Welcome to Southover Pre-School

At Southover Pre-school we endeavour to provide the best care and education for every child, regardless of their background or circumstances. We ensure that the safety, security, health and well-being of our children is imperative.

We strive in building strong relationships with both parent and child to get to know each child individually and to discover and enhance their individual learning styles and talents. Southover Pre-school provides each child with a key person who will support the child and their family. In addition, to this the key person will provide learning opportunities, through play which will develop each child’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

We create a nurturing, and exciting environment consisting of indoor and outdoor activities to develop children’s learning. Southover works in partnership with parents/carers to keep track of their child’s development through observations and assessments based on the EYFS early learning goals and to have open channels of communication for sharing information with parents/carers about their child.


One of the most well-respected Pre-Schools in London.

Southover is an independent pre-school based in the heart of Woodside Park in leafy green surroundings. The pre-school has been running since 1968 and we have places for children aged between 21 months old and five years. The teaching team is highly qualified with over 30 years of experience between them. The staff are able to provide the children in our setting with a rich, stimulating and varied curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. All learning opportunities offered to your child are ‘play-based’ as current research has shown that children at this age and stage of development learn best through play.

Smelling Activity

Materials: Food items like watermelon, banana, orange, lemon, bread, strawberry etc.  A handkerchief for blindfolding the child

Method: Cut the food items up. Now blind fold the child and place the food items one by one in front of their nose and see how many food items they can recognise

For more information go to   http://thedadlab.com/


Squirty Chalk


  • Squirt bottles
  • Corn starch
  • Baking soda
  • Food colouring or washable watercolors
  • Vinegar


You will want to use six squirt bottles to make the magic colour changing chalk.  Fill three of the squirt bottles 2/3 of the way with a baking soda and corn starch mixture.  I free poured and used roughly the same amount of both ingredients.  

Add a few drops of food colouring to each bottle, and then fill them the rest of the way with water.  You will want to make one red, one blue, and one yellow chalk.  Use a butter knife or similar to stir the chalk, and then place the cap on and shake the bottles well.

Fill the remaining three bottles with vinegar and add food colouring to each bottle.  You will want one red, one yellow, and one blue vinegar.


For more info www.growingajeweledrose.com/2014/05/color-changing-squirty-chalk.html 



The Preschool will be closed for half term holidays from 18th February to 24th February 2019. We look forward to welcoming you on February 25th 2019. Have a splendid half term holiday.

What We Offer

Positive Guidance:

From Professional agencies

Enhanced Learning:

Activities to enhance learning further

Outdoor Play:

Beautiful private grounds

Great Ofsted Results:

“Children thrive in a stimulating environment”