Ages 3-4

Children between the ages 3-4 complete their High Bank journey in our large pre-school ‘outdoor’ classroom.

The room is set out to mimic a classroom, so the children are prepared for the transition to ‘big school’ and they have their own toilets and washrooms, as well as easy access to Forest School, mini-farm and play area.


Our highly qualified Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioners have an important role to play in ensuring your child follows a carefully planned curriculum that will allow them to develop their skills in the key areas of learning and development, which are:

Prime areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Specific areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Ongoing formative assessment is at the heart of early years best practice and our staff observe children as they act and interact in their play and everyday activities. By analysing these observations it can help us to plan experiences and opportunities for the children.

Your child’s learning journey is by now almost full and prior to them leaving the nursery this will be shared with the school you have chosen. You will continue to receive daily verbal summaries of your child’s day along with an electronic report, delivered by an app to your mobile telephone, tablet or computer. This report includes pictures, audio and even video.

We also encourage teachers to come to the nursery to discuss school with the children, as well as organising visits to schools so the children can experience it for themselves.

We recognise the move from nursery to school is a big step, but with the detailed planning and implementation involved in all aspects of your child’s life at High Bank, we know we are giving them the best possible start.

Before your child enters pre-school, you need to secure their space with a £50 refundable deposit before the term when you receive your funding.