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When I started in the nursery business in April 2001, I’d just had my third child. She is now almost fifteen years of age and a lot of the children she is now at high school with have been through my nursery, which makes me realise just how fast the years have gone.

Pine Pixies Pre-School is situated close to Formby village in Kirklake Road.

We offer childcare from two years of age to the time they start school. We offer a variety of session times to suit parental needs. We have many effective ways of helping children settle in, so as to assist their parents with any potential separation anxieties.

We are registered with the relevant authorities for thirty two children per session. Our pre-school prides itself on a happy, friendly and secure environment, where children can learn and develop to the best of their own individual abilities. Children are given the opportunities for various types of purposeful play; fine motor, reasoning activities, fantasy play, messy play, group play etc. all within the Early Years Foundation Stage planning and directive.

1432Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing them with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age, stage of development and interests. 

Our aim is to expand children’s all round development. We plan the children’s programme of activities taking into account the age and development of each child, their racial origin, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and any special needs which they may have. Within our planning schedule we offer the children a wide variety of experiences to further their knowledge of the real world around them. Each session we have a healthy snack time which we provide; this encourages the children’s  personal and social development.

We have built up an exceptional reputation for the name of Pine Pixies Pre-School and possess first-class links with local schools and other professionals, including the local Children’s Centre.

The setting has an outdoor area accessible straight from the hall. Outdoor play is a very important part of children’s development.

Our service fills an essential gap within the local community. We are a stepping stone from home to full time school, not just for the children but parents too as they begin to ‘let go’ of their toddler for perhaps the first time.

We offer parents the Free Early Years Entitlement which gives all 3 and 4 year old children up to 15 hours per week of free early education for 38 weeks of the year. Some two year olds will also be eligible to receive 15 hours of early education, although a strict criteria applies.

More advice re the Two Year Old Offer can be found through this link:

I have loved ‘every single minute’ of setting up and running this successful pre-school business for the last fifteen years and it is continually growing.


We have two excellent joint Managers, Lynda and Martine who work closely alongside the other qualified practitioners. They are all very committed to the facilities and are a pleasure to work with. They bring in many unique qualities, expertise, ideas and personal materials/equipment to enhance the quality of children’s learning.

Our mission statement is: Every child is a unique individual following their own pathway of development. At Pine Pixies Pre School we aim to ensure that they are always listened to, treated with the respect and dignity which they deserve and encouraged along that pathway of learning. We will work with parents, carers and other professionals in order to do our very best for each child in our setting.

There is an old proverb, which states: “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.”

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