Brookside Preschool, Gatley

We aim to provide a nurturing, supportive, caring, secure and safe environment for our children

Brookside Pre-School has been part of the Gatley community since 1975, opening first as a playgroup and then registering with OFSTED as a pre-school in 2002. You can find us tucked away in the Scout Hut on Gatley Hill (behind Gatley Hill House), just off Church Road. We are open from 9.00am- 3.15pm term time only and offer flexible sessions (morning, afternoon or all day) to meet you and your chil

Operating as usual

Photos from BBC Tiny Happy People's post 15/02/2024
Photos from Brookside Preschool, Gatley's post 11/02/2024

One of our children loves to create treasure maps at home. She brought this interest into her play, which sparked the interest of the other children too.

We used this to plan pirate themed activities to extend their knowledge and understanding.

This week we have enjoyed:
🏴‍☠️ Creating treasure maps, providing the children with key words to label their creations
🏴‍☠️ Sensory exploration tuff tray with pirate ship and water
🏴‍☠️ Practicing our balancing skills whilst walking the plank
🏴‍☠️ Dancing to pirate themed songs/music
🏴‍☠️ Dough disco hand exercises

During the dough disco, one of the children spotted a volcano in the background and began to talk about how a volcano had erupted in Iceland. This opened up lots of conversations about volcanoes.

The next day, we carried out a science experiment, successfully creating our very own volcano! The children were amazed!
We’ve had a great time discovering all about pirates and volcanoes 🌋


We use the colour monster stories at preschool to help our children to understand their feelings and emotions.

Our calm corner is dedicated to the colour monster too, so it’s a part of our daily provision.

It's important to give your child the words to express how they feel from an early age and to encourage them to talk about their emotions. This sets them up to develop their emotional intelligence as they grow older.

✨ Help label feelings - use a ‘feelings chart’ with your child to help them understand the emotion they are feeling.
✨ Chat about feelings regularly - make it part of your routine to talk through feelings, not just when there is a problem.
✨ Be open about your own feelings - sharing your own thoughts can help guide your child with how to process various emotions.


⭐️⭐️We are hiring!! ⭐️⭐️

Candidates will be joining a small and dedicated team of Early years professionals, working with children aged 2-4years.

We are a term time setting, so the successful candidate will work on a part time basis, term time only.

Our desired qualities:
⭐️To be fun, outgoing and friendly
⭐️ To have the ability to sing to a mini audience! (Doesn’t have to be in tune!)
⭐️ To fulfil story times with love and enthusiasm
⭐️To be available to give warm hugs 🥰
⭐️To have the ability to make a child’s face light up when they see you!
⭐️To adapt your personality and character from superhero to princess to dinosaur to footballer in 5 seconds!
⭐️To be creative and be prepared to get messy!
⭐️ To love the outdoors in all weathers - rain, wind or sunshine!
⭐️And you must have eyes in the back of your head at all times!

If you would like to apply, please do so via indeed:
💙 Early years practitioner position
Early Years Practitioner (Term Time only - Maternity cover)

💙Preschool assistant position
Pre-School Assistant (Term Time only)


Sometimes when you ask your toddler to share, it can result in tears and tantrums. But don’t worry! This is normal and there’s plenty of ways to help your children learn to share!

🧸 Communicate clearly: Explain to your child what’s theirs and what isn’t, for example, ‘yes, that’s your jumper - and that’s Daddy’s.’

🧸 Show them how to share – and make it fun!: Play turn-taking games with them, like rolling a ball back and forth to one another. As you do this say ‘my turn/your turn’.

🧸Set good examples: As a whole family, try to set good examples like sharing snacks or crayons.

The more you show them what sharing looks like and are generous with one another, the more they will learn to be generous themselves. ❤️

For more advice, check the link in our bio 👆



Last week at preschool we continued to celebrate cultural diversity, looking at art around the world.
We did a range of art activities including:
African masks, African patterns, Polish poppies, Greek writing, Mendhi patterns, Islamic repeating patterns. Welsh flags and also looked at local artist LS Lowry - creating art inspired by his work and the colours he used too.


Our book of the week last week was:
Awesomely Emma

Our focus words were:
Awesome, different, wheelchair

Last week we focussed on differences and equality, using the book of the week to open discussions. We also began to look at cultural diversity in our preschool.

We had a maths focus this week too.

On Friday, we took part in a garden birdwatch day as part of the RSPB England garden birdwatch for schools.


All sorts of situations can lead to sensory meltdowns: parties, fireworks displays, changes of routine or even just too many changes of activity in a short space of time. ❤️

🎨: Ben Barter Illustration


We have so much cultural diversity within our preschool and we believe that this should be celebrated.

This week we are looking at art from around the world - specifically focussing on countries of importance to our preschool children and their families.

With this in mind, Kate planned our ballet session to incorporate music from some of these countries, including Portugal, Africa, Hong Kong, Greece, Wales, Ireland and Pakistan.

It is important to celebrate cultural diversity, especially in the early years as it will have a direct impact on opinions children will form throughout life.

Through recognising and appreciating each other’s diversity, we become more aware of our own. Not only do we become more aware, we gain a sense of pride for the diversity of our own culture.

It was lovely to see how many different forms of music brought happiness to groups outside of their own traditional roots during our ballet session today.

Understanding people and their backgrounds is crucial to personal and community growth. Because diversity makes the world go round!


No More Nappies - do you want to know when and how to toilet train your child? Join an Early Years Worker live for ideas to help you with toileting.

Wednesday 7th February 11:30-12:45


Our children have enjoyed taking part in the Big School Burdwatch this week.

This weekend is The RSPB big garden birdwatch…you can get involved at home here:

Big Garden Birdwatch © The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654


There are lots of steps involved in your little one learning to communicate 🧠

So next time you find yourself worrying about why they're not chatting yet or comparing their development to someone else's baby, remember that every child takes a step forward in their own time 🥰❤️


This weeks book of the week was:
The colour monster

Our focus words were:
Feelings, different, soft

This week we explored feelings and emotions and what they look like.
We also provided invitation to play opportunities and enhanced the environment using the children’s interests in Magnatiles, dinosaurs and vehicles.
We enjoyed lots of time outdoors too, we had fun playing in the snow and frost that we’ve had this week.


Anyone else thinking of handing their baby’s dummy off to Santa this year 🎅?

If it's worked for you in the past, please let us know in the comments and give us some hope 😂❤️


Start Well is now part of One Stockport Family Hubs, offering advice and support for all families, from pregnancy until your children reach 19 (or up to 25 for young people with special educational needs and disabilities).

Family Hubs are here to support you and your family, whatever the challenge you face, no matter how big or how small. We offer advice, information and support on many different needs, from midwifery to mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, training and employment.


Being a good parent isn't based on trips to see Santa or how many presents your little ones get. The best thing you can give your little ones this Christmas is your time, love, and presence 💚



Just keep singing!!!
Research from University of Cambridge reinforces the importance of singing to children “We believe that speech rhythm information is the hidden glue underpinning the development of a well-functioning language system .... Infants can use rhythmic information like a scaffold or skeleton to add phonetic information on to." Details of the research can be found via this link. If you'd like some suggestions for nursery rhymes to sing, BBC Tiny Happy People (thanks for the image) have a range on their website.


Last week at preschool…
Our book of the week was: The Christmas Pine
Our focus words were: seed, distant, grow
We focussed on: Christmas & fine motor skill development


Being a good parent isn't based on trips to see Santa or how many presents your little one gets. The best thing you can give your little one this Christmas is your time, love and presence ❤️


This week at preschool…
Our book of the week was: The Growing Story
Our focus words were: buds, bloomed, ripening
The focus traditional tale in our reading area was: Goldilocks and the three bears
We focussed on: Growth & change and people who help us

Photos from Start Well Stockport's post 30/11/2023



Last week at preschool…
Our book of the week was: The Gruffalo’s Child
Our focus words were: gleamed, shadow, enormous
The focus traditional tale in our reading area was: The Three little pigs
We focused on: nursery rhymes week, Diwali, maths

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Our book of the week last week was:Awesomely EmmaOur focus words were:Awesome, different, wheelchair Last week we focuss...
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Scout Hut HQ, Gatley Hill, Church Road

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 3:15pm
Tuesday 9am - 3:15pm
Wednesday 9am - 3:15pm
Thursday 9am - 3:15pm
Friday 9am - 3:15pm
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