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Goslings – Pre-school

Welcome to Goslings Class!




Mrs Boucher

Hello, My name is Mrs Boucher and I am the Headteacher. I am very proud of our 'Goslings' pre-school and would welcome any visits from parents. If you require a pre-school place for your child, please contact the school office where we can speak to you in person about your requirements and the admissions process.




Julia - Pre-School Leader

Hello, my name is Julia and I am the Pre-school leader at Coates Goslings. I have worked in childcare for 32 years and I have been at Coates Goslings since 2006.

I am married and have 2 grown up children, my son still lives at home and my daughter lives and works in Peterborough. In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking my dog, going to the theatre to see musicals and going to the gym.



Emily - Funded 2's - Pre-school

Hi, my name is Emily and I am the 2 year old lead Practitioner within Pre-school. I have been working in childcare for over 5 years. I have been at Coates Goslings since 2016. I also run the Little Ducklings group on Tuesday afternoons.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends in my spare time as well as reading, going to the gym and looking after my 2 dogs.

Abbie - Pre-School assistant


Hello, my name is Abbie and I am a Pre-school assistant at Coates Goslings. I have been working at Coates Goslings since 2017.
I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and spend majority of my time with either my nieces or my friend’s children. In my spare time I also like going to the gym and reading.

Useful Websites for Parents

Early Years Resource Information
Everything you need to know about the Early Years Foundation Stage. Please also feel free to ask any member of staff in our setting for information about the EYFS.

Speech and language advice and support
A fantastic site that gives parents and carers advise and support around speech and language.
Healthy eating information for pre-school children.
If you are worried or concerned about a child then this is the site that you can get help support and advice from.
This site has a story called Didgiduck, which talk about friendship and responsibility online that you could read to your child. It can be found by clicking on the education icon on the home page.
The child friendly search engine, this is safer than other search engines as it filters unsuitable content.

 Useful website with tips and advice about toilet training -


Goslings Pre-school opening times

Monday 9am – 12pm and 12pm - 3pm(subject to demand)
Tuesday 9am – 12pm and 12pm -3pm(subject to demand) 
Wednesday 9am – 12pm and 12pm - 3pm (subject to demand)
Thursday 9am – 12pm and 12pm - 3pm (subject to demand)
Friday 9am – 12pm and 12pm - 3pm (subject to demand)

Chatter sacks

Chattersacks are themed bags with music, a book and activities for parents to share with their children. Chattersacks are designed to encourage speech, language and communication skills. Chattersacks are designed to be shared between an adult and child. Whilst you play the games, look at the books and sing the songs you are helping your child to learn and understand new words, and have fun while you’re at it!

There are 8 different Chattersacks available for you to borrow – all we ask is that you return them a week after you have borrowed them to enable the other children to enjoy them too.

If you would like to borrow one of the Chattersacks please see Julia, if you borrow 4 Chattersacks then your child will receive a certificate!


Fun ideas to do with your child at home

Children at this age absorb so much and are eager to learn so learning through play is a great way to develop their language and have real fun! Play games inside and outside and even on the move.

1. Songs, rhymes and funny names

  • Listen to, say and sing nursery rhymes and rhymes with actions.
  • Listen to, say and read repetitive rhymes and stories with language patterns, e.g. Each Peach Pear Plum (Ahlberg), Dear Zoo (Campbell), Dr Seuss.
  • Make up nicknames for family members ‘daddy duck’, ‘mushy mummy’...

2. Letter fun

  • Play alphabet games and sing alphabet songs, e.g. a for apple, b for banana, etc.
  • Play with magnetic letters on the fridge. Focus on the letter sound not name (so sssss not suh).

3. Memory games

  • Play picture snap games and play picture lotto games.
  • Play list games ‘I went to the market and bought an ant.... I went to market and bought an ant and a balloon....’ (make it as silly as possible to make it fun).

4. Listening games

  • Listen to stories, CDs, music, nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Go on a sound walk; try recording some of the sounds on your phone and then, when you are home, ask your child to listen and remember what made the sounds.
  • Play sound lotto games.

5. Action games

  • Retell or act out favourite stories and make new ones too, with toys, puppets, teddies, train sets and cars.
  • Help your child to set up role play games using teddies and other toys; a café, a shop, a library...and visit as a customer.
  • Encourage your child to play independently, using bricks or other construction toys, train sets, pegs and sheets!

6. Tactile games

  • Thread beads or painted pasta to make sequenced patterns with colours and shapes. This later helps them spot patterns in words/language etc.
  • Squeeze paint onto a hard surface and help your child to finger-write letters and patterns, encouraging a left-to-right direction to reflect reading and writing.
  • Read pop-up books, books with holes, textures, fabrics and sounds.

7. Screen games

  • Play games on the computer together, for example Cbeebies . Discuss the instructions and ask your child if they like the game.

8. Car journey games

  • Take it in turns to ask questions, e.g. Who can see the first bridge/horse/red truck?
  • Play games such as ‘I spy’ but instead of something beginning with a letter say something that is a colour ‘I spy something that is blue...’.
  • Listen to story and nursery rhyme CDs.

9. Out and about activities

  • Spend some time choosing books from the library.
  • Join in with free library rhymetime or storytime sessions

10. Reading books of all kinds together

  • Read books of all kinds to and with your child; picture, word and picture, pop up, lift the flap, eBooks, print books... even ‘make your own’ books.

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