What we provide for our children...

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18-24 Months

Old Dalby Preschool welcome children aged 18-24 months to join the older children for a play.  

These relaxed shorter sessions are a great introduction to Preschool life and allow the younger members of our community to make friends with and learn from our older children.

9.00am-11.00am

£13 a session.

Limited spaces available.

Sessions will commence on days where staffing ratio permit please check with the manager.

2 Year Olds

Being 2 is hard work. The world can be big, scary and exciting all in the space of a minute. At Old Dalby Preschool we create environments and offer experiences that nurture and fuel the natural curiosity found in every toddler while also providing a safe and secure base to retreat to when the world gets just a bit too big. Every child has a practitioner, known as a key person, who will be there when they need support.


Sometimes you’re having so much fun you need a nap, we provide a space for this and monitor children while they sleep.


As your body develops you might start to want to be like the older children and use the toilet. As well as our nappy changing facilities we have a supply of potties for children and toilet rings to choose from when the time is right.

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3 Year Olds

By your third year you’re starting to understand the value of finding friends to have fun with. The Preschool offers a communication rich environment to help you do this. There are lots of opportunities for children to develop social skills and team work through everyday play. From waiting your turn with the help of the sand timer to building dens with logs twice as tall as you are.


Three year olds also have a growing desire to be independent and we encourage and support this. Each practitioners key children form a team and children are rewarded with a ball in their teams jar when they achieve something for themselves or just do something amazing. Having a visual target in mind really helps children to develop their independence.


It’s also a time when you are developing your own interests and practitioners tailor activities to cater for each child’s unique passions.

4 Year Olds

At four years your ability to focus will have grown and you’ll hear lots of people mentioning a place called ‘school’. We understand that this can be a stressful time for parents and children alike and have developed a transition program that minimises the stress of starting school.


Our four year olds take part in school readiness group sessions which focus on literacy and numeracy and develop the children’s growing ability to focus for longer periods of time.


Visits to Old Dalby Primary School happen throughout the year so that children are familiar with the school environment even before their fourth year and our teacher/practitioner meetings with your child’s teacher, whichever school they will be attending, offer helpful insights into how each child learns.