The children are at the heart of everything we do.
They lead their own learning guided by a practitioners knowledgeable hand

Our Intent – To lay the foundations for future learning in an exciting and stimulating environment to foster a positive attitude for children’s future learning.  Striving for our children to be confident, resilient, independent and curious learners, thinking critically and taking risks to accomplish their forever growing challenges.

“Awe and Wonder”

Statement – We provide a happy, caring environment were children are valued and safe. We provide high quality education and care for the children to develop the skills they need for learning in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage, whilst developing their confidence and independence. We value close relationships with our families to share the education of their children.

Values – We  strive to help children develop confidence and independence and a positive attitude to learning.  We provide a happy, stimulating environment where children feel safe and valued and can develop and learn. We promote high standards of behaviour and help children to understand each others feelings.  Children learn to care for and respect themselves and others.  Working closely with parents and carers is important to us as we believe that our children’s learning and achievements are something to be shared.

Curriculum – We consider the all round development of the children.  We provide opportunities which enable the children to exercise options and express ideas, reflect on experiences and information, share thoughts and make decisions and discoveries.  We follow children’s interests and add to their knowledge and vocabulary, scaffolding learning while we play.  Our curriculum helps us to establish where a child’s learning starts and how we progress that child.  All children develop at different rates and we need to allow for repetition, deeper knowledge and consolidation of learning before moving a child on.  Our learning environment covers all 7 areas of learning and is rich and inviting, promoting engagement in play with meaningful adult engagement to support the children in their play.

We plan using children’s interests, keypersons next steps, in the moment opportunities and topics to incorporate new learning and experiences.  We use a balanced mix of child initiated, adult supported, adult initiated and in the moment pedagogy.

Throughout the year we organise visits on and off the premises to enhance the children’s learning.  The children have the opportunity to take part in Forest School during their time with us.

About us – We are registered with Ofsted to care for children from two to five years of age and accept government funding for 15 and 30 hours, plus qualifying 2 year funding. We have been judged as providing good quality provision and you can read the report by following the link at the bottom of this page.

Our preschool is a not for profit charitable company, run by a voluntary committee.  Our purpose built building is well equipped both inside and outside and we are surrounded by open fields and wooded areas in the heart of the lovely rural village of Boxted, just to the north of Colchester.

We have seven experienced preschool practitioners, including one member of staff qualified in childcare to Level 6, five members of staff qualified to Level 3 and one to Level 2.  In addition, we have two preschool assistants and a business manager.

Please browse our website for more information and if you would like to enquire about vacancies or to arrange a visit, please email us on littleowlsboxted@live.co.uk or call us on 01206 273226.

We look forward to hearing from you.
The Little Owls Preschool Team

Inspection report 2019