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Hampton Primary - Little Hedgehogs Maintained Nursery


Little Hedgehogs is a 52 place nursery catering for rising 3 year olds. We are part of Hampton Primary School and have access to the Hampton Primary School grounds. We have a well equipped purpose built environment including an outdoor area. Children attending our nursery often transition to Hampton Primary School.  

Who to contact

Contact Name
Hampton Primary School
Contact Position
School Office
Telephone
01227 372159
E-mail
office@hampton.kent.sch.uk
Website
https://www.hampton.kent.sch.uk/

Where to go

Address
Hampton Cp School - Maintained Nursery Unit
Fitzgerald Avenue
Herne Bay
Kent
Postcode
CT6 8NB

When is it on?

Carescheme Age Range:
3 year(s), 4 month(s) to 4 year(s), 11 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 9:00 15:15
Tuesday 9:00 15:15
Wednesday 9:00 15:15
Thursday 9:00 15:15
Friday 9:00 15:15

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
15 Per half day
1.50 Per lunch
ECD Type
Maintained Nursery
Cost(s)
Cost details
Contact provider for details
Facilities
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Nursery, Discussions / Talks, Trike, Play House, Puppets, Water Play, Quiet Room, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Sandpit, Scooter, Internet Connection, Sensory Room, Bike, Songs, Slide, Library - Children's Library, Stories
Other facilities information
Our nursery has a snack area and kitchen. We have access to our school's forest school and school playing fields.
Languages Spoken:
English

Support with Childcare Costs

Universal Entitlements
Yes
Working Parents Entitlement
Yes

Service status

Status
Open

Local Offer

Description

1. How does Little Hedgehogs Nursery know if children need extra help?

We know when children need help if:

• concerns are raised by the child, parents /carers, teachers or the child’s previous school

• there is lack of progress

• Your child is not achieving in line with their peers

• there is a change in your child’s behaviour

• there is a change in your child’s wellbeing

2. What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

If you have concerns then please contact your child’s key worker or the Nursery Manager/Early Years SENDCo in the first instance.

If appropriate these concerns will be investigated further by the Early Years SENDCo (Nursery Manager).

3. How will I know how Little Hedgshogs Nursery supports my child?

The Nursery adults carefully plan each child’s learning. It is adapted to ensure that your child’s individual needs are fully met. This may include additional focused support or small group work as part of our quality first teaching expectation. Every child is discussed in detail throughout the year at our Pupil Progress Meetings which are held with the Headteacher, Deputy Head Teacher and SENDCo (Nursery Manager). This is shared with all members of staff that are involved in the teaching and learning of children in the nursery and highlights any potential difficulties in order for further support to be planned. If a child has needs related to more specific areas of their learning, such as speech and language, physical development, social emotional and mental health, the child will receive more focussed support within the nursery. The length of time of any targeted support will vary according to the need. The targeted support will be regularly reviewed by all involved, to ascertain the effectiveness of the provision and to inform future planning. This support is recorded on a targeted plan . This plan is a record of support that the child is receiving including the impact it is having on their learning. Parents and carers will be informed if their child requires additional support. If you have any queries related to the targeted support please do not hesitate to speak to a key worker or the Nursery Manager (Early Years SENDCo). When a decision is made between parents and carers and the nursery that a child may need more specialist support from an outside agency, referral forms are completed in conjunction with the child and the parents/carers and then forwarded to the most appropriate agency. After a series of assessments, a programme of support is usually provided to the nursery and parents/carers. If your child has an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) you will receive a PLP (Personalised Learning Plan) detailing your child’s specific targeted support. These are reviewed three times a year and new targets set if appropriate. Parents and carers are invited to attend these reviews. The Governing Body is responsible for both rigorous challenge and for supporting Hampton in being as inclusive as possible. It ensures all children, parent and carers and staff are treated in an equitable way. They monitor and review the accessibility plan and all other statutory policies as defined by the DfE.

4. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

Every child has their play and learning adapted appropriately by the nursery staff to enable them to access the early years curriculum more easily. Targeted support is planned for children who require extra support. If required, specialist resources/equipment will be provided for the child e. g. wobble cushions, easy to use scissors, fidget toys, ear defenders. 

5. How will I know how my child is doing? 

At Little Hedgehogs we operate an open door policy; all staff are available at the beginning and end of the school day. Meetings can be arranged at a mutually convenient time to discuss your child's needs with the Early Years SENDCo/Nursery manager. You will also be able to discuss your child’s progress at Parent Consultation Meetings. Every child receives an annual report of pupil progress and attainment in relation to expected age related expectations.

6. How will you help me to support my child’s learning?

All children are supported in their home learning through regular newsletters, text messages and information updates on Tapestry (our online learning journal). Nursey staff may suggest ways of supporting your child’s learning and play during Parent Consultation Meetings, requested meetings and where appropriate in contact books. The Early Years SENCo/Nursery Manager may meet with you to discuss how to support your child. Where a specific assessment has been carried out by the SENCo or a specialist agency, parents and carers will be contacted to discuss the results and support strategies. A member of the Well Being Team may meet with you to discuss strategies to use if there are any problems with a child’s behaviour or emotional needs. If outside agencies such as an Specialist Teaching have been involved, suggestions and strategies are often provided that can be used at home.

7. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

Every member of staff at Little Hedgehogs Nursery and Hampton Primary School is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of all children. We offer a wide variety of pastoral support for children who are encountering emotional difficulties. These include:

• Members of our nursery staff, our learning/behaviour mentors, the school FLO (Family Liaison Officer), Deputy Headteachers and Headteachers are readily available for children who wish to discuss any issues and concerns.

• Where appropriate, mediation sessions are carried out by the learning mentors.

• Specific support such as social skills/nurture groups are implemented if required.

• Where required, referrals will be made to specialist outside agencies.

• Our FLO supports children and their families and is able to sign post support groups for families. Some families may be eligible for specific support by gaining access to the Early Help and Preventative Services via EHN (Early Help Notification).

8. Children with medical needs

If a child has a medical need then a detailed care plan is compiled in consultation with parents and carers and the Nursery Manager. The plan is discussed with all staff who are involved with the child. Where appropriate this will be supported by an external healthcare professional. Health Care Plans are shared with all staff and reviewed yearly. First aid training is regularly updated and if required, specific health care training such as Epipen, Asthma, Diabetes, Ace Tube Training etc will be delivered by a healthcare professional. Where necessary and in agreement with parents and carers, prescribed medicines are administered in school, but only where signed consent is in place and, where necessary a Health Care Plan, to ensure the safety of both child and staff members.

9. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by our nursery? At times it may be necessary to consult with outside agencies to receive more specialised expertise. Specialist involvement is sought where a child’s needs are felt to be significant and they have not responded to the targeted support already put in place. Specialist support is usually arranged after an Early Years Local Inclusion Forum Team (EY LIFT) meeting where professionals will decide what a child needs to improve in their learning. The aim of an EY LIFT meeting is to gain an understanding of, and try to resolve a child’s difficulties.

10. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND having or have received?

Every year on an on-going cycle, staff training is delivered or updated so staff have the appropriate skills to support our children.

• Each member of staff has specific training to match the needs of their new intake.

• Specific training on ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance), Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Attachment and Safeguarding.

• Specialist Teaching Services coaching.

• Staff peer observations sharing good practice.

11. How will my child be included in activities outside the nursery including nursery trips?

All children are eligible to participate in activities, events and educational visits. Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put in place to enable all children to fully participate. However if a health and safety risk assessment suggests that that an intensive level of 1:1 support is required a parent or carer may also be asked to accompany their child during the activity in addition to the usual school staff.

12. How accessible is the nursery environment?

The schools accessibility plan is regularly updated and reviewed. As a school we are happy to discuss individual access requirements. Facilities we have include:

• A care suite, including a toilet adapted for disabled users and a shower.

• Wide automatic doors throughout most of the school.

• Designated disabled parking bays.

• Slopes for easy access and low hand rails.

13. How will the nursery prepare and support my child when joining or leaving Little Hedgehogs?

Hampton understands what a stressful time joining and moving nursery can be. Therefore many strategies are in place to enable the child’s transition to be as smooth as possible. These include:

• A carefully planned and well-managed transition programme enabling children to join Little Hedgehogs feeling confident.

• We aim to carry out home visits to discuss the children’s needs and interests.

• Children are invited to attend a number of play sessions with their parents and carers before starting nursery. 

• Further transition meetings are arranged with the Early Years SENCo, parents and carers, the setting and any outside agencies involved for children with identified specific needs. 

• All children engage in transition activities when they are ready to start school.

• SENCo shares information with their school prior to the children starting or moving.

• Additional visits are also arranged for children who need extra time in their new school. 

• Where a child may have more specialised needs, a meeting is arranged between the SENCo, the parents and carers and class teachers prior to transition.

• Personalised social stories, which include photographs,  support the transition process.

14. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

The SEND budget is allocated each financial year. The money is used to provide additional support or resources dependant on an individual’s or cohorts needs. Additional provision may be allocated following pupil progress meetings. Additional provision may be allocated where a member of staff or an outside specialist has raised an additional need. For children with a high level of need Little Hedgehogs will apply for SENIF (Special Educational Needs Inclusion Fund), to help individual needs further. The Governing Body monitors SEND expenditure.

15. How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive? When children join Little Hedgehogs support is allocated according to the information provided by professionals and parents and carers. Where concerns are identified by the nursery staff or during Pupil Progress/Provision Meetings, targeted support is implemented. The support that is allocated is shown on a targeted plan which indicates areas of need. Support will also be allocated with recommendations from outside specialist agencies.

16. How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?

All parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s early education. This may be through:

• Discussions with the nursery staff

• During Parent Consultation Meetings which take place at key points in the academic year.

• During discussions with the Early Years SENCo or other professionals.

17. Who can I contact for further information?

If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs please contact your child’s key worker or the Nursery Manager in the first instance.

Special Needs Support

We know when children need help if:

• concerns are raised by the child, parents /carers, teachers or the child’s previous school

• there is lack of progress

• Your child is not achieving in line with their peers

• there is a change in your child’s behaviour

• there is a change in your child’s wellbeing

If you have concerns then please contact your child’s key worker or the Nursery Manager/Early Years SENDCo in the first instance.

If appropriate these concerns will be investigated further by the Early Years SENDCo (Nursery Manager).

The Nursery adults carefully plan each child’s learning. It is adapted to ensure that your child’s individual needs are fully met. This may include additional focused support or small group work as part of our quality first teaching expectation. Every child is discussed in detail throughout the year at our Pupil Progress Meetings which are held with the Headteacher, Deputy Head Teacher and SENDCo (Nursery Manager). This is shared with all members of staff that are involved in the teaching and learning of children in the nursery and highlights any potential difficulties in order for further support to be planned. If a child has needs related to more specific areas of their learning, such as speech and language, physical development, social emotional and mental health, the child will receive more focused support within the nursery. The length of time of any targeted support will vary according to the need. The targeted support will be regularly reviewed by all involved, to ascertain the effectiveness of the provision and to inform future planning. This support is recorded on a targeted plan . This plan is a record of support that the child is receiving including the impact it is having on their learning. Parents and carers will be informed if their child requires additional support. If you have any queries related to the targeted support please do not hesitate to speak to a key worker or the Nursery Manager (Early Years SENDCo). When a decision is made between parents and carers and the nursery that a child may need more specialist support from an outside agency, referral forms are completed in conjunction with the child and the parents/carers and then forwarded to the most appropriate agency. After a series of assessments, a programme of support is usually provided to the nursery and parents/carers. If your child has an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) you will receive a PLP (Personalised Learning Plan) detailing your child’s specific targeted support. These are reviewed three times a year and new targets set if appropriate. Parents and carers are invited to attend these reviews. The Governing Body is responsible for both rigorous challenge and for supporting Hampton in being as inclusive as possible. It ensures all children, parent and carers and staff are treated in an equitable way. They monitor and review the accessibility plan and all other statutory policies as defined by the DfE.

Every child has their play and learning adapted appropriately by the nursery staff to enable them to access the early years curriculum more easily. Targeted support is planned for children who require extra support. If required, specialist resources/equipment will be provided for the child e. g. wobble cushions, easy to use scissors, fidget toys, ear defenders. 

All children are supported in their home learning through regular newsletters, text messages and information updates on Tapestry (our online learning journal). Nursery staff may suggest ways of supporting your child’s learning and play during Parent Consultation Meetings, requested meetings and where appropriate in contact books. The Early Years SENCo/Nursery Manager may meet with you to discuss how to support your child. Where a specific assessment has been carried out by the SENCo or a specialist agency, parents and carers will be contacted to discuss the results and support strategies. A member of the Well Being Team may meet with you to discuss strategies to use if there are any problems with a child’s behaviour or emotional needs. If outside agencies such as an Specialist Teaching have been involved, suggestions and strategies are often provided that can be used at home.

At Little Hedgehogs we operate an open door policy; all staff are available at the beginning and end of the school day. Meetings can be arranged at a mutually convenient time to discuss your child's needs with the Early Years SENDCo/Nursery manager. You will also be able to discuss your child’s progress at Parent Consultation Meetings. Every child receives an annual report of pupil progress and attainment in relation to expected age related expectations.

All children are eligible to participate in activities, events and educational visits. Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put in place to enable all children to fully participate. However if a health and safety risk assessment suggests that that an intensive level of 1:1 support is required a parent or carer may also be asked to accompany their child during the activity in addition to the usual school staff.

The schools accessibility plan is regularly updated and reviewed. As a school we are happy to discuss individual access requirements. Facilities we have include:

• A care suite, including a toilet adapted for disabled users and a shower.

• Wide automatic doors throughout most of the school.

• Designated disabled parking bays.

• Slopes for easy access and low hand rails.

Hampton understands what a stressful time joining and moving nursery can be. Therefore many strategies are in place to enable the child’s transition to be as smooth as possible. These include:

• A carefully planned and well-managed transition programme enabling children to join Little Hedgehogs feeling confident.

• We aim to carry out home visits to discuss the children’s needs and interests.

• Children are invited to attend a number of play sessions with their parents and carers before starting nursery. 

• Further transition meetings are arranged with the Early Years SENCo, parents and carers, the setting and any outside agencies involved for children with identified specific needs. 

• All children engage in transition activities when they are ready to start school.

• SENCo shares information with their school prior to the children starting or moving.

• Additional visits are also arranged for children who need extra time in their new school. 

• Where a child may have more specialised needs, a meeting is arranged between the SENCo, the parents and carers and class teachers prior to transition.

• Personalised social stories, which include photographs,  support the transition process

Every year on an on-going cycle, staff training is delivered or updated so staff have the appropriate skills to support our children.

• Each member of staff has specific training to match the needs of their new intake.

• Specific training on ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance), Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Attachment and Safeguarding.

• Specialist Teaching Services coaching.

• Staff peer observations sharing good practice.

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