Welcome to Altarnun Pre-School

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Altarnun Pre-School

Our pre-school is located in Five Lanes adjoining the Altarnun primary school, easily accessible and is in an ideal location for both local families and those living or working between Bodmin and Launceston. Children can start at the age of two and stay with us until the age of five. Our spacious classroom is bright and airy and it provides the children with ample room for all the activities our nursery offers. We also have a garden and outdoor area which the children play whatever the weather.

Our goal is to provide a safe and caring environment where children can gain a positive approach to school and learning. They will learn to care for and respect each other, whilst learning how to be part of a group. Good nursery education is crucial to a child's formative years and fosters an enthusiasm and confidence that will remain with them throughout their school life. Our experienced and dedicated staff help the children to become successful learners, confident individuals and effective contributors to society. Children learn through play and planned activity with a balance of free choice.

Our experienced and dedicated staff help the children to become successful learners, confident individuals and effective contributors to society. Children learn through play and structured lessons with a balance of free choice.

OFSTED Inspection Report

"This provision is good

  • Staff provide a stimulating programme of activities for children, with a good focus on learning in the outdoor environment.
  • Staff promote children's learning and development well and have clear observation, assessment and planning procedures in place to monitor progress.
  • The pre-school has close links with the school, which make an effective contribution to the preparation for children to move on.
  • Children are very happy and enjoy learning in their play activities; consequently, they make good progress in their development.
  • Leadership and management are good because there are effective supervision, staff development and evaluation systems in place."

Early Years Register inspection report 25/11/2015 (.pdf)
Early Years Register inspection report 18/11/2009 (.pdf)
Early Years Register inspection report 10/05/2006 (.pdf)

If you would like more information, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page. Alternatively if you would like an informal chat, just pop in for a visit.

Altarnun Pre-School Forest School - Bodmin, Launceston

Important Dates!

Autum Term 2017 (73 days)

  • Inset Day 04/09/2017
  • Start 05/09/2017
  • Start Half Term 23/10/2017
  • End Half Term 27/10/2017
  • End of Term 20/12/2017

Session Times

Monday: 8.45am to 12.30am

Tuesday: 8.45am to 12am

Wednesday: 8.45am to 3:15pm
Lunch club: 12:00am to 12:30pm
Afternoon: 12:30pm to 3:15pm

Thursday: 8.45am to 12am

Friday: 8.45am to 12am

Altarnun Forest School

Our Forest School is an inspirational process, one that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural outdoor environment.

Lead by our qualified practitioners, our Forest School views participants as:

  • equal, unique and valuable
  • competent to explore & discover
  • entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
  • entitled to choose and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
  • entitled to experience regular success
  • entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
  • entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world

This learner-centred approach interweaves with the ever-changing moods and marvels, potential and challenges of the natural world through the seasons to fill every Forest School session and programme with discovery and difference. Yet each programme does also share a common set of principles, aimed at ensuring that all learners experience the cumulative and lasting benefits that quality Forest School offers.


Contact Us

  • 01566 86274
  • info@altarnunpreschool.org

Altarnun Pre-School, Five Lanes, Launceston, PL15 7RZ, Cornwall.
Charity no. 1116104