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We aspire for all children who attend Puffin Pre-School to become confident, secure, caring individuals who achieve personal success.
We encourage children to develop a love of learning, and by building strong collaborative partnerships with families ensure that this learning is relevant to their lives in the wider community.



"staff carry out regular observations of children attending the pre-school. Information gained is then used to plan a wide range of worthwhile activities, which help children to make good progress towards the Early Learning Goals" OFSTED March 2015

Puffin Preschool is a committee- run preschool that has been providing a welcoming, happy and safe environment for children to learn, play and develop for over thirty-five years and has proudly served the local community ever since. We are a friendly and successful pre-school happily situated at the back of Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow.


Please click here for current terms dates. If you are unable to access the document please contact us.

We welcome children from 2yrs – 5yrs old, Monday – Friday, during term time.  Our session times are as follows:
8:45- 11:45 (Morning)
12:15-3:15 (Afternoon)
8:45- 3:15 (Full day)
Children also have the option to stay for lunch club (11:45-12:15)

Our setting aims to:

  • provide high quality care and education for young children, preparing them for the next stage in life
  • work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop
  • add to the life and well-being of its local community
  • offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity

We aim to ensure that each child:

  • is in a safe and stimulating environment
  • is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children
  • has the chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together
  • is assigned a key person who makes sure each child is supported to make progress in their learning and development
  • is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop
  • is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers


We currently have spaces for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Please call or email to enquire.