Welcome to Plaistow Pre-School


We create learning styles to suit each child individually


We have a fun, stimulating and safe environment


 Our children learn at their own pace

Who We Are

Established in 1966, Plaistow Pre-School is a community based Pre-School offering affordable care and education for 2 to 5 year olds. The Pre-School’s stimulating learning environment is centred around the ethos of ‘learning through play’. This ethos assists the children to de­velop ‘prime areas’ of learning; communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. As children grow, these prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design so that all children can confidently progress to the next stage of education.

Our lead practitioner, Carol Krol, has successfully managed the Pre-School for over forty years and is qualified to NVQ level 3.  Carol’s ability to engage with the children in her care is excellent.  Known as ‘Auntie Carol’ to the children, she is dedicated to ensuring their well-being and confidence at Pre-School and takes pride in each child’s development. Carol has seen generations through the Pre-School and is much loved by the pre-schoolers and their parents.

Our strong and caring team of Early Years staff include Jinny, Victoria, Amy, Margaret and Vicky who have a wealth of experience and qualifications between them and are all on hand to care for your children.

The Pre-School is supported by a committee of parents who help to organise fund raising activities and take pride in the Pre-School’s long history of quality care and early years learning.

Learning Through Play

SONY DSCChildren arrive at Pre-School for 9am to be welcomed by ‘Auntie Carol’ and the Pre-School team. Every child has a peg with their name written above it and some of the children like to hang their own coats and bags upon arrival.

The hall is laid out with different activities and play areas so that the children can select where they would like to start the day. For example they may like: play dough, painting, the reading area, magnetic alphabet and numbers, setting up the railway track and toys, the home and domestic area (babies, play food and tea sets). The activities and play areas are changed throughout the day and children can request the play areas they would like to see laid out.

There is a rolling snack during the morning, children continue to play whilst others take a break. Those children choosing snack time all sit down to eat a healthy snack (often fruit) and water. At this quiet time, Auntie Carol asks the children if they have any news that they would like to share with the others (e.g. a birthday party or a holiday).

During the day, group activities take place, the children are encouraged to sit together to discuss focus areas and interests the children may wish to discuss, read, sing songs, dance or the children may put on their coats and boots (or sun hats in Summer) for outdoor play in the Pre-School’s secure garden.

Each week, the children focus on a particular letter sound and are encouraged to bring in an object that begins with the letter sound of the week. As school age approaches, children increase their practice of letters and numbers, writing their name and building up confidence socially and academically.

Lunch club provides children with the opportunity to sample what lunch is like at school with the experience of taking a lunch-box with them and sitting down with friends to eat under supervision.

garden & bubbles cropped greyWe are very proud of our wonderful garden and are very fortunate to have this fantastic resource to make the most of learning outdoors. The wooden Gazebo is a real focal point to the garden and provides a lovely sheltered area for the children to enjoy.

In addition to the outdoor play equipment, we have areas for the children to plant their own seeds and bulbs and to take part in other developmental activities such as water and sand play, ball play and other tactile activities.

The Pre-School Committee ensures the garden is maintained regularly and every Spring we look forward to seeing what the children have planted. Scroll down to see photos of our wonderful garden in our Gallery

SONY DSCWednesdays are very often ‘excursion days’ when children get a chance to visit local attractions. Past trips have included: a walk around the bluebell woods, Winkworth Arboretum, Chichester Canal and Christmas Pantomimes.

All children are given starring roles in the Pre-School nativity at Christmas. They also enjoy the fancy dress dance around the Maypole every Mayday - a tradition that has existed since the School was first established and the inspiration for the Pre-School’s logo.

Sports day is also held on the Village Green just before the end of the Summer term.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a framework developed to support children’s learning and development from birth to 5. Plaistow Pre-School ensures that all sessions incorporate elements of the (EYFS) through structured and varied play sessions. At Plaistow Pre-School, children are supported and encouraged to develop both academically and socially. Emphasis is placed on learning at a rate that suits each individual child to support confidence and self esteem. The Pre-School regularly reviews the syllabus to keep up-to-date with current EYFS guidance and OFSTED criteria.

The current EYFS curriculum consists of 7 areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

The 3 Prime areas include:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development

These are strengthened and applied through an additional 4 Specific areas which include:
- Literacy
- Mathematics
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design

For more information please visit www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage. Carol will be happy to show examples of EYFS work with the children.

Our Local Offer for children with Special Educational Needs

We welcome all children to our Pre-School and work closely with families to identify and work with any special educational needs. All families are invited to share their children’s likes and preferences in writing, so the setting can provide for their individual needs. If a keyworker working with a child feels that there could be a need, then communication would be made with the parent(s) on a one-to-one basis to determine whether an Education Health Care Plan would be the best option. All steps in this process would be shared with the child and parent(s) and if it appears that outside agencies would be of help, they will be contacted with the full agreement of the family.

We believe in our Equal Opportunities Policy and if we are approached by a family whose child has been diagnosed with a need, then we would invite them to the setting to assess our facilities. Within the village hall, we have wheelchair access to both the hall and garden areas, as well as disabled toilet facilities. We have soft play equipment and a sensory area can be created.

Plaistow Pre-School aim to communicate to all families a willingness to share their concerns and worries and deal with all situations to the best of our abilities. Confidentiality is observed at all times.

About Us

SONY DSCWe have over 40 years experience in the learning and development of Pre-School children. Lead Practitioner, Carol Krol has led the Pre-School for over two decades and together with her team of energetic and trusted staff, provide consistency for the children as well as a dedication to providing a safe, enjoyable and stimulating environment for all children.

We have excellent facilities to cater for the maximum 24 children in our care. The hall is spacious and light and the garden is used at every opportunity throughout the year to give the children a chance for fresh air and outdoor learning and play.

We are only yards away from Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School.  Many children progress to this school and Carol can collect those children who attend morning sessions at the Primary School to walk them back to pre-school for the afternoon so that they can finish their day in a familiar environment.  Carol also helps to introduce the children to school by taking them on visits to the Primary School.  Carol knows the Headmaster and teachers well.

We are a Pre-School that functions at the heart of the community, combining the solid foundation of 40 years tradition with inspired ideas for learning according to a modern curriculum.

 “The close link we have with Plaistow Pre-School is highly valued, the children come to us in Reception well prepared to continue their learning journey.”
(Mr King, Headmaster Plaistow & Kirdford School)

“Plaistow Pre-School is like home from home - my 2 year old son has settled in without a squeak, and shouts ‘hooray’ whenever I say it’s time for school. In fact on his 3rd day, he ran up to Carol the head teacher, with big smiles and hugs! It’s such a friendly and warm environment, with great indoor and outdoor activities and plenty to stimulate little people’s minds – it’s a joy to have such a lovely starter school on our doorstep.”
(Chantelle Rountree, Mummy to Arthur)

“My daughter has just started school after nearly 2 years in Plaistow Pre-School and is a happy and confident girl and already regularly gets the school bus to and from school with her friends. Her little brother is continuing at the Pre-School for another year before he follows on and so he will continue to enjoy the learning environment as one of the older boys in the Pre-School now, with more of a sense of responsibility. Carol and the staff have a perfect balance of teaching and caring, with total focus on the children at all times, without wrapping them in cotton wool and allowing them to be the little children they still are.”
(Tamsin Simpson, Mummy to Matilda and Daniel)

In October 2011, we were delighted to receive a ‘Good’ rating from the Office of Standards in Education (OFSTED). The Inspector’s report complimented the School’s facilities, staff, education and overall learning environment. On the overall effectiveness of the early years provision:

“Children are warmly welcomed by caring and understanding staff into a safe and secure environment. Overall, most children’s learning needs are addressed successfully to ensure they are developing personal qualities and skills for the future. Children are well motivated and build good relationships with the adults, particularly with the lead practitioner. Strong links are forged with the parents, the school and local community; there are clear open lines of communication. Evaluation and continuous improvement is an integral part of the staff practice, which ensures that outcomes for children are positive.”

The Inspector also noted in her report that: “Children feel safe and secure and behave in a safe and non-challenging way. This is because staff ensure children develop a good sense of self-worth through effective positive encouragement and regular praise during play.”
To view the full report please visit www.ofsted.gov.uk or please speak to Carol.

SONY DSCPlaistow Pre-School is a registered charity that relies on fundraising events to keep the fees relatively low.  We hold a number of fundraising events throughout the year and the Pre-School’s Maypole Fete is a very important date in the local calendar. Based on the traditional English fete format, there is plenty of fun for all the family and central to the whole day is the children’s fancy dress dance around the Maypole. We usually have a local celebrity to judge the competition. In 2008, Julie Walters very kindly agreed to come along and do the judging and in 2014, local personality Jodie Kidd joined in the dance around the maypole.

We are also a registered charity with the Google search engine, which enables sellers to give a percentage of the sale of items to Plaistow Pre-School. Registered Charity No. 305405 

If you would like to learn more about us, please download our Prospectus. Click here to view: Plaistow Preschool Prospectus July 2014
Plaistow Pre-School is a community based pre-school that is owned and run by the parents/carers of the children attending (this means you!). As we are a voluntary, non-profit making charity, we would not exist without a committee. Our committee take pride in the Pre-School’s long history of quality care and early years learning. A committee must be in place in order for the Pre-School to operate and must consist of a Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and two others as a minimum. Committee members are re-elected at an Annual General Meeting in the autumn term, to which all parents and carers are invited to attend.

Plaistow Pre-School is a registered charity that relies on donations and fundraising events. Our biggest fundraising event is our Maypole Fete – your support and help before and during the Maypole Fete is vital to the success of this fundraising event. Getting involved in the committee or helping out at an event is a great way of getting to know other parents, having some fun, sharing or learning new skills as well as helping a great cause and becoming involved in the care and education of the children.

If you can help in any way, no matter how much or how little time you can give, it would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in getting involved in either the committee or an event, please speak to Carol or a committee member. The committee can also be contacted using the Pre-School email address (plaistow.preschool@gmail.com).



Contact Us

You can also call us on (01403) 871329  or pop us an email at plaistow.preschool@gmail.com

Plaistow Pre-School, Winterton Hall, Plaistow, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 0PX

OFSTED Number 113649. Registered Charity Number 305405

Hours and Pricing

  • 9am – 12pm
  • Monday – Friday
  • £12.75 per day
  • 9am – 1pm
  • Monday – Friday
  • £17 per day
  • 9am – 3pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
  • £25.50 per day

Don’t forget that children are entitled to receive Government funded sessions from the term after their 3rd birthday – please speak to Carol for more details.

We also offer funded places for eligible 2 year olds – please contact Carol for information.

Please note all fees are to be paid half termly in advance.

Plaistow News

Plaistow Pre-School Tesco Grant Plans

Plaistow Pre-School is delighted to be shortlisted for a grant from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK, a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags and Plaistow Pre-School has been shortlisted to receive one of these grants.

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