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Hello! Welcome to First Step Pre-school


First Step pre-school is based in Thornbury, near Bristol, and we run pre-school sessions for children from 2 to 5 years old.  We have two pre-school sites, each on the site of a local primary school – Crossways and Christ the King.  Our staff are well-qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic, and we have a fantastic range of facilities at both our sites.

Girl watering the plants


We provide a safe and stimulating environment where your child can learn through play, helping them to gain social skills, confidence and independence.  In all our pre-school sessions, your child has access to both indoor and outdoor space.  Our secure indoor spaces are well organised, with lots of toys, activities and equipment. Outdoor play in our safe, enclosed garden spaces helps to keep your child healthy and gives them the chance to explore and be physically active, while supervised by our excellent staff.
"Caring and providing a safe environment for our child. Walls are always colourful and bright, Learning Journals are always fantastic”  Parent comment, March 2014

We have a well-planned and stimulating curriculum, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance, which supports all round development of your child.  We organise our sessions to make sure that we have a balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities, taking into account your child’s individual interests and needs.  We have a large selection of toys and activities for your child to choose from, as well as group activities (both small and large groups) for stories, songs, activities and discussions.




Girls playing with telescope and binoculars

We provide high quality care and education, and we are always looking for ways to improve the pre-school experience for your child.  We have a high ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as parent helpers, and so we are able to give your child the time and attention that they need.  We work in partnership with parents, the local community and professional bodies to help your child learn and develop.


We welcome all feedback, and are always keen to hear what parents think.  Read the responses to our latest annual parent survey here:


Term Dates


Term 1: Mon 5th Sept - Fri 14th Oct

Term 2: Mon 31st Oct - Fri 16th Dec

Term 3: Mon 9th Jan - Fri 10th Feb

Term 4: Mon 20th Feb - Fri 7th Apr

Term 5: Mon 24th Apr - Fri 26th May

Term 6: Mon 12th Jun - Fri 21st Jul



Term 1: Mon 4th Sept - Fri 20th Oct

Term 2: Mon 30th Oct - Fri 15th Dec

Term 3: Mon 8th Jan - Fri 9th Feb

Term 4: Mon 19th Feb - Fri 23rd Mar

Term 5: Mon 9th Apr - Fri 25th May

Term 6: Mon 4th Jun - Fri 20th Jul

(Inset days to be confirmed)

Coming up...

Friday 7 July

Christ The King end of year concert at 9:15am in school hall.

Cattle Country Summer Trip at 10:30am.

(No Preschool sessions at Christ The King or Crossways)