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. 2019 sees us undertaking the KCC Education for sustainable development award
Bright Sparks Child Care Centre
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
- 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 Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 08:00 16:00 Tuesday 08:00 16:00 Wednesday 08:00 16:00 Thursday 08:00 16:00 Friday 08:00 16:00
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £5.50 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
- A limited number of half days for children aged three and over
- Places Range
Places Range Start Age End Age Places 2 2 8 3 5 28 0 5 28 5 7 28
- Immediate vacancies?
- Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
- 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 just sourced a 9 seater mini bus to allow us to take the children to explore the local area
We are able to cater for children with AEN. We are part of the Playgroup speech and language service. 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 URN
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Inspection History Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 16/05/2005 Integrated Satisfactory 16/11/2009 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good 23/02/2015 Inspection (Early Years Register) Outstanding 12/07/2019 Inspection (Early Years Register) Outstanding
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
- DIANE EMPTAGE
- Contact Telephone
- 01304 389852
Special Needs Support
How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?
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.
How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
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.
How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?
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
What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
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.
What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
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
How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
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.
How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
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.
How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?
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.
How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
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.
How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?
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.
Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?
Please contact the Manager. if she is not available leave a message and she will get back to you.
What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?
We have a complaints procedure with every complaint being fully investigated and shared with the management committee.