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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. 

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.
  • We offer a wide, varied and continuous provision, both in and outside the classroom.
  • We engage children in activities that allow them to learn independently and at their own pace in all seven areas of learning.
  • We provide children the opportunity to experience wonder and awe through magical and spiritual activities.
  • We make learning fun - with a balance of child/adult led activities.
  • We offer open-ended pursuits, with opportunities for extension.



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


Children may 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.


Pre-School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage; more information on this can be found in our ‘Curriculum’ section. We like to ensure that all of the children are getting lots of opportunities to develop and so the EYFS curriculum is enhanced with teacher-led sessions, visits to farms and local areas of interest, visits from scientists (and dental hygienists!) and other stimulating activities.


Pre-School children also take part in Forest School activities for half a day each week. 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. This ensures that we are able to develop social skills, which are so important in today’s society. Pre-School terms follows the same dates as the rest of the school; please see the page on Term Dates for full details.


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. 


John Abbott


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"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