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Little Apples of Bramley

Pre-School Playgroup

Coronavirus status: OPEN

Who to contact

Telephone
07598 588460
E-mail
Manager@littleapples.org

Where to go

Address
Bramley Village Hall
The Street, Bramley
Tadley
Hampshire
Postcode
RG26 5BP
Accessibility
Accessible changing, Secure environment, Wheelchair access, Soft play, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Contact provider for vacancy details?
Yes

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
Yes
2 year old funding
Yes
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement
Yes
When is childcare available
Facilities
Car Parking
Messy Play Area
Outdoor Play
Computer

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Latest Inspection
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
11/02/2020Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Yes
Experience with
Physical impairment
Visual impairment
Challenging Behaviour
Social development impairment
Hearing Difficulties
Language impairment
Details
Caters for children with special needs.

Costs

Availability

Age Ranges
0 to 5 years

Time / Date Details

Session Information
4 Hours or More Per Day
5 Days or More Per Week
School Term Only
Weekday All Day

Local Offer

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

Your child will have a dedicated Key Person and Co-Key Person who supports them. In addition the managers in their role as Special Educational Needs Coordinators will work closely with children individually and in small groups, also with families and outside agencies as necessary. Regular monthly meetings are held where Key Persons, Deputies and Senior Staff discuss all children who have been highlighted as requiring additional monitoring with the managers. Your Key Person will then share this with you. How we can best provide all the help they need will be planned with you, monitored and reviewed.

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

Little Apples has a robust Inclusion Policy and is committed to ensuring that your child gets the most out of their time with us in terms of their learning and development. To support this the Key Person maintains detailed files tracking and planning for learning progress. These are based on our observations together with your information about your child’s abilities and interests. We will plan an Individual Educational Plan in consultation with you, and a Planning for Learning Summary which is available to all staff, together with strategies and activities so everyone knows how to best support your child.

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?

The managers, Key Persons and other staff are available at any time for an informal chat or a more formal appointment, we also offer Parental Consultations twice a year to share information between home and ourselves, and to discuss your child’s progress. We regularly send ‘Star Notes’ home to help you celebrate your child’s achievements, and encourage you to share ‘Wow’ moments of your child’s life with us, including photos if possible. We offer ideas for you to help support your child’s learning at home, and we have strong links with our local Children’s Centre (Lily Pads) who also offer a full program of parental advice and training courses (a training timetable is on display on our noticeboard).

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

Our policies and procedures are vigorous and regularly reviewed –these are all available on line at www.littleapples.org. In the first instance, your Key Person is responsible for pastoral and personal care. This is overseen by our deputies who ensure that all children receive the highest standard of care on a daily basis. We have a dedicated Behaviour Management Officer, who ensures that our Behaviour Policy is strictly adhered to and helps all staff with specific behavioural mistakes. Children are never excluded for ‘bad’ behaviour as we firmly believe that any problem is the problem – but the child is not a problem. We prefer to analyse the motive or communication behind the behaviour and work as a team with you to find a solution. Your child’s safety is of paramount importance; our Risk Assessments are thorough, specific to Little Apples and regularly reviewed. These also cover the storage and administration of medicines. At Little Apples, we are dedicated to developing your child’s social and emotional health and self esteem. We respect their views, record them on our Little Apples Tree and celebrate them. We make an effort to incorporate their preferences and choices, in our planning of activities for example.

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

We have recent experience of working with Speech and Language therapists and five staff have recent, extensive training to help with speech development in the under 5’s. We are part of the Every child a talker: KEEP ON TALKING programme. We have also worked recently with Portage and bereavement councillors. At Little Apples we enjoy close links with our Area Special Needs Co-ordinator and the Children’s centre. Through them we are able to access an extensive range of support services. We also work closely with the Special Needs Department of Bramley school across a range of issues. In addition we have nominated inclusion officers responsible for: * Behaviour management * Under 3’s * Gifted and talented children * Celebrating diversity.

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

All the Key Persons at Little Apples are trained to an NVQ Level3 standard with one manager having a BA (distinction) in Primary Education (Early Years). Regular training on all matters of early years teaching including special educational needs is undertaken by all staff and both managers have recently attended several Special needs conference and training days. Five staff have recent, extensive training to help with speech development in the under 5’s. In this academic year, all staff will be receiving Maketon training and we already use signing and visual aids.

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

>Our annual summer trip is organised to incorporate the needs of all children and their families, risk assessments are undertaken to ensure this. Our committee of parents also contribute to the organisation of events to ensure they are genuinely family friendly. Our outside space is very accessible, all on one level. We have a range of toys and "ride -ons" aimed at all levels of development. We also have a substantial resource fund which would enable us to purchase equipment to accommodate a more specific need.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Little Apples is all on the ground floor, with a ramp at the entrance for easy wheelchair access. We have full disabled toilet facilities. We have visual displays and ensure children with English as a second language are fully included in all activities. Our notices are duplicated in the first language of our families, where this is not English. We are a member of the Inclusion Library where we can obtain specialist resources as necessary, and we have a resource reserve fund enabling us to purchase items needed.

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 have transition meetings with families, schools and other early years settings when your child starts with us and moves on. Records are discussed with parents and passed on to other settings with your permission. We display photos of next settings in Little Apples to familiarise children with local schools. The Year R teachers come in regularly during the Summer Term to meet the children and get to know them, discuss friendship groups, special needs and likes and dislikes.

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

Your child’s Planning for Learning Summary will help staff identify activities and resources most likely to help with their learning and developments. Our resources, whether that be staff, time, toys, or specialist equipment, can then be allocated appropriately. Where we need to acquire new items, we are a member of the Inclusion Library where we can obtain specialist resources as necessary, and we have a resource reserve fund enabling us to purchase any items needed.

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

Working in partnership with families, your Key Person and the managers in their role as Special Education Needs Coordinators will consider where additional support or help is needed. At this stage it may be necessary to coordinate with our Area Special Needs Coordinator and other professionals depending on the individual need. At this stage an Individual Education Plan will be formulated and reviewed at least every half term to ensure that your child is making progress.

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

Parents are always welcome to stay and play at Little Apples, and can join our committee or help with fundraising. We also have stay and play coffee mornings where Little Apples children and their younger siblings can enjoy fun activities while families and carers get to know each other and chat to staff. Every year we send out a Parents Questionnaire to allow us to address any suggestions that you may have. We have a Suggestions Box in the foyer and welcome your input there, or via email, or in person. If you have any suggestions or concerns about your child’s individual experience the managers, deputies or your Key Person are always more than happy to get together for a chat or a more formal appointment.

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