About Us

The Shirley Pre-School is well established, having been based at St James Road Methodist Church since the early 1960s.  All of our staff have chosen it for their own children.

We believe that children learn through playing and we therefore provide exciting, challenging activities and games for children at all stages of pre-school development.

We are very proud of the high quality care and education for the children of Shirley that has been provided by our group for more than two generations, regularly welcoming children whose parents came here when they were small.  

We have close links with our local schools, most of our children go on to                                       or to                                         We also have good links with all other schools in the area.

Whilst we are not part of                                                we enjoy a very good relationship with them, jointly staffing our Tadpoles family and toddler group on Wednesday afternoons (1.00 to 2.30pm) and supporting their other family groups (see their website), making us part of a very family based hub at the centre of Shirley. Our pre-school rooms have just undergone extensive refurbishment as part of a larger development of the church building and in 2020 we will for the first time have our own dedicated outside play area.

We would love you to come and visit us, we can show you around, tell you all about us and answer any questions that you may have about the future care and education of your young child.  You don't need to book in to visit us, although to make sure that we have lots of time to dedicate to your visit, it does help if you give us a call first.

Opening Times:


9:15am - 2.45pm


9:15am - 2.45pm


9:15am - 2.45pm


9:15am - 2.45pm


9:15am - 12:15pm