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About Us

Welcome to Merton Pre-School

Merton Poppits Playgroup registered in 1999.   We moved to our new setting on 1st June 2015 and changed our name to Merton Pre-school.

We are situated within the grounds of Merton Infants School in Basingstoke.  We have our own self-contained unit attached to the school.  The pre-school is run by a committee which is a mix of current parents, past parents, and some school staff.  

We run from one large room which is divided into zones to encourage different opportunities to play.  We have a fully enclosed garden.  We also can make use of the school's facilities, and are close to a park suitable for the children who attend.

Sessions run Monday to Friday during Hampshire Term-time from 9am to 3pm.  We welcome children aged 2 years up until they go to school.  Our staff ratio of 1:4 for under 3 -year -olds, and 1:8 for over 3 are strictly adhered to at all times.

We aim to provide your children with a safe, happy, friendly and stimulating environment.  Our goal is to ensure children learn to build on their independence, and social skills, in order to develop their skills in all areas of learning.  



Our developing setting.

We moved into our new setting which is called Merton Pre-school on 1st June 2015. 

We have developed the garden and it now has a surface that can be used all year round. The surface has a sensory path, so children can explore the different textures, as well as different gradients so children can walk up the hill and roll, push or run down the hill. 

We have garden storage which is now accessible for children independently.   There is a pond in the quiet garden, that children can explore to see pond life.

 The quiet garden is now accessible for all children to plant different fruit and vegetables.  The garden has a small world play area for quiet story play and a seating area. 

We are raising money to buy a climbing wall for children to move in a range of different ways, and to buy a pet or similar so that children can learn to care for living things.  

If you have any ideas or would you like to have a say on what the developments or know somewhere we can get funding or donations of items,  please do let Carey or one of the team know.