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Swans Room 3

Welcome to Little Swans!

We are Little Swans Pre-school Dawlish. Located in First Avenue, Dawlish,  close to Westcliff School. It is our intention to make our setting accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community. We are a non-profit registered charity and run by committee made up of parents of children attending the pre-school.

The mission of the pre-school is to provide a caring, supportive and stimulating environment where children can play and learn in a relaxed atmosphere where children's individual needs come first.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and Early Years Professionals describe the time in your child's life between birth and age 5.

Nurseries, pre-schools, reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.

In 2023 the framework was revised to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter most

Download the What to Expect When Guide

You can find the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes the early learning goals at

Session Times


We are open Monday to Friday 


8.30am to 3.30pm


All children receive 15 hrs funded by the government, the term after their 3rd birthday. 

Additional hours are charged at £4.50 per hour for 3/4 year olds and £5.50 per hour for 2 year olds. We also accept 2 year old funding and the 30 hours extended entitlement for 3/4 year olds.

Parent Testimonials

"My son absolutely loves coming to Little Swans, he asks every day if he is going to school"

"My child is very happy to go in and happy at collection. Talks about nursery when he's not there."

"I love receiving the weekly emails on what the children have been up to."

"They newsletter helps open up a conversation with my son after nursery to talk about what he's been doing."

"The staff are amazing.  My eldest daughter has had various health issues and they have been amazing.  We have had no worries in regards to their care."

"The staff at Little Swans are very approachable.  You are never made to feel like they are too busy to talk."

All staff are extremely supportive, inviting and friendly."

"Such a great team who help my little boy."

"Cannot fault Little Swans, it is a wonderful welcoming and I would recommend to anyone."

"I think it's a great pre-school.  My son is happy, safe, stimulated and well looked after."

"All staff at this pre-school are fantastic, I am very happy that my daughter attended this setting.  She is happy and can't wait to go.  All the staff are friendly and helpful, it feels like you are dropping your child off to family."

"Thank you to all staff at Little Swans for everything you are doing for my little one.  You are doing an amazing job, keep up the good work."

Thank you for all the hard work put into making my child happy, comfortable and safe so he has all he needs to play, learn and explore happily.  I couldn't ask for better."

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