At Cootham Pre-School, we believe that maintaining high standards of care and teaching, in a safe, caring, friendly environment, is paramount for each individual child to develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. Our aim at pre-school is to help each child to achieve their full potential in the following areas of development by giving them a good foundation in pre-school care and education.

Our Vision
To provide a safe, happy environment, that is both welcoming and involving.
To provide facilities to enable the children to learn through the freedom of individual and group play under care and supervision.
To enhance the physical confidence and the mental, emotional and social development of all children who attend.
To positively support equal opportunities, encouraging the children to learn not only about their peer group, but about their community and the world in which we all live and share.
To develop an awareness and respect for themselves, their friends and of other cultures and beliefs.
To teach children life skills in order to prepare and ease the transition into school.
To involve parents, carers and other interested adults, at whatever level of commitment is appropriate.
To teach the children the importance of caring and consideration for others.
Cootham Pre-School is non-denominational, but bases its values on firm moral principles.


Each Thursday morning our school transforms into a French Cafe. The children visit the cafe to order their food for snack time. They select from eight items on a menu and pay in euros. When all of the children have made their selections four 'waiters' are chosen to serve the food. Such is the demand to be a waiter we have formulated a very strict rota! Snack is followed by Circle Time where Clare involves the children in French Nursery Rhymes and action songs, followed by outside play. There is an opportunity for the older children to remain at pre-school for the day to extend these experiences.

The day for French at Dorset house is to be arranged. Contact us for further details.

Cootham Pre-School @ Cootham

Day Of The Week AM PM
Monday 9:15 - 12:15 12:30 - 3:30
Tuesday 9:15 - 12:15  
Wednesday 9:15 - 12:15 12.30 - 3.30
Thursday 9:15 - 12:15 12:30 - 3:00
Friday 9:15 - 12:15  

Cootham Pre-School @ Dorset House

Day Of The Week AM PM
Monday 9.15 - 12:15  
Tuesday 9.15 - 12:15 12:20 - 3:15
Wednesday 9.15 - 12:15  
Friday 9.15 - 12:15 12.15 - 1.15

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Dorset House Address

Cootham Pre-School,
The Manor,
Church Lane,
RH20 1PB
West Sussex

Cootham Address

Cootham Pre-School,
Chapel Lane,
RH20 4JX
West Sussex