Pre-School

Location: Woodlands Park Methodist Church, Maidenhead

Age: 2 – 5 years

Open: 9:15am-1:30pm (term-time only)

Lunch Club: 12:30-1:30pm (£5.00)

Wise Owls Preschool at Woodlands Park Methodist Church in Maidenhead provides an exceptional sessional preschool for 32 children. Our preschool is open during term time only from 9.15am - 1.30pm Monday-Friday, preschool sessions run from 9.30am - 12.30pm

Our preschool is an integral part of the local community. At this age, children are developing greater independence as they progress into their preschool years. At Wise Owls, our preschool programme offers a more structured pace of purposeful learning, where qualified staff thoughtfully craft activities around learning outcomes so that children are stretched and challenged in a safe, engaging and fun way.

We firmly believe that children learn best through play, so we encourage children to explore the world around them, have a curious mind and become independent thinkers. At Wise Owls, a child’s natural curiosity directs their learning and development through positive interactions; equipping them with essential life skills such as problem solving, self-discipline, patience, communication and teamwork.

As well as many on site activities we also have the odd school trip to Woolley Firs nature reserve, forest school at our Shurlock Row site, as well as sports days, Christmas fairs and other life-learning activities.

Social Skills

We aim to help children develop their social skills; listening skills, self-discipline, patience, and focus for the task, ability to work with others, and the ability to solve problems.

Curious Minds

We want to spark curiosity and build a base for the sort of knowledge and passion that helps children develop skills they need at school.

Love of Learning

We aim to instil a love of learning in children that attend our preschool, encouraging them to read, building their vocabulary and language skills through meaningful interactions and experiences that will help them become confident readers.

School Ready

As your child gets older, we will begin to introduce more adult-led activities to prepare them for a more formal learning environment to ensure that the transition to school is a smooth one. Our preschools follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. If you would like to know more information about the EYFS, visit the Foundation Years website.

Funding

We accept 15 and 30 hours funding which can be used against a session, lunch club and our early drop off period.

Lunch Club

Our lunch club costs an additional £5.00 and offers children the opportunity to further develop socialisation skills. A packed lunch is required.

My daughter has been going to Wise Owls Day Nursery at Abingdon nearly a year now. We are so happy with the care and support that she gets. She has learnt a lot since being there and her social skills are incredible! She is always happy and has a lovely relationship with the staff that work there. The communication between staff and parents is great, we always get feedback at the end of the day and the staff are always so positive and welcoming.

We are very pleased with Wise Owls Nursery. Our daughter is so happy going in each day and seems to do so much in a short space of time. The staff are passionate, diligent and knowledgeable. As parents, we feel our daughter is being very well looked after. She has made lovely friends and is thriving. In the context of COVID-19, we feel very at ease with the precautions and procedures in place

My son has attended the nursery since he was 8 months old, he is now in pre-school and will be attending his first year at big school in September. I cannot recommend the team at Wise Owls Abingdon enough. They have brought my son to life. He is so happy to trot off into his class every morning and see all his friends. The team haven't just helped with my son's early education, they have been the biggest help and support for me and my husband as parents. Thank you for being the best and we will miss you, come September.

I couldn't be happier with Wise Owls as a nursery. We have been with them for the last 4.5 years and they have changed a lot over this time and only got better. Our daughter was particularly clingy and had bad separation anxiety. The staff always put us at ease and helped her to settle, which was really important to us as first-time parents. She is now at school and often talks about how much she misses nursery. My son still attends Wise Owls and is the polar opposite of his sister. They have done a fantastic job of helping him to potty train recently, in no time at all. He loves nursery and runs in every morning without looking back. All the staff are fantastic but a particularly big shout out to two members of staff, in particular, who have been with us from near the start - they are superstars. Thank you to all the staff at Wise Owls for doing such a good job at looking after our babies for us and filling their days with fun.

Both our children go here full-time, 5 days a week. We're really happy. It's a lovely nursery in a lovely setting. The scale of the nursery is what first attracted us - it's smaller and a more intimate than how I imagine other local nurseries must be. Also, less of a corporate feel than Milton Park. Everyone really does know everyone else, like a little community. The staff are fantastic, I couldn't speak more highly of them all. Our kids talk about them all the time at home, and obviously feel very safe and happy at nursery. The staff are brilliant at talking to us about our childrens' needs, how their day was, ideas for their development, etc. This nursery has given our kids wonderful friends, brilliant experiences, aided their development and social skills, and helped ready our eldest for school. She's only just turned 4 and she's reading full sentences!