Making play-doh from scratch, measuring the ingredients, mixing it, smelling it, feeling it and touching it; collecting leaves to make puppets; and learning numbers and phonics with songs and interactive games are just some of the activities for our children in First Steps.

Children who join Park Hill Prep School and Nursery at the age of 2 are taught in our brand-new purpose-built First Steps classroom, with its own outdoor area.  Every term, the Home Corner is transformed into a new location to suit the topic –  from Santa’s workshop, to an airport, or greengrocers.  All learning incorporates the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework.   The lessons are well planned and the excellent staff to pupil ratio means each child receives individual attention and can try a wide variety of activities every day.

From the age of 3 they move to Second Steps, where they focus more on phonics and numbers through imaginative storytelling.  They start our very popular Woodland School Programme, which makes use of the nearby Richmond Park, as a base for outdoor learning.  They have weekly music and performing arts lessons, and take part in the whole school assembly at St Paul’s Church.