About My First Word

The setting is in a community centre located in Portslade on Church Road. We are situated just a few minutes’ walk from the seafront and Vale Park. We have sole use of the preschool rooms during the hours of 7am-6pm. One large room that is set up daily, a baby room, a kitchen, children and staff toilets and an office. The children have access to both of our garden and forest school.

We are governed by Ofsted and therefore follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. We provide fun educational activities in a stimulating spacious environment. We risk assess each morning and provide the children with the 7 areas of learning both indoors and out. The children have a role play area and a book corner. We have circle time, singing time and story time every day and the children are encouraged to take risks in a controlled, safe environment. The children are able to engage in sand play and water play and are provided with lots of opportunities to develop their writing and language skills. Whilst in our care the children will also have the opportunity to engage in imaginative play and construction activities. They are able to enjoy baking, arts and crafts and are able to develop their gross motor and fine motor skills and cognitive development in a fun and stimulating environment. Your child will join in with lots of group activities and will be given one to one support when needed. Every child is treated as an individual with equal concern and will learn through play, preparing them for the transition from nursery to primary school.

We are open Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm, 50 weeks of the year, closing for just two weeks over the Christmas period and on bank holidays. You will be charged for bank holidays if they happen to fall on your child’s contracted days/hours. Our hourly rate is: £6 per hour all year and £6.50 per hour term time only, add on 50p per hour for under 3’s. We also have an ad hoc rate of £8 per hour. This includes snacks, water, milk, nappies, wipes, and sun hats in hot weather. You will be given a MFW…grows up bag that you will be able to bring to the setting each day with your child and this should have a change of clothing in for your child. We provide home cooked meals prepared daily at an additional cost of lunch £2 and tea £2, breakfast and morning/afternoon snacks are provided by the setting free of charge.

We are able to be flexible with the care we provide and will try our hardest to accommodate your needs we do NOT have set hours and will always follow your routines at home to offer continuity of care. The term after your child turns two/three years you will be entitled to 15/30 hours a week term time government funding or if you prefer you can split your hours to cover all year care. We will deduct your funded hours from your invoice each month. We will need a copy of your child’s birth certificate to keep on file. You will be invoiced in advance for your core days/hours. Any additional care you require will be added to your next invoice. You are required to pay a non-refundable admin fee of £40 on registration along with a refundable deposit of £100, which will come off of your child’s last invoice.