This Week At Preschool

Our topic this week was construction. We had lots of fun pretending to be builders and playing with shaving foam to cement bricks together and dug and move cornflakes with our diggers and trucks. All using hard hat helmets of course for safety!


We had our new coach Tom in this week to play some football and have some fun. All of the children really enjoyed themselves and joined in.

Forest School

This week we had our first forest school with Mrs Hasan in the schools woodland over the road from Preschool. The children had a wonderful time running in the fields, exploring the woods, searching for insects and even playing with a baby frog. We all needed some hot milk and a biscuit when we got back to Preschool!

Thank you all for filling out your Famly forms out so promptly. We are hoping to get this all up and running next week. This is going to be a great tool for us all to use and we are so glad that you are on onboard with it.

Next Weeks Topic

Next week we will be looking at Dinosaurs. We know that we have a lot of dinosaurs experts at Preschool so please feel free to bring in any dinosaur toys, books or games to share with us.


Please don’t forget that if you have any questions or queries about anything we are always to help x

Remembering our Queen

Today at preschool we spoke to the children about the queen. They each made a card to remember her and we walked to the church to place our cards and a flower each at the condolence table. The children did lovely walking and remembered to use their quiet voices and walking feet in the church. Some of the children were particularly interested in the stained glass windows.

Forest School

We have some exciting news. West Hoathly Primary School have a trained forest school leader and a designated forest area which they have kindly said that they can offer us initially for one session a month (with the hope to increase this to fortnightly but the session will always be on a Thursday). Our first session will be on Thursday 22nd Sept and the session will run during our morning session so drop off and pick ups will remain the same as normal. Please ensure your child has suitable outdoor clothing footwear, waterproofs, a change of clothes and a plastic bag to place wet muddy clothes in (they will get wet and muddy).

Bank Holiday – Monday 19th September – Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Following the sad death of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the announcement of her funeral on Monday 19th September, the Department for Education have written to schools informing them to close in line with usual Bank Holiday arrangements.
We are therefore informing you that Preschool will be closed on Monday 19th September and will reopen as usual on Tuesday 20th September.

Many Thanks
The Preschool Team



Welcome Back

We hope that you have all had an amazing summer and we can not wait to hear all about it!

We are so excited to start our new term on Monday 5th Sept . Get ready to have some fun !!

For those of you who have visited our website you may have seen that we have had a bit of a makeover. We have a new logo and have change our Preschool colour from red to blue. Please do not worry the children can all come in their old red uniform but if you would like to purchase some new blue uniform please let us know when you drop off next week.

Here is a kit list as a little reminder of what the children will need to bring to Preschool.

Please label all belongings where possible please

  • Water bottle (please water only no squash)
  • Change of clothes including underwear and socks
  • Nappies and wipes (if needed)
  • Wellies
  • Indoor shoes (slippers or plimsoles)
  • Sunhat
  • Jumper
  • Waterproof coat
  • Pack lunch clearly named(for those who stay for the day session only)

We are strictly a NO NUT Preschool please ensure that no nuts come into the setting

Preschool will provide a healthy mid morning snack for all of the children.

See you all next week

From the Preschool team x

Parent Voice Survey

West Hoathly Pre-school is very keen to learn your views, and ask that you take a few minutes to answer the questions on this survey. The answers you provide will allow the Pre-school to effectively reflect on its performance, and help make any changes that may be useful. Please answer each question by ticking the response you think most reflects your feelings or opinion on each question. There is space at the end to
make any further comments you would like to include.

You do not need to identify yourself on the form. We really appreciate your help in this matter, and value everyone’s views. This will enable us to greater understand any weaknesses or strengths that may be detailed.

Please click on the link below if you would like to share your views with us.

Pre-School Survey

Parent workshop on the use of screens and technology by children

We are fortunate to have been given the opportunity to provide a workshop for parents relating to use of technology in children.  The workshop aims to develop our understanding of and help us positively mange, the impact of disproportionate access to screen time, computer games and social media.  The workshop will be led by local Cognitive Neuroscientist, Paula Healy.

Paula has completed an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. Her research dissertation focused on computer game playing and addiction. Since then, she have been invited to give interactive seminars on the effects of excessive screen exposure in childhood, in schools in the South East, to parents, teachers and teenagers.

“Concerns are regularly raised through the scientific community, education professionals and media about the long-term adverse effects of compulsive screen use on education and mental health. Young people today live in an age of anxiety, loneliness, distraction and addiction.  My seminars identify and address the issues around disproportionate electronic media exposure in the psychologically vulnerable young brain.

As well as raising awareness, the content aims to help parents support young people adapt strategies to engage with these digital tools in an organized and productive way. Ultimately, it will help them feel happier, find school and homework easier, have better memory and focus and feel calmer and more connected with their peers.”

The workshop will take place on the evening of Thursday the 28th February. It will take place at West Hoathly Primary School and will be free to attend.  If you wish to attend, please email so that we can book you a place.

Sports Day 2018

What a wonderful sports day!  They children had a fantastic time and everyone joined in and had so much fun.  Such a great experience for them to be part of a competition and enjoy being cheered on by peers, siblings, friends and family.

Thanks to all who came. Thanks so much to Sophie, Becca, Issy, Emily, Tara, Jane and Esther for all their hard work in preparing the children for the big day and also to all the wonderful parents who made cakes, helped set up, helped clear up, served tea and cheered the children on. Especially well done to the children who all took part and tried their best with a fantastic dose of sportsmanship!

We raised £120 for Pre-school resources thanks to the kind donations of cakes.