We are very proud of our wonderful Pre-School! Our children and families are made very welcome and we hope it marks the start of a long and happy educational experience at Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School School.
We provide a high quality education where young children can investigate and explore a well-planned, imaginative and challenging environment both indoors and outside, where they are encouraged to grow and develop at their own pace and where every day is varied, stimulating exciting and above all . . FUN!! We aim to provide carefully planned, fun-filled learning activities which are based on our professional knowledge of how young children learn. Such activities will meet the individual needs of your child to learn, experiment, make progress and develop - emotionally, socially, academically and physically. There is a key focus on literacy skills including speaking and listening and, as they are ready, learning phonics for reading. We have 52 places split equally across either morning or afternoon sessions.
If your child turns 3 by this September and you would like to visit the Pre-School, please make an appointment through the main school office (01843 227575). We would love you to see us in action!
A little bit about us...
We are an amazing Pre-School that caters for 52 happy and eager-to-learn children over a morning (8.30am - 11.30am) or afternoon session (12.15pm - 3.15pm) . Our Pre-School is run by a dedicated team of staff with Mrs Tuffs at the helm. Miss Brown, Mrs Milham and Mrs Rogers are all here to support your child and their development during their time with us.
A typical session in the Pre-School:
Child initiated play: When the children arrive at Pre-School, they select an activity of their own choice such as painting, paper and pencil activities, cutting and sticking, role play, sand and water or puzzles for example. Staff members welcome the children and settle them at an activity.
Hello time: Children come to the carpet to take the register, greet each other and find out what they will be learning that day. It's also a great time to recap on our days of the week and the weather in our Maths Medley.
Teacher input: Mrs Tuffs will deliver a short burst teaching input to the children before they make their way to group time with their Key Person. This could be a Letters and Sounds, number or shape activity for example.
Group time: Each child has a dedicated Key Person and this group time is used for a more structured activitiy led by this adult that will link to the teacher input. We also have snack time in our groups to encourage social interaction and independence.
Child initiated time: Children can choose activities indoors or outside in the garden. Outside we have a fantastic play area to promote physical development, a range of bikes and trikes, as well as gardening, sport and reading and writing areas.
Story time: The children love listening to a range of stories which helps to increase their attention and improve recall skills as well as providing opportunities to join in repeating patterns and enhance vocabulary.
Home time: Every session is finished off by coming together to sing the 'goodbye song'. The children review what they have been doing today and think about what they'd like to do tomorrow.
The Pre-School is very much part of the main school and has access to the main facilities such as the halls for PE sessions, Forest School, the school field and the library.
Pre-Schoolers take part in whole school themed days such as Children in Need and Number Day and have their very own Pirate Day where they spend part of the day searching the school grounds for the missing treasure. Children also have access to a full time SENCo and a specialist Speech Therapy teaching assistant.
Here are just some of the wonderful comments from our parents about our fantastic Pre-School:
'I like how welcoming all the teachers are and how much Reggie has learned. He loves being able to see his friends and singing nursery rhymes. I’m very happy with everything this year.'
'Approachable, friendly staff; personal touches – really thoughtful ladies e.g. dinosaur stickers/cards sent in lockdown. The ladies make it really fun for the children and appear passionate about it. Charlie says “Nursery makes me happy because I like the dinosaurs and my friends!” We can’t think of anything to improve on. We have been really impressed with how Charlie has done and the great experience he has had this year!'
'Mrs Tuffs is an amazing teacher and has helped my daughter Kaycee. Kaycee loves her teachers and friends.'
We like the playing areas and professionalism of the Cliftonville team. My child like to meet with friends and play.
'The school is excellent; all the teaching staff are friendly and kind. A very good environment for children’s’ progress. My child is always happy and enthusiastically wakes up every morning to get ready for school as she really enjoys all the activities.'
'We like the playing areas and professionalism of the Cliftonville team. My child like to meet with friends and play. The school is excellent; all the teaching staff are friendly and kind. A very good environment for children’s’ progress. My child is always happy and enthusiastically wakes up every morning to get ready for school as she really enjoys all the activities.'
Admissions for a place in year R in September
Unfortunately, gaining a place in our Pre-School does not automatically mean you will be offered a place in our Reception classes. You are encouraged to apply for school places online at:
We will be happy to support you in completing your school application.
If you are looking for a Pre-School place and your child will be 3 by August 31st, take a look at our advert.