Forest of Dean Children's Opportunity Centre | Pre-School
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Children from 2 years old can start in our fully inclusive mixed aged groups.

The sessions provide a happy, safe and stimulating learning environment to encourage all of our children to reach their full potential.

We work hard to support each child’s individual skills and use their interests to support our further planning.

We assess how children are learning and developing by observing them and using that information to document their progress and look at next steps. We believe parents know their children best and we ask for contributions to assessments by sharing information about what their children like to do at home. This can be done by using our new online learning journal Tapestry.


All playroom staff have a minimum level 3 in Childcare and many have a level 4 Early Years professional qualification. The playroom lead holds a Bachelor of Education Degree with qualified teacher status and the deputy lead has an Early Years professional degree.

At the Centre we maintain a high ratio of adults to children as set through the Welfare Requirements. We also have volunteer helpers and students, where possible, to compliment these ratios.


We place a high value on staff training and all staff are DBS checked.

Pre-school sessions run on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9am-12pm, and 12pm to 3pm. On Wednesday the session runs from 9am to 12pm only.


Sessions cost £3.90 per hour, so £11.70 for half a day and £23.40 for a full day.


We have our own minibus and can arrange to collect and drop off your child for a small charge depending on your location. However please note that seating on the bus is limited.

For more information or to look around the centre please contact the Centre or call 01594 837552.