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Perfect Preparation for Infant School and Beyond

Bolton School's Pre-School Class for 3 and 4 year olds, which launched in 2012, continues to excel in ensuring young children are school-ready. 

Teacher Mrs Browning explains what the class is all about: “We help prepare young children for the move to Infant School and beyond. Whilst girls and boys enjoy lots of play-based fun, there are also more structured classes to support language, literacy, phonics and maths, and a range of activities including attendance at our Infant School assemblies, music lessons, Spanish lessons and swimming lessons. Our Pre-School Class represents the perfect choice for those families who want to join the Bolton School Family at this early stage, with the intention that their children remain at the School until they are 18 years old. 

“The purpose of the class is to prepare children for school life and routines, ensuring the children are ‘school-ready’ in every way. We achieve this through a combination of formal and informal learning opportunities. The children follow a play-based curriculum and are provided with a mixture of independent, child-initiated activities and structured, teacher led activities; examples include daily phonics sessions, daily Maths Mastery practical lessons, weekly Cookery School and themed units of work. Strong emphasis is placed upon developing politeness, good manners and good listening skills. Children here are happy and confident in their environment and quickly become independent learners.” 

Separate from the independent school’s Nursery, this teacher-led class runs from 8.00am-3.15pm each day during term-time. Wrap-around care, before and after the class, is also available at the School’s Kidzone facility from 7.30am-6.00pm and during holiday periods for the three and four years olds. Parents can therefore opt for either full-time, 51 weeks of the year care or a school term time pre-school education.  

A delighted parent, Mrs Chen, said: "The Pre-School Class has been fantastic for Imogen. Even though she is a child who doesn't like change much, she settled in from day one. Mrs Browning and Mrs Patel provide a warm and caring environment to make her feel secure. Imogen shares her days in nursery with us and comes home full of exciting things she has done, like making pizza, playing in the hairdressers, singing in Spanish and swimming lessons. We made the right choice to send Imogen to the Pre-School Class.” 

An equally enthusiastic Mrs Pierson also praised the class: "My husband and I are delighted with the Pre-School Class at Bolton School. Our son always looks forward to going into his pre-school class in the morning and is happy and content when we collect him at the end of day. Joshua is full of his stories from the day about the exciting and varied things he has done. The pre-school class itself is inviting and stimulating with many examples of the tasks of the day illustrated on the walls and around the room. Mrs Browning and Mrs Patel provide a warm and caring environment where our child feels secure, valued and encouraged. We are very pleased with the Nursery we have chosen to send Joshua.” 

Almost all Pre-School Class children progress on to Beech House, Bolton School’s Infant School.