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Little Learners Pre School

Pre-School Playgroup

Coronavirus status: OPEN

Little Learners was established in 2004 but a pre-school has been in the church hall for 40 years. We are close to the local primary schools. We are proud of our history with children with English as an additional language and those with special educational needs.

Who to contact

Telephone
07748 608192
E-mail
little_learners@btinternet.com

Where to go

Address
Baptist Church Hall
Old Milton Road
New Milton
Hampshire
Postcode
BH25 6DQ
Accessibility
Accessible changing, Wheelchair access

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Contact provider for vacancy details?
Yes

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
Yes
2 year old funding
Yes
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement
Yes
When is childcare available
Term Times
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:30 16:00
Tuesday 08:30 13:30
Wednesday 08:30 13:30
Thursday 08:30 16:00
Friday 08:30 13:30
Facilities
Visit & Outings
Car Parking
Messy Play Area
Outdoor Play

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Latest Inspection
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
25/11/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

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

Cultural Provisions

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

Costs

Availability

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
Weekday All Day

Local Offer

Local Offer
Communication
Makaton, Sign supported English
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

Little Learners is a small Pre School with a high allocation of staff to child ratio. We have two Special Educational Need Co-ordinators (SENCo’s) that can liaise with parents the Key Person and any outside agencies that need to be involved with a child and help to monitor the child’s progress. Action Plans will be drawn up, agreed and explained to all involved as necessary. The amount of support is tailored to fit the individual needs of a child, which can be on a one to one or small group basis. The child’s Key Person will implement the next steps to aid the child’s development. The Pre School works closely with the Area Inclusion Team and attends regular SENCo Meetings and staff complete appropriate training as needed.

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

The Pre School may use Action Plans to inform all those involved with the child of their needs, the plans can help with physical, social and cognitive development. The child’s Key Person will do regular observations and keep records of their progress in a Learning Journal. The children learn through play and are allowed to explore and investigate within a safe environment and with adult support. We try to include activities that follow the children’s interests. One to one support can be arranged if necessary.

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?

The Pre School holds termly parent meetings which is a good opportunity to share the child’s progress and the Key Person, SENCo and Proprietor are available at the beginning and end of each session for more daily updates. The termly assessments are in line with the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum and show the progress the child has made as well as their next steps. Action Plans can also be reviewed termly or more often if necessary and ideas can be given that you can try at home. External agencies involved with the child are able to visit the Pre School to observe or work with the child

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

All staff are Criminal Record Bureau checked, they are also regularly updated in Safeguarding, First Aid, Health and Safety and Food Hygiene training. The child’s Key Person will ensure they are safe and secure both emotionally and physically throughout the transition from home to Pre School and later to full time education. The Pre School offers an inclusive service and the hall, outside area, kitchen and toilets are checked before each session for safety. The children are taught and reminded of the Pre School’s Golden Rules on a regular basis. All medication is stored in a secure place and a record is kept of all medication held and the dosage and time of administration is recorded and signed by the staff member and parent. The Pre School has policies on Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs. There is an accessible toilet and nappy changing facilities. Allergy and dietary information is posted in the kitchen.

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

All staff are qualified to at least level 3 in Early Years Child Care and Education. Two members of staff have had SENCo training. The Pre School liaises with the Area Inclusion Team, Speech and Language Therapists, Specialist Advisory Teachers, Portage and Educational Psychologists in order to support the children.

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

All staff have attended an introduction to Makaton course, this is a language programme designed to provide a means of communication through signs, to help children to understand and be included, this is always supported by spoken language. Makaton is used daily and taught to all the children. The Pre School has also been involved in speech and language development projects and all staff operate language groups on a daily basis. Both SENCo’s have attended Behaviour Management training and one of them has attended Visual Impairment training. All staff work closely with parents and outside agencies to learn specific skills to support children with additional needs and training is undertaken to equip staff with the necessary knowledge as the need arises.

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

>When the Pre School arranges trips we ask for Parent/Carer help and try to have at least one adult to two children and if necessary would arrange one to one help. We try to ensure all children are included in all activities and trips.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

The Pre School is run from a Church Hall and has a slope entrance which is wheelchair /buggy accessible. There is an accessible toilet and nappy changing facilities. Guidance from specialists would need to be sought if specialist equipment is required as the Pre School is in a rented hall. The acoustics in the Hall are not ideal for all children as it can be very loud and echoes; the sessions operate with a maximum of 20 children and 4/5 staff. There are however smaller quieter areas used for small group work. The Pre School works with the Ethnic Minorities and Travellers Achievement Service to help children with English as an additional language. We provide books, posters and culturally appropriate items whenever possible.

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?

In consultation with the child’s parents and other agencies involved we will ensure that the appropriate equipment and care will be in place to make entry into the Pre School as smooth as possible. Taster sessions can be arranged when you and your child can visit the Pre School to familiarise yourselves, with the room and the staff prior to attending. For transition to School, teachers from the receiving school are welcome to visit the Pre School and staff can visit the school with the child if required. All agencies involved with the child will be consulted about any special arrangements required to support the child’s transition to school and an Inclusion Partnership Agreement can be set up between the Pre School and receiving school to ensure a smooth transition.

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

All children have access to all facilities provided by the Pre School, funds may also be used to provide one to one support as necessary or to buy specialist equipment and appropriate toys to aid development in consultation with all who are involved with the child.

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

Decisions are made through consultation with all parties involved with the child’s care. Assessments are carried out termly to ensure progress in all seven areas of the Early Foundation Stage Curriculum. Action Plans are also reviewed at least termly and the impact of support will be assessed and moderated as appropriate.

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

The Pre School is privately owned, but we encourage parents to be involved and to share any specialist ability or interests such as playing a musical instrument or cooking skills which could benefit the children in the Pre School. Parents are also welcome to stay at any session and see first-hand the daily running of the group.

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