Fire engines, Forest School and future fun!

The last few weeks at Bamford Pre-school have been busy, packed with lots of fun and learning. Just before the end of term, Hathersage Fire Brigade visited to teach the children about the importance of fire safety, letting them explore the fire engine and equipment. To great delight, the children were able to use the pressure hose on their teachers who were in full protective clothing. The visit certainly brought learning to life for the children! 

The end of year party was a special celebration for all the pre-school children, in particular those that are moving on to ‘big school’. All the children thoroughly enjoyed their transition week at Bamford Primary, who put on an exciting range of activities to help the children get settled for school in September, including yoga, baking and crafts. The younger children are looking forward to returning to pre-school after the summer holidays for more fun and learning, especially as Bamford Pre-school will be continuing its strong focus on learning through nature and the great outdoors by working to become a Forest School* accredited setting.

Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader commented, “We’ve had a great year at pre-school, with so many different activities and lots of learning. We are all very excited about next year; given more demand for our services, we are increasing our hours, establishing our Forest School provision, as well as continuing to organise visitors and trips. We would like to say a big “Thank you” to all our supporters, friends and parents who help make Bamford Pre-school the special place it is for our children!”

Bamford Pre-school is open Monday – Friday during term time, including Breakfast Clubs.  From September, the hours will be:

  • Monday and Wednesday 9am – 1pm 
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8am – 3pm

For more information please visit: www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk, call 07591 979051 or email: bamfordpreschool@hotmail.co.uk

Bamford Pre-school’s supporters can be found at http://www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk/our-supporters/

*Forest School is an inspirational process that helps children develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in the outdoors. Activities include; den building, painting with mud, creating woodland musical instruments and campfires! More information can be found at: www.forestschools.com/pages/what-is-forest-school-an-introduction.

Bamford Pre-school’s little litter pickers

In June, Bamford Pre-school undertook a litter pick around the village led by Peak Park Ranger, Tom Lewis.

The children took their roles responsibly carefully collecting rubbish from around pre-school, the Anglers, the green and the recreation ground. Tom and the pre-school staff highlighted the importance of looking after the local area and being ‘good citizens’. After all their hard work, the children enjoyed a well-earned play at the recreation ground. 

Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader commented, “Our partnership with the Peak Park is very important to us. We are grateful to Tom for taking time to highlight to our little ones the importance of looking after our local environment. The children worked very hard and take a real pride in looking after their village. Thank you to all the parents, friends and family who sponsored our litter pick.”

Tom agreed, “We are fortunate to live in such a special and beautiful place. Enthusing the next generation about protecting their local area and community is so important. The children did a great job and it was a really fun day!”

Bamford Pre-school is proud to be an active member of the local community and the litter pick is part of this ethos. 

Bamford Pre-school is open Monday – Friday during term time, including Breakfast Clubs. For more information please visit: www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk or call 07591 979051

Bamford Pre-school combines ice-cream and learning!

Just before the summer half term, excited children from Bamford Pre-school set off on an adventure to Thorpe Farm, the home of Hope Valley ice-cream!

Focusing on ‘Understanding our World’, the children’s learning started immediately on the 271 bus journey to Hathersage, as the pre-schoolers talked about public transport and different ways to travel. After a walk up Thorpe Farm driveway, the children were delighted to be able to get close to lots of different farm animals – donkeys, pigs, chicks, calves and, of course, cows! They were fortunate to see the cows being milked and learned about the importance of animal husbandry. After all the learning, the children were rewarded with a delicious Hope Valley ice-cream and a play in the sandpit and toy tractor park, before a return bus journey back to Bamford.

Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader said “We had a fantastic day out, with the children learning a great deal about their local area. At pre-school we aim to provide a fun, nurturing learning environment, to help our children become confident and independent for the next stage in their educational journey – trips such as today are a big part of our approach. All the staff were very proud of how caring the children were towards the animals and how enthused they were to learn”.

A big thank you to Jane Marsden and the Thorpe Farm team for a wonderful warm welcome. Also a big thank you to Paul Fathers for a generous donation to help fund this trip from his charity raffle. Thank you all very much!  

Bamford Pre-school is open Monday – Friday during term time, including Breakfast Clubs. For more information please visit: www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk or call 07591 979051. 

Bamford Pre-school’s Agricultural Adventure!

In April, Bamford Pre-school were fortunate to be invited to help with lambing at a local farm in Edale. The day started with great excitement with three modes of transport – walking, public bus and train! It was a particularly special visit, as the pre-schoolers saw a sheep giving birth naturally, as well as ‘Farmer James’ assisting with a delivery. The children were eager to help too feeding the new born lambs.

Farm visit 3

It was a fantastic day and a unique learning experience for all the children, including learning about breeds of sheep and how they differ, as well as the journey of wool from sheep’s coat through to the end product. The children’s words summarised the day well, including “the best day ever!” “I’d like to be farmer” “I want to come again tomorrow” to name a few.

Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader explained “We want to bring education to life as much as we possibly can and today was a real ‘hands on’ learning experience. It was a very special day for our children and staff alike – learning about the wider world by travelling on public transport and spring life on a farm. We were all very proud of the children being so responsible, enthusiastic and caring. A huge thank you goes to the Metcalfe family (Robin, Diane, James and Rachel) for sharing this wonderful experience with us!”

Farm visit 2

The visit is part of Bamford Pre-school’s commitment to creating a fun learning environment, helping each child develop their social skills, creativity and confidence in preparation for school. 

Bamford Pre-school is open Monday – Friday during term time, including Breakfast Clubs. For more information please visit: www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk  or call 07591 979051.


Bamford Pre-school’s ‘Journey through Science Week’

This month, Bamford pre-schoolers enjoyed participating in British Science Week (8th-17th March); a national educational initiative celebrating all things STEM* related. This year the daily experiments and discoveries were around the theme ‘Journeys’.

As part of this initiative, the children enjoyed becoming chemists for the day during a special masterclass with local business owner Bob Webster. Bob is based at the Hope Valley Garden Centreand kindly volunteered to show the children how ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate, critic acid, witch hazel and essential oils can ‘journey’ to become luxurious bath bombs. The results were very successful and popular with children and parents alike!

Caroline Hunter, Bamford Pre-school Leader said “Bob’s interactive session was great; the kids loved getting involved mixing all the ingredients. Bringing STEM to life through hands on exploration and creation is something we are passionate about. This workshop clearly helped our children understand how science is working in everyday items”.

Bob thoroughly enjoyed the session too, commenting “Having worked in education for a number of years, I was hugely impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and understanding. All the children loved getting involved and hopefully we have helped inspire future chemists. It was great fun and I’d love to come back again!”

As well as Bob’s workshop, during the week the pre-schoolers enjoyed learning about the velocity of different liquids, how a hungry caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly, creating wind socks to understand how wind travels, reading maps and identifying scientific and mathematical influences on their journeys to pre-school. 

The initiative is part of Bamford Pre-school’s commitment to creating a fun learning environment, helping each child develop their social skills, creativity and confidence in preparation for school.  

Bamford Pre-school is open Monday – Friday during term time, including Breakfast Clubs. For more information please visit: www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk or call 07591 979051. 

Bob’s artisan toiletries and candles can be found in ‘Greenstone and Ivy’ at Hope Valley Garden Centre. 

[*STEM stands for Science, technology, engineering and maths]

Bamford Pre-school welcomes back their ‘artist in residence’

Bamford Pre-school were delighted to welcome back local artist and Bamford resident, Jenny Mather, for another interactive workshop.

Jenny used her artistic talents and art therapy skills to lead a ‘mini-beast spring garden’ session inspired by the recent sunshine we have enjoyed. 

After a discussion about the importance of local flora and fauna, the children used their observation skills to draw local mini beasts and plants. These were then made into 3D models and installed onto the group painted garden.  The finished garden could surely enter RHS Chatsworth Flower Show and will be the front cover of the April edition of Bamford News!

Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader said “We are very grateful to Jenny for her time and inspiring workshop. The children were really engaged and learnt a huge amount from all the different activities. The honey tasting definitely helped highlight the importance of bees to the children!”

Jenny commented “The creativity and enthusiasm from the children was fantastic. I really enjoyed working with these budding artists and was impressed with their teamwork. It was a great morning and seeing their artwork in print in Bamford News is a real highlight for the children”.

The session is part of Bamford Pre-school’s commitment to creating a fun learning environment, helping each child develop their social skills, creativity and confidence in preparation for school.  

Bamford Pre-school is open Monday –Friday during term time, including Breakfast Clubs. For more information please visit:www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk or call 07591 979051.

Extended hours & breakfast club for Bamford Pre-school

Following a successful trial, Bamford Pre-school will continue to offer extended hours. This includes a ‘Breakfast Club’ on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am, as well as longer sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9am – 1pm (with the option of a 12noon finish)
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 8am – 3pm (with the option of a 9am start and/or a 12noon or 1pm finish. Afternoon only sessions are also available).

Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader, commented “We are delighted that the positive feedback from our recent trial has meant we can continue to extend our hours and provide additional childcare in Bamford. We aim to be as flexible as possible to meet the needs of all our families”.

Bamford Pre-school is for children aged 2-4 years old, helping them to prepare for school by learning through play. If you would like more information, please email: bamfordpreschool@hotmail.co.uk call: 07591979051 or visit: www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk