St Helens Pre School

Unlocking Curiosity

St Helens Pre School proudly adheres to the highest standards of education and caregiving. Our dedicated staff are committed to providing a supportive environment where your child can thrive.


A typical day at pre school is filled with fun, laughter, discovery and plenty of opportunities!
Children are welcomed in by staff, they put their belongings on their named coat hooks and wash their hands ready to start their day.
In our room all toys are on the children’s level for them to access freely, it compromises of a role play area where they can make believe, an arts and crafts area for them to get messy “every child is an artist”, we have a construction area for all the little vehicle, dinosaurs, building blocks and popoid lovers. They can let their imaginations run wild in our investigation area or get their brains ticking in the mathematics area. We have a literacy area which is filled with wonderful books, story baskets with props, puppets and their lovely family books 📚 
Children are free to play with what they enjoy, as well as taking part in adult led activities which are planned from the children’s interests. 
We have circle time to say good morning and a sing song, the children love to take part in dance to get us ready for the day, a favourite is the dinosaur stomp. We have another circle time just before lunch giving us the chance to calm before eating and say goodbye to some of our friends.
Children are offered a snack which we ask parents to provide fruit for, this is done by a snack bar , the children wash their hands put their name on the snack board and chose from a variety of fruit. This is done at 10am and again at 2pm.
Lunch is at 12, during this time we take the opportunity to talk to the children about healthy eating and making choices.
Children are able to chose whether to play indoors or outdoors and are offered the same opportunities whilst in the garden.

We offer the children the choice of a hot meal prepared by the school cook. This is done by setting up a account and ordering online by yourselves. Please ask Lucy for details.


Meet the team

Where the Passion Begins

Passionate, dedicated and loving, St Helens Pre School teachers love their work and it shows in everything they do. Our goal is to make a positive difference on young children and their families who come to our Pre school.


Lucy Long

Hi my name is Lucy, I am the manager of little stars and the lead Senco. I am also mum to 3 fantastic children. I have worked in childcare for many years I am qualified in early years education (NVQ) and forest school. I also volunteer with a charity mothers for mother’s which supports mothers and fathers who had  or have post natal illness. My childcare experience has included childminding, nannying and nursery/preschools. I am passionate about early years and making a impact on childrens development. I love my job and have a fantastic team at little stars.


Natalie Davies

I’m Natalie, deputy manager of Pre school, I have a BA Hons degree in Early Childhood Studies & have worked within homes & families, schools & SEN throughout my career. I’m a mum of 2 amazing children who keep me very busy but in my spare time I enjoy seeing family & friends & doing some photography. My favourite thing about pre school is the amount of fun we have, the dancing & singing ☺️


Samantha Evans

Hi I’m Sam and I am part of the amazing team here at little Stars, and I have recently gained my level 3 in childcare. I have thoroughly enjoyed doing my diploma and thank little stars for helping me achieve this. I absolutely love my job, watching children to grow and develop, helping them face different transitions such as school is a real accomplishment. I have worked in childcare for 14 years and look forward to many more!I am also a mum to three wonderful children, they are full of energy, enthusiasm and like to keep me busy everyday. They are my greatest accomplishment.


Kylie Green

Hi, I’m Kylie. It’s always been an ambition of mine to work with children and I absolutely love my job. I have recently gained my level 3 in childcare. In my spare time I like to go to the gym and enjoy going for long walks. I love spending time with family and friends and being a mum to my son. 


Dawn Higgs 

Hi, my name is Dawn. I have two children (now adults). I have been working in Early Years Education for over 12 years. I have an Honours Degree in Early Years and Level 3 Forest School. I love working with the staff at the preschool who are always interested in developing our practice. I enjoy listening to the children and trying to help them develop a love of learning. My favourite activities for children are sharing stories, singing song and dance and helping them to enjoy the freedom and opportunities of the Forest.


Danni Griffiths

With a nurturing personality and hands-on approach towards learning, we are thrilled to have Danni as a part of our team. Her commitment to childhood education makes her the perfect One to One practitioner to our SEN children. Danni is also going to be working towards her level 2 in childcare with us in September.
In her spare time Danni is a children’s football coach and has 3 children of her own.


Emma Ayliffe

Hi, I’m Emma the newest member to the amazing Little Stars team. I am a mum to my two gorgeous girls and I have thoroughly enjoyed spending the last 6 years at home with them. Both girls attended Little stars and now in school, which makes it the perfect time for me to join this great team. I’m really looking forward to this new opportunity and helping your little ones grow in a fun environment.

All of our staff looking after your children are DBS checked and are fully qualified or working towards their level 3. We are all qualified in First Aid and take every opportunity to take part in relevant training to better ourselves. 
Do you have a question about our teachers or our training process? Get in touch today and we’ll be glad to assist you.


St Helens Pre School Mission

We believe that children thrive in an environment which values their own uniqueness, while providing support and opportunities to grow emotionally, socially and creatively. By building on each child’s strengths, interests and curiosities, we guide each child to explore the world around them as well as develop new abilities and form close relationships.


Forest School

One Step Ahead

Young children who go to St Helens Pre School get the tools and support they need for their healthy development. All activities are carefully designed to adequately nurture the emotional, intellectual and physical growth of our kids. Through stimulating situations and hands-on learning opportunities, children are free to develop into bright young minds.
Here at St Helens we have Forest School sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We feel extremely lucky to have access to such a wonderful space for the children to learn and explore outdoors.


Our Reviews

See What They’re Saying

It’s always helpful to hear from other parents when choosing childcare. Check out some testimonials from other parents to get more familiar with the environment and programs St Helens Pre School provides.



St Helen’s Little Stars was the perfect pre-school for my two children! Both of them grew so much confidence and became fully prepared for a primary school environment. Being in the grounds of St Helen’s Primary helped massively and allowed them to become familiar of the surroundings so they sailed through the transition. Both my children spoke so very highly of each and every teacher here, and still do now and miss them all dearly. They are all so caring and bring out the best of each individual. Most importantly, I felt they provided a happy, safe and secure environment for them and each day was different, exciting and they learnt so many additional skills during their time here.
St Helen’s Little Stars, we all miss you but are so lucky we still get to see you!


My son loves it!

Our son LOVES going to little stars preschool and seeing his friends and all the staff, they are exceptionally caring, nurturing and attentive to each child’s needs. Every day we look forward to hearing about the wonderful adventures he has been on at preschool and would highly recommend them!


It’s great for him 

My son attends pre school 3 days a week and he absolutely loves it. His speech has come on tremendously and he has learnt to share! He is excited to go and always full of joy after a day there. I love seeing his observations, having the tapestry system is great 👍 


Little Stars were absolutely fantastic at welcoming our daughter Freya. I was nervous at first, as I had never left Freya at an all day setting before, but all the little stars staff put me at ease instantly. It really is such a wonderful pre school and I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a safe, happy & fun setting for their child. 😊



It was such a hard decision moving Freddie from a local nursery to the preschool but as soon as Lucy and Natalie came and met Freddie, I knew he was going to love it!

The staff are caring, nurturing and really know the children as individuals, their likes dislikes and areas that need encouragement. The team are approachable, listen to any questions or queries, quick in responding and great at implementing home routines such as potty training etc.

Freddie absolutely loves the independence and choice that he gets at preschool, the outside space, forest school and other activities such as dance sessions and even trips out around the local community. Staff are always thinking of new games and ideas, linked with learning and education and delivering it in such a fun and creative way! “

We love hearing what people think of us, it makes us proud and want to achieve more!

Opening Hours and Term Dates

Come Join in the fun!

Opening hours are 8.50 - 3.30Am session 8.50 - 11.50Pm session 11.50 - 3.30
For the normal school hours access us through 8the main school gate. Collect and drop off at 11.50 is via the side gate through the school carpark.

Inset dates1st and 2nd Sept, 28th Nov '23rd Jan, 17th March '23


Contact Us

Interested in learning more about St Helens Pre School? Please feel free to get in touch, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

St Helens C of E Primary School, Greenhill Rd, Alveston, Bristol BS35 2QX, UK

07717 216762

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