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History of the Pre-School

The Orchard was originally formed as a playgroup in 1987. It was housed during its first year in a classroom at Little Milton Primary School and for two terms in a farmhouse kitchen!

In September 1988,The Orchard moved into purpose built premises adjoining Little Milton Primary School. Members of Little Milton Village and parents of the school designed and constructed The Orchard building themselves, and later went on to win the ‘Village Ventures’ award.

In November 2000, we moved to our current purpose built ‘log cabin’ building. Funding for the project came from South Oxfordshire District Council, The National Lottery, Little Milton Primary School and lots of fundraising events organised and supported by The Orchard and the local community.

We are now known as ‘The Orchard Pre-school’, but we aim not only to provide pre-school activities but also to prepare the older child for school.




“The management team ensures that all children make good progress from their starting points and have a happy and enjoyable pre-school experience” “Children develop good levels of independence in preparation for their move to school”

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