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Crookham Sunshines Community Preschool

Pre-School Playgroup

Coronavirus status: OPEN
Coronavirus status: OPEN

We offer an open door policy and key companion system thus encouraging and allowing all of our parents/carers access to communicate with any member of the team. Within the system we have a sharing and planning board offering all our parents/carers the opportunity to contribute to their child's learning.

Who to contact

01252 939454

Where to go

Church Crookham Comunity Centre
Boyce Road
Church Crookham Fleet
GU52 8AQ
Accessible changing, Secure environment, Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking

Childcare Information


Contact provider for vacancy details?

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 09:00 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 15:00
Thursday 09:00 15:00
Friday 09:00 15:00
Visit & Outings
Car Parking
Messy Play Area
Outdoor Play

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Latest Inspection
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
20/11/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Caters for children with special needs. Challenging behaviour,Developmental delay,English as additional language,Hearing difficulties,Medical difficulties,Physical difficulties,Soc. Interaction Difficulties,Speech and lang. difficulties,Visual difficulties

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Cultural and Spec. Diet. Needs,Relig. and Cultural Awareness



Age group - Costs age 0 - under 3: 6 per hour. Age group - Costs age 3 - 5: 5.5 per hour


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?

Crookham Sunshines Playgroup prides itself on a home from home environment and encourages parental involvement on any level. Some staff are trained in a variety of areas such as speech and language, behaviour management and autism (Thomas training). Key companions build close relationships with parents and value their opinions and their experiences as they are the first educators in their child’s lives. On a termly basis children’s progress is tracked and next steps highlighted. These are discussed at our termly parents evening with a copy being sent home. Parental questionnaires are sent out regularly to gather their opinions on the service and support we provide to both their children and themselves. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is familiar with the SEN Code of Practice, keeps all records up to date and informs staff of any updates to the SEN policy. The playgroups SENCo liaises with parents, Area Inclusion Co-ordinator (Inco) and other professionals; attends SEN support meetings and co-ordinates transitions into primary schools.

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

At Court Moor playgroup we use the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum as a guide for each individual child’s development. Each child at the playgroup is unique and has an individual learning plan to follow. All children will have an on-line learning journal which key companion add observations to, these are then used to analysis where the child development is and how we can take their learning forward. This tracking is termly review and can be viewed and added to by parents at any time. Through observations and assessment areas which require development can be focused on and incorporated into future planning. The playgroup’s special educational needs co-ordinator and behaviour co-ordinator alongside other team members ensure any children requiring additional support are able to access appropriate activities in line with their development. We will endeavour to involve your child, enabling them to make choices and engage in activities & experiences that are of interest to themselves. By making bonds with your child, we can fully support them and we can fully understand what level of support is needed and when additional help is required. We can create support within the environment, such as a visual timetable to support a child understanding of routines. Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) are completed where required to support learning both at playgroup and home. These are reviewed alongside the parents on a termly basis. Our Senco will aim to seek additional training, to meet your child's needs.

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?

At Crookham Sunshines Preschool we support children in the following ways: • Regular communication with key companion and other staff members • Every Key Companion plans activities based on the individual needs of their children, this is discussed with parents/carers on termly working in partnership bubbles. • Parent's add observation to our online learning journal. • Daily sheets sent home detailing activities and achievements • Sharing board and parents planning board to actively encourage involvement/interaction • Individual online learning journals which contain your child’s observations, assessments, photographs and artwork • Crookham Sunshines Preschool has an open door policy and welcomes parental involvement at all times both at home and within our stimulating environment. • Termly parent’s evenings to focus on child’s development and discuss 2/3-year-old progress checks. By completing these checks, it helps the playgroup to monitor and adapt targets which will maintain and challenge your child’s development progress. • We also correspond with families via social networking pages, termly newsletters, dads/granddads/uncles Saturday playgroup sessions and other events to encourage full family participation. All correspondence may be printed for those families without internet access

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

• Our Practitioner are welcoming, friendly and provide a sensitive, inclusive and positive approach • Practitioner provide good role models for positive behaviour and we have a consistent duty of care we all our children. Should we have any unwanted behaviour we will provide positive reinforcement and work closely with the parent/ carers to provide a consistent and planned approach to improving behaviour. • The Playgroup is able to administer medicines with parental consent. • Every child within the Playgroup is unique and will be given every opportunity to make their own choices. • Children with behaviour difficulties will be fully supported by every member of staff and the Playgroup’s Behaviour Officer will ensure an Individual Education Plan is in place to support their needs and requirements. • The Playgroup is fully secured; the front door is locked at all times with additional security of a stair gate, the garden door is open and a member of staff always outside with the gate locked on the outside and the door into the other side of the building has a security code. • Comprehensive policies are held within the setting which includes behaviour, special educational needs, disabilities and inclusion. A copy of the safeguarding, equal opportunities and complaints policy are issued on joining. • All staff complete a criminal record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) alongside a suitability forms which is completed half yearly in line with supervision. • Daily activities such as dough gym, encourage positive language, social skills and will therefore build your child’s self-confidence.

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

Every staff member is fully qualified in National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 3 or above in child care and has up to date first aid training The playgroup’s SENCo has attended the special educational needs induction training, Thomas training for autistic children and attends termly SENCo support meetings which contain important changes, legislation or new ideas and resources to support children with SEN. All information is then cascaded down to the rest of the team. Most staff members have attended basic sign language (Makaton) training which we endeavour to incorporate into our songs and rhymes, through general play and specific activities such as snack. We are currently working on producing signs and symbols to display within the Playgroup to aid our children’s communication skills. Crookham Sunshines Preschool works closely with outside agencies such as Portage who work directly with parents in their own home, local children’s centres and our Area Inclusion Officer to ensure the Playgroup is able to offer a suitable environment for all children to learn, play and most importantly feel safe in.

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

Crookham Sunshines Preschool has a total team of five who are all qualified to NVQ level 3 or above in childcare. The Manager Wendy Hamley is trained to level 6, with the Setting Leader Karen McCulloch is trained to level 5, with the remaining holding NVQ level 3 qualifications. All staff have completed both their first aid training and safeguarding training. Our SENCo Karen McCulloch is our Behaviour Officer as well and has attended Thomas training for autistic children, behaviour management training, language project s and speech and language courses. Karen McCulloch attends termly networking meeting to keep up to date with new legislation and news. Team members have attended various training courses which include speech and language, letters and sounds, music, Makaton and strive to continue their professional development. All Staff training are recorded. Here are a few examples • Makaton • Speak & Language training • Senco • Behaviour training.

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

>All trips and outings outside of the Playgroup require parental consent which is obtained via letter. Parents and carers are always welcome to attend if they wish. Risk assessments are completed for all trips and we welcome parental input. If your child requires additional help they will be allocated one to one support which will generally be their key companion. Where required visual timetables will be available and discussed with your child in order to prepare them for a change in their routine. It will explain what will take place on the outing in order for them to feel comfortable when outside of the Playgroup.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Crookham Sunshines Preschool is accessible to wheelchairs and has the appropriate toilet facilities. Both the indoor and outdoor environments are accessible at all times with both being very spacious. Our outdoor area has a lot of natural resources such as tyres, planks, milk crates which provide challenging activities for all children to participate in. The garden is flat and is suitable for easy access indoor and out. If you parent/ carer has English has an additional language, then we can arrange to get another family member to translate or with the permission of parent we can get EMTAS who can provide us with a translator. Sign & Poster can be translated or use dual languages. Learning Journal can be translated to the families’ home language. Visual cue can support the child understanding. We can adapt any activity to support the child's learning.

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?

The first day of term in September we hold an induction day where you and your child come into the Playgroup for two hours to play and meet your child’s key companion. It gives you both the opportunity to see the environment and start to build relationships with the team. You are also given the chance to purchase our uniform. You will be given our welcome pack which will be discussed with you. Two settling in sessions are offered free of charge where you can stay with your child if you wish. We also provide a photo book for your child to have within the setting of family and friends and things they like to do at home This is placed in our book corner for children to access when needed. For children moving to primary school the transitions are also supportive with infant school teachers coming into the Playgroup to meet your child. The Playgroup’s SENCo will also attend a transition meeting with local schools to discuss your child’s needs and any support they may require. Crookham Sunshines Preschool has incorporated a ‘ready steady’ club on a Friday afternoon for all the children who are leaving to go up to primary school. During this session we focus on structured activities such as dressing/undressing (p.e), letter formation, numbers, etc. The playgroup works really close with our feeder school to discuss expectations and children development for the autumn term. All school received all necessary documents including the characteristics of effective learning.

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

Crookham Sunshines Preschool is a charity non-profit organisation, Fundraising is essential to raise additional resources to support children's development. We can apply for discretionary funding for 1-1 support if required. Bursaries can be applied for staff training. Special Educational Needs (SEN) funding will be allocated to your child where appropriate and is generally used to support your child with one to one time with their key companion or the SENCo throughout the week. Each child is individually assessed and resources can be sourced where required. Visual timetables are created for children with autism.

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

At Crookham Sunshines Preschool we pride ourselves on working in partnership with all of our parents. Alongside your child’s key companion, you will work to establish if any additional support is required and a decision will be made jointly. The Playgroup’s SENCo will assist the key companion in completing an individual education plan for your child which will immediately be put in place and will be supported by the rest of the team. We will aim for your child to become independent within the environment The plan will then be reviewed on a termly basis with yourselves. Through the observation process linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development, and in discussion with you, the key companion, the setting Leader, (SENCo) and the Group Setting Manager we will identify what support is required. Ongoing Partnerships with you and outside agencies and ourselves will support the discussion of progress. Our SENCo will give advice on meeting your child's needs within the playgroup in consultation with you and other professionals when necessary with your permission. She will advise you on the process of applying for extra support. All staff within the setting will ensure all staff working with your child know your child's strengths and needs and how to support them.

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

The Preschool is run by a committee of parents who are actively involved in the fundraising events throughout the year. We actively encourage our parents to be involved with their child’s learning and development. For example, we regularly send home planning sheets for you to complete which will outline your child’s interest and needs. This aids us in our planning process for each individual child. We hold termly parents evenings where together we can review your child’s progress and development and review any individual education plans. Your child’s progress will be discussed throughout the term via a communication book if required or face to face contact. We also hold Saturday playgroup sessions for Fathers, Grandfathers or Uncles to attend in order for them to also be in involved in their child’s progress. You permission will be sought before involving any outside agencies.

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