We use our observation of children’s interests and developmental opportunities to enhance our environment.  Our planning is child initialted and in the moment.





We meet the individual needs of each child. We observe each child during their play, get to learn their interests, strengths and developmental opportunities. Our daily observations are recorded online in Tapestry system and are shared with parents, carers and childminders straight away. We use them to define immediate and long term Next Steps for each individual child. These also help us to get to know children’s interests and we use them when deciding what activities to set up each day. We also use those and each child’s Next Steps to plan our small key group times and ability based small group activities.

We aim to make learning fun!  

When your child starts to attend our preschool we will observe his/her interests and abilities and prepare a "Starting Point Report" - it will be a summary of your child's strengths in the prime development areas and it will also provide you with Next Steps suggestions for your child's development.

Towards the end of each term we also prepare a report for each child – reviewing progress in each developmental area, characteristics of learning and Next Steps for the next term. This report is then discussed with parents, carers and childminders at our afternoon meetings.



We use colours to identilfy our key groups, Red, Blue, yellow, Green and Orange.

Each staff member tailors the needs of their key children to ensure they grow and develop to the best of their ability. 




We use an online system Tapestry to : 
  • Collect photos and observations of each child
  • Assess learning in line with EYFS Framework
  • Create a personalised album of each child's experiences
  • Evaluate children and track progress over time
  • Share our observations, Next Steps with each child's family, carers and childminders
Help when using Tapestry
Parent Online Instructions.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [573.1 KB]


We understand that starting pre-school is a very significant event not only in the life of a child, but the whole family.

When your child starts attending pre-school we are flexible to the individual needs of the child to help them settle well and overcome separation anxiety.
Parents, grandparents, carers are welcome to come and stay as long as it takes for the child to feel more secure in our setting.
The key person is always available to meet and talk with parents, carers and childminders and this helps the child to form a secure emotional attachment with everyone involved.

Parents can use our online system to provide us with All About Me information  - their child’s likes and dislikes, favourite plays, medical information, details about their siblings, friends and other people significant in their life.

We also provide families with Welcome Packs which allows information to be provided about your child’s interests, likes and dislikes.



Our curriculum focuses on encouraging children to become independent in their self care. 

In the last school term, we organise P.E. sessions to encourage and develop children’s independence in dressing and undressing. 
Our transition process with local schools is wide and varied with visits during the Summer term from Reception staff, visits to the local schools with children and their parents for songs and rhymes workshops.

We also work closely with Swanmore Primary School throughout the year – we use their playing fields, visit school’s library weekly, use their vegetable gardens and join them on other special occasions.

We are located at:

Swanmore Preschool


Church Road


SO32 2PA



Contact us today!

If you have any queries or wish to make an appointment, please contact us:


+44 1489 893779 +44 1489 893779

email: sarah.hiscock@swanmorepreschool.org.uk


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