Tiny Tots Day Nursery & Pre-School
We offer music to children from 2 years from an external teacher. We offer ballet to the 3 and 4 year old children from an external teacher. We do not charge for this. We offer term time only places
Who to contact
- 01256 812085
Where to go
Down Grange Farmhouse, Pack Lane
- RG22 5SN
- Sensory adaptations, Secure environment, Disabled parking
- Contact provider for vacancy details?
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
- When is childcare available
Messy Play Area
- Ofsted Inspection Report
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Latest Inspection Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 06/12/2017 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good
- Has Provision
- Experience with
Social development impairment
- Caters for children with special needs.
- Age Ranges
- 5 to 8 years, 0 to 5 years
Time / Date Details
- Session Information
4 Hours or More Per Day
45 Weeks or More Per Year
5 Days or More Per Week
All year round
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
On starting at Tiny Tots, key carers have a chat with parents to find out all about your child, observation, planning and assessing are explained and parents are encouraged to meet their key carer each term for our development summery meetings. Key carers plan for individual children and the planning is displayed on the wall so all staff can undertake appropriate activities to stimulate the children. The staff within the room fill out a day sheet to let you know what your child has been up to during the day and our key carer board’s display children’s interest and achievements. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is familiar with the SEN Code of Practice and she attends all the SENCo support meetings. The staff are familiar with the SEN policy and the SENCo co-ordinator supports the staff with SEN children and their parents/ carers. Our SENCo is trained in many areas including Thomas Training and behaviour management. She liaises with the Services for Young Children Area Inclusion Co-ordinator (INCo) and other agencies for example Portage. When our SENCo needs the support of the INCo regarding your child a referral process will take place, this will only take place with your permission. Our SENCo also co-ordinates transitions to schools and/ or other settings.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
At Tiny Tots we use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, Development Matters as a guide for a child’s development. We understand that all children are different and we tailor our planning to the children’s interest, likes and development stage. Observation’s recorded within our scrap books show your child’s progress through the nursery and allows accurate assessment in order to plan for next steps. The nursery’s Special Educational Needs co-ordinator and Behaviour co-ordinator help the staff with key children who need extra support. Individual Educational plans will be written with parents input to support learning in the setting and at home. These are reviewed termly during development summery meetings and next steps will be planned for in areas that are needed.
- 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?
Parents are encouraged to support their children’s learning and development through our termly development summery meetings, key carer boards and every day feed back with the child’s key carer. The children’s development is tracked on our tracking chart and their progress is recorded in our scrap books through observations, photos and work they have completed. Development is reviewed termly with parents and next steps are planned to challenge the children. Key carers complete two year checks with parents about your child and the pre-school staff complete transition forms for schools. Individual Educational Plans are completed with parents ensuring you can continue to support the children at home and they are also reviewed termly. Termly news letters are sent to all parents. They contain information as to what is happening within the next term at nursery.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
All medication is kept in the nursery office and the staff can administer medication with parent’s consent. The nursery has facilities for changing and encouraging children to be independent when using the bathroom. Individual Dietary needs are also catered for. The nursery has a behaviour coordinator and a behaviour management policy that all staff are familiar with. Children with Individual Education Plans will be supported by the behaviour coordinator and other agencies for example INCo to ensure they are getting the support they need. Tiny Tots have small sized rooms and children are separated into small groups during the day so every child is heard. Small language groups are held through out the day and emotions and feelings are discussed. All room also have a book corner for children to take themselves away from the busy areas in the rooms. Each child has a space on their key carer boards that is all about them, this is where their, family photos, interests, experiences and achievements are displayed.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
All full time staff at Tiny Tots is qualified at level 3 in childcare or they are working towards this. Every staff member holds a paediatric first aid certificate and has had safeguarding training. The SENCo had attended SENCo induction training, Thomas training and regularly attends the termly SENCo meetings. Some of the staff have had basic Makaton training. We also have an Italian teacher who teaches basic Italian to the pre-school children. All staff have attended behaviour management training and are able to access training when needed. The nursery has a music and movement teacher that visits nursery twice a week and a ballet teacher for the pre-school rooms. All children are encouraged and supported when joining in. Tiny Tots works with the Area INCo, portage and other agencies when needed.
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
All full time members of staff at Tiny Tots hold a level 3 qualification in childcare or they are working towards this. All members of staff have attended behaviour management training, first aid and safe guarding training. The nurseries SENCo has attended SENCo induction training and support groups to keep us up to date with any new advice or changes. Staff are able to access training when needed.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
>We are very lucky at Tiny Tots to be situated within the Down Grange complex and parents are asked permission for the nursery to take the children out for walks on induction. Children are talked to before outings to explain what is happening, visual aids have been used to support children with special educational needs. The nursery has links with the local church and parents are encouraged to help support children when accessing the local church for Harvest festivals etc. On outing’s children with special education needs are generally given a one to one support
- How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?
Tiny Tots is set within an former farm house, it has 3 family sized rooms on the ground floor for ages two years to five years and a baby room and a toddler room upstairs. Visual time tables have been used through out the nursery and children have assess to dual language books. Key carers will obtain key words from parents in children’s home language to make some communication easier (these will be displayed for all staff within the room to use) The parent board is in the main hall way and has information regarding local children’s centres and speech and language work shops. Each child has a peg and a drawer for their personal belongings, these are at the children’s level and have their names in English and own language as well as a photo to encourage self help skills. Tiny Tots has two large gardens for the children’s play. We have a large grassed front garden and a pathed all weather garden at the back of the building. Toys and equipment are easily assessable in two large garages in the back garden, ensuring all children are catered for. The pre-school room have a free flow area for digging and planting as well as a mud kitchen. The free flow is accessed through our art room that has many activities and experienced to offer the children and a area to take small groups when 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?
Before starting at Tiny Tots we invite you and your child to two free visits. The first visit we encourage you to stay and chat to your child’s key carer to share information about your child, their likes/ dislikes, eating/sleeping habits and where they are at developmentally. The second visit is for your child to stay for a meal and a play- more visits can be arranged for children who need them. Children at Tiny Tots interact with the age groups above and below them during every day practice so moves between rooms are made less daunting. When the time comes for your child to move through the different age groups, you will be informed by your key carer, they will introduce you to your next key carer and the other staff in the room. Your child will have play visits with their next room during your child’s nursery day and the changes will be explained. Key carers work together during this time to ensure individual needs are continued and the transition is a smooth process. Teachers from schools are invited to our setting to meet the children, with your permission. We have transition forms we give to the schools, all about your child. Transition forms are discussed during the June parent’s evenings. Families are encouraged to attend school visits and we have books and activities to support the children during this move. Transition books from school have been helpful for children who need them.
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
Special Educational Needs (SEN) funding is allocated to your child where appropriate. Mrs Hicks will arrange a meeting with yourself, the SENCo and with input from your child’s key carer it will be decided how the funding will be spent for the benefit of your child. The majority of time the funding will support your child with one to one time with their key person but we have in the past benefitted from a sensory tent, sensory equipment and toys to encourage language.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
Your child’s key carer will observe your child and with the support of the manager and the SENCo, they will make a decision on whether your child will benefit from additional support. The support will be put into place by your child’s key carer and other member of the team. An Individual Educational Plan is written for the child with parent’s input and it is reviewed termly during our development summery meetings. At Tiny Tots we indever to provide the right support for all children.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
Tiny Tots promote parents involvement in their child’s learning and development. Key boards are displayed showing what your child has been up to at home, wow moments, and interests they have developed away from the setting. Termly development meeting take place to discuss your child’s development, next steps and how they can be supported both in the home and the setting. We also have feedback every day with our going home sheets and talking to parent’s at the beginning and end of the day.