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Sutton Valence Preparatory School - Nursery Unit

Little Lambs, Sutton Valence Prep School Nursery provides outstanding care in stunning surroundings. Our rooms are large and filled with light; they are furnished with natural materials and beautiful resources. Our outdoor area acts as another classroom and is used daily. The children can play on the large field, or pedal their bikes around one of our playgrounds. The countryside is on our doorstep and wellies are a compulsory part of our uniform.

The Little Lambs Nursery team are all qualified and this professionalism ensures high standards of care and education are maintained at all times. Good relationships are the key to unlocking each child’s potential and our partnership with parents allows for a smooth transition from home to Nursery. Our open-door policy means parents are kept informed about their child.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Abigail Betts
01622 842117

Where to go

Sutton Valence Preparatory School
Chart Road
Chart Sutton
ME17 3RF

When is it on?

Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 5 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 18:00
Tuesday 07:30 18:00
Wednesday 07:30 18:00
Thursday 07:30 18:00
Friday 07:30 18:00
Other Availability
Reception is term time only whilst our Nursery is 50 weeks of the year.

Other Details

ECD Type
Nursery Unit of Independent School
Cost details
Contact provider for details
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Cookery, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Outdoor Activities, Environmental Area, Pets, Trike, Play House, Trampoline, Puppets, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Garden, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Healthy Living, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Bike, Kitchen, Library - Children's Library, Library - Storytimes For Pre-School Children
Other facilities information
French and Yoga

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement

Local Offer

Special Needs Support

On admission, we ask you to complete a registration form which gives you a chance to inform us any additional, Special Educational Needs or disabilities your child has. Any supporting documentation, such as the Progress Check at 2, Red book information from your Health Visitor or any professional assessments your child has undertaken is requested at this point, so that we can arrange a meeting with you to discuss and agree any support that might be needed. 

Your child will be invited for taster days to help us get to know your child; this also helps us to notice strengths and weakness which can be developed and supported as needed.

When your child first starts we assess their starting points in line with a document called Development Matters. In addition, in Reception, we undertake routine screening for language and cognitive skills such as Baseline Assessment.

The class teacher, along with our Head of Learning Support, Mrs Janice Whittome, ensures that you have the best support and resources to help with the development of your child.

The ‘key person’ at SVPS and Little Lambs Nursery, is your child’s class teacher or a member of the Nursery team. He/she is the cornerstone of The Early Years Foundation Stage and of our practice.  Your child’s key person will be involved right from the start so that a strong positive relationship is built with your child and with you. There are lots of ways that you can feel involved in how your child is being supported.

  • Daily informal contact
  • Opportunities for meetings at your request throughout the year
  • An invitation to a parent meeting three times a year when we let you know about your child’s progress and any additional support they might need.
  • Detailed learning journal which includes our photographs and observations of how your child is developing throughout the year; we use a system called Tapestry
  • Collaboration with you on any extra planning we put in place. You would also receive a termly report to give reviews of targeted work.

The EYFS is an educational framework which allows key persons to plan for your ‘unique child’. We observe, assess and plan for your child in three prime areas and four specific areas. Adaptions to the EYFS framework might include additional booster groups to support phonics.

In Little Lambs Nursery and Reception our environment is set up to improve the conditions that will enable your child to listen and attend and give full involvement to your child’s learning.

Our classrooms benefit from natural light and all children can access the outside areas. The walls are painted in neutral colours to promote a sense of calm; this is further enhanced by soft furnishings and carpeted areas in the Nursery to minimise noises and encourage a sense of wellbeing.

All children access the outside facilities daily from their personal classrooms, in addition they make use of our fields, animal areas and School’s facilities.

Effective teaching and learning requires a wide range of resources appropriate to support children’s development of all levels; our Head of Learning Support will work with key persons to make sure that specialist equipment is accessed for example a writing slope or a ‘sit‘n move’ cushion.

Our SEND policy sets out the graduated approach we use to support children.

If your child is making insufficient progress through a targeted plan, the Head of Learning Support or class teacher may discuss with you the need to refer to other services, such as speech and language therapy. A Learning Support plan is put into place as soon as additional needs are identified and intervention is provided and reviewed regularly.

If required, your consent would be obtained to refer to an outside professional or the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service.

We work in partnership with you to agree appropriate next steps to support your child’s development.

An effective class teacher approach is essential for all children. The class teacher is responsible for guiding, monitoring and supporting your child's learning, physical and emotional development when in our care and this especially important when children have special or additional educational needs.

Examples of how your child may be monitored include:

  • Parents evening and additional meetings as needed
  • Development matters tracking and observations
  • Routine screening
  • Involvement of the Head of Learning Support and Learning Support Plans

A commitment to inclusive practice that enables all children to be included is at the heart of our work. At pupil briefings we would discuss your child’s needs and interventions when appropriate. Likewise for trips, a risk assessment would be in place to support your child’s needs and a pre-visit would have taken place to inform of any needed adaptions.

The setting is purpose built with a lift in the Pre-Prep building and the main hall can be accessed by a wheelchair. The EYFS classrooms and outside area is on the lower floor. Access to surrounding buildings such as the offices and dining room can all be accessed through temporary ramps.

Whenever possible we will make any reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of your child, parents or staff. We have five designated disabled parking spaces. There is an accessible toilet in every teaching building.

We will provide you with the relevant information to pass on to your child’s next school. The Head of Learning Support will contact the SENCo at the next school with your permission and if appropriate. We welcome professionals to come and visit your child at our school prior to their transition to their next school if requested.

  • Reports from professionals to show progress
  • Collaborative meetings with you and professionals to review progress
  • Staff meetings and briefings with Head of Learning Support updating the staff team when necessary.
  • Learning support plans helps us monitor and review progress
  • Outside professionals involvement
  • Review Policies and Procedures

Contact Miss Abi Betts

Our SEND policy provides the context for supporting children through the graduated approach and our complaints procedure is displayed on our website. Copies of all the policies can be seen on our web-site. At SVPS we have an open door policy and we welcome constructive feedback. In addition, we meet with our parents frequently we aim to work as a team and we encourage our parents to discuss any problems at meetings.


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