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A little bit about us...

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Established in 1973, St Gabriel's Pre-School provides early years nursery provision for 2-4 year olds in Turlin Moor, Hamworthy. We offer an engaging curriculum of learning activities, all led and supported by a brilliant team of early years professionals.

We operate from a purpose-built building with fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities. This includes two main play rooms, an outdoor classroom and a large enclosed outdoor area. We also have access to the church hall for physical activities and take part in weekly off-site walks to local woodland, beaches and nearby parks.

Our Pre-School receives funding that allows us to offer free childcare provision for two, three and four year olds. Click the link below for more info.

Meet the team

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We are a dedicated team of early years professionals who love serving families and children on Turlin Moor. Led by Kerry Berry, our committed team takes great care to make sure each child is made to feel welcome and at home at St Gabriel's from the moment they arrive. Together, our team are passionate about seeing children develop, and supporting each other to deliver the highest standards of care, educational learning and play. 


All our staff are qualified early years professionals or trainees studying child development. We are committed to being rooted in our local community, so that parents know us and trust us with their children. Turlin Moor is a beautiful place, and a rich community of people who look out for each other - and St Gabriel’s is no different. We are proud to be connected to the local church, and wider community hub of St Gabriel’s.

Our Mission

We treasure our children

Our Mission

Our aims

Our mission is to treasure the children of Turlin Moor. This means treating every child as a precious, unique individual with huge potential to make the world a better place as they grow up.


Our aims are to:

  • provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age;

  • a safe, secure, spiritual and stimulating environment;

  • work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop;

  • add to the life and well-being of the local community and offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

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St Gabriel’s Pre-School is a Christian organisation, run by a committee of volunteers in association with Hamworthy Church. The Pre-School is part of the wider mission of the church to love and serve the people of Hamworthy and Turlin Moor.


Alongside our Christian roots, St Gabriel’s Pre-School has a distinct ethos in its approach to early years education based on our 47 years of experience of caring for children. We passionately believe children learn best through child-led learning and when they feel safe and secure.


We promote independence and confidence by providing high quality learning opportunities, which challenge children throughout the day, supported by our qualified caring team. We are committed to making a difference to both our children and parents. We offer a non-judgemental friendly face to everyone who comes to St. Gabriel’s.


Ofsted inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people. In 2017, Ofsted graded St Gabriel's Pre-School as “Good”. Our key highlights from their inspection were:


  • ''The quality of teaching is consistently strong or better.''

  • ''Staff support all children's communication skills very well.''

  • ''Children make excellent progress in their personal and emotional development from their starting points.'' 

  • ''The Manager uses additional funding effectively to support disadvantaged children.''

Please see the full report attached below.

Download Ofsted Inspection

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