Nursery and Pre-Prep


We believe that happy children are successful learners. In the Pre-Prep, children settle quickly into a happy school routine and develop a positive and interactive approach to learning.

Their days are filled with stimulating activities within a school environment which is able to take advantage of all the facilities of the Prep and Senior Schools. As well as developing maths and reading skills, children are exposed to a range of languages which include Mandarin and Italian.

Early Years Curriculum

We have new, bespoke classrooms for all of our Early Years children that encourage free flow between different rooms and the outdoor area. We believe that the environment is the third teacher; with the parent as the first and the teacher as the second. We work hard to make sure the environment is stimulating and rich as this provides optimum learning opportunities.

All children learn best from hands-on experiences. We teach the fundamental skills of reading, writing and maths through daily lessons. We also encourage independence right from the start.

We believe that the Early Years Foundation Stage is fundamental in instilling positive dispositions towards learning.  In Nursery and Reception, children play and explore, make choices and learn to have a go and persevere, are creative and solve problems, form good relationships and are safe, secure and happy.

Online learning journals (Tapestry)

All children from Nursery to Year 2, have their own online learning journal. Tapestry is about capturing the magic of a child’s early years experiences. The staff at Nursery and Pre-Prep capture these photos then share them with parents through an online app/website. You will have access to a number of observations sharing wow moments from your child’s learning.

“From the early years onward, pupils are happy, energetic and enthusiastic learners.”



Our Nursery is located within Gresham’s Pre-Prep building – a Grade II Listed building that overlooks playing fields and is conveniently situated in Holt town centre. Sharing all of the school’s facilities, including the vast grounds, 200 acres in all, and swimming pool, the nursery offers endless opportunities for little explorers’ adventures.

Reception to year 2

Children can enter our Reception classes in the September following their 4th birthday. Our class sizes are small, enabling us to provide a supportive, stimulating and creative learning environment and the children have constant access out onto their own secure outdoor play area.