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Finkley Down Farm Nursery & Pre-school - EY547581

Day nursery

Coronavirus status: OPEN

Who to contact

01264 360505

Where to go

7 Knowle View
RG28 7HY
Sensory area, Wheelchair access, Soft play, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking

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
All Year
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:00 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 18:00
Thursday 08:00 18:00
Friday 08:00 18:00
Visit & Outings
Car Parking
Messy Play Area
Sleeping Area
Outdoor Play

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Challenging behaviour,Developmental delay,English as additional language,Hearing difficulties,Medical difficulties,Physical difficulties,Soc. Interaction Difficulties,Speech and lang. difficulties

Cultural Provisions

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



Age group - Costs age 3 - 5: 7.5 per hour, 58.5 per day


Age Ranges
0 to 2 years, 2 years, 3 to 4 years

Local Offer

Local Offer

Finkley Down Farm Nursery & Pre-School provides care for 2 - 5 year olds. Children can free-flow through between our indoor area and outdoor area and are not separated into age groups.

Contact Name
Sarah Gough
Contact Telephone
01264 360505
Contact Email
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

We recognise that future progress, improved outcomes and life skills are dependant on early, timely and consistent action. We recognise the importance of having an open, honest and respectful relationship with all of our parents and families. Each child is allocated a key person who will record and monitor progress. Where there is a concern, this is evidenced and shared with the SENCO and parents. Depending on the concern the child will discuss support strategies and if a targeted plan is needed. The child's key person and SENCO will work closely with parents to signpost or gain permission from parents to contact outside agencies such as INCO, Speech and Language, Portage etc.

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

The curriculum provided is in line with the EYFS, focusing on the three prime areas and four specific areas. This provides an array of opportunities for learning in an indoor and outdoor environment. We have a variety or resources which reflect the EYFS and the areas of learning, whilst also providing daily opportunities to visit the farm. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of both child initiated and adult led activities. The setting offers a stimulating and enabling environment with resources matching the developmental needs of the children in order to facilitate the highest level of learning specific to each child. All practitioners have sound knowledge of the EYFS and a buddy system, where a practitioner can work closely along side another member of staff. 

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?

We have an open door policy, parents and families are always welcome to speak to their key person, SENCO or management and discuss and queries or concerns they may have. Parents are provided with daily verbal feedback from their key person, and an online learning journal of progress is recorded which is emailed straight to parents, this allows parents to comment and add their own observations. A the end of the each day the nursery completes an online daily activity tracker for parents of the setting to log in and see what the children have done that day with a variety of photographs.

We have a parents evening twice a year where parents are invited to attend to discuss progress with the child's key person. We encourage parents to share any areas of learning or next steps they are working on at home, so we can support this in nursery. We have Christmas nativities and party's where we invite parents to come along and spend time in the setting, as well as parent social evenings throughout the year.

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

All staff have responsibility for a child's wellbeing, however it will primarily be your child's key person. All of our staff work closely together and in partnership with parents to ensure effective communication. A child needing regular medication will have a care plan and staff will be trained and competent to administer medication. Parents will be required to complete an authorisation form and sign each day that medication has been administered. Where a specialist input has been identified, staff will work closely with any outside agencies to support a child's individual needs. At the setting, our trained safeguarding officer will work with the key person and SENCO to support vulnerable children and their parents. Finkley Down Farm Nursery & Pre-School have a comprehensive set of policies outlining general medication administration, safeguarding, infection control, children with allergies etc.

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

High quality teaching is delivered by experienced and enthusiastic practitioners, 8 members of staff have a level 3 qualification or above, with three members of staff with a level 2 qualification or currently undertaking an apprenticeship. All members of staff are paired with another practitioner, as a buddy system is in place to support all staff. The setting has a SENCO and a training deputy SENCO, who will have completed the SENCO induction and other relevant courses. All staff hold a valid paediatric first aid qualification and at least level 2 safeguarding, with five members of staff holding a level 4 safeguarding qualification. 


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

The setting has a SENCO and we are currently training a deputy SENCO who will have completed relevant training and SENCO induction. These members of staff are experienced at liaising with outside agencies to ensure the child and families needs are being supported. Staff meetings are held monthly, where an update will take place and feedback of any children who are on an individual care plan and any outside agency support being received. In house training is done regularly through training days or staff meetings, where necessary we may ask the parent to provide training for individual needs.

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

We encourage all children to make the most of the outside environment and facilities at Finkley Down Farm, through daily trips to the farm. The farm is all on one level with ramps to any raised areas, and is accessible to wheelchair users although there is some uneven terrain.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

The nursery is in a farm setting, there is some uneven terrain. The layout of the setting is all on one level, with ramps to entrance/exit points.

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 work closely with parents for the duration of your child's time at nursery, we have the online learning journals and daily verbal handover which ensures parents are constantly receiving feedback from the setting. We aim to help each child achieve and reach their full potential by offering them a unique learning experience, with daily visits to the farm. We do termly baseline assessments to track children's progress and identify any areas needing additional support. We aim to provide all children with the building blocks to a secure start in life, providing them with an enabling environment and stimulating learning experiences.

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

We work alongside parents and outside agencies to ensure that we meet the needs of all children. Where unable to meet the needs of a child from our Early Years Education Funding, application will be made to the Area Inco for help.

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

The SENCO, key person and management will discuss the needs of a child with SEND. Together we will decide how support will be delivered and consistent and what actions need to be put in place eg. individual care plan. The communication with parents and outside agencies will be consistent and ongoing. Support is regularly reviewed and amended to reflecting the changing needs of individual children.

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

Parents and families are always welcome, we have an open door policy in place to ensure effective communication and support is always available. The online learning journal means that parents can comment and add to their child's learning journal. We have parent social events throughout the year to encourage parent engagement and interaction and various events for parents to spend time in the setting.

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