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A unique woodland setting where every child can discover and become who they were designed to be.



About us

Open to 2-4 year olds, the preschool operates from Monday to Friday from 8:45-3:15pm and makes use of the unique setting of Peterhouse on the edge of beautiful Epping Forest to offer an experience that blends the best of a traditional preschool with a 'forest school' style experience for every child who attends.

RBF cares passionately about ensuring that every child is able to explore and fulfil their potential. As such, in offering preschool provision we look to create an exciting and engaging environment where children are free to choose activities and resources as they wish as well as enjoying more structured time together.

Our special partnership with the church of St. Peter in the Forest means we can offer a unique early years setting at Peterhouse which benefits from not only a huge indoor space filled with activities for children to explore, but also a large outdoor garden with a large grass and 'wild' area, the beautiful churchyard of the recently restored St. Peter's and the wonderful ancient woodlands of Epping Forest. Gathering in the Peterhouse Hall 'base camp' each morning, children will be delighted by a wide array of activities to choose from before heading out on 'adventures' in the garden, churchyard and forest.

Depending on numbers of children attending each day, we will always have between two and four RBF staff members in attendance. Our staff hold all of the relevant qualifications/experience to work in a preschool setting and are part of a wider team who deliver hundreds of hours of children’s work every week.


Your child will be allocated a Key Worker who will have responsibility for ensuring your child can access all of the provision fully and who you will be able to contact directly if you so wish to discuss their progress within the setting.



RBF have a full set of policies and procedures around Safeguarding of Children, Health & Safety, etc., that are all tried and tested as we work with thousands of children every year. We hold full Public Liability Insurance up to £10,000,000. Our policies can be found in full at


It is essential that if your child is not attending preschool on a day they are booked to be with us that you phone the RBF office (020 3086 8186) to let us know or email     020 3086 8186     Telephones Staffed Monday-Friday 9:30-14:30 (School Term Time)

Red Balloon Foundation, Peterhouse, 122 Forest Rise, Walthamstow, London, E17 3PW, United Kingdom

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