Our Pre-Preps (Nursery) provision is Outstanding (ISI Inspection Report).  Our staff are highly trained and exceptionally well qualified, which means the children experience an unrivalled quality of care and stimulation. Every day, this setting provides imaginative, creative and thoughtful learning opportunities. The quality of staff commitment to communicating with parents is another great strength.

Our next Whole School Open Day is on Saturday 10th March 2018. Register now to attend.

We hold ‘School in Action’ mornings for Nursery and Preps (Reception-Year 2) where parents are able to learn about our Outstanding (ISI rated) EYFS department.  The Headteacher, Mrs Raffray greets and welcomes parents to this special event and the Head of Preps and Pre-Preps, Miss Keane, gives a short presentation about our Nursery and Preps I, II and III.  Guided tours of the school and grounds are  conducted following the presentation and you will have the opportunity to speak to the Registrar and Admissions Team following the tours.

Please see our Nursery Booklet for information on getting started.

The Pre-Preps follow the EYFS Curriculum with its seven areas of Learning and Development – three prime areas – Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, and four specific areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design.

In Pre-Preps outdoor and physical education is embedded in our daily activity. The outdoor environment provides a rich, natural space for learning and developing young minds. Our Forest School and Physical Education sessions are part of our learning resources. In P.E sessions we encourage children to explore a variety of movements whilst our Forest School sessions allow children to explore their natural surroundings using their senses.

Our focus throughout the year is building relationships, growing in independence and becoming independent learners. In Pre-Preps we lay the foundations for the transition onto Prep I in a fun, safe and exciting learning environment.

School lunches are prepared and freshly cooked on the premises and offer a range of meals including a vegetarian option, salads, sandwiches, as well as desserts and fresh fruit.  Lunch is eaten in the Nursery under close supervision from staff.  In addition there is a Breakfast Club serving breakfast from 8 am and an Ofsted registered After-School Club offering extended care for children until 6 pm.

Miss LM Honeyman, BA
Miss Honeyman is the Nursery teacher and joined St Augustine’s priory in September 2017.  She studied Primary Education at Nottingham Trent University before going on to specialise in Early Years Education.  Miss Honeyman takes a holistic approach to teaching where care is given to develop young children’s personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as the more cognitive aspects of learning. Her special interests include reading and drama – “I love to bring stories alive for children and think it is important to foster a real love of reading and books from an early age”.

Mrs N Morris (NNEB)
Mrs Drury is an Early Years Practitioner in Pre-Preps. She joined St Augustine’s Priory in May 2011 when the Nursery opened. She has taken on the role of ‘Eco- Schools representative’ for the EYFS and is responsible for delivering the RE curriculum in Nursery. Her special interests include the outdoor area, gardening and creative activities. Her favourite thing about working here is that ‘As a team we enjoy watching the children become independent and grow into strong young individuals during their time at Nursery. ’

Mrs H Nikolova (EYPS)
Mrs Nikolova is an Early Years Practitioner in Pre-Preps. She joined Saint Augustine’s Priory in September 2016 and gained her Early Years Professional Status at Kingston University.  Her special interests include providing rich, stimulating and meaningful experiences in a warm and nurturing environment.