Great Missenden Pre-School

Children are settled and happy at the pre-school. They have an excellent understanding of how to lead healthy lifestyles and make good progress in their learning and development. Children feel safe and mostly manage their own safety well. Partnerships with parents are exceptional and parents feel fully welcomed and included in their children's care. There are extensive measures in place to evaluate practice and the pre-school has an outstanding capacity to maintain continuous improvement. OFSTED June 2011.

Great Missenden Pre-School runs during the school term time, the same as the main school.

Children can attend from the term after their third birthday for either :

Mornings – 8.45-11.45am

Afternoons – 12.15 – 3.15pm

Or an all day session from 8.45 – 3.15pm. You are not charged for the half hour between sessions, but full days include lunch in the school dining hall with a year 2 buddy. A member of Pre-School staff is always on duty over the lunch period to ensure that children are happy and settled.

Children can attend for a minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 sessions in a week. Funded sessions are available for up to  five sessions ( 15 hours)  and this  can be used in conjunction with a second setting.


Lunch in the dining hall with a Year 2 buddy


In Great Missenden Pre-School we strongly believe in ‘Learning through play’. We plan for every child’s individual needs to ensure that our children are able to develop the characteristics to be able to become independent investigators and learners. Children learn best when they are allowed to play and explore and make mistakes within a safe and stimulating environment.

ps2Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and Exploring – engagement

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to 'Have a go'




ps3Active learning - motivation

  • being involved and concentration
  • keeping trying
  • enjoying achieving what they set out to do





ps4Creating and thinking critically - thinking

  • having their own ideas
  • making links
  • choosing ways to do things





We want our children to learn how to overcome problems and evaluate risks. Adults are on hand to scaffold children’s play and encourage them to think about consequences and how to overcome any problems that arise.

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Great Missenden School is an Academy.
Established in 2014 as the first school in the Missenden Multi Academy Trust.

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