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Merry Go Round Preschool in Stokenham, Devon is a magical, joyful place where children are free to run, play and discover and be loved and accepted for who they are. We strive for a happy balance between play, academic and social skills, with the goal of promoting a friendly, positive first-school experience that will last a lifetime.

Our ethos is to create an environment that gives children a feeling of security and happiness whist encouraging curiosity, exploration and experimentation – the foundations of learning. Discovery and play in the outdoors is an important part of Merry Go Round life and we’re very proud to be able to offer Forest School sessions with our own qualified Forest School Leader. We also have a beautiful, natural garden which allows our children to enjoy the many benefits that exploration in the outdoors offers.

We offer a safe and secure setting that promotes children to be active and engaged in their environment, and with others. Being a small preschool allows us to give greater individual attention to all children, to support them to grow in confidence, explore the world and discover new learning and lasting friendships.

Merry Go Round has been established for almost 50 years and is based in the grounds of Stokenham Area Primary School in the South Hams. Places are open to all children aged between 2 and 5 years from throughout the area including Stokenham, Chillington, East Portlemouth, Prawle, Stoke Fleming, Dartmouth, Blackawton, Kingsbridge, Slapton and many more villages in between.

Merry Go Round is OFSTED registered and was last inspected in November 2017 with a judgement of ‘Good’ in all areas.

The children are happy, confident and inquisitive learners.  Staff are good role models and provide them with warm, nurturing relationships.

OFSTED report, 11/2017

If you’re interested in learning more about Merry Go Round Preschool or would like to arrange a visit please get in touch.



Here's what our parents think...

“Our son had the most wonderful two years at Merry-Go-Round. It provided an amazing, secure and comfortable environment for him. Not only did he learn and experience so many new things, but the supportive and experienced team were able to help him develop so many new skills; from speech development, engaging him in learning about the world we live in to helping him overcome his shyness and embrace new friendships.  The team are fantastic and helped our son in so many ways - Kevin still remains a firm favourite! It was the perfect preparation for him for the start of his school life and we can't recommend Merry-Go-Round enough.”  
“I cannot recommend Merry-Go-Round highly enough. Excellent standards of care where staff went above and beyond to ensure my child was safe and happy at all times. The balance between learning and play, an amazing Forest School and the sound of laughter the minute you step through the gate .... what more could you ask for!”  
"My young boys were partly brought up by the staff at Merry-Go-Round and I can confidently say that they benefited greatly from the experience. It set both of them up with all the mental, social, physical and academic skills needed to make a success of entering foundation stage, but it also set them up to be confident young boys.  My wife and I also have fond memories of the time and all the friends that we made while being part of the committee."  
“My daughter loved her time at Merry-Go-Round, from age 2 until going to school. It was a caring environment with great staff who are genuinely interested in nurturing your child. I'd encourage anyone to consider Merry-Go-Round as their pre-school of choice.”