About Us

Burbage Preschool

Burbage Preschool is a setting for children aged from 2 years until their reception year at school. Registered with Ofsted under the Burbage Primary School registration the preschool is regularly inspected to ensure high standards of care and education are provided for all children.

At Burbage Preschool we focus on providing wonderful care in a safe, warm and caring environment. Our aim is to ensure that you feel confident that your child is happy, having fun and learning whilst spending time with us.

All children are assigned a keyworker who has responsibility for the overall care of your child. Their keyworker will create a learning journey for your child that tracks their progress and development alongside the key milestones provided for by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You can add to your child’s learning journey by adding ‘Wow’ cards detailing special moments such as holidays, trips or activities or particular achievements.

Burbage Preschool is open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm and offers sessions to suit your child either on a part-time or full-time basis during term time.

Burbage Primary School part of the Excalibur Trust. June 2023.

Burbage Preschool provides:-

  • a calm and nurturing environment where your child’s needs are the focus of everything we do
  • exciting ‘all-through’ learning opportunities where children make a smooth transition to school
  • a beautiful setting in the heart of the village community with good access to the outdoors
  • shared resources with the primary school to really enhance the curriculum and the opportunities for each child
  • great outdoor area with easy access to the school field
  • kind, caring, knowledgeable and experienced staff who provide a stimulating Early Years curriculum, building on the interests of your child
  • great links with parents
  • gentle familiarisation with school making transitions far less daunting
  • lots of fun!

But don’t just take our word for it; come and see how our nurturing learning environment would benefit your child. Contact 01672 810452 to make an appointment.

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Esther Redhouse – Preschool Manager

Mrs Redhouse is a qualified teacher with a passion for early years. She gets very excited about her children’s journey through their early development and learning, setting the foundations for a lifelong love of learning.  She has two teenage sons, two dogs and a horse so can often be found with a rogue piece of hay in her hair or mud on her shoes. Books are one of her favourite things, she can often be found huddled over the latest novel –  a passion she enjoys sharing with the children in her care.

Kelly Pilson – Preschool Assistant

With an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Kelly has worked with children since 2006 when she became a registered childminder whilst bringing up her own children. Her experience includes both nursery and preschool settings.  Kelly is passionate about early years education and loves working with children ensuring they progress towards their early learning goals. In her spare time Kelly enjoys socialising with family and friends.

Sonja Johnson

Sonja Johnson

Sonja has worked with children for over 25 years with ages ranging from birth to school age in a variety of settings, She loves the journey of watching the children in her care grow and is constantly amazed to see how much they change. Sonja has NVQ level 2 and 3 qualifications. From an army family Sonja has lived in and travelled to Germany, Hong Kong, Thailand, Spain and various locations in the UK; she is fluent in German. Sonja loves spending time with her family and dog, living in beautiful countryside they go on lots of walks and enjoy wildlife spotting.

Jenny Grant

Jenny has worked in childcare for over 15 years. After qualifying as a nursery nurse, she spent most of her career in a Newbury nursery. She then went on to enjoy several years of nannying whilst her son was little.

Outside of school, Jenny enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. If there is ever spare time, she will be found baking.

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Kirsty Henderson-Newton – Admin Assistant

Ms Henderson-Newton spent 18 years travelling the globe looking after passengers as a flight attendant.  After this she used her aviation medical experience to become a Paediatric First Aid Instructor, she ran her own business doing this from 2019 to 2022.

Her hobbies are home sewing and yoga when she’s not busy looking after her two daughters.

Ms Henderson-Newton works in the school office on a Thursday and Friday, she works with Mrs Lockwood and is also responsible for all pre-school administration.