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Bw Droxford Montessori School EY470932

Private Nursery School

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Droxford Montessori is located within the beautiful rural location of the village of Droxford situated in the local Scout Hut. Droxford Montessori offers children an outdoors based education through the Montessori Philosophy.

The Scout Hut itself is comprised of one large and airy classroom with access to a spacious green garden, surrounded by meadows, woods and our own allotment.

 

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Scarlett Jenkins
Contact Position
Proprietor
Telephone
07494275777
E-mail
info@droxfordmontessorischool.co.uk
Website
www.droxfordmontessorischool.co.uk
Notes

At Droxford Montessori School, we are surrounded by areas of natural beauty. We have several offsite visits to the local woods, fields and our allotments each week.

The children attend a weekly Gardening Club where they can experience the full life cycle of plant growth. The children are enthusiastic to try and enjoy the new foods they have grown themselves from seed.

Yoga is taught in combination with Music and Movement on Tuesday’s. Yoga is a holistic approach which nurture's children's intellectual, social, physical and spiritual development.

Cookery is carried out on Monday. The children refine their cookery skills, each term we explore a new technique or skill. These sessions are carefully supported by a teacher and incorporate allotment harvests and seasonal produce where possible. 

 

 

 

Where to go

Name
Droxford Montessori School
Address
Droxford Scout Hut
Park Lane
Droxford
Southampton
Hampshire
Postcode
SO32 3QR
Notes

Our classroom comprises of low open wooden shelves in the seven areas of learning focused on the Montessori ethos. Children have ample space to move freely around the classroom self initiating tasks; either independently or with friends. Highly qualified teachers closely observe the children to scaffold individual interests along our group seasonal topics. 

Children are able to have free flow access to our large secure garden. Our play encourages creativity and ingenuity through use of many re-useable green resources such as pallets, trugs and wooden off cuts.

As part of the Montessori Curriculum, we hold a weekly Woodland School trip where we explore nature in many forms from observing seasons, insect life, construction and crafts. We brave all weathers and particularly enjoy muddy puddles!

Accessibility
Sensory adaptations, Sensory area, Accessible changing, Physical adaptations, Secure environment, Wheelchair access, Low stimulus, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking

Costs

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Local Offer

Local Offer
Description

We have no children with SEN a our setting currently but have in the past working alongside professionals in all aspects of child care to support each child and their families in the very best way we can to meet their individual needs.

Contact Name
Droxford Montessori School
Contact Telephone
07494275777
Contact Email
info@droxfordmontessorischool.co.uk
Links
http://www.droxfordmontessorischool.co.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
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?

At Droxford Montessori we get to know every individual child and their families from the moment they arrive at our setting. 

Along with constant observations of our children, a two year check completed on the primes areas of the EYFS and a relationship with parents and professional bodies we are able to decide if each individual child needs any extra assistance in any of the areas of learning and development.

If you have any concerns about your child please speak to our staff and we will work together to put strategies and support into place for them.

 Each child at Droxford Montessori is treated as a unique individual and by consulting with parents and relevant people we tailor our support to meet their individual needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

As a small professional team we are experienced in identifying children's individual needs and working with parents and professional bodies to ensure the very best outcomes for each child. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum allows for a great deal of flexibility. The mixture of child and teacher led activities allows for the best blend for each child, we follow child led interests and motivators then extend these into more structured activities. We have a flexible staff team and an adaptable environment which helps provide an individualised curriculum to all children but especially those with special educational needs.

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

We follow the Montessori curriculum, alongside all aspects of the EYFS which fully supports children in their learning and development.  Our classroom environment has been very carefully designed and tailored to meet the individual needs and learning of all children in the setting. We offer a range of extra curriculum activities including cookery, gardening yoga, French and Woodland School.

The settling in process ensures children feel confident at the setting. Children build relationships with their keyworker and other staff, we help children form relationships with other children and aim to know them well. This enables us to monitor and address issues of wellbeing, we contact parents to discuss concerns with wellbeing both physical and emotional.

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?

All of the children are constantly observed and staff discuss all children's progress and next steps regularly. 

We use the Tapestry system to record your child’s development, helping to link observations to areas of development and age groups. It provides parents with an instant update and allows the key person to not only report on child’s interests and progress, but also to make suggestions for supporting short term next steps.

We aim to communicate with our parents and carers at every session but are more than happy to have meetings as and when ever a parent or carer feels the need as well as termly parents evenings with their child's key worker so we are all working together towards the support of their child's learning

 All of our parents/carers also receive newsletters and our notice board and website are updated regularly.

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

 

The settling in process ensures children feel confident at the setting. Children build relationships with their keyworker and other staff, we help children form relationships with other children and aim to know them well. This enables us to monitor and address issues of wellbeing, we contact parents to discuss concerns with wellbeing both physical and emotional.

Risk assessments are conducted at the beginning of every day. All staff are trained in first aid and a record is kept of all medications held and dosage, time of administration is recorded and signed by you. All staff are CRB checked and have attended Safeguarding training. All students and volunteers are not allowed to be left on their own or take any child to the toilet.

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

 

 We liaise with the Area Inclusion Team, Speech and Language and other agencies as well as attending regular meetings and training courses. 

We have an experienced staff team who aim to ensure we keep up to date with any changes and to ensure we provide a safe, stimulating and caring environment for all children.

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

The designated SENCO for our setting has had training in Sen and Sen plus as well as experience in caring for children with autism and complex medical conditions and makaton training.

 All staff will work with you and outside agencies to learn specific skills to support children with additional needs.When we have had children attending our setting with SEN including medical requirements all staff have been trained to provide specific care needed and information shared to help us support the child. 

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

We spend a lot of time outside in our surrounding fields, woods, allotment and park therefore each time we do a particular outside session it is  chosen, planned, risk assessed and adapted around those children who attend. Any challenges are addressed on an individual and inclusive basis.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Our setting is all on one level and can be easily adapted for ease of equipment needed to assist children with SEN.

It is a spacious setting with easy access in and out.

 

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 put a great deal of effort into positive transitions,  We invite parents to stay on their first settling in session then they can either leave their child on the second session for a short while or stay with them to introduce children at a pace that they are comfortable with. Families are also given a parents handbook and a children's handbook to take home they can familiarise themselves with their new setting

Transition from pre school to school is so important to us, we provide a lot of school preparation activities, stories and role play as well as each child's teacher visiting them in our setting where we can provide information verbally as well as a school leavers checklist  to help with each child's transition. We will also send on any other information needed for each child to their next setting.  

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

We as a setting will budget for any resources needed to provide the support our children need.

As each child is treated individually the resources are matched to needs and interests.

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

In consultation with parents, staff and where appropriate the Inclusion officer, the type and level of support will be decided on an individual basis taking all factors into account including resources and funding. We will always endeavour to provide the highest level of support we can.

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

Parents are initially involved in the settling in process with their child, this will include staying for one or more short stay also information sharing with their child's new key worker .

We make ourselves available each day for parents to chat and share concerns and ideas. We send out a newsletter and put notices on the door to share information and ask for help if needed. for example building garden equipment, we aim to build good relationships with parents and carers within our setting.

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