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Elstree School Nursery and Pre-Prep

ELSTREE is an award-winning day and boarding school for boys and girls aged three to 13, less than 10 miles from Newbury and Reading, and an hour from West London

Elstree Nursery and Pre-Prep – a finalist at the Independent School of the Year Awards 2020 – caters for more than 60 girls and boys.

Separate from the main school, but within the same 150-acre grounds in bucolic Berkshire, the Pre-Prep is made up of four year groups – Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Children have access to bright, airy classrooms, dedicated learning areas, two outdoor play spaces and a designated woodland.

Teachers and pupils take full advantage of exploring the outside space, often used as an extension of the classroom.

From Nursery, children are encouraged to adopt a love of learning and a natural curiosity at their own pace.

Every week on Woodland Wednesdays, the Early Years children get the chance to do anything from mini-beast hunting to den building, foraging harvest fruits or willow tree weaving.

Key Stage 1 children are also enriched through their outdoor experiences, whether it’s lying on their back learning about perspective and drawing from a worm’s-eye view, writing stories influenced by woodland sounds or digging up worms to feed the badgers they’ve seen on the trail cam.

Sport, French, music and drama are also thriving at Elstree Pre-Prep, and taught by specialist teachers.

Supported by a team of energetic, enthusiastic and experienced teachers, every child is valued as an individual and encouraged to explore and develop their talents to the full.

Parents, grandparents and carers are welcome to join Elstree Pre-Prep’s Toddler Sessions, held four times a term between 9am and10.30am.

Email registrar@ elstreeschool.org.uk for the dates.

If you would like to visit this very special school, please book your place on one of the forthcoming Open Mornings on Saturday, May 8 or 22 by visiting www.elstreeschool.org.uk/admissions/open-days/

 Or arrange an individual visit by calling (0118) 971 3302.

Why not attend the Pre-Prep Outdoor Day, also on Saturday, May 22, held between 11am and 3pm?

It is a wonderful opportunity Children enjoy a variety of activities to experience the 150-acre school site, while remaining in your bubble at a safe distance. 

Activities planned for the day include den building, a Gruffalo hunt, creating masks and fairy wands, bird spotting, hunting for mini beasts, getting stuck into Adventure Playground and hurtling down Roly Poly Hill.

With a host of activities to choose from and a picnic lunch on the front lawn (don’t forget to bring your rug and food hamper), it’s a great chance to meet other families, visit Elstree and have plenty of fun along the way.

Feel free to invite friends to join the event as well, but as numbers are limited, make sure you pre-book your space online – admissions/ open-days/ – to avoid disappointment.

They are managed on a first-come-first-served basis.

And finally, if you have children in Year 2 and/or 3, why not book them a place on the Discovery Day on Saturday, June 12?


Elstree School, Woolhampton, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 5TD T: (0118) 971 3302

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