Coffee and cake 🍰 


We thought it might be nice to welcome parents into preschool for coffee or tea, as meeting us and each other has been challenging over the last few months.  
We politely ask that you take a lateral flow test before coming into preschool. Members of staff are testing on a regular basis to ensure we keep preschool as safe as possible. 
Thursday 14th October, 11.30-12.30pm.
If you could let us know if you are going to join us so we can get things ready.

Last week


Some of our favourite counting songs are on this Spotify album.  You might like to listen to them with your child. 

We have been playing Dentists, talking about cleaning our teeth and what is good for our teeth. We also talked about which foods are good for our body and not so good. 

Playing in our den.

We all helped to stick leaves on our owl babies.  We listened to the story and talked about who our favourite character was.

We played in our hospital looking after our dolls and being doctors and nurses. 

We went on two walks last week to the cricket ground to have a run around and then to the church to look at the coloured flowers and listen sounds in our environment.

We celebrated birthdays.

We made our snacks.

We had music time with Pauline the parrot.

We decorated leaves using rolls and paint. 

We investigated mirrors and reflections.

We used magnifying glasses to look at things we had collected on our walks.

Forest school


We had a great first morning at Forest School! We learnt about the call of a woodpecker, animal tracks, animal droppings and we helped to build a fire.  We enjoyed tasting blackberry tea after picking the blackberries ourselves. All the children were so engaged and interested in learning. We can’t wait until next week!p

Wow what a return!


After the summer break we have returned with lots of lovely new faces and many who have been with us for a long time.  Sorry we haven’t posted an update blog but we’ve been concentrating on getting everyone settled in rather than being behind iPads taking lots of pictures. 

It’s been such a positive start to the new year with a really lovely calm atmosphere.  We are looking forward to getting on with the year, having fun, lots of laughing and of course learning while we’re doing it. 

What we’ve been up to so far:

Listening to We’re Going on a Bear Hunt read by Michael Rosen (available on You Tube).  It gets loud in the hall when we are moving around to this one!! 

Playing with our new ice-cream cart. Creating and discussing our favourite ice-creams flavours, adding toppings and paying. 

Looking at hot and cold and breaking out toys from ice blocks.

Mixing colourful water adding sparkles and using the pipettes to transfer between carriers.

Harvesting our beans, onions, carrots and potatoes.  We tried the beans during snack time and this week we chopped up the other vegetables to make a delicious soup. 

Today we could sit outside to have our snacks as the weather was beautiful ☀️ 

Forest School info 


A message from The Children’s Forest about Forest School   –

Dear Parents,
We are delighted to be joining your children at Pickeridge Farm for the Children’s Forest project next monday morning. 


We will spend three consecutive monday mornings from 8.45 -12.30pm with the children on the following dates:

Sept 20th

Sept 27th

Oct 4th

Please ensure the children are dressed well for all weathers as we will will spend all our time outdoors playing in the woods and fields:

Good waterproofs – Coat, trousers and wellies

Warm jumper aswell as T-shirt or under layer
Pickeridge Farm, Cob Lane, Ardingly, RH17 6ST
Directions when approaching from West Hoathly
Drive along Hook Lane passing Hook Farm until you reach the point where Hook Lane turns into Cob Lane. At that corner you will see two tracks, one going up to Bellows Nose, and one going down to Holly Farm and Pickeridge. Take the track going down and keep right at the fork. Continue all the way down and park at the top of the field on the hard standing (where you will see building materials).

The track down to the farm is narrow and passing a vehicle going in the opposite direction is challenging! We therefore request people car share as much as possible. Also, if you are able to wait until all the children arrive have arrived that would be great as then everyone can leave at once going in the same direction.

Thank you for your help.
with best wishes

Anna and Erica from Children’s Forest and Rachel and Will of Pickeridge farm