About Us


Who we are


Stonham Aspal Pre-school has been established since 1981 and currently provides education and care for children under statutory school age in our purpose-built premises which opened in June 2010.  Parents are members of the Pre-School once they have signed their child’s registration form. This means that you have a vote at the Annual General Meeting. We offer a play-based provision based on the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance and Practice (DofE, 2021).

Stonham Aspal Pre-School is:

  • A voluntary not-for-profit Incorporated Charity (1114259);

  • A Company Limited by Guarantee (05716387);

  • OFSTED accredited (EY408916);

  • Member of the Suffolk Early Years Development Plan.

  • Member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.


Our Aims

  1. To offer free flow play and activities based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, 2021.

  2. For each child to be supported by a Key Person who will keep a record of the child’s development and build a relationship with the family.

  3. For each child to progress at their own pace through the early stages of social, physical, intellectual and emotional development.

  4. To encourage self confidence, self-esteem and a healthy respect for others.

  5. To promote a happy, relaxed and caring environment in which children can have fun and learn through play.

  6. To maintain our important role in the child’s transition from Pre-School to Primary school.

  7. To encourage a good relationship between Pre-School and Primary School.


To achieve our
aims we will:

  1. Plan an enabling environment and appropriate activities based upon observations made by key persons and relating to knowledge gained from parents through day to day communication and from information shared at parent/key person meetings.

  2. Provide appropriate ratios to support the needs of all children;

  3. Acknowledge that children may need to bring comforters in with them (we do recommend that dummies are only used to settle children to sleep)

  4. Ensure that children who require help with their personal care are treated with dignity and respect

  5. Encourage parents/carers to become involved in their child’s care and education at Pre-School by joining the group during a session, sharing their skills, gaining information through training events and taking part in the management of the Pre-School.

  6. Ensure that we offer inclusive opportunities for all children whatever their race, culture, gender, religion, means, ability, disability or learning difficulty.

  7. Gather information about children which will be helpful when they move on to their next setting;

  8. Work with other professionals to ensure each child’s needs are met.

  9. Welcome teachers involved in the Foundation Stage into our setting to aid the children’s transition into Primary School and by accompanying those children when they make ‘settling’ visits to the school.

Dedicated to the task

Through the hard work and commitment of our Staff and Board of Directors we aim to provide a learning-based environment that nurtures every child. Our dedicated team of 5 and further team of pool staff  constantly strive to raise standards through well-structured and stimulating programmes. We also endeavour to promote positive relationships between home, school and the wider community.

Spiritual development

We strive to nurture our children’s moral and spiritual development. We respect all religions and make a point of learning about the cultural diversity of the families within our setting. Children are encouraged to have fun through special services held in the Church.

Our Committee

Being a Company Limited by Guarantee, we have an enthusiastic and committed Board of Directors and Committee Members who help manage affairs, leaving the Team free to concentrate on the children. Most members are current parents, although there are affiliate members who are past-parents of children at Pre-School. We also have a highly active Fundraising Sub-Committee who work tirelessly to raise funds for outings and new resources. We are often looking for new members and welcome all contributions and suggestions from parents.


We are an 
Ofsted Good Provider


We are fully Ofsted Registered on the Early Years and Childcare Registers.
Our most recent Ofsted Inspection was in May 2019 and we were judged ‘Good’ in all areas.


You can read a copy of our report by clicking here.


Here are some key extracts from our Report...


'Staff establish strong partnerships with parents. Parents talk enthusiastically about the service the setting provides.'

'Key persons know their children well and implement strategies for encouraging positive behaviour.'

'Managers reflect on the quality of the care and learning provided to children. They consider the needs of children when making changes to the provision.'

Stonham Aspal Pre-School

The Street, Stonham Aspal,  Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6AF


01449 711593

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