Basing Beans Toddler Group

Basing Beans runs on Tuesdays from 10.00 to 11.30 at the Lychpit Community Hall.  The session costs £2 for up to two children, and £1 for each additional child.  We have a carpeted area for babies and crawlers, and the main hall area for walkers.   Each session includes a craft, story and song time as well as refreshments and biscuits!

Basing Beans is a committee-run, not for profit playgroup that operates for the benefit of its users and is based at the Royal British Legion hall, Old Basing.  Offers of support are always welcome, whether on an ad hoc basis or more regularly.  If you'd like to volunteer in any capacity, or find out more, you can speak to us informally during a session or contact us on Facebook. 

Bolton Under 5's Preschool Group

The Beddington Centre on Riley Lane is the home of Bolton under 5s Preschool in Old Basing, providing a fun, caring and engaging Early Years education to children from aged 2 ½ years old.

Set in beautiful surroundings alongside the Recreation Grounds, the preschool has large secure gardens to the front and rear providing hours of enjoyment all year around. The rear garden has many features to enhance the children’s learning experiences and enjoyment; raised planting beds allow them to learn about where their food comes from, and how it grows, and our large sand pit provides a multitude of Mathematical learning opportunities whilst having lots of fun with their friends.

We have a sensory garden area where the children can explore their senses with beautiful fragrant smells and different textures to walk or climb on, with our wooden playhouse providing the perfect place for the children to take a break.

In 2016, our parent led committee raised funds to erect an all-weather shelter across the patio area of the rear garden, giving us further opportunities for outdoor learning and play during the wet and windy seasons.

We pride ourselves on being a family focussed preschool, welcoming parents and family members into preschool to read stories, bake, or get actively involved in our Management or Fundraising Committees.

Our fantastic team of highly skilled Early Years Practitioners deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through interests led by the children. We are very proud of the progress the children make during their time with us, and have close relationships with Old Basing Infant school to ensure that all children meet their milestones, with many exceeding them, before they make their next step up to Reception class.

We can support children with Special Education Needs and English as a second language. We have many child friendly strategies in place to support children with their confidence and communication skills; small listening and speaking groups and emotions cards that the children use to communicate their feelings.

We provide 15 hours of free government funding for all 3 year olds, and workplace childcare vouchers are also accepted from all voucher providers.

We currently have spaces available for children to start immediately - to enquire or arrange a visit, please call 07881 920709.


Old Basing Village Nursery School

Old Basing Village Nursery School is an Ofsted Registered Early Years Setting for pre-school children aged from 2 years to 5 years; run by a fully qualified primary school teacher and situated within the beautiful surroundings of the Old Basing Village Hall.

Our indoor space comprises of two rooms which are light and spacious where children can fully explore the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our inside space is set out in the following zones; role play, curiosity, quiet area, creative area and small world and our children explore the areas freely at their own pace. Our highly skilled practitioners use 'in the moment' planning to observe and interact with the children using their interests and development areas as a starting point for teaching. Outside, we have a large, natural garden adjacent to Oliver's Battery Nature reserve where the children can explore our construction area, mud kitchens, wooden climbing frame, slide, den building area and bug hotel.

We take our inspiration from Maria Montessori and Fredrick Froebel but do not operate with one sole theorist in mind; instead, we use our experience as practitioners to select ideas that work for the children in our care and to help to nurture them as they develop within an environment that meets their emerging needs as well as to meet the requirements for the Statutory Early Year's Curriculum. At Old Basing Village Nursery School the child is at the heart of all we do - that's why we pride ourselves on our highly reflective approach, parent partnerships and well-considered, ever-evolving environment.

We do operate a waiting list system therefore early enquiries are encouraged. Please don't take our word for it - come and see for yourself and book a visit by contacting owner manager Victoria on 07557642510 or via email