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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
01233 652645

Where to go

Footprints Pre School & Nursery, 2a
Britannia Lane
TN23 3SU

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
Cost details
Costs vary depending on age
please phone for details
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
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?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
3 months 5yrs
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
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

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

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
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
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



Special Needs Support

When children start at our nursery we ask parents to fill out an “All about me” and an 'All about me at home' which lets us and the key person know what your child can already do  anmd how the learn and give opportunity to discuss any additional needs that may have been identified. In the first few weeks we observe your child to see how they are doing within the nursery then use both sets of information to create a “baseline” or starting point. For younger children we complete the 2-year old check which might identify any areas of additional need.
The Key Person observes every child carefully to see what and how they learn by completing observations and relevant paperwork. During the term we keep in touch with parents through arranging parent meetings to discuss progress and appropriate next steps which may involve targeting a specific area. A targeted plan will be written and shared with you to support your child’s area of development. At the end of each term we re-assess each child and monitor their progress. If we are concerned about your child there are a few screening tools our SENCO can use but we can also ask a member of the inclusion team to come and give us advice. 6 times a year we can attend the Early Years local LIFT (Local Inclusion Forum Team) meeting where again we can get quality advice from The Specialist and Teaching service or make a referral with parental permission for support within the nursery from outside agencies.

Our Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is Lesley with assistance from two Deputy SENCO’s Tracy and Carley who coordinate the provision for children with additional needs or disabilities.

The Key Person is supported by our SENCO's to write a targeted plan to meet the needs of your child, we will arrange a meeting with yourselves, the SENCO and Key Person to discuss targets and strategies to support your child. Your child’s Key Person will monitor your child’s development and progress regularly and also monitor the attainment of your child. A meeting will be arranged every term to review your child’s targeted plan and a new plan will be put in place. If a professional from outside the nursery is involved we will keep you informed and if you would like the opportunity to talk to them directly we can arrange this for you. We pass on a copy of any paperwork for your child completed by any outside professional. 

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is individual for every unique child. The Key Person notes the interests of your child and analyses their learning needs through observation. This information is used for your child’s individual planning to ensure the activities are relevant to your child’s development and learning. We use the "Best Practice Guidance for the Early Years" to support the learning environment and to provide a targeted or personalised support for your child. If your child has another professional working alongside, the Key Person may need to spend additional time with them either 1:1 or in a small group to carry out the agreed strategies and targets. This is usually for a very short period of time but may be as frequent as daily, depending on your child’s needs. The normal classroom activities may need to be adapted for inclusive learning, this would be looking at activities and differentiating them to suit all children’s abilities. We use additional communication systems within the setting such as Makaton sign language, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System}, Early Talk Boost Programme, ECAT (Every Child a Talker) and labelling the environment. Any advice from outside professionals is built into your child’s programme.

Depending on your child's individual needs, we offer inclusive support upstairs with our Baby and Toddler rooms and within our Preschool room for 3-4 year old children. Staff will support your child with strategies indicated on their targeted or personalised plans and carry out sessions of Intensive Interaction. This will be alongside differentiated planning to unique to the child. Access to funding such as the SENIF (SEN Inclusion Fund) and DAF (Disability Access Fund) for 3-4 year olds enable the nursery to change the care routines, deployment of staff and purchasing appropriate resources. A home/nursery book is provided for you and your Key Person will speak to you daily on your child’s progress, if you require a more in-depth discussion we can arrange a meeting with yourselves to speak in a more confidential environment.

Our SEND/Inclusion Policy sets out how we use the graduated approach to support children within our setting. If your child has an identified need in our setting we will create a targeted plan in partnership with yourselves, if they begin to receive support from outside agencies this then will become a personalised plan to support your child. Regular parental/Key person meetings are held to discuss progress, strategies and change of plans. All Key Persons provide pastoral care and if your child requires medication during the day you will be asked to fill out a medical form giving permission for staff to administer it. We may need training by other medical teams if the medication is out of our experience. Our behaviour management policy sets out our procedures with supporting your child’s behaviour. We involve parents at an early stage if we have any concerns and we create a behaviour plan with yourselves for your child with clear strategies.


Your child’s EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) developmental progress data is collated 3 times a year and this informs the Key Person of any gaps within your child’s progress. For children with additional needs we meet with parents every term (6 times a year) to review your child’s targeted plan or personalised plan and in the meeting we discuss the targets met and plan next steps.

Lesley has completed an accreditation in Language for Learning Foundation Stage, Makaton Stages 1-8, Every Child's a Talker and PECS (picture exchange communication system) training to support the children who have communication difficulties and this is cascaded to other members of staff who require support for a child.

Staff in the setting have completed Makaton training stages 1-4.

We endeavour to make the curriculum inclusive to all children and this may mean differentiating the resources or making adaptations to the environment. Children attending our setting access our garden which is approx. 1 acre and this is risk assessed daily.

Our nursery is on two floors with stairs to the upper floor. Downstairs is accessible for wheelchair users and the garden is accessed via a ramp or one step at the back door or through a gate in the car park. There are two accessible toilets within the Preschool containing steps and frames and there is also an accessible toilet in the adjacent play centre with changing facilities. There are two designated disabled parking spaces near the front door in the car park.

If your child is leaving to attend a new setting a transition report will be carried out by their Key Person and any relevant paperwork will either be hand delivered/ sent by registered post or via online secure email system. The SENCo will also phone the new setting (if it is known) to pass on any information. The SENCo and Key Person will work alongside you, your child, Specialist teachers, School teacher & SENCo and other outside professionals to ensure that the transition to school for your child with additional needs is planned in advance. If your child may need additional visits to their new school we can arrange for the Key Person to accompany your child. Schools are invited to visit the child in the nursery environment and discuss progress with the Key Person. From April onwards we ensure the home corner consisits of school uniforms to dress up in and pictures/photo books of the local schools to discuss within circle time with the children.

The setting SENCo’s attend the termly SENCo Forum for SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) updates and training opportunities. Tracking children's progress through the EFYS Development Matters help us to see how individual or a group of children (such as children with additional needs) are developing compared to all children. Regular parent/Key Person meetings are held to discuss and review progress and provision. Annual questionnaires are available for parents to evaluate the provision.

The Manager or Administrator can be contacted by using the setting phone number or email, and they will be pleased to talk further with you and discuss how they can meet your child’s needs.

Parents are regularly asked for feedback, sometimes through questionnaires, sometimes through other means. We welcome your comments and use them to keep the best of our practice, and to change where it will benefit our children. We welcome comments from parents at any time and wherever possible act on them. We also take note of verbal feedback from parents in our discussions. In our reception area there is a box for compliments and complaints that everyone is welcome to use. We have a complaints procedure that is available from the office. 

In addition the parents of children with SEND are listened to carefully and views are listened to in their review meetings.


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