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A Day in Pre-Prep


Children receive an excellent start to their education in our Pre-Prep department. Our Montessori philosophy and the school’s traditional values enable children to thrive at their own pace and blossom within our nurturing and stimulating environment. 

Children attend the Pre-Prep from the age of 2 ½  to 5 at either our Westcliff or Thorpe Bay premises. On each site we have a Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Reception class, which cater for each appropriate age group - rising threes, fours and fives. Throughout the year we provide many opportunities for the whole Pre-Prep community to come together to celebrate events and to utilise our shared facilities. 

Pre Prep

Our day

Life in the Pre Prep starts between 8.30-9.00 where we have an open door policy allowing parents to bring and settle their child into class. Morning school finishes at 12 noon and day school finishes at 3pm. Collection from each classroom offers the the opportunity to talk to class teachers and share the day's events. Morning school includes a healthy snack and day school provides a hot nutritious lunch.  

Pre-Nursery – rising threes

Our Pre Nursery classes are Tinkerbell and Peter Pan. Children celebrate their third birthday in this class. Class sizes are small with a maximum of 12 children allowing the two class teachers to welcome and nurture each child into the Alleyn Court family. Children attend a minimum of two morning sessions where they can play and explore in our stimulating indoor and outdoor areas allowing their independence, curiosity and confidence to flourish.  

Children who stay for the afternoon sessions join our nursery classes.   

Nursery – rising fours

Our Nursery classes are Mickey and Minnie. Children celebrate their fourth birthday in this class. Class sizes are a maximum of 20 children. The two class teachers and support staff continue working with children on a one to one basis whilst also fulling their need to socialise, play and learn. With a little more structure to the day, children have weekly phonics and maths lessons alongside the Montessori curriculum and explore topics of interest. Children attend a minimum of four sessions. During morning school there is more focus on academic activities. After lunch and rest time the children enjoy a range of activities from art and craft to imaginative and physical play.  Specialist teachers take weekly drama and music lessons. 

There are three after school clubs available to the nursery children; ballet, yoga and football.  

Reception – rising fives

Our Reception classes are Paddington and Winnie the Pooh. Children celebrate their fifth birthday in this class. Class sizes are a maximum of 20 children. The two class teachers and support staff facilitate the children's learning transitioning from our Montessori roots to more traditional teaching in preparation for their next stage of Alleyn Court. Within this transition we continue to embrace children's independence, self confidence and positive approach to learning, encouraging them to take risks and challenge their skills and ability. Children must attend a minimum of 5 mornings and two afternoons increasing to full time by the term of their 5th birthday. 

Specialist teachers take weekly French, drama and music lessons. 

There are four after school clubs available to the reception children; speech and drama, ballet, yoga and football.  


The Montessori approach starts from the fundamental belief that all children are unique individuals with potential to learn. The Montessori methodology offers children freedom to make choices, encourages them to respect others and their environment and to take pride in their accomplishments. There are fives areas of the Montessori curriculum, Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Maths and Cultural. Our school aims are supported through our Montessori ethos where children’s independence, confidence, curiosity, creativity, resilience, risk taking and love of learning is promoted and accomplished.  In conjunction with other Parent Information Sessions, we invite parents in to learn more about this inspiring approach. 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS is a statutory framework that sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five. There are seven areas of learning and development, three prime and 4 specific. We provide both child and adult initiated learning and play activities in our indoor and outdoor environments to work towards the Early learning Goals. The Montessori ethos compliments the EYFS principles and themes celebrating the unique child, forming positive relationships and offering an enabling environment where learning and development blossoms. 

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