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Steephill Independent School and Pre-School

‘Pupils are at the heart of everything we do’

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Steephill Independent School and Pre-School

‘Pupils are at the heart of everything we do’

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Welcome to Pre-School

Thank you for taking time to visit our Pre-School page. You may also find our class page interesting.


Your child is at the heart of everything that we do.


  • We aim to enable each child to learn through a rich, warm, caring environment.
  • Offering a wide and varying continuous provision, both in and outside the classroom.
  • We engage in activities that allow children to learn independently and at their own pace in all seven areas of learning.
  • Giving children the opportunity to experience wonder/awe/magical and spiritual activities.
  • Making learning fun - with a balance of child/adult led activities.
  • Offering open ended activities, with opportunities for extension.  




Picture 1 Painting in the garden.
Picture 2 Making a portrait of a Pre-School friend.
Picture 3 Investigating with magnifying glasses.
Picture 4 What did we see?
Picture 5 Early Years ICT Jellybods.
Picture 6 Forest School.
Picture 7 Look at my hands!
Picture 8 Making a picnic.
Picture 9 Snack time - Cheers!
Picture 10 Icing Gingerbread men.
Picture 11 Crusty and Tiny tortoises came to visit.
Picture 12 Music and Movement. Growing,
Picture 13 When all the world was sleeping.
Picture 14 Time for play dough.
Picture 15 A visit to Pizza Express.
Picture 16 We made and ate our pizzas.
Picture 17 Cyclopark fun,
Picture 18 More Cyclopark fun.
Picture 19 Cutting skills.
Picture 20 Making bread dough.
Picture 21 We made three different types of bread rolls.
Picture 22 We made Happy the scarecrow.
Picture 23 Compare bear matching,
Picture 24 Lunch time play.
Picture 25 Lunch time play,
Picture 26 Pencil work!
Picture 27 Tactile numbers.
Picture 28 Practising number formation.
Picture 29 Sharing and taking turns.

Steephill is an independent school set in the beautiful Kent countryside near Dartford for children aged three to eleven.


Steephill Pre-School has been around since 1935. We used to call it the Nursery but as education around us has changed we have renamed the unit Pre-School as it better reflects our ethos.  


At Steephill children can join us at 3 years old, either with the intention of staying and going on through the Main School or to be with us just the year until they go to another school.


All children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and more information on that can be found in ‘Curriculum’ section.


Here, we like to ensure that all the children are getting lots of opportunities to develop and so the EYFS curriculum is enhanced with teacher-led sessions, visits to farms, local areas, visits from dental hygienists, scientists and other stimulating activities. Photographs of some of these events can be seen in the ‘Gallery’ area.

The children have the benefit of being able to use the hall, orchard and fields of the Main School. There are lots of grounds for them to run around in and lots of area for play.


The maximum number of children we have in Pre-School on any one day is 16 so we are also able to develop social skills which are so important in today’s society.


Enjoy the website and if you have any questions, please contact us. You can also follow us on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for all the latest news and pictures of our school. 


Best Wishes

Mrs Birtwell



"We were struck by the vision of those in charge at Steephill, as well as the small class sizes plus the politeness of the children as we visited their classrooms. This all gave a friendly, family feel and made it a very easy decision when choosing a school for our son." — Year 1 parent