Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

Squirrels Pre-Nursery


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Squirrels Pre-Nursery is open Monday to Friday during term time.

We work on a ratio of 1:8 in Little Oaks and 1:4 in Acorns.  All our staff are fully qualified and experienced who work together to provide a homely, secure atmosphere in which the children can learn in confidence.

We have the facility to take 24 children at any one time and run two sessions per day 8:30 - 11:30 am and 12:30 - 3:30 pm.



We hope that you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We would like to welcome all our new parents and children.

Our initial priority will be to settle the new children into Acorns and to help our older children to adapt to making new friends and establish our routine.  If you are unsure of your child’s key worker please see the list on the notice board in the cloakroom area or ask a member of staff.  We are always happy to talk to parents at the beginning or end of each session.

This term our topic is going to be Minibeasts.  We will be looking at various minibeast books and making our own minibeasts from various resources, i.e. junk modelling and playdough.  We will also be celebrating Chinese New Year and trying some noodles and crackers.

Our topic planning is displayed in the cloakroom area and is always subject to amendment as we try to follow the children’s interests.  If you have any suggestions for our planning, please speak to a member of staff.

Could I please remind parents that the use of mobile phones on school premises is not permitted.  It would be much appreciated if you could take into consideration our neighbours if you are using your car to pick up and drop off.

Whilst Pre-Nursery is not compulsory it would be appreciated if you could call us before the session starts so that the appropriate code is used in the register.

Children with sickness or an upset stomach should not come into school and should be clear of symptoms for 48 hours before returning to school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sue Caruana, Chantal White, Carol Buck, Michelle Smith and Marzia Gizzi



General Pre-Nursery Reminders

  • All children should have a named water bottle, a change of clothes and wellies in school please.
  • We have a voluntary toy fund of £5 per half term which is greatly appreciated.  This money helps to buy new resources and ingredients for cooking.
  • All lunchboxes should be named on the outside.
  • All children should bring a named bag into school on a daily basis so that we can send work/letters home.
  • Could I please ask that you provide your child with 2/3 pieces of fruit each week which we cut up and share will all the children.
  • Could you please remember to name all of your child’s clothing.
  • Please note that we will not be responsible for any items that are brought in from home.
  • If you need to contact the Squirrels pre-nursery the number is 0208 953 2310.
  • Children with sickness or an upset stomach should not come into school and should be 48 hours symptom free before returning to school. 

Our Daily Routine


Morning Session

08.30                          Arrival time

08.45                          Carpet time

09.00                          Child Initiated/Adult led activities

10.30                          Tidy up time

10.40                          Snack time

10.50                          Outside time

                                     Acorns Outside time

11.20                          Songs and rhymes

11.30                          Home time


11.30-12.30            LUNCH TIME ACORNS/LITTLE OAKS


 Afternoon Session

12.30                          Arrival time

12.45                          Carpet time

13.00                          Child Initiated/Adult led activities

14.30                          Tidy up time

14.40                          Snack time

14.50                          Outside time

                                     Acorns Outside time

15.20                          Songs and rhymes

15.30                          Home time