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Discovery Day Nursery

Discovery Day Nursery is one of 3 nurseries directly managed by The Education People.


The nursery is based within the same building as The Meadow Children's Centre in Park Wood Maidstone Kent.


The nursery consists of 2 rooms, our Explorer room is for 2 year old children and our Adventurer room is for 3 and 4 year olds.


Both rooms have dedicated and highly experienced staff who work to ensure that the holistic individual needs of our families are fully supported.


The nursery has a Good Ofsted Rating as of February 2017.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Julie Miles
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
Telephone
01622 755154
E-mail
Julie.Miles@theeducationpeople.org

Where to go

Address
The Meadow Childrens Centre
Furfield Close
Maidstone
Kent
Postcode
ME15 9JR
Notes

The nursery is set out in a stimulating and learning environment where children have independence in their own choice of activities.

Small key person groups for adult led activities are focused around building and extending children's understanding and knowledge in ways that are appropriate for their age and stage of development and following the child's interests.

The nursery has 2 gardens, one for each room which is fully accessible in all weathers due to canopies and artificial grassed areas.

The nursery looks after chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and fish, showing children how to care and respect other living creatures. The nursery is keen to show children how to look after the environment around them and sets an example by recycling and being sustainable where it can.

The nursery is accessible to wheelchair users with no steps. The nursery has its own entrance with a security system in place including CCTV to ensure safety for everyone.

 

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 8am or 9am 1pm
Monday 1pm 5pm
Monday 8am or 9am 5pm
Tuesday 8am or 9am 1pm
Tuesday 1pm 5pm
Tuesday 8am or 9am 5pm
Wednesday 8am or 9am 1pm
Wednesday 1pm 5pm
Wednesday 8am or 9am 5pm
Thursday 8am or 9am 1pm
Thursday 1pm 5pm
Thursday 8am or 9am 5pm
Friday 8am or 9am 1pm
Friday 1pm 5pm
Friday 8am or 9am 5pm

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
2 year old session for 5 hours £28.75 Per half day
2 year old session for 4 hours £23.00 Per session
3 and 4 year old session for 5 hours £27.50 Per half day
3 and 4 year old session for 4 hours £22.00 Per session
3 and 4 year old session for 9 hours £49.50 Per day
ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
No
Cost(s)
Cost details
The nursery accepts Early Years Funding
Free For Two funding and working families 30 hours funding.
Please ring or email the nursery to talk about your needs
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 60
5 8 60
Immediate vacancies?
No
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
03/08/2020
Facilities
Nursery, Garden
Notes

The nursery staff have experience to support children with a range of different additional needs.

The nursery is wheelchair accessible.

The nursery is able to source support from external agencies to help families in our care.

The nursery has good links with local schools, childminders, speech and language therapists, Early Help services in addition to being a proactive member of a local collaboration.

Languages Spoken:
Sign Language Makaton, Romanian, English
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
2502388
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
Yes
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)

Discovery Day Nursery at present offers 27 hours childcare for those families who have 30 hour free entitlement

This is offered as;

3 days of 8am to 5pm - term time only (38 weeks) at no cost

5 x 5 hour sessions for 25 hours a week (45 weeks) at no cost  with the remaining 6 weeks payable at full cost

Service status

Status
Open

Local Offer

Description

Discovery Day Nursery is fully aware of their statutory responsibilities to ensure that no child is treated less favourably because of their individual needs.

Within the nursery we are aware that all children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and our daily practice is set out to help ALL children to reach their full potential and to be fully inclusive at all times.

Discovery Day Nursery has put into effect arrangements to support children with SEN or disabilities and to make information available to parents and carers on how we put this into place.

We act within accordance of The SEND code of practice and The Equity Act.

Special Needs Support

When you are ready for your child to start nursery, we will ask you to complete a waiting list form detailing information that will help to get to know you and your child. If you have given information that will mean that your child will need extra support due to special educational needs or disabilities then we will contact you prior to your child starting nursery to find out more and to ensure that we are fully aware of your child's needs. This may mean that we will need to have staff training to meet your child's needs from other professionals involved in your child's care.

Once your child has started nursery, we will carry out observations on your child's interests and progress within the nursery, these will be shared with you so that we can provide the best learning experience for your child both at home and at nursery. The observations are carried out by our experienced and highly qualified staff team these are linked to the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage Framework) and track children in accordance of their age and stage of development.

In addition, if your child is 2 years old when they start nursery we will complete a Progress Check at 2 in conjunction with the Healthy Child Check carried out by the Health Visiting team, if we feel that there are areas that your child may need some more support then we will talk to you about this and our SENCO (special educational needs coordinator) will explain what we can do next to help your child both at home and in the nursery. It may be that their speech is difficult to understand or that you are concerned about their behaviour at home.

We have lots of experience in supporting parents with individual needs and concerns and signposting them to other agencies so please always ask us if you are at all worried about your child's development or progress.

 

We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming nursery and we always have an open door to answer any questions or concerns that you may have, so your child's key person will always be on hand to talk to you/share information and to discuss ways to support your child's development both at home and at nursery.

When your child first starts nursery you will be given a prospectus which details who works in the nursery and what they do and how they can help you. Before COVID we would visit you at home so that you could ask any questions but unfortunately now we must either talk on the phone in our weekly phone calls or talk to staff at the nursery gate during drop off and collection times.

If your child is in need of more support then our SENCO will discuss putting into place a targeted plan to track their progress over a period of time, you will be fully involved in this process and be a part of reviewing it and what needs to be put into place next such as the involvement of a specialist teacher through the LIFT process or speech and language therapy referral.

Within the nursery environment we have many different strategies to help support children, as we know that they all learn in different ways these strategies must be varied and dependent upon the individual child.

For example we use simple words, Makaton signs, now and next boards and visual signs to help children to develop listening and attention skills.

We also use small groups with Early Talk Boost interventions to help children to learn about listening and early communication skills.

Part of our daily routine focuses upon the children learning about emotions and feelings and discussing these with others, we learn about basic sharing and turn taking using sand timers and simple props.

For children with English as an additional language we can use simple words with signs, familiar objects and pictures, talking pens and word books to support language.

 

Discovery Day Nursery uses the Early Years Foundation Framework to track children's progress and development within the 7 areas of development.

During weekly discussions with the key person and the parent we can discuss any issues where there are concerns raised over the child's progress either at home, nursery or both and what plans we can put into place to help support the child/family within the nursery.

Our staff in the nursery attend regular SEND training to help to develop their own skills and understanding of children's needs and how we as a nursery can support these.

We use the Best Practice Guidance as a tool to ensure that we are putting everything into place to best meet the needs of the children in the nursery, this helps us to be proactive in supporting children with a variety of different needs such as communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social emotional and mental health and physical and sensory difficulties.

We are aware that we can access funding to support individual children's development and progress within the nursery such as DAF (disability access funding) and SENIF (Special educational needs inclusion funding).

Discovery Day Nursery is keen to fully support all of our families and provide the very best of care that we can. We use EYFS parent support guidance as a tool to help parents to look at their child's progress in relation to the age and stage of development. Where a parent asks for more support we can signpost them to other agencies or organisations.

Due to our many years of experience we are able to use our learnt knowledge and skills to access different services to help provide the support necessary to help children to reach their full potential, this may mean that our staff retrain on areas that could help a child within the nursery. For example staff have recently attended a workshop on sensory issues.

Our SENCO attends SENCO forums and LIFT meetings which provide relevant up to date information and guidance. We have built up a network of different agencies and organisations whom we can access for help and advice regarding an individual child.

Our nursery SENCO and manager are fully supportive and alongside the other key people in the nursery will endeavour to provide the support and guidance needed for our families.

Where a child is receiving extra support, we will be constantly talking to the families to find out what is happening at home so that they are aware of their thoughts about the child's progress and what the next steps will be.

There is a proactive parent partnership with ourselves and we work together to provide the very best care and education for ALL children.

In the past both staff and parents have attended workshops together which is a wonderful way to fully support and embrace the child's individual needs, identifying and working out a joined up plan to support each other.

The child's voice is something that can be difficult to determine but our skilled key people know how to observe children and identify what the child's actions may be telling us about them, are they in a happy situation, worried or upset. Where the child's behaviour can be challenging we can use ABC strategies to work out what may be happening and what the consequence of the behaviour including what we can do next.

Before COVID as a nursery we would often take trips outside of the nursery environment with the children. These trips were always risk assessed and dependent upon the individual children's age and stage of development.

In the case where a child may need extra support, these considerations would be addressed and the key person and parent would decide whether the child would enjoy the trip and whether they would find it more enjoyable with the parent attending as well. The parent may prefer to come along on the trip too, these cases would be decided on an individual case by case basis.

 

 

The nursery is wheelchair accessible and is built on one floor,the open plan environment is fully accessible for those with mobility issues.

There is no parking on site but with advance notice, we can make provision for drop off and collect within the site car park.

There is an accessible toilet on site, however within the nursery rooms there is limited space for a wheelchair within the existing toilets.

 

Discovery Day Nursery is a feeder nursery for up to 11 schools and has built up good relationships with these schools, teachers are welcomed into the nursery to meet the children, bring in school uniform and photos of school teachers so that the children can talk about their new teacher, school and have some idea of what to expect.

Our SENCO and Key people will meet with the parents and teachers and discuss individual children's needs so that the school is aware of what works and what doesnt work and allow parents to ask any questions that they may have.

The nursery will pass on information about the child's learning journal to the school identifying the areas that the child may have had some additional help and who was involved within this.

The SENCO has regular meetings with staff in the nursery to discuss the children in their care and discuss any concerns that the key person and the parent have identified, these meetings are documented and reviewed 6 weekly.

The SENCO is able to ask for advice and support from STS (specialist teacher service) at SENCO forums and LIFT meetings and identify any training needed to support the children in the nursery.

At staff meetings, the SENCO can highlight any areas within the environment that may need to be addressed to support children with individual needs and can use research/audit tools as a basis for identifying an area for change.

At our nursery we welcome telephone calls or email enquiries from prospective parents, we can talk about any SEN or disabilities that the child may have or any concerns that the parent has.

Pre COVID we would complete home visits prior to the child starting with us and allowing us to fully prepare for meeting the needs of the child before they started with us, however now we do not carry out these and instead use phone calls to talk to the parent identifying any particular needs that the child may have and whether we are able to meet these needs within our nursery.

We would also have a transition home visit when the child moves between our 2 rooms but unfortunately this no longer permitted.

From discussions with the parents, we can identify what support the child needs and whether we are the right nursery for the child and if not, who could help the family.

We provide all families with information about our complaints procedure when they start with us.

We welcome any suggestions, questions or comments that our parents may have about our practice and always respond to these accordingly.

Over the years we have been privileged to have made a difference to the lives of many children. Those children who are special and need a little bit of extra care and love are the ones that we remember the most. 

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