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Woodstock House Day Nursery

Experienced, Secure and Inspiring Childcare in Kent


Woodstock House is an enchanting new day nursery located in Sittingbourne, Kent offering year-round care for babies to pre-school aged children.


With more than 20 years’ experience in the childcare industry caring for children of all ages, Claire and her team at Woodstock House Day Nursery believe in building secure and trusting relationships with you and your family. You can expect high quality childcare, exciting learning opportunities, a place to create, imagine and belong together, which is embedded at the very heart of our ethos & values.


Our service is provided in a stunning 400-year-old farmhouse situated on the grounds of the Kent Science Park, which allows us to offer an exceptionally secure care and unique learning experiences within this enchanting setting. The grounds offers a magical garden providing us with impressive outdoor learning opportunities all year round. We are open 51 weeks of the year (closing Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year,  5 days a week from 7.30am till 5.30pm.


With a keen focus on outdoor learning, we strongly believe that the outdoor environment can enrich the children’s experiences, as well as benefit their general health & well-being. Fresh air is proven to promote feelings of happiness, reduce stress and strengthen the immune system in children & with this in mind we are whole heartedly invested in our outdoor environment and the learning opportunities that it has to offer.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Claire Charlton - Nursery Director
Contact Position
Adriana Modrea/Jemma Hammond - Nursery Manager
Telephone
01795 608068
E-mail
office@woodstockhousedaynursery.co.uk
Website
woodstockhousedaynursery.co.uk/

Where to go

Address
Woodstock House
Kent Science Park
Sittingbourne
Kent
Postcode
ME9 8EF
Notes

Woodstock House is an enchanting day nursery located in Sittingbourne, Kent offering year-round care for babies to pre-school aged children.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the childcare industry caring for children of all ages, Claire and her team at Woodstock House Day Nursery believe in building secure and trusting relationships with you and your family. You can expect high quality childcare, exciting learning opportunities, a place to create, imagine and belong together, which is embedded at the very heart of our ethos & values.

Our service is provided in a stunning 400-year-old farmhouse situated on the grounds of the Kent Science Park, which allows us to offer an exceptionally secure care and unique learning experiences within this enchanting setting. The grounds offers a magical garden providing us with impressive outdoor learning opportunities all year round. We are open 51 weeks of the year (closing Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year,  5 days a week from 8am till 6pm.

With a keen focus on outdoor learning, we strongly believe that the outdoor environment can enrich the children’s experiences, as well as benefit their general health & well-being. Fresh air is proven to promote feelings of happiness, reduce stress and strengthen the immune system in children & with this in mind we are whole heartedly invested in our outdoor environment and the learning opportunities that it has to offer.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
year(s), 3 month(s) to 5 year(s), month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07.30 17.30
Tuesday 07.30 17.30
Wednesday 07.30 17.30
Thursday 07.30 17.30
Friday 07.30 17.30
Other Availability
Closed the week between Christmas & New Year

Other Details

ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
No
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 73
5 8 73
Immediate vacancies?
Yes
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
25/11/2021
Facilities
Car Parking, Sports, Dance, Sensory Room
Other facilities information
Set within the grounds of the Kent Science Park the site requires security clearance. The nursery currently offers monthly Science classes, football classes and Jo Jingles sessions.
Notes

Priority of places is allocated to KSP workers.

Languages Spoken:
French, Romanian
Wheelchair Access
No

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
2532361
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)

Free entitlement pattern of delivery can be accessed at Woodstock House in two ways, either over 38 or 48 weeks.

Woodstock House Day Nursery has these 2 options so that parents whose children attend on a full-time basis, can stretch their free hours over the non-funded weeks. * Please note that a deposit together with a completed registration form is required to secure your child's place, however the deposit is refunded within 6 weeks for completely free places. No notice period is required to terminate your funded place.

For a completely free 15 hour place at the setting your child can attend for the following pattern:-

  • With universal 15hrs EYE over a 38 week calendar (term time only) 3 x Half day sessions 38 Weeks = 15 hours free per week. Please provide packed lunch or optional paid lunch @ £2.75

  • Universal offer 15hrs EYE over a 48 week calendar (Stretched) 9-3pm x 2 days 48 Weeks = 12 hours per week Provide packed lunch or optional cooked lunch @ £2.75

For a completely free 30 hour place at the setting your child can attend for the following pattern:-

  • With 30hrs EYE over a 38 week calendar (term time only) 9am - 3pm x 5 days over 48 weeks = 30 free hours per week. Please provide a packed lunch or you can opt for a cooked lunch @ £2.75
  • With 30hrs EYE stretched 48 week (stretched calendar) 9-3pm x 4 days over 48 Weeks =  24 hours per week. Please provide packed lunch or optional cooked lunch @ £2.75

Children who require additional hours around the funded free session can do so as required & where available. These will be charged at our hourly rate and applied to your invoice. These extra hours are set with us and should you wish to change them, you would need to provide us with the required notice as per our terms & conditions. 

At Woodstock House we limit the number of completely free places on offer, a maximum of 10 funded only children in the Bears aged (3-4) per day & 5 fully funded 2-year-olds in the Bunnies. Some term time only spaces are available in the under 2’s but these are limited (Please speak the nursery management team) Priority places will be given to children of KSP worker children, as per our admissions policy & procedure.

Funded periods are never shown as a monetary value on your invoice, as per the Kent Provider Agreement hours are only shown as uncharged. The rate we receive hourly is not disclosed to parents/carers. Your invoice should only reflect the number of free hours that have been claimed, not the monetary value.

It is also possible to spread your funding between 2 settings, please let us know how you would like to share your free hours!

Service status

Status
Open

Local Offer

Description

As a fully inclusive nursery Woodstock House Day Nursery caters for children of individual, varying needs & abilities. We celebrate who children are and strive to help them to achieve as much as possible during their time with us. Through our flexible settling in process, we take time to understand and get to know your child, to enable them to transition smoothly into nursery life.

Starting a child in a nursery setting can be a daunting task at the best of times, without additional worries or concerns about your child’s development or difficulties. Therefore, from the offset we encourage you to highlight any concerns through the admissions and settling in period, so your child has the right support in place from the start of their nursery journey. A baseline assessment is completed with you and your child’s key worker to establish where your child currently is within the EYFS and to form what we need to work on next. Should your child need to move onto targeted support, we will consult with you to share what we have concerns we have regarding your child's development progress.


The nursery has a designated Special Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinated (SENDCo) & Deputy SENDCo who works closely with children, families and practitioners offering support and guidance to everyone supporting the children. The SENDCo’s work with numerous outside agencies such as the Specialist Teachers and the Speech and Language Team and through experience, knowledge & training they develop the environment, resources, and practices to support children according to their individual needs.


Our ‘open door’ policy at Woodstock House is in place to encourage you to work closely with the setting whilst your child is in our care, we are always happy to talk through any concerns you may have. SEND covers a range of different subjects’ behaviour, emotional support after a loss etc, so please always feel free to talk to us at any time if there is something that we can support you with at home.

Honesty and a pro-active approach to SEND concerns is vital, the quicker concerns are explored, the quicker the right kind of support can be put in place for your child. Should a child present as having developmental delays, unwanted behaviour incidents etc, we will inform you through an open informal discussion. Should our SENDCo feel that specialist support is needed, this process with be fully explained to you before any steps are taken. Consent is required from you in order us to refer to outside agencies.

Woodstock House Day Nursery will always endeavour to meet the needs and requirements of all its children, however where it is deemed that we are not safely able to provided the right kind of care or environment i.e. wheel chair access we will support you in exploring other local options via Kent Children & Families Information Service.

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Special Needs Support

We encourage you to highlight any concerns you may have to us from the offset, through our admissions and settling in period. We will then work closely with you to gather information about your child’s current stage of development, to compile a baseline assessment. This establishes where your child currently is within the EYFS. If your child’s development isn’t where we would expect it to be for their age, we would form a targeted support plan to help your child make progress.

 

Should any concerns be recognised by your child’s key person, they will work with the settings SENCO (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator) to support you and your child. We will discuss any concerns with you as soon as any are identified.

We welcome all children with various needs and abilities and as a setting we grow & evolve to support the needs of the children who attend it. 

Through our flexible settling in process and joint baseline assessment, we work closely with parents/carers to monitor and plan for your child’s development. Our online FAMLY system ensures that you are able to access your child’s information and progress in real time. The FAMLY system also allows you share & contribute achievements with your child’s key person. 

We offer parent consultations throughout the year, these give you the opportunity to speak to your key person more in-depth about your child's development and any concerns you have. Children who are being additionally supported by the setting SENCO, will have termly progress reviews to look at strategies, targets etc. You & your child's keyperson will be asked to contribute towards these reviews. 

 

The setting is a language rich environment designed to encourage opportunities to learn and explore, each age group department is designed to provide opportunities for the children to select and choose their own activities and move around the building freely. We have a large outdoor natural garden and aim to be outside at least twice a day. 

 

Inclusive activities & resources are part of every day practice at Woodstock House to encourage children to be welcoming, promote well-being & resilience. Neutral, calming, quiet spaces have been created within the setting to allow children to relax and enjoy sensory activities when they need to. Activities are planned thoughtfully for each child to ensure that everyone can take part.

Our Special Educational Needs & Disabilities policy sets out the graduated approach we use to support children, with additional needs or disabilities.

If your child isn’t making expected progress through a targeted plan, we may need to make additional referrals to other professional services. If your child needs additional support from outside agencies, a targeted plan would be changed to a personalised plan. Children who are on targetted or personalised plans will receive extra support from the setting SENCo, who help your key person to plan and support your child. Additional resources are sourced to support children with additional needs & disabilities such as sensory equipment. The SENDCo will look at different resources available to establish what training needs the setting has or if any changes need to be implemented to the environment to the support children's individual needs. Where appropriate staffing levels are adjusted to provide extra 1:1 support individual children where needed.

Your consent is required to gain support from the specialist teaching service, support is generated through a LIFT meeting where suitable professionals will be assigned to the setting, to support your child. A specialist teacher will visit the setting and observe your child and make further support suggestions & make any further referrals to other services where needed.

You are consulted through all stages, so that you are aware, informed and consent to all steps taken.

 

 

Our Team are keen to develop their practice and are actively encouraged to train and strengthen their knowledge & experience on subjects that interest them. If your child has needs or disabilities that are not familiar to our team, training will be organised to support your child when they join us. When training events are held at the setting, we often invite parents/carers to join us, especially if the training would support children whilst they are at home.

 

Are team are trained in Makaton and this is used universally across the setting to support the foundations of communication.  Visual times tables are used in all rooms, to help children to transition from one activity to the next.

Our key person system ensures that your child’s development is monitored and supported during their time with us. Partnership with parents & carers is key and close working with us is vital when children have additional needs. We complete an initial baseline assessment of the child, alongside the parent/carer on the first settle session to look at where your child needs encouragement.

 

Your child's development is then assessed every 2 months, this is shared with you via the FAMLY app and we offer parent/carer consultations with your key person throughout the year. There are 2 additional statutory assessments made in the early years, The Two Year Progress Check and the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (before entering school). Where possible the Two Year Check will be completed in advance of your child’s health visitor development check, this gives you the opportunity to discuss your child’s starting points, progress they have made & any development delays.

A commitment to inclusive practice is deeply embedded in our ethos, values and everyday practice. The team ensure that all activities and resources are adapted to suit children’s needs. This could be dietary, age appropriateness or developmentally suitable. Your child’s key person will take lead on the planning of adaptions along with the SENDCO.

 

Activities such as trips or outings are risk assessed to ensure that we take into consideration any additional measures we need to take, to ensure safety of the children and what needs to happen if a situation arises. Where appropriate we will jointly complete these with you. First Aid boxes are always within reach in the nursery environment and are adequate First Aid provisions will be taken on outings. We strive to have all of our staff trained in First Aid across the setting, to ensure that the whole team are equipped to respond to any First Aid needs.

 

We welcome helpers to join us for outings, so if you would like to accompany your child please feel free to come along!

The setting is a grade 2 listed building full of character and curiosity, we unfortunately are unable to provide wheelchair access to the upper level of the building. The ground floor is accessible for wheelchairs and frames, with an accessible adult toilet.

 

Our large out door area has a small step to enter the garden through the rear entrance. 

 

Wherever possible we will make any reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of children, parents or staff.

Should your child leave us to join another setting, we offer to share your child’s development profile with the new setting to ensure a seamless continuation of development monitoring. When a child leaves to go to school we complete a transition report that goes to your childs school before they start, so that the reception teacher is aware of your child's progress to date and how they have been supported.

Teachers are invited into the setting to meet your child & your child's key person within the nursery setting. Our pre-school environment & routine is built to start embedding the independence skills, the children need within the school environment. Daily activities are incorporated to build familiarity about going to school and build the children’s confidence before they leave us.

 

Our setting also provides additional activities such as science class, football sessions and music & movement. These sessions provided lots of opportunities to promote well-being, turn taking and team work.

The nursery has an open-door policy and welcomes suggestions and comments, we want you to feel part of the setting and shaping how it grows and develops. We ask for feedback through our parent consultations, parent/carer surveys and by daily interactions with the Management Team. We ask any families who leave us to complete an exit questionnaire to gather information on the service we provide and establish where any changes need to be implemented to improve.

 

We work closely with other professional consultants & advisors who enrich the setting with knowledge, experience and suggestions on how we can improve. 

You can contact the nursery management team via telephone or via the website to book a nursery tour.  Before your child starts with us if possible we like to complete a home visit before your child’s settling sessions begin. Our settling in process is extremely flexible and adaptable to your child’s needs, to ensure that everyone is fully comfortable and confident before your child’s first day.

If your child is in receipt of DLA the setting maybe able to access the Disability Access Fund (DAF) or Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund (SENIF) which can be used to support your child’s additional needs or disabilities at the setting, to buy specific resources or 1:1 staffing support.

Our service is continually shaped by the children & adults who are part of it, all feedback is encouraged and shared with the team and every effort is made to look at what can be improved. We are very keen to equip our staff with opportunities to develop their skills as practitioners, through training and professional development, we even invite parents & carers to attend courses held onsite too!

 

We also love to hear what you love about Woodstock, we have a very open and joint approach to working with our families so any feedback is always welcomed. We have a open door policy with a Management Team on site at all times, we record all complaints and share these with staff to look at how we can improve. Full details of our complaints policy & procedure can be found in the nursery policy & procedures document. 

 

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