Teynham Community Pre-School
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Kelly Southern
- Contact Position
- 01795 522004
Where to go
- ME9 9BQ
Teynham Community Pre -School is based in Teynham village at the back of the local primary school site. We are accessible for wheel chair users, if you require any additional support please call ahead and we can assist you with this.
When is it on?
- When is childcare available
- Term Time Only
- Carescheme Age Range:
- 2 year(s), 3 month(s) to 4 year(s), month(s)
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 08:50 15:00 Tuesday 08:50 15:00 Wednesday 08.50 11:50 Thursday 08.50 15:00 Friday 08.50 15:00
- Other Availability
- Pre -School is open 38 weeks a year (term time)
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £17.00 Per half day £34.00 Per day
- ECD Type
- Offers pickups
- Cost details
We accept FF2 funding
government funding for 15 hours max. If you would like to top up your fees or pay for your child's place is they are not FF2 eligible then you can do this
please call us for further information.
- 3-4 Year Old Funding?
- 2 Year Old Funding?
- Total vacancies
- Vacancies Details
- We have very limited numbers left for this academic year please get in touch using the contact information 2.5 years School age varied half day sessions
- Places Range
Places Range Start Age End Age Places 0 5 27
- Immediate vacancies?
- Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
- Vacancy range
Vacancy Range Start Age End Age Places 2.5 school entry 4
- Vacancy Information Last updated Date
- Music, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Themed Sessions, Environmental Area, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Play House, Trampoline, Parks/playgrounds, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Sign Language / Makaton, Internet Connection, See-Saw, Bike, Car Parking, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Sports
At Teynham Community Pre -School we are an inclusive setting, we take all children regardless of race , religion, gender or disability. We have a qualified SENCO with lots of experience who is here to help and assist children with additonal needs. If your child is linked to any agencies then please let us know so we can work with them to provide the best for your child.
- Languages Spoken:
- Wheelchair Access
- Wheelchair access details
- Limited access assistance provided if requested in advance.
- Ofsted URN
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Inspection History Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 16/01/2008 Integrated Outstanding 10/06/2011 Inspection (Early Years Register) Outstanding 19/04/2016 Inspection (Early Years Register) Outstanding 07/01/2020 Inspection (Early Years Register) Outstanding
Teynham Community Pre -School
Special Needs Support
How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?
On admission we have a meeting with you to get to know you and your child, we take time to go through the registration procedures and set up your child’s unique journey on our online system, you will then receive your log in details so we can work together building up a profile of your child’s time with us.
During this initial meeting we can discuss any concerns that you may have and take details of any agencies that may be involved with you and your family.
If at any time we feel there is a concern where your child may need further support, we will discuss this with you and look at what we can all do to support this may be in house ideas through the support of our SENCO or we may out source for some further support and advice from people such as speech therapy etc.
Children who start with us at 2.5 will have a progress check completed in their first 6 weeks with us, this looks in detail at your child and the prime areas of development so we can report to you if we feel there may be any concerns. Each child is set next steps that we work on during the course of the term, we will inform you of next steps and suggest ways that you can support these at home. We also have resources called PIP (partnership with Parents) packs that you can take home to further development.
We have an established and qualified SENCO that works with children in the setting with additional needs, she also supports the staff and gives training where needed. If we spot any concerns our first port of call would be to have a discussion with you to see what steps we take next.
How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
When you start at Teynham Community Pre -School each child/ family will be given a key person, this person will work with you during your time at the Pre -School. They will keep a profile on your child which we will discuss with you every Sept, Jan and April. During these meetings we will go through your child’s profile with you, look at what they have achieved this term and together we can plan next steps to enhance and encourage development.
As a parent you can ask to meet with your child’s key person at any time just let us know and we can arrange a convenient time.
We hold parents story times each week so you can come in and share time with your child at the setting and we also have a home project each term so you can be involved in a project with your child around our theme, which can then be brought into the Pre -School to be displayed and shared.
How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?
At Teynham community Pre -School we follow the Early years foundation stage framework (EYFS) there are three prime areas and 4 specific areas, which cover,
Communication and language – Prime
Personal social and emotional development- Prime
Physical development – Prime
Mathematics – Specific
Understanding the world – Specific
Expressive arts and design – Specific
Each of these areas are embedded in our indoor and outdoor areas, we use play and the basis for learning opportunities for your child. We plan activities and experiences around these areas to enhance and extend on your child’s development.
What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
Our environment is carefully planned to ensure that it meets the needs of all the children in our setting, we have two large rooms with lots of natural light and space for the children to fully explore and enquire. The first room has space for more physical opportunities for example, the stepping stones, soft play and wheeled toys. The second room is set up more into specific areas, for example the craft area, book corner and ICT area. These areas move each year depending on the needs of the children that we have at the setting.
Children who receive extra support from outside agencies may be entitled to extra funding to be able to adapt or buy resources that will support development. We will liaise with you and the SENCO to ensure that we can buy resources beneficial to your child.
We are very fortunate to have a well-established staff team of qualified and experienced staff all staff are qualified to a minimum of level 3 and we always undertake additional training each year to extend on our knowledge. We are currently taking part in the KCC threads of success achievement award which acknowledges settings outstanding practice.
We use a document created by Threads of success called “The best practice guidance” this document was written by the specialist teaching service and sets out strategies which can be used to support children for example the use of visual timelines and Makaton signing which all the staff are trained in.
What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
If we notice that your child is not making sufficient progress through our tracking and monitoring systems, then the SENCO will approach you to discuss the need to refer to other agencies. If your child receives support from outside agencies, they will have their own personalised plan as well as the usual learning journey that we keep on all children. The additional plan will focus on next steps and targets for the specific need of the child for example targets set around speech and language.
We are a very proactive setting and if your child starts with needs that we may not have had before we will attend training and gain support so we can support your child. For example this year we had a child start with us who is severely allergic to nuts so we sought the help of a local nurse who came in to give us EpiPen training so we all felt confident to support the child if the need arose.
How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
We pride ourselves on our effective keyperson approach, the key person will guide and monitor the physical and emotional development of children in our care. As mentioned above you will regularly be invited in for meeting and to look at your child’s profile although with our new system parents and key people can work better together and both have input into the journal.
Three times a year we complete your child’s unique learning profile and will give you an overall idea of where your child is and what they are achieving in the Pre -School. Children who start at 2.5 will have a comprehensive progress check completed on their first six weeks of pre school life. All children who start have starting points which we will then use to set next steps.
We have parent sessions during the year which we love for parents to come and join in as well as community events for example the Easter bonnet parade, the riser snow white production and the annual Christmas nativity which is always a pleasure. We like to invite parents into circle times to share what they do for a job or pets they have etc. We also have a phone so we can text parents to keep them informed of upcoming events.
As a committee run setting, we have a team of parents, past and present that oversee the running of the setting and support with fundraising, this is a great opportunity for parents to get on board with the pre school and how we run.
How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
As an inclusive setting we ensure that all children can assess all parts of the curriculum including trips that we may have outside of the setting for example the park, or train station. If we need more support for all children to be able to come then we have committee or bank staff that we can call upon. On all trips we take the setting mobile which contains all the phone numbers and emergency numbers of the parents. We also take our first aid box and book so we can see to any accidents as they happen and report these to parents on our return. Risk assessments are taken prior to trips out and on the day, we always get parents’ permission.
We are very fortunate that we are based in a village location so we can make use of the amenities around us for example the local shops, pet shop, vets, post office, library, park and school. We have also in the past been on trips on the bus and on the train to Sittingbourne and back.
How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?
The Pre -School is based on the primary school grounds although we are independently run. The setting is accessible to wheel chairs and we have had parents in wheel chairs before that have been able to access the setting perfectly. Wherever possible we will make reasonable adjustment’s to be able to meet the needs of children, parents and staff. There is a disabled parking space in the car park which means the surface is flat from the car park to the Pre -School. Please let us know if you have any difficulties with accessibility.
How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
At Teynham community Pre -School we pride ourselves on our transition process, we support parents right from applying for school places to children starting them in September. Being on the school site means that we have very strong links with the local primary school that the majority of our children attend. We invite class teachers into the setting even those who are going to other schools to meet the child and to have a discussion with their key person.
Each key person will write a comprehensive report which gets passed to the child’s new school so they have a clear idea of the developmental capabilities of your child which helps with settling into a new setting.
In the Pre -School as well as visits from class teachers we also have different uniforms available so children can explore dressing up and what their new uniform will look like, we have picture books so children can see pictures of their new school and we do lots of talking about what you might do at your new school etc.
For children attending the on-site primary school we also do visits into the class room and around the school so it becomes familiar to the children before they start.
How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?
As a staff team we hold regular meetings to discuss all children and the development of the setting as a whole. The SENCO attends regular forum meetings which gives updated information on how we can access training or new initiatives. As a parent we value your feedback and send questionnaires out to get your views and opinions. We also have a good open relationship with our parents and the manager greets you in everyday meaning there are lots of opportunities for discussions to take place. We always value feedback and act upon it where possible.
Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?
If you are interested in your child attending our setting then please go to our website this has loads of information about us as a setting and has up to date picture’s etc of what we have been up to recently. You can then complete the contact us box which will send an email directly to us we will then call you back or reply to your email. Alternatively give us a call and you are more than welcome to come into the setting to talk to someone and see the setting. We always advise visits so you can come and see us in action there is no need to book just be mindful of our opening times so you don’t come when we are closed (Wednesday pm).
What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?
Our SEND policy provides the context for supporting children through the graduated approach and our complaints procedure is displayed in our handbook. There are also the details for Ofsted in our corridor and in the handbook, these can also be emailed to you upon request. The questionnaires we receive we do act upon and we love constructive feedback as well as praise and positive comments. One of the comments from our last questionnaires was that a child wanted a fairy garden. Upon receiving this information, we liaised with the child and talked about their ideas to create our very own fairy garden which has been a huge hit.
Teynham Community Pre -School is a well established Pre -School that has met the needs of the community for may years. We have friendly, experienced well established staff and their efforts and commitment has been reflected in the 3 outstanding Ofsted reports we have received. We understand the need to constantly improve and move with the times and changing needs of our children and this is why we are taking part in the Threads of success achievement award this year. We always welcome visitors no need to book just come along and see us in action.