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 Autumn Term 2024 Admissions 
Please apply by 31st March 2024

Welcome to Charminster Pre-school

Charminster Pre-school is  a well-established charity run Pre-school which has been operating since 1971. 

We are located within the grounds of St. Mary's First School, in a purpose built log cabin with plenty of outdoor play space.

We offer places for children from after their 2nd birthday through to 4 years/entry into school.

We are a Pre-school who strongly believes in the benefits of outdoor play and as such spend the majority of our day enjoying the outdoors in all weathers.

We were inspected by Ofsted in November 2022 and were delighted to be graded as 'Outstanding' across all areas.

"Children relish attending this exceptional pre-school, where they can explore exciting environments and benefit from the highest level of support for their learning."

"Children make dramatic progress from their starting points, quickly developing their communication skills and extending their vocabulary, for example."

"Staff inspire children's curiosity and motivate them to explore and investigate."

"There is a strong focus on outdoor play, which broadens the range of activities and resources available for children to choose from."

"The knowledgeable and enthusiastic manager leads a particularly strong staff team."

The full report can be found by clicking here

We have close links with St Mary’s First School, Charminster. The children in their final Pre-school year participate in a range of school based activities which support their transition into the reception class.

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Thank you for making my child's time at Pre-school so special, he has really enjoyed himself and is now ready for 'Big School'.

Thank you so much for all the care you have shown my child over the last two years. It has given him a great and positive start to his schooling.

Thank you for all of your work and for making pre-school such a happy place for my child. She has learnt so much and had so much fun. I know she will miss you and so will I.

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