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We provide a happy, safe environment where children can learn through play. We want them to have fun, gain confidence and develop their social skills.

We work in partnership with parents under the principles of the Christian faith, to ensure that each child has the best possible start to their early years education.

Essential Info

Playcentre Rustington takes children from the age of 2, up to 5 years old when they then start school.

We  run separate morning and afternoon sessions in school  Term Time Only  for a maximum of  25 children at a time.  Children are usually allocated a mixture of different sessions throughout the week depending on availability.

Morning sessions are 9.00am – 12:00pm.
Lunches are 12:00pm – 12:45pm.
Afternoon sessions are 12.45pm – 3.45pm

We were rated  GOOD by Ofsted in January 2023

Playcentre features
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We offer a wide range of play-based activities to promote personal, social, emotional and physical development, and communication and language skills. These include role play, messy play and outdoor play. 

Secure Garden

Your child will have the opportunity to play indoors or outdoors in all-weather in our secure  garden with a range of small and large equipment. 

Beach Explorers

Throughout the year we  walk to the local  beach in small groups. We explore the environment learning about nature, developing independence and having lots of fun! 

Outings and Visitors

We offer visits to places in the local area such as the Library, the shops and the beach. We also have many visitors in to talk to the children such as the Fire Brigade, the Police, Nurses and other professionals. 

Multi-Cultural Events

We are built on Christian values but we recognise that we live in a multi-cultural society, therefore we give the children a taste of other faiths, cultures and festivals such as Diwali, Hanukkah and Chinese New Year. At Christmas we perform a Nativity for the parents/carers.  

Fees and Funding
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Regular costs are just  £17 per child per session (morning or afternoon). Fees are to be paid each half term in advance. There is a non-refundable one-off registration fee of £25 per child.   

We accept 2 year old funding and the ‘Early Years Free Entitlement Initiative’ (age 3 & 4 years old). This funding covers a period of 38 weeks per year.  We also accept 30 hours Free Entitlement but spaces are limited. Children are able to stay 9am-3.45pm and are required to bring a packed lunch. If the lunchtime hours are not covered by government funding, there is a voluntary charge of £4. Please ask for more details on our funding policies. 

Your Child’s Progress
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We treat each child as a unique individual, understanding that they all have their own specific needs. When starting at Playcentre, we recognise that some children settle quickly and can be left straight away, but we are equally happy for you to stay with them for as long as necessary. 

Key Person

Each child will be assigned  their own  Key  Person who will observe and record their progress and achievements in their Learning Journal. We welcome contributions from home such as pictures and photographs. You can also access your child’s progress through the  TAPESTRY APP

Healthy Eating

We encourage the children to eat healthily, so we offer snacks on a rolling basis with breakfast items in the mornings and fruit in the afternoons. This is an opportunity to encourage children’s independence skills. We also grow fruit and vegetables in our garden which we use at snack time.

Parents & Carers input

We recognise that you are the first educator of your child and welcome your input.  We hold two evenings a year to discuss your child’s progress with their Key  Person. We also have an ‘Open Door’ policy and you are welcome at any time.  We are always happy for parents to spend time in the setting and help on visits and outings. Anyone wishing to do this on a regular basis will need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.  

School Preperation

Twice a week we offer sessions to pre-school children with extra activities to prepare them for school. These include PE, Lunch Club, outings to the Library and the trips to the beach. We also focus on basic literacy and numeracy skills.

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Additional Needs
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We aim to include all children within the setting whatever their needs, including English as a second language. Our staff are aware of the requirements of the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and Deputy Manager Sally Plumb is the designated Additional Needs Coordinator.

We work with parents, carers and other agencies to ensure the needs of each child are met. If you think your child may have additional needs, we have written a document called our Local Offer to explain how we can work with your child and family. We have worked with many different children with additional needs over the past few years and would be more than happy to talk through how we can accommodate them. 

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Visit Us
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Our address is:  
Playcentre Rustington,  
102-104 The Street,  
West Sussex,  
BN16 3NJ. 

The main entrance for parents is at the rear through our garden. If you are arriving during a session, please ring the front doorbell at 102 The Street. 

By Car:  We have no car parking for parents or visitors. Please use the free Churchill Parade car park in Woodlands Avenue. 
Public Transport:  The nearest bus stop is right outside in The Street on the 700 Coastliner Route. 

If you would like further information or want to book your child a place, please get in contact. 

Telephone: 01903 850984 |    Email: