News on new Preschool session times

We are excited to share with you that from September we will be extending our preschool session times.  They will be Mon-Thurs 8.45 until 12.30 and also 8.45 until 3pm (term time only). Please see the poster below for more information or come and have a chat with us if you are thinking of extending your child’s hours. 

New Preschool Supervisor

I’m sure you are all aware Issy is retiring in July and we will be joined by Claire from September.  Claire has already joined us for a couple of sessions to meet us and the children.  She will be joining us again this Thursday (30th) to spend some more time with us if you would like to pop in at drop off to say “Hello”.

Preparing your child for starting school

We often get asked at this time of year what is expected of children going to school.  We have found this article by PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) that might help answer some of your questions. Here at preschool we have been helping to prepare the children for many aspects of going to school; being independent, being social and tidying up are just a few.  


Sports Day 


On Thursday 7th July at 11am (weather permitting) we will be having a little Sports Day for preschool.  

If your child doesn’t attend on a Thursday please meet us at the Recreation Ground at around 11am when we will walk all the other children up. 

We hope parents will be able to turn up to support their children. 



A few pictures to show some of the things we have been up to. 

Courgettes, strawberries and flowers growing in the garden. The children all enjoy watering the plants. 

Coloured ice cubes. Helping us to learn about mixing and experimenting with colours. 

Playing with the ball pit balls.

Water beads sensory tray

Experimenting with light and shadows.

Some pictures from our trips up to use the school playground.

One of our Cygnets trips to big school to have lunch.

Forest School Picnic – 11th July


Monday 11th July will be our last Forest School of this year.  We have decided to finish with a picnic. All children who usually attend on Monday will arrive as usual at 8.45am. Parents of these children are welcome to join us at 11am for a picnic in the Forest. These children won’t need to bring a snack but will require a water bottle and packed lunch in a named bag.

Those who don’t usually attend preschool on Mondays are welcome to join us with their parents at 11am. Please bring a picnic.

We will finish at 1pm. 

Please could we ask that all picnics are nut free in line with our preschool policy.

🦷 Dental Health and Heathly Eating 🍇 


As part of the Early Years curriculum it is important for us to reinforce the need for good dental hygiene and for us to encourage heathly eating.  We often discuss this at preschool and have fun activities for the children to learn about this.

Please find some useful links below-


Click to access The-Eatwell-Guide-2016.pdf

Last week of term


What a fun packed term we have all had.  The children have all grown in confidence, independence and size ! The older children are definitely nearly ready to leave our pre school nest and start their new adventure to big school.  Which make us so happy and proud but also a little sad too that we will not be able to see them everyday.   

A few of the things that we have been up to 

Trip to big school

We had a lovely trip up to big school to olay in the playground and in the outside area.  The children enjoyed playing and socialising with the reception and year one children and getting to know the teachers a bit better.  This has been fantastic to get the older children ready for the transition to school in September and it is great for the younger ones to get used to the big school environmnet so they will be fully comfortable when it is their turn to start big school.

Julia Donaldson stories

Julia Donaldson is one of our most favourite authors.  We have been reading The Smartest Giant In Town together and we created a Going On A Bear Hunt tuff tray to play with which the children loved. 

Jubilee Celebrations

We have been doing royal activities in the lead up to the Jubilee Celebrations.  We made some royal play dough creations.  Made red white and blue cupcakes.  The children have created a huge Union Jack flag to decorate our stall at the Jubilee fair.  We have had a karaoke machine kindly donated to us so the children enjoyed playing with this this week  We even had afternoon tea (late morning tea).  Unfortunately the queen was too busy to attend herself but we played the national anthem in her honour.

We hope that you have a fantastic half term and we will look forward to hopefully seeing some of you on the pre school stall next Saturday.  Fingers crossed for some lovely sunshine xx

Jubilee, Forest School and Term Dates 


This Thursday we will be having a celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  It would be lovely if the children could come to preschool wearing red, white and blue clothes.  

We are needing a few more parent helpers for our stall at the village Jubilee Celebrations (4th June). All funds will go back into preschool to buy much needed supplies. 

Dates for your diary

*Forest School Monday 6th June* The first day back after half term break!

Cygnets Sessions 16th and 23rd June until 2.30pm collection from school.  (For those going up to the school in September)

Half term break – 30th May to 3rd June

Last day of Summer Term 14th July  (this is due to government funding)
Reading along with The Smartest Giant in Town.

Forest School Adventures

Fun in the sunshine cafe 

Some plants we planted and have been looking after. 

Experimenting with water and the path it takes down hill.

Red, white and blue Tuff tray fun

Forest School Monday


We are pleased that we will be going back to Forest school on Monday.  Please wear wellies as the grass is still wet in the morning and suitable clothing for weather.  Please meet at us at 8.45 at Pickeridge Farm, Cob Lane, Ardingly, RH17 6ST.  

If your child is going to be absent please let us know as soon as possible. 

Fun at the School


We have been kindly invited to play in the school playground on a regular basis.  We will take everyone up once a week to enjoy the space and facilities that the school has to offer.  We will be changing days often so that we can all enjoy the space.  This is another great opportunity for children going up to school to get get used to the school environment.