Acorns Day Nursery
Who to contact
Where to go
Acorns Nursery/Sevenoaks Primary School
Bradbourne Park Road
- TN13 3LB
When is it on?
- When is childcare available
- Open All Year
- Carescheme Age Range:
- 0 year(s), 6 month(s) to 5 year(s), 0 month(s)
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 08:00 18:00 Tuesday 08:00 18:00 Wednesday 08:00 18:00 Thursday 08:00 18:00 Friday 08:00 18:00
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £86.25 Per day
- ECD Type
- Day Nursery
- Offers pickups
- 3-4 Year Old Funding?
- 2 Year Old Funding?
- Total vacancies
- Places Range
Places Range Start Age End Age Places 0 5 39
- Immediate vacancies?
- Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
- Vacancy Information Last updated Date
- Swing, Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Outdoor Activities, Themed Sessions, Environmental Area, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Play House, Puppets, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Internet Connection, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories, Climbing Ropes
- Wheelchair Access
- Ofsted URN
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
Special Needs Support
How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?
On admission to Acorns you will be asked to complete a plan that details your child's home routine along with spending time talking over your childs likes/dislikes and interests during a settling in session with their keyperson. This will help us to plan for your individual child. Your key person will then complete your child's starting points in line with the 'Development Matters' document. Your keyperson will work closely with you right from the start so any specific areas of development identified can be targetted with an individual plan.
Our SENCo is available at any time for support.
How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
You will receive daily information from your keyperson. You will have regular opportunities for meetings to discuss your childs progress. We use Tapestry, which is a personal online journal giving regular observations, information and photographs of the activities your child has been taking part in which are linked to the EYFS. Any extra planning or targetted plans that are in place will be reviewed and discussed with you on a two weekly/monthly basis.
The nursery has an open-door policy where parents can see their key person, the SENCO, or the manager when required.
How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?
Every child is treated as an individual at Acorns and everybody is welcome and included. Your keyperson will plan for your 'Unique Child' using the EYFS framework. We observe, assess and plan for each child in three prime areas of development-
Communication and Language development- We have a language rich environment and staff have received 'Every Child a Talker' training. This enables us to provide ideas and resources to support the child at nursery and for parents/carers to use at home. we work in line with Speech and Language Therapy advice.
Personal, Social and Emotional development-We will target small group and individual activities to promote well-being and resilience. Staff are able to attend specialist information sessions and link where needed with local specialist advisors.
Physical Development- We are aware of environmental factors that have a sensory impact on children and strive to keep noise, colours and lighting at a natural level. We build links with specialist services and have an accessible nursery.
What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
All Acorns staff are qualified and trained in Early Years practice. The management team and some more experienced staff have also received training in supporting children with additional needs. We use the 'Best Practice Guidance' document developed by the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service. This sets out a range of strategies that we will use to support your child. Individual plans will ensure that your child's development is at the heart of all we do. Effective teaching and learning requires a wide range of appropriate resources and our SENCo will work with your keyperson to ensure any specialist equipment is obtained where necessary.
What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
When individual plans are reviewed we may need, with parental permission, to contact Specialist Teaching and Learning services through our Local Inclusion Team Forum. These meetings are held six times a year and if a referral is accepted a specialist teacher would then visit your child to provide additional support and guidance. At all stages you would be consulted and a regular timetable of meetings would be arranged.
How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
We have a robust keyperson approach which is essential for all the children in our care. The keyperson is responsible for guiding, monitoring and supporting the physical and emotional development of children in our care and this is especially important when a child has special or additional needs.
An overall assessment of your child's progress is made three times a year along with the Progress Check at Age Two. The Progress Check at Age Two is ideally in advance of your child's health development check with their Health Visitor.
Parents/carers are welcome in the nursery at any time and we pride ourselves on building strong relationships with the families that use our setting. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved and contribute ideas and information from home. The nursery has an open-door policy where parents can see their key person, the SENCO, or the manager when required.
How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
Our practice is fully inclusive. Activities are adaptable so that all children are able to take part.
Each year we visit the Natural History Museum travelling by train to London. This is risk assessed-along with all our activities-and fully accessible to all our children regardless of any additional requirements.
How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?
The nursery is on one level with easy access to our outside space. The large, open plan rooms and garden are suitable for children using wheelchairs and frames.
How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
A final summative assessment is prepared for each child to transition them off to school. Where a school has children attending who have SEN they are also sent a report from the keyperson and SENCO with copies of the most recent Individual Support Plans. Key people will quite often visit the local schools with children and the nursery where possible will also be involved in transition visits and meetings with outside agencies and the school to help the school have a full picture of the child’s development and well-being. Lots of personal, social and emotional activities are carried out in the lead up to school and we may turn the role play area into a school with uniforms to dress up in for children.
How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?
Our SENCo is able to take part in SENCo forums and has opportunities at LIFT meetings to gain support. All staff have regular staff meetings where overall effectiveness and policies are reviewed. Parents are welcomed to regular assessment visits where they can discuss progress with their keyperson and SENCo.
Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?
Please contact the setting by email or telephone and we will be able to advise you on availability and joining the waiting list.
What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?
Our SEND policy provides the context for supporting children through a graduated approach and our complaints procedure and policies are available for all parents to see. We have a yearly parent survey and constructive feedback is welcomed at anytime.