This December Bamford Pre-school is hosting a spectacular second-hand sale, selling good-quality clothes, toys and books to help raise funds for the playgroup.  The event, which will take place on the 2ndDecember at the Moore Memorial Hall will be a great opportunity to pick up some bargains before Christmas, and they’ll be fun for all the family with; face painting, Santa’s lucky dip and delicious refreshments.

You can support this fun event by donating good quality toys, clothes, books, shoes, bags, belts etc… to Bamford Pre-school by the 23rdNovember as well as coming along on the day to shop, shop, shop!

Pre-school Leader, Caroline Hunter said: “Everyone needs a clear out to make space for Christmas, so we would encourage people to give generously to this great event, which will help us to raise money for pre-school. On the day, Bamford Bazaar will be a bustling second-hand marketplace where people can come along and do some Christmas shopping as well as enjoying delicious refreshments and take part in the fun activities.”

Bamford Bazaar
The Moore Memorial Hall, Bamford
Sunday, 2ndDecember
10am – 2pm

For more information please contact Faye: follerenshaw@hotmail.co.uk

We’re Hiring!

Bamford Pre-school: Part Time Pre-school Assistant

Bamford Pre-school, which has recently extended its provision, is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the team of this well-established village pre-school.

The part time role will support the highly committed and friendly staff to provide high quality education and care for children aged 2 – 4 years old.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working with young children and will possess a Level 2 or 3 Early Years Childcare qualification, or be working towards it. However, candidates with other relevant qualifications (e.g. Teaching Assistants) and/or the right experience will be considered.

A Forest School qualification or an interest in working towards one is also desirable.

The position is for six hours per week (term time), plus holiday and sickness cover. Initially a temporary position until July 2019 with the possibility of becoming permanent.

For an application form or to discuss the role further, please contact Pre-school Leader: Caroline Hunter 07591979051 or email: bamfordpreschool@hotmail.co.uk

Closing date: 5thNovember 2018.

Starting date: December 2018 / January 2019.

Please note: due to the nature of this role the successful candidate will need to undertake a DBS check.


A great year and extended opening hours for Bamford Pre-school

Bamford Pre-school staff, children and parents are celebrating following another happy and eventful academic year!

The school year started with a bang thanks to the success of the Bamford Bake-Off fundraising event, which was followed by more kind donations from parents and the local community, including a £330 raised by pre-school parent, Paula Grant, who ran the Sheffield 10K and decided to donate her sponsorship to pre-school as well as the local toddler group. Other kind donations came from High Peak Garden Buildings… two successful blue bag collections that were supported by the whole village saw fundraising reach in excess of £2,000. In March, pre-school applied for a grant from Foundation Derbyshire and was successful in securing financial support, that was used to improve facilities and staff training in the setting.


The playgroup saw further support from the community with visits from Bamford Dentist and Hope Valley Vets – not forgetting a fantastic art session from local artist, Jenny Mather.

Staff also used topical events to inspire the children as part of the Early Years Foundation Curriculum, which included British Science Week and Healthy Eating Week.


The spring saw the opening of the extended outdoor play space and introduction of a new water play area and then in the summer term pre-school’s Friday afternoon Forest School session returned thanks to the support of Bamford Primary School, providing a unique outdoor learning experience for the children.


After such a great year, Bamford Pre-school is delighted to extend its offer to help parents and provide more flexibility. From Tuesday 4thSeptember parents/carers will be able to choose from an 8am or 9am drop off five days a week, for the early starters there’s the option of breakfast. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday’s the morning sessions will be extended to 1pm for those who want to take advantage.  Tuesdays and Thursday afternoon sessions will continue to finish at 3pm.

On a sadder note, pre-school’s Deputy Leader, Wendy Ridgeway retired in July after 18 loyal years at Bamford Pre-school. Wendy has seen many changes throughout the years, however her warmth, good humour and professional has remained the same for almost two-decades.  Her love of singing and stories will be remembered by all as well as her fear of spiders and dislike of snow!

Pre-school Leader Caroline Hunter commented: “This year we have seen huge support from parents and the local community, which has helped us to make the last 11 months one of the best yet! It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Wendy, she’s part of our history and will be sadly missed by all.” 

Bamford Pre-school is for children aged 2-4 years old, helping them to prepare for school by learning through play.  Spaces are still available for September 2018.


Bamford Pre-school is embracing the warmer weather thanks to a bigger outdoor play area, which has been created thanks to the fundraising efforts of one parent!

Paula Grant, whose son Archie attends the playgroup, ran the Sheffield 10K last September and through sponsorship she raised £330, which she donated to Bamford Toddler Group and Bamford Pre-school.

Pre-school has used the funds to buy new fencing, floor lining and wood chipping to enlarge its all-weather outdoor play area and also purchased some water play equipment, just in time for summer!

Pre-school Leader Caroline Hunter commented: “On behalf of the pre-school I would like to thank Paula, her donation has enhanced our outdoor play space, which is used every day in all weathers! The water play equipment compliments our mud kitchen and sand-pit, creating an exciting area for our children now and in the future.Water Play is important for preschoolers as it provides opportunities for the children to develop fine and gross motor skills through actions like pouring, squirting, scrubbing, stirring and squeezing.

“I would also like to thank Bamford Methodist Church, who allowed us to use this extra space and have been supportive in helping us to make this a fun and safe place for the children.  The staff have also given their free time to make the space look great, so it has been a real community project and we are delighted with the results.”

Bamford Pre-school is for children aged 2-4 years old, helping them to prepare for school by learning through play.  It operates from the Methodist School Rooms and is open every morning of the week 9am-12pm and all day (9am-3pm) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Parents who are interested in enrolling their child or would like more information please contact Caroline on: 07591 979051or email bamfordpreschool@hotmail.co.uk.  You can also visit the website: http://bamfordpreschool.co.uk for more information.


Next week the staff and children at Bamford Pre-school will celebrate British Science Week (9-18th March) with daily experiments around this year’s theme, exploration and discovery.

During the seven-day celebration of all things scientific the children will explore the outdoors by creating their own bug hotel, grow their own beans, investigate how water freezes and melts by freezing toys in ice and helping them escape, create giant bubbles and even make their own ocean in a bottle!

The children will also receive a masterclass in magnets thanks to Nyah’s Dad Phil, who has very kindly volunteered to run a special session all about recycling – using his skills and experience from working as Environment Manager at Tata Steel – to show the children how magnets can be used to test what is steel and what isn’t.

Pre-school Leader Caroline Hunter said: “Kids love to explore, create and discover – so British Science Week is perfect for pre-school! Our activities will introduce STEM* to the children in a fun and interactive way and we hope that we can in some way inspire the scientists and engineers of the future.”

*STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

Local artist visits Bamford Pre-school

Bamford Pre-school’s budding artists had the opportunity to develop their talents with local artist and Bamford resident, Jenny Mather, who came to deliver a colourful painting session.

A renowned Artist and qualified Art Therapist, Jenny was very generous with her time, tailoring two workshops for both younger and older children.

The children banished any grey skies with the colourful rainbows they painted. The process of mixing colours gave the children the opportunity to share their paints and work together as a group. As well as ‘traditional’ painting, the children had fun learning about different textures and experimenting by painting with fruit and vegetables…….possibly inspiration for the next Turner Prize!

Jenny commented, “It has been a real pleasure working with the children. They all worked together really well, with the older children helping the younger ones. There was a lot of enthusiasm for messy painting too!”

Caroline Hunter, Bamford Pre-school Manager said “We are really fortunate to have visitors like Jenny to help with our creative learning approach. The children were really engaged during the session, learning lots whilst having a lot of fun too! Huge thanks to Jenny for such interactive sessions”.


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.  


Organisers of The Great Bamford Bake Off were overwhelmed by the number of people who turned out to support their event on Saturday 16th September, which attracted 89 entries and raised over £1,300 for Bamford Pre-school.

The baking competition and family-friendly event took place on Saturday 16th September at the Moore Hall in Bamford.  Contestants were asked to bring along their best bake to enter into one of seven categories including; Cakes & Tarts, Junior (under 12s), Pastry, Buns & Biscuits, Bread, Free From or The Show Stopper.

Celebrity judge, Howard Middleton, who took part in the BBC show, The Great British Bake Off, was joined by Bamford WI member Ann Beckett and given the difficult task of tasting all 89 bakes and then naming the winners.

The winners were…

  1. Cakes & Tarts: Rachel Gray from Bamford
  2. Buns & Biscuits: Gill Harris from Aston, Hope
  3. Junior (under 12s): Sarah Gillott aged 11 from Bradwell
  4. Bread: Helen Beach from Bamford
  5. Pastry: Annette Nordhausen Scholes from Bamford
  6. Free From: Kat Allan from Bamford
  7. The Show Stopper: A group called ‘The Millers’ from Bamford

Bamford Pre-school would like to thanks their sponsors, Carbolite and Hope Cement, Heatherhill Farm embroidery and all the local businesses that donated prizes for the raffle.

Victoria Watson, Bamford Pre-school committee member and the brains behind The Great Bamford Bake Off commented: “So many people contributed to making the event a success giving their time or products for free to help us create a fun event that captured the imagination of baking enthusiasts in the area.  I would like to thank everyone who helped, took part or came along on the day – your contribution is much appreciated by all the committee, staff and children at Bamford Pre-school.”