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Morley Hall Preparatory School
Hill House, Morley Road, Chaddesden, DE21 4QZ, UK Derby
+44 (0)1332-674501

Morley Hall Preparatory School

Our aim is to achieve academic excellence within a happy and secure atmosphere. Small enough to care about the ability, potential and happiness of each child attending; wise enough to know, as fellow parents, that you wish to be included, advised and at times reassured in your child’s future within the school. 

The old fashioned virtues of discipline, courtesy and politeness are valued and there is an insistence on good manners, responsible behaviour, respect for authority and fellow pupils and a concern for the needs of others.

Morley Hall is a happy little school dedicated to providing our pupils with an all round education and a sense of well being we hope they will remember for the rest of their lives.


This is a unique venture enabling us to offer complete child care and schooling through our Baby Unit, Main Nursery and Preparatory School. This is available to children aged 0 - 11 years and makes our establishment the first of its kind in education 

Childs Play was founded by our Principal in 1989 and flourishes under the happy leadership of our Nursery Managers - Donna Grounsell and Samantha Johnson

Deciding which  nursery to send your child to is a major decision for any family.  At Childs Play we recognise that a happy child means contented parents.

Childs Play is a well established nursery with friendly, qualified staff many of whom are parents themselves.  This means that we share the overiding desire to provide the very best for our children.  This is firmly understood and put into practice at Childs Play.  We aim, quite simply to give our very best.

Children are individual, very special and so precious to each parent.  We seek to bring out the very best in every child.

We have a wide range of educational toys and each playroom is geared to different forms of play.  Although toys are plentiful it is important to note that a good nursery is about so much more.  It is the learning through play, the quality of the time spent with the children in role play, story time, singing and dancing, artwork, sand and water play - these are the things that matter.

Childs Play is particularly renowned for its friendliness.  It is a source of great pride that the happy faces and evidently stimulated minds of the children attending reflect the way our nursery is run.

Childs Play children take priority over places available at Morley Hall and children usually transfer from the nursery in groups of four thus enabling them to start school with friends they already know.

We have a bright and pretty Baby Unit, a very welcoming Main Nursery and the option to follow on to our happy little school although some children leave at the end of their nursery days for state school.

We look forward to meeting you and warmly invite you to come and see why we are proud of Childsplay, Morley Hall and all associated with our concern.

We invite you to come and see !!


Nursery Manager on 01332 662175.


Morley Hall was founded in September 1992.

Class sizes at Morley Hall are a maximum of 18 pupils.  We are registered for 90 pupils (5 classes of 18).


The pupils in this department follow a curriculum laid down in the Foundation Stage Profile.  Pre-Preparatory One consists of children aged 3-4 whilst Pre-Preparatory Two are aged 4-5 years.  A qualified nursery nurse provides support to the children and teaching staff of both classes.

What are the early learning goals?

They set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of Pre-Preparatory Two.  They help people who work with children aged 3-5 to focus on what children need to learn. They are not a curriculum with lots of different subjects. They are six areas of learning.

    Personal, social and emotional development. Your child will learn to be self-confident, take an interest in things, know what their needs are, tell the difference between right and wrong, and be able to dress and undress.

*     Communication, language and literacy. Your child will learn to talk confidently and clearly, enjoying stories, songs and poems, hearing and saying sounds, and linking them to the alphabet.  They will read and write some familiar words and learn to use a pencil.

*     Mathematical development.  Your child will develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play.  They will become comfortable with numbers and with ideas such as ‘heavier than’ or ‘bigger’. They will be aware of shapes and space.

*     Knowledge and understanding of the world.  Your child will explore and find out about the world around them, asking questions about it.  They will build with different materials, know about everyday technology and learn what it is used for.  They will find out about past events in their lives and their families lives. They will find out about different cultures and beliefs.

*     Physical development. Your child will learn to move more confidently, controlling their body and handling equipment.

*    Creative development.  Your child will explore colours and shapes, trying out dance, making things, telling stories and making music.

Will the goals put pressure on my child?

No.  Most of the time, children feel they’re just playing and having fun.  Sometimes they will choose what they want to do.  Sometimes they will take part in an activity that helps them learn how to concentrate or develop a particular skill, like using scissors or gluing card.

Will my child be tested at the end of Pre-Preparatory Two?

No.  And there is no cause for concern if your child moves forward faster in some areas than others.

Funding is available to all 3 and 4 year olds as we are part of the Early Years Scheme. Refunds are made against school fees accordingly for six terms following a child’s 3rd birthday.


The Preparatory classes follow a curriculum closely relating to and reflecting the spirit of the National Curriculum.  Each of the three vertically grouped classes contains two year groups.  The children are taught French and have the opportunity to attend swimming classes.  Homework is given in Preparatory Three.  Weekly spelling tests and table tests are given in Preparatory Two.  Reading progress is assessed twice yearly and annual reports are issued to parents covering every subject.  Our timetable incorporates Maths, English Literature, English Language, Art and Craft, History, Geography, Science, P.S.H.E., Topic Work, Computer Studies and Sport.

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