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A warm welcome to the website of Halwill and Ashwater Primary Schools, Beaworthy, Devon. Halwill Primary School 01409 221476. Ashwater Primary School 01409 211228.

Ashwater Pre-School

Ashwater Pre-School

Ashwater School House, Ashwater, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5EW

Tel: 01409 211228 Mobile: 07833633458          


Ashwater Pre-School:

We cater for up to 12 children aged between 2 and 5 years old. 


Playgroup sessions are held downstairs in the school house. (This is the building situated to the right hand side of the school as you look from the road.).


The playgroup aims to provide children with a home from home environment where they feel safe, happy and confident and are given the best possible start to their school lives.


Our sessions and activities are based on the early learning goals as outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) documents published by the DfEE.  There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programmes in our settings:

  • communication and language;
  • physical development;
  • personal, social and emotional development.
  • literacy;
  • mathematics;
  • understanding the world;
  • expressive arts and design.

Planning also focuses on the characteristics of Effective Learning.


All aspects of learning are presented in a fun enjoyable way at a level appropriate to each individual child.

The playgroup has been delighted to have been listed as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted during its last three inspections the last of which was published in April 2012.


Play Group Staff:

Play Leader:  Lisa Bennett

Assistant:     Charlene Stringer

Cover:          Dawn Barrett



Play Group Session Times:

Monday: 9am - 12 noon

Tuesday: 9am - 12 noon

Wednesday: 9am - 12 noon

Thursday am: 9am - 12 noon

Thursday Lunch: 12 noon - 1pm 

Thursday pm: 1pm - 3.00pm (Dependant on children numbers)(Spring & Summer terms only)

Friday: 9am - 12 noon


From September 2017, the pre-school will be open every weekday from 9am to 3pm.


Play Group Charges:

We accept 2Gether funded children. All other children are funded from the term after their 3rd birthday. At present unfunded children are charged at £2.40 per hour. A charge may be made for the Thursday lunch time session if children attend in addition to their funded hours.


Our Ofsted reports can be found at: