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!
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.
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.
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!
Every chil d is precious and their early years are treasured
Our Rooms & Classes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.