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St Andrews Playgroup

WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO THE ADVICE FROM THE GOVERNMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONA VIRUS.


 


St Andrews Playgroup is run by well qualified mature staff. We are a preschool that takes children from 2 years to school age. We opperate weekdays, term time only.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Andrea Moorhouse
Contact Position
Manager
Telephone
0777 642 5512
E-mail
standrews.whitstable@hotmail.com
Website
standrewsplaygroup.org

Where to go

Name
St Andrews Playgroup
Address
St. Andrews Hall
Grimshill Road
Whitstable
Kent
Postcode
CT5 4LH
Notes

We work out of a large church hall with a side room. We have our own private garden and use of a fully funtionind kitchen.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 3 month(s) to 4 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Tuesday 09:15 14:15
Thursday 09:15 14:15

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£12.50 Per session
£3 Before School
£2 Per lunch
ECD Type
Preschool
Offers pickups
No
Cost(s)
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Total vacancies
0
Vacancies Details
We have 0 vacancies in the 3-5 age group and 0 spaces for 2 year olds
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 2 16
3 5 18
0 5 30
5 7 30
Immediate vacancies?
No
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
28/05/2020
Facilities
Nursery
Other facilities information
Lage open hall, paved and unpaved areas outside, fully equipped kitchen.
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY358047
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
16/05/2008IntegratedGood
17/05/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
30/03/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
07/06/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

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)

Monday 8:45-2:35

Tuesday 8:45-2:35

Wednesday 8:45-11:45

Thursday 8:45-2:35

Total 20 hr 30 min

We are linked with local child minders to collect at 2:35 and for Fridays

Local Offer

Contact Name
Andrea Moorhouse
Contact Telephone
07776425512
Contact Email
standrews.whitstable@hotmail.com

Special Needs Support

We assess and monitor the children from the first time we meet them and discuss any issues as they come up. Any concerns you may have about your child can be discussed with your child’s key person, deputy or manager. Our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is happy to chat with parents and if necessary will seek guidance from outside services for further support. All children have a 2-year progress check which is a meeting with parents and the key person to discuss how the child is progressing and to speak about any concerns either side may have.

Discussions are held daily with parents; additional meetings are held to talk through our plans. These are reviewed regularly. Every child has a learning journey which is a record of everyday life at the setting, with an end of term summary which are written three times a year. These are sent home for parents to comment on throughout the year but are available at any time. We also hold annual parent consultations in spring. Mostly though we chat with parents as and when things arise.

Our focus is to keep your child’s individual interests at the centre of their development. We will plan activities based around their interests and individual plans. If your child has a special educational need, their key person and SENCo will work together to create a Targeted plan. The plan highlights certain areas of development for a focus, and the steps to help your child meet their individual targets.

The EYFS can be scaled down or extended to support children learn through play. We can change and modify almost every part of the EYFS to suit your child’s needs. Sometimes this may need additional equipment, adult supervision, training for staff. We take each child as they come and deal with any issue as they arise.

Some children get individual time with an adult in a separate quiet space, some get additional group work, some children are totally supported within the general play setting. We use visual pictures and Makaton in our general play. Some children have small group time to develop social skills and some are set individual challenges. We have all shapes and sizes of support packages to suit individual needs.

We assess progress through out the term and feedback to parent three times a year. However, if there was an issue we would feedback to parents immediately. We have plans and meetings with parents to set targets and discuss what parents can do at home to work on the same area.

We plan trips with the whole setting in mind. If for example, we had a child in a wheelchair, we would not take the children to a place where a child could not be wheeled around. Our setting is fully inclusive. For general play, we assess the availability of what we have on offer and modify accordingly.

Fully accessible. We are currently raising funds for a ramp out to the garden, so that access is independent.

We meet with teachers. We assist parents choices when selecting a school. We have parent’s coffee mornings about transition and the next steps. We complete transition reports on each of the children.

As a setting, we discuss our SEN provision at staff meetings, we attend training, and this is the SENCo and other staff. This can include general SEN training, speech & language workshops, network briefings, courses run through special services such as behaviour and emotional well-being. We are also part of an active collaboration of local early years settings and our manager coordinates the training for the collaboration. We use self-evaluation audits to highlight areas we can work on and develop.

Any of the staff at the setting.

Firstly, we have an open-door policy where parents can come in and chat about any concerns they have. We have a very informal relationship with parents and hope that they feel at ease to do this and they do. We also have a suggestion box, an anonymous feedback slip on each newsletter, annual survey to parents and a complaints procedure for parents can follow.

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