About Us

Little Beans Childcare (Sussex) Ltd started it’s journey in Portslade as a childcare setting with a difference with its core aim to always offer flexible and affordable childcare with no compromise on the quality.

Our Portslade setting offers a warm, nurturing, home from home family environment for your children aged between 1 and 4 years. We do have space for children before their 1st birthday and this is considered on a case by case basis.

Our Pre School in Horsham Is designed to support children from age 2 and beyond in their journey to being school ready!! A hybrid setting with a huge emphasis on outdoor learning in our beautiful woodland space. This setting is currently on a dual registration with our Portslade premise and we aim for it to be an independent setting in early 2020.

We always aim to offer all the best elements from a formal nursery whilst maintaining the warmth of a traditional home from home childcare setting. We are fully committed to providing an environment that supports excellent learning and progress in the early years across all areas of educational development.


  • To provide a warm and caring home from home environment for your little ones to flourish and develop.
  • To work in partnership with our parents.
  • Provide flexible and affordable childcare for the local families surrounding both of our settings. 
We have three registered staff, all of which are either qualified or training towards a Level Three Early Years Educator. This is a mark of best quality for us and will be implemented across both settings as and when we hire new staff.

Our other qualifications include :

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Supervisory Safeguarding Qualifications
  • Food Hygiene
  • Health and Safety
  • EYFS 
  • Childcare Workforce Development Level 2
  • Outdoor Education Level Two
  • CYPOP5
  • SENCO Trained
  • First Aid Trained
  • Fire Safety and Fire Marshal Trained

Our Services


Day Care Full or Part time

- All year round - Term time only - Ad Hoc


Funded Places

We provide Full and Part time spaces 2 year Old Funding 30 Hour 3-4 Year Old Funded Spaces


Before and After School

Mileoak Primary 7am to 9am / 3pm to 6pm



6.30 pm onwards 7 days per week

Senior Staffing Team

Joey Ward O.A.Dip

Director / Ofsted Registered and Level Three EYE

I have worked in childcare now for over six years, from day one I have never looked back....I feel the best part of my job is the development of the amazing relationships with the children and their parents.

Tan Ward

Director Level Two Childcare Professional

Tan joined the company in early 2020, his passion for working with children has driven him to complete his Level ll EY and forest school qualifications at our Horsham outdoor pre school. His experience of working with young people in previous employment is clearly evident, this can been seen in his passion in all that he does and the amazing bonds made with all of the children at our Horsham setting.

Bronwen Wilson

Senior Manager - Horsham Pre School Level Three EYE

Jasmine Plank

Level Three Early Years Educator

Jasmine has recently joined our team here at Little Beans. Completing her Level Three Early Years Educator Qualification we are very excited to have her in our team. She has a son called Isaac who is nearly one, so has first hand experience of working with young children. She loves art and messy play!!

Georgia Morton

Apprentice Childcare Assistant

Mia Hewitt

Apprentice Childcare Assistant


In November 2018 we had our inspection... OUTSTANDING in all areas......Please read the amazing comments made by our inspector below


Nutrition at Little Beans


We offer a home made lunch for all of our children which is served at 12.30pm, some examples of this are; Wraps Pesto pasta Sandwiches with a selection of fillings Home made wedges and dips Vegan, Veggie, Coeliac and all other food allergies and intolerances can be catered for.


We have two daily snack times 10am and 2.30pm We offer a wide range of nutritionally balanced options to cater for all. Some examples of our snack options; Fruit Cheeses Crackers Raisins Brioche Crumpets Pancakes Vegan, Veggie, Coeliac and all other food allergies and intolerances can be catered for.

Water and Free Milk

Water is always made available to all the children in their water bottles, each bottle will have their name on it and we will encourage self selection of this throughout their sessions with us. We will offer milk at our AM snack time to all children. This is accessed via the nursery milk scheme in the UK

Fees and Charges

Please ask a member of staff for our current fees document 

Early years funded spaces have minimal contributions from our parents to allow more families to access their funding to benefit the education of their children. 

Contact Us

  • Swindon Road, Horsham, UK
  • Covid reduced hours 9am to 3pm Normal opening hours 8am to 5pm with extended sessions available

Partnerships with parents

Helping out at sessions

We invite parents in periodically to help with short sessions throughout the year.

Sharing special interests

We love to hear what you have been up to at the weekend, or what holidays you have planned to implement these into our planning of topics and activites for the children.

Taking part in events

Here at Little Beans we love to go one special trips ....we encourage parent participation at all of our outings as this really can support the learning and devopmental needs of your child.

Parent communication

We actively encourage parents to communicate with each other. Our Whatsapp and Facebook community pages are a great place to start. Please ask us for more info.


  • £30 registration fee payable for all private ''non funded'' contracts 
  • £30 voluntary contribution for ''funded'' 2/3 and 4 year contracts
  • All fees are payable in advance. 
  • Fees are due on the 1st of the month
  • Customer holiday and sickness are payable
  • We offer Bank Holiday swaps system for our all year round customers 
  • Overdue invoices are charged at £10 per day
Strict procedures are in place to support every child and their wellbeing during their time with us.

Every child in our care has a voice, we listen to their opinions and implement suggestions wether they be indicative or verbal.

We are able to give chidlren medicine whilst in our care and there is a strict policy which has to be followed.

Nappy changing is well thought out and we will have a specified changing and toileting area for your chidlren to use, we positively encourage toilet training and will support this where we can.

Allergens are everywhere in todays childcare settings, we are implementing a not Nut and No Egg policy for all food which is brought into the setting or provided by us. 
Both of our settings have a named Special Educational Needs Officer (SENCO) , this individual is also the Inclusions Officer (INCO) officer for both of our settings as the nominated key worker for a child with additional educational needs. This individual is responsible for the design and planning of the environment to enhance learning opportunities for ALL children.
A key worker will be assigned to you during admission to our settings and this person will conduct a baseline assessment for your child and monitor their development during their time with us - this is called a learning journey.
We use a system called ''Babysdays'' to record all valuable information about your child during thier time with us.
We also ask for you to complete an ''All about me'' sheet prior to their first session for us to discuss as a staffing team, this also coupled with a copy of your chids two year check we will be well armed to support them in the best way we can.

If you would like to to enquire about joining either of our settings please contact us on 07738608978 and speak to Jo Bond.

You can also email us on : littlebeanschildcare@yahoo.co.uk

The local children and family centres can provide a huge resource of information in the local area.
Needles Children and Family Centre : 01403 213590
Horsham Children and Family Centre : 01403 224444
Health Visitor Team : 01403 227000

The family Information Service can give support and advice with access to a multidisciplinary team : 01243 777807

We will always liase with the childs next setting/school. We will share information about the childrens journey with us and specific information about what makes them unique.
We may even arrange group visits to the schools in order to provide a positive foundation for them to begin their transition to their new provision. 
Both of our settings will always make reasonable adjustments to ensure we remain as accessible as we can be at all times. 

Horsham - flat access and a flat main hall. Ramp will be available early 2020. Disbaled toilet and washing facilities also available.

Portslade- being a home from home setting minimal adjustments have been made - doors are wheelchair accessible and we have a flat entrance to the rear of the property.

Customer feedback

CM, Mileoak 2017:Parent

"My one year old son has been coming to Little Beans for nearly 6 months now, he loves it here, can't wait to go in the mornings. The staff are amazing and I can tell they really enjoy and care about the children individually. The setting is lovely and meets my sons needs perfectly. Highly recommended."


E Armstrong - 2019:

Absolutely amazing, boys had so much fun at little beans and haven’t stopped talking about their day. Highly recommended **FB


C. Mary 2019:

Jo and her team have been amazing with both of my children. I would definitely recommend her. **FB


J Otway 2018:

Jo and the team are amazing They made my daughters settling so much easier If I had any problems or questions they were always happy to help. I have already been recommending them. **FB


A Ellerton 2019:

I’ve known jo since I was 11 and trust her 100% with my childen but also with who else should be around my children and her judgement My two youngest love it here and was the best decision I made asking her to fit them in.



Apprentice Childcare Assistant - Portslade, UK - APPOR

12-18 month apprenticeship
Level 2/3 Early years qualification whilst working in our setting in Mileoak
20-30 Hours PER WEEK (shifts) 8am to 5pm Mon - Fri
Minimum wage rules apply
Monthly pay via BACS
Employed by Little Beans Childcare


Please Contact Jo on littlebeanschildcare@yahoo.co.uk

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Apprentice Childcare Assistant - Horsham, UK - APHOR

12-18 month apprenticeship
Level 2/3 Early years qualification whilst working in our setting in Mileoak
20-30 Hours PER WEEK (shifts) 9.00-16.00
Minimum wage rules apply
Monthly pay via BACS
Employed by Little Beans Childcare


Please Contact Jo on littlebeanschildcare@yahoo.co.uk
Apply Now