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Dates for your diary:

End of term - Friday 19th July

Start of Autumn Term - Tuesday 3rd September

Half Term 28th October - 1st November 2019

Close of Autumn Term - Friday 20th December 2019

Day Closures for Planning  2019/2020:

-Monday 2nd Sept 2019

-Monday 11th Nov 2019

-Friday 14th Feb 2020

-Friday 22nd May 2020

-Monday 6th July 2020


Invoices for Summer have now been sent out.

Have you paid yours yet?

Ways to pay:

Our preferred method of payment is via Bank Transfer.  Alternative methods of payment by arrangement.

Please see the poster at pre-school for more details or email us for more information.



If you have any old pasta, lentils, rice, paper & cardboard boxes etc please donate them to the pre-school. We use lots of materials every day and donations are always welcomed.


Bitterne Manor Pre-School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2012 and all our activites and planning follow the curriculum for the Statutory Framework and Development Matters 2012.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the prime and specific Areas of Learning and Development are all interconnected.
Effective practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage is built on four themes;
  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape our educational programmes.
The three prime areas are:
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development;
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development.
The four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied are: 
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world and
  • Expressive arts and design                                            
None of these areas of Learning and Development can be delivered in isolation from the others.
In our planning we examine and reflect on the different ways that the children learn. The Characteristics of Effective Learning are;
  • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements; and
  • creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others.