Preschool children playing in the sand pit at Juniors Day Nursery.

3 - 5 Yrs

Children enter the preschool room at approximately 3 years of age dependant on their development. All children continue to follow the EYFS curriculum, covering all 7 areas of learning. The 3 prime areas – Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social & Emotional Development as well as the specific areas Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts & Design. Our preschool room is designed to allow our children to access resources freely in all areas including our role play area, messy play area, construction area, mark making & writing areas, maths zone, cosy book corner and our curiosity area.

At Junior’s we support your child’s development in the 7 areas by planning unique learning opportunities for each child, we call these Next Steps. These Next Steps form part of the planning for each individual child’s learning whilst they are at Junior’s. Whilst learning through play and having fun, there is a more structured routine in our pre-school room with a balance of child initiated learning and adult initiated learning; with children working in groups and becoming accustomed to focused learning activities (e.g. Phonics) in preparation for school. Our preschoolers are encouraged to become more independent, inquisitive and have a love for learning. Being outdoors is a large part of nursery life and pre-schoolers spend as much time in the fresh air as they can manage. Free flow access is available during the day giving the children the choice of indoor or outdoor play.

Children enjoy healthy meals and these times are social events. Children are encouraged to serve themselves and learn the importance of eating balanced meals. All children in the nursery have use of our four amazing garden areas; an all-weather “Den”, a sensory garden to dig and plant in, a large artificial grass area with tyre bank and huge sand pit, plus a purpose built separate decked area. In Pre-school we love to get out and about and enjoy our visits to the nearby orchard and taking part in forest school activities.

Staff ratios in this room are 1:8.

Juniors Day Nursery Splat

Juniors Day Nursery - Cranbrook Preschool Gallery

Juniors Day Nursery Splat

Typical Day

7.45 - Breakfast

8.30 - Circle Time

8.45 - Plan, Do, Review

10.00 - Snack

10.30 - Outdoor Learning

11.45 - Adult Initiated Learning

12.00 - Lunch

13.00 - Child Initiated Learning

14.30 - Circle Time

15.00 - Outdoor Learning

16.15 - Tea

16.45 - Adult Initiated Learning

Sample Menu

Breakfast - Toast & Cereal.


Snack - Rice cakes with cream cheese.


Lunch - Roast Pork with roast potatoes and vegetables. Yoghurt for dessert.


Tea - Wholemeal bagels with a selection of fillings. Selection of fruit for dessert.

Juniors Day Nursery Splat

Team Leader

Stephanie Allen joined Junior’s Day Nursery in January 2012. During her long career at Junior’s Stephanie has worked her way up from Nursery Practitioner, to Room Leader, to Deputy Manager and now Nursery Manager since January 2020. Stephanie holds a paediatric first aid qualification, is Designated Safeguarding Lead and is a SENCo at Junior’s Day Nursery - Cranbrook.

Stephanie Allen is the team leader at Cranbrook Juniors Day Nursery.
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