Latest news - September 2010


Pre-school overview

Southwood Family Pre-School is a long established pre-school which operates from the Gower Lodge scout building on Fleet Road in Farnborough.  The building consists of a large hall, which is divided into play areas and children have the use of a recently re-surfaced enclosed outside play area.

Children come from the local community and surrounding area and attend for an agreed number of sessions.   Each session includes structured activities, group activities and free play (with adult guidance and assistance as required).   The pre-school supports children with learning disabilities and those who speak English as a Second Language.   The pre-school opens four days a week during school term times.  Sessions are from 08.30 until 11.30 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10.30 until 15.00 on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.


Southwood Family Pre-School opened in 1970 as part of the Southwood Army Camp. When the camp was closed and demolished, the pre-school moved location, but retained it's identify - hence being called Southwood family pre-school despite not being in Southwood. The Family part of the name reflects the openess with which the pre-school is run - parents are always welcome, there is a volunteer helper rota and parents are welcome to attend committee meetings, the minutes of which are copied to all parents. The parent helper rota is popular with both parents and children, and almost all of the staff started as parent helpers !

This site provides details of the school curriculum and staff.     The following paragraphs are extracts from our latest Ofsted report.

  • Children settle very well, they flourish in the pre-school because they are confident and have developed very good independent skills. Staff value all children and include them by providing exceptional care and support which is recognised by parents and highly valued by them.
  • Children’s behaviour is exceptional and they show high levels of independence. Staff have high expectations of behaviour and act as positive role models.
  • A superb partnership with parents contributes significantly to children’s wellbeing in the nursery.