Westfields Pre-School Playgroup
Who to contact
- 01252 879846
Where to go
- GU46 6LU
- Accessible changing, Secure environment, Wheelchair access, Disabled parking
- Contact provider for vacancy details?
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
- When is childcare available
- Term Times
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 08:30 15:00 Tuesday 08:30 15:00 Wednesday 08:30 15:00 Thursday 08:30 15:00 Friday 08:30 15:00
Visit & Outings
Messy Play Area
- Ofsted Inspection Report
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Latest Inspection Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 17/05/2017 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good
- Has Provision
- Caters for children with special 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
- Cultural and Spec. Diet. Needs,Relig. and Cultural Awareness
- Age group - Age range: 15 per session, 30 per day
- Age Ranges
- 2, 3, 4
Time / Date Details
- Session Information
4 Hours or More Per Day
5 Days or More Per Week
All year round
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
Westfields Pre-school encourages a co-caring keyperson system, whereby keypersons 'buddy-up', ensuring continuous care in the absence of a main keyperson. Valuable play-based learning activities and child observations are carried out within two key groups to support their developmental progression. Each child has their progress tracked, gaps in their learning are identified and next steps are put in place, individually and within their group. If a child is identified as requiring additional support, the relevant specialist staff member offers advise and helps to implement the best supporting strategies whilst keeping parents fully informed. The Childcare Manager is working towards her Early Years Foundation Degree and all other keypersons are trained to NVQ Level 3 in Childcare & Education or equivalent. Staff are additionally trained in a variety of areas, such as Makaton, Prevent, Food Hygiene, Speech and Language, First Aid, Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Birth to Three, Behaviour, SEND to name but a few, and are continuously updating these qualifications and others. We work closely with Services for Young Children, who provide specialists from Portage, Area INCo and Speech and Language who visit the setting, observe children with parent's consent and offer advise and support plans for children.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
All children are unique. As a setting we allow the children to explore and investigate, in a rich and fulfilling environment with adult support; ensuring safety and extension of experiences as well as offering fertile ground for developing potential. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and regularly observe and keep records of your child's progress, enabling us to assess and outline their next steps. With agreement from parents and support from outside agencies, one-to-one provision can easily be arranged and provided for the duration required by your child. Our daily planning incorporates a balance of child and adult-led activities in which to reach their individual goals, outlined in their individual progress tracking. As previously mentioned, we also have other specialist team members who co-ordinate support and necessary provision. We are currently building links with Westfields Infants School and their Early Years Foundation Teacher to enhance our provision and the children's transition programme to Reception year. We also have Committee Members who are experienced practitioners within Schools and Early Years Settings and are actively supporting us.
- 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?
Westfields Pre-school offer an open-door policy where parents are welcome to come into our setting at any time to discuss any aspect of their child's development. We hold Parents Consultation Sessions twice a year and also more informal termly coffee mornings where all staff are available to speak to about the progress of your child. We have communication books for families who feel it would be beneficial to share information between the setting and home environment. E-mails to parents, half-termly Newsletters, facebook and website updates also keep parents aware of activities, themes, important dates and events and also informs parents of how they can support and help with these aspects of the setting.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
At Westfields Pre-school we have a designated Health and Safety Officer who oversees the safety and well-being of all children and staff within our setting and ensures that all staff are aware of our Health and Safety Policy. The premises is risk assessed daily and we carry out half termly evacuation drills, audit of first aid kits and necessary health and safety recording documents. Our main door is alarmed and checked daily and our rear gate is padlocked. Any visitors are required to sign in and out and are made aware of our mobile phone policy and fire procedure. All children and staff with food allergies/restrictions are recorded in our allergy book. When children start at our setting, they make a placemat on which allergies are identified by a red dot and the allergy recorded on the reverse for staff. Parents sign medical consent forms in order for staff to administer medicine or inhalers. Parents of children with any ongoing medical history are required to fill-in an Individual Health Care Plan to enable to staff to act promptly if the child becomes unwell. Children's records and emergency contact numbers are kept securely and a password system for the safe collection of children is in operation. Parents or volunteers are are not allowed to accompany children to the toilets.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
Staff are able to access Support Training, either online (e-learning) or by attending local courses run by Services for Young Children. These courses are particularly useful for our staff who have expertise in SEND, Safeguarding, Behaviour and Birth to Three. We liaise with outside agencies such as Specialist Teacher Advisors, Portage, Outreach, Early Hub Team, Speech and Language, HomeStart, Area Inclusion Officer and Educational Psychologists.
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
The Childcare Manager is completing a Foundation Degree in Early Years and has a Level 3 Early Years Qualification. The Childcare Manager also has a SEN Diploma. The Deputy Manager also has an NNEB Diploma and has completed SEN and Behaviour Management Training. All staff are Paediatric First Aid Trained and have full knowledge or have taken courses in Safeguarding. At this time we have ongoing training in Makaton, Speech and Language and Sensory Play. All key staff have completed Food Hygiene training.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
>We take the children to the local secure playpark next to our setting, having risk assessed the area and all children wear fluorescent jackets on these outings and the correct staff to child ratio is maintained. In 2017 we plan to take trips to the local supermarket and library once we have purchased a ‘walking rope’ and organised parent helpers. Again, these trips will be fully risk-assessed. At present we do not take the children to the local common or surrounding field and wooded areas due to the popularity of the area for dog-walkers – many of which are off the lead. We currently feel that this is potentially a huge safety risk for staff and children but we will monitor the situation going forward.
- How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?
The building is wheelchair and buggy accessible and there is a wheelchair ramp with a hand-rail around the side of the setting. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet with a fitted panic alarm chord. Guidance from specialists would need to be sought if specialist equipment is required as the Pre-school is in a community building that is also used by others. Our ratios for under 3s is 1:4 and our ratio for over 3s is 1:8. We also offer one-to-one support if needed. For children or parents with English as an additional language our policies and procedures are provided in their home language if required.
- 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?
Prospective children and parents can visit the Pre-school at any time to be shown around the setting and meet the staff. Starter packs are prepared so that the Pre-school has all relevant details for the child before they attend the setting (including passwords, emergency contacts, medical information, allergies etc). Trial sessions are arranged a couple of weeks before a child starts officially with us in order to help settle them in. Parents are able to stay for these sessions if they want to. We also offer home visits which the Childcare Manager and the child’s keyperson attends, where the opportunity is given for parents to discuss their child’s wellbeing and any likes/dislikes/interests/habits etc. We work closely with our nearest infant school and our Childcare Manager attends regular Cluster Meetings arranged by the Reception Teacher. Reception Teachers come out and visit us in the Summer Term in order to discuss each individual child that will be attending their school. Transition forms are completed for this purpose and more formal transition meetings can be arranged if this is in the best interest of the child. One session per week is dedicated to school readiness and only the children moving up to school the following September can attend this. All activities during this session are carefully planned with school readiness in mind.
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
Additional funding can be claimed for children with special educational needs (SEN). A child receiving additional SEN funding will have access to one-to-one support with a staff member who plans activities according to the child’s Additional Support Action Plan (ASAP). Specialist resources are purchased if it is felt that this will enhance the child’s progress. Our close links with the Area INCo, Portage and Outreach has helped us to strategize support plans & locate the most beneficial resources.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
If a Keyperson has any concerns regarding your child, they will express concerns to either the Childcare Manager or Deputy Manager. These concerns will be shared with parents and a support plan drawn up and strategies implemented. The Area INCo and other outside agencies may be contacted if deemed necessary with parental consent. The Childcare Manager will make sure that all staff are made aware of any children requiring additional support to ensure that the child receives the best possible continual care in our setting. If as a parent you have concerns about your child or the Keyperson has identified a problem at the 2 year check (which is carried out during the child’s first term) then a meeting will be held with you to explore ways of supporting your child. If necessary, observations and behaviour records (ABCCs) are carried out and shared with you on a regular basis. The SENCo draws up an ASAP in collaboration with you and the Key Person; this is reviewed each half term. At the review the impact of the support will be assessed and moderated as appropriate.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
Our Pre-school is a registered charity, overseen by the Childcare Manager and run by a Committee of parents and carers, grandparents and members of the local public. Committee meetings are held every half term to discuss and plan ongoing fundraising activities. We hold half termly open coffee mornings, where parents can come in with their children and meet other parents and discuss their child’s progress with staff. Parents attend our annual Christmas party, Summer party/Leavers Graduation and often get involved by helping us to organise these events and run stalls. Parents have always been very supportive in making and buying cakes at our half-termly cake sales and also helping us to raise money for other external charities (British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support etc). As we have an open door policy, parents are always welcome to attend sessions. The Childcare Manager and Deputy Manager will be sending out three questionnaires per school year to parents and children giving them the opportunity to evaluate and comment on how we can improve on our Pre-school’s performance.