East Allington Nursery (pre-school)

We actively promote emotional and social well-being, in partnership with parents/carers who are seen as experts on their children. All children are equally valued as unique individuals and are helped to reach their learning potential, within a nurturing environment. Children are encouraged to be independent learners and to have an active role in their learning journey.

What we offer:
  • Play-based learning for children aged two years old until they start school

  • Excellent links with East Allington Primary School with many opportunities to integrate into school life

e.g. sports day, harvest festival, charity events, assemblies, some trips etc.

  • A smooth transition from Nursery to school with regular visits to Beech (Reception/Year 1) classroom

and combined activities with reception children prior to starting school

  • Fun and friendship with other children and adults

  • High quality education and care for children in a safe and caring environment

  • Individual attention for your child in a warm and nurturing setting

Where to start:

Parent and toddlers:

You might like to start by bringing your child to our parent, babies and toddlers’ group which runs every Friday afternoon in the school hall. This informal and friendly session provides a stimulating environment for little ones and as well as an opportunity for parents/carers to chat and meet other like-minded individuals.

Each week we have a craft or messy play activity followed by singing. Coffee and tea is provided for grown-ups and a snack for little ones.

The welcoming group meets term-times on Friday from 1:30 -3:00 – cost £1. Come to the blue front door of the school hall!


Stay and Play sessions:

From October, we offer stay and play sessions for children from 18 months. These happen on the first Wednesday of the month from 1:45 - 2:45. Parents can come in with their child to play alongside them, get familiar with the environment and our excellent and experienced staff; Julie and Suzie. Please book if you would like to attend.


Every new child receives a visit at home from a member of our staff and the Pre-school Leader. This gives us the chance to get to know more about your child in their own home environment and can make a very big difference to how they feel about coming to the Pre-school.

How to apply:

We aim to make our nursery accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community, with priority given to children within the school catchment area. However, if there is a waiting list, this is operated in order of date of birth to give each child the opportunity to attend. Please note that attendance at the unit is not a guarantee of a place at East Allington Primary School.

To apply to East Allington Pre-school, please contact the School office on 01548 521305 or email Julie and Suzie on and we will arrange a time for you to come and visit and discuss your child’s requirements.


                                           What we do:

                                                                    We believe that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The                                                                        routines and activities that make up the Pre-school session are provided in ways that:

                                                                    Help each child to feel that he/she is a valued member of the group.

                                                                    Ensure the safety of each child.

                                                                    Help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group.

                                                                    Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them value learning.

                                                                    We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in                                                                        doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also                                                                          helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, which introduce them to                                                                      new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

                                                                    Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the                                                                          world around them. With our great outdoor resources and ‘Forest School’, children have the opportunity,                                                                        and are actively encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as                                                                              those provided in the indoor playroom.


Some two year olds are entitled to 15 hours a week of free early learning under the governments 2together funding. East Allington Pre-school is a registered provider of 2together funding. Please see Devon County Council’s website here for further details as to whether you are eligible:

All three and four year olds are entitled to free pre-school education under the government’s nursery voucher scheme. This allows up to 15 hours per week for up to 38 weeks a year. If they haven’t received 2together funding, your child is eligible for Early Years Educational Funding in the term AFTER their 3rd birthday. See below:

Date of Birth                                              Term in which funding starts

Before 31st March                                     Summer (after Easter Holidays)

Before 31st August                                   Autumn (after Summer Holidays)

Before 31st December                             Spring (after Christmas Holidays)

Childcare Vouchers

If you are having to pay for your child to attend Pre-School, either because they are not yet three and

eligible for funding or because you have exceeded your 15 hours of allocated funding then you should be

able to reduce your childcare costs by using childcare vouchers.

The Childcare Voucher Scheme allows your employer to pay you in Childcare Vouchers prior to tax being

taken off through a salary sacrifice scheme.

If you would like more information please see either the Pre-School leader or ask your employer for details

of the scheme.

You may now also be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare. For more information on how to apply please

contact the School office on 01548 521305 or email Julie and Suzie on 



Just Playing

When I am building in the block area,

Please don’t say I’m “Just Playing.”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play: about balance and shapes.

Who knows? I may be an architect someday.

When I am getting all dressed up, setting the table, caring for the babies,

Don’t get the idea I’m, “Just Playing.”

For, you see, I am learning as I play:

I may be a mother or a father someday.

When you see me up to my elbows in paint, or standing at an easel,

Or moulding and shaping in the clay,

Please don’t let me hear you say, “He’s Just Playing,”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I am expressing myself and being creative.

I may be an artist or an inventor someday.

When you see me in a chair “reading” to an imaginary audience,

Please don’t laugh and think I’m “Just Playing.”

For you see, I’m learning as I play.

I may be a teacher someday.

When you see me combing the bushes for bugs, or packing my pockets with

choice things I find,

Don’t pass it off as “Just Playing.”

For you see, I’m learning as I play.

I may be a scientist someday.

When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some plaything at my school,

Please don’t feel the time is wasted in “Play.”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning to solve problems and concentrate.

I maybe in business someday.

When you see me cooking and tasting foods,

Please don’t think because I enjoy it, it is “Just Playing.”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning to follow directions and see differences,

I may be a cook someday.

When you see me learning to skip, hop, run, and move my body,

Please don’t say I’m “Just Playing.”

For, you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning how my body works.

I may be a doctor, nurse or an athlete someday.

When you ask me what I’ve done at school today, and I say, “I Just Played,”

Please don’t misunderstand me,

For you see, I’m learning as I play.

I’m learning to enjoy and be successful in my work,

I’m preparing for tomorrow.

Today, I am a child and my work IS play.