We make it easy for your child to attend Playcentre:
Playcentre Wickbourne 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 42 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 12:00 – 1:00pm.
Afternoon sessions are 1.00pm – 4.00pm.
We have been consistently rated GOOD by Ofsted since we opened in 2005, with our last inspection in November 2022.READ OUR OFSTED REPORT HERE
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.
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.
We are fortunate to have a park across the road from our venue and often take the children outside in all seasons to explore the natural world.
We offer visits to places in the local area such as the Library, the shops and the beach. We have visitors in to talk to the children, such as the Fire Brigade, the Police, Nurses and other professionals.
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.
Regular costs are £17 per child per session (morning or afternoon). Fees are to be paid each half term in advance. There is also 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-4pm and are required to bring a packed lunch. If the lunchtime hours are not covered by government funding, there is a voluntary charge of £5. Please ask for more details on our funding policies.FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FREE CHILDCARE
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.
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.
We encourage the children to eat healthily, so we offer snacks in each session. The Wickbourne Centre chefs will often come and lead cooking activities for the children. This is an opportunity to encourage children’s independence skills.
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
For our older children, we focus on basic literacy and numeracy skills to help them be ready for school.view our policies
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. Lucie Coe is the designated Additional Needs Coordinator role.
We are also able to access the advice and services of other professionals through the Littlehampton Children & Family Centre, such as Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Childcare Support and Early Years Advisory Teachers. 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 you as a 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.