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Busy Bees @ Chawton Park

Pre-School Playgroup

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Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement
When is childcare available
Term Times
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:30 15:30
Tuesday 08:30 15:30
Wednesday 08:30 15:30
Thursday 08:30 15:30
Friday 08:30 13:30

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Latest Inspection
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
11/05/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good



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

Local Offer

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

At Busy Bees we firmly believe that each child is a unique individual and this is reflected in the way we plan our activities to follow their interests and ensure that they progress whilst they are with us. One of the SENCo’s will liaise with you and, with your consent, any outside agencies needed. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are drawn up in consultation with all who are involved with your child and are incorporated in our planning process as well as being reviewed regularly. The nursery’s SENCo’s are familiar with the SEN Code of Practice, and ensure they are kept up to date regarding information about your child’s learning and progress. The nursery staff are familiar with the SEN policy and it is reviewed annually. The nursery SENCo’s liaise with the Services for Young Children Area Inclusion Coordinator (InCo) and other professionals; attends the professional’s SEN support group and coordinates transitions to school. We work closely with our local Children’s Centre and can access a variety of their services when needed. A parent’s questionnaire is distributed each year and the feedback from this is used to make changes where necessary. We strive to keep communicating with you whilst we are working with your child and hope that any problems with our service would be addressed as soon as possible.

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

At Busy Bees we feel that, as your child is a unique person, it is important to allow them to explore and investigate, as independently as possible in a rich environment offering adult support when needed whilst also ensuring safety and extension of experiences. One-to-one support is provided if necessary. The planning for each session is built around the children’s interests; with guidance from your child’s Key Person as to their individual next steps. We take into consideration your child’s progress and plan and support the child at their own pace. Our SENCo’s help children who need extra support. They will provide each child’s key person with support and activities for your child within the area of need. The team at Busy Bees use an open minded & reflective approach to children’s learning and development. We are not afraid to change/adapt ideas or activities to enhance what we are providing. Your child’s learning journey will show evidence of progress, through observations, and IEPs will be written to support learning. IEP’S will be reviewed termly to review your child’s progress.

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?

Your child’s Learning Journey contains observations, next steps and creative work, as well as photos telling the story of your child’s progress. IEPs will also be found within the learning journey which explain what area of learning your child needs support in and how the key person and parent can support this at home and at the nursery. At Busy Bees parents are encouraged to be involved in supporting their child’s learning at home. We strive to have an open door policy and parents are welcome to come in at any time. Every half term we send out newsletters containing dates of events and other information. We offer parents the opportunity to Stay and Play if they would like to as this gives a good insight into the running of the session and what children experience.

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

The team at Busy Bees use an open minded & reflective approach and will change/adapt ideas or activities to enhance our provision. The Key Person system enables staff to build secure relationships with children and parents. The team encourage good behaviour and habits by acting as positive role models. Busy Bees has policies in place to support behaviour, special educational needs and disabilities and inclusion. If a child is unwell during the session an adult will sit with them until a parent/carer arrives so that they are away from the other children. Accidents occurring during the session are recorded in the Accident Book and the parent is asked to sign it when they collect their child. We review the accident books regularly. All staff are first aid trained and training is renewed every 3 years. Staff will receive appropriate training should a child need lifesaving medication administered whilst at nursery, (previously this has included epi-pens and the administration of insulin). All staff are DBS checked. The nursery manager is the safeguarding lead practitioner. All staff are required to participate in regular Safeguarding training. Daily safety checks are conducted and recorded, both indoors and outdoors, before the start of a session. We are able to give prescribed medicines during the session. All medication is stored in a secure place. A record book is kept of all medications held, dosage required. and the time of administration. We ask you to sign this when you collect your child.

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

At present 3 staff are qualified at NVQ Level 3 or equivalent. In addition to those 3, 1 member of staff (Nursery Manager) is qualified to Level 6, with a BA (Hons) in Education and Training Studies. The Nursery Manager also qualified as an Early Years Teacher in July 2015. We can access support from the Services for Young Children Area INCO, services at the local Children’s Centre, specialist advisory teachers and Health visitors. We are also able to refer children to the Speech & Language Therapy (SALT) team.

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

At Busy Bees training is undertaken to equip staff with the necessary knowledge as the need arises. All staff will work closely with you and outside agencies to learn specific skills to support children with additional needs. All staff have attended an introduction to Makaton, this is a sign language programme designed to help children to understand and be included, this is always supported by spoken language.

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

>Busy Bees has a policy in place to ensure all children would be included in any outings or activities away from the setting. The policy includes • Parents are always asked to sign specific consent forms before outings. • A risk assessment is carried out before an outing takes place. • All risk assessments are available for parents to see. • Our adult to child ratio is high, normally one adult to two children, depending on their age, sensibility and the type of venue, as well as how it is to be reached. • Named children are assigned to individual staff to ensure that each child is well supervised, that no child goes astray and that there is no unauthorised access to children. All staff and volunteers are made aware of the policy before the start of the trip.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Busy Bees operates in the local Guide Association HQ in a residential area close to the town centre and local schools. The building opened in 1997 and is purpose built. The building is all on one level providing easy access for wheelchairs and buggies. There is an accessibility toilet with nappy changing facilities. We have safe access to a large, level and secure garden at the back of the building, which is mostly laid to grass with a paved patio area. The patio area is partially covered by a canopy. There is a gently sloping ramp from the building to the garden. Guidance from specialists would need to be sought if specialist equipment is required as Busy Bees uses a community building that is also used by others. The Busy Bees registration form includes sections where parents can indicate festivals or events they wish us to celebrate and any other languages that are spoken at home. We support children learning English as an additional language (EAL) and our Parent Partner works with the families and staff to ensure effective communication.

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?

At Busy Bees our Parent Partner will liaise with the Key Person and the parents to aid a smooth transition. We offer home visits and these have a good take up rate. We have also offered them retrospectively and this has also been successful. We have found that settling in is smoother when children have received a home visit. The Parent Partner and where possible, the Key person conduct the home visits. At Busy Bees the children are supported through transition both when they join the setting and as they move on to another setting or primary school. The Parent Partner works with the family at their time of entry and we also have a separate member of staff, our Transition Partner, allocated to work on transition to school. We are participating in the Alton Early Years Project which is an initiative run by the Children’s Centre that is bringing together Early Years Practitioners and Reception teachers to understand each other’s role in transition and what is expected of children at each stage. We ask parents to let us know which Primary School their child will be attending and then invite the relevant Reception class teachers to visit the children at Busy Bees. A transition meeting will be arranged with parents and teachers for any child with additional needs.

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

At Busy Bees we offer EYE funding for 3 & 4 year old’s and we are also registered to accept children that are eligible for the 2 year old’s funding. It is also possible for Busy Bees to apply for Special Educational Needs (SEN) funding for your child if appropriate. A meeting is held with you and the SENCo to discuss how the funding should be spent for the benefit of your child. The majority of the time the funding would usually support your child with one to one time with their key person through the week.

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

If your child has already had a diagnosis then a team around the child (TAC) meeting will be held before he /she starts at Busy Bees. Decisions are made through consultation with all parties involved with the child’s care; this includes you, specialists, as well as our SENCo and key staff. If your child has no diagnosis but you have expressed concerns or the Key Person has identified a problem then a meeting will be held with you to explore ways of supporting your child. The amount of support is dependent upon your child’s needs. The SENCo draws up an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in collaboration with you and the Key Person; this is reviewed each half term. At the review the impact of the support will be assessed and moderated as appropriate. The extra support is put into place promptly and supported by all team members. The SENCo draws up an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in collaboration with you and the Key Person; this is reviewed each half term. At the review the impact of the support will be assessed and moderated as appropriate. The extra support is put into place promptly and supported by all team members. Busy Bees has NEVER turned down the opportunity to support a child.

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

At Busy Bees parents are involved in the settling in process and we tailor the process to each child’s needs. We have an extensive Story Sack library which is available every day. This offers a range of stories and linked activities to share with your child at home. We issue newsletters each half term which gives information and news about events such as the Nativity Play at Christmas, Sports Day. Parents and family members are always welcome at these events and we offer refreshments and the opportunity to stay and socialise at the end. We have a Parent’s Noticeboard on which we display information leaflets and other information that we hope you will find useful. We encourage Stay and play sessions where you can stay for a session and see first-hand the daily running of the group. Questionnaires are distributed to all parents and carers yearly, giving you the opportunity to evaluate and comment on our performance. Our Parent Partner is available at pick up time to liaise and chat with parents. Parents were given a draft copy of this document and asked for feedback and comments. This final version reflects and includes that feedback.

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