About Us

Fairview Under Five’s Group is a small and friendly community-based preschool, based in Rayleigh and is a registered charity. The preschool is managed by our Manager, Sarah Clarke, who is assisted by our Office Manager, Rosie Rayment, with support from a highly qualified and experienced team of staff and a committee of parents whose children attend our setting. We are a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PSLA).

With our own designated area within the secure school grounds of Edward Francis Primary School the children have the opportunity to grow and develop both indoors and within our enclosed  outdoor space. There is ample free parking a short walk away at Fairview Park in Victoria Road.


We aim to provide a safe, friendly and caring environment in which to stimulate and educate children of between two and five years old.   We strive to help them acquire the basic necessary skills in preparation for the beginning of their school life.

Our vision is to provide all children with a broad and balanced education, which will meet the needs of each individual child. Children learn through play and we strive to develop curiosity in learning and self-discovery which will stimulate and challenge every child.  This will enable them to grow and develop to reach their full potential.

We encourage the children to respect themselves and others, embracing differences in race, gender, culture, religion or disability. All children are known and valued, and differing needs are acknowledged, accepted and met.  We are fully a fully inclusive setting and children with Special Educational Needs are provided with individualised learning.  We actively welcome and appreciate the positive benefits all children bring to the group.


The pre-school was founded in September 1979 and originally located in Essex County Council’s pavilion in Fairview Park sharing the facilities with the local football association. However, this arrangement put constraints on our use of the building, so in February 2014 the opportunity arose to move to our own dedicated area with the grounds of Edward Francis and we moved in the summer of 2014. The children love the setting, and for those who progress to education at the school, the transition is made all the more smoother.