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We are based in the All Cannings village hall in a central location in the village, within walking distance to the shop, park, local primary school and rural paths.

How we learn
How We Learn

At All Cannings Preschool we understand that children learn best when they are engaged and interested. We provide varied learning activities, balancing child-led play & choices with adult-led activities to ensure that all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage are fully covered. We build on the children’s interests and developmental needs and staff are on hand to support and extend children’s learning and also to ensure they have lots of fun!

Through this approach, children grow in confidence and independence, ready, not just for starting school, but for their whole life.

The EYFS seven areas of learning are:

Communication and language

Physical development

Personal, social and emotional development



Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design


We have a large outside play area, on both hard-standing and grass, with a digging pit and mud kitchen. 

What our parents say
You are so fantastically good at what you do, any child is lucky to be in your hands

There is a cosy summerhouse which serves as a home role play area with a kitchen and babies.

Community links
Community links

We make the most of our beautiful rural location and have strong community links. The mobile library visits preschool once a month and children can choose books to borrow using the preschool library card. Children enjoy regular village walks and visits to the park, canal paths, allotments and local farms.  We regularly attend All Cannings Primary School for events and activities such as PE, Sports Day and the Nativity or sometimes just to play. These are a great opportunity to join in with the older children and perhaps to see siblings!  We host the Church Christmas tea afternoon, visit the church and attend their coffee mornings and a member of the gardening club visits preschool to help the children with planting and gardening.

Our Staff

Nicky Cowdry


Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Behaviour Management
Qualified Teacher B.Ed. (Hons)
Paediatric First Aid
Safeguarding Foundation Plus Level

Food hygiene

DBS Checked

Lucy Jenkins

Deputy Manager

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Early Years Advanced Practitioner Level 4
Paediatric First Aid
Foundation Plus in Safeguarding

Food hygiene

DBS Checked

Peach Shakesby

Early Years Practitioner

Early Learning and Childcare Diploma Level 3   

Paediatric First Aid

Health & safety lead

Food hygiene

DBS Checked

Effie Oram


Outdoor learning lead

Food hygiene

DBS Checked

Commitee & Parent Partnership

All Cannings Pre-school is a registered charity (No. 1022946) and is required to have a committee of at least seven members. As a preschool parent, you will be encouraged to join our committee and asked to help at events. It is a great way to contribute and to meet new people.  

All Cannings Preschool committee organise and host fundraising events throughout the year to ensure adequate learning facilities for the children. These include the popular All Cannings Bonfire and Fireworks Night, Easter Egg hunt and Curry Nights.  Our current committee Chair is Mr Robbie Daw with Mrs Alison Bull as Secretary and Mr David Conroy as Treasurer.


Please ask for more details if you are interested in joining the committee and/or helping with events.

Parent Partnership

Working in partnership with parents is essential. We use the secure Tapestry system to regularly provide parents with observations and next steps for their children. We also encourage parents to upload their child’s photos, adventures and achievements on Tapestry so we can celebrate them in the setting.


Parents are invited to preschool for events such as World Book Day, sports day and our Nativity. We welcome parent volunteers, whether this is in the setting or on trips. Parents are regularly invited to meet with their child’s key person. We are also available to speak to before or after sessions. The health and happiness of the children is our primary concern so parents are encouraged to speak to us about any concerns or issues no matter how trivial they may seem.

We have a closed Facebook group for parents and committee members. We publish a weekly update showing photos of the children with a brief summary of activities. There is also a public Facebook group for general information. Parents/carers can elect not to have images of their children included in newsletters/social media correspondence if they wish.



Safeguarding is at the forefront of all we do and we promote an "It Could Happen Here" attitude. All members of staff and regular volunteers undertake regular safeguarding training.

We are part of Operation Encompass, a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling settings to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared with a setting’s Key Adult (Designated Safeguarding Lead or Officer) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident. This sharing of information enables appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Please be aware that when a child comes into preschool with a pre-existing injury, we are obliged to complete a form detailing the circumstance of the injury, which you will be asked to sign. These forms are kept securely in preschool for safeguarding purposes and for the protection of staff. We regularly share safeguarding information with parents, including topics such as online safety and domestic abuse.

British Values

British Values

Early Years settings have a requirement to promote British values. At All Cannings Preschool we promote mutual respect and are an inclusive setting.  We want children to be independent learners so that they can make their own choices and build and develop strong relationships and friendships with lots of people. We encourage children to join in and try their best and to follow our simple rules. All of these things are the foundations for growing into good citizens and promote the ‘British Values’ of democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.

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