About Wakoos


WAKOOS Centre4Children runs a day nursery, preschool, breakfast club, after school club and holiday club at 2 sites in Billingshurst and Petworth, West Sussex.

WAKOOS was founded by 2 members of staff from the Weald School in 1988, wanting to ensure their children had care during work hours. WAKOOS stands for Weald Activities for Kids Out of School.


In 2008, WAKOOS re-located to a new purpose built environment which was shared with the Billingshurst Family and Children Centre. WAKOOS are now able to offer childcare up to 80 children at any one time within the secure indoor and outdoor nursery areas, with an additional 20 child capacity for the After School Club. We also now use the Billingshurst Women's Hall for extra After School Club capacity.


In 2016 WAKOOS opened up its second nursery in Petworth, sharing a site with Petworth Primary School.

WAKOOS now provides childcare to almost 300 families in Billingshurst, Petworth and the surrounding areas.


Our Nurseries


Both Billingshurst and Petworth settings are equipped to take children from 3 months - 11 years old, and we also offer 15 and 30 hour funded places.


The nurseries are divided into rooms enabling staff and children to work and play safely, with activities tailored to age.
Each of these rooms have been given names - Caterpillars for age 3 months - 2 years, and Butterflies for preschool 2 year - 5 year olds.


We also run a Breakfast Club, After School Club and Holiday Club covering all the school summer holidays and INSET days.



Each WAKOOS nursery is managed by the Nursery Manager at each site. The managers are supported by deputies, and the management team as a whole is supported and directed by our committee of volunteer trustees.


Staff at Wakoos:

  • Encourage the emotional, social, physical, creative and intellectual development of children.
  • Encourage positive attitudes, and develop confidence and self-esteem.
  • Provide an atmosphere that stimulates interests and each child's imagination.
  • Help parents achieve a work-life balance, by offering flexible hours and by accepting Nursery Vouchers and assisting with providing information for Working Family Tax Credits. 
  • Are either fully qualified nursery practitioners or are working towards childcare qualifications.



WAKOOS is a registered charity run by a committee of volunteer trustees. As a not-for-profit organisation, we are able to keep our fees as low as possible and provide competitive, affordable childcare. Any surplus revenue generated is able to be put back into improving our facilities.

For further information, please visit our Committee page or the Charity Commission website:


Our charity number is 1137968



As with all childcare environments, WAKOOS is registered with Ofsted:

Billingshurst EY420054 / Womens Hall ASC EY446385 / Petworth EY401815

More information about the role of Ofsted can be found here www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted


We are subject to unannounced inspections and our most recent reports can be found below


Petworth report 2024
EY401815 Petworth report 2024.PDF
PDF File [162.0 KB]
Billingshurst report 2022
PDF File [170.1 KB]
Women’s Hall- After School Club report 2023
Women’s Hall ASC report 2023.PDF
PDF File [145.5 KB]
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