NEXT STEPS Prep School Ages 5-11

Why Littlegates?

In recent years the Government has called for more formal, structured learning in England's nurseries and playgroups and advocated schools as the best place for this. This is because it offers a head-start to a child's formal education and, with seamless transition, it provides an excellent platform into Reception and Year 1.

How To Apply

Wraparound Care

Children in Pre-Reception are eligible to attend Earlybirds & Sundowners before and after school care. No pre-booking is required. They can undertake a variety of activities such as reading, various games, arts and crafts and dressing up.


Daily 7.30am – 8.30am
Supervised breakfast available – for more information click here.


  • Arrivals before 8.00am = £6.50
  • Arrival after 8.00am = £3.25


Daily 3.00pm – 6.00pm
A light tea is provided in the dining room at 4.00pm


  • Hourly charge = £7.50
  • Half hourly charge = £3.75
  • Minimum charge = £3.75

Pupils will be signed in when they arrive, and parents or nominated carers are asked to sign them out when they leave. This is essential in case of fire or accident.

A Day in the life of ...

Poppy in Early Years


Mummy drops me off at Littlegates in the morning. I sit in the classroom and chat with my friends until Mrs Walker rings the bell which means it's time to take the register.


It's time to get busy with activities. This morning the weather is nice so I am playing outside with my friends. We are practising writing our names. We have been learning some French too. We can say "bonjour" and "au revoir" but I don't know how to spell those yet!


Today we have Show and Tell. The theme this week is "a photograph of your favourite person or place". I brought in a picture of Mummy and Daddy on their wedding day to show everyone in my class.


At 12 o'clock we go for lunch in the Dining Room. We all walk there together as a class. Afterwards we get free time to play outside. We play outside every day whatever the weather. Sometimes we have to wear our coats and wellies. Today it is sunny and we are playing with the sand pit.


This afternoon we have a music lesson with Mrs Walker. At the moment we are learning about rhythm. I got to choose a song to sing at the end. I chose "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" because it's my favourite.


This afternoon I have a ballet lesson with Miss Murphy. I have recently learnt how to do first and second position. Miss Murphy says I am very good.

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