Adventure and discovery at Windermere School begin here. Our youngest pupils are given the chance to find their own magic through learning, both indoors and outdoors. Windermere Pre-School is a place where children can be children, with plenty of time to explore and play, whilst learning that education is both fun and exciting.

The Windermere Pre-School philosophy is simple, we encourage each child to develop at their own pace and according to their individual needs. We achieve this through a combination of child-led and adult-initiated activities, with staff that are passionate about helping every child to succeed in a happy and nurturing atmosphere. There is a genuine family feel here, together with an incredible sense of fun and energy.

Using a practical learning-through-play approach, we ensure that these crucial developmental years are filled with wonder and new discoveries, in a warm and engaging environment. Each room in the Early Years Department has access to an enclosed Outdoor Play Garden. This allows the children to thrive in the natural environment, with inspiration from the unspoiled views of the beautiful Lake Windermere and Lake District fells beyond.


Children can join Windermere Pre-School from their third birthday. They will take part in a wide range of experiences: from music-making to plum-picking in the orchard; watching the newborn lambs in the adjacent meadow; writing their own name for the first time or performing in the nativity play.


Windermere School welcomes children up to Year 1 that are eligible for Funded Hours, for up to 30 free hours per week. Please contact us to find out more.


Pre-School starts at 8.15am and provides a full day for children through until 3.50pm, and includes regular snacks and lunch. There is the option of staying for the late afternoon session until 5.15 pm, when a light afternoon tea will be provided.


The transition from Pre-School into Reception is seamless, providing continuity and consistency. All our children utilise the main school building and facilities, so they are familiar with their next step environment as they grow.

About the Junior School

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Junior School Curriculum