Pre-Reception

The Kindergarten children transfer into Pre-Reception the September following their third birthday. They are joined by a few additional ‘new’ pupils.

Pre-Reception is a critical year for preparing the children for five full days in a more formal school-type setting in Reception. To this end, the number of afternoons the children are in school slowly increases during the the year. In the autumn term, they attend five mornings plus a minimum of two afternoons per week, which increases to a minimum of five mornings plus three afternoons in the spring term and four afternoons in the summer term. All children have the option of attending full days Monday to Friday. On afternoons when the numbers are small, they are typically pooled to engage in a range of appropriate creative and play activities suitable for an afternoon.

Our Pre-Reception curriculum is play-based and exploratory, built on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We regularly set and achieve ambitious learning goals through thoughtful planning of the learning environment and experiences which are tailored to every child’s needs, including forest school activities in our nature area. Specialist peripatetic teaching is provided for music, sport/PE and dance.

Morning sessions are from 9.00am (with drop-off from 8.50am) to 11.45am, and extended days end at 3.00pm. When staying for full days, the children eat a family service hot lunch in the classroom. They are served a slightly simplified version of the lunches enjoyed by the pre-prep children. In addition to the obvious nutritional advantages, there are a number of educational benefits such as exposure to new foods and social interaction at meal times. Click here to view a leaflet by our caterers Holroyd Howe outlining their catering approach at Herne Hill School. They are able to cater for all dietary needs and allergies.

There are currently three Pre-Reception classes, each of which is set up with a variety of activity corners and equipped with its own toilets.

Kindergarten and Pre-Reception children wear a simplified version of the Pre-Prep uniform. There are various top/bottom mix-and-match options to give parents plenty of flexibility. Only a few items are required, and they can also be worn in Reception.