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Freeland Partnership Foundation Stage Unit, Freeland CE Primary School, Parklands, Freeland, Witney, Oxon OX29 8HX

Freeland Pre-school is situated in the grounds of Freeland Primary school. We cater for children aged 2.5 – 5years. The pre-school works in close partnership with the school; following the same curriculum pathways which aim to provide a seamless transition for the children through the Early Years Foundation stage.

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Children are active learners and we use play as a vehicle to engage children in their learning.

Freeland village began as part of the parish of Eynsham.[2] Its toponym is derived from the common Old English word fyrth, meaning a wood.[3] In 1150 the Abbot of Eynsham granted land called terra de Frithe to one Nicholas of Leigh.[4] "Frith Wood" later evolved into "Thrift Coppice" and by 1241 several people were living there.[2] Freeland developed from a medieval freehold, probably on the site of Elm Farm.[2]

Freeland is a village and civil parish about 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Witney in Oxfordshire. The 2011 Census recorded the parish population as 1,560.[1]

We believe that it is in the Early Years that we can support children and build a foundation for future life skills and achievements.

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The school, which was originally in an old stone house, next to the church on Wroslyn Road, moved to new premises in Parklands in 1964[2] and is now Freeland Church of England Primary School.

The parish is now part of the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland.[11]

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The Wesleyan chapel was completed in 1807.[9] It is now Freeland Methodist Church.

The Gothic Revival architect John Loughborough Pearson designed the Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin, parsonage and parish school.[2] [7] The Taunton family paid for the church and parsonage to be built in 1869 and the school in 1871.[2]

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Our team of Early Years practitioners are committed to providing warm, caring relationships and stimulating opportunities so that the children are happy and engaged while they are at Freeland Pre-school.

Freeland Nurseries is a family-run independent plant nursery and garden centre in the walled garden[17] of Freeland House. It has traded commercially since since 1959.[citation needed]

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I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Freeland Pre-school and look forward to working with you to support your child’s learning.

Freeland's one pub, The Oxfordshire Yeoman, is in Wroslyn Road[5] opposite the village hall. Locals such a Shaun Bunting and George Baines can be found sampling many of the fine ales Trevor has on offer.

The freehold farm was called Frithlands by the 16th century and had been joined by at least two other cottages before 1650.[2] there were something less than a dozen cottages at Freeland by 1762.[2] The enclosure of the parish of Eynsham was resisted by rioting in the north of the parish around Barnard Gate and Freeland in 1780 but was eventually carried out in 1784.[4]