Welcome by Head of EYFS

The Early Years at Notre Dame Preparatory     
(for girls and boys aged 2 - 5)

Our Early Years Department is situated in its own secure building and is open to both girls and boys from 2 years old. Our staff provide the nurturing atmosphere necessary to help settle young children quickly and easily.

We are so fortunate here at Notre Dame to be situated within 17 acres of beautiful parkland, that the children in the Early Years are indeed woodland explorers and all children enjoy a weekly outdoor learning experience at Forest School. We also have a stunning tree house to play in as well as the adventure playground. Our extensive outdoor space allows the use of cars, bikes, sand and water play as well as giving us the opportunity to offer a variety of activities that cover all of the seven areas of learning.

The Early Years curriculum is further enhanced with lessons from specialist teachers, such as music and P.E. The older Nursery children (in the year before Reception) are able to benefit from Spanish, swimming, library visits and have the option of dance. These specialist lessons enrich the children’s learning and also make the transition into Reception seamless.

Reception boys and girls have the addition of rugby and football delivered by external coaches so that from Year 1 and 2, they are able to join with other schools for fixtures. Boys go on through the infant department leaving us at age 7 to attend other local schools.

If you are new to our school and would like to find out more, then please contact us to arrange a tour and discover what Notre Dame Early Years has to offer. (Recommended on daynurseries.co.uk )

Melanie Lehmann, B.A. (Hons.), EYPS

Head of Early Years (EYFS)