Pine Pixies Pre-School

Welcome to Pine Pixies Pre-School


We are based in the parish hall in Kirklake Road, Formby, a hall which is very spacious for our needs and which gives us an enclosed garden area for outdoor learning. Car parking is available and the hall is close to bus and train routes.  We offer varied session times, Monday to Friday, term time only. We are registered with OFSTED and accept children from their second birthday. We pride ourselves on a happy, friendly and secure environment where children can learn and develop through play to the best of their own, individual abilities. We can be contacted by phone and email, are advertised on the site or parents can come in for a visit. 

At Pine Pixies Pre-School we aim to ensure that each child:

Our setting aims to:

  •  provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age;
  •  work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop;
  •  add to the life and well-being of the local community; and
  •  offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.                                           

Safeguarding children

Our setting has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm’.

Our recruitment and employment practices ensure children are protected against the likelihood of abuse in our settings and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff. All practitioners are trained in safeguarding management and procedures. This training is updated when necessary. Students and people working in our setting are also made aware of our policies and work within them.

Our special way of working with children and their parents ensures we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary, to help families in difficulty.

Our rigid password procedures ensure that nobody you have not stated or given the password to, collects your child. Please ensure you can always be contacted by phone when your child is in our care.

We work under the guidance of ‘Sefton LSCB Multi-Agency Safeguarding Procedures’ and amongst other legislation, section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.


In September 2016 we changed our planning techniques and recording to ‘In the moment planning’.

This we felt would ensure the setting was more child-led. We completely re-structured our way of storing our equipment, in order to ensure the children were given more free choice during play. This we have found has given a more enabling environment and  allowed the children to explore and investigate further through their play. We ask parents to only bring children in wearing pumps/light trainers for indoor and wellingtons for outdoor. Children cannot fully engage with their play unless they have the correct clothing and footwear to keep them warm and dry.

This planning system has brought our parents into our planning structure and allowed them a more in-depth sight into their child’s nursery life. 

Home/school diary

Every child is issued an exercise book/diary to take home and fetch back in, each session their child attends. This book is to ensure information is passed between pre-school and parents/carers. Often mornings are busy and it isn’t always possible for parents to speak to staff. Childminders or grandparents may drop off or pick up. 

This book can be used to share a variety of information, some examples are:

  •  Didn’t sleep well last night, tired today.
  •  Have recently been unwell
  •  Achievements e.g. swim award, learned to ride bike.
  • Interests at home, counting, baking, puzzles.......anything! We will use this information to plan activities your child will enjoy.    
  •  Events, family birthdays etc. 

The main aim of this book is to ensure that we are fully aware of your child’s feelings, needs and interests so that we can plan accordingly to ensure that your child is happy, develops and learns. You know your child best and we value any information you can share with us. 

Our room 

Comments from parent questionnaires: 

On the 2017 parent questionnaires we gave out, we asked- Are there any further comments you would like to make which you will allow us to put online to use on our website or in advertising materials as parent comments? These were the answers below.

“Pine Pixies is such a lovely environment for young inquisitive, active minds, it is also a very professional and a warm place for toddlers to make the transition from home to school. All the staff are so lovely and kind and I feel like they really care. My boys have enjoyed their time here.”

“We chose Pine Pixies for PreSchool due to a positive experience with her elder sibling. We have always found Pine Pixies a friendly and caring environment. The staff are Pine Pixies finest asset encouraging, supporting and providing a stimulating learning experience for the children.”

“The Pine Pixies staff have welcomed us into their pre-school with open arms, wide smiles and total professionalism. Our son loves ‘his ladies’ and always has a fantastic time. The days/hours are very flexible and any concerns are dealt with immediately.”

“Nursery teachers are so caring and very attentive to the needs of each individual child. I love the informal play and child-led aspect of learning. I wish this style could continue throughout early years teaching.”

“A lovely setting with lots on offer and friendly caring staff.”

“Just that I am so happy with how my son has taken to Pine Pixies, this is strongly to do with the staff. He loves attending.”

“Jasper is always enthusiastic and excited about going to Pine Pixies and clearly enjoys his time there.”

“A lovely homely nursery that has enabled my child to really improve in her confidence and make new friends. Amazing staff who make my child feel happy and safe.”

“We love Pine Pixies! Our son can’t wait to come each day, and has built a wonderful friendship with his key worker.”

“Pine Pixies is an outstanding nursery and I always feel confident in leaving Joshua in the safe hands of any member of staff. All staff are incredibly nurturing and Joshua enjoys his time at Pine Pixies.”