Ice fun!


Yesterday we made ‘ice cream’ using cornflour and conditioner. The children had so much fun playing with it and serving up lots of ice creams with paper sprinkles. 🍦

Today we had a snow themed tough tray. It was a wonderful sensory experience for the children and the hall had a beautiful light dusting of snow by the end of the day. 😁

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.

Our week at pre school.


This week on Monday we made pizzas. We’ve been really busy practicing for our Nativity and making Christmas crafts. We had a great session with Coach Ollie on Wednesday.

We’ve been lucky enough to be given some outside equipment from school which we’ve all been really enjoying too.

Starting school September 2019


Hello, please see the email below from West Sussex County Council. This only applies to parents of children starting school in September 2019. If you need any help with applying then come and speak to any one of us at pre school. The deadline for applying for a place at school is Tuesday 15th January.


We hope you are well. 


If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015, it will soon be time to apply for a primary school place starting in Reception class in September 2019, the OnLine School Applications will be open at 9am on Monday 1 October 2018 and the deadline for making an application is Tuesday 15 January 2019.


If your application is received after the application deadline it will not be processed until after all on time applications. This means that your preferences will be considered after all the preferences received on time and increases the possibility that there may not be a place available at the schools you requested or at a local school.


After the application deadline you cannot change your preferences unless there is a genuine unforeseeable reason for doing so, for example, if a sibling changes school. Before the application deadline you can amend the preferences by logging back into your online application. You must re-submit your application every time you make a change to your preferences. Only your last submitted preferences, prior to the deadline, will be considered in the allocation.


You can put 3 preferences on the form, please remember that if you only put 1 or 2 they will assume that you are willing to accept any school for your other choices, not that you will only accept the schools you have put on the application.


You can go and visit the schools prior to making an application and there is a list of most schools in the Mid Sussex area for you, please do contact them to confirm the dates of viewings and to confirm a place or for you to arrange your own viewing. 


Places aren’t allocated until after the applications close on the 15th January so you don’t increase your chance of getting a place by applying early, but it is very important that you do apply before the deadline of the 15th.


Below there is a link to check which is your catchment area school,


The link to make the application will become available from 9am on Monday 1st October


Some schools, such as Academies or Faith Schools have extra criteria when applying, so you may need to also apply to the school too, so please do read the admissions policy of the schools you are applying for, ring and speak to them or ask questions when viewing the schools.


If you live in West Sussex but want to apply for a school outside of the county, then you need to apply in the same way but you will need to change the county when looking for the school in the list. If you are thinking of applying for a school outside of West Sussex then please do speak with the school and that county council too to find out if you have to apply to them also.


So the timeline is:


Monday 1st October 9am Applications open

Tuesday 15th January Applications close

Tuesday 16th April Applicants will be emailed their school places.


I hope this is of help. If you have any questions or need any support in making the application, such as using a computer, please either email or ring the Children & Family Centre or if you prefer to speak with the Admissions Office directly:
Horsham (North) Pupil Admissions Office:

Tel: 033 301 42903

We hope this is of help, if you have any questions regarding this or anything else please do call.


With kind regards


Clare Newman