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Goonhavern Pre-SchoolGoonhavern Primary School

About Us

Our Pre-School

Goonhavern Pre-School is renowned for its warmth, care and expertise.  We are characterised by our happy, relaxed and nurturing ethos and have a reputation for being a lovely place for children to be.  Our aim is to create an atmosphere in which all children feel secure and confident and to provide a stimulating environment that enables them to thrive.

We recognise that all children are unique and welcome children of all cultures and backgrounds, as well as those with various specific needs. We continually use our knowledge of individual children’s interests, needs and stages of development to provide balanced and varied experiences that enable them to develop at their own pace. We place great emphasis on the need for praise and encouragement, with the aim of developing children’s self-esteem and confidence.

We encourage children to be considerate and kind towards each other, we want our children to feel secure and confident, and have a strong sense of self-worth. Fundamental to this is a close relationship between home and pre-school. We believe working in partnership with parents/carers is essential as, together, we can ensure children’s needs are met and that they can achieve their true potential.


We believe children learn through investigation, exploration and play

We have a commitment to lifelong learning for everyone

We will provide a safe, caring happy environment

We will value and respect all children, parents, carers and staff


To provide high quality care and education for children

To work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop

To add to the life and wellbeing of the local community

To offer children and their parents a service which promotes equality and values diversity


We provide activities and experiences for children to support their learning and development, through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.