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Kingsnorth Little Stars

Village hall nursery offering term time sessional care for 2-4 year olds. Located next to Kingsnorth Primary School.


Our hall has a private enclosed garden for children's use and the hall has air conditioning.


We have a car park to the rear of the hall.


We are open 9am to 3pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays (term time only)


Session times are:-


9am to 12 noon


12 noon to 3pm


9am to 3pm.


9am to -1pm (fee applies for lunch time cost £3.00)


Contact us by telephone or email for vacancies/any queries you may have.


Fun learning opportunities out daily. 


Optional t-shirt/sweatshirts available.


Packed lunch will need to be provided if your child stays all day or for the afternoon.


 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Abigail (Manager) Emma (Deputy)
Telephone
07961074829
E-mail
kingsnorthlittlestars@gmail.com

Where to go

Address
Kingsnorth Village Hall
Church Hill
Kingsnorth
Ashford
Kent
APostcode
TN23 3EF
Notes

Public car park to rear of hall

Semi rural setting.

Free taster session and home visits undertaken prior to your child starting with us.

Free flow.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 4 year(s), 11 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 9:00 15:00
Tuesday 9:00 15:00
Wednesday 9:00 15:00
Thursday 9:00 15:00
Friday 9:00 15:00

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.75 Per hour
ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
No
Cost(s)
Cost details
Early Years Pupil Premium
FF2 and 30 Hours Free Early Education registered - check for eligibility within the setting.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Total vacancies
10
Vacancies Details
Please contact Abigail (Manager) or Emma (Deputy Manager) for up to date information on vacancies/admissions.
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 30
Immediate vacancies?
Yes
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 4 10
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
28/02/2019
Facilities
Healthy Living, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Air Conditioned, Cookery, Messy Play Area, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Kitchen, Car Parking, Songs, Climbing Frame, Stories, Games / Puzzles, Garden, Walks
Other facilities information
Baby changing facillities
Notes

Children aged 3-4 years eligible for Government Funding up to 15 hours per week the term AFTER they are 3 (ie September/January/April).

Any additional hours a child attends the setting over 15 (wraparound hours) will be invoiced separately.

 

 

Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY479948
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
11/05/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
21/01/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
Yes

Local Offer

Special Needs Support

Before your child starts with us we offer a home visit. This gives the Manager and the child’s Keyperson the opportunity to really get to know your child, their interest, likes and dislikes as well as any additional support they may require.

We also offer a taster session in the setting for your child to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings and within the first week of your child starting nursery we complete a Starting Point Form.  The Starting Point is a base line assessment to ascertain what level your child is at in their development. 

Before a child turns 3 or before the end of their first term with us (whatever comes first) we complete the Progress Check.  This is a statutory assessment and may highlight if there are any delays in your child’s development.  This will be discussed with you and strategies put in place to support your child’s development.  This is known as a Targeted Plan and will be shared with you and reviewed termly.

The Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENDCo) will attend training and meetings and liaise with outside agencies to ensure your child receives the best support.

Your child is allocated a Keyperson whilst they are at nursery.  The Keyperson will build a strong relationship with your child and get to know you well.  The Keyperson will always be available if you have any concerns or if you wish to inform them of anything about your child. 

We will invite you to parent’s evening which are held 3 times per year.  This gives you the opportunity to discuss your child’s development and to be kept informed of how they are being supported. 

You will be able to view what your child is doing daily at nursery and see any observations the Keyperson has completed through the online system we have in place called Tapestry.  Tapestry follows “Development Matters” which covers all 7 areas of learning.  Tapestry will be available for you to view online via the app. 

We encourage parents to share information with us – you may like to send us photos of events or special occasions that your child has experienced.  Tapestry is an online learning journal which encourages partnership with parents.

All children are unique and we will make any necessary changes to the EYFS framework to meet your child’s needs.  We provide resources to support communication and language as well as signs and symbols to support speech.  The nursery environment reflects the needs of all children.

We will seek advice from specialist teachers, health visitors, advisers and schools on how best to support your child and plan individually to meet your child’s specific needs.

Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development are considered carefully and your child will be encouraged to make good progress within these prime areas of learning.

Staff will undertake any training to help support your child developmentally and will support any dietary requirements.

All staff are qualified and some have experience working with children with additional needs.  Staff follow advice and we use the “Best Practice Guidance Document” to support teaching.  This document written by the “Specialist Teaching and Learning Service” sets out a range of teaching strategies which we can use to support your child.  Visual prompts, targeted personalised plans and the well planned out nursery environment all help towards effective teaching. 

The nursery is a packaway setting which means we can make daily changes to the environment if needed.  Soft furnishings are used to provide quiet areas for learning opportunities.

Any additional funding that may be available for your child will be spent on specialist equipment, resources or training to improve the quality of care and teaching for your child.

You will be able to read our SEND Policy which outlines how children with additional needs or SEND are supported.

If there are concerns about your child’s progress your child’s Keyperson, the SENDCo or Manager will discuss ways in which we can offer extra support to your child.

With your consent and if it has been identified following a Target Plan that your child needs specialist support we will refer your child to the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service through the local Inclusion Team (LIFT).  Meetings are held 6 times a year, if the referral is accepted a specialist teacher would visit your child to provide advice.  You will be kept informed of all stages of development with the referral.

We are committed to ensure children within our care are able to access as much support from services to ensure they reach their full potential, are happy and safe.

Management will arrange for training to ensure staff are fully aware of any additional needs/support or allergies.  Parents will be encouraged to meet with staff to ensure the best outcomes for your child.

Children are monitored and their progress tracked through our effective Keyperson system. 

Keypersons plan for your child and will know your child well.  Your child’s interests are considered when planning to make sure it is an effective system and that children develop well and make good progress.  Planning is reviewed regularly and children are individually challenged.

Your child’s overall development will be assessed 3 times per year (6 times a year for 2 year olds).  This information is shared with you at parent’s evenings which enables you to see how your child is developing.

The Progress Check will be completed for all 2 year olds and shared with you which we will then ask you to share with your child’s Health Visitor at your child’s 2 year check.

If your child leaves our setting we will share information with the new setting to ensure a good transition and to make sure your child is supported correctly.

You will be kept up to date of your child’s learning through our online Learning Journal, you will be able to view this daily.

Alternatively, if you wish to discuss anything you will be invited in for a meeting.

We are an ongoing inclusive practice and therefore any activities planned are carefully considered and adapted to meet the needs of all children. 

If the setting has an outing planned we will risk assess the location before taking your child.  Any changes to enable your child to take part will be made and staff will be fully aware of any extra support needed.

Staff will take any medication your child uses, an emergency phone, first aid kit along with tissues/wipes etc to ensure a safe and happy trip for your child.

Parents may be invited along to take part and to share the experience/trip with your child.

There is a ramp to the front of the building as well as one to the back.  The setting is on one floor with access to all areas.

We will make any reasonable adjustments to the building to ensure easy access for wheelchair/frame users.

We would encourage parents to let us know if we can make any adjustments to meet the needs of their child or for themselves to be able to collect and drop off their child to the setting.

When your child is ready to leave for school, we will try to make the transition as easy and smooth as possible.

We always encourage teachers from local schools to come in to meet the Keyperson and to say “hello” to your child.  This gives the teacher a good understanding of your child’s needs and any additional support they may have.

We will liaise with the school’s SENDCo and invite them to come to our setting to discuss any strategies in place to support your child.

We will provide lots of learning opportunities before your child starts school.  The role play area becomes a classroom, school uniform and PE kits are available for your child to dress and undress themselves.  Photographs of teachers, school classrooms and buildings are displayed for your child to familiarise themselves with. 

Where possible, we will visit local schools with your child.

The designated SENDCo has an active training programme and will attend meetings, network and briefing sessions to keep abreast of legislation and specialist teacher services.

The overall effectiveness of SEN is reviewed and evaluated through SEN audits, staff meetings and the policies and procedures.  We will endeavour to improve our knowledge to ensure we are fully inclusive to all.

You can contact us via email or telephone.  You and your child will be invited along for a show around.  If you wish to apply for a place and one is available we will then offer you a home visit and taster session.  Usually this is a one-off meeting but if you and your child require additional home visits/tasters this is something we can discuss and put into place for you.  Some children will need longer to settle in, we will work in partnership with you to ensure an effective plan for you and your child.

During the home visit we will discuss any additional support required and complete all relevant paperwork.  The Manager and Keyperson will attend the home visit and the SENDCo if necessary. 

We will discuss any additional funding (SENIF) or (DAF), the assessment and how additional funds can be used to support your child.

We welcome all views/opinions from parents and encourage this through parent surveys (carried out 3 times per year), a new starter survey (sent out approximately weeks after your child has joined us) and our suggestion box which is located in our lobby area.  We will consider any suggestions and try to make any changes that will improve our setting.

Our policies are available for you to view and are updated annually.  If you wish to make an official complaint you will be able to view the procedure on how to do this on our parent’s noticeboard.

Parents’ surveys are reviewed by the Manager and discussed at our regular staff meetings.  Below are examples of changes we have made following parent suggestions.

Parent Comment          “

The Deputy is always on the door and my child is in her Keyperson group and when we arrive I have to talk to another Keyperson.  It would be nice if the Deputy was at a table sometimes to leave my child with her happy.

Outcome

We have introduced a rota of staff who now sign the children in as they arrive in the morning to allow all children to be welcomed by their Keyperson at some point throughout the week.

 

Current Practice

Children were assessing their name cards on a table and placing them in their Keyperson’s tin.  

Parent’s Voice

It would be nice for the children to be able to write their name on a white board for self-registration.  We added a white board to the lobby area for parents to support and encourage their child to self-register.

We adopt an open door policy - the nursery belongs to the children.  If we can make changes to ensure a better experience we will make changes for your child.

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