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Little Learners

Little Learners term-time Nursery is an educational environment for children to Explore, Discover and Learn. Based within East Kent ITeC training college, this wonderful day care centre has amazing resources, fully qualified staff and Early Years Teachers and a curriculum plan to help every child reach their potential.

Who to contact

Contact Name
June Keeler
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
Telephone
01843 233 433
E-mail
jkeeler@ekitec.co.uk
Website
https://www.littlelearnersmargate.co.uk

Where to go

Address
East Kent I T E C Ltd,
99 Victoria Road
Margate
Kent
Postcode
CT9 1RD

When is it on?

Opening Times
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 15:00

Other Details

ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
No
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 2 10
3 5 30
0 5 30
5 7 40
Immediate vacancies?
Yes
Facilities
Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Trike, Trampoline, Puppets, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Play Room, Garden, Scooter, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Bike, Kitchen, Car Parking, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories, Sports
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY496999
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
09/05/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
Yes

Service status

Status
Open

Local Offer

Description

At Little Learners we welcome all children with all needs. We are inclusive and work closely with families and professionals to ensure that we meet the needs of all our children.

Special Needs Support

The SENCo of Little Learners and the Key Person allocated to your child with have discussions with you when your child starts at Little Learners and carefully consider information from parents, other settings and agencies who may be already working with your child.  Starting with a baseline assessment, we will take into account your child’s “Two Year Progress Check”, observe them carefully, monitor their progress using various assessment tools (including the Progress Tracker and Tapestry) and this will enable us to identify children who are above or below their expected levels of development. 

Please be assured that we will always raise any concerns we have about your child with you first and seek your permission before consulting any other professional requesting support for your child.

Every parent/carer who has a child attending Little Learners will have the opportunity for informal discussions regarding their child on a daily basis.  Written assessments are created each term and your child’s Learning Journey file is available at any time you would like to see it.

Should a special educational need or disability be identified, our SENCo will provide targeted plans to support your child.  Your child’s Key Person would work with you to implement the plan for as long as needed.  We use a system of planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing graduated support plans for children with special educational needs or additional needs.

Of course, you will always be informed and consulted about the support being offered to your child.

At Little Learners we plan, within the EYFS framework, for every unique child and make adaptations to our flexible environment and resources wherever necessary because every child’s needs are many and varied.  Our planning for all children incorporates achievable goals that can be reached at their own speed depending on their ability. 

Within Little Learners we plan for every unique child’s development and always consider the “characteristics of effective learning” that they are displaying as they progress.  Our SENCo liaises with relevant outside agencies to ensure that therapists’ recommendations are always implemented.

Within the nursery there are specific areas and resources to support each child and a wide range of visual support materials.  The space within the nursery is multi-functional and is able to be transformed to meet the needs of the children in our care. 

Our staff cohort includes qualified Early Years professionals and qualified Early Years teachers who work to plan individual and small group activities.  This enables every child to develop, progress and, most importantly, to enjoy being part of the learning experience.

The SENCo and Key Person will use strategies such as targeted plans (set by Key Person and parents), personalised plans (set by outside agencies, Key Person and parents) and the Best Practice Guidelines.  They will ensure that targets are Specific, Measurable, Relevant, Attainable and Time based (SMART).  They will always work closely with other professionals to support the child’s progress.

Our SENCo has undertaken training in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and attends additional training and events to keep her knowledge up-to-date and relevant.  Indeed, all of our staff attend weekly training sessions when Early Years skills are developed and often Special Education Needs and Disabilities will be the subject matter of the training session.

There will always be a close working relationship between our SENCo, the Key Person for your child and parents/carers to ensure that we are providing as much support as possible for your child.

The nursery SENCo can refer children for speech and language therapy, Early Help portage and other further assessments to help enable the children to reach their full potential.

The SENCo will work with health care personnel such as the paediatric or diabetic nurse to write a Health Care Plan for children with specific health needs. Four of the nursery staff have received training in the care of diabetic children.

We are members of Emporium Plus which allows us to borrow specialist equipment and activities that we may require.

The nursery SENCo can access support from the Specialist Teacher Service in partnership with the child’s family through the Local Inclusion Forum Team.

Our setting has the benefit of being a large, spacious environment with pastel colour schemes that promote a calm and soothing setting within which children will progress.

Our site is all at ground floor level with easy access to a garden that is wheelchair friendly.  We have dedicated disabled toileting and showering facilities for any child who may require these facilities.

We also have a wide range of resources to support children with additional needs or SEND.

Staff work closely with all parents to create and maintain a positive partnership for the benefit of all children.  Children will be observed and monitored throughout their time at Little Learners and any concerns would be discussed to plan the way forward.  Alternatively, should a parent/carer identify any concerns themselves with their child’s progress, our staff would help to monitor progress and involve parents/carers with a plan of action.

Daily feedback and termly assessments will be used as opportunities to keep parents informed about their child’s progress and any challenges that may be arising.

At Little Learners, all activities are adapted to meet the needs of individual children.

Differentiation takes place within our activities to ensure that all children can take part and enjoy the activities planned.

Resources are available to all children on a “self selection” basis as they are stored in see-through drawers for easy access.

Should a trip be planned, then research, planning and risk assessments beforehand would identify any special adaptations that were required for all children, wherever possible, to be included.

We have on site provision for Parents/Carers to be able to drop off their children within the safety of the grounds.

Little Learners is a single storey construction which consists of: a lobby, office, main room, children’s toilets, adult/disabled toilet with shower, nappy changing area, kitchen, store room, quiet play room and an outside, accessible garden area.  The main room has designated learning areas.

All doors are wide enough to accommodate a person with a walking aid or wheelchair and our furniture is not fixed to enable us to make adjustments to the room layout when the need arises.

With parental consent, we would liaise with and provide information for any professional involved with the children with Special Educational Needs/Additional Needs, including transition to school or another Early Years setting.

Our SENCo would take part in providing input to any EHCP Plan that was required for any child attending Little Learners.

We help all children with the transition to school and have good collaboration working with local schools who have given us feedback about how well we prepare children for the school environment.

We assess the effectiveness of our SEN provision by ensuring that all communication links between key stakeholders are open.  This includes our SENCo, Key Persons, Parents/Carers and professionals involved in supporting the children that attend our Nursery.

June Keeler, Nursery Manager.

We have an “open door policy” at Little Learners and encourage an open dialogue with parents/carers on a daily basis.  We always make time to speak to parents prior to children being dropped off or at collection times.

We have a Visitors Book for feedback from parents and a Complaints Policy is available for all parents within our Policies Folder in the entrance lobby.

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