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Mighty Marbles Pre-School (3 - 5 years )

The children start to transition through into pre-school just after their 3rd birthday and are fully integrated into the room by 3 1/2. This ensures they are fully prepared for the structure and routine this room brings in preparation for school.

The weekly curriculum in the Pre-School focuses on various “lessons” in terms of large group activities such as Mathematics and Science, Phonics, Literacy, Music, Languages, Understanding of The World, Personal and Social and Emotional, Expressive Arts, Montessori and Forest School. All activities are fun, stimulating and age appropriate and link into the EYFS.

The Pre-school is led by qualified teachers specialising in Early Years who have Early Years Professional Status (EYP) or a relevant teaching certificate (QTS). This ensures your child receives appropriate teaching in preparation for school.

We work closely with the local primary schools to ensure 'what' and 'how' we teach the children is in line with their teaching methods.

School readiness is important for children at this age. We make links with the primary schools the children are going into to make the transition process are smooth as possible.  When your child leaves they are equipped with a pre-school report (which also goes to their school) and we hold a graduation ceremony to celebrate the children's achievements.

EYFS Funded childcare options

At Stepping Stones Montessori Nursery and Pre School we have qualified teachers and EYFS practitioners that work closely with all the local primary schools.  We offer flexible childcare which means that you don’t have to worry about the transition process into Primary School.

Universal Funding

All parents/carers are entitled to receive 15 hours of funded EYFS childcare the term after their child’s third birthday (for example if your child is born on the 2nd April you will receive funding from the September for the Autumn term).  The nursery will apply for the universal 15 hours for you.  You will receive an EYFS funding form a few months before the term commences which must be completed prior to term starting.

Additional 15 hours funding - Extended

Some parents/carers are also entitled to receive an additional 15 hours funded childcare, provided they meet the eligibility criteria (please check details on

If you are eligible for this funding , you will need to start the application process a few months before the term starts to ensure we receive an eligibility code in plenty of time.

Flexible Options

In the Mighty Marbles Pre-school, we offer flexible sessions to fit in with families that work part time.

You can choose full days 07:30-18:00, half days (7:30-13:00 or 13:00 – 18:00) and school days (09:00-15:00). 

The funding is available for 38 weeks of the year (term time) but we also offer the option to ‘stretch’ this throughout 51 weeks the year.  We also have a limited number of term time only contracts available.