Useful information to help all St John's Parents!
Pick up & Drop off
The doors to the Preschool will open at 8:30am every morning, where the children will be welcomed in to our main hall. Once they have settled we ask all parents and carers to leave promptly so we can start our morning activities.
Your child will be allocated a peg to store their coats and bags. Don’t forget to pick these bits up before leaving the hall at the end of the day, as the hall does get used by others after we close.
The children will be ready for pick up at either 11:30 am or 2.30 pm depending on which day that session ends. Please can you make sure that you are prompt in collecting your child. If you are delayed for any reason please contact us by phone as soon as possible.
'Settling in' to St John's Preschool
Once your child’s place and sessions have been confirmed, we will contact you to arrange settling in “play dates”. This is a fantastic time for you to come along and participate in some of our sessions with your child, helping them to settle and explore their new environment.
On your child’s first official full day on their own, we completely understand that parents can become quite nervous. To ease any anxiety we can arrange to call you to give you an update on how your child is settling in.
Sickness, Absences or Holidays
If your child is sick or going to be absent on a certain day, you need to notify us by 8:30 am that morning. You can do this by either a text message, telephone call/message or email.
We also need to be informed if you are going on holiday. This will enable us to add the dates to the register.
Unfortunately we do not give refunds for sickness or sessions missed.
A helpful list of items to bring to Preschool
- Refillable drink bottle containing water. We do not allow fizzy drinks.
- A spare set of clothes in a named bag.
- Nappies and wipes if required.
- Comfort toy to keep in their bag for settling in. Children can bring in toys from home and they can use them in our ‘show and tell’ sessions. However we ask them to keep them in our red box so that they don’t get lost. We can’t be held responsible for any broken or lost toys.
- Suitable shoes, no flip flops.
- Topic related items, if requested.
- Weather suitable clothes (we play outside most days), please make sure your child has a coat, hat and gloves in the winter. In the summer children will also be expected to have a sun hat as well as sun-cream provided before a session.
All items need to be clearly named, including drink bottles please.
Snacks & Lunches
We offer water, milk and a healthy mid-morning snack to all children on every session. If your child is attending our 2.30pm finish session, then a packed lunch brought in from home will be required. The packed lunch needs to be made up of healthy foods. Please DO NOT include any fizzy drinks or sweets as the children will not be allowed to eat these and they will be returned to you.
We also recommend that your child brings a named water bottle to every session for refillable drinks. Thank you
Fees & Payments
Our current fees are as follows:
2 year olds: £5.60 per hour
3 and 4 year olds: £4.90 per hour
We accept payment from the following methods: Tax-Free Childcare, Childcare vouchers, cheques, BACS transfers and cash. Payment can be made in weekly, monthly, half termly or termly payments but must be made in advance.
Please note: Our fees are constantly reviewed to make sure that we are in line with all other preschools and nurseries.
St John’s Preschool is registered and inspected by Ofsted.
The Preschool is also registered with West Sussex County Council and the Early Years Development & Childcare Partnership and we receive government funding for all eligible three and four year olds.
The funding is available from the term after your child’s third birthday, allowing your child to claim 15 hours per week of free childcare. Some families will be eligible to claim an additional 15 hours.
Your child may also be eligible for the 2 year old Free Entitlement. Please speak to us or contact the Family Information Service for more information regarding the type of funding you’re entitled to.
For further information on all funding offered, please visit www.westsussex.go.uk/freechildcare
Transitions to Primary Schools
In order to give our children the best possible start to school, we do lots of transition activities with them. We have very good links with various Primary schools. As well as having the teachers visit our children at Preschool, we give them lots of information about individual children.
Allocations of places for primary schools in this area does not depend upon attending specific Preschools or Nurseries. We feed into many different Primary schools in the local Worthing area including:
- Elm Grove Primary School
- West Park Primary School
- Thomas A Becket Infants
- Goring C of E School
- Durrington Infants
- English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
- The Orchards Primary School
- Heene C of E Primary
- The Vale
- Field Place
St Johns Preschool T'shirts
St John’s Preschool currently offer branded t-shirts, these are red and have our preschool logo on them. There is no obligation to buy these however they may help protect your child’s home clothes from getting dirty, as we do love painting, gardening and getting messy! These t-shirts start from as little as £6 each and come in either 3-4 year or 5-6 years. Please ask a member of staff if you would like to purchase one of these as we do have to order them in especially.
If you have any other questions or queries, please feel free to contact us on 07708830733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org