About Us

A place for your little bear to grow

Little Bears has a warm and welcoming classroom along with areas outside where children can play and enjoy the outdoors.

Little Bears Pre School provides sessional care for children from 2 years of age until they start school. We also offer a toddler stay & play group aimed at 0-3 years old every Wednesday 9.30am – 11.30am during term time.

We offer session times throughout the week and our lunch club for all children.

We offer a substantial range of activities and provide a stimulating environment for children to explore and learn through play.

Lunch club and snack

Children bring their own lunch with them, and sit and eat with their friends every day.

We offer a healthy range of items for daily snack. This includes: Raisins, breadsticks and two types of fresh fruit. We also provide fresh milk as a nutritious drink and have a water dispenser which is available to all children at every session. This is all included in your hourly fee.

Shebbear Community School

We are situated within the grounds of Shebbear Community School and most of the children go from our Pre-school to this school when they are old enough. Little Bears Pre-school has close links with the school and we make visits to the school for stories and other activities and they sometimes visit us!! This all helps with a smooth transition for the children. Click here for more information on the school.

Little Bears

Little Bears Pre-school has been a group for over 30 years and is a registered charity. It is run by a team of volunteers who form a committee. This committee is made up of parents/carers of children that attend the school. We are located in the heart of Shebbear village in the secure grounds of the local school.

The Pre-school is registered with Ofsted and proudly received an outcome of ‘good’ in our latest Ofsted report. The report quoted: “Little Bears Pre-school provides a high quality nursery education which helps children to make a very good progress in all six areas of learning.”  To see the full report please click here.

Meet The Team

Jane Elston Pre-school Manager

Jane Elston

Pre-school Manager


  • Pre-school Manager
  • Special Educational needs coordinator
  • Health and safety officer

Diploma in pre-school practice level 3 – January 1996

Other courses attended over the last few years include;

  • Safeguarding Children 2012
  • Letters and sounds 2012
  • 2yr olds in a setting 2012
  • Food and Hygiene 2014
  • Paediatric first aid 2014
  • Special educational needs updates 2015
  • Provider network meetings 2015

I have been working at Little Bears Pre-school since September 2001, and I still feel as passionate about working with the children as when I stared here.  I strive to create a warm and friendly inviting environment for both children and their parent/carers.

Natalie Gough

Natalie Gough

Pre-school Deputy Manager

BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

I have been working at Little Bears Pre-school since 2015 and I absolutely love it.  I feel privileged to work in early years and to be part of helping the children learn and gain independence.

Victoria Tappin

Victoria Tappin

Pre-school Assistant

Cache Diploma level 3 in Childcare and Education

I joined Little Bears in 2017 and am really enjoying it.  I’m looking forward to working as part of the team and watching the children grow and develop.

Little Bears Pre-School Shebbear
Little Bears Pre-School Shebbear

Our term dates match Shebbear Community School – click here

If you would like your little bear to join our Pre-school don’t hesitate to call the Pre-school leader, Mrs Jane Elston on 07890 814564. Who will answer any questions you may have and will arrange a time for you to visit Little Bears for a tour of the facilities. You will also get the chance to see the current children playing and learning in their happy environment.

Little Bears Pre-School Shebbear
Little Bears Pre-School Shebbear