How your child learns with us....

At The Co-operative Pre-school, children learn life skills and develop knowledge and understanding in seven key areas:

Communication and language

Talking and listening are key skills for learning, making friends and succeeding in life, but in some areas of the UK, more than half of children start school without essential communication skills. We give children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, developing confidence and skills in expressing themselves in a range of situations.

Physical development

We help little ones develop co-ordination, control and movement through play, as well as more structured PE lessons. They’ll also be encouraged to develop healthy food habits that will stay with them through life.

Personal, social and emotional development

This involves helping children develop a positive sense of self, to form happy relationships and to respect other people. Your child will learn how to manage feelings, how to behave appropriately in groups and to have confidence in his or her own abilities.


At The Co-operative Pre-school we’ll aim to develop your child’s skills incounting, understanding and using numbers and simple arithmetic. We’ll also introduce children to concepts of describing shapes, spaces and measures.


Reading and writing are essential for success in the classroom and a good grounding in pre-school can get your child off to a flying start. We provide a wide range of reading material to stimulate interest and imagination, whilst developing a reading habit that will stay with your child for life.

Understanding the world

This combines a little science with some simple geography and other subjects; it’s about exploring, observing and finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive art and design

Combining play with art, design, music, movement, dance and role-play, we help children develop their imagination and confidence, encouraging them to share their thoughts and ideas.

Serious about play....

We believe that the best way for children to develop their skills and confidence is through play and other relevant experiences. So, instead of defined subjects, your child will join in a variety of group activities which will allow them to interact with peers, follow instructions and contribute to shared experiences.

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