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About Us

About us


Since coming into existence in 1980, West Street Pre-school is a Registered Charity managed by a voluntary committee.

In January 2016 we were graded as an OUTSTANDING pre-school by Ofsted.

We are Ofsted registered, and we are supported by the Pre-school Learning Alliance,  and the Early Years Specialist teacher. Being based near Retford Central Children’s Centre means we can work in partnership to provide childcare services. We offer 2, 3, 4 year olds free places if they qualify for government funding. We provide services from 8.45 am - 3.15 pm which incorporates lunch time.

We also work closely with nursery schools in the area to provide a seamless transition to full time education when they move on. But we are able to provide Nursery Education Grant funded places at West Street Pre-school for 3 to 5 year olds as well.

It is essential that children feel cared for; happy and safe; in order for them to develop the confidence to learn.

In line with government guidelines we follow a structure of learning, development and care for children from birth to five years old. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and it enables your child to learn through a range of activities.

The EYFS ensures:

  • Children learn through play
  • Providers work closely with parents
  • Your child’s learning at home is taken into account
  • You are kept up to date with your child’s progress

We support the welfare, learning and all-round development of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. We do this by following/using the Characteristics of Effective learning and by using various teaching methods to support each individual child’s needs.

Our dedicated, caring and knowledgeable practitioners are key to our continued success.

Qualifications, experience, commitment and enthusiasm are all aspects of our staff recruitment policy.

 Our inspection in January 2016 we were graded as an 'outstanding' in all areas within our setting.  We are committed to supporting a wide range of development opportunities for our staff team and the children within our setting.

  • Painting a picture on his first day
  • Colour sorting with sea creatures
  • Listening to a story in the play den
  • Enjoy learning about capacity and acquiring pouring skills
  • Using gross motor skills outdoors
  • Learning to switch on the light tube to see the fishes
  • Some enjoy jumping, others enjoy a game of lotto
  • Learning to pour your own drink at snack time