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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Homelinks October 30th- December 20th

To reinforce the children’s learning at pre- school and Forest school

Themes : Autumn- Winter the changes we see, hear and feel/ spooky scavenger Hunt/ Bonfire night

And Christmas

Take part by sponsoring your child and encouraging them to take part in our spooky scavenger hunt all week at Pre School.

Go trick and treating with your children, enjoy dressing up, but talk to your children about staying safe and not speaking to strangers.

Enjoy a family outing to a bonfire or firework display, talking to your children about what they see, hear and feel, reminding them how to stay safe at these kinds of events.

Bake yummy treats with your children, chocolate apples, parkins, bonfire toffee etc…. talk about how we follow the instructions, measuring out ingredients

Enjoy making bonfire pictures, using different media and materials, talk about the textures and colours they use.

Talk about the difference between winter and Autumn, such as if it becomes colder, weather changing, how we adapted to the changes for example wearing coats, hats and scarves.

Enjoy a family walk collecting conkers and making a picture from the items we find

Enjoying singing Christmas carols, please practice twinkle, twinkle little star, away in a manager, and when Santa gets stuck up the chimney ready for our Pre School Nativity

Use the laptops, Ipads or computer to track Santa’s progress on Christmas Eve

Sprinkle the reindeer food ready for Rudolf, and cuddle up to ready “Twas the night before Christmas”

Make homemade decorations for your tree such as paper chains, garlands etc

Encourage your children to write their names on Christmas cards.


What will the children have the opportunity to learn?

Learn about our local community and how we are part of it, learning about the countryside and towns and the differences between them, the changes that happen between the seasons.

Learn about people who help us and look after us in our community.

Learn about, celebrate and value our local costumes and traditions, how we write our names on cards and the reason why we send cards, learn about Empathy and looking after others. Learn Traditional songs and enjoy singing.

How to operate IT equipment

Extend their knowledge of seasons, weather and changes throughout the year.

Gain Knowledge and understanding through sharing books and reading with the family


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