At Biggin Hill Primary School, we are incredibly proud of our thriving Pre-School which offers a nurturing, friendly and stimulating environment for children from the term in which they turn 3, to rising 5 year olds. Our Pre-School aims to help shape children into creative and enquiring individuals, building on their natural enthusiasm and curiosity, preparing them for the beginning of their educational journey.
We offer a continuous provision of fun, learning activities through the use of multi-sensory resources and, most importantly, caring, committed and experienced practitioners. As well as a weekly Forest School session where the children are able to explore the outdoors and get messy, we provide PE sessions with the fantastic Sporty Stars which is supported by our Pre-School staff. We explore opportunities to work with our school community and join in with key school events.
Our Pre-School is situated within the key stage one building. We have both indoor and outdoor space which promotes independent learning and provides opportunities for the development across the seven areas of learning.
Our outdoor space includes a construction area, sand pit and water tray, mud kitchen, covered outdoor learning area and opportunities to refine fine and gross motor skills through the use of bicycles, climbing and play equipment.
Indoors, children have access to various areas including small word, messy play, literacy and numeracy, a role play area, topic and themed activities as well as the use of an interactive whiteboard to promote IT skills.
As our outdoor and indoor areas are linked, the children are able to access these equally through free-flow play and learning.
Our Pre-School follows the curriculum as outlined in the 2017 statutory framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The EYFS framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. However, 3 areas known as the prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
We also use The Characteristics of Effective Learning to help our children become effective and independent learners. We use these in focussed, independent and guided tasks. They are:
Playing and Exploring -
Engagement: Finding out and exploring, Playing with that they know, Being willing to ‘have a go’.
Active Learning -
Motivation:Being involved and concentrating, Keep trying, Enjoying achieving what they set out to do.
Creating and Thinking Critically -
Thinking: Having their own ideas, Making links, Choosing ways to do things.
Does Early education make a difference?
Early education is the foundation for later success and research demonstrates that high quality early education can substantially increase a child's chances of succeeding in school. Biggin Hill Primary has identified the importance of early years education and that a positive start to your child's education will enable a smooth transition into school life.
Biggin Hill Primary are fortunate to have a highly experienced team who all have a wealth of knowledge, full and relevant early years qualifications as well as Paediatric First Aid training.
|Miss Hannah Belaon||Pre-School Manager|
|Mrs Elizabeth Bird||Pre-School Practitioner|
|Miss Lucy Curran||Pre-School Practitioner|
|Mrs Amy Kemp||Pre-School Practitioner|
|Miss Clair Kennedy||Pre-School Practitioner|
Regular and positive communication, plus a commitment to working together, means that we are able to provide consistency between home and school, leading to better outcomes for your child. Learning and development is recorded in a Learning Journey Folder and via an online platform ‘Tapestry’. Parents and carers can view their child's observations and learning journey through the Tapestry app and are encouraged to add their observations to the diary to help inform the Pre-School of learning and development taking place at home.
Inclusion and Family Liaison
At Biggin Hill Primary School we are passionate about offering an inclusive learning environment for all our children, including Pre-School. Our Inclusion Team, Mrs Lawrence (SENCO) and Mrs Sargeant (Family Liaison), are always on hand to discuss the childrens’ learning, development and wellbeing needs.
If you would like more information about how we can support your child, or you have concerns about you child, please contact Mrs Kate Lawrence, Deputy Headteacher, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Lead at:
Or email the main office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our commitment to supporting our families
Biggin Hill Primary School is committed to working with families. We have a dedicated Family Liaison and Inclusion Assistant who provides emotional and practical help to support children and their families who are part of our school community. If you feel you need more information, please contact:
Or email the main office at email@example.com
We offer a combination of morning, afternoon and all day sessions. Timings and fees are as follows:
- Morning session 8:50 - 11:50
- Lunch session 11:50 - 12:10
- Afternoon session 12:10 - 15:10
15/30 hours funding can be accessed at Biggin Hill Primary Pre-School.
- £17 per session
- £39 per day.
* Please be advised that the additional bridging fee of £5 is not covered by funding. Please see our Pre-School Admissions Policy below for more information.
We are a fully inclusive term time only setting and have a capacity for 24 children per session.
Our term dates run in line with the school academic year; term dates can be found on this website.
Spaces are subject to availability.
How to apply for a place
The school works in conjunction with Bromley Local Authority to secure the relevant funding for children. Information for which is collected through our application pack and completion of a parent contract. For further information or to arrange a visit please contact Ms Claire Wythers Pre-School Admissions & Finance on 01959 575846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding your child's place at Pre-School.
Every 3 and 4 year old is entitled to 570 hours of universal funded education and childcare per year, this is usually known as 15 hours funding. Children are eligible from the term after they are three. The funding is universal and parents/carers do not need to apply for it. The children of working parents may also be entitled to an additional 15 hours of funding, often referred to as 30 hours funding. Parents/carers need to check eligibility and apply online https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
The school accepts childcare vouchers for payment of unfunded sessions and lunch fees.
*Please be advised that the lunch bridging fee of £5 is not covered by funding.
Pre-School Application Form
Pre-School Admissions Policy
Pre-School Admissions Policy also available on our Policies page
For more information or to have an informal chat about applying for a place at our Pre-School, please contact Ms Claire Whythers on our main office number.
We look forward to welcoming your child into the Biggin Hill community and starting their learning journey with us.