Pre-School Heene Prospectus

At Laugh and Learn Pre-school Heene we believe that children deserve the best chance to explore the world and develop skills in a well-planned environment.  Our setting encourages children to become independent, confident little people well able to educate themselves for whatever lifestyle they may choose.  Each child has the opportunity to develop at their own pace supported by experienced and friendly staff.  This prospectus should be read alongside our Pre-school policies and our Terms and Conditions for a full description of our services.  All of which can be found online or in paper form upon request.


By building up good trusting relationships with parents and carers our settling in programme supports both the child and the adult in their first experiences of having to say ‘good bye’.  Children have access to two classrooms and a garden within a beautiful flint faced building providing a secure place to enjoy playing games with their friends, riding tricycles, searching for mini beasts under the trees and shrubs and creating constructions using a variety of building materials.  


The Pre-school covers all seven areas of Learning and Development by planning for every child’s individual needs with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities in these areas:  Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED); Communication and Language (CL); Physical Development (PD); Literacy (L); Mathematics (M); Understanding the World (UW); Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)


The staff complete individual development records for every child for parents to view. There is a keyworker system in place whereby each staff member has a group of children to nurture and observe and is available for parents to discuss any issues with. The Pre-school staff are committed in expanding your child’s knowledge across all areas of their development providing a positive and enriching experience for them all.


The introduction of a Beach School to Laugh and Learn Pre-school Heene commenced in the Summer Term of 2012.  A growing number of Early Years settings are now visiting local beaches with fantastic feedback and great success.  Each group of our children will visit the beach one day a week over a period of time during the summer term with staff (and hopefully some willing parents and carers!) to enjoy a variety of experiences, exploring the environment and encountering all kinds of weather.  The children will benefit immensely from these regular visits; Children having more freedom to explore and investigate the natural materials and world around them, building relationships and friendships with others and feeling part of a group, being able to express themselves more freely through being outside in the open air.  

The children also participate in ‘The Encounter project’ which is ‘The Lovejoy Centre’s’ community intergenerational project that is being piloted with various care homes and schools across Worthing and Adur. Some of our preschool children visit local nursing homes in small groups for an hour to share snack and to take part in some activities alongside the residents. This is a a lovely opportunity to build relationships in our community and possibly change perceptions of older and younger people for all taking part, whilst passing on traditions through oral history via reminiscence and art therapy.


Our latest inspection report can be viewed at:


Laugh and Learn Pre-school Heene opened in 2011 and is located within the Heene Community Centre in Worthing, West Sussex. The setting supports children with English as an additional language and the staff have years of experience in supporting children with their individual needs.  The Pre-school is registered on the Early Years Register and is registered for children aged from two to five years.  


Opening Times (38 weeks per year)

                  3 hour sessions Mon to Fri                  9-12 - £5.50/5.70phr or FE

                  4 hour sessions Mon to Fri                  9-1 - £5.50/£5.70phr or FE

                  5 hour sessions Mon to Fri                  9-2 - £5.50/5.70phr or FE

Fees (next review date April 2021):

The hourly rate for 2-year-olds is currently £5.70 based on a higher staff ratio of 1:4

The hourly rate for over 3-year-olds once in receipt of the Free entitlement is currently £5.50 based on a staff ratio of 1:8

3-hour session for 2-year-olds £17.10, 4-hour session for 2-year-olds £22.80, 5-hour session for 2-year-olds £29.50

3-hour session for over 3-year-olds £16.50, 4-hour session for over 3-year-olds £22.00, 5-hour session for over 3-year-olds £27.50

Any additional hours will be charged at the above hourly rates

  • Fees and voluntary consumable charges are paid half termly in advance by the first day of term.

  • There is a £10 administration charge for any late fee payments.

  • Non-payment could result in your child losing their place.

  • Fees and voluntary consumable charges are reviewed annually.

  • Fees and voluntary consumable charges are still payable in the event of any absences, for example Bank Holidays, holidays or sickness.

  • Fees and voluntary consumable charges are still payable in event of pre-school having to close due to unforeseen circumstances that are out of our control (e.g., lack of staff due to illness such as swine flu, circumstances due to bad weather, unable to use premises due to heating failure, floods, damage to premises causing it to be unsafe for our use etc.)

  • 12 weeks’ notice must be given in writing if you wish to withdraw your child.

In the term after your child’s 3rd birthday, they are eligible for the Universal Free Entitlement which will fund up to 15 hours per week and an additional charge will be made for any hours over and above the number of FE hours being claimed.  For the 30 hours Free Entitlement for working parents, you will need to apply online and provide us with the relevant code to enable us to claim the funding

Admission policy:

  • An application form must be completed signed and returned with a £35 registration fee before a place can be offered. The registration fee will be returned once the child has taken up their place with us by way of a credit against any fees due.

  • Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis.

  • Please feel free to make an appointment and see the pre-school during opening hours.

  • If you are already in receipt of a letter confirming you are entitled to the 2 Year Free Entitlement Funding the registration fee will be waived.

  • Health policy:  No children must attend pre-school whilst suffering from or carrying any infectious or contagious diseases (including chicken pox).  For sickness and diarrhoea children must not attend pre-school until 48 hours after the last bout.  All jewelry and hooped/drop earrings must be removed before attendance.  Only stud earrings only will be permitted.     


Information we hold about you and your child

We have procedures in place for the recording and sharing of information and data about you and your child that is compliant with the principles of the General Data Protection Regulations (2018) as follows:

The data we collect is

  1. Processed fairly, lawfully and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject (i.e. you and your family)

  2. Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed for other purposes incompatible with those purposes.

  3. Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which data is processed.

  4. Accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.

  5. Kept in a form that permits identification of data subjects [i.e. you and your family] for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data is processed.

  6. Processed in a way that ensures appropriate security of the personal data including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures.

When you register your child with us, we will provide you with a privacy notice that gives you further details of how we fulfil our obligations with regard to your data.

How to contact Laugh and Learn Preschool Heene:

Owner/Manager: 07809 254917 Preschool: 07521 383679

Please ring to make an appointment to visit us during opening hours