We are a warm and friendly village Pre-School located in rural Buckinghamshire. It has been running since 1967 and was awarded a grade of ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2011 and 2015.


It is the only community Pre-School serving the villages of Great Brickhill, Little Brickhill and Stoke Hammond. Establishing links with High Ash Church of England School in Great Brickhill.

The staff at Little Ashes are committed to the happiness, welfare, development and education of all the children in their care.  The Pre-School promotes equality and values diversity, working in partnership with parents to help children learn and develop.

Little Ashes strives to prepare each child for the start of school and for life as happy independent learners.

Little Ashes Pre-School is run by an active parent management committee and is a registered charity 1020026.


Policies are available to view in the entrance hall.  If you require a copy of a policy please contact us.


Little Ashes accept children from two years of age until school age, with enrolment of new children occurring in September. The Pre-School is registered to take 26 children in a session and no more than 8 children under the age of 3. 

The Pre-School catchment area covers the villages of Great Brickhill, Little Brickhill and Stoke Hammond. Some children come from the wider area depending on the places available each year.


The Pre-School looks at a variety of curriculum-linked topic areas each term, while the essence of Little Ashes sessions is to focus on child-initiated and child-lead activities and interests. The children enjoy different craft-based activities including painting, Play Doh, drawing and cookery; physical activities including building with blocks, daily outdoor play, ball games and water-based play; social activities such as role-play; maths and computer-based activities; reading and story-time help to develop early literacy skills. Little Ashes works towards the areas of learning and development as set out by the Early Years Foundation Stage (www.education.gov.uk) in a friendly and fun environment. 

The Pre-School celebrates a range of festivals such as Diwali, the Japanese Doll Festival, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Easter and Harvest throughout the year. The children have experienced visits from Zoolab, Mini-Strikers and a tennis coach made possible by fundraising initiatives.

Learning Journey

The setting keeps a record of achievement for each child. The Learning Journey Record helps to celebrate a child’s achievements and ensures we can provide for a child’s needs, well-being and progress.