Dunannie School (Bedales)
- Offering services to:
- Children 0-5
- Carescheme type:
- Nursery Units of Independent Schools
Our school, in superb grounds with outstanding facilities develops inquisitive individual and curious children.
Who to contact
- 01730 300400 01730 300400
Where to go
Dunannie School, Bell Hill
GU32 2DPView GU32 2DP on a map
- Age group - Costs Ages 0 - 7: 7 per hour, 2300 per term
- Special Needs provision
- Special Needs Experience
- Caters for children with special needs.
- Offers 3 & 4 year old funded places
- Offers 2 year old funded places
Opening Times & Facilities
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 08:00 18:00 Tuesday 08:00 18:00 Wednesday 08:00 12:00 Thursday 08:00 18:00 Friday 08:00 18:00
- Sleeping Area
All the children attending Dunannie are taught in a caring and nurturing environment and Dunannie follows the EYFS curriculum. Each child has the class teacher as their Key Person and is also supported by a teaching assistant. Children are monitored in every area of development through observations. These observations can help identify if your child has additional needs and may need extra help. The Head of Learning Support will offer support and advice to the Nursery/Reception staff and liaise with Hampshire SEN and other Outside Agencies for additional support if required. We have an ‘Open door’ policy. Parents can talk to staff at the beginning and end of each day and can contact staff at any time to discuss a concern. If you think your child may have special educational needs or disabilities you will need to discuss this with the Head teacher on admission to the school and when completing your Dunannie admission and child profile forms.
- Contact Name
- Anneli Bush, Head of Learning Bush, Dunannie Nursery and Pre-Prep
- Contact Telephone
- 01730 300200
- 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?
Dunannie School is the pre-prep for Bedales, an Independent, fee paying school, for 3-18 year olds. Dunannie is open for 33 weeks a year. Nursery offer morning and afternoon sessions Mon, Tue, Thurs and Fri from 08.30 – 3.30 Reception offer 5 days a week 8.30 – 3.30 After school care is available for children in Reception from 3.30 – 5.25. Nursery and Reception children can be left in early morning care from 8.00.
All the children attending Dunannie are taught in a caring and nurturing environment and Dunannie follows the EYFS curriculum. Children are monitored in every area of development through observations. These observations can help identify if your child has additional needs and may need extra help.
Each child has the class teacher as their Key Person and is also supported by a teaching assistant as a Co-Key Person. Children will also be monitored and supported by outside agencies, with parental consent (if this is considered necessary). The Learning Support Co-ordinator will offer support and advice to the Nursery/Reception staff and liaise with Hampshire SEN and other Outside Agencies for additional support if required.
We have an ‘Open door’ policy. Parents can talk to staff at the beginning and end of each day and can contact staff at any time to discuss a concern.
If you think your child may have special educational needs or disabilities you will need to discuss this with the Head teacher on admission to the school and when completing your Dunannie admission and child profile forms.
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
The Early Years staff are highly qualified and motivated and get to know and understand your child. Through the process of observing and tracking progress for all children, ‘next steps’ are included in class planning. Therefore we ensure individual needs are being met. At Dunannie, we have a high staff to child ratio. The Reception class has a qualified teacher and two teaching assistants. All Early Years teaching assistants are currently qualified at level 3 or above.
If we decide your child may need additional support we will discuss whether your child would benefit from an Individual Learning Plan. This plan covers all areas of development. The class teacher will liaise with you, Nursery/Reception staff, the Learning Support Co-ordinator and Outside Agencies to plan individual targets for your child to support and monitor progress. These targets will be regularly reviewed by you and all those concerned with your child at an agreed time. (The class teacher will oversee this and liaise with the Learning Support Co-ordinator) The children, teaching staff and assistants all eat lunch together. The children are supported throughout mealtimes and playtimes.
The Nursery also has links with the Area Inclusion Co-ordinator, SENCO Support Group and outside agencies for additional advice and support.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
Every child is different. At Dunannie children are encouraged to grow as individuals, to express themselves, to explore, to search and to discover. We take into consideration your child’s progress and plan and support your child at their own pace. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as a guide for a child’s development. Children with specific
needs will have an Individual Learning Plan with clear targets that will be reviewed regularly and discussed with parents. All children have access to specialist teachers in, Music, PE and Spanish.
- 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?
Dunannie is a school where parents are welcomed and encouraged to be part of their child’s learning and development. The class teacher is available to feed back to parents informally at the end of the school day, or an appointment can be made through the school office.
If your child has and Individual Learning Plan, individual targets are discussed with parents so that home learning can reinforce work in school. There are parent/teacher meetings in the autumn and Spring Terms, a 2 year check is completed if they start with us as a 2 year old and progress is shared through the children’s work within their own learning journal. A full written report is given to parents in the Summer Term.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
All our staff are welcoming and friendly, providing an inclusive, sensitive and positive approach.
They encourage positive behaviour and provide consistent care for all children. Your child’s class teacher is responsible for ensuring your child is safe and secure; both emotionally and physically throughout the transition from home to Nursery and into school.
All staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid All medication is stored in a secure place. A record is kept of all medications held: dosages and time of administration is recorded and signed by you.
An accessible toilet is available in the main Dunannie school building.
Staff are made aware of information relating to allergies, dietary and medical needs. We operate a nut free zone.
All staff are DBS checked and regularly updated with Safeguarding Training. (All disclosures made by a child are treated in line with the Bedales Child Protection Policy). The Head of Early Years is also the DSL for Dunannie.
- What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
The Dunannie Early Years staff includes four Level 6 teachers of EYFS, one Level 4 EYFS Assistants and one Level 3 EYFS Assistants. The SENCO has MA SEN and additional qualifications in Specific Learning Difficulties.
Dunannie also liaises with a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Hampshire SEN.
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
All EYFS staff have EYFS qualifications and are experienced in educating children in the EYFS. The EYFS staff have a rolling programme of training as part of the Dunannie Continuing Professional Development which includes areas of SEN.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
Dunannie is part of Bedales School which means we are located on a wonderful, resourceful estate. The children have a wide range of outdoor learning experiences.
They are able to visit the school farm and the Reception children use the school swimming pool. Any trips are risk assessed prior to the visit.
The school has minibuses available for visits outside the school grounds and every effort is made to make trips accessible to everyone. Staff complete a specific risk assessment for children who need special support on trips.
- How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?
Dunannie Nursery and School is on an un-level, rural site. Dunannie Nursery is located in a high ceiling barn separate from the main Dunannie School building. The Reception class is located in the main building. There is a fairly level access route into Dunannie and the Reception class with the use of additional ramps. Nursery is accessed via steps and all
reasonable actions would be taken to make it wheelchair/buggy accessible in line with the Bedales School Accessibility Policy. In the main Dunannie building there is a disabled toilet.
Dunannie has a logical layout with the classrooms leading off one main corridor with level access on one floor. However there are steps to access the dining room and specialist music department.
- 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?
Before joining Dunannie, children are invited for taster sessions. There is the offer of a home visit before starting Nursey or in the first few weeks to help a child settle. This is also available for children new to Dunannie that start in the Reception class. An information pack is provided.
Parents complete a child profile and have chance to share that information with staff. If children go from Dunannie Nursery to another school setting, the new teacher is invited to visit your child at Nursery in the Summer Term prior to starting school.
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
We are part of the Government funded scheme offering all children a free entitlement of 15 hours per week at Nursery. In discussion with you and Hampshire SEN we can request additional SEN funding from the LEA.
Dunannie School has a dedicated SEN budget to purchase specialist resources throughout the school and similarly there is a budget for staff to request specialist training as required.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
Through the observation process linked to the EYFS curriculum and profile, and in discussion with you, the class teacher and the SENCO will identify what support is required.
Any reports, information or advice from healthcare and other professionals will be considered and used to help make these decisions. If additional individual specialist support is chosen there may be an additional charge made by the school.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
We have an open door policy. Parents are extremely welcome to get involved in school life. There are assemblies and concerts for parents to watch, opportunities to help with cooking or walks for example.
Badley Day is an opportunity for parents to help with outdoor projects around school on a Saturday morning in the Autumn Term. There are regular coffee mornings and events arranged through an active parent group (Friends of Dunannie).
- Offering services to:
- Children 0-5
- Carescheme type:
- Nursery Units of Independent Schools
Last Updated: 28 February 2023