Penguin Preschool

Ofsted Report: Good

The quality and standards of the early years provision: Good

  • Effectiveness of the leadership and management: Good
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment: Good
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare: Good
  • Outcomes for children: Good

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About Penguin Preschool

Welcome to Penguin. We are based in a two story house on Fareham’s Peak Lane estate. We feel we are warm, welcoming and engage the children in their interests throughout their play and activities.

Our preschool has a front room set with role play, small world and construction resources. Our kitchen holds the art activities as well as maths and literacy.The kitchen leads out into the garden.

In our garden we have ride on vehicles, mud kitchen, sand and water play, an area for digging and exploring, a mark making area and a house for role play activities. The children have access to storage holding resources that can be adapted and developed to reflect their ideas.

We also have an artelier (artists studio). The artelier is a room where children work cooperatively to create ideas with the minimum of adult input. Their work is left in place each session so that the children can develop their ideas over the coming weeks and months.

We welcome visitors from our local community and have been lucky to have police officers, nurses and lots of animal visits!

Please pop along to see us. We will be happy to see you.


Penguin Under Fives
7 Sibland Close
PO14 3DB
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Telephone 0777 315 4772

Opening Hours

Mon: 09.10-15.10
Tue: 09.10-15.10
Wed: 09.10-15.10
Thu: 09.10-15.10
Fri: 09.10-15.10

Penguin Preschool Team Members

Sam Tubbs –


I have been working with children since 1996. I have two grown children, I started off as a parent volunteer. I then took the City and Guilds in Childcare, before becoming a permanent member of staff at the Rocking Horse Creche in Catterick and undertaking the Diploma in Preschool Practice. I have managed a few settings around the world, including Germany and Brunei as well as qualifying as an NVQ assessor and qualifying as an NVQ 4.

I have been with Naval Under Fives, working at Penguin as the manager since 2006. I am also the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the setting.

Being married to someone who served with the armed forces for over 25 years has given me a great insight into what families go through during separation. I hope I can support other families through these times.

I enjoy looking at the environment of our preschool and how we can best improve it  to make sure that we develop the children’s learning and interests and they get the most out of their time with us.

I thoroughly enjoy working and playing with the children and watching them develop their interests and see the them learn from the world around us. We have the best job in the world, watching the children grow.

When I am not working, I love to keep fit, visit zoos and wildlife parks with the family and photography. We also like to squeeze in the occasional trip to Disney!

Teri English-

Deputy Manager/ SENCo

I have been working in childcare since 2004.

I have three grown children.

I started in childcare as a helper when my eldest went to preschool in Newcastle. I carried on helping out at the schools my children attended in Scotland and Gibraltar until I moved to Fareham. Here I started working for Penguin, Naval Under Fives, initially as a preschool practitioner. Then following my interests, I became the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) developing strategies to help children with additional needs progess. My favourite part of the job is where a child finally masters a challenge they may have been struggling with. Seeing the look of joy on their face is amazing.

Outside of work I enjoy walkng my two dogs, camping and listening to music.

Steph Hicks –

Early Years Practitioner

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