel. The children have been moving in different ways and also mark making to the music. We have also played instruments and explored how we can change the sounds. 

Our rising 5’s have been enjoying P.E. sessions with a P.E. coach this term.  We have learnt some new skills, including using hockey sticks to control a ball, using hoops in different ways and climbing, balancing and jumping safely off the apparatus. 

Soon we will all begin practicing for our much loved sports day too. 

They have also been joining the school children for playtime and visiting their new reception class and teacher.  It’s great to have the opportunity to visit the school regularly, which allows for an easier transition into school. 

If you have a child aged between 2 and school age, please contact us to discuss our setting and your needs for childcare.  We are a small, friendly setting and have both local children and children from further afield attending.  Great friendships are made at Sturminster Marshall Preschool, many lasting well beyond the years of education.

The Pre-School opening hours for September will be: -

Monday 9.00 am to 3.00pm
Tuesday 9.00 am to 3.00pm
Wednesday 9 00 am to 3.00pm
Thursday 9.00 am to 3.00pm
Friday 9.00 am to 3.00pm

Quiz Night


Date: Friday 19th July 2019

Venue: The Old School Hall, Sturminster Marshall

Time:  7pm for 7.30pm start

 Tickets: £5 in advance/£6 on the door

*Teams of up to 6 people*

BAR Available

Nibbles Provided

Raffle and Prizes

Questions by Badg

To prebook contact Jan at the Preschool
on 01258 858395

June 2019

We have started the Summer term by welcoming some new children and they are all settling well into the preschool . 

Our rising 5s have begun changing themselves for P.E. Sessions, to help with school readiness.  It’s hard to believe they will be leaving us soon to begin their school journey. 

The preschool school children enjoyed watching the school children practice for their maypole dances at the beginning of the month. They did a great job, and even let preschool have a turn at skipping around too! 

The drier weather has given us the opportunity to use our garden area a bit more this term.  We benefit from a lovely, large, sheltered sand pit and the children have enjoyed playing with the new buckets and spades in it.  The mud kitchen has also been favoured. Particularly running the toy tractors in the wet, squelchy mud, leaving tyre prints. The children finished the Spring term off by making Easter gifts and cards to share with their families. 

If you have a child aged between 2 and school age please contact us to discuss our setting and your needs for childcare.  We are a small, friendly setting and have both local children and children from further afield attending.  Great friendships are made at Sturminster Marshall Preschool, many lasting well beyond the years of education.

The Pre-School is currently open:

Monday 9.00 am to 3.00pm
Tuesday  9.00 am to 3.00pm
Wednesday 9 00 am to 3.00pm
Thursday 9 00 am to 3.00pm
Friday  9 00 am to 3.00pm

April 2019

It’s hard to believe that we are in the second half of the 2018/2019 academic year. The time moves so fast.  At Sturminster Marshall Preschool we aim to accept each child as an individual, accepting that they all start with us having had different experiences along the way.  Everyone has their likes and dislikes, preferences, ways of doing things and individual needs. It is our role as Carer’s and educators to build on these experiences, making connections and challenges, supported by knowledgeable practitioners to extend learning.

As we approach the Summer Term we will be ensuring the children are confident not only within our setting but also with going into their new Reception class. As we are fortunate to be in the grounds of the first school we have already made our first visit to play and have a look around.  It was a very successful session and the children enjoyed seeing their old friends, new teacher as well as the new experiences of the classroom.

Our fundraising team have been working hard planning fundraising events for the coming months. Please look out for these. All funds raised will be spent directly on the children.  

The place allocation for first school will be made mid -April. If you have a child who will be going to Sturminster Marshall First School for a September 2019, please get in touch to discuss our transition activities to support this.

The setting is open Monday – Friday 9am-3pm term time. We offer a wide range of activities to cover all areas of learning and development. We follow the interests of the children and build on their previous knowledge and experiences.  Most of all they build friendships that last for years and have fun fun fun!


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