Gosforth Pre-School

Giving your little people the best start in life

Serving all of Dronfield’s primary schools and offering a stimulating

environment in which children learn whilst having fun.

About Us

Gosforth Pre-School  Dronfield is a friendly and caring  pre-school in the heart of our community.

We are members of the pre-school learning alliance and have gained two outstanding Ofsted awards.

Established in 1977, we have grown to become an important part of the Dronfield school community.

We have strong links with all the primary schools in the area and provide a high quality pre-school experience for children aged 2 – 5.

At Gosforth Pre-School, we are proud to be able to offer sessional and full day care in a safe, stimulating and caring environment.

We have an excellent enclosed outdoor play area which the children have access to in all weathers and have won several awards for our garden.

We encourage the children to care for their planet and have a Silver Eco award.

We also run forest school which gives your child the opportunity to explore and gain confidence and independence in an outdoor environment.

When your child starts pre-school it is an important time for both child and parents.


  • “We have really seen our son grow and develop since he started Gosforth pre school with Mrs Beck and the team. His confidence, independence and ability to follow instructions and play with others have improved noticeably. The regular feedback provided by his key  worker helps to keep us well informed about his progress. We are very happy with the pre school and know that our son is safe in their care.”

     Sophie Beck – Dronfield

  • “My Daughter attended her from 2 years of age and she loved every single minute of it. The staff cant do enough for the children and parents. Now my son of 2 yrs attends and I was a little worried how he would adapt as he isn’t the most confident little boy, 4 months on and what a massive change in him. He has come so far with his speech and his confidence with others has changed for the better. I will be sad not to visit Pre-school when he starts full time school.”

    “Highly recommended Pre-School”

    Mrs Hill – Dronfield

  • “I’m really pleased with the nursery, I’ve tried getting my son to write letters and he’s wanted none of it. After three, three hour sessions at pre school he’s writing the letter ‘H’ perfectly and wanting to show it to everyone.

    He’s had no nursery time before, it’s been a new experience for him and the staff have been really reassuring sending pictures and emails confirming that he’s ok and showing me what he’s been up to each week, which has really helped.”

    Natalie Turner – Dronfield

  • “My son has attended Gosforth Pre school for nearly 2 years, I have always felt a very warm and friendly environment for him to play in and in particular his confidence, social skills have come on leaps and bounds. From the initial show round to the settling in time the staff could not have been more welcoming and reassuring that this was the right place for my son. He throughly enjoys all the activities that they do and can’t wait to go to pre school every morning. I would highly recommend this pre school to friends and family due to the enthusiastic and dynamic team.”

    Sarah Truman – Dronfield

  • “We have had two children at Gosforth Pre School who are both quite shy but with different levels of confidence. All members of staff have been very supportive of both children (and me!), addressing their individual needs to help them settle and enjoy their time there, whilst I have been reassured that they have both been well looked after and the individual approach taken allows each child to receive tailored care based on what suits them best. Receiving timely updates and photos through the Tapestry system throughout the day is great especially to see a smiling face on a photo of them enjoying activities provides me with ongoing reassurance that they are happy and settled, and also see what they have been up to and achieved.”

    Claire-Marie Handford – Dronfield

  • “We feel very fortunate to have chosen Gosforth as a pre school for our two little boys. We had to choose pre schools fairly quickly and a little blindly, moving up to Derbyshire from the South of England. We could not be happier with our choice. From the moment you walk in the door you gain a real sense of the nurturing, warm, safe and bright atmosphere that all of the staff strive to create.  We very much value the degree to which staff use their intuition and instinct, responding sensitively to the emotional needs of all children. They are not afraid to think “outside of the box” and tailor their approach to each individual need. Coming from an Early Years education background, I know that this is a tough feat. I have been astounded by not only the emotional and social development of my children, but by their speech and language development within a very short space of time. Ample opportunities for outside and physical play are offered for my two very energetic boys.  We are very grateful to Gosforth, and that we made this choice.”

    Emma-Louise Smith – Dronfield


The sessions are fairly flexible but follow a set routine, which gives the children an idea of time. We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. We hold regular group sessions where the older and younger children are separated so more age appropriate activities can be undertaken

Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom.


We are very proud to have gained two Ofsted outstanding awards as an early years provider. 

The First Days

We want your child to feel happy and safe with us. Before your child’s start they can visit during a session, allowing them to become familiar with the routine. When they first start, the staff will work with each parent to help their child settle as quickly as possible. This takes longer for some children than for others and parents should not feel worried if their child takes a while to settle.


The routines and activities that make up the day are specifically crafted in ways that make each and every child feel like they are valued as part of the  group experience. We encourage children to interact, make friends and and gain experience of being part of a social group. As well as providing children with opportunities to learn and help them to value the gift of learning.


Get Involved

Our group recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children.

All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents in providing care and education for their child.

There are many ways in which parents take part in making the setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children and parents, such as.

  • Exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff.
  • Helping at sessions of the setting.
  • Sharing their own special interests with the children.
  • Helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children’s play activities.
  • Being part of the management of the setting.
  • Taking part in events and informal discussions about the activities and curriculum provided by the setting.
  • Joining in community activities in which the setting takes part.
  • Building friendships with other parents in the setting.




Using our online assessment and reporting tool Tapestry, we are able to capture a snapshot of the daily lives of the children.

As the child plays and learns staff take photos and videos and make detailed observations of the child’s development and achievements on a daily basis, linking directly to the seven areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The unique part of this is that the parent can log in and have direct access to the child’s records to see how they are progressing and what they have been upto.

You can also add your own observations and comments, to help us strengthen our partnership and get the best results from your child.



Times & Fees

We are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am until 3.15 pm.

Parents are allowed to use their 2,3 & 4 year old funding any time between those hours .

If you are not funded the current cost is £4.50 per hour.

Free funded places are available for two, three and four year olds, up to fifteen hours or five sessions per week.

From September 2017 additional funding is available for families where both parents are working or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family, and each parent earns the equivalent of sixteen hours a week at the national minimum or living wage, and earns less than £100,000 a year.

Term Dates


20th February 2017    7th April 2017 
24th April 2017            26th May 2017 
05th June 2017            14th July 2017  



4th September 2017     20th October 2017
30th October 2017        19th December 2017
3rd January 2018           16th February 2018
26th February 2018       23rd March 2018
9th April 2018                 25th May 2018
4th June 2018                 16th July 2018

Bank Holidays

25th & 26th December 2017
1st January 2018
30th March 2018 (Good Friday)
2nd April 2018 (Easter Monday)
7th May 2018
28th May 2018 (Spring Bank Holiday)
27th August 2018 (Summer Bank Holiday).

Forest Schools

Forest Schools has developed from the Scandinavian education system and is about children building self esteem and independence through exploring and experiencing the natural world.

Forest Schools is a long term programme delivered by trained practitioners within a natural environment (not necessarily a Forest!).

Each Forest School programme is tailored to meet the needs of individuals within that group and is continuously developed as the children/young people grow in confidence, skills and understanding.

The ethos of Forest Schools allows learners the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences.

It also allows practitioners to step back and observe the children in order to then encourage and inspire individuals to achieve through careful scaffolding and facilitating.

Not to mention the benefits of learning about nature and life cycles in a natural inspiring outdoor classroom.


Where will my children be going?

Our Forest Schools sessions take place in Kitchen Woods which lies between Dronfield Woodhouse and Holmesfield. The woods are owned and maintained by the Woodland Trust and regular risk assessments are carried out to ensure it is a safe and protected outdoor school for your children.


What will my child be doing?

The children learn from a wealth of exciting activities such as shelter building, tree climbing, tracking, nature walks, making mud pies, team games, natural crafts, minibeast hunts, and learning about woodland creatures and their habitats including nocturnal and hibernating creatures as well as the woodland plants and seasons of the year.

What are the benefits?

Forest Schools supports the holistic development of the child and we have witnessed immense benefits in our children over the last eight years. These include increased confidence and team working skills, increased social development especially communication and problem solving and improved physical agility and fitness.


School Photos

The amazing Tempest Photography are visiting us again on the 9th of November between 9am and 10am.

Charity Ramble

Charity Ramble

Get your walking shoes on for the BBC’s Children in Need ramble on the 17th of November at 9.15am.



Peter Pan Panto

Peter Pan Panto

Join us on our visit to the Pantomine on the 2nd of December at 2pm. Contact a member of staff for details.

School Nativity

School Nativity

The school will be celebrating the Nativity on the 14th & 15th of December at 11am.

Chatsworth Nativity

Chatsworth Nativity

Chatsworth Living Nativity & Craft Day. Monday 18th December at 10.30am tickets are £8.99 per person.

Christmas Party

Christmas Party

On Tuesday the 19th December it’s party time. Doors open 9.00am till 12.00pm.  Tickets are priced at £5.00 per person.

Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo

The Pomegranate Theatre Chesterfield on Saturday 14th April 1.00. £12.50 per person if you would like to reserve tickets please contact Mrs Beck.

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

More events to follow.


Gosforth Pre-School was  inspected by Ofsted on 7th March 2011 and awarded the highest award possible of Outstanding where we gained a Grade 1 Outstanding, in every single area assessed.

We were inspected again by Ofsted on 10th September 2013 where we once again were awarded the highest award possible of Outstanding yet again. Click here for our latest report.

01246 298184
Stubley Lane Dronfield S18 8YN

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