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Squirrel Lodge Nursery

This privately run nursery opened in July 2016 and operates from a purpose built space at The Meads Community Centre. With a highly qualified and fully experienced team, we care for children aged 2 to 5 years. Our opening hours are 7.30am - 6.30pm for 48 weeks of the year.


We follow the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, which is based on the principles of respect, responsibility and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.


Forest School sessions are held on site in the woodland and we also have an Artist in Residence who works with the children three times a week.


There are so many exciting experiences awaiting your child at Squirrel Lodge Nursery

Who to contact

Contact Name
Claire Elliott-Hare
Contact Position
Manager
Telephone
01795 424153
E-mail
squirrellodgenursery@hotmail.com
Website
https://www.squirrellodgenursery.wixsite.com/.../themeads

Where to go

Address
The Meads Community Centre
Emerald Crescent
Sittingbourne
Kent
Postcode
ME10 5JL
Notes

There is parking available to parents for dropping off and collecting children. The nursery is at the rear of the Community Centre.

Squirrel Lodge Nursery has a lovely natural outdoor space and we encourage outdoor play in all weathers.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 5 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 7.30am 6.30pm
Tuesday 7.30am 6.30pm
Wednesday 7.30am 6.30pm
Thursday 7.30am 6.30pm
Friday 7.30am 6.30pm

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.50 for 2, 3 & 4 year olds Per hour
£27.50 Per half day
£50 Per day
ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
No
Cost(s)
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Vacancies Details
Full day sessions available All year round places
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 2 8
3 5 26
0 5 26
5 7 26
Immediate vacancies?
Yes
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
14/11/2019
Facilities
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Messy Play Area, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Water Play, Quiet Room, Visits and Outings, Garden, Arts And Crafts, Reading, Woodwork, Refreshments, Books, Sewing, Sign Language / Makaton, Sensory Room, Car Parking, Songs, Sleeping Area, Library Visits, Stories, Sports
Other facilities information
Forest School for ages 3 plus Multi media Art
Notes

We welcome all children here at Squirrel Lodge Nursery. We have experience in supporting children with varying needs and disabilities. Our staff are well trained and we work very hard with other agencies to give children the support they need and the best possible care

Languages Spoken:
English
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY499277
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
24/10/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

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)
  • Funding: All 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for government funding. The funding starts the term after their 3rd This will be claimed for your child and deducted from your invoice: 15 hours per week for term time only contracts (limited number available for children of teachers) spread over 38 weeks. We will stretch the funding for all year around contracts spread over 48 weeks. Please note that we are only open for 48 weeks of the year. Funding dates will be given to you for the year so you are aware which days we will be closed.

 

  • 30 hours Government Funding: From September 2017, many three and four year olds can benefit from funding being extended to 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. We will stretch the funding for all year around contracts spread over 48 weeks. To be eligible, both Parents (or the sole parent in a single parent family) will need to earn on average the equivalent of 16 hours on the national minimum wage and no more than £100,000 per year. Your eligibility will be checked by HMRC, please visit kent.gov.uk/freechildcare for more information.

 

  • Free for Two funding: Some two year olds are also entitled to 15 hours per week free childcare for 38 weeks or we can stretch it over 48 weeks. Families of the two year old must be in receipt of one or more of the following: Income Support/ Income based job seekers allowance/ Child tax credit at a rate higher than the family element of £547.50 per annum/ Extra working tax credit relating to a disability or pension credit. You can be in receipt of Working Tax credits. Funding starts the term after their 2nd Please speak to us if you think your child might be eligible.

We offer the Free for Two funding, Universal Funding and 30 hour funding to eligible families

 

Service status

Status
Open

Local Offer

Links
Squirrel Lodge Nursery

Special Needs Support

As a setting we create starting points for each child, using the Kent Tracker, after a 2 week settling period. It is these starting points which will highlight if the child is above, below or within the correct developmental stage for their age.

 

On a termly basis we generate Summative assessments for each child which shows the stage of development they are working within.

 

As part of our planning cycle parents have the option to come in for a parent meeting with the key person to discuss the child’s progress.

 

 

If we feel a child needs support within a area, we sit with the key person and will create targets to enhance that area of development.

 

We work with outside agencies who monitor and review the child’s progress. We receive reports from these agencies enabling us to put their recommendations into place

 

We put personalised plans into place using targets set by outside agencies, these are undertaken by the key person daily and reviewed 6 weekly by the SENCO. We invite parents to be involved in the review.

 

As a setting we create starting points for each child, using the Kent Tracker, after a 2 week settling period. It is these starting points which will highlight if the child is above, below or within the correct developmental stage for their age.

 

On a termly basis we generate Summative assessments for each child which shows the stage of development they are working within.

 

As part of our planning cycle parents have the option to come in for a parent meeting with the key person to discuss the child’s progress.

 

 

If we feel a child needs support within a area, we sit with the key person and will create targets to enhance that area of development.

 

We work with outside agencies who monitor and review the child’s progress. We receive reports from these agencies enabling us to put their recommendations into place

 

We put personalised plans into place using targets set by outside agencies, these are undertaken by the key person daily and reviewed 6 weekly by the SENCO. We invite parents to be involved in the review.

 

Before a child starts with us we have settling sessions, this is a way for parents to discuss with the keyperson the child’s interests, likes and dislikes, as well as any concerns they may have. Staff will then explain how we can support the child and parent.

 

We explain how our planning cycle works, how we use Tapestry the online learning journal and this helps us to track the developmental progress by generating summative assessment.

 

Staff make parents/carers aware of the referral process and how our SENCO can refer for SALT which then opens up more possibilities if needed.

 

 

Staff inform parents of how a targeted plan works and how we can put that into place initially until we have guidance from outside agencies at which point targets will be transferred onto a personalised plan. This is completed alongside the SENCO and shared with parents before being reviewed on a 6 weekly basis. The key person explains they will be undertaking the targets.

At the initial settle the child’s keyperson finds out likes/dislikes and if there is any particular equipment needed to be in place for when they start.

Staff assess the environment to incorporate all children. We look at the environment to ensure all resources are accessible to the children.

We keep displays to a low level for easy viewing.

We have individual healthcare plans in place for those who require them and staff are aware of these, regularly reviewing with parents to ensure the correct care.

We adapt our routines to incorporate children with SEN/disabilities to ensure we are fully inclusive.

      We give daily feedback to parents/carers either through a 1-1 chat or daily contact book. We have an open -door policy allowing parents to come in for a meeting as they need to. We share summative assessments with parents and discuss development. When children start they are given information about our planning system and what it entails. During a parent meeting we can discuss strategies/activities you can do at home.

As part of the planning process we ask for your feedback as to new events in your child's life, their current interests and any learning you would like us to specifically like us to undertake.

All staff are trained in First Aid, and would be willing to undertake additional training for specific medical needs as required. Health Care plans are in place for long term medical conditions. 

As a setting we are child-led and base all we do on the child's interests. we have focus activities each week which are designed to include and encourage development. We are child-led and therefore use the children's interests. 

Targeted and personalised plans are used for children, we tailor these to outside agencies recommendations and the child'd interests.

We have one main SENCO and two supporting SENCO who will help to oversee children's targets along with the key person. 

We liaise with outside agencies when it comes to supporting children with SEND. We continually update our training so we have current legislation and policy in place along with updating specialist training to ensure the safety of all children. 

Staff attend training courses related to manual handling for children with disabilities. 

All staff are trained in the latest Paediatric First Aid.

Staff regularly seek further training for a specific area of need, updating as needed. 

Staff are aware of children';s limitations and will adapt activities to ensure they are accessible to all. 

The doorways are set wide enough to incorporate a wheelchair. We ensure the pathways are kept clear for children with mobility aids to move around freely and independently. 

The areas we have are designed to be accessible to all children, allowing higher archways, wider doorways and child height toys and equipment.

There is scope to fit a ramp to the garden door to allow wheelchair users to access the garden.

We send to the new setting all reports we have from outside agencies. 

Any equipment we have for the child will be passed on to the new setting. 

We give the new setting a copy of the child's most recent Summative Assessment which will show the current stage of development. 

We meet with teachers and invite them into the setting to see the child and speak to the key person. 

We pass on any current care plans we have for the child. 

If the parent/carer has English as and Additional Language we will inform the new setting so they can put the relevant support in place.

 

As a setting we encourage partnership with parents. We have lengthy discussions initially with parents before their child starts to ensure we have time we have time to put into place all essential equipment the child needs. Once the child starts we continually monitor to ensure we have the best equipment to match their development. 

When preparing a child for transition we will have lots of discussion with parents and the child, we invite the school into the setting. During the visit we will sit with th teacher and discuss current targets and any equipment that is used. Alongside this we pass on the most recent Summative Assessment. Children will also go for short visits to their new school to meet the teacher. 

If you would like to come and visit the setting or are just looking for more information please contact us.

 

The setting sends out parent questionnaires regularly to gain feedback on how we can improves our service.

We have a feedback section on our website and Facebook and we welcome all feedback. 

If you are unhappy with anything please speak to a member of management who will deal with the situation accordingly. 

 

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