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Footprints Day Care

Footprints is a fun and stimulating environment for children with a warm and friendly atmosphere. We place a high emphasis on learning through play and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.


We also provide a Holiday Club for children up to 11 years of age which is overseen by qualified nursery staff/playworkers.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Diane Aldis
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
Telephone
01233 652645
E-mail
footprints@imaginethefun.co.uk
Website
www.footprintsdaycare.co.uk/

Where to go

Address
Footprints Pre School & Nursery, 2a
Britannia Lane
Kingsnorth
Ashford
Kent
Postcode
TN23 3SU
Notes

Please note the SAT NAV postcode is: TN23 3NA

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
1 year(s), 2 month(s) to 3 year(s), 5 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 7:45 18:00
Tuesday 7:45 18:00
Wednesday 7:45 18:00
Thursday 7:45 18:00
Friday 7:45 18:00
Other Availability
Holiday Club all School Holidays 5-11yrs

Other Details

ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
No
Cost details
Costs vary depending on age
please phone for details
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Vacancies Details
Please ring for information
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 1 15
2 2 39
3 5 71
0 5 71
5 7 104
Immediate vacancies?
No
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
3 months 5yrs
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
21/08/2019
Facilities
Music, Creche, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Nursery, Team Games, Outdoor Activities, Themed Sessions, Environmental Area, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Play House, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Garden, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Woodwork, Air Conditioned, Refreshments, Books, Sign Language / Makaton, See-Saw, Sensory Room, Bike, Kitchen, Car Parking, Soft Play Area, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories, Sports
Notes

We provide a Holiday Club for children ranging from 3 months to 11 years during all school holidays {excluding inset days}.

Closed on Bank Holidays.

Languages Spoken:
Polish, English
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY305659
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
03/03/2006IntegratedSatisfactory
10/10/2006IntegratedSatisfactory
10/11/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
24/04/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
08/03/2016Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
10/01/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
Yes
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 FF2 15hrs free childcare for 2 yearolds and 15hrs free childcare for all eligible 3-4year olds and 30hrs free childcare for eligible 3-4year olds.

Local Offer

Description

 

Special Needs Support

During your child’s transition into our setting, you will be asked to complete two questionnaires. All About Me which will give us some history of your child’s development and routines and All About Me at Home which gives you the opportunity to share your child’s achievements.  We will also ask you about any further points or observations you may have about your child’s development.

Within the first 6 weeks of your child being at the setting, the key person will carry out observations to gain a baseline of assessment for planning and next steps.  At this time if any special need requirements are identified our Lead SEND Coordinator (SENDCo) and our two other specially trained SENCDo staff will make an assessment alongside the key person.

If we have concerns, we will arrange a meeting with you immediately and ask your permission to pursue a course of action. This will be outlined to you by one of our SENDCos Lesley (lead), Tracy or Carley.

Our SENDCos work with all members of staff to assist them in adopting a graduated approach and an array of strategies to assist a child who has special educational needs. This may also include working with outside specialists where appropriate.

With your permission, we may need to contact outside agencies. Whilst keeping you informed every step of the way we may need assistance from for example Communication Screening and/or Equality and Inclusion.

The Key Person, through observations will note the interests of your child and analyse their learning needs. Planning will be differentiated for each child’s unique learning style and level of development.

A Targeted or Personalised Plan will be written in consultation with yourselves, your child’s key person, the SENDCo and any outside agencies. The strategies or targets are reviewed and updated each term or when outside agencies visit the nursery. A meeting with yourself, the key person, the SENDCo and agencies will be arranged where the achievements will be discussed, the plan will be reviewed and new targets set. We use additional communication systems within the setting such as Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication System, Every Child a Talker and Early Talk Boost.

We use the graduated approach to support children within our setting. We use additional communication systems within the setting such as Makaton, Picture Exchange Communication System, Every Child a Talker and Early Talk Boost

We ensure specialist equipment is available and work closely with agencies involved with the child.

We may be able to apply for various types of additional funding (Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund) which would  enable us to purchase resources, access staff training and obtain higher staff ratios allowing the key person to provide 1:1 care from time to time and   smaller group activities.

Lesley has a complete accreditation in Language for Learning Foundation Stage and has also completed PECS (picture exchange communication system) training to support any child with communication difficulties. This is used in collaboration with all other staff members.

 

In 2019 Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman was quoted as saying “Our aim is to bring the conversation back to the substance of education and training to treat providers as experts in their field and not as data managers” and proposed that the new framework will no longer include the standalone “outcomes” judgement.

If more time is spent on planning and the day to day learning is strong then the rest will take care of itself.  We wholeheartedly agreed with this and have embraced this philosophy with a new approach.

We now focus heavily on the curriculum through planned and child initiated activities moving away from a reliance on data to determine performance to an emphasis on the curriculum and teaching.

We want to make a significant difference to your child’s formative years and give them a great foundation upon which to build their lives.  We believe that the removal of data collection and paperwork as a daily routine, putting the emphasis back on spending more time observing the individual needs of each child and having more time to spend perfecting an holistic approach to learning gives us an even better opportunity to do just that.

Between you and your child’s key person there will be an end of term/year written report so that you can see your child’s achievements.

During the year we use a tracking planner that encompasses all 3 prime (age 0-5) and 4 specific (age 3-5) areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Despite the tracker’s appearance this is by no means a tick box exercise.

Each child has their own tracker planner which is continually monitored. This enables the child’s key person to quickly identify areas where a child is succeeding and areas that need strengthening.

A further benefit of this monitoring is that it will help us to continue to strengthen our planning and approach to activities in all prime areas of the EYFS.

 For instance...  the tracker may identify that a whole group of children need improving in one specific area.  In such an instance it would be reasonable to assume that our planning and approach to this area needs improvement and the necessary changes can be implemented.

Further to the open dialogue between you and your child’s key person and the end of term/year written report a detailed schedule of each up and coming weeks planning is posted on the notice boards around the nursery. 

Through differentiated planning and resources both inside and outside, we make the curriculum inclusive to all children.

The whole of Preschool on the ground floor is very accessible.  Unfortunately the baby and toddler rooms are situated on the 1st floor.  Due to wide staircases it does not cause a problem for any babies or toddlers with mobility difficulties but it is difficult for an adult with mobility difficulties. 

We invite teachers and SENDCOs from the new setting or school to visit us. This allows them to meet the Key Person and SENDCO and observe your child in a familiar environment.

With your permission, we will share any relevant documents, a detailed transition form and a Pen Picture of the child sharing their likes, dislikes, things of importance to them and their learning styles. 

We are then able to accompany your child when they first visit their new setting or school to give support and any other information pertaining to a smooth transition.

We attend SENDCo forums and LIFT (Local Inclusion Forum Team) meetings for guidance, advice and training. Staff have relevant training to support a child's needs e.g. Autism Awareness, Down’s Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder.

We review effectiveness through Targeted/Personalised Plans evaluations, reviewing the child’s progress each term with parent and agency questionnaires and feedback.

Please call or email Lucy, Georgia or Diane - contact information is available on our website http://www.imaginethefun.co.uk/2015/footprints-website/index.html

We have two full time staff in our reception at all times offering you a very warm welcome along with providing a consistent and familiar point of contact .We find this enhances dialogue between parents/carers and the staff making it a very open and honest environment.

We welcome all your comments and endeavour to include as many people as possible in the flow of communication throughout the nursery.

There is a post box at the reception desk specifically for any comments that need to be treated with the utmost discretion.

Furthermore a full copy of our complaints procedure is available from the main office.

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