Gosling's Pre school Shirley Croydon

Gosling's provides care and education for the under 5's in a welcoming environment for local familie

Operating as usual


Goslings preschool in Shirley has a few places for the autumn term. Parents tell us their Children really thrive in our little preschool, where kindness is our mantra. With 3 outstanding ofsted grades a warm welcome awaits. Please contact Chris on 0208 656 0751 or send me an email to [email protected]


Please register now for a place in September. We are currently full for this term. Tel 0208 656 0751 - Chris Marchant.


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As our children transition from being a 'big fish in a small pond to a small fish in a big pond', that pond can seem a bit daunting to such young people.

As parents, carers and teachers, we can try to boost their confidence and try to alleviate all those worries so that they can happily look forward to an exciting adventure of learning and fun.

Your little one may already attend our classes, which is great, you’ve already exposed them to some really good learning opportunities that support starting school.

We understand that children and parents may well be experiencing a range of different emotions due to this transition.

We want you to know that this is okay, it’s perfectly normal for both you and your child to feel excited or apprehensive.

Starting something new may bring with it feelings that haven’t been felt before, therefore some children might display emotions they’ve not shared before. Change can feel unsettling but also exciting.

Children and adults might find expressing or talking about these feelings challenging. Use opportunities to talk, listen, share thoughts and ideas in a range of ways. Use play such as mini world toys, draw pictures together or make little books.

It can be helpful to show their children photos of their teacher from the school website and do a practice run of the journey, make it extra fun and follow a simple map to get to school.
Perhaps they could take their new book bags with them to make them feel more grown up.

Some children might benefit from support to ease any anxiety they maybe experiencing especially if they missed their transition days and meet the teachers. Making a visual timetable can be useful as well as reading books about starting school.

Emphasise how much fun they are going to have. If you can find time to meet up with other children starting in their class.

Above all, encourage children’s confidence by building independence through love, patience and through play.

Stay tuned for more top tips coming soon…


In the words of Albert Einstein “Play is the highest form of research”

At Phonics Stars™️, we believe in play. We provide opportunities for children to learn through play. Our activities can be adapted to simplify or extend learning and how children recreate or play with the toys and games can vary from each individual child.

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science.

Even as a young boy, Einstein showed he had a great mind for maths and physics. Albert Einstein’s theories about light, matter, gravity, space and time are forever discoveries that have impacted so many.

Its interesting to learn that Einstein was slow to develop his speech, unable to speak until he was four years old. You can imagine the words used by his grandmother to describe Einstein, in the 1880s children were treated incredibly different to how they are now.
It’s also interesting to find out that apparently he was rather disorganised, often forgetting appointments, socks, brushing his hair etc.

Einstein articulated the principle of relativity and attempted to disprove quantum theory until he died in 1955 at the age of 76.

So from a child who was a late speaker, a person who may have found being organised a challenge, he was actually a world genius.

Children continue to amaze, their curiosity, their minds and how they play is fascinating.

Let children play, for play is the highest form of research.

Timeline photos 02/06/2021

Timeline photos


I have a few places for September available. Please contact me if you would like to know more about Gosling’s. Chris.


World Book Day

Timeline photos 07/03/2021

Timeline photos

Please be aware that mini Easter eggs are just the same size as a child's airway. Always try to choose larger eggs for small children, as they are less of a choking hazard.


~ World Book day


World Book day celebration with Wally


The last few days have been very busy. The emails and and messages have been flooding in with parents enquiring about a preschool place. I am now full for the rest of this academic year and starting a waiting list for September places. Please email [email protected] if you need to discuss a place for the autumn.




The tiger who came to Goslings


T is for Tiger...Phonics bought to life at Gosling's


Places available at Goslingspreschool.co.uk


The story of the Tiger who came to tea is a great way to celebrate our 2oth Birthday at Gosling's. Tiger sandwiches, orange and choccie fairy cakes and lots of animal antics will be enjoyed by the children this week.


A few of our fabulous children made the local news this week


Information on active lockdown

Photos from Shirley Way Bears's post 28/11/2020

Photos from Shirley Way Bears's post

Photos from Croydon Best Start's post 23/10/2020

Photos from Croydon Best Start's post


Chris Marchant

Hi everyone. I run Gosling's Preschool which is just off The Glade in Elstan Way. During the end of the summer term we were unable to invite new parents in to visit due to Covid 19, but we are now registering for the autumn term. With 3 Outstanding ofsteds my team and I look forward to welcoming new families. Please feel free to contact me on 02086560751 or drop me an email at [email protected]. Chris Marchant


Outstanding fun at an outstanding preschool. Email [email protected]
We have places available for September but due to covid 19 these are limited, please contact if I can help you.

Photos from Shirley Way Bears's post 08/06/2020

Photos from Shirley Way Bears's post


A llittle learning surprise to make you all smile

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I have a few places for September available. Please contact me if you would like to know more about Gosling’s. Chris.

Photos from Phonics Stars UK's post 26/04/2020

Photos from Phonics Stars UK's post


Tomorrow morning you will find Sam from Phonics Stars™️ on TheDadsnet at 9.30am

We are playing ⚽️Football Fun and 🥣Silly Soup!

✂️We will be making some of the resources LIVE which can be continued at home.

Please see the poster which offers a little summary of what you might need:
Don’t forget - these are only suggestions and not essentials. You can always go back and rewatch too. If you haven’t got a football, a Teddy, bean bag or nerf gun will do the job - or even a rolled up pair of socks! 🧦 🎾

🖨I have prepared some printables and you can find these in the comments below this post.

I’ll be adding a new post daily so that you know the resources that might be useful to join in.

I hope you find this useful. I know times are hard and I have tired to stick with household items that are hopefully easy to obtain.

😊If you haven’t got a printer, don’t you worry, you can hand draw and write, they don’t have to be perfect and your child might like to do them themselves or with you too.

Tomorrow is Monday, and it’s all about football fun!

⚽️Play, fun, sports, aiming, building.
🤔Thinking about initial sounds, middle and end sounds.
🐱Segmenting, blending and matching.
⛹️Imaginary play, physical play, movement and active learning!
🎶Singing and rhyming.
🖍✂️✏️Making, creating and being imaginative.
👂Developing listening skills
💪Building muscles

I really do hope you enjoy the session! Set those alarms so that you and your little ones done miss out ⏰

❤️All of our activities have been planned and prepared with love, to send happiness and fun to all children and hopefully their grown ups too.

Stay safe, stay home and stay kind,

Sam 🌟🌈❤️

Photos from Prof. Jessica Cristina's post 26/04/2020

Photos from Prof. Jessica Cristina's post

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St George's Hall. Elstan Way. Shirley

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9:30am - 12pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 2:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 12pm
Friday 9:30am - 2:30pm
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