Country Day Nurseries
Day Nursery for children ages three months to five years. Providing childcare 51 weeks of the year from 08:00 until 18:00.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Country Day Nurseries
- SP11 0RD
Penton Mewsey is a small village located on the outskirts of Andover in Hampshire. This location was chosen for its ability to offer a wonderfully peaceful setting, whilst still being able to provide quick and easy access to surrounding towns and villages and the main road routes such as the A303.
The nursery is within easy reach of the main towns of Andover, Tidworth, Whitchurch, Ludgershall and all of the villages in between.
We are located within the grounds of Penton Lodge, a large Country House that dates back to the early 19th Century. We occupy what would have been the Coach House and stable buildings which provide a wealth of history and character.
- Sensory area, Accessible changing, Secure environment, Wheelchair access, Level access, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £51.50 per day £50.00 Registration fee £200.00 Deposit
- Funded hours available Snowdrops – 3 months to 1 year Buttercups – 1 year to 18 months Bluebells – 18 months to 2 years Little Acorns – 2 years to 3 years Big Acorns – 3 years to rising five We are open 51 weeks of the year, 5 days a week, 8am – 6pm Penton Mewsey is a small village located on the outskirts of Andover in Hampshire. This location was chosen for its ability to offer a wonderfully peaceful setting, whilst still being able to provide quick and easy access to surrounding towns and villages and the main road routes such as the A303. The nursery is within easy reach of the main towns of Andover, Tidworth, Whitchurch, Ludgershall and all of the villages in between. We are located within the grounds of Penton Lodge, a large Country House that dates back to the early 19th Century. We occupy what would have been the Coach House and stable buildings which provide a wealth of history and character. We have an amazing new all-weather outdoor classroom that was opened in the Spring of 2014, two other garden areas and our own fantastic woodland area that the children love exploring!
- Referral required
- Other notes
All our staff have undertaken training in Early Years and first aid. Many of the staffing team have worked in childcare for several years and have vast experience and knowledge of the profession. Those staff members who join us without qualifications are supported through the training process. Our setting provides an environment where children are nurtured and cared for, helping them achieve their full potential. Our accessible setting provides a safe and secure environment for the children to play and explore. The sensory room enables children to have one to one time with their key person as well as the room being used for outside agencies coming in to support children with additional needs.
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- Open Monday to Friday fro 08:00 until 18:00
- Time of day
- Session Information
AM/Pm sessions and school day sessions available
We believe that we need to value and celebrate the diversity within our communities. We aim to develop good practice and have positive attitudes within the nursery environment by promoting staff to be positive role models for the children in our care. We believe that everyone, including adults should have equal opportunities to learn, develop and grow with dignity and mutual respect.
We will aim to achieve this by:
- When planning for the children’s development we understand that children will grow and develop in their own time. We monitor activities on a regular basis to ensure that the children have a freedom of choice, time for discovery and support when necessary.
- When the children are playing, we encourage them to respect and value their peers. We discourage them from making hurtful comments and unkind remarks. Children are helped to understand that it is wrong to judge others because of their gender, beliefs, culture, disabilities and social background.
- Contact Name
- Danielle Needham
- Contact Telephone
- 01264 773655
- Contact Email
- Local Offer Age Bands
- Early Years (0-4 years)
- 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 follow the statutory framework, The Early Years Foundation Stage which identifies the age and stage children are at. If we had a concern we would encourage the child to participate in activities that helped to develop that area of learning. If we continued to identify an issue we would refer to our Senco within the setting for more advice. We would also liaise with other agencies that may be currently supporting the child. If our parents have a concern we encourage them to talk to their child's key person in the first instance but all staff are available to talk to if needed. Parents can call, email or speak to sue face to face.
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
We ensure all adults and children are valued as individuals. We understand that all who visit us have differing social, intellectual and cultural backgrounds. We involve families in the settling-in process, making sure that the key person is aware of the child’s specific emotional, medical, cultural or religious needs, including catering for these needs at meal times. You as the parents/carers are valued as the child’s first educators and staff work closely with you to share information and experiences. We celebrate a variety of festivals and celebrations each year from the cultures represented within our communities as well as celebrating worldwide events. We will work with families on an individual basis tailoring our approach to suit your needs.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
Another important part of the EYFS Profile is your knowledge about your child’s learning and development, so do let your child’s key worker know about what your child does with you: such as how confident your child is talking about a favourite book, speaking to people your child is not so familiar with or their understanding of numbers. As parents have a huge knowledge of their child, Tapestry is the perfect, and easiest, way to share insights into a child’s development.
We will carry out baseline assessments within four weeks of your child starting to identify the current stage they are at. The child's key person will then plan activities to suit their age and stage within the correct aged framework.
- 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?
During each academic year your child will receive 3 assessments completed by their key worker. These will be shared with you during a parents evening.
Parents evenings will give you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, highlighting their strengths, but also the opportunity to raise any concerns or areas of delay.
Alongside the key worker assessments, management will be keeping attainment grids to monitor all children’s progress. These will allow us support all practitioners with the children’s development.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
As a setting we plan holistically. We ensure that we plan for each child as a whole, providing a range of activities throughout the day to promote all aspects of development. We treat all children as individuals catering for their individual needs. We would create a care plan for any child needing additional personal care as well as accessing further training to support this need. Alongside this we would also administer any medicines that were needed throughout the day.
Through different mediums all children can have a voice either verbally or non verbally. Children can express themselves with mark making or through props, books and one to one activities. Role play sessions can also be used.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
Our setting has a named SENCO that regularly accesses local authority training to keep up to date about outside agencies and the support that they can give. The current SENCO has a BA (Hons) in the Early Years and has worked in children for 14 years. We would ensure that we researched any subjects that were needed to support children as well as liaising with other agencies.
We are in contact with Speech and Language therapists, Area Inco, Portage, Consultants and Outreach.
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
We have two Senco's (Special Educational Need Coordinators) at our setting who have both been trained to a high standard to support children with SEND. They attend Local Authority meetings each quarter to ensure that they are remaining current and up to date with any changes that have happened.
The rest of the staff team also access training regularly to ensure they are up to date with current events.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
Where possible the children will go on walks in our wooded area, as well as trips to the park. All children are encouraged to participate in these trips with accommodations being made where needed. this may be assigning a staff member to one child or ensuring the route is accessible for all.
- How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?
All our rooms apart from the Baby room are on one level which is accessible for all. Our car park is adjacent to the building with adequate lighting. Wheelchair users can gain access to the setting through different doors around the nursery building.
- 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 support children through transitions to other settings or school by arranging small/ short visits initially before extending them over a couple of weeks if possible. The key person would accompany the child to act as a familiar person and support for them. This also enables the key person to discuss the child's needs with the new setting or school. We can take photos of the new setting to the child can become familiar with what it looks like as well as having photos of key staff. We would also work alongside the parents supporting them through the transition explaining what was happening throughout the process.
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
Resources will be allocated to the room that the child is in, these resources will then follow the children through the nursery where appropriate. Some resources will be kept to carry out one to one activities. A record is kept to identify how the resources are allocated to each child. Where possible resources will be chosen based on a child's particular individual need.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
This is a collaborative decision between the parents, key person and any outside agencies that are involved. we are happy to have as much input as you need.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
We hold parent forum meetings every term to enable parents to have a voice. We also encourage parents to come in, call or email if they have something they wish to discuss. A newsletter is sent out to parents to ensure that they are aware of the weeks events.