Forest Row Community Pre-School was founded over fifty years ago by community members to create a space for their children to grow, learn and play in the heart of their village. Through a child-led teaching approach and a truly passionate staff, we help children develop to the highest level.
We invite you to explore our site and discover the ethos and community Forest Row Community Pre-School provides to each and every child. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour, learn more about enrollment, or ask any other questions.
Our Learning Process
We operate a play based and child led learning pattern that supports children to engage and make sense of the world around them. We know that play is a process and not about an end product, but the journey to get there. Play and children’s interests are used to reach the untapped potential in the children in our care, providing teachable moments and scaffolding learning opportunities in Literacy, Maths, Social Skills, Artistic learning and Physical development.
Our educators value children as partners in the learning process. We act as conduits to provoke ideas and display our own thinking and knowledge for children to learn from. Staff are trained to observe play and step in sensitively to extend learning.
The Pre-School also believe in providing new opportunities and experiences for the children to support engagement in local community, British culture and acceptance and awareness of worldwide events.
Parents as Partners
Parents are a very important part of our Pre-School. Parents are children’s first and best teachers. Parents are also partners in children’s learning within an educational setting, we rely on you to share interests and fascinations from home. These can help form next steps and development. An interest in tracks on a path could lead to nature walks, mark making and research. Your home sharing inspires us to dig deeper.
We believe that parents are the key to secure learning experiences and can support us in providing different opportunities. We invite parents to come in and share with us their children's WOW moments, share skills, join us on trips and outings and take part in daily life through our committee.
The core of Forest Row Community Pre-School is our passionate team of highly qualified educators.
In addition to a minimum level 3 certification in childcare and education, all our permanent team members who work with children hold a current and relevant First Aid Paediatric certificate. Several of the team have attended basic Makaton training and can communicate using sign language. Our team also attend a multitude of professional development training and conferences to continue improving practice including Forest School Leadership and Balanceability, as well as extensive child protection, safeguarding, disability inclusion and health and safety.
Learn more about some of our team members below.
Jade has fond memories of our Pre-school as she attended as a child herself. She now has many years experience in Early Years and especially enjoys creative and messy play and extends her love of this in all areas of learning.
We have been enjoying Jade’s ideas for the Pre-school in her role as Manager and her dedicated communication with parents to help children settle, grow and their transition to big school.
Forest Row Pre-School is a committee led setting. This means that parents who have children at the Pre-School have the opportunity to be part of the team of at least five parents who oversee the running of the setting.
The committee’s role is to support the staff in all that they do to provide a varied and exciting Pre-School experience for all children, and to safeguard the setting for the community. As a committee we look to ensure that the setting is affordable, welcoming and accessible for all members of the community who wish to use it.
Being on the committee can be interesting and rewarding. In the last few years we have been involved in lots of improvements and change at Pre-School, working as a team to entirely refurbish the hall and build our capacity for an environmentally friendlier Pre-School!
If you have any questions or would like to get involved please email us at the Pre-School address.