Lollipops Pre-school Ltd
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Emma Langridge
- Contact Position
- 01322 291151
Where to go
- DA1 1DN
We are in the Orchard shopping centre, 5 minute walk from Dartford train station, Mezzanine floor with a lift taking to the main doors
When is it on?
- Carescheme Age Range:
- 2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 4 year(s), 11 month(s)
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 09:00 15:00 Tuesday 09:00 15:00 Wednesday 09:00 15:00 Thursday 09:00 15:00 Friday 09:00 15:00
- Other Availability
- We are open 38 weeks per year
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £15 Per half day
- ECD Type
- Cost details
We offer morning
afternoon or full days. 15 and 30 hours funded free childcare.
Hot lunch is £2.20 a day
- 3-4 Year Old Funding?
- 2 Year Old Funding?
- Total vacancies
- Vacancies Details
- We have afternoon vacancies, a few all day and a couple of morning places available. Please call to see what we can offer you.
- Places Range
Places Range Start Age End Age Places 2 2 20 3 5 35 0 5 35 5 7 35
- Immediate vacancies?
- Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
- Vacancy range
Vacancy Range Start Age End Age Places 2 years 5 years 15
- Vacancy Information Last updated Date
- Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Team Games, Discussions / Talks, Outdoor Activities, Trike, Play House, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Water Play, Quiet Room, Games / Puzzles, Play Room, Visits and Outings, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Healthy Living, Reading, Air Conditioned, Refreshments, Languages, Books, Sewing, See-Saw, Ball Pit, Sensory Room, Bike, Soft Play Area, Slide, Library Visits, Stories, Sports
We are able to cater for additional needs.
- Languages Spoken:
- Polish, Bengali, Portugese Brazil, English, Punjabi
- Wheelchair Access
- Ofsted URN
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Inspection History Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 12/05/2016 Inspection (Early Years Register) Inadequate 20/09/2016 Re-inspection (Early Years Register) Good
Special Needs Support
How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?
We identify by using starting points and the progress check at 2 years old, along with observing the childs development and behaviour.
We will discuss your child's development with parents to determine where extra support maybe needed. We keep communication open between parents through keyworkers and outside agencies so that everyone can work to best support the child.
How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
We promote daily contact with your keyworker from informal and formal discussions and the option to have private meetings at a time that suits the parents.
During your child's time here we will continue to track their progress through observations set out by the 'Early Years Foundation stage' statutory framework and through 'The development matters in the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS)' non statutory requirements.
How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?
We will plan and observe each child under the EYFS framework, understanding that each child is unique and provide resources tailored for that child.
* Under the prime areas; C & L; Our setting provides a language rich environment to suit families attending our setting.
* PSED; Our setting will make contact with outside agencies to best support your child within this area, like turn taking, managing feelings when we have put into place everything we can do for that child.
* P.D; We will asses the environment to make changes like quite areas, asses the noise level and seek advice from specialist teachers in order to make changes to suit and support the child's needs.
What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
Our staff are trained or training in the Early years qualification with different work and life experiences. All staff can offer advice and support when and where needed.
Our environment has a sensory area, and quiet places that children children are able to access and explore with their chosen toys.
We review the environment and make changes to suit the ever changing land scape to best support the children here. We review the resources and purchase new where possible to support a child.
The staff go on training to further their knowledge and understanding.
What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
Lollipops SEND policy states that; Lollipops is open to all members of the community, we do not discriminate against a child with SEN or refuse a child entry to Lollipops because of any disability if reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate them.
We develop an action plan and differentiate activities to ensure that people with SEN can participate successfully in the services offered by the preschool and in the curriculum offered.
The SENCo and keyworker work closely with the parents to best support the child, referring them to LIFT or working alongside specialist teachers. Children who have medical needs are supported with a careplan specific to their individual needs.
How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
Each child is allocated a keyworker, we have a buddy system of two keyworkers per child to help support should a keyworker be absent that day.
The relationship between parents and keyworkers build the foundation to openly discuss the monitoring and development of their child's progress, through observations and highlighting their strengths and area's that the child needs extra support.
How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
We are committed to include and make sure all the children are involved in all activities and these adapted to suit the child. Staff meetings are held to discuss how we plan ahead, how to make sure every child can access the activity. Daily outings are planned in advance with in mind children who need extra support or the use of a buggy or wheel chair so that they are still included.
How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?
Lollipops preschool is situated on the Mezzanine floor of the Orchard shopping centre. There is a lift to bring you to the floor with the main entrance, disable parking is available in the Orchard car park.
The preschool itself has a large floor space, the room is accessible for a wheel chair and the disable toilet within the room. The room is purpose built and areas can be adjusted to accommodate more room or access.
How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
During term 6 we make up a role play area with uniforms to dress up and pretend to be going to big school. We sauce from local schools the correct uniform and display photo's graphs of the school building which then becomes a real talking point for the children and staff. The area becomes a step into a reception class for the children to play, dress up and have fun.
We promote school visits and liaise with school SENCo's, teachers, parents and keyworkers to support the transition from our setting to big school as well as attending transitional meetings to discuss the transition of the child.
How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?
We have regular visits from KCC early years Improvement advisor, Inclusion and equality advisor who with their feed back help us to make changes to improve the setting. We attend LIFT and SENCo forums so to keep updated with changes and to listen to other professional ideas.
We hold regular staff meetings and take on board suggestions, arrange meetings with parents and outside agencies.
Parents also fill out questionnaires when they leave as well as during the school year to be able to make changes where needed.
Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?
At Lollipops preschool we encourage parents to visit the setting with their child to see if this is the right setting for them.
We encourage settling in sessions which can be extended should the child not be settling well with the transition from leaving their parents. Every child will settle in their own time and our aim is to make it as smoothe as possible.
Please call us. We are also happy for you to drop in during the hours of 9-3 avoiding 12-1 as this is lunch time.
What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?
Here at Lollipops we have an open door policy where parents are able to discuss any thing privately following that Lollipops has a complaints procedure we follow up with and during this time the parents are kept informed and the out come.
We send out questionnaires to get feed back from parents throughout the year and when they leave.