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Little Acorns Nursery School

We provide high quality care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years regardless of their requirements or background.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Clare Leake
02392 265151

Where to go

Little Acorns Nursery School
Waterberry Drive
Secure environment, Wheelchair access

Other Details


Age Ranges
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Local Offer

Local Offer
PECS, Makaton, Sign supported English
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?

All children at Little Acorns Nursery are observed upon entry to assess their learning and development requirements. We also work in partnership with parents and give them a ‘unique child’ booklet upon enrolment, which details the stage their child is at and the achievements already made. Children are treated as individuals and we work in partnership with parents and outside agencies, to offer support as necessary, whether it be with speech delays or concerns about children’s mobility. Every child is allocated a key person, who will offer support and guidance to the children and their parents. This makes for a good and trusting relationship, where concerns can be raised and discussed with confidence. Little Acorns Nursery School is purpose built and is fully wheelchair accessible for children and their parents. A disabled toilet ensures that children can have their personal needs met in a designated area, to ensure they feel comfortable.

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

Staff will work in partnership with children and their families, no matter what their background, race, religion or social status is. We develop close and trusting relationships so that any concerns that we may have are discussed confidentially and professionally, and referred to outside agencies if necessary. We are happy to work in partnership with external agencies and value their input, advice and support. Children are regularly observed and set individual targets. These targets are challenging yet achievable, so we can ‘stretch’ the children and work on their individual needs. We have a member of staff who regularly attends training on supporting special educational needs so feel confident that we can offer appropriate support to all children.

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

Little Acorns plans for each individual child, so every child has their own needs met. Activities are focused on areas of learning and development that need to be targeted so each child can reach their maximum potential. The nursery has a Special Education Needs Co-ordinator and Behaviour Management Co-ordinator who helps children should they need additional support. Observations are made on each individual child and periodic summative reports are produced, that highlights and areas of development with particular strengths or weaknesses. These can then be focused upon in consultation with parents.

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?

Each child has their own learning journal that records their learning and development progress as well as observations taken of them and photographs showing favourite activities. There is also an Early Years progress check sheet which the children’s progress is recorded on, with dates showing when the progress was achieved. Little Acorns Nursery School also carry out the required two year old progress checks on entry, and these are shared with parents so we can work in partnership towards these early learning targets. Parents are encouraged to come into the nursery at any time to discuss their children’s progress and targets within learning, as we have an open door policy. Little Acorns Nursery School provide bi monthly newsletters which are distributed to parents via email, and paper copies are available for parents at the nursery school if required.

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

Little Acorns Nursery School staff will administer medication with parental consent. Medications are stored in either a refrigerator or cupboard away from children. The nursery practitioner who is responsible for behaviour management will work in partnership with any external agencies and parents as appropriate, to ensure a cooperative and focused strategy to help with any behaviour difficulties. Each child is treated and supported on an individual basis. Activities to support the personal, social and emotional development of the child are carried out; this allows children the freedom to express their feelings and personal choices confidently and supportively. The nursery is a safe and secure environment. The only entrance to the nursery is controlled via an electronic buzzer entry system and the bright, open and airy nursery ensure that only people with a purpose gain entry to the nursery, and any ‘new faces’ are identified quickly. Children are supported at the nursery to take ‘risks’ within their play, with activities such as climbing and balancing. This important stage in their learning helps to achieve confidence and self-esteem, whilst in a closely monitored and safe environment.

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

Little Acorns Nursery School work alongside other professionals and external agencies in order to reach the best outcomes for each individual child. Each member of staff has received First Aid training and Safeguarding training is regularly discussed and updated in house. The Special Educational Needs coordinator has received specialist training and continues to update and extend her knowledge. Little Acorns Nursery School has comprehensive policies and procedures in place to cover all eventualities, and a risk assessment is in place for each area of the nursery school.

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

All the staff at Little Acorns Nursery School are qualified to a level 3 in childcare. The Manager holds a BA in Early Years and Education. The Special Educational Needs coordinator has attended specialised training and continues to update her knowledge. All staff have attended training in Safeguarding children and first aid. We also have one qualified teacher working in our pre school area.

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

>We do not take the children on any trips.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Little Acorns Nursery School is purpose built so was designed to be easily accessible to all. There are wide door frames and a disabled toilet. We are also all on one level with no large steps or inaccessible areas. Little Acorns Nursery School has a large outdoor environment with room to explore, run and climb. All of the children have time outside twice daily and we operate a ‘free flow’ system in the warmest months.

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?

Prior to the child starting at the nursery we offer ‘settling in sessions’, this ensures that the enrolment process is successful, and parents can decide the amount of sessions that their child requires. Parents are welcome to stay for these sessions and will be warmly welcomed by the staff and the child’s keyworker. Little Acorns Nursery School work in partnership with the local infant schools to enable the transition to be as smooth and successful as possible. Current stages of the children’ learning are shared with parents and the school so that the learning can continue at the stage it was left off.

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

Special Educational Needs funding would be allocated if appropriate for your child and this would be allocated by extra one to one support for your child. Resources would also be purchased in order to best support the learning and development requires for each individual child, and this would be in consultation with parents.

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

The child’s keyworker, along with the Manager and parents, would meet to discuss the support needed for your child, and the best way for us to meet those requirements. Little Acorns Nursery School has an inclusion policy which states we will meet the needs of every child in the best possible way in which we can. Our open plan purpose built environment allows free access to each area of the nursery, which helps to promote each child’s independence and self-esteem.

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

Parents are invited into the setting three times a year for a meeting with the key person. An annual report is sent home to parents detailing progress made in learning and development and future targets. Daily learning sheets are on display for all age groups which give an over view of the daily activities and learning. Parents and grandparents are invited into the setting throughout the year to ‘stay and play’ with their children. This enables the children to show their ‘special people’ where they play, grow and have fun!

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