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Bushy Tails Pre-School

Pre-School Playgroup

Coronavirus status: OPEN

Who to contact

02392 253714

Where to go

Springwood Avenue
Accessible changing, Secure environment, Wheelchair access

Childcare Information


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Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Latest Inspection
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
04/05/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good



Age Ranges
0 to 5 years

Time / Date Details

Session Information
4 Hours or More Per Day
5 Days or More Per Week
School Term Only

Local Offer

Local Offer
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

As soon as the key person is allocated, a bond can begin. During their play, observations will be taken to chart the child’s progress. As close as possible to their 2nd birthday, we will complete a 2year old check. All staff are trained to monitor each child, and understand that every child is an individual and therefore progress at differing rates. Within Bushytails we work closely with outside agencies, and can call on these when we need extra input in a certain area, whether it involves Speech and Language Therapy,(SaLT), Portage, Specialist Advisory Teachers, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapist etc. If, after settling in, we believe that the child may benefit from extra support, the SENco (Special Educational Needs co-ordinator) will become involved. This in turn could lead to the Area Inco (Inclusion Co- Ordinator) visiting the child in group, and linking up with outside agencies to assist the child, parents and staff to work together towards progression. Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) or behavioural plan will be drawn up with consultation of those involved. These will show what we want the child to achieve, how it will be achieved, and the outcome. These will be dated, have a review date and be signed by SENco or BEco (Behavioual Co –Ordinator) and carers. All children are eligible for funding, from the term after their 3rd birthday. Some receive funding from age 2, depending on certain criteria. If necessary we are able to apply for extra funding if a child has particular needs.

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

Regular observations are taken by your child’s key person,as your child plays, which helps the staff to plan activities that they will enjoy being involved with. This will enable them to access the curriculum, to expand their learning, whilst still ensuring safety as they investigate and explore. Children are able to make choices as to which activity they would like to, therefore enabling them to concentrate to a higher degree.

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?

Your child’s file is always in group, and available to be viewed. Please feel free to come in at any time if you wish to view it. We send home termly forms that show at which level your child is achieving, there is a space for parental input. We welcome suggestions from parents and carers and we have a rota in place if you wish to “stay and play” with your child. We send home regular Newsletters, and have a Notice Board outside the front door, with up - coming events, topics and dates to remember. For the older members of our group, we have some “reading” bags with activities to take part in at home. This has proved really popular,and builds a strong link between school life and home life. The younger children can take home a special animal “friend”, and look after them for a night. There is a book to write what they have been up to during their time at home.

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

All staff are responsible for the safety and wellbeing for the children whilst in our care. Each member of staff are DBS checked and holds a 1st aid certificate, which is up dated regularly. If a child presents with a particular need, we will endeavour to train staff to be able to assist them if necessary; eg Epipen user ,a child with diabetes or Epilepsy. We ensure that if we need to give medication the dosage is recorded and dated in our medical book. All medications are kept in a locked cupboard on a high self, and are labelled accordingly. All policies and procedures are always available to view. If a child has a particular medical need that could be life threatening, or may need extra help from a professional, we will place all the information and a recent photo by the phone so we can call for assistance quickly.

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

At Bushytails all staff are trained to NVQ3 or equivalent, and all attend regular training in various areas, during the year. The SENco has attended induction and advanced SENco training, all have attended behavioural training,the Supervisor is the BEco (behavioural Co-ordinator), and staff are willing to train with a particular child in mind as is necessary. All staff hold a current 1st aid certificate. We liaise closely with Portage, Childrens services, Area Inco, Specialist advisor Teacher, OT, SaLT and Educational Psychologist, Community Nurses and any other outside agencies we feel will be supportive. If your child needs any other support we are able to liaise with whoever it is necessary to support them during their time with us. If English is not your first language, we can contact EMTAS ( Ethnic Minorities and Travellers Achievement Service). They are able to translate, and/or communicate information as appropriate. With one child recently we were able to borrow some books in his first language.

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

At Bushytails we are able to provide which ever support your child needs. All staff are trained NVQ L3, and if we do not have the required skills we can access many teams that will support us and your child during their time with us. We attend different courses throughout the year to enhance our practice, and will contact the area Inco as our first port of call, if we feel we need extra assistance, after of course obtaining parental consent. If your child already has a diagnosis, we will contact whoever is involved and arrange a meeting so we can all work together, so your child has consistency of care.

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

>Every child that attends Bushytails is able to take part in all activities we provide, even if we go outside or on a school trip. We will look closely at all, and will work with carers using their experience to assist us. All adult/child ratios are upheld as required by the Early Years Foundation Stage; 1 adult-2 children or if necessary 1-1 support.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Bushytails has pushchair/wheelchair accessibility,we have a ramp that be placed onto the decking for ease of assess. Our doors are extra wide and within the school we can access a disabled toilet/shower room. We have invested in new tables that are able to be raised up or down, and varying sizes of chair to suit additional needs. We are able to seek practical and specialist support depending on your child’s individual needs.

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?

Bushytails is based in a school, so a lot of our children carry on into this school. We have weekly visits for the older children into the Foundation stage, so they mix with children already attending and build a relationship with the teachers. For the children that go to other schools, we share information with the school teachers, or visits are made to see the children in group. Some have “taster “ visits during the term before they start. If your child requires extra support an IPA ( Inclusion Partnership Agreement ) will be set up with the feeder school, pre- school and parents to ensure a smooth transition. Your child’s learning journey may be shared to their new placement if you are in agreement.

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

Every child is entitled to funding from the term after their 3rd birthday. Some children receive funding, depending on certain criteria , from the age of 2. Please come into the Pre School to enquire if you are eligible. Bushytails can claim SEN funding if your child requires extra support. This can be spent on resources to enhance our provision, or to employ more staff to help your child realise their full potential. This will be decided through discussions, with you and all involved as to which would be more beneficial.

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

If your child has presented with some concerns, they will be observed and monitored. After liaising with carers we will collect as much information as possible and after parental permission we are able involve the Area Inco to visit your child in group. After the initial assessment and depending on the findings, IEPs (Individual Education Plans),or Behavioural plans, will be written up. Usually these will be reviewed half termly, at all times your input is valued. Depending on these plans, we will decide together the best way forward for your child. All plans are regularly reviewed and monitored, within the guidance of the EYFS. You will be a part of all the processes that we feel will support your child at all levels. If your child already has a diagnosis, all agencies involved will hold a meeting to discuss how best to support you and your child during their time with us.

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

Bushytails Pre School is a committee run group, made up of parents and carers. We are always keen to involve parents/carers in all sorts of ways. We have a parents rota, which gives you a opportunity to come into group and experience what we have to offer, and time for you to “stay and play” with your child. Please feel free to come and talk to us if you wish to join the committee or join our rota. We welcome anyone if you think you have a particular skill that you could share with our group, from cooking, playing an instrument or speaking a different language than the majority of our children hear. Maybe to sit and read with a small group, the children love seeing different people in group whether they are Dads, Mums, Grandads, Nans or older brothers or sisters.

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