First Friends Day Nursery - Eastleigh
First Friends Nursery is open from 7am - 7pm 51 weeks of the year. We have a baby room where we can take 6 babies at any time. We also have a small sleep room which offers an homely, cozy feel. Our main area is divided into two areas, Preschool and Toddlers. They can choose resources and equipment independently and have free flow access into the garden.
Our staff are passionate about child development and ensure your child is treated as an equal no matter of their needs or abilities. We strive to provide a home from home nursery, ensuring the children feel safe and secure and have an enjoyable experience.
Who to contact
You can contact Rae the manager on 07494990013 or email Firstfriendsltd.co.uk
Where to go
First Friends Day Nursery
- SO50 5PU
- Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets
- Immediate vacancies
- Contact provider for vacancy details?
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
- When is childcare available
- All Year
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 07:00 19:00 Tuesday 07:00 19:00 Wednesday 07:00 19:00 Thursday 07:00 19:00 Friday 07:00 19:00
Visit & Outings
Messy Play Area
- Offers pickups
- Ofsted Inspection Report
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Has Provision
- Has Provision
- Experience with
Global Developmental Delay
Social development impairment
Autistic Spectrum Disorder ASD
Severe dietary needs
- Challenging behaviour, Developmental delay, English as additional language, Hearing difficulties, Medical difficulties, Physical difficulties, Soc. Interaction Difficulties, Speech and lang. difficulties, Visual difficulties
- Has Provision
- Has Provision
- Experience with
- Cultural and Spec. Diet. Needs,Relig. and Cultural Awareness
- Age group - Under 2's: 5 per hour, 28 per session, 49 per day. Age group - Costs age 3 - 5: 5 per hour, 26 per session, 47 per day. Age group - Costs Ages 2 - 3: 5 per hour, 27 per session, 48 per day
Time / Date Details
- Session Information
4 Hours or More Per Day
45 Weeks or More Per Year
5 Days or More Per Week
All year round
- Contact Name
- Rachael Oxlade
- Contact Telephone
- Contact Email
- How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
The nurseries Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO) supports practitioners in Early Identification and will work with parents and staff to ensure children's needs are being met. Every child is accessed in the first 8 weeks using the Early Years Foundation stage which will highlight whether they are meeting milestones. All staff have some training around SEN children and the SENDCO for the setting is working toward her level 3 in Special Educational needs.
If you feel your child may be delayed in an area of their development or you are worried that there ay be an underlying health condition, it is best to talk with the settings SENDCO and find out how best they can support your child. The SENDCO of the setting can signpost you to outside agencies and work closely with you and your child.
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
Your child will be assigned a key person who will be responsible for your child's development and care needs. They will plan and implement activities tailored for your child using their interests.
They will also work closely with the SENDCO to ensure Individual Educational Plans are in place using the graduated approach.
The SENDCO will work closely with you and give advice on how best to help your child at home so that there becomes consistency between both settings.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
We use the Early Years Foundation Stage to track our children's progress. We use their interests to plan activities that are suitable for their age and stage of development. The SENDCO will work closely with practitioners to ensure your child is well catered for and that activities are tailored to meet the needs of your child. Your child may have an Individual Education Plan which
- 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?
Every child's development is tracked using an Online Learning Journey. Using this online system to observe each child we can identify whether not a child is meeting the correct mile stones according to their age. If we identify clear delays, an initial meeting with the parents will be made and permission sort in order to get in contact with outside agencies who will offer support and advice and ensure the child is referred to the correct specialist.
Regular meetings with parents will be held so that they are aware of each step of the process.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
Strong relationships are built between your child and their key person and we ensure these are maintained even through transitions through the setting. We make time to listen to each child and carryout activities that encourage confidence and self esteem. Practitioners will take small group activities throughout the day where they focus on feelings and emotions using puppets and books.
Regular observations are made on each child and record on the child on line learning journey. If we were concerned about your child's well being we would invite the parents in to discuss.
When a child has an ongoing medication, we ensure we receive the correct training on administration. All staff members are first aid trained and can administer Epi-pens.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
Many of our practitioners are either working towards or have gained a level 3 or equivalent in child care. We have all been in childcare for many years and therefore have a vast amount of knowledge on child development.
We have access to resource on the Early Help Hub and have good links with our Area Inclusion officer, Portage Workers, Speech and Language Therapist and Community Nursery Nurses.
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
The settings SENDCO is currently completing a Level 3 SEND Award.
The SENDCO provides in house training for all staff when need through training days or staff meetings. All staff have access to online training which they complete when needed.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
First Friends enjoy taking all children out for walks in the local community. Every trip is risk assessed to ensure that extra precautions have been put in place when needed to minimise any risk to children and staff. The safety of every child is paramount and if we felt we could not ensure this other arrangements would be made to keep your child safe in the setting alongside a small group of children.
- How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?
First Friends Nursery is on one level. We do have the ability to open both main doors ensuring it is accessible for wheel chairs. We also have an assessible toilet. The outside area is not a great size and there is a step going down onto it therefore we would look at getting a ramp if required. The corridors are wide and tables and chairs and furniture is at children's height.
- 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?
We all know how important transitions are. We take great care in ensuring that this process is taken slowly and and at the pace of your child. If a child is finishing their time with us and moving on to Primary School, we ensure a detailed handover is made. This will include a one page profile of your child detailing their strengths, their likes and their interests and their areas of need. We would also pass on their Individual Education Plans so that the school have a starting point to work with and any baselines, assessments and reports from outside agencies.
First Friends also invite reception teachers into the setting to introduce themselves to the child and get to observe them in a more comfortable environment for that child. It is also the best opportunity for the SENDCO to discuss your chil's needs.
In some cases your child may require an Education Health Care Plan which will go with them to school. It ensures your child is receiving the correct support and all strategies are in place and are effective ensuring your child will achieve their best possible outcomes.
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
We are an inclusive setting and part of this is by ensuring all children have the same opportunities. We may need to adapt activities to meet the needs of every individual but every child will be welcomed to each activity.
Our staff team is also a one of our best resources. We ensure the staff are trained when needed so that they are confident in their abilty to meet the needs of your child.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
Every child develops at different rates and every child is unique.
If your child is coming to us with a special educational need we would ensure their transition goes as smoothly as possible. This might mean that your child needs more settling in visits or more 1-1 time with their key person.
During the transition period we welcome as much information as possible about your child and their needs. This could be in the form of reports from Paediatricians or other therapists and observation records from previous settings.
If we felt that your child needed extra support during their time with us, we would seek advice from our Area Inclusion Officer who would sign post us to the correct agencies. Depending on the level of support your child needs we may be able to seek funding so that your child can have 1-1 support within the setting.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
We pride ourselves in positive partnerships with parents and carers and always welcome new ideas from them. Parents and carers are involved in every step of their child's progress and support and advice is given as needed. Practitioners give feedback to parents on a daily basis about how their child has been throughout the day and celebrate 'Wow' moments at nursery with them.
We hold coffee mornings, Mothers and Fathers Day events as well as a Christmas Nativity. We hold regular parents evenings which is a great opportunity to discuss your child's progress with their key person and to raise any concerns with them about your child.