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Woodberry Day Nursery and Pre-School- Waterlooville

Offering services to:
  • Children 0-5
Carescheme type:
  • Day nursery

Start the adventure with courage, creativity and care ! 

Woodberry day nursery Waterlooville is a 78 place purpose build nursery accommodating an age range of 3 months to 4 + years. We pride ourselves on having a well trained and diverse team, to support your children in their early years. We are fully inclusive and supportive of all families, using every day opportunities to learn and understand the world around them. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Victoria Robinson
Contact Position
07481 644445 07481 644445
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Where to go

Woodberry Day Nursery
208a, London Road


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Childcare Information

Funded Places

Offers 3 & 4 year old funded places
Offers 2 year old funded places

Local Offer

Contact Name
Victoria Robinson
Contact Telephone
07481 644445
Contact Email
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?

We ask parents in their initial visits to complete a document called “All About Me”. This document is designed to support setting staff to gain an overview of the child’s learning and development so far, through a range of questions. Your child will be given a keyperson, the key person is always a member of staff who forms the closest bond with a child. They also maintain developmental records which is shared with you via our nursery management software and app called Famly. The “All About Me” information will be used by your child’s key person to refer to whilst your child is settling-in and to support staff to gain some insight into your family life as well as your child’s strengths and challenges.

We continually track children’s progress through a cycle of observation, assessment and planning. In order to determine whether your child needs any extra support the nursery's special educational needs coordinator (SENDCo) will observe your child at nursery, watching how they progress and meet the developmental milestones within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The role of the SENDCo is to attend regular support groups which help to identify areas of children's development and carry out continuous training through courses and meetings to enable their knowledge and understanding of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to progress. The SENDCo will usually become involved when either the parent or key person raise their concern about the child. The SENDCo will then contact the Early Years Advisory Teacher (EYAT) who will decide what to do next to help the child’s current needs.

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

Our nursery SENDCo will plan and oversee any additional support for a child at nursery. They work closely with other professionals that are currently involved with the child and their family and come to an agreement of how is best to meet your child’s current needs. Your child’s key person will also work closely with your child throughout their day at nursery, following the Childs Individual Support Plan (ISP) which will be devised between the nursery SENDCo, the parents or carers of the child and any other professionals involved. We will liaise closely with these professionals as part of a multi-agency group. We will also have regular meetings with the child’s family to keep them updated on their progress and we will also invite them to attend meetings with other professionals who have come in to work with their child.

The setting have invested in a number of early years support packages to encourage accelerated learning in areas where children are at risk of delay. For example, ‘Attention Bucket’, BLAST, ECaT, Black Sheep Narrative. Our team also have experience of using Makaton and PECs to support children’s communication development.

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

Throughout the nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). For more information on the EYFS please go to:

When we plan activities for our children, we plan for each individual child to ensure we are following their current interests to help support their development in particular area.

When working alongside the likes of a SALT we may be given appropriate activities that help to develop the child’s speech & language accordingly. We will incorporate these activities within their daily routine and will be carried out as part of a small group of children or 1:1, as appropriate.

Each staff member takes photos and make assessments to support the child’s current development which will be placed on the Famly Learning Journey. This is used as evidence of the child’s progress within their time at nursery.

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 aim to make families feel welcome and comfortable enough to feel confident to approach us with any concerns. We will hold regular discussions with families about their child’s progress in both formal and informal meetings. Often, we will give little "snippets" of wow moments that the child has achieved within their day at home time or on Famly for families to access. However, we are always at the end of the phone if ever you are worried.

We complete progress checks on your child which are carried out every 3 months and have parents evening every 6 months.

If your child has an Individual Support Plan (ISP) this will be reviewed with the key person and families.

Any activities that we feel can benefit the child will also be shared with families so they can continue these at home. We encourage families to share information about what they do at home so we, in turn can continue this support within nursery.

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

All trained staff can administer medicines if a medicine form has been signed with family’s permission. The nursery has an administering medicines policy. Our nursery group has experience supporting children with medical needs. We have a history of working closely with medical teams to gain skills that maximise inclusivity.

Most staff are paediatric first aid trained, we have an in-house first aid trainer to keep our team up to date. We also have our own training platform that offers 80+ online courses that cover Early Years appropriate topics such as Safeguarding, SEN and Medical Needs etc. Our Designated Safeguarding Officers will keep all staff updated with any changes to the safeguarding policies following change in legislation or best practice.

Our SENDCo is trained to work alongside children with behavioural needs. We put strategies in place to support children, to allow everyone to have fun at nursery. Some children may have an ISP based on positive behaviour strategies that we devise with the parents to ensure their best interests are being met; this is reviewed on a regular basis.

As our children get older, they begin to voice their own opinions on their interests and what they like to do. Our staff are trained to observe this through their play and behaviour, and we consult them about what they would like to do within their nursery day. This can happen during everyday conversations as well as our Children’s Committee Meetings. We may also involve them within our planning and when writing IEP's.

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

Our nursery SENDCo has all the relevant training and experience with regards to additional needs which is always being updated. We attend regular SENDCo cluster meetings and attend relevant courses and have liaised with other professionals on a regular basis. If we feel we would benefit from a particular training, we consult our local Early Years Advisory Teacher (EYAT). We also have close links with our local Speech and Language Therapists along with Portage and Physios. We work as a multi-agency team within the local area.

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

We have 2 fully qualified level 3 early years Special educators on site fulltime. We also have practitioners with experience of supporting Additional needs through out the nursery.

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

Currently we do not go out on school trips.

How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?

We are a purpose built setting with flat entrances and exits. All doors are wide to make easy access for all children and staff. The gardens have lots of open space to promote independence with mobility freely.

Carpark is large and only used by parents and staff.

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?

Parent partnership and communication is key while supporting your child through all transition's. Including next nursery room and school. We work closely with outside agencies to have a multiagency approach to support both parents and their children.

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

We will resource rooms appropriately according to your child's individual needs. Regular assessments, Key knowledge learnt through observations will be used to measure the needs of your child within their learning environment. The allocated budget for your children will be used to support in all areas of learning ,drawing from their experiences and needs they need fulfilling.

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

When a child first arrives with us there will be meetings with parents /carers on the information they have. We will then touch base with people regularly involved in their care. With all information gathered we will then speak to parents and work out a plan moving forward. This may require inhouse team support or further support from Portage and other outside areas. We will make a calibrated decisions on ways forward. Regular observations and updates will be maintained and impact recorded through these and other outside agency assessments. 

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

Parents are involved from the first communication with them regarding their child and their needs. Key person allocation when your child starts means that you will have a first port of call everyday with someone regarding the care required that day. Regular meetings and assessments will be had with parents to raise any concerns as soon as they arise. 

Offering services to:
  • Children 0-5
Carescheme type:
  • Day nursery


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Last Updated: 17 August 2023

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