PARENTS: As it’s forecast to snow this week, please check our facebook page for updates in case we need to close early or can’t open. We will liaise with the school and consider whether staff can get to work before making a decision. Please also see our Emergency Closure Policy on the ‘policies’ page. Thank you.
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for our term dates, including confirmed dates for the Summer Term 2018.
We are now offering 30 hours per week free for eligible families – apply for this and the Tax-Free Childcare scheme here: https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/par/app/applynow
From January 2018, to take account of increased costs and reduced funding, we will be introducing a small charge for providing snacks. See the ‘Fee Structure 2017’ on the ‘information’ page for more details
We have produced an information sheet explaining how we follow Fundamental British Values in our setting. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to find it.
Please see our facebook page for regular updates and more here
We have places available for 2, 3 or 4 year olds – please ring 01273 911438 or ring/text 07757 865277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and book a place.
We use an online system called ‘Tapestry’ for recording children’s progress with photographs, observations and assessments. When your child starts with us we will explain how this works.
Here is our Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS_Parents_Guide
Fees are payable by debit card on a weekly, four-weekly or half termly basis in advance. Cash will be accepted for lunches, early bird and late collection fines. Please see the Fee Structure and Fees Policy on the ‘documents’ and ‘policies’ pages for more details of charges.
Welcome to St Joseph’s Pre-school Playgroup
We are a small, friendly, privately run setting based on a Catholic School site in Brighton. We have close links with the school and the majority of our children move on to the school’s Reception class. Our Managing Director is an Early Years Professional and she is also a qualified Primary School Teacher. All other regular staff are qualified to at least Level 3 in Early Years or are studying towards a qualification. We cater for a maximum of 22 children aged between 2 and 4 years. We are open term-time only.
WE ARE OPEN FROM 8.20AM TO 3.15PM EVERY DAY TERM TIME ONLY – we are also offering an 8.00AM start if booked in advance
We offer the Early Years Free Entitlement which means that from the term after your child turns 3, you will be entitled to a free 15 hours per week. From September 2017 we will be offering 30 hours per week free for eligible families – see this factsheet for more details of this scheme:
We also offer free funded places for some 2 year olds. See the Family Information Service website for information on eligibility and how to apply:
We have a beautiful, adjacent garden with lovely equipment and a variety of surfaces which offers lots of opportunities for outdoor play. Our latest newsletter for parents/carers can be found below.
Please get in touch if you are interested in a place. Either:
Ring: 01273 911438 or 07757 865 277
We have achieved a ‘good‘ rating from OFSTED, with ‘outstanding’ for Personal Development, Welfare and Behaviour’.
Here are some of the things the inspector said about us:
“Staff are exemplary role models for children, which results in children’s behaviour being of the highest standard at all times. Children are very secure in the relationships they have with staff and benefit from excellent emotional support at all times. Staff teach children to value and respect each other’s views and feelings.
Staff provide enjoyable and interactive play experiences for children. Staff provide an exceptionally welcoming environment. Children are motivated and engaged in their learning and make good progress. They are independent and confident. Children are ready for the next stage in their learning.”
Please scroll to the bottom of the page for a link to the full report.