Coming to preschool (or nursery) is often your child’s first step into their educational journey. Going to ‘big school’ can be an exciting time but you (or your child) may be a little anxious or find the thought of it daunting.
We have developed this information to support you and your child through this time and to help make the transition as smooth as possible. By the end of their time with us they should have firm foundations in their learning and development to make them confident, capable and happy to move onto primary school.
We have strong links with all of our local primary schools, the closest ones to preschool are Whickham Parochial Church of England Primary School, Fellside Primary School and Clover Hill Primary School. The other schools in Whickham are Front Street Primary School, Washingwell Primary School and St.Mary’s Primary School. To ensure you choose the right school for your child visit them all to see which one most suits your family, but please be aware most of our schools are heavily over subscribed and they all have an admissions criteria. You can read the admissions information for Gateshead Schools on the local authority website and apply for a school place here.
Your catchment area school can be found by looking on the local authority map here. We strongly recommend you put your child’s catchment school down for first or at least second choice as the demand is so high for all our local schools. We are really lucky to have such amazing schools on our doorstep, but it does mean this limits their availability.
If you are unsure or have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Preparing for Transitions in Preschool
Being ‘school ready’ means having strong social skills, good communication ability and able to listen, understand boundaries, can cope emotionally from being separated from their family, being independent and are enthusiastic to try new activities which develops their desire to learn.
Within preschool we begin to prepare your child for the transition into school through play, the environment and activities such as:
You can support your child in making their transition to school easier by:
We are always available for a chat if you have any concerns or worries, please do not hesitate to ask us and we will support you and your child as best as we can. Here are some links to offer you advice.
Your child is not guaranteed a place in any primary school where your child attends a nursery or preschool.
You MUST apply for primary school admissions separately.