Heslington Pre-School is an Ofsted-registered (No. 321542), Committee run pre-school situated in the village of Heslington in the City of York.  Our childcare staff are experienced and highly-qualified, and are committed to providing a friendly and fun learning environment.  We are a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (No. 22888).  Heslington Pre-School is a Registered Charity (No. 1018521).
Heslington Pre-School was rated as 'GOOD' overall by Ofsted in their most recent assessment (November, 2014).

Heslington Pre-School opened in 1964 as a playgroup in the community.  It has been operating since with a succession of dedicated committees.  Since 2001 it has operated in one room on a site shared with Lord Deramore's, a thriving multi-cultural primary school.  The Pre-School has access to its own outdoor play area.  There is also some access to the School's outdoor facilities, including extensive green open space and wooded areas.  

**Welcome back - Happy New Year** 


End of week message - 26th January/Week commencing 29th January 

The children really enjoyed the post office at Pre-School this week. Next week it is being transformed into a fruit and veg shop with real fruit and veg to weigh and play with.

There are many different ways to mark make with children. Mark making this week will be using a whiteboard.


Week commencing 15th January
Welcome to all our new starters we are a very busy pre-school now!

We had some wonderful still life paintings in watercolour by the children this week.

Our fabulous new mobilo is being enjoyed by the children. Thank you to everyone for raising funds.


A big thank you to all the teddy givers!! We made £138 on the teddy tombola - amazing!! 

Thank you from Wendy and her team.

***What this space for overall total we have raised at the school fair - to be announced soon...***

End of term activities

The children have had a brainstorming session last week and shared all their ideas about things that they think of when talking about Christmas. Trees, baubles and snow featured as well as many other ideas.

From their contributions the next three weeks will be full of crafts and decoration making - following and developing their lead.

Glitter alert everyone!!

A newsletter will be out shortly with details of the children's Christmas party on the last day of term - Friday 22nd December.


Masonic Charitable Foundation visit 

We had a visit on Thursday 30th November from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to present us with the £4000 grant that we have been awarded.Thank you https://www.facebook.com/themcf/


Co-op Community fund presentation

What a brilliant morning on Saturday 25th November at the Co-op Hull Road. The Pre-school officially accepted £3946.68 from the Local Community Fund. We are so amazed by the figure that has been raised. A special thank you to the local community and to the Co-op. This will allow us to install a piece of outdoor equipment and to use this money towards the outdoor area in the future.


This week at Pre-school - w/c 13th November

- We will be continuing our enjoyment of the changing season with leaf pictures and outdoor forrages for leaves and autumnal resources.

- We will have lots of outdoor play - our outdoor area has had a revamp and the children are discovering what artificial grass is!

- Please look out for our fabulous Christmas cards created from the children's work.

- Our new staff member Claire joins us on Monday.

And finally....
- Mr Rourke (Lord Deramore's headteacher) hopes to join the children to read a story on Thursday afternoon.


Welcome back after half term - what's on this week?

- We'll be looking at the story - Frances the Firefly. This is about keeping safe on fireworks night.
- We'll be remembering bonfire night..was it noisy?

We hope everyone enjoys their free Bookstart book. (The books have mostly gone out it takes a few weeks till everyone is in to get one!)

We are reading it in preschool too and the children love joining in with fierce toothy faces. Does your child know the alligators name and who found the teeth?


What to look forward to this week - w/c 16th October:

1. Halloween crafts.
2. We will be looking at the colour orange. This is always fascinating to look at with the kids - with it being a colour and a fruit.
3. Possibly pumpkin play!

***Remember we close on Thursday 26th October for half term the same as Lord Deramore's School.***

Thursday 19th October -  Joe and Andy from CBEEBIES Show

We went to see Joe and Andy from CBEEBIES today.

Our little crew sat very well and had their hands up to join in answering questions, cheered, booed and laughed uproariously! We all had a dance at the end too!

Tuesday 17th October - Welcome to Claire!


Claire is our new member of staff who will be joining the team in November!

Claire joined us on today for a settling visit and helped the children make shakers using bottles and various fillings. The children had lots of fun shaking them at the end!

Claire is an experienced practitioner with lots of ideas! We are delighted to welcome her into the Pre-School family!


What to look forward to this week - w/c 16th October:

1. Cbeebies show on Thursday 19th October.

2. The children will be filling bottles with liquids and dry items to create a set of shakers to use as a resource in Pre-School (no more bottles needed thank you).

3. We will be thinking about who we are, and the children will be making a wall display of their birthdays.

4. A little bit of pirate fun. We were given a new pirate outfit by a kind parent this week and want to sustain the children's interest with a little treasure map making and using the p sound for pirate ppp (using The Jolly Phonic system).


Minion Week: 9th - 13th October

We will be making minion themed arts and crafts and there may be lots of 'banannas'!

Also: please bring in clean empty drinks bottles any size.


19/10/17 Cbeebies Show

We have been invited to join School for a fun hour of rhyme and silliness!

The show costs £3.20 per child and Pre-School is covering the cost.

The show:
Joe and Andrew (First Officer Ditty and Professor Poet) as seen as on CBeebies' 'The Rhyme Rocket' will be joining us for an exciting interactive literacy morning. The pair will be running a live performance of rhyme, poetry, song and silliness with the aim of improving and promoting rhyme across Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.

All children will be taken by staff within the morning session to the show (extra staff are in for the event)

Children leaving at 11:55 may be a little late to leave , as although the show finishes in time we have to return to Pre-School!

If you do not wish your child to attend they are welcome to miss that mornings session

Children not usually attending are invited to join us for the morning session!

Please tick the Sheet in Pre-School to say if your child will/will not be joining us for the event.


29/09/17 Request to help with Autumn display: 

***Please can you bring in leaves and autumn finds for our Autumnal display!***

21/09/17 Starting the Autumn display


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Autumn display

We will be creating an Autumn display this term - please take a look at drop off and pick up to see how it develops.

We will be using leaves and finds for printing and arts and crafts.

Display so far - 29.09.17:

9th - 13th October - Minion Week



We have been invited to join School for a fun hour of rhyme and silliness!

We will be sending out information soon and asking parents/carers to tick the sheet in Pre-School to say if your child will/will not be joining us for the event.

This will be lots of fun!

Christmas Fair - December

The Christmas fair will be coming up in December and we are looking for donations of clean soft toys for our tombola.

Please start to bring them in if you have any you'd like to donate!!!

Thank you - Wendy and the team.

Look out later on this term for what we are doing and have planned for bonfire night and Christmas.


End of term party 25th July 2017

We have Rosie Rainbow coming along to give us a magic show! There is no additional cost for the session, even if it isn’t a day your child attends. Usual drop off at 8.55am and collect at 11.55am.

Pea Hunt

The children have been absolutely fantastic in spotting the peas and so have the staff in counting them all! The final amount raised is as yet unknown, so watch the noticeboard for updates and remember to bring any sponsor money in by the end of term!

Caterpillars t
urning into butterflies

Below is one of our nets the butterfly's will eventually hatch in, but first we anticipate the arrival of our teeny weeny caterpillars which we will watch grow and form their pupae then transform into Painted Lady butterflies which we will set free. We will be thinking about how things grow and change.

Planting and Growing 

The sunflower seeds in the picture above are all part of our 'Planting and Growing' theme at Pre-School. We are at present growing peas in the garden and a quantity of fresh herbs.

This term we will add Sunflowers to our gardening efforts and see just how tall they grow!

Watch out for updates on Facebook!!!

TERM DATES 2017-18

Autumn Term
Tue 5th Sept 2017 - Thur 26th Oct 2017
Mon 6th Nov 2017 - Fri 22nd Dec 2017

Spring Term:
Tue 9th Jan 2018 - Fri 9th Feb 2018
Mon 19th Feb 2018 - Fri 23rd Mar 2018

Summer Term:
Mon 9th Apr 2018 - Fri 25th May 2018
NOTE: Pre-School closed on Mon 7th May 2018
Tue 5th Jun 2018 - Fri 20th July 2018


"It's fun to come to pre-school and play with the tracks when I'm here!"
"I like spiders and butterflies"
"I like going to see the donkeys"