Boys join the Pre-Prep Reception class in the September following their fourth birthday.
Your son may be joining us from a local Hertfordshire feeder school, or occasionally, boys can sometimes join in Years 1 and 2 (should a vacancy occur within the department).
Boys have had a wide variety of pre-school experiences prior to joining the School. They may have attended a nursery, a pre-school, or a playgroup, for varying numbers of days each week and hours each day, depending upon parental circumstances.
- Abbey View Pre-School
- Annabel's Montessori, Lemsford
- *Artisans Kindergarten
- *Asquith Court Nursery, Harpenden
- Batford Nursery
- Beech Hyde Nursery
- Busy Bees
- Fleetville Infant and Nursery
- Harpenden Pre School and Nursery
- Kimpton Nursery
- *Lynmore Nursery School
- *Mount Carmel Kindergarten
- Rainbow House Day Nursery
- Redbourn Nursery
- Roundwood Park Nursery School
- Skylarks Nursery
- Southdown Play Group
- *United Reformed Church, Harpenden
- Woodend Nursery, Harpenden
*Most popular over the last six years. The main feeder, Riverbanks, has recently closed.
A note from our Head of Pre-Prep
"One of the most enjoyable parts of my job as Head of Pre-Prep is welcoming and settling the new intake of Reception boys every September. At Aldwickbury the highly experienced Early Years team understand that this is a key event in a child’s life which whilst exciting, can also be an emotional and anxious time, for parents as well as child.
I am often asked by parents how they should prepare their son for starting school. My advice is always the same and routed in the belief that children should be children. Allow your son to enjoy his last months at home or at nursery; let him play and explore at will; provide him with opportunities to run, jump and climb; to create with paint and malleable materials; to play with water, sand and mud; share books with him but do not try to teach him to read – just enjoy the book for its own sake; take him on walks to notice the wonders of nature and talk to him about what he sees and hears.
There is no need to “prep” your son in terms of teaching him letters or numbers prior to starting school. However, helping him learn to undress and dress himself, teaching him how to use a knife and fork, and encouraging him to take part in games or situations where he has to take turns and share will prepare him for the exciting new adventure of his first school days."