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Stepping Stones Pre-school

A reminder - Please use this email to contact Pre-school.

Things to learn everyday......

Read, Write, Inc. letter sounds and rhymes

Number and letter recognition

Counting as far as you can

Naming shapes and colours

Mark making

This week we are learning about the beach.  Activities, picnics and fun.
This weeks learning is Food - What is it?  Where is it from?
It's growing week.  We will plants flowers, talk about the life cycle of a sunflower and  look at the different plants that grow around us.  We will read Titch and Jack and the Beanstalk.

This week we will be looking at different artists and the medium they use.

Try to experiment with different ways to draw, paint, print and make.


Send your photo's.  We love to see what you have been learning.  We are looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations.

Learning this week is Aliens and Space.  I am looking forward to seeing some of your designs.  Don't forget to email them so we can add the photo's to your learning journals.

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all well.

Are you playing and learning?  

This week we are learning about China.  It would be great to see what you learn.  Send some photo's to

Hello everyone

A funny week this week.  It's very quiet at pre-school.  We have been learning about friends and family.  Click on the next link for ideas to try at home this week.  Hope you are all safe and well.


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Colour recognition

Supporting language

Try finding different ways to thread

Little Bear.MP4

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The toy party.MP4

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This week I thought den building would be a great topic.   I have added the whole week so you have a choice.  I will give some ideas for indoors,  but what outdoor structures will you build?  What unusual equipment can you find to use?  I look forward to receiving the photo's.  Remember to keep safe!

Sarah's story time. The Boy who said NO!

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Lego challenge

I can trick a tiger.MP4

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Design a medal to give to someone special

Read, write inc. rhymes and letter formation. You had this in your going home packs.

You could make these for counting, number and colour recognition. Use some of your scavenger hunt items.

Inside and outside Scavenger Hunts. Have fun searching for treasures. Let us know how many you find by sending a photo!

Julie's craft activity - Make a butterfly

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Mandy's storytime - But Martin

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Today I have added some physical activities. How many can you do? Can you spell your name?

Look at all the mark making you are doing at home

Rachaels' story time - In at the deep end

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Parents and carers you are doing a great job

Den building

Tracey's story - All Aboard

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We love to see all the learning and fun you are having at home.

Make a natural memory game

Sticks can be great fun - what can you do with yours?

Loose part bingo - how many can you achieve?

Ideas to help keep you occupied

Hello Stepping Stones.

At school we are having themed weeks.  If you could learn something at home each week and send in photo's that would be amazing. See what you can play, learn and make.

This week's theme is 'Dinosaurs'

Please email:


These links are great - have fun.


Having fun at school with key worker children

Rachael's story time - Sometimes I feel sunny

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LEARNING FROM HOME. Thank you for sending photo's of busy children.

Sarah's story time - Cinderella

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Mandy's story time - Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's dairy

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Junk Modelling


Collect empty boxes, tubs, scissors and markers and make things with them.

Houses, cars etc.


Who can send me a photo of a brilliant model?




If ingredients are available!

Bake some cakes.

Make a jelly.

Chocolate krispie cakes.

Picnic lunch


Don’t forget the photo!





Flower and mini beast hunt.


Go out for a short walk or look in your garden.

I saw a big bumble bee when I looked out the window.


Take a photo or draw pictures of what you find.

Den Building


What will your den be? 


Make a colourful sign for it and send a photo!


Use chairs, tables, sheets, washing line, material and pegs to make it.



The Body Coach TV

(Mon-Fri 9am live)


Great fun for all the family.

I am aching joining in!!


Stepping Stones Home Learning Ideas

We would love to see you playing and learning.

Please email pictures to:



Look for shapes and numbers around your house.

Count everything you do or need – steps, jumps, plates

How many teddys

Everyday skills


Pour your own drink or milk into cereal.

Help make your bed and keep your toys tidy.

Dress yourself.

Make a sandwiche, spread the butter.

Wash some dishes and dust.

Letter Hunt


Letters are everywhere, find them in your house.

Can you say the sounds?

Where did you find the letters?

Can you copy some?

Practise writing your name.






Just like at pre-school, make your own playdough if you have flour

2 cups of flour

2 cups of salt

Food colouring

1 cup of water

Spoon of oil

Use natural things for colour, smell and texture.

Tell me what you used



Ask someone to read to you twice a day

Look at books on your own

Tell someone a story, use your imagination

Draw the story on a story map as we do at pre-school on the board

Listen to my stories on the web


Milk bottle creations



It is really important that you try and keep daily phonics going as this will ensure they keep making progress with both their reading and writing. Below there is also link to e-books which have been made available for you and your children to access at home.


Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons are on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.

Three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers will be available every day for the next two weeks. The films will only be available at the times below:

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm


Today's story - Cinderella’s Bum

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Mandy's story time - The tiger who came to tea - By Judith Kerr

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Please contact Mandy directly through email. I would love to see some of the great things you are doing with your children, send photo's and I will print them to keep their learning journals up to date.  If you have any questions or concerns just email and I will try to answer every day.

Please email:

Stepping Stones Pre-School joined Knowle Primary School in April 2019 after a positive long standing relationship between the two settings for nearly 25 years.  Ofsted has judged Stepping Stones Pre-School as 'Outstanding' for the past ten years.  


Our aim is to provide a happy, caring, safe and stimulating environment where children can learn through play. Developing their skills inclusive of the seven areas of learning, which are: personal, social and emotional, physical, communication and language, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

We encourage you to work closely and alongside us in partnership. This will enable us to achieve the best for your child. It is important we all build upon your child’s skills and encourage them at home with a positive attitude and self-discipline.

We are fully committed to our Equal Opportunities Policy. We openly welcome children from any area. There is a waiting list available to everybody and when a vacancy arises at the time your child/children reach the age of two or over, we will contact you. This will have a start date, registration, contract, medical, consent forms and shared planning which should be returned to us immediately.

You are always welcome to visit us at any time and stay with your child/children for as long as you feel is necessary.

I hope this experience will be happy and successful for everyone. Looking forward to getting to know you, your children and family.


  • We are registered with Ofsted to provide care for children aged two to five years in Knowle Primary Foundation Area.  Session times are mornings 8.30am to 11.30am, afternoons 12.15pm -15.15pm and all day 8.30am - 15.15pm.
  • We offer 30 hours childcare to eligible parents. 
  • We offer Me2 funding for parents who fit the criteria.
  • The term after your child is 3 funding is available for all.
  • We are an inclusive Pre-school with admissions made regardless of racial origin, cultural grouping, gender, family background or disability.
  • Through working with Parents/Carers we will make every effort to include family routines and values within the care we provide.



Pre-school staff

Mandy Hogden

Manager Early Years Senco(*) Child protection

Worked in childcare for over 33 years. Nursery, Pre-school, Fostering, Family Education, and Childminding.

Level 4 Childcare, learning and development


Julie Lockley

Deputy Manager Early Years Senco(*)

Worked in childcare for 26 years, having trained at Stepping Stones.

Level 3 Diploma in pre-school practice


Tracey Cole

Early Years Practitioner 

Worked in childcare for 26 years, having trained at Stepping Stones.

Level 3 Diploma in pre-school practice


Rachael Tucker

Early Years Practitioner Health and Safety

Worked in childcare for 10 years, having trained at Stepping Stones.

Level 3 Childcare, learning and development


Sarah Preston

Early Years Practitioner 

Worked in childcare for 6 years, having trained as an apprentice at Stepping Stones. 

Level 3 Childcare, learning and development


Class Dojo
  • Nursery (Small and Big Stones): 193
  • Attenborough: 243
  • Anning: 283
  • Pankhurst: 219
  • Parks: 245
  • Gahdhi: 293
  • Goodall: 317
  • Montessori: 206
  • Frank: 427
  • Kahlo: 319
  • Obama: 278
  • Senna: 343
  • Pele: 246
  • Darwin: 197