Pre-School and Nursery

At Merry Go Round we offer pre-school provision for children over two and a half, and nursery provision for children the year before they start reception.

While we have close links with Hartsfield school, our nursery children also go on to other schools in the area.

To cater for the needs of the different ages of the children, our nursery/pre-school is open every week day morning from 9.00am to 12.00pm.

Our pre-school sessions run for four afternoons - Monday to Thursday - from 1.00pm to 3.30pm.

We run a lunch club between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Extended Provision

Early Drop Off     Mon to Fri        8.30am to 9.00am  (half an hour)

All Day                Mon to Thurs    9.00am to 3.30pm  (includes Lunch Club)

Late Pick Up        Mon to Thurs    3.30pm to 4.00pm  (half an hour)      


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum as set out by the Department for Education. 

The EYFS is split into 7 areas of learning;

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design
All children engage with other people and their environment through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, described as;-
  • Playing and exploring - engagement;
  • Active learning - motivation; and
  • Creating and thinking critically - thinking
We aim to provide for the Characteristics of Effective Learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do and provide in order to support each child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
These areas combine together to make up the skills, knowledge and experiences that children acquire as they grow, learn and develop.

Download our prospectus for more information.

Our Pre School and Nursery sessions allow children to choose from a range of activities, increasing their ability to select and complete tasks. Encouraging the children to take part in new activities allows them to develop new skills and confidence.

music making
Nursery Routine – children who are rising four

09:00 – 09:25

Registration and Gathering time

09:25 – 10.00

Nursery Time - Adult supported activities

10:00 – 11:45

Free Flow inside and outside (Rolling snack is available between 10:00 and 10:30)

11:45 – 12:00

Story and Singing


Home Time and Lunch Club


Pre School routine – children who are rising three

9:00 and 1.00

signing in / Register

9:00 – 10:45/1.00 - 2:30

Inside Play

10:30 and 3:00

snack altogether

10:45 – 11:45/2:30 - 3:15

Outside and Inside Play

3:15 - 3:30

Story and Singing / Home time at 12:00 and 3:30 


Lunch Club

We run a lunch club Monday to Friday between 12.00pm and 1.00pm . Children bring their own packed lunch which they eat sitting down in the lunch area.  We encourage parents to pack healthy options, and emphasize the social aspects of enjoying a meal together.

Lunch club places are limited and priority is given to nursery age children staying after their morning session. However, if space is available, preschool children are eligible to attend.