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Impstone Preschool

Pre-School Playgroup

Coronavirus status: OPEN
Coronavirus status: OPEN

Charity run preschool in lovely rural surroundings offering places to children aged 2-5. Established for 30 years and very popular in the local community.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Amanda Davies
07733 898914

Where to go

Impstone Preschool
Pamber Heath Memorial Hall
Pamber Heath
RG26 3TQ
Sensory area, Accessible changing, Low stimulus, Accessible toilets, Disabled parking

Childcare Information

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 



Age Ranges
2, 3, 4, 5

Local Offer

Local Offer
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?

Every key person works closely with their key children to monitor their abilities and are supported within this role by management, SENCo and Mentor support. Each child is clearly observed from the day they arrive and we check development throughout each term and this is analysed each half term by manager EYFS Co-ordinator Amanda Davies. These assessments will identify if your child needs additional support. Hampshire County Council (HCC) Area Inclusions Co-ordinator service advise us if necessary and support with ongoing training through various channels. We also work closely with other organisations such as EMTAS, EAL, AFC, the Library and SALTA and can signpost and work alongside these agencies in order to support the child and family with parental consent. Impstone Pre-school has 5 Level 3 qualified practitioners, 2 Trainee practitioners, 1 play worker and an apprentice. Discussions with you and your key person will take place and we openly invite you talk about any concerns you may have with the progress of your child.

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

The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) for Impstone Preschool is Avril Woodford. Each child is allocated a Key Person at induction. Our Key Persons are Emma Field, Emma McHale, Avril Woodford, Vickie Jones and Samantha Kuflik with the setting Manager overseeing all staff. Each element of your child’s care throughout the day can be discussed with your key person at any time throughout the session. The SENCo and key person, along with the Manager, work closely together to ensure the correct support structure is in place for your child. The setting is run by a Parent Management Committee and they are very involved in the running of the preschool. The setting has cared for children with SEN provisions previously. We have a rigorous and a recently updated SENCO file with a flowchart of guidance through steps undertaken by our setting.

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

Each child with Special Educational Needs has an Individual Education Plan set in order for each child to work at meeting criteria on the curriculum in line with the EYFS. We use learning journals for each child to track development and each half term they are tracked and the data is analysed by the manager and shared with each key person and the next steps tailored to each child in order to meet personal targets are set. These are also shared with the family and other agencies should this be required.

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?

Each term parents/carers are invited into preschool to meet with their child’s key person and SENCo to discuss progress of their children and to see the targets that are being set for their child for the following term. This way we can all work together, as parents are the primary carers for their child and we like to assist and share this information for more effective communications. All targets (Next Steps) will be placed on the key person wall in the setting for you to see and to discuss at any visit to the setting. We can also advise you and support home learning by providing activities within our ‘Home Resource Library and we welcome your input to your child’s education plan, assisting if necessary with PEEP (Parents Early Educational Partnership) learning. We may also signpost you to other adult learning and learning events via the local Children’s Centres and Area INCO’s through HCC. We can also provide a key person communications book for each child should this help. Recording any communications and logging information such as medication being administered and bowel movements, food and drink consumption etc. Also we would hold regular meetings and explanations of planned learning goals. We also use the latest early years developmental checklists provided by the NHS Trust in conjunction with Hampshire.

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

Impstone preschool has policies that comply with positive behaviour that is inclusive for all. Our statement of intent states that we will promote the child’s right to be strong, resilient and listened to. We are a diverse community in a local diverse area and we avoid excluding any children. We aim to increase attendance of your child by providing parental advice from the key worker and Inclusions Officer Avril Woodford, by using the parental resource packs available to access information such as PPP behaviour support, healthy eating, SALTA and potty training packs to name a few. We are here to promote pastoral (emotional, spiritual, cultural and traditional), medical and social support for SEN children and families following the Unique Child and we teach our children the characteristics of effective learning where the prime and specific areas of learning and development are all interconnected. Staff are trained regularly and updated on any new setting guidance including SEN briefing and they are all familiar and adhere to policies and procedures. We welcome parent/carer contributions and we work with families in order to support your child in our setting.

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

mpstone preschool have experience in catering for children with special educational needs such as autism, speech and language difficulties, behavioural problems, English as a second language and physical disability. We have a great working relationship with our local area INCO’s who offer immense support and guidance as and when needed. WE have also in the past and currently had dealings with EMTAS, SALTA’s and other local agencies. Our SENCo is currently undergoing specialist training from Hampshire, but has previously had great experience in working with families and children with Learning Difficulties and brings an overwhelming knowledge base in this area, also understanding where to go for the correct help and guidance. We also recently received a grant to provide a sensory area within the setting to allow all our children to experience this, with the aim towards any children with SEN.

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

All our team have basic Makaton cards that they keep on them at all times and we are currently awaiting full Makaton training from HCC. As previously mentioned, our SENCo is undergoing SEN training specific to Hampshire and this is fed back to the rest of the team. At each staff meeting and at regular training sessions, SEN is discussed and refreshed to ensure all the team are aware of what they need to look out for and also how to aid the children we have in the setting. We use external services such as support from Salta, AFC, Parent voice, EMTAS, EAL, HCC INCO.

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

>Impstone Preschool are very proud of our outside area at the setting and have the same resources and opportunities for development through play as the inside range and we offer a free flow access to this for the majority of the day. Every effort would be made to ensure any trips will be inclusive for all children at our setting and we would endeavour to encourage parents and carers to join us to ensure involvement for all, ensuring we can keep to our ratios in relation to trips. Our setting is ever adapting to the needs of the children and we are very open to striving for the best. This is ongoing and can be seen on our development plan. We would work with families and Occupational Health in order to adapt the setting in an appropriate way and we can borrow resources from them and the Resource Library for other specialist equipment needed.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

Impstone Preschool is accessible via a very large car park and has wheelchair access throughout the setting allowing easy access to the front door, through the setting, use of freeflow and access to and from the garden. In the case of an emergency evacuation, exits are also all accessible. We have generic Makaton symbols throughout the setting and use of multi languages as well as on each key person. We have staff with previous knowledge and experience of using auditory equipment. We have disabled changing and toilet facilities. Any additional equipment required will be stored safely in our safe overnight storage cupboard.

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?

Impstone Preschool encourages settling in visits to the preschool with a parent or carer in order for the child to feel comfortable and have a stable relationship with their key person prior to them being left. We will then make every effort for short stays to start with and building up gradually and at a rate suitable for children and carers. Upon registration, each child receives an induction pack which contains an ‘All About Me’ pack which we ask parents to complete with their child prior to settling in visits so the key person (& the setting) can gain an insight to your child’s needs and help them to settle well. Children’s learning journals are provided to new settings or schools via the parents. We aim to provide good communications and visits from new settings, such as schools and in cases of SEN needs an additional transition meeting with schools may be necessary to understand complex needs. We prepare children for transitions to school throughout their final terms with us by adding additional school targets such as school leavers carpet time and additional school story boards that display a school day in pictorial form.

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

Each child would be individually assessed and resources allocated from occupational therapy, resource libraries or alternative sources based on needs of the child and appropriate funding sources. We aim to work with families and other specialists involved with the child in order to provide all individual and setting needs.

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

Impstone preschool has a dedicated team Amanda Davies EYFS co-ordinator and Avril Woodford Inclusion and Behaviour Management, Equality & Diversity Officer. Key persons of children requiring SEN will be guided through the process in order to gain knowledge about their child and their individual condition and information about the family in order to support and work alongside them and other professionals if involved. We seek guidance from Area INCO’s and as a setting we attend local training by them in order to provide a quality service. Each child has an Individual Educational Plan created to decide how the setting can support your child and the impact of this is monitored closely.

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

Parents can be involved in the setting at any time and we openly embrace parents in the setting. More officially, we hold special events each term where we invite parent in to the setting to play alongside their child and we also offer special days for occasions such as Christmas, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day crafts. To ensure we are as inclusive as we can be for each family, we usually offer these special events over the course of a week and not just on one specific day. We hold other parent participation events such as Christmas Carols, Sports Day ad Easter Parade on a set day, but try to provide as much notice as possible. We are very proud of our Parent Management Committee and there is the opportunity to support the charity by fund raising and volunteering within the preschool. Please see the committee section on our website for further information.

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