Wildern Opportunity Group and preschool is an early year’s childcare provision situated in the centre of Hedge End Village. We provide an excellent learning environment for children aged 2 – 5 that incorporates activities both inside and out, our outside area is complete with a superb canopy and safety surface for all weathers.

Wildern Opportunity Group Preschool is a long established childcare provision and our staff are experienced and highly trained in meeting the needs of every individual child. We are proud of the partnership we have with both parents of the group and also our local community.

About Wildern Opportunity Group

Wildern Opportunity Group first opened its doors in September 1988 where we initially set up after a group of professionals realised there was no provision in the Hedge End Village area for children with special needs. In the early days the group was only open for two sessions a week and used a spare room at Wildern School.

Over the past three decades the sessions have evolved to include our fully inclusive preschool setting and all sessions are now held in the Small Hall of the Hedge End 2000 centre. Our opportunity group still runs two sssions on a Friday from 9.30 – 12.00 & 12.30 – 3.00 with our preschool offering flexible hours from 9.00 – 3.00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

At Wildern Opportunity Group Preschool we provide:

· Up to 24 hours funded and non funded childcare

· 15 hour funded childcare for 2 year olds

· High staff ratios

· A welcome, safe, fun and nurturing, fully inclusive environment for your child to learn and grow.

· First class partnerships with parents


“First-class relationships are built with parents and children. Children develop strong emotional attachments to the adults, who are skilled at promoting children’s welfare and personal development.”

“All children make good developmental progress. Staff have a secure understanding of how children learn and they plan exciting activities for them”

“The management gives high priority to disabled children and those who have special educational needs, and their families. Excellent care and support is given to them, which completely matches their needs.”

“The high standards of care by staff completely support the personal and safety needs of the most vulnerable children. Children are extremely well behaved. Staff have excellent strategies to help children to understand routines.”

“The atmosphere is very warm and relaxed; the staff’s complete understanding to provide nurturing care shines through.”

“Children benefit from consistent, positive teaching from the staff. This applies particularly to children with complex needs in the opportunity group.”

“Children and families feel extremely welcomed, settled and happy because of the high emphasis to promote their well-being.”


Opening Times

We’re open for 38 weeks of the year. We’re closed on bank & school holidays. Our opening times for pre-school sessions are:
09:00 – 15:00
09:00 – 15:00
09:00 – 15:00
09:00 – 15:00
Opportunity Group 9:30-12:00 & 12.30 – 15:00
We offer 2 sessions per week for referrals from multi-disciplinary agencies for children with additional needs.
These are Friday 9:30-12:00 and 12.30 – 15:00

Term Times

Autumn Term

Tuesday 3rd September
to Friday 20th December

 Half Term Holiday

Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November

Spring Term

Monday 13th January
to Friday 3rd April

Half Term Holiday

Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February

Summer Term

Monday 20th April
to Wednesday 23rd July

Half Term Holiday

Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May