Chicksand preschool

In the heart to Tower Hamlets, supporting children’s independence and confidence

Spaces are available. We take children from the ages of 2 to 5 years old. The preschool is open from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday term time only.

Children can attend the preschool for full day sessions from 9am to 3pm or half day sessions 9am to 12pm, 12pm to 3pm.

 At present we only offer snacks and refreshments to the children. If your child attends for the full day, parents are required to provide lunch.

You can contact us at or call us on 0207 3750488 / 07305081250 to arrange a visit.


The four principles of the early years foundation stage

The EYFS principles are at the centre of what we do at Chicksand.

 Learning and Development

 We believe children are individuals, and work closely with parents to support their children’s independence and confidence. We offer a balance of child-led activities where we plan according to the child’s interest, as well as adult-led activities.

Chicksand is a spacious setting with a large indoor playroom, as well as a spacious outdoor play area.

The room is defined by the learning areas of the EYFS (early years foundation stage). We ensure that all activities are accessible to all children taking into consideration their age and stage of development. 

The outdoor space also reflects the indoor activities set up daily. As well as giving the children the opportunity to explore the environment, and  develop their curiosity and confidence.

Unique child

Children are encouraged and supported to express themselves through play, embracing their own individuality as well as that of their peers and others. We celebrate our similarities and differences and this supports the children’s self confidence, self awareness and develops respect for each other.

Each child is allocated a key worker to meet the children’s individual needs and support their learning and development. We also ensure that all staff are aware of your child’s needs.

We have a buddy key worker system. This means in the absence of your child’s key worker the buddy key worker will take care of your child’s needs.

We record the children’s learning progress and development using a  software programme called Tapestry.  This helps us to track the children’s learning and development according to the EYFS.

This also gives parents access to observations made by the key worker and add any observations or pictures to their child’s profile.

Positive relationships

 We are based within a diverse community in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.

 Over the years we have built positive relationships with the children and families that use our services. Many parents choose to use our services through recommendations from friends and family that have used our services. Building on this foundation children become confident independent learners. 


Enabling environments

We have a spacious outdoor play area, with ample space for children to explore the natural environment.

Children enjoy hands on experiences to stimulate their learning and development in all areas of the learning areas of the EYFS




Funded places available

2-year-old funding is available to eligible 2-year-old children the term after their 2nd birthday. Parents are required to complete an eligibility form. We can provide you with the forms, or you can complete the form online at the Tower Hamlets early learning and childcare funding page. This funding is usually 15 hours per week.

 Funding for 3 year olds: universal funding gives 15 hours of free childcare to children as from the term after their 3rd birthday.