The Early Years Nursery at West Sussex independent school Sompting Abbotts Prep School
Our Nursery near Worthing accepts children from the age of two. Many parents use their Early Years Free Entitlement from West Sussex County Council. You're free to decide if you want your child to continue into the Reception Year at Sompting Abbotts Prep School or go to another school.
Why the Early Years are so important
We're strong believers that good Early Years education has a tremendous impact on life outcomes. The first five years of a child's life are fundamentally important. They're the foundation that shape a child's future health, happiness and development.
Every new experience, every new word, every new behaviour helps a child move forward. Children learn more quickly in their early years than at any other time. We know that they need love and nurturing to develop trust and that this sense of security will turn into confidence as they grow.
Our youngest pupils join the Early Years Foundation Stage and remain in our nursery (Pre-Prep 1 or PP1) for two years. Teachers follow the statutory framework to deliver an exciting play-based curriculum, with a balance of child- and teacher-initiated activities.
Fun, play and song
Our children love their weekly singing lessons with our Head of Music. They also join in with the Pre-Prep 'show-and-tell' assemblies as soon as they're ready. We involve them in school life from the start so they take part in our Sports Day, Harvest Festival and Christmas Nativity too.
When they're ready, they take their first steps in learning to read and write. We'll introduce your child to phonics, reading and number and topic-based learning. Our bright and secure classroom is a stimulating area with lots of equipment for dressing up fun, messy and sensory free play, painting, role-play, reading and creativity.
What time is the nursery open?
We're open each week day from 8.30am to 3.15pm during term times. Parents can choose how many days or half days they want their child to attend, and if they want them to stay for a home-cooked lunch.
What areas does the nursery draw children from?
The nursery is near Worthing, Lancing and Steyning. Most children tend to come from these areas, It's housed in the school's Pre-Prep building, The Stables.
What about outdoor play?
We think we offer some of the best outdoor play facilities for nursery children in Sussex. Our safe Walled Garden contains wooden climbing apparatus, bikes and scooters, sandpit and playhouse, plus fruit trees (good for shade in summer!). The extensive grounds provide woodland, a pond and field walks as ideal settings for forest-school fun and outdoor learning.
How is the nursery regulated?
We're inspected regularly by Ofsted. We've two qualified teachers working in the EYFS and three part time teaching assistants with Early Years qualifications.
Does my child need to wear the uniform?
No, that's up to you. We do ask your child to wear our practical red tracksuit top and trousers (and to supply wellies). Some children do like to wear the uniform to be 'like the older ones'. We have regular second-hand uniform sales at school.
What if I need to drop off my child earlier or collect later?
Free wrap-around care is available for all our Early Years and Pre-Prep pupils. The Early Room is staffed from 8am and the Late Room until 4.30pm. If you're delayed after this time, your child will be taken to the Main School Library for supervision.
My child hasn't mastered toilet-training yet and still needs a sleep in the day.
We are aware children develop differently and we look after them and help them learn. We do ask parents to provide nappies, wipes or spare pants. A cosy cushioned area is available for children who require day-time naps.