The Centre has been based at the University's Bailrigg Campus since 1965. In 1994 we moved in to purpose built premises and have since developed and expanded our top-class facilities.
Great facilities don't stop at the Pre-School Centre
Located on the University Campus which is situated in over 560 acres of enviable parkland, the children not only enjoy the extensive range of activities offered within the Pre-School Centre, but are also able to benefit from accessing a wide range of other exciting experiences on the Campus. From adventures on the woodland trails, visits to the EcoHub, Sports Centre, Library, Lancaster Arts and much more.
Staffed by teams of highly qualified Practitioners who are passionate about Early years, the Centre has eight light and spacious rooms which are tailored to meet the needs of each child at their individual stages of development.
"Children have access to a superb outdoor area which allows staff to provide an extensive variety of interesting and exciting activities." - 2019 Ofsted Report
"We always feel that we couldn't be luckier having such a great place on campus." - 2018 customer survey response
"The Pre-School Centre is in a class of its own! The staff and facilities are brilliant and I especially love the great outdoor areas they have and the mix of activities they do." - Current parent 2019.
The Baby Room
This welcoming room caters for babies from aged 3 months upwards with a ratio of 1:3. The nurturing team are supportive caregivers who recognise that in order to flourish, strong bonds need to be formed with our babies and their families. With a wide range of natural equipment, the room is designed to stimulate and encourage development.
For children aged 12 months upwards with a ratio of 1:3, Creche rooms provide a warm welcoming environment with a wide range of equipment and activities for the children to enjoy. The dedicated team thrive on creating an atmosphere rich in sensory exploration to support and enhance each childs experience. With their own outdoor area, the children are able to further develop their physical skills whilst they explore and investigate the natural world.
The Nursery rooms are adapted to meet the increasing skills of the children aged 2 upwards with a ratio of 1:4. Each with a Home Corner, Construction and Malleable Areas designed to encourage role play, the children are guided as they have increased interaction with their peers, supported by our experienced team. Benefitting from access to the extensive outdoor area, the children are able to enhance and fine-tune their motor skills as they play in the well-resourced Mud Kitchen, large sandpit and a host of other developmentally appropriate activities that challenge and encourage them.
The Pre-School rooms are for children aged 3 upwards with a ratio of 1:8. Staffed by a team of dedicated professionals who are experienced in supporting the children as they become increasingly independent. Whether making their own potions or playdough, accessing the Trim Trail or self-serving lunches, our aim is to ensure the personal and social development of each child is nurtured to allow them to become confident and capable learners.
The recently refurbished Rainbow room is a place that all the children can go to do sensory-based activities. The room is filled with different textures and lighting and is the perfect setting for story time or just having a relaxing break from play. Our facilities are regularly maintained within the University's maintenance plan and we invest each year in improving our offering.