We are a small friendly nursery in Kennington open term time. Providing high quality care and education to 2 - 4 year olds. I have a strong qualified dedicated team who are all DBS checked and First aid trained.
Being in Kennington enables us to explore our local community. We take children on nature trail walks, take equipment over to playing field and visit local church.
We have a good relationship with our local Infant school where we take visit and explore school surroundings, playgrounds and equipment.
When is it on?
When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), month(s) to 4 year(s), 11 month(s)
We have a waiting list for families for places available based on a first come first served basis. Subject to availability.
Table of costs
Table of costs
Per half day
We operate from 9am - 3.30pm term time. with a range of collection times to suit family life and collecting siblings from local schools. (2pm 3pm or 3.30)
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Vacancies for September 2019 available
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
We have a strong working relationship with our local Infant school where we regularly visit with our nursery children. Here we access the reception outdoor playarea and explore large equipment and resources. This enables further learning and experience new surroundings and challenges all in a safe, friendly environment.
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)
We can provide care & education for children entitled to 30hrs funding. Whether attending Step By Step Nursery or in partnership with another setting/ childminder. Please come and visit us to discuss how this can work for your family.
We work very closely with all outside agencies providing good support for our families, children and staff. All staff are Makaton trained, we use "Communicate in Print" enabling us to provide visual cards throughout our nursery & learning where needed. I have a staff member who has completed Language for Learning which supports childrens language development and processing skills. Step By Step have two staff members trained to run "ICan Early Talk Boost" which is a 9 week programme to support and develop children's attention & listening skills along developing into sentence structure.
At Step By Step Nursery we pride ourselves on our strong relationship with Speech & Languuage Therapists and Specialist Teaching Service with the work and progress children make during their time with us. In 2017 they invited us to join their team to create comminication poster for Early years teams and children centre which are displayed throughout ashford.
Special Needs Support
How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?
Through Settling in sessions & home visits these provide families with opportunities to share any concerns they may have about their child's development. We can then monitor your child's play while they settle in with us and share our findings with you within the first month. If staff feel there may be a need for additional support we will hold a meeting with the family as soon as possible. We can access training for staff to support your child's need / learning and we with your guidance we can make referrals to outside agencies / therapy teams.
Our setting staff are very experienced with Speech and Language delay as well as teaching children who are on the Autistic Spectrum. We have a strong working relationship with Ashford Speech and Language Team and Specialist Teaching Team.
How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
During our family meeting every term / 6 weeks your child's Key worker will share all your child's learning and together how best to support your child's further development.
How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?
Staff plan activities to meet children's individual needs, abilities and stage of development so children can achieve and progress. Enabling children to enjoy learning in a safe happy environment
What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
At Step By Step Nursery we operate an open door policy families see their child's key worker mostly every session allowing them to share information before and after the session. All teaching is at the pace of the individual child and we enhance learnign through child's interests. Learning this term is shared through monthly newsletter with additional information coming home for families to be actively involved. All families are included and some activities may be adapted to allow all to take part.
What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
Throughout your child's learning through play we monitor childrens development and any concerns are shared with parents where we can share ideas and maybe carry out referrals to speech and language, occupational therapy, social care or even early help.
All staff are first aid trained we only administor medicines which are prescribed to your child. Health care plans are completed where needed as well as Emergency Evacuation Plans. Emma is also our Designated Safeguaring Lead and can support families who may have social workers.
All support for our families are provided on an individual case as what works for one family may NOT work for another.
How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
At Step By Step Nursery we work to Development Matters and record children's progress through Kent Progress Tracker this is completed four times throughout an academic year. These are shared with our families enabling us to celebrate achievements and plan next steps together allowing our families to play an active role in being involved in their childs learning.
Throughout your child's learning through play we monitor childrens development and any concerns are shared with parents where we can share ideas and maybe carry out referals to speech and language, ocupational therapy, social care or even early help
How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
A risk assessment will be completed before we venture out based solely on the safety of Sen child attending trip. We can then make any amendments to allow us all to remain safe on our trip and child to take part. all activities are adaptable to allow all children to be included.
How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?
Our nursery is wheelchair accessible as well as having a disabled toilet area. our round table has adjustable legs which we can lower / raise. Activities can be carried out on tables, floors, trays indoors and even outdoors. Staff are on hand to support with moving resources.
How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
We will work very closely with our families to ensure all is in place to provide a smooth transition to our setting and support families leaving us moving on to new adventures ensuring support continues at new setting.
How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?
We assess our effectiveness every month during staff meetings and every 6weeks with our families with children who have Special Educational Needs. Together we can celebrate achievements and plan further support for areas needing further development. With this information we can assess if we need to attend Local Inclusion Forum Team (L.I.F.T) Which is a meeting for providers to gain additional guidance in supporting the child's individual development and where needed access other outside agencies.
We may also be able to access further funding and a few sessions at Wyvern Early Years Centre. Staff at Step By Step Nursery will support our families through all processess up until your child starts school.
Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?
Contact Katy Manager / Emma Deputy to arrange a time which suits you to visit the setting. We will then explain how our nursery setting works and how your child will learn through play with us. You will be given a "Request a place" form to select days & hours you desire. Once this is returned we will contact you to complete registration forms and discuss your child's development so far, favourite books, television programme, toys to siblings and clubs they may attend.
We will then book a home visit if you agree. where we share activities and visit the whole family, what to bring to nursery, lunch box ideas and an activity for the child to complete and bring in on their first day so they can take ownership of the nursery as soon as they attend.
Home visits also provide a safe haven for families to share personal information/concerns which we can support with / prepare for before your child starts with us.
What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?
We have regular family meetings as well as an open door policy where families can share compliments, celebrate achievements, plan next steps and concerns. Our complaints policy is available and procedures and contact numbers are displayed on parent notice board. Our thank you cards are on display throughout the setting.