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Here at Old Dalby Preschool we believe that when we provide a secure, happy and caring environment children thrive and begin to grow into competent, confident learners and communicators. This is why we strive to make every individual child aware that they are accepted for themselves and are a valued member of our community. The setting, our practice and the activities reflect this view.

The space was designed with the needs of the children in mind. Children can move freely from one activity to another and from indoors to outdoors. There are spaces to be quiet in, spaces to be loud in, spaces to be creative in and spaces to be messy in.

The aim of the Preschool is to provide a warm and friendly environment in which each child can develop at his or her own pace.  When your child attends Old Dalby Preschool they will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is a play based curriculum. Children will learn how to develop their social, physical, speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and will learn through a variety of activities and experiences. Access to high quality early education and childcare can give your child the best possible start and prepares them for starting school.

Being Active

At Old Dalby Preschool we value and encourage physical play. Our outdoor area provides space to run, ride bikes and cars, throw balls and climb. Children love to challenge themselves and practitioners are always on hand to aid and encourage them. The fun doesn’t stop outdoors either with our indoor climbing frame and soft play providing lots of chances for indoor fun.


Learning can be messy, and that’s fine by us. We love to play with squidgy corn flour, squelchy mud even shredded paper, spaghetti, anything that is exciting to touch and explore. Water play can be great for learning too, it helps children to begin to explore ideas like volume and weight as well as problem solving.


All children come with amazing imaginations, we see it as our job to help them express and develop them. We provide all the raw materials to allow children to take their imaginations where ever they want to.


Indoors and out we have a wealth of natural resources for children to get their hands on. Natural items such as sticks and shells provide fuel for children’s imagination and offers countless opportunities for learning new exciting skills. From measuring how much mud goes in your mud pie to working with your friends to build a den.


Social and Emotional

Your child’s happiness and well-being is our priority. Practitioners work hard to ensure that each child feels like part of our community. We reward friendly and positive behaviour and provide spaces where children can choose to be alone when they need to work out their feelings. We regularly monitor and track each child’s level of well-being and involvement.

Leonie and her team at Old Dalby are The best! Each of my little ones love this preschool. Not only does it have so much variety in activities for them to do inside, the outside space is an amazing place to explore and get stuck in with nature.
They care for the children like they are their own.... Highly recommended!!! 

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