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The Learning Tree - Sissinghurst

Pre school

Who to contact

Contact Name
Anna Reiss
Contact Position
01580 712214
01797 260843

Where to go

The Learning Tree Nursery
Common Road
TN17 2BH


We are a purpose built setting next to Sissinghurst Primary School. We have a large outside area.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 5 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:00 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 15:00
Thursday 09:00 15:00
Friday 09:00 12:00

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£6.33 Per hour
£19.00 Per session
ECD Type
Offers pickups
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Vacancies Details
Limited vacancies from September 2024
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 4 0
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Team Games, Outdoor Activities, Themed Sessions, Trike, Play House, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Woodwork, Air Conditioned, Refreshments, Books, Bike, Kitchen, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories, Sports

If you would like to place your child on a waiting list please get in touch.

Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
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)

We offer 15 Univeral hours and 12 Extended hours

Service status


Local Offer


Website states where to find local offer

Special Needs Support

At the Learning Tree on admission, we ask you to complete a registration form with areas for additional information. We ask about your child’s interest and likes and dislikes. Before starting, taster sessions are offered; which gives us a chance to discuss any additional support. When your child first starts we assess their starting points in line with a document called Development matters.
The completion of the Progress Check at 2 is a statutory assessment and this may be a time when any delay in development can be identified and appropriate next steps identified. The next steps may involve your child’s key person targeting a specific area. This would be written and shared with you through a targeted plan.
Our SEnCo's ensure that families have the best support and resources to help with the development of your child and this includes managing behaviour.
Our SENCo attending relevant training. She is committed to working in partnership with parents and supporting your child’s key person to review your child’s progress regularly. Part of her role is to assist key persons complete observations and relevant paperwork, as well as liaising with the local Equality and Inclusion adviser. She will make referrals to appropriate professionals with your consent and attend the Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) meetings to gain advice and make referrals to the Specialist Teaching Service.

Using the key person approach means that you will be regularly informed, right from the start. This is to ensure that your child and you, build up a strong and positive relationship.
This is done through:
• Daily informal contact
• Online digital Tapestry system which enables you to see key person observations as they happen or in the convenience of your own home.
• Milestones Tracker sheet, three times a year
• Collaboration with you on any extra planning we put in to place e.g. Targeted and Personalised Plan

We use the new EYFS framework, which allows key persons to plan for your child. By observing, assessing and planning for your child in the three prime and four specific areas. We provide a ‘language rich’ environment and use targeted small group activities.
We work alongside Specialist teachers for advice and support.

Environmental factors are taken into account. Children are given regular and frequent access to outside space. 

• We start by planning for the environment to improve conditions where possible. We have movable furniture and a small room at the back for small group work.
• All our staff are trained in early years practice.
• We use a wide range of resources appropriate to support children’s development at all levels; our SENCo will work with key persons to ensure that any specialist equipment is obtained if necessary. If support is being received from outside agencies, it may be possible to obtain extra funding to buy additional resources.

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 SENCo or Key Person may discuss with you the need to refer to other services, such as speech and language therapy. If your child begins to receive support from outside agencies, the targeted plan would change to a personalised plan. In this case your consent would be obtained to refer to the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service through a Local Inclusion Team Forum meeting. If referral is accepted, a specialist teacher would then visit your child in the setting to provide additional advice.

The Tapestry online system allows the Manager of the setting to look at a whole cohort of children. This ensures that there is regular monitoring of all children. You can request a meeting at any reasonable time.

We use provide assesments three times a year and the progress check at two. This will be explained to you when you visit.

At the Learning Tree, we have a commitment to inclusive practice that ensures all children to be included is at the heart of our work. Our planning ensures that activities can be adapted to suit all needs.

The building is suitable for wheel chair users and children with mobility difficulties.

Tapestry record on an email or memory stick. This is a transition report which incorporates information about the characteristics of effective learning and development matters. Any other relevant paperwork would accompany this with your consent. 

We assess overall effectiveness through regular review of policies and procedures and staff meetings.

Parents can be part of this process by completing parent questionnaires/surveys and having regular communication with their child’s keyperson. There are opportunities for Senco to attend SENCo forum meetings.

Anna Reiss by telephone or email.


Our SEND policy provides the content for supporting children through a graduated approach. Copies of all our policies including a complaints policy are in the policy folder.
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