Where twinkling stars learn to sparkle and shine


Stars Pre-School Dogsthorpe provides a welcoming environment where everyone is valued and children develop into competent, independent learners. We are committed to providing all children with a happy, secure, caring and stimulating experience, which is tailored to their individual needs. We promote a positive, inclusive atmosphere where all races, cultures, genders, abilities and languages are respected.  We work closely in partnership with families to ensure that children’s needs are met. Throughout their time with us, through varied play and learning experiences, children gain the tools they need to thrive and become confident and independent, ready to start school.



Stars Pre-school Dogsthorpe opened in 2012 offering 60 places catering for children aged 2 to 5 years between the hours of 8.00am – 6.00pm for 40 weeks of the year. Additional paid sessions are also available for children not in receipt of free government funding or for families wishing to top up their free sessions. Please see our times and fees page for more details or speak to the manager.

We respect and nurture all the children from our diverse community and currently welcome children speaking 8 different languages. Targeted support can be offered through the “Every child a talker programme”, translation and relevant positive imagery. Within our organisation we have staff who can speak a range of languages. This enables us to support children to communicate effectively and helps us understand what support, if any, families need.


Please find below a summary of what we offer –

  • A quality, highly motivated staff team with a range of experience across the childcare sector
  • Staff experienced in speech and language therapy and special educational needs
  • A quality Key Person approach, where key workers build strong relationships with children, parents and families right  from enrolment through to the transition to school
  • Individual observation, planning and assessment in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS)
  • Purpose built facilities featuring free-flow play throughout the session
  • A fully equipped sensory room
  • Excellent links with the local community, children’s centre and local primary schools
  • Regular workshops and stay and play sessions for parents and families
  • A home visiting programme for all children
  • Daily feedback and termly parent consultations, and high quality interactive feedback for parents through the use of the Baby’s Days on line system.

Stars Pre-school Dogsthorpe was inspected in March 2017 and was awarded an ‘OUTSTANDING’ grade by OFSTED. We continue to build on our excellent reputation for providing quality inclusive care for the youngest learners in our area. (Please click on the OFSTED logo to view our report)