Alverstoke preschool is a committee run Preschool proving term time child care.
Who to contact
Where to go
Bury House, Bury Road
- PO12 3PX
- Accessible changing, Secure environment, Wheelchair access, Disabled parking
- Contact provider for vacancy details?
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
- When is childcare available
- Term Times
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 09:00 15:30 Tuesday 09:00 15:30 Wednesday 09:00 15:30 Thursday 09:00 15:30 Friday 09:00 15:30
Messy Play Area
- Ofsted Inspection Report
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Latest Inspection Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 08/11/2019 Re-inspection (Early Years Register) Good
- Has Provision
- Experience with
- Age group - 0 - 5: 4.5 per hour. Age group - Age range: 3.25 per hour
- PECS, Makaton
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
We use the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) as defined by the government as a guide for tracking your child’s development. We operate primarily from child led interests during sessions with guidance and enhancements for learning from practitioners and the key person. The whole experience is giving your child an enriched environment taking them on a journey of building confidence, exploration and development. We understand every child is different and work with them at their own pace, making observations and recording this in their personal online record of development. We use a variety of monitoring tools for example we use Self-Evaluation Forms (SEF) this is a setting evaluation which is submitted to Ofsted to record progress and monitoring. We track each child’s progress using their online line learning journal which ensures coverage of all areas of the EYFS and is a base used for school records. The observation assessment and planning (OAP) forms part of their record of development to show a child’s current level of development and to highlight what they may need to achieve in their next steps.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
At Alverstoke preschool we are an inclusive setting.We use the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) as defined by the government as a guide for tracking your child’s development. We operate primarily from child led interests during sessions with guidance and enhancements for learning from practitioners and the key person. The whole experience is giving your child an enriched environment taking them on a journey of building confidence, exploration and development. We understand every child is different and work with them at their own pace, making observations and recording this in their personal online record of development. We track each child’s progress using their online line learning journal which ensures coverage of all areas of the EYFS and is a base used for school records. The observation assessment and planning (OAP) forms part of their record of development to show a child’s current level of development and to highlight what they may need to achieve in their next steps. We also use other monitoring tools to ensure your child is developing and progressing well.
- 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?
Alverstoke pre-school has termly parent’s evenings to discuss your child’s progress and how you can support your child’s development. We also produce next steps monthly based on observations gathered of on your child, their current development and interests. These are placed upon Tapestry (the online learning journal) to share with parents where they are encouraged to comment on them as well. The child’s online learning journal is a continuous record of how your child is developing with observations photographs and videos which are cross referenced with the EYFS. IPP’s behaviour plans and health care plans are reviewed at regular intervals and adapted to be appropriate to your child’s needs, these are produced in conjunction with the child’s family during focused meetings and we welcome your input. We provide information on how you can support your child at home and work with all parents in partnership to provide consistent support between home and the setting. On a regular basis when attending the pre-school both the staff and yourself can support your child by encouraging them to self-register each day, assist with where to store packed lunches, coats and other belongings. Throughout your child’s education from pre-school and beyond, parents will and are encouraged to be involved in supporting and developing their child at home. Our staff are trained in Makaton and we are more than happy to support family with this very different way of communication which is based on communication through signs and supported by speech.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
At Alverstoke Preschool staff are on hand prior to the setting being open each day ensuring the day’s equipment and resources are available and fit for purpose, in addition to this there will be focused activities and resources for the days learning programme including number, story and song of the week. All staff are responsible for keeping children safe and secure, your child’s key person is responsible for recording development, although all staff contributes as and when observed. Staff are paediatric first aid trained and staff can administer medicines in accordance with policies and procedures. Further training has been sought to meet additional needs within the setting as children join such as epi pen training. All staff are also DBS checked and level 3 or above child care trained. Staff evaluate their practice and children’s engagement regularly. Information given by families or staff is done through a communication book which is checked throughout each day. The SENCO oversees any individual plans in place in order to ensure appropriate actions are taken to support a child’s needs. No mobile phones are allowed in the play rooms to protect the child’s welfare. We have a child protection officer within the setting who looks after the well-being and safeguarding of our children.
- What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
Our staff team have a wealth of knowledge and experience having undergone training in Early Years Child Care and Education, they are conversant with Makaton (a signing method of communication supported by spoken words.) We also have ongoing training cascaded to all staff on child development, speech and language, behaviour management and portage. As a setting we liaise with the area inclusion team, speech and language therapist, specialist advisory teachers, educational psychologists, portage and health visitors and many more services to be able to provide appropriate support, care and education to all of our children. We have a sensory area within the Preschool with lots of tactile resources , lights and is a nice calm area for the children.
- What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?
The SENCo has had relevant training to be able to do the role and keeps up to date with any changes by attending the support groups throughout the year. All staff undergo training to develop their own knowledge and their continual development, this is cascaded down to all practitioners. All practitioners have been trained in Makaton,prevent duty, and safeguarding.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
Pre-planned activities off site are fully risk assessed before the trip goes ahead. Off site trips / activities are communicated to parent/ carers by newsletters, notice boards ,posters , emails and individual letters to parents/carers. When joining the Preschool ,consent will be required to allow your child to be able to go off site. All children are included in off site activities and trips and the ratio is one adult to two children. All adults and children are required to wear high visibility jackets and a first aid kit take
- How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?
The whole building is wheelchair and pushchair accessible, as the pre-school benefits from being part of a community centre, however to access all areas specialist equipment may be required. Families and children who have English as an additional language (EAL) we can access support to help support them. Around our Preschool we have visual routines, timelines ,choice boards, social stories , Makaton visuals and resources labelled. We provide books, posters and also culturally appropriate items whenever we celebrate religious or culture events.
- 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 Alverstoke Preschool we invite parents/ carers into the setting at a time that suits ,we do have an open door policy but at this current time we encourage you to ring due to Covid 19. However normally we invite you for a show around so you can see what we offer as a setting and talk through any questions you may have. If you choose us as a setting we will then discuss the enrolment procedure . We will offer you a home visit where we will visit you in your environment and gather information we need, we also do a baseline form where we can see where your child's development is. this will help us ensure your child is supported before they start. Once a start date is arranged ,we offer you to stay for a short period of time in setting until your child is confident. other settling periods can be offered to support your child if needed. Transition to schools, teachers meet with the preschool sharing information and they can book to visit your child in Preschool and the children get to visit school to aid a smooth transition.
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
As an inclusive setting all resources are for all children to use, with adaptions made where possible. We offer lots of support for children who may additional support so we run language groups daily to support those children. Letters and sounds are integrated into key group time so all children can attend these sessions. Children may need Individual Educational plans to help support them with specific target and these are reviewed regular and led by the key worker. There is additional funding which can be applied for to help support SEND. The SENCo can liaise with outside agencies for support in specialised equipment and support.
- How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?
The Key person and indeed all staff will continually make observations of your child's progress. If any concerns arise from monitoring your child's development then these will be discussed with the parents/carers, the SENCo and Deputy /childcare manager. Support will be put into place as soon as it is identified. IEP/IPP will be drawn out which have specific targets for the child. These are measured using SMART ( Specific, Measurable, achievable, time scale ) these will be reviewed regular basis. We also carry out two year checks during your child's first term with us, and these are shared with our parents/carers.
- How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
The pre-school is managed by a committee of parents and carers, who are elected at the Annual General Meeting which anyone is welcome to attend. The committee welcome new members who wish to get involved and contribute to the pre-school. Parent meetings are held each term, two way communication is available via the use of your child’s Tapestry online learning journal, or contact on an informal basis daily, a meeting can be booked if you feel you wish to communicate further than this. The office is open 08.45-3.00 Monday to Thursday and you are welcome to pop in at any time. Stay and play sessions and a stay and play calendar are available for parents to spend time with your child in the setting. Families are actively encouraged to pop in and chat about anything that works well and to provide us with any feedback.