Coltishall and Horstead Pre-School

Registered Charity Number 1032616

At Coltishall & Horstead Pre-School we aim to support and extend the education that you have already started with your child at home. We aim to provide a happy, caring and stimulating environment in which children have the opportunity to learn new skills and develop confidence and self-esteem.

It is through play that children learn about themselves and the world around them. Play allows them to explore their environment, to discover their abilities, to mix with other children, to build on language and communication skills and to develop as individuals. We aim to meet your child's individual needs within the group setting and provide through play,as well as structured activities, a full and varied curriculum using a team of experienced and qualified staff members working with parents/carers and Pre-School

We place a high value on outdoor play and make full use of the Pre-School allotment. Visits are made throughout the year and during the summer term many whole sessions are spent there. The experience is invaluable to the children providing many invaluable learning opportunities.

It is hoped that this will enable your child to make the transition to the Primary School happily and with confidence.

Coltishall & Horstead Pre-School is located at Coltishall  Village Hall in Rectory Road, and are open Monday to Friday during School Terms from 9am to 12pm

The school is Ofsted Registered, has funded places available. Fees are only £5.50 per session for further information contact Jo on 07876 013942

The school open dates are also displayed on the Calendar of Events Section

Coltishall and Horstead Pre-School would like to express our sincere thanks to all the people who so generously contributed to our Christmas Fair.

The Fair was enjoyed by all and raised over £900. The pre-school is a charity, so we rely on these fundraising events and realise that it is the generosity of local people and businesses that enable us to make them a success. The funds raised really add to the Pre-school's resources and go towards buying essential equipment for the children. Thank you so much to everyone who helped on the day and to all those who attended our Christmas Fair and Nativity Play (including Father Christmas!).

We would like to thank the following for donating such great raffle prizes: Africa Alive, Sue Baker, Emma Jordan at Beauty Solutions, Bernard Matthews, Bewilderwood, The Broads House Hotel, The Bure Valley Railway, Farm to Fork and Fish, Heinz Frozen Foods, Hewitt Butchers, MC Marine, Norwich City Football Club, Norwich Puppet Theatre, A Piece of Cake, The Recruiting Sergeant, The Red Lion, Shades Hairdressers and Wroxham Barns.

We would particularly like to thank The Red Lion for their generous raffle prize, the use of their Christmas decorations and the donation of their back sheets to the Pre-school. We are also extremely grateful for their continuous support in donating the proceeds of their Bottle Bank to us. Please continue to recycle your empties there.

A special mention also goes to Matt and Sara from MC Marine Dayboat Hire in Wroxham for running the Name the Boat competition and making the effort to bring the boat up to the Village Hall. We hope that 'Daydream' and 'Bob' provide your customers with many hours happy cruising.

Visitors, Visits and Celebrations

Although the Easter holidays have taken out some of the last month we seem to have packed in several things at pre-school  recently.  The librarian visited us to read some wonderful books to the pre-school children and Cherry Class from the primary school.  As the children all enjoyed it so much we have arranged a return visit for later in the term. 

We spent a wonderful morning at Wroxham Barns Junior Farm where we learnt how to feed the animals with our hands held flat and that the four legged animals ate the pellets while those with two legs were given corn.  We were also told how important it was to wash our hands whenever we had been touching the animals.  All the children had a chance to bottle feed the lambs, cuddle chicks and guinea pigs and collect eggs (some of which we took back to pre-school and made into sandwiches for snack time).  The weather was very kind to us and the rain stayed away until after we had left.

To celebrate Easter we made cards for our families, decorated hard boiled eggs, had a visit from the Easter Bunny (unfortunately we didn’t see him as we were out when he called, however he did leave the children some mini eggs) and all the children brought in Easter hats they had made at home and paraded in front of the Mums and Dads before entertaining them with some Easter songs.  Thank you very much to everyone who supported our jumble sale either by giving us jumble or coming to the sale or both, and despite the awful weather it was a success financially.

Finally, from September we will be taking children from the age of two, rather than two and a half, and will be having an Open Morning on Friday 3rd July from 9.30-12.00 for children and their parents/carers who potentially may be joining us during 2009/10.

'Interesting Thing', Castles and Harvest

In September we welcomed new children into Pre-School and they along with our 'old hands' have all settled in well. Although our numbers have dropped with a large group moving on to 'big school' this has not cramped the children's style. We have been on excursions to find 'interesting things' around the playing fields - leaves, feathers, acorns etc - and at the same time watched ladybirds and butterflies. We have also read stories about butterflies and ladybirds and made our own pictures of them.
We spent a very interesting and inspiring morning at the Castle Museum where we looked for a variety of shapes (arches, squares and circles), dropped pennies down, the wishing well, stood inside Snap the Dragon, saw the very old toilets, investigated the hands-on activities and then ended the morning listening to a story about 'The Kiss That Missed'. Since then we have made a well for the Pre-School castle and made our own dragon!

Autumn being the time for celebrating Harvest we have joined in. We collected our contributions for harvest and then took them to the church where the Reverend Engelson held a special harvest service for the Pre-School children and their families. It was a very relaxed and enjoyable service for all concerned#

At the time of writing we are looking forward to the usual Autumn events such as Halloween and Bonfire Night and since someone told me Christmas is only 10 weeks away perhaps now is the time to remind everyone that we will be holding our Christmas Fair on Saturday 5th December and we will be looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on that day.
Pre-School Children and Staff