Dropping-off and picking up
The doors to the preschool will open at 8:30 a.m. every morning, at which point we will welcome the children inside. We provide an allocated peg where they can store their coats and bags before they go into the main hall to start their day.
The children will be ready for their collection time at either 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Please ensure that you are prompt in collecting your child. If you are delayed for any reason, please contact us by phone as soon as possible. Our number is 07708830733.
Getting your child settled in
Once your child’s place and sessions have been confirmed, we will contact you to arrange settling-in sessions. These are a fantastic opportunity for you to come along and participate in some of your child’s sessions, helping them adjust to and explore their new environment with your support.
We completely understand that parents can find their child’s first full independent day of preschool quite nerve-wracking. To ease any anxiety, we can arrange to call you to give you an update on how your child is settling in.
Absences and holidays
If your child is sick or going to be absent on a certain day, you need to notify us by 8:30 a.m. that morning. You can do this by either a text message, telephone call/voicemail, or email. You can find full contact information for us on our Contact Page.
You also need to inform us if you and your child are going on holiday so that we can add the relevant dates to the register.
Unfortunately, we do not give refunds for sessions missed due to illness or other reasons.
Items your child should bring
Children do not need to bring their own water bottle, as we provide one for each child.
- A spare set of clothes in a named bag. Extra changes will be needed in winter months and when toileting.
- Nappies and wipes (if required).
- Comfort toy to keep in their bag for settling in.
- 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.
Food and drink during sessions
We provide healthy snacks and drinks free of charge. This includes a labelled water bottle which we’ll keep topped up throughout the day, and a mid-morning snack consisting of fresh fruit or vegetables and crackers/cheese/toast/crumpets/breadsticks/pitta bread with milk or water to drink.
If your child is attending the 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. session, then they will need a packed lunch brought in from home. The packed lunch needs to be made up of healthy foods. Please do not include any fizzy drinks, juice, sweets or chocolate bars as the children are not allowed to eat these, and they will instead be returned to you.
Fees and payments
Our current fees are as follows:
- 2-year-olds: £6.20 per hour
- 3- and 4-year-olds: £5.40 per hour
We accept payment from the following methods:
- Tax-Free Childcare
- Childcare vouchers
- BACS transfers
Payments can be made in weekly, monthly, half-termly or termly instalments 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.
Government help with childcare costs
The preschool is registered with West Sussex County Council and the Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership.
We receive government funding for all eligible children between the ages of 2 and 4.
Some 2-year-olds are eligible for 15 hours free childcare per week across 38 weeks of the year. To find out if your 2-year-old is eligible and how and when to apply for funding, please read the West Sussex guide on free childcare for 2 year olds.
All children between 3 and 4 years old are eligible for universal free childcare, which entitles them to a maximum of 15 hours free childcare across 38 weeks of the year. Some families will be eligible to claim an additional 15 hours per week (30 hours in total). The funding is available from the term after your child’s third birthday.
Further information on all funding offered is available at www.westsussex.gov.uk/freechildcare.
Moving on to primary school
St John’s Preschool has very good links with various primary schools in the area. In order to give our children the best possible start at school, we do lots of transition activities with them. Primary school teachers come in and visit our children at preschool, and we pass on ample information about individual children to their new teachers.
Allocation of places for primary schools in this area does not depend on which nursery or preschool your child attended. We feed into many different primary schools in the local Worthing area, including:
- Elm Grove Primary School
- West Park Primary School
- Thomas A’Becket Infant School
- Goring C of E Primary School
- Durrington Infant and Junior Schools
- English Martyrs Catholic Primary School
- Orchards Junior School
- Heene C of E Primary School
- Vale School
- Field Place Infant School
If you have any other questions or queries, please feel free to contact us on 07708830733 or email email@example.com