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Hello! Welcome to First Step Pre-school



Coronavirus update


First Step Pre-school Ltd is closed until further notice due to COVID - 19.


UPDATE 14/05/2020. The guidance from the Government was the possible reopening of schools and Early Years settings from 01/06/2020. We are currently working with information that South Glos has given settings, to enable us to put plans in place. As you can imagine there is a lot of information to ensure the safety of the children and staff is in place before we can give any information to parents, as soon as there has been a plan put together we will pass this information out.

UPDATE 15/05/2020. You should have all received an email regarding 1st June.

If you have any questions or queries, email pre-school and we will answer them.


Stay safe


Transition support  - Information has been emailed to parents/carers of children starting school in September. If you haven't received it please let us know.




First Step pre-school is based in Thornbury, near Bristol, and we run pre-school sessions for children from 2 to 5 years old.  We have two pre-school sites, each on the site of a local primary school – Crossways and Christ the King.  Our staff are well-qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic, and we have a fantastic range of facilities at both our sites.

Girl watering the plants


We provide a safe and stimulating environment where your child can learn through play, helping them to gain social skills, confidence and independence.  In all our pre-school sessions, your child has access to both indoor and outdoor space.  Our secure indoor spaces are well organised, with lots of toys, activities and equipment. Outdoor play in our safe, enclosed garden spaces helps to keep your child healthy and gives them the chance to explore and be physically active, while supervised by our excellent staff.
"Caring and providing a safe environment for our child. Walls are always colourful and bright, Learning Journals are always fantastic”  Parent comment

We have a well-planned and stimulating curriculum, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance, which supports all round development of your child.  We organise our sessions to make sure that we have a balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities, taking into account your child’s individual interests and needs.  We have a large selection of toys and activities for your child to choose from, as well as group activities (both small and large groups) for stories, songs, activities and discussions.



Girls playing with telescope and binoculars

We provide high quality care and education, and we are always looking for ways to improve the pre-school experience for your child.  We have a high ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as parent helpers, and so we are able to give your child the time and attention that they need.  We work in partnership with parents, the local community and professional bodies to help your child learn and develop.

We welcome all feedback, and are always keen to hear what parents think.


We offer 30 free hours of childcare to eligible families at both of our sites.

Our Christ the King site is rated OUTSTANDING by OFSTED and is Makaton friendly.

Our Crossways site is rated GOOD by OFSTED and has a purpose built new building.





Term Dates

2019 - 2020

Term 5: 20 Apr - 22 May

Term 6: 1 Jun - 17 Jul

Inset Days

Fri 22 May

Fri 17 July

2020 - 2021

Term 1: 2 Sep - 23 Oct

Term 2: 2 Nov - 15 Dec

Term 3: 4 Jan - 12 Feb

Term 4: 22 Feb - 2 Apr

Term 5: 19 Apr - 28 May

Term 6: 7 Jun - 16 Jul


Coming up...

The next committee meeting will be on Wednesday 17 June, 8pm , Crossways site.