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Bright Sparks Child Care Centre

We are a charity preschool in a new purpose built building.  Our management team are enthusiastic and dedicated to providing the best possible early years experience for every child whatever their needs.  We offer outdoor learning to the children on and off site daily and are keen to help children understand, appreciate and respect the natural world.  We have achieved the Bronze award for sustainable development and are awaiting the development of the silver award. We are judged as outstanding by Ofsted 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Diane Emptage
Contact Position
01304 389852

Where to go

Bright Sparks
The Aaron Jo Danton Memorial Building, Warden House School
Birdwood Avenue
CT14 9SF

We are a PVI within the grounds of Warden House Primary School based in our own purpose built building.

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
Monday 08:00 15.45
Tuesday 08:00 15.45
Wednesday 08:00 15.45
Thursday 08:00 15.45
Friday 08:00 15.45

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£7.00 Per hour
ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
Cost details
We offer a discount for siblings attending at the same time who are paying full price and not in receipt of funding.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Vacancies Details
We have a availability across the afternoon sessions with limited mornings svailable
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 2 8
3 5 28
0 5 28
5 7 28
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 4.11 10
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Drama, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Team Games, Outdoor Activities, Themed Sessions, Environmental Area, Pets, Trike, Play House, Puppets, Water Play, Quiet Room, Games / Puzzles, Play Room, Visits and Outings, Garden, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Woodwork, Refreshments, Books, Sign Language / Makaton, Bike, Kitchen, Songs, Sleeping Area, Bushcraft, Slide, Library - Children's Library, Climbing Frame, Stories
Other facilities information
Forest School and Beach School Sessions and an allotment we have a 9 seater mini bus to allow us to take the children to explore the local area and to beach and forest school.

We are able to cater for children with AEN.  Outside play is available at every session and we offer Forest School and visits to our allotment. We are extending our range of off site visits for the children with the addition of our mini bus. We now offer beach school alongside our forest school sessions. Children care for our pets each day. We are a charity committee run setting and our ethos is to provide the best possible early years experience for every child.  We send children to all the primary schools in the area.  We work closely with Warden House school to ensure all our children are ready to make the transition to primary school.

Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
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)

We offer two totally free 30 hour places each academic year.  We offer our free early education in three hour slots between8.45 and 11.45 and 12.45 and 3.45.  We have children who share their 30 hours between us and a childminder or other settings.

Service status


Local Offer


We offer the best possible early years experience for every child.  We will discuss with families their child's additional needs or SEND and endeavour to provide for the needs of the child and family.

Contact Name
Contact Telephone
01304 389852

Special Needs Support

When children are entering the setting we require parents to complete a minimum of three stay and play sessions with their child.  Additional needs or SEND are often identified at these sessions in discussion with parents/carers or by practitioner observations.  When children start at the setting the key person will complete observations in the three prime areas of the EYFS to produce a profile within the first term.  Any concerns are discussed with the Manager or SENCo and shared with parents and carers.  We have six places each academic year for referral from SAL as part of the Playgroup Speech and Language Service.


COVID 19 has meant that this year we havent been able to complete stay and play sessions.  We have asked parents to complete additional All about me information that has helped identify any additional needs.

Our SENCO will work with your child's key person to provide plans for your child's development.  These will be overseen by our experienced Manager.  Any outside support that the setting feels is appropriate for your child will be discussed with you.  We will seek the support of KCC's specialist teaching service and Inclusion team to ensure your child is receiving the best possible early years’ experience.

The EYFS curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of every child within the setting.  We believe that every child is an individual and are flexible in our approach to planning, allowing the children's interests to lead the planning.  We are able to differentiate all our activities giving regard to each child's individual needs

We welcome informal discussion with key persons or management at any time.  Our manager will make herself available to families at any time outside of more formal consultations.  We try to provide times for our consultations that suit as many families as possible.  Regular contact can be maintained through your child's online learning journey, which can be a two way process with families sharing observations and comments.  Within the learning journey parents can see what key persons are planning for their children so they can follow these at home if they choose to do so.  Children with AEN or SEND will have personalised plans in addition to their learning journeys which are shared and updated termly.

At Bright Sparks we take advice from any outside agency involved with children with medical needs.  For a child with a condition which might result in choking we arranged a refresher for the treatment of choking for all staff and invited the parents to attend (this was the first training of this kind they had been offered).  We have a medicines policy and are able to administer prescription medicines.  For children with conditions that require tube feeding or any other intervention we ensure training is given by specialist nurses.  All training of this type will be sourced with the admission of a child to the setting to ensure it is current.  Children are supported with behaviour in a setting where positivity is key.  Children are offered genuine praise which promotes positive behaviour

Children's progress is monitored as part of the Learning Journey using the EYFS.  This will be shared with parents at consultation or earlier if there are any concerns from parents or the setting.  We are part of the Playgroup Speech and Language Service and work closely with a Speech and Language Therapist.  Our Key person for SAL has completed a range of training to support her in her role.

For children with AEN or SEND our manager would complete a risk assessment before a trip or activity such as Forest School.  This would be shared with families and practitioners to ensure that every child can partake in all opportunities on offer.  For some children it may be necessary to provide an additional adult to support their needs and the setting would apply for SENIF support to help finance this.

Bright Sparks is a new building and is accessible for children or adults in wheelchairs. Guidance would be sought from parents/carers in how best to manage children's needs.  We have provided a child in a wheelchair with all the opportunities that the other children access.  We are willing to source specialist equipment and have provided special chairs, toilet adaptations, wheeled trikes and would seek to use EYPP or our own fund raising to support these adaptations if required.

We work closely with schools to ensure smooth transition for every child regardless of any additional need or SEND.  The Manager has accompanied parents to specialist schools to help and advise parents if required.  We work closely with the specialist teaching service.  We meet with all local schools to discuss the transition for each child.  If necessary we arrange extra settling in visits for the child to school, accompanied by their key person and these have proved to be extremely positive for children.

We encourage all parents to be involved in their child's preschool experience.  We welcome them onto our management committee.  When children move on we provide a transition document which will be signed and commented on by the parent. 

Please contact the Manager. if she is not available leave a message and she will get back to you.

We have a complaints procedure with every complaint being fully investigated and shared with the management committee. 


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