Early Years

THE BEGINNING OF THE LEARNING JOURNEY

Our youngest pupils start their educational journey at Dean Close Pre-Prep in the Early Years where they follow an exciting play-based curriculum, with a balance of child and teacher initiated activities to stimulate and develop each child. Children take part in music, PE, have an active part in assemblies and shows, and make use of our lovely grounds and Forest School.

SQUIRREL KITTENS

At Squirrel Kittens, for children aged 2 years plus, we have an exciting child-centred programme following the seven areas of learning outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our aim is to develop each and every child, ensuring that we plan the right experiences for them and ignite a love of learning.  The Squirrel Kittens group is situated in its own purpose-built suite of rooms, comprising a messy play area, cosy carpeted playroom, eating area, and their own toilet and changing area. They also benefit from sharing the Pre-Prep facilities and join with Pre-Prep to take part in activities such as playtime, PE, Forest School, library time, music and dance and some assemblies.

NURSERY

In our Nursery for rising threes, children love learning and developing their knowledge through exciting activities and play, whether in their bespoke outside play area, the Wendy house, dressing up, painting, cooking or listening to a story on the cushions.

KINDERGARTEN

Children then move on to one of our two Kindergarten classes where they take their next steps in learning to read and write, being introduced to phonics and developing number and topic-based learning. They also have ICT lessons and are introduced to the French language through songs and games.

The conservatory area and outside playground adjacent to their classrooms provides a stimulating area for dressing up, water play and for using their imaginations to create their own world. Kindergarten also visit our Forest School every week, where they can explore and learn about the wonders of nature and their beautiful outside environment.

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SENIOR SCHOOL (13-18YRS)
Shelburne Road
Cheltenham
Glos
GL51 6HE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1242 258000
Fax: +44 (0)1242 258004
Email: office@deanclose.org.uk

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Tel: +44 (0)1242 258044
Email: registrar@deanclose.org.uk

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