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Forest Footsteps Childcare

Day nursery

Coronavirus status: OPEN
Coronavirus status: OPEN

Flexible childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. We also have limited spaces for under 2's. We offer various contracts including term time only/shift patterns. Excellent outdoor learning opportunities including woodland walks and Forest School sessions. Limited spaces available for under 2’s and infant aged children during school holidays.

Who to contact


Where to go

2nd Ramalley Scout Headquarters
Ramalley Lane, Chandler's Ford
SO53 1JG

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 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 16:00
Thursday 08:00 16:00
Friday 08:00 13:00
Visit & Outings
Car Parking
Messy Play Area
Sleeping Area
Outdoor Play

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Latest Inspection
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
19/11/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Challenging behaviour,Developmental delay,English as additional language,Hearing difficultiesMakaton used in setting

Cultural Provisions

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



Age group - Under 2's: 5.5 per hour. Age group - 2-4: 4.6 per hour

Local Offer

Local Offer

At Forest Footsteps Childcare we offer inclusive high quality early years education for all children aged from babies to 5 years. We operate from the Scouts Headquarters in Ramalley Lane, Chandlers Ford and make use of the beautiful woods next door.

Contact Name
Erin Cuffley
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
What does your service do?

Your child will be allocated a Key Person, who will work and communicate with your family to build a strong relationship. We have a designated SENCO, who will support you and your child's Key Person in providing additional services if required for your child. 

All children are provided a safe, inviting and flexible environment that supports all children's learning and development. Children are individually observed and assessed using our online Tapestry Learning Journal. Where we feel your child needs additional support, our observations will support this in gaining the correct level of support needed. 

Where areas are identified for staff to improve their knowledge and practice, our Manager will seek appropriate training. 

Who does your service provide for?

Our services provide for children aged from babies to 5 years.

How can I start using the service?

If you would like further information please contact us. 

Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

We operate from Ramalley Scouts Headquarters in Chandlers Ford. We provide a service to all families in the immediate area, and further afield too. 

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

We gather information from the families initially when they enquire to see what support and service they are requiring.  Where we feel we are able to support the families needs, we will do so. Where the Manager or SENCO feels we would be able to support a families needs, with some additional support from our Local Authority we will endeavour to do so. 

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making?

Communication is key with the families we provide education and care for. At handover points, we are available for a short period of time to chat about your child. If you would prefer to phone, email or organise a time to chat with a member of the team, this can also be arranged. 

We use Tapestry to share your child's day, progress and general information. 

Is your service fully accessible?

We aim to be fully accessible to all families. The building is entered via wheelchair accessible entrances, and to our outdoor area too. We will work together with families to ensure staff's knowledge and training is adequate to provide any specific care routines and education.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEN and Disabilities had or are having?

Early Years qualifications


Thomas Training

Behaviour Management

Communication Tree

Elizabeth Jarman - Communication Friendly Spaces

SENCO support sessions


How will I know my child is safe?

Children's safety and wellbeing is paramount. Families are invited to visit the setting, to gain a 'feel' for our service we provide. Policies and Risk Assessments are in place to ensure the safety and well being of all children and staff. 

Staff are qualified to the required Ofsted requirements, and we implement the required ratios. 

Which of the following applies to your setting?
Secure environment
Accessible changing
Accessible toilets
Wheelchair access
What communication methods are you familiar with?
Signs and symbols
Does your service include children and young people with:
Signs and symbols
Who can I contact for further information?

Please contact Erin our Manager or Debra our SENCO via email or phone. 

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 Forest Footsteps we employ staff who perform high quality education and care, who most are fully qualified in Early Years. Staff are trained to observe and assess all children. Where we feel children are not making the progress we would expect, or if we have concerns, we will address this with the children's parents. If you have any concerns regarding your child, please do share them with your child's key person.  

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

We will support all children through offering experiences and resources that appropriate for all children depending on their ages and stages of development. Your child's key person, and SENCO if necessary, will provide a targeted plan if your child needs additional support. Your child's development and progress will be regularly observed and assessed, and where we feel additional agencies are required for support, we will take the next necessary steps to gaining further support. 

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

Using The Development Matters document, we will track your child's development and next steps. Understanding this information means we can then plan for your child's individual needs. 

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 will track your child's development, which will also be shared with parents. Through completing tracking, we can see if progress has been seen, and how much. We will share ideas for you to do at home to support your child, and where possible we will also lend resources too. 

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

The support your child needs will be assessed on an individual basis, ensuring their well being is fully cared for. We will communicate with families to ensure we have the best understanding of your child. As soon as we have any concerns with your child's well being, we will share with you.

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

We have access to our Local Authorities Inclusion Team where we gain ample training and information. We also access additional training as and when required.  

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

Thomas Training


Behaviour Management

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

We have an outdoor area, that is accessible for all. We also have resources that can be used and adapted for different ages and stages of development.  Where we feel our area needs reviewing for accessibility, we will do instantly. 

We also use the woods adjacent to the setting. The site is accessible via a kissing gate, larger enough for a pushchair.  

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Our setting is accessible via a front entrance at ground level. Door sizes are wide enough for wheel chair access. As a pack away setting, the environment can be set up daily, taking in to account accessibility needs at the time. We have various size resources and units, to suit various ages, stages of development and 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?

We support the children in transitions by good communication between all parties involved. We share Social Stories with children who may have a difficult transition, and organise visits where possible. We also plan activities and experiences to support various transitions for children including Home Learning Packs that can be shared. 

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

As previously mentioned, we have various resources and equipment to suit different ages and stages. Where we feel more resources are needed to suit allocation, this will be sought urgently.    

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

Where we feel additional support is needed, greater than what our setting can provide, we will apply for SEN funding through our Local Authority. Other support can be accessed through our Local Authority's Inclusion Setting Support Officer.

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

We liaise with parents all the time, sharing information. From the very beginning we will gather as much information from the parents as possible, then through out the time with us, reports and observations will be shared with parents and families can also share theirs through Tapestry. 

We also access training and share information with families too. Some training is also available for parents too. 

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