Welcome to Pre-school

Sturminster Marshall Preschool is situated in the secure grounds of the first school, in our own bright and welcoming purpose built building. Our Preschool is fenced and gated giving a safe area for children to play.

At Sturminster Marshall Preschool we offer care for children from 12 months old.
We accept 2 and 3 year old funding and offer full or half day sessions.

We have a large open plan room for the children with various learning areas, such as role play, small world, craft and construction.
Our younger children have a separate play area inside and outside, with changing facilities and cots, with age appropriate toys and activities.

We have two outside areas, one playground for ride on toys, with a covered area and playhouse and a separate large grassed area with sandpit, play equipment and digging and plant growing area.


Our indoor playroom is often changed to reflect the needs and interests of the children. The resources are changed when we plan for children's next steps, individual needs and interests. Many resources are available for the children to choose from as they please.  This allows for self chosen play where children become fully engaged with both the resources and their peers.

We follow the early years curriculum, to ensure that all areas of learning are being covered. Every child is important to us and we tailor our planning for each individual child, knowing that they all develop at their own rate.


We have a core team of five members of staff providing consistency and security for both parents and children. With an open door policy someone is always there for you if you have concerns or would like to discuss anything.

At Sturminster Marshall Preschool we offer a flexible service for parents where possible as we appreciate the difficult that may occur with work or other appointments.   If there is availability we are more than happy to help.

Examples of what we provide:

Construction: Lego, duplo, junk modelling, large and small bricks, Intrastar, hammers and tacks.
Small world play:  cars, trains, shop play, dolls, puppets
Role play: Shops, cafes, vets, doctors ,emergency services, super heroes
Water and sand:  Sieves, buckets, spades, spoons, funnels, colour, bubbles, jelly beads,
Malleable materials: Playdough, shaving foam, paints, porridge, ice, gloop.
Writing area:  Pens, pencils, crayons, chalks, clip boards, note pads, colouring, blackboard,
ICT: Tablets, PC, beebot, sound discs, telephones, calculator
Numeracy: Number puzzles, 2D and 3D shapes, Numicon, matching counters
Reading area: large library of books.  Traditional stories, stories from far and wide, rhyming, modern classics, science and non- fiction. 
Creative area: Glue, Scissors, Lolly sticks, shapes, leaves, pom poms, collage materials, a wide variety of resources to choose from.