Finkley Weeke Nursery and Pre-school 2630070
At Finkley Weeke, we are huge believers in learning through hands-on experiences and play. We not only utilise our connection with the farm, but also visit local points of interest such as local woods and parks, where we extend children’s learning through fun and practical activities. But the fun does not stop here! Our nursery also has a large outdoor space, which the children love to explore. The garden features its very own mud kitchen, sensory pathway, messy play, bug hotel and parking garage for our young motorists, in addition to a range of indoor activities that children can choose to get involved in.
“Why send your child to nursery when you can send them on a different adventure each day?”
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Lottie Frogley
- Contact Position
- Deputy Manager
- 01962 798888
- Finkley Weeke Website
Where to go
- Finkley Weeke Nursery & Preschool
1st Place Scout H Q
- SO22 6EE
- Sensory area, Accessible changing, Wheelchair access, Level access, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking
- Contact provider for vacancy details?
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
- Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement
- Ofsted Inspection Report
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Latest Inspection Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 23/01/2023 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good
- Related links
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- Open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, 51 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays.
- Session Information
4 Hours or More Per Day
45 Weeks or More Per Year
5 Days or More Per Week
All year round
Weekday All Day
- Contact Name
- Finkley Weeke Nursery
- Contact Telephone
- 01962 798888
- 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?
At Finkley Weeke Nursery & Pre-School, we understand that there are several different kinds of special educational needs. We understand that some needs are present early on, and other needs may emerge or become evident later. We understand that all children are unique and individual. We are a fully inclusive setting aiming to support children and their families from the first point of contact all the way through to school. All prospective families are invited to visit the nursery and parents are encouraged to ask questions or share any areas of concern. It is important to discuss any Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) to determine our ability to meet and support those needs. When a child starts they are allocated a key person who will work closely with the child and parents to share any concerns and ensure regular feedback is given. Development is observed using the observation, assessment and planning cycle in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). At any point if concerns are observed the key person and SENCO will work in partnership with parents to establish what support is needed
- 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 travel in our minibus to visit the farm, woodland, zoo, shops, train station or wherever the Children’s interests take us. 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 Weeke 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, four members of staff have a level 3 qualification or above, with two 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 or are booked in to complete it and at least level 2 safeguarding, but all are currently enrolled on a Safeguarding Level 3 course, with two 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 Weeke Nursery, through daily trips to the farm and the wider local environment using our dedicated Nursery Mini bus. 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. Although our minibus currently is not Wheelchair friendly, should the need arise we would seek alternative transport, to ensure all children in our care have equal opportunities.
- How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?
The nursery is based in a Scout Hut, there is some mild uneven terrain. The layout of the setting is all on one level, with flat 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. We have a comprehensive School readiness program and regularly liaise with other settings and local Schools, Portage and other agencies.
- 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.