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Barton Pre-School

Pre-School Playgroup

Coronavirus status: OPEN
Coronavirus status: OPEN

The Pre School is part of Barton Methodist Church but welcomes families from all backgrounds. We aim to provide an excellent stimulating environment for your child to thrive in. We are registered with Ofsted to provide sessional day care to children aged between 2 years and 4 years 10 months and are able to provide a friendly and welcoming environment for young children. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and very experienced, well qualified staff team who enhance your child’s learning and development through use of exciting and creative activities.

Who to contact

07960 996244

Where to go

Barton Methodist Church, Cliffe Road
Barton on Sea
New Milton
BH25 7PA
Accessible changing, Secure environment, Wheelchair access, Level access, Accessible toilets

Childcare Information


Contact provider for vacancy details?

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement
When is childcare available
Term Times
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:00 13:00
Tuesday 09:00 13:00
Wednesday 09:00 13:00
Thursday 09:00 13:00
Friday 09:00 14:00
Visit & Outings
Car Parking
Messy Play Area
Sleeping Area
Outdoor Play

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Latest Inspection
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
10/09/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Caters for children with special needs. Challenging behaviour,Developmental delay,English as additional language,Hearing difficulties,Physical difficulties,Soc. Interaction Difficulties,Speech and lang. difficulties,Visual difficulties

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Cultural and Spec. Diet. Needs,Relig. and Cultural Awareness



Age group - Age range: 4.5 per hour


Age Ranges
0 to 5 years

Time / Date Details

Session Information
3 Hours or More Per Day
5 Days or More Per Week
School Term Only
Weekday All Day
Weekday AM

Local Offer

Local Offer
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

The Senco will work with your child’s keyperson to plan how to provide the additional support that your child may need. They may use a personal play plan that will focus on a specific aspect of your child’s development. Your child may be supported through either small group activities or perhaps on a one to one basis. The plan will be shared and agreed with you and will usually be reviewed at least once every six weeks. Your child’s progress will be monitored to ensure the right target was set and, again with your agreement, the plan may be continued, or if sufficient progress has been made, it may be that no further plan is needed. The keyperson will however continue to assess your child’s development to ensure that they continue to progress as they would be expected to. If any outside agencies are involved, such as Speech and Language Therapists, we would ask that you provide us with copies of their reports to ensure that we are focusing on the same aspects as they are and which will allow us to offer the appropriate support to your child.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

The pre school follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which covers your child’s development from birth to the end of their first year at infant school. For further details of this please go [ here] to view the information specifically designed for parents. Every child within our pre school is different, with their own needs and interests. Through observation and assessment your child’s keyperson will know where your child is within each area of their learning and development. This will allow them to then plan activities and learning opportunities based on your child’s specific needs, which enables us to adapt and differentiate activities to ensure that they are able to participate and make progress in all areas of their learning. These observations form the basis for your child’s Learning Journal which shows their development during their time with us. We also use an electronic monitoring system which each term will compare their stage of development to what would be expected for a child of their age. This will also highlight any areas that we need to focus on and allow us to plan how we will support them. The Special Education Needs Co-ordinator will work with your child’s keyperson in supporting your child within the setting and will share with you their plans and ideas for how you could support them at home.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

At Barton Pre School we strongly value the relationship between the parent, child and keyperson and will work in partnership with you to support your child’s development during their time with us. Their keyperson is usually available to speak to you both at the beginning and end of the morning or alternatively, an appointment can be made for you to speak to them in confidence. Their Learning Journal will contain both written and photographic evidence of their progress, the next step in their learning together with examples of their work. This will be shared with you on a regular basis by their keyperson who will be able to explain how the observations are used to monitor their progress and to plan for their learning. They can also provide you with ideas of how you can support their learning within the home. We also welcome your contributions to this so that we have a complete view of your child’s development both at home and within the setting. We are also able to arrange information sharing sessions on subjects such as the Early Years Foundation Stage to provide you with an understanding of how this is implemented within the setting and how we can work with you for the benefit of your child’s learning and development.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

At Barton Pre School we look at all aspects of your child’s needs and well-being, their emotional and social development and their healthcare needs. We have several staff that are responsible for areas such as behaviour, first aid, safeguarding and health and safety. Should your child have an ongoing medical condition requiring specific treatment we would seek further training to ensure their safety. Staff are able to administer medicines with your written consent. This is all detailed in the “Administering Medicines Policy” that is available within the setting. We aim for all staff to have a Paediatric First Aid qualification and ensure that at least one qualified person is present each morning. Any personal care is in an area that is located away from the other children to ensure privacy at all times. This would be undertaken by 2 members of staff as our Safeguarding policy states that no child is left alone in a 1:1 situation with a member of staff. All staff have received Safeguarding training. The setting has policies which detail how we support children with SEN and also Achieving Positive Behaviour. Our Behaviour Co-ordinator is trained in supporting children with behavioural issues, which has been shared with all staff. The setting will use different strategies to help your child deal with their emotions and feelings, such as small group discussions or activities. We may also use a behaviour plan which will outline the support we will give them and this will be agreed with you.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (Senco) has a number of years’ experience working in their role. They are able to seek guidance and support from the Area Inclusion Co-ordinator who will be able to suggest how the child can be supported within the setting and also advise which other outside agencies or specialists your child could be referred to. If we do not currently have links with a service that your child needs, we would look to establish this to ensure that your child is receiving as much support as necessary and always work in conjunction with their parents. For further information for parents about how your child can be supported please go [ here]

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

The Senco has attended training covering a range of different special needs and Speech and Language training . They attend termly meetings that provide up to date information about changes in legislation, training opportunities and new ideas or resources to support children with special needs. They have also attended Enabling Environments training that will help develop a range of strategies for creating an environment that is inclusive and stimulating and that will support children's learning and development. All staff have undertaken a Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour course . We aim for all staff to have Paediatric First aid training and all staff are familiar with the requirements that form the Special Educational Needs, the Diversity and Equality, Behaviour and Safeguarding policies. We would seek to obtain training for a specific condition so that we could support your child within our setting if needed.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

When planning activities and learning opportunities for the children, we consider all the children’s different needs and how we can adapt these to ensure that all children are able to participate in them. When we take the children on short walks around the local area, we begin by carrying out a risk assessment to ensure that the route is suitable and that the children will be safe. We lower the adult to child ratio to adequately supervise the children and can provide 1:1 support if necessary. We can use a visual timetable to prepare and explain to your child what is going to happen on the walk to help them feel comfortable and at ease when away from the setting. These walks are often decided upon on the day but if planned in advance, we will advise you and you are welcome to come with us so that you can be reassured about how these walks are carried out and supervised. For outings and activities that take us further away from the setting, again a risk assessment would be carried out but we would also ask for additional support from parents again for the children’s safety. With the annual outing, parents are asked to accompany their children with the staff offering support if needed. We welcome parents’ ideas for both activities within the setting and also for outings.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Barton Pre School is fully wheelchair accessible. The building is on one level with double doors at the entrance and also leading into the main hall. The hall is large and arranged to allow children to move easily between the different areas. There is a single door to the smaller side room and to the outside area which would be wide enough for a wheelchair. Although the outside area is small it is entirely on the flat and should be accessible to all children with staff providing additional support if needed. The area is set up on a daily basis which again will allow the staff to adapt it to the children’s needs. We have facilities for your child’s personal care and there is also an accessable toilet. We can use a visual timetable, using photos and signs, to help your child understand and follow the routine of the morning. Photos can also be used to give your child choices in what activities they would like to take part in. For families with English as an additional language, we can provide written information in their home language and will seek support and advice from the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) details of which can be found [ here]

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

Shortly before your child is due to start with us, we offer you the opportunity for a home visit. The manager will complete all necessary paperwork with you whilst the keyperson will play with your child. This helps to build the relationship between them which will help your child feel safe and secure within the setting. You are also welcome to visit the pre-school prior to your child starting as this will help familiarise them with the setting. You can stay with your child for all or part of their first few sessions until you feel they are happily settled. If your child is due to move to a new setting/school, we work closely with them to ensure that transition is as easy as possible. We invite them to come and visit your child in the setting and arrange for your child to have a number of visits to their new setting. We will provide them with as much information about your child as we can and also share with them your child’s learning journal. We may also arrange a transition meeting with their new setting/school depending on your child’s individual needs to ensure the new setting knows what they may need to put in place so that your child receives the appropriate support. Within the setting, we can prepare your child for the transition through role play, activities, and stories and by providing photographs of their new setting to help them understand what it will be like for them.

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

The setting is based in one large room with specific spaces that cover the different areas of the curriculum. The resources that are provided cover different ages and stages of development and can be adapted to ensure that children of all abilities have opportunities to learn and develop. For children with special educational needs, we look at each child on an individual basis and will look to reduce the ratios of adult to children accordingly. We will also look at any additional resources they may need. If we need to apply for additional funding for resources we can approach the local authority about this.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

Your child’s keyperson will have observed and monitored your child’s progress and raised any concerns they may have with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. The setting will seek advice from the Area Inclusion service and any other outside agencies to discuss what support may be appropriate for your child. By looking at your child as an individual, we can then observe and assess how they cope and what progress they are making. The decision about what support is needed is made through a joint partnership with parents, staff and outside agencies all working together for the benefit of your child.

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

We encourage parents to become involved as much as they can be. We welcome your contributions to your child’s learning journal and work with you to support your child’s learning. Throughout the year you are welcome to join the staff and children, who play an active part in the services, in the church for Harvest Festival, Nativity Service and also Mothering Sunday. The pre school is a charity and we need to fundraise to allow us to buy new resources and this is one aspect where the parents can really help. After the Nativity service, there is a Christmas Fair that the parents organise and run on our behalf which everyone can be involved in. In the summer term we hold our sports day in the gardens at the local church and also organise our annual outing, which our families are invited to attend. The children always enjoy having visitors, so we may ask parents to come and share any skills or talents they may have with the children or tell them about what they do for a living. We also encourage parents to participate in our “Stay and Play” sessions, which will allow you to see how the setting is run on a daily basis. You will be able to see how your child spends their time with us and how the staff support your child in their learning. We strongly value the relationship we have with our families and are always trying to develop and encourage this further.

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