Age Groups


We take children from 2 years old and this age group will start their Shurdington Pre-School experience in the Caterpillar Group where a 1:4 ratio operates. Children will be strengthening their foundations, developing their physical skills and mobility and beginning to use more verbal communication in their interactions.

The Caterpillars will use the outdoors for most of their session, regardless of the weather and will be able to use all of their senses in discovering the range of rich and natural resources available to them. The Caterpillar Room and garden offer vast resources for these early play experiences, including a home corner, a large climb in sandpit, lots of ride on toys, and large scale mark making opportunities – a space where the children can play, explore, imagine and create. All children should arrive at Shurdington Pre-School ready for a full day of play: See Our Dress Code


For their ‘Pre-School Year’, or for children already over 3 years old, they will become part of the Butterfly Group.  In this group we operate a 1:8 ratio although we are usually one adult over ratio in this group to enable us to offer a higher quality learning experience for all children in their Early Years. In the Butterfly Group, children will build and revisit their early experiences and begin to link them together in developing a higher level of critical thought and engagement in their play. Independence in their abilities is encouraged as they take part in preparing their snacks, accessing resources and contributing to daily life at Shurdington Pre-School with their ideas, companionship and achievements.

The Butterflies also have access to a brilliant outdoor garden, with the key feature of our Mud Kitchen, a firm favourite with all the children! Older children in this group will be able to experience the Shurdington Pre-School Progression Programme as they prepare to take flight up to ‘big school’. This sees them ‘practice’ all the experiences which they will build upon in their Reception Year, such as a slightly more structured circle time and registration, P.E Sessions, eating hot school lunches with knives and forks and enjoying regular visits up to Shurdington Primary School.

In each group, and for all children, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): The Statutory Framework that starts at birth and finishes at the end of your child’s Reception Year. We plan specifically for your child, recognising that each child is unique. We use a Document called Development Matters to help us track your child’s journey and ensure that our provision is helping them progress and this document is available at: More information is also available on the Department of Education website here. As your child settles into Shurdington Pre-School and we develop our Parent Partnership this will all become clearer but, as ever, if you have any questions at all, you can speak to Tess or any one of the Pre-School Team.

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Shurdington Pre-School
Bishop Rd, Shurdington, Cheltenham GL51 4TB

Phone: 07961 396613 (0900 to 1400 weekdays for enquiries)

Charity Number: 1053167

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