Barlow Pre-school
Barlow Pre-school

Barlow pre-school
Millcross Lane
S18 7TA

Tel. 0114 289 9046 

Morning sessions - 9.00am - 12.00pm Monday - Friday
Afternoon sessions - Tuesday & Thursday 12 noon - 3.00pm
Forest School - 12 - 3pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Breakfast club 8.30am - 9.00am Mon - Fri


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Parent resources



To reinforce the children’s learning at Pre-school:

Theme: Signs of Spring, The Local Community, Patterns in Nature


  • Go on a walk to the woods, look at the patterns in the environment, on leaves, bark, flowers etc.
  • Plant some bulbs in your garden, or take note of how bulbs you’ve already planted are growing, and the changes that happen over time.
  • Look at the Nature Detective website and encourage your children to take part in suggested activities that you can easily do at your local park or even in your back garden, take photographs, and share with your child’s key workers.
  • Walk around your local area, and notice the different buildings and features of the environment. eg/schools, farms, churches, post boxes, shops, pubs etc. and the function of these places in the local community.
  • Visit a farm, petting zoo etc. and see which animals have had spring babies. Talk about growing up and life cycles.
  • Talk about your community eg/ people that help us such as doctors, nurses, teachers.
  • Play board games and other games which involve sharing and taking turns.
  • Sing Nursery Rhymes with your children.
  • Play ‘I Spy’ when out and about to encourage your children to start to use the initial sounds of words.
  • Read stories at night before bed, especially traditional stories such as Three Billy Goats Gruff, Cinderella, and The Three Bears to name but a few.
  • Use cameras or phones to take photos of the natural world.
  • Use the internet to research springtime changes.
  • Act out stories and rhymes using puppets or toys, and encourage your children to join in with the repeated refrains such as “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down”.
  • Encourage your children to create paintings and drawings based on spring time colours or their favourite stories that they can share with their Key workers.




  • To think about and recognise changes in nature
  • To show an interest in books and print in the environment
  • Show increasing control in holding implements
  • To show an interest in the environment and learn about the seasons
  • To show an interest in what happens in the natural world in Spring time
  • To learn about lifecycles of animals and plants
  • To develop fine and gross motor skills
  • To show an interest in people and communities
  • To explore and use different media and materials.
  • To explore and discover how to use cameras, ipad, laptops etc…to take photographs.
  • To enjoy listening to and taking part in stories and Nursery Rhymes




Monday 9th April to Friday 25th May 2018












Personal, Social and Emotional
Self-Confidence/Self Awareness

Understanding the World
People and Communities

Visit the Lambs

Fire Practice

Welcome back to Forest School 123 Where Are You?






Communication and Language
Listening and Attention

Physical Development

Health and Self-Care

Spring Time

Patterns we find in our Environment

Leaf printing/ footprints

Campfire with toasted Marshmallows
Staying safe around the fire






Personal, Social and Emotional

Making Relationships


Spring time

Patterns we find in stories/finger rhymes

Fairy Crowns and Pirate hats







Moving and Handling

Spring Time

Patterns we can make

Sand and water/ raindrops in water, puddles

Leaf bashing
Making flags






Shape, Space and Measure

Communication and Language


Spring time

Repeating patterns that we can make/symmetry, comparing, sorting patterns, and threading


Mud monsters






Personal, Social and Emotional

Managing Feelings and Behaviour
Understanding the World
The World


Spring time

Spring Walk - Our local community (church, school, post box)










Communication and Language

Expressive Art and Design

Media and Materials


Spring time

Spring pictures – painting

Mixing colours, exploring spring colours/patterns


Treasure Hunt







Monday 7 May - May Day Holiday (Pre-School Closed)




Newsletters & Important Information

September 2017 newsletter

British values letter


Government launches new schemes to help with childcare costs

Are you looking for support with childcare costs?

Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time. The new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what’s on offer.

Use the Childcare Calculator at to see what offers are available to support you and your family.

As well as current schemes, Childcare Choices introduces Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours – two new offers that are coming in 2017.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website today at


‘Every Child a Talker’ at Barlow Pre-School

As part of our commitment to supporting children’s early communication and language development, Barlow Pre-School is taking part in the national ‘Every Child a Talker’ (ECAT) scheme, which, in partnership with parents and families, aims to support early communication skills including listening and attention, speaking and understanding.

Early communication and language skills provide the building blocks for future development, and can have a considerable impact on a child’s learning and development throughout their childhood.

Through the ECAT scheme, we are looking forward to working with parents and families to further support children’s communication and language development. With this in mind, we will be providing ideas for games and activities that you can try at home as well as providing some fun activities that children can bring home from pre-school.

At pre school we have introduced the chatterboxes as part of the new incentive Every child a talker (ECAT).

This is to encourage a two way communication of language between adults and children. Children love stories whether it in is book form or from there own imagination.

The chatterboxes have been created with this in mind, each box contains a story book with relevant toys so that the children can recreate the story through play engaging and interacting with their parents.

We are also in the process of creating play bags with familiar toys and equipment in from pre school so children can continue their play and development at home, these are to include a music bag, block play bag, a gardening bag and many others. 


Here are some simple and fun activities that you can try at home.


Do you want to get involved?

Please see the volunteer rota at Pre School if you are able to help out.

Thank you



Ofsted Links

The Common Inspection Framework - education, skills and early years September 2015

Inspecting Safeguarding - In early years, education and skills setting

British Values in Schools