About Us

We are located in a modern purpose built building within the grounds of Ashurst Wood Primary School. We have use of the Primary School facilities including the hall, playground and field. The majority of our children move on to Ashurst Wood Primary School but we work closely with other local Primary Schools to ensure a smooth transition to Reception class.

We accept children from 2 years to statutory school age (5).

We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm (term time only), with sessions available 9am to 12pm and afternoon sessions 12pm to 3pm. We have the option of an early drop off at 8.45am which is charged at £2.00 per early drop off.

Healthy snacks and drinks are provided, but parents are required to provide packed lunches for those attending afternoon sessions.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) including the four main principles

  • Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between staff, parents and carers
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different

We are registered with West Sussex, Early Years Alliance and Ofsted.

We are a committee run registered charity (1033649)

Our Mission Statement

  • We provide and a warm, caring and safe environment
  • We aim to develop confidence and self-esteem
  • We like getting creative, getting messy (and tidying away too)
  • We nurture the curiosity and imagination of every child
  • We encourage parents and carers to join in the fun, actively bringing the community together


Ashurst Wood Community Pre-School (AWCP) was established in 1971. Starting as a small parent run playgroup it has been based in the village hall, church hall and primary school. In January 2014 we moved to a purpose built building within the grounds of Ashurst Wood Primary School. The move was possible due to support from the local community through fundraising events grants and donations. Today we are now an Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ committee run pre-school. We now find ourselves welcoming grandchildren of founder members, providing employment to local people and are proud to provide a service to local families in the area. Community is at the centre of our ethos.

Parent Partnership

Working in partnership with parents and/or carers is central to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Through the ‘Key Person’ approach we establish close links with parent/carers to help children learn and develop. We consulting with parents about children’s early experiences which helps us to plan for effective learning at the setting, and helps them support parents in continuing their children’s learning development at home.

Parents and carers are welcome to visit, help during session, read a book, talk about an interest, occupation, talent or skill. If you are unable to help during session times, there are other ways for you to help, for example gardening, baking, small DIY jobs, attending fundraising events etc……as a charity we need your help!


Our policies are provided by the Early Years Alliance with customisation specifically for our setting. They are grouped into sections as follows:

  1. Child Protection
  2. Suitable people
  3. Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills
  4. Key Person
  5. Staff: Child Ratios
  6. Health
  7. Managing Behaviour
  8. Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment
  9. Equal Opportunities
  10. Information and records

Pre-School policies are continually reviewed to reflect current legislation.

For further information please contact the pre-school on 01342 825515 or email ashurstwoodpreschool@gmail.com