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Growing Together

This popular nursery setting is situated at Ellington Infant School, High Street St Lawrence, Ramsgate


Part of the Thanet Early Years Project family, this is a nursery setting which provides childcare during term time to local families.


Thanet Early Years Project is a Charity and as such is non profit making. We have been providing affordable, quality childcare to the local area since 1987.


Please contact Growing Together directly for details of available places, fees and government funded places.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Karen Sutherland
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
Telephone
07882857464
Website
www.thanetearlyyears.org/

Where to go

Address
Ellington infant School
High Street
St. Lawrence
Ramsgate
Kent
Postcode
CT11 0QH
Notes

Growing Together Nursery is situated on the site of Ellington School and has good relationships with the school and the reception class. The school allow the nursery to use its library and grounds facilities. 

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 4 year(s), 11 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08.00 17.00
Tuesday 08.00 17.00
Wednesday 08.00 17.00
Thursday 08.00 17.00
Friday 08.00 17.00

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
2 - 3 years £4.73 Before School
3 - 4 years £4.50 Before School
2 - 3 years £18.90 Per session
3 - 4 years £18.00 Per session
2 - 3 years £4.73 Per lunch
3 - 4 years £4.50 Per lunch
2 - 3 years £6.30 Per hour
3 - 4 years £6.00 Per hour
ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
No
Cost(s)
Cost details
Various hours and sessions available.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Vacancies Details
We are taking bookings for September 2022
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 35
5 8 35
Immediate vacancies?
No
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
18/05/2022
Facilities
Arts And Crafts, Creche, Scooter, Music, Refreshments, Cookery, Messy Play Area, Books, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Bike, Trike, Songs, Play House, Parks/playgrounds, Library Visits, Stories, Puppets, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Garden, Walks
Notes

 

Offering 3/4 year old education funding

Free for Two funding

30 hours - Totally FREE package

Languages Spoken:
English
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
2588847
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

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)

30 hours funding - Totally FREE package Monday to Friday 9.00 - 3.00 

Service status

Status
Open

Local Offer

Description

Growing Together is able to provide for children with additional needs and disabilities.  We allow the child to settle into the nursery routine and whilst they are settling the Key Person is making observations and assessments. If a concern is observed, the child’s Key Person will speak directly to the setting SENCO and a meeting will be arranged between the SENCO, Key Person and parent to discuss these concerns.

If a parent has their own concerns about their child, this is generally discussed during the settling in period. During the settles, the parent will have many opportunities to speak to the Manager and Key Person.

For children who has been attending the nursery for several months, daily conversations would be had during collection and drop-off which would give parents further opportunities to discuss their own concerns. A face to face meeting could then be arranged.

Special Needs Support

We allow the child to settle into the nursery routine and whilst they are settling the Key Person is making observations and assessments. If a concern is observed, the child’s Key Person will speak directly to the setting SENCO and a meeting will be arranged between the SENCO, Key Person and parent to discuss these concerns.

If a parent has their own concerns about their child, this is generally discussed during the settling in period. During the settles, the parent will have many opportunities to speak to the Manager and Key Person.

For children who has been attending the nursery for several months, daily conversations would be had during collection and drop-off which would give parents further opportunities to discuss their own concerns. A face to face meeting could then be arranged.

The setting SENCO and Key Person, under the guidance of the manager, will oversee the education and development of the child where there are concerns. Outside professional help will be sought following parents’ permission. The setting will take advice from the professionals and the setting will discuss this with the parent. The parent will be invited to attend any meetings and are given copies of any reports, target plans and/or personalised plans, so both home and nursery can work together supporting the child.

The individual roles of the people involved in the care, learning and development of the child will be explained to parents during the process of obtaining extra support for the child and in meetings arranged with the parent by the setting.

The nursery has worked for many years alongside the same professionals and specialist and we measure how effective this advice has been by the professional agencies by the progress made by children already receiving support.

The EYFS is adapted to meet all children’s individual needs. This ensures all children are given the same opportunities to be included in the same activities and can learn alongside their peers, whatever their additional need. Activities are differentiated and provided at a level the child understands. In addition, a child with SEND needs would have a personalised plan that outlines their needs and gives advice and strategies to staff to enable them to support the child effectively.  

Staff will request a meeting with the parent if they need to discuss any concerns or if they have any information they need to give the parent. Parents can also request a meeting anytime if they have concerns or need an update and this can be arranged as soon as possible. Parents can have a conversation with staff on collection time but may have to wait until the Key Person or SENCO have seen all other children out safely. There are also opportunities for regular contact about things that have happened at the nursery each day through a communication book.

The setting carries out regular observations on children whilst they are working alongside them. The observations feed into the planning of activities and through the activities, children are assessed according to their stage of development. Children’s progress is shared with parents via a termly report. Open evenings where parents can come and talk to their child’s Key Person are also arranged three times a year.

If a SEND child has a personalised plan in place, this is shared with the parent after any reviews that take place in the academic year. This gives parents an opportunity to be part of their child’s personalised plan and to input towards any targets and to discuss progress made.

On induction to the nursery, parents are given a leaflet that explains the EYFS and a link is provided so parents can download a copy of Development Matters. This link is also available on our website. A personalised plan also outlines specific targets and aims the child should be working towards and any next steps.

 

Children with SEND and complex medical needs are risk assessed after the nursery has been able to gather information from parents and professionals about the child’s medical condition. A Care Plan is then put into place, and this is written with the parent who has an opportunity to guide staff and advise on the care of their own child. We may invite a medical nurse into a staff meeting to share his/her medical knowledge and if necessary to provide any specific training to staff where needed to care for the child effectively.

The setting has a Behavioural Management policy and procedure which is shared with all parents. This promotes positive strategies to encourage the child to follow nursery rules and boundaries. If a child is identified as needing further support an Antecedents Behaviour Consequences (ABC) Observation sheet is used to identify triggers to behaviour. Once the triggers are identified the nursery will act on the trigger e.g., make all staff aware, change a part of the routine, avoid certain situations, etc if this is necessary to manage the behaviour. For more severe behavioural issues, a meeting is called with the parent and an agreed behaviour plan is then put into place. The parent receives a copy and agrees to follow the plan at home so both the nursery and parent can provide stable care and the management of any behaviour issues is consistent for the child, avoiding any mixed messages.

Older children or children who are able to participate in Social Stories could contribute towards their own behaviour plan.

The setting has its own qualified Named SENCO which has a regard to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. With parents’ permission, the SENCO will contact and involve other professionals outside the setting to get involved in the care and education of the child if this is the best outcome for the child.

 

Augmented support would be used to support the child with SEND to access nursery provision including trips out of setting. In addition, trips outside the setting will require a current and updated risk assessment and extra staff would be provided to support all children as well as close supervision for the SEND child. Parents would also can attend the outing if they would like to volunteer or if they are concerned.

The setting has wheelchair access and disabled toilets to support children or adults with mobility difficulties.

 

A transition meeting will be set up with the school and all information will be shared with the school SENCO. Any equipment belonging to the child that assists their disability will be passed on to the school. We would make any reasonable adjusts to the setting if this is necessary to meet the needs of the child.

To prepare the child for joining the nursery the parent will be shown around the nursery and a discussion will take place regarding the child’s needs, the environment etc. The parent will be fully involved with their own child’s transition into nursery. This may involve more settle in sessions for the child to ensure they feel safe and secure and ready for nursery.

We will also invite a medical nurse into a staff meeting to share his/her medical knowledge and if necessary to provide any specific training to staff where needed to care for the child effectively from the outset.

 

If a parent has English as an additional language, we will attempt to communicate with them through gestures and signs. We would translate any nursery literature into their first language where possible. In the past we have asked parents who have the same first language but who speaks English.

 

 

The setting has been using certain strategies to measure the overall quality and impact of their SEN practice and what we deliver. These include building relationships, adapting the environment, managing sensory stimulation, changing communication strategies, providing prompts and cues like now and next boards, visual time-lines, and PEC cards, using a teach, review such as an attention bucket, and developing social skills. The success of these strategies is reviewed and evaluated and at the same time we measure its impact by how much progress children are making and how quickly. Support for children with SEN comes from a shared understanding from a qualified SENCO who involves the staff team, so they are knowledgeable about what they are delivering and why. Parents are involved and encouraged to take part through meetings, observations and regular discussions.

 

Parents who are considering registering for a place at the nursery should contact the setting directly either by calling or emailing.

 

 

Parents are involved in their child’s care and learning through the regular meetings with the setting SENCO as well as with the outside professionals. Staff consider the parent to be the expert in the care of their own child and their expertise and advice will be sought throughout the time the child is attending the setting. The setting will not make any decisions about the child’s care or change any targets, without talking to the parents or outside professionals involved first.  Outside professionals tend to visit regularly to observe the child at play and to review whether the strategies being provided by the nursery is having an impact. At the same time, staff can share with the parent and outside professionals if things are not working as well in the setting as expected or if the child is not making progress.

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