Welcome to Little Gems Pre-school


At our pre-school in Wickham we also offer Stay and Play sessions on Friday mornings 9.30am – 11am. All under-fives and their parents/carers welcome. £1.50 per family. Tea and cake provided – we hope to see you soon!

West End

As our largest pre-school, we have a generous airy playroom and a cosy smaller room with adjoining dining area as well as a fabulous purpose designed large garden, complete with pirate ship, all new for 2015.

Chandlers Ford

Our original Little Gems moved to Fryern Infant School in 2006 where we are able to benefit from the lovely sunny classroom, child sized toilets and a very large outdoor play space.

Why Little Gems Pre-School

We are a small, well established setting specialising in caring for children from 2 to 5 years.

We are open term time 9am – 3pm and offer flexible sessions or full day care.

Little Gems is privately owned and led by Gemma Akins since 1994. Our highly qualified managers run the day to day activities and take the lead delivering the EYFS at each setting; Mrs Kelly Light at Chandlers Ford and Mrs Samantha Gilbert at West End and Mrs Sian Gale at Wickham.

Meet Our Teachers

Our staff are carefully selected for their genuine natural warmth towards young children and their passion for delivering high quality Early Years education.

Our managers are either qualified early Years teachers or highly qualified to Early Years Foundation Degree level.

Activities designed around your child’s interests

  • We operate according to EYFS framework
  • Learning and play is guided by the children’s interests
  • Pre-reading and writing skills activities
  • Counting and number work
  • Outside play and opportunities to explore the wider environment
  • Music, movement and rhymes
  • Story sessions and library visits
  • Art and craft activities
  • IT activities
  • Cooking and gardening
  • Building and creating activities
  • Dressing up and lots of pretend play
  • Sand and water play
  • Play dough and other messy stuff!

Indoor Play Areas

Our indoor room is designed to be light, welcoming and colourful with child sized furniture and furnishings, cosy carpeted areas and with space to move freely between these.

Low wall displays and zoned areas create interest for the children and the room is designed to promote the seven areas of learning. Key skills and other learning opportunities are encouraged through the variety of accessible resources available to the children to choose from at their level for play and exploration.

Every chil d is precious and their early years are treasured

What The Parents Say

Our Rooms & Classes

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Our newest pre-school in Wickham is in a bright sunny part of The Wickham Centre for our exclusive use. The pre-school has a very welcoming main room with an adjoining sunny garden, child sized toilets to promote independence, cloakroom and kitchen.

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Stay and Play

At Wickham we currently offer stay and play sessions on Wednesdays 1pm until 2.30pm and Fridays 9.15am until 11.45am. Run by our staff this is a chance for you to bring your under 5’s (babies welcome too) for a play session.

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West End

We have been established in these premises in West End village for over 20 years. We have use of a large modern airy playroom, a smaller cosy room, kitchen, toilets and our own all weather purpose designed garden which adjoins the main playroom.

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Chandlers Ford

We are based in a sunny classroom within Fryern Infant School, where we have use of the light colourful classroom, child sized toilets and cloakroom area as well as an adjoining large playground.


Your Children

We strongly value a close working relationship with our parents.

Each setting has a parents in partnership co-ordinator who strives to ensure we involve and welcome our parents into the setting in many different ways.

All parents are warmly welcome to join in any session with reading to children and getting involved in a variety of activities with them. We hold an annual father and child day. This day’s activities are designed and organised by staff usually around fathers day. Children can invite any family member they wish – be it dad, granddad, uncle or otherwise!

Informal appointments are made regularly for parents to come and speak to their child’s key person to look at their learning journals with us and discuss progress, next steps and anything else that is relevant and important to your child and you.


We take your child’s health and safety very seriously. We adhere to health and safety guidelines and each pre-school has a Health and Safety representative and regular risk assessments are carried out.

We are proud to say that normally Ofsted minimum ratios are well exceeded in order to offer high quality care and attention to all our Little Gems children.


Your child’s happiness is of paramount importance. Children can only learn when they feel happy and relaxed at pre-school. We understand that for some children this will be their first experience of leaving you and we will closely with you to minimise any anxieties you both have and agree a plan to ensure they settle as quickly as possible. If we believe your child is too distressed to be left without you we will discuss this and agree the best way forward for your child.


We follow the Early Years Foundation stage which provides a framework for childrens early years care and education until the end of reception year. There are three prime areas of learning: Personal, social and emotional development

Communication and language development

Physical development.

The four other areas are:



Understanding the World and

Expressive arts and design.

Skills, experiences and learning opportunities are presented to the children through meaningful play contexts and adult led activities which ensure that each child has the opportunity to play and explore in an active and engaging environment that allows them to be creative, think critically and take risks to achieve more. We observe and celebrate your child’s successes and share these with you regularly.


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Little Gems – Where Children Sparkle