Toybox Pre-School

toy-box-logoTOYBOX is an OFSTED-registered Pre-School offering quality early years education in a caring and exciting learning environment. We welcome all families in Brighton and Hove.

Please call 01273 698036 option 4 to arrange a free taster visit session

Availability

Space is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 2 pm. Please call (01273) 698036 option 4 to arrange a session that suits your requirements

toy-box-preschoolCost

£4.50 per hour or Morning session is £13.50 from 9 am to 12pm

(The above fees came into effect from 1 April 2016)

You can also download a copy of our latest OFSTED report,

Play

TOYBOX offers a free flow learning environment which includes  messy play, painting, block play, dressing up and home corner , sand and water activities music, singing, puzzles, stories and  mark making.

We promote the development of first hand learning experiences and we visit the nearby  Level playground in all weathers

Staff

Jan, an Early Years Teacher, who leads a qualified team of  Early Years Practitioners and childcare qualified volunteers

Julie and Gaynor our trained staff comment on TOYBOX

“Having visited the environment I found it a safe, light and a good space that I could work in. Visiting the Level so frequently is a tremendous asset.”
Gaynor

“I am able to use the childcare skills I have to help the children there enjoy a happy and educational ‘play space’.”
Julie

Early Years Free Entitlement ( EYFE)

Funding for up to 15 hours per week is available for children ages 2-5 years old. Staff can help you apply for The Early Years Free Entitlement (EYFE).

For more information please email toybox@womenscentre.org.uk or call us on 01273 698036 Option 4.

The Family Information Service also lists TOYBOX in their on-line directory, and can help you apply for funding.

News

STARS  meaning  Sustainable Travel and Road Safety

TOYBOX is thrilled to have been given a Bronze award for the STARS programme which is a Department for Transport initiative to encourage safe and healthy travel options.

Walking weeks and daily trips to the Park were developed by TOYBOX we promoted walking cycling and scooting to Pre School. We enjoyed some breakfasts as part of snack arrangements and continue our daily park trips to the nearby Level park!

Best Wishes

The Toybox Team

Parent / Carer Feedback

Parent visit in April 2014 

‘Hello, thank you so much we enjoyed our visit and you did such a fab job of engaging my son. He wanted to come back  after our meeting’

End of year  ’14 Thank you card 

Thanks for all you have done for my son. He has come along in leaps !  A massive improvement in his speech , confidence , everything. Thank you . You have all done an amazing job’

February 2014 BOOST mum written card

‘All she wants to do is come to TOYBOX Thanks for making her feel so at home. It has been so lovely to meet the staff ‘

 DI volunteer  mum September 2014 to July 2015 

‘She has loved her time at TOYBOX . I am so pleased you go to the park every day and that you give the children so much attention’

Mum who registered with TOYBOX from meeting us at the Level in Spring 2014

I know he is sad to be leaving TOYBOX especially as he made such good friends with the other children. Thanks very much for all you have done to help him settle so quickly.’

Mum using Pre-School as first choice of childcare

‘I really like it here it feels secure and cosy for him’

TOYBOX staff undertake  peer observations which encourages good practice

TOYBOX peer to peer observations 

‘Staff speak gently to reassure under two’s settling periods of transition and settling in’

Parent feedback about staff

‘He talks about his key person at home she is his favourite!’ ‘It is so obvious how much all the staff genuinely like being with the children. The children love it’

Visiting  Inclusion Professional

‘This is such a nurturing group. I can see how the atmosphere is benefitting this child needs’

We also asked “How does your child benefit from coming to TOYBOX?”

My child benefits from spending time an independent time in a safe setting, He has access to new experiences and benefits from being in a highly supportive environment.

 

He feels enormously at ease with the staff who are very attentive to his individual needs. The centre provides a safe and caring atmosphere and he often comes home with stories or songs.

 

She really enjoys her time at ToyBox, her social skills have improved and she now enjoys playing with other children, her confidence has vastly improved and she is a very happy little girl.

 

This service has been invaluable for me following the breakup of an abusive relationship. ToyBox has been a place that both of my children have enjoyed coming to. The staff have been very sensitive to our experience as a family. When I leave my children there I know that they are really well cared for, and this has been so helpful in enabling us to get on our feet during what has been a very stressful year. It’s a place where I feel safe and my children feel safe. I hope that the staff realise just how important this has been for me.

 

For more information:

Please email us on toybox@womenscentre.org.uk or call on 01273 698 036 option 4.