The Learning Tree - Sissinghurst
Who to contact
Where to go
The Learning Tree Nursery
- 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 Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 09:00 15:00 Tuesday 09:00 15:00 Wednesday 09:00 15:00 Thursday 09:00 12:00 Friday 09:00 12:00
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £5.50 Per hour £16.50 Per session
- ECD Type
- Day Nursery
- Offers pickups
- 3-4 Year Old Funding?
- 2 Year Old Funding?
- Total vacancies
- Vacancies Details
- Vacancies from September 2018
- Places Range
Places Range Start Age End Age Places 2 2 15 3 5 26 0 5 26 5 7 26
- Immediate vacancies?
- Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
- Vacancy range
Vacancy Range Start Age End Age Places 2.00 5.0 10
- 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
- Languages Spoken:
- Wheelchair Access
- Ofsted URN
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Inspection History Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 06/12/2011 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good 11/02/2015 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good 15/03/2017 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good
Special Needs Support
How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?
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 Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator or SENCo is Lorraine Fairweather. She ensures 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.
How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
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.
• Progress Tracker sheet, three times a year
• Collaboration with you on any extra planning we put in to place e.g. targeted plan
How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?
We use the 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.
What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
• 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 using the Best Practice Guidance to support us. This Document sets out a set of teaching strategies which can be used to support children e.g. the use of visual resources and Signing.
• 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.
What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
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.
How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
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 the Progress Tracker three times a year and the Progress check aged two. This will be explained to you when you visit.
How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
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.
How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?
The building is suitable for wheel chair users and children with mobility difficulties.
How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
Tapestry record on a CD, memory stick or printed. My Unique Progress/Transition report which incorporates information about the characteristics of effective learning. Any other relevant paperwork would accompany this with your consent.
How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?
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 to attend SENCo forum meetings
Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?
Anna Reiss by telephone or email.
What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?
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.
We have had much positive feedback on our Facebook page. The Learning Tree Sissinghurst.