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Cobnuts Steiner Kindergarten

A pre-school kindergarten based on the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum which respects the essential nature of childhood.  We create a homelike environment using natural materials to allow unhurried learning through play.


We also run a Parent and Child group

Who to contact

Contact Name
Diane Frewer
Contact Position
Manager
Telephone
01622 205914
E-mail
enquiries@cobnutskindergarten.co.uk

Where to go

Name
Cobnuts Steiner Kindergarten
Address
Cobnuts Steiner Kindergarten, 9
Gatland Lane
Maidstone
Kent
Postcode
ME16 8PJ

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
3 year(s), 0 month(s) to 6 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:15 13:00
Tuesday 09:15 13:45
Wednesday 09:15 13:00
Thursday 09:15 13:00
Friday

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£15.00 Per session
ECD Type
Preschool
Cost(s)
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 2 15
3 5 15
0 5 15
5 7 15
Immediate vacancies?
Yes
Facilities
Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Songs, Cookery, Slide, Stories, Garden
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY313859
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
20/03/2006CareGood
01/12/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
03/02/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Inadequate
03/10/2014Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
12/07/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Special Needs Support

Before admission we invite parents/carers and the child in for a profile meeting lasting about one hour.  We use this meeting to find out about the child from birth right up to the present day.  The child will have freedom to explore the kindergarten room so we can watch, listen and observe their movements, speech and interactions.

The Kindergarten teacher and assistant will work closely with children and parents.  We aim to create an open dialogue through:

The opportunity for daily informal chats.

Agreeing to any requested meeting.

Invitations to parents meetings 3 time a year where progress and development are reviewed and additional support (if required) is discussed.

We will discuss and collaborate with parents about any extra planning we feel is needed outside of the opportunities outlined above.

We observe, assess and plan for all children with regard to the Steiner Ethos and the EYFS while considering our modifications, exemptions and the particular requirements of any child that has additional needs. 

Our setting has a 'homelike' environment suited to following the Steiner ethos which takes in the needs of the whole child - academic, physical, emotional and spiritual. 

We observe and assess all of our children and plan for those with that we feel need extra help.  We may use a 'Targeted Plan' for children we feel are not making sufficient progress or we may discuss with you need to refer to other services, such as a speech and Language adviser.  We may ask for your consent to refer to the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service through the Local Inclusion Forum (LIFT) meetings.

We make an assessment about your childs's progress three times each year which is based on our observations taken while the child has been at Cobnuts.  We listen and note parental updates on progress and discuss any concerns.

All children are encouraged to join in our daily routines and adaptations are made so that every child can participate.  Adaptations that are needed are revealed through observations and discussions with parents/carers.

Our setting is small and deliberately homelike.  It was converted from a domestic dwelling about 14 years ago incorporating disabled access. 

Our daily routine includes time in our garden.  We use the garden whatever the weather because we believe it is important for children to regularly experience the space and freedom of outdoor play as well as learning the character of each season.

Reception teachers are invited to visit Cobnuts and are always welcome so that they can observe the children in play.  Relevant paperwork is passed on about the child and school visits are encouraged.

Our SENCO attends LIFT meetings and SENCO forum meetings also updating her knowledge through training and self leaning.

We evaluate training at staff meetings, at our regular parent contacts where we are able to discuss appropriate actions for the child's develop.

We take into account feedback from parents and along with our committee review our policies and proceedures.

Contact our Kindergarten teacher and she will arrange an informal discussion at the setting.  The discussion will consider the child, the Steiner ethos our admissions policy and the suitability of our setting. If a place is available we like to arrange a home visit, a settling in visit to meet the staff.  Costs and funding options will be discussed, such as SENIF and DAF support. 

SENIF is Special educational needs inclution funding from Kent County Council to enable providers to secure better outcomes for children with special educational needs.

DAF is funding for providers to purchase aids and improve access to a setting.

We have a complaints procedure which is located in our parents file kept in our lobby area.

We welcome feedback and are willing to discuss any concerns as soon as they arrise.  We aim for an agreed approach on looking after your child and welcome a positive and open partnership with parents/carers.

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