About Hagbourne Preschool

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We are a friendly village pre-school with charity status, based in East Hagbourne, near Didcot in Oxfordshire. Operating from the Village Hall, just across the road from Hagbourne School, we have been welcoming children since 1969. We are run by a team of passionate, highly experienced and qualified professional staff who operate alongside a volunteer management committee, made up mostly of our childrens parents.

Our facilities include two rooms fully equipped with everything your child needs to learn, play and develop, a purpose built playground and our own allotment. 

At Hagbourne Pre-School, we have a well-planned and stimulating curriculum, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance, which supports the all-round development of your child and we pride our selves on our OUTSTANDING OFSTED rating.

We organise our sessions to make sure that we have a balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities, taking into account your child’s individual interests and needs.  We have a large selection of toys and activities for your child to choose from, as well as group activities from storytime, songs, and discussions. In our pre-school sessions, your child has access to both indoor and outdoor spaces.  Our secure indoor space is well organised, with lots of toys, activities, and equipment, while our outside space provides a safe, enclosed play area, giving the children the chance to explore and be physically active. We have a purpose-built climbing frame, role play wigwams, bikes, trikes and scooters, ball games and sand and water tables for your child to enjoy!


Your child will be allocated a member of staff as a key person throughout their time at pre-school

The key person will have special responsibility for your child and will be in charge of their observation file.

The key person is available to discuss any issues or answer any questions you may have and they will be the person who discusses your child’s progress at our regular parent liaison meetings.

All key person groups are colour-coded that colour will be found on your child’s name card and book bag.


8.45 Doors open , children welcomed by a staff member in the hallway taking the register. Children pick their name and hang their name up on the board and then settle to the activity of their choice.

9:00 Bell rung to separate two halls. 2 years olds in the large hall. 4-year-olds in the smaller hall. Storytime and chat followed by a play in an adult-led activity.  During this time, small group music sessions are also taking place. Children will remain in their hall until Snack time.

Observations take place during these sessions.

9.45 Snack time begins in Key groups, led by key group adult.

Outside play

11.30 children going home at 11.45 go into the large hall to tidy up then finish the day with a story

11.40 Home time song

11.30 Afternoon session children remain in the small hall

11.40 Tidy up time ready for Lunch

Activities change for PM session

2.30 Tidy up time followed with a story

2.45 Home time


Through out the year we offer your child the opportunity to participate in various activities including the following

  • End of term shows – Easter, Summer, and Christmas
  • Sports day
  • Visits to our allotment where children get the opportunity to plant seed and vegetables and watch them grow
  • Visits to our Mini Explorers. Children have the opportunity to visit the local woods to take part in bug hunting, mud pie making, and camp building.
  • Visits to the local church where the children participate in Christmas tree decorating, harvest festival and Remembrance Day activities
  • Annual farm visit


We are delighted to say we were rated as OUTSTANDING in our most recent Ofsted inspection (February 2018).

Children and families build exceptionally strong bonds with their key person. This helps children build excellent self-esteem, feel safe and very secure and ready to learn.’

Quality of teaching, learning, and assessment is outstanding. The teaching standard is always consistent and inspirational.’

Click here for the full report.


“I’m thrilled to have found a preschool where I feel my son is being cared for! He’s developed a wonderful bond with his key worker and the progress in his speech and how much his confidence has grown is evident every day! I couldn’t be happier with Hagbourne Preschool!”

“The staff have always been approachable, friendly and supportive. They have my child’s best interest at heart. There is always a variety of structured activities for the children to do and they are encouraged to be independent. There are regular events for parents and carers to attend with some amazing end of term shows.”

“My daughter has a close relationship with her key worker which is essential when helping her to learn and progress.”

“The staff at the pre-school are utterly amazing. They truly care, teach and develop each and every child. I would recommend this pre-school to anyone.”