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Haddenham St Mary's School has announced plans for a new pre-school, based on the 'Forest Schools' approach, and accommodated in the Eco Lodge. The initiative is to help meet parental demand for pre-school places in the local community and to further enhance the educational provision at Haddenham St Mary's

The preschool will open in September 2019 and will be unique to the local area in so far as it will be led by a qualified teacher following the Forest School initiative.

Known as 'Little Forest Friends', the new pre-school will offer up to 30 hours funding for eligible children and there will be fifteen places available for 3 and 4 year olds on a first come first served basis initially. If you are not eligible for funding, sessions will be offered at a rate of £5.50 per hour (£16.50 per am/pm session).

The sessions will run from 9am -12pm and 12pm -3pm. Children can stay all day and use their funded hours for 9am -3pm.

The preschool will be the first of its kind in the local area using the 'Forest School' approach which we know provides a unique learning experience for children.

The preschool drawing on the 'Forest School' approach will involve:

  • child initiated learning
  • being outdoors
  • integration with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum
  • time for children to explore, learn and investigate
  • fun, imagination and creativity
  • using the natural resources around us

To find out more about Forest School please visit the school website:

If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old by 31st August 2019 and would like to secure a place at 'Little Forest Friends' please complete the form (see PDF) and return it by Friday 18th May.

Places will be initially allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.

If your child is born after 1st September 2016 and you would like him/her to be placed on a waiting list for a future place, please also complete the form.

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