Bluecoat Nursery

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All the staff at our Nursery are qualified and experienced. We work closely with each other and together form a strong team of excellence.

Through the activities on offer our children develop potential at their own pace and become independent and confident, forming good friendships which last through their school days and beyond.

Susie Bennett, Supervisor says “Having worked here since 1989 it is still a pleasure to be part of Bluecoat Nursery. I often meet children who have left the Nursery and grown up and they still have fond memories of their time here.”

We accept children from the age of 2 1/2 years and are open every weekday morning. We also run a lunch club from Monday to Thursday.

The Nursery offers the government’s Free Entitlement for Children in the term after they turn three.

If you would like to come and have a look round, telephone Susie Bennett on 01403 247446.

Do you work closely with parents?

Our partnerships with parents are extremely important to us and in our last Ofsted report we received outstanding in the effectiveness of the setting and engagement with parents and carers. We hold two parents evening a year and parents are always welcome to have an informal chat if they have any concerns about their child and we welcome their involvement and input.Capture

What is the Nursery setting?

Bluecoat Nursery, which is run by qualified and experienced staff, is an independent inclusive pre-school set in the beautiful grounds of Christ’s Hospital School and is open to all children within Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, Southwater and the surrounding areas.


What facilities do you have?

We have an extensive range of resources indoors such as climbing frame, sand and waterplay, messy play area, role play corner, quiet book corner, computer, construction area and kitchen where we cook with the children and have a daily snack. We also have our own fenced and fully equipped garden with a mud kitchen and vegetable growing area.

The Nursery also has access to the grounds of Christ’s Hospital School which includes Tennis courts, the pond and library, as well as weekly PE sessions at Bluecoat Sports Health & Fitness Club.


Does your nursery hold any special annual events?

Each year we hold fund raising events to support the Nursery and selected charities. We hold a Sports Day on the last day of the summer term, a Christmas show and party, an annual outing for all the children and a trip to a show for the children leaving Nursery. We often take the children on other visits such as Warnham Nature Reserve, Southwater Country Park, into Horsham or to a local farm shop. We celebrate various multicultural events throughout the year relevant to the children on our register.

Please click on the relevant links to see – Local Offer (this provides advice on all aspects of special educational needs and getting support for children) Admissions Policy, Supporting Children with Special Education Needs Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy.


My son transferred to Bluecoat Nursery from another Pre-school. I’m so pleased that we made the move as he has a complex Speech and Language Disorder. Bluecoat Nursery really worked with us to help him settle in quickly and had the knowledge and patience that was required. The lack of speech and sounds makes it very difficult to understand him and there are many frustrations. However Bluecoat Nursery has managed to limit these and work with him. With all the continual paper work that goes with a SEN Child Bluecoat Nursery staff have been on top of it all and are never late with submitting any reports which has greatly reduced the stress of the situation. They welcome external people into the setting, in our case several Speech & Language Therapists which they worked with and incorporated the suggested speech sounds into his daily routine. For my child this has been at a fantastic nursery with staff and facilities which are outstanding. I couldn’t recommend this setting more. This environment has been excellent at helping my son develop.

Kathy Wiffen

I first came to look at Bluecoat Nursery knowing nothing about it, but was immediately struck by the lovely relaxed atmosphere, structured play and professional attitude of the staff, and so I happily enrolled my daughter. At that stage I had some concerns about her development, as her speech and interaction with others was not as it should be, but I did not have any specific diagnosis. Susie Bennett quickly arranged for the FIRST team to visit, to decide on strategies to help her settle in.

Right from the start, all the staff at Bluecoat Nursery were very accepting of her, and went out of their way to encourage and include her, adapting things specifically for her, helping her with making choices, as well as a visual time line to help her understand routine and changes. They also made a home link book so that I could see what my daughter had been doing at nursery and the staff could see how she was progressing at home too. Bluecoat Nursery sent reports to the paediatrician, and to EY PALM, as well as scheduling visits from my daughter’s Speech Therapist and the Educational Psychologist.

Over the course of the two years my daughter was at Bluecoat Nursery, Susie also put me in touch with a support group, agencies such as Portage, and the Children and Family Centre. Susie even went with me to visit 3 potential schools, and helped me set up transition meetings which she attended with me.

I really couldn’t praise everyone at Bluecoat Nursery enough for all the effort they have made with my daughter, the help they have given to both her and myself, and the interest they have taken in her, both on a professional and personal level. My daughter has thrived at the Nursery, coming on in leaps and bounds, and progressing with her speech and other skills from the equivalent of a one and half old to three year old plus. She really is a different child to when she first started at nursery, and my only concern now about her starting school is how much she will miss everybody at Bluecoat Nursery.

Sophy Holden