The Early Years incorporates the Nursery and Pre school classes. We find this works well to ensure an anxiety-free transition to the Reception classes. Our classes provide the ideal start to school life in a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment.

We keep in touch with parents through an online journal called Tapestry, which enables us to manage our continuous assessments. This records the learning experiences of each child’s education. Photographs and comments are added weekly for parents to view and this creates an interactive two way communication system.

As an experienced and dedicated team, we also ensure that each new child is allocated a Key Worker.  Their job is to keep in touch with parents about pupil progress and learning outcomes and development. We make sure that based on our observations we can identify attainment and progress for the Next Steps of every child in our care.

Our Forest School sessions enable us to venture in to the woods to build dens, scramble over logs, gather leaves and sticks for art projects or to go on bear hunts and to look for Easter eggs.  We are creative in the sandpit and we find that in every adventure there is an opportunity to be brave, independent and excited. The outdoors offers us a magical learning environment and we visit the animal farm regularly to see the chickens, alpacas, sheep or donkeys.

When we are indoors we spend time cooking, enjoying music and movement, circle time games, yoga, PE and arts and crafts.  We often use role play areas to act, sit quietly at cd listening stations, or learn through textured based play along with literacy and numeracy activities.  We have the extra advantage of enjoying the facilities of the main school, so that Pre school pupils can have lessons from specialist ballet, music and PE teachers.

Toddler groups at Copthill

The Caterpillar Crew

Each week during term time, The ‘Caterpillar Crew’ enjoy different themed and seasonal activities including: natural crafts, playing games, scavenger hunts, minibeasts, mud modeling, story telling, den building and most importantly exploring and making new friends in a wonderful woodland environment.

Come and join us for a morning of fun and adventure in the Copthill School grounds. We’d love to see you.

Timetable of fun

Monday 9.00 - 10.20am Tuesday 9.00 - 10.20am
Wednesday 10.30 - 11.50amTuesday 10.30 - 11.50am
£60 per child to secure place for the following term's sessionsFamily discount of 50% for second child (over 18 months)
Places allocated on first come first served basis. Term time onlyAimed at children aged 2 and over - bring siblings!
To join us call Sophie Bell on 07803 147 652Email:

Come and join us, but before you do here are some important things you need to know:

  • Parents must stay with their children throughout the session.
  • Please check that your child is dressed appropriately. We’d recommend wellies, waterproofs and layers to enable them to stay warm and dry.
  • A tasty hot chocolate drink and a biscuit will be provided for the little ones, and maybe for some well-behaved Mummies too!