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Early Years and Key Stage 1

A Great Education Begins with a Great Start

Starting school is a huge step, both for children and parents.  At Aberdour our Pre-Prep (Nursery and Early Years section) gives the smallest children a home from home where they will be loved, nurtured and stimulated; where they will make friends and have a thoroughly enjoyable time. 

Our Pre-Prep section consists of our small and caring Busy Bees Nursery, along with our Early Years classes in Reception and Year 1.  In its own bright, and cheerful premises, the Pre-Prep gives the youngest children a safe and reassuring environment, with plenty of space, its own large outdoor areas and even a tree house.  There is something for everyone, even a coffee shop for parents!

All the Pre-Prep staff are specialists in this area of education and they have an immediately obvious dedication to working with really young children.  Just two minutes in Busy Bees will show you how warm and friendly it is, what resources the children have and how excited, how busy and how supported they are. 

Using the principles behind PAL, our whole ethos is based on knowing and developing children as individuals, and we give each child a truly individual experience which takes account of their skills, their physical and emotional development, and their interests and learning styles.  We understand how to help them grow, with gentle challenges that set them off on explorations, with wonderful facilities and resources that let them discover, play and learn in their own individual way, and with plenty of encouragement, variety and fun. 

As children move on into Reception and Year 1, their confidence and abilities grow and the same approaches to teaching continue to let them find their own strengths in more advanced ways.  They are encouraged to ‘have a go’ and to take (safe) risks.  A personalised creative curriculum nurtures each child’s imagination and a broad, varied and exciting programme of activities brings it to life, with opportunities including free-play, exploration and small group teaching.  Discovery, self-exploration and critical thinking will be embedded, along with intelligent use of advanced technology, and the children develop a love of school life and a love of being with others, as well as excitement and pride in real achievements.