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Richmond Academy Early Birds Nursery (Maintained Nursery)

Richmond Early Birds Nursery is a part of Richmond Academy, and welcomes children from the age of 2-4 years.


Our Nursery is led by a Qualified Teacher and supported by a team of Nursery Nurses. 


Our session options are five mornings 8.30-11.30am or five afternoons 12.15-3.15pm.


We are dedicated in providing a safe, caring and challenging environment for children to play; learn and develop. 


Our children and families are at the heart of everything we do.


15-hour free-for-two (FF2) funding and 15-hour three or four year old funding accepted.


PLACES AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE START. CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION


 


 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Miss J. Baker
Contact Position
Nursery Funding Manager
Telephone
01795 662891
E-mail
Jenny.Baker@stouracademytrust.org.uk
Website
https://www.earlybirdsnurseryatrichmond.co.uk/

Where to go

Address
Unity Street
Sheerness
Kent
APostcode
ME12 2ET

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 08:30 11:30
Monday 12:15 15:15
Tuesday 08:30 11:30
Tuesday 12:15 15:15
Wednesday 08:30 11:30
Wednesday 12:15 15:15
Thursday 08:30 11:30
Thursday 12:15 15:15
Friday 08:30 11:30
Friday 12:15 15:15

Other Details

ECD Type
Maintained Nursery
Cost details
Contact provider for details
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Immediate vacancies?
Yes
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
17/01/2020
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Local Offer

Special Needs Support

Often parents can be aware that their children may have additional needs before they begin nursery. Our settling in arrangements are flexible to accommodate individual needs. We want to know as much as possible about every child before they start with us so we can provide them with the best support from day one.

Before children start, parents and their children are invited to a number of settling in sessions. These sessions are a great opportunity for the children to become familiar with their new nursery environment and the adults that are going to be looking after them. Parents are invited to meet with their child’s key person or if appropriate, our SENCO, to share up to date information with us about their child’s interests, developing skills and personal care needs.

Sometimes children’s additional needs may become apparent over time and if you have concerns about your child’s progress or development then the first step would be to talk to your child’s key person or class teacher.

As we play alongside the children each session we get to know them really well and identify their strengths and any areas they may need more support in. The progress of all pupils is monitored and recorded each term. Through this process, pupils that are not making the expected progress are quickly identified and strategies are planned that will address their area of difficulty. We are able to work with other professionals such as the Speech and Language Team, Occupational Therapists and Health Visitors to help us identify and provide the best support for children and their families.

We know children make the best progress when the nursery and their families work together. Each day staff are available to chat to parents about how things are going. Sometimes parents or the nursery staff may want to have a more in depth or private conversation and this can always be requested and arranged. We hold parents evenings throughout the year.

Each term every child has a ‘focus week’, where we review children’s progress. We use this approach to ensure that we are meeting the individual needs of all of our children. A ‘Parent Update Sheet’ is sent home which gives parents the opportunity to share information with us about significant events in their child’s life, interests and developments. Parents can suggest things they would like us to support their child with or ask us questions.

We regularly send home children’s ‘Learning Journal’. This book is a celebration of each child’s learning journey. Throughout their time with us we will add photographs, written observations by staff and samples of the children's mark making.

Children who are receiving additional support will have a targeted or personalised support plan in place that outlines the additional strategies staff will use to support the child’s progress. Termly meetings are held with parents to discuss what is working well, evaluate the progress that has been made and set new targets for the coming term.

In the nursery we learn through play. The environment is carefully planned and organised into different areas so that children can take part in a range of experiences. Every session children will have time to move around the nursery and choose their own activities. During this time the adults play alongside the children and ‘teach’ them through modelling, asking, questioning, explaining, guiding, showing, suggesting, challenging and encouraging. Adults who know the children well are able to support the children in ways personal to them.

Each child is an individual and different strategies will work for different children. We have a great working relationship with a range of professionals such as Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and the Specialist Teaching and Learning. We value their specialist advice.

We enjoy professional development opportunities and frequently attend training and networking session to keep our knowledge and skills up to date. We strive to find the best support for all the children in our nursery.

Children who are receiving additional support will have a targeted or personalised support plan in place that outlines the additional strategies staff will use to support the child’s progress. Termly meetings are held with parents to discuss what is working well, evaluate the progress that has been made and set new targets for the coming term.

Children who are receiving additional support will have a targeted or personalised support plan in place that outlines the additional strategies staff will use to support the child’s progress. Termly meetings are held with parents to discuss what is working well, evaluate the progress that has been made and set new targets for the coming term.

Often with small adaptions or forward planning, we can find ways to include all of our children in our activities. The nursery caters for children from 2-4 years of ages so we are used to adapting activities to meet the needs of a children at different stages in their development.


When planning any school trips, risk assessments are carried out and planning put in place, taking into account all the children needs.

Our nursery is all offered over one level with double door access provided, and disabled toilet facilities.

Early Birds Nursery is part of Richmond Academy and most of our nursery children move up to our Reception class. The children have the opportunity to use different areas of the school such as the hall, library and playground whilst in the nursery.

A ‘Rising 4s’ group runs every Thursday afternoon. Parents and children are invited to join the Reception class and engage in different activities each week.

When children transition to a new class there are opportunities for staff and parents to meet and discuss children’s individual needs and aspirations for the future.

Children who are receiving additional support will have a targeted or personalised support plan in place that outlines the additional strategies staff will use to support the child’s progress. Termly meetings are held with parents to evaluate the progress that has been met and set new targets for the coming term.

Our Nursery interest form is available via our webiste https://www.earlybirdsnurseryatrichmond.co.uk/

Once completed, please either email it directly to our Nursery Funding Manager, Jenny.Baker@stouracademytrust.org.uk or pop it into our main School office. 

Jenny will liaise with you regarding your application, admission and funding. 

Each term we send home a ‘Parents Update Sheet’ where parents can record comments or ask any questions they may have. If you ever have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to speak to us in person. We are continually evaluating our practices to ensure we are providing the most effective provision. We welcome any comments or suggestions, which could help us to do this.

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