About Us

In 1962 two local mothers looking for nursery care in the Dulwich area started “Dulwich Village Playgroup Association”. With a £50 loan and a business plan they placed an advert in Rumsey’s chemist in Dulwich Village.


The fees were 5 shillings per session and the playgroup was officially opened on 6th May 1963.

Lady Hutton was employed as the first pre-school leader and supervised the children along with parent volunteers. In 1995 the name changed to Dulwich Village Pre-school.


We are now located in the Old Alleynian Club where our children benefit from the beautiful rural surroundings.  We run term time only, and use the holiday timetable in line with other Southwark Schools. 


We are an Ofsted registered, voluntary managed charity. The Government Education Funding pays for all 3 and 4 year olds to attend 15 hours a week. 3 year olds are funded the term after their third birthday. Your child is of course welcome to join us for more than the 15 hours per week, if available.

Our Aims are simple:

  • To create a developmentally appropriate educational programme to meet the needs of each individual child.
  • Provide quality care and education for pre-school children and support for their families.
  • Share information, resources and offer practical advice.
  • Provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment for our children working together to offer equal opportunities for all.


We are proud of our pre-school, and all our achievements and improvements to date.  Our last Ofsted visit was May 2015 - we were ranked 'Good'.  To read the full report, please click on the icon below.

The Ofsted Report

Ofsted Report
Ofstead Report 2015.pdf
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Application Form
Application Form


Our BLOG is full of bits and bobs about what the kids get up to.


Joining the pre-school? Download our Welcome Pack for some tips and useful information.

Welcome Pack 2016.pdf
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We are members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance