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Mersham Little Stars

Our Vision 'DISCOVER,LEARN and have FUN. A nuturing environment where everyone is welcome and happy memories are made'

Mersham little stars registered in 2016 and opened in January 2017.

The pre school is set within a large village hall and located in lovely rural surroundings. Registered for children aged 2-4 offering funding for 2,3 and 4 year olds.

We aim to provide a secure,friendly and enjoyable learning environment. All staff are passionate about teaching children to help them reach their full potential and prepare them for primary school.

All staff are first aid trained and access safeguarding training regulary.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Abigail Manager
Contact Position
Carol Deputy manager
07469 202 723

Where to go

Mountbatten Hall
Church Road
TN25 6NT

A pack away setting with an outside area. Children regulary visit the local church and go for walks within the village. There is a large field to the side of the hall where children run and explore under supervision. Children have lots of space to learn and grow building on their confidence and social skills.


Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.75 Per hour
ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
Cost details
We offer funded sessions 8.45-11.45
11.45-2.45 or 8.45-2.45pm.
There is an option for children to attend lunch club at an additional charge of £3.00.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
3 5 24
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Team Games, Outdoor Activities, Themed Sessions, Trike, Play House, Parks/playgrounds, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Garden, Walks, Arts And Crafts, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Sign Language / Makaton, Bike, Kitchen, Car Parking, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Library - Children's Library, Climbing Frame, Library Visits, Stories, Sports
Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
28/09/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

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 are registered for the 30 hours free child care. This can be accessed Monday to Friday ( closed Tuesday ) between 8.45-2.45.

Pattern of delivery is 8.45-11.45 11.45-2.45 or 8.45-2.45.

Service status


Local Offer

mersham little stars

Special Needs Support

Before your child starts with us we offer a home visit. This gives the Manager and the child’s Key person the opportunity to really get to know your child, their interest, likes and dislikes as well as any additional support they may require.

 We also offer a taster session in the setting for your child to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings and within the first week of your child starting nursery we complete a Starting Point Form.  The Starting Point is a base line assessment to ascertain what level your child is at in their development.

 Before a child turns 3 or before the end of their first term with us (whatever comes first) we complete the Progress Check.  This is a statutory assessment and may highlight if there are any delays in your child’s development.  This will be discussed with you and strategies put in place to support your child’s development.  This is known as a Targeted Plan and will be shared with you and reviewed termly.

 The Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENDCo) will attend training and meetings and liaise with outside agencies to ensure your child receives the best support.

Your child is allocated a Key person whilst they are at nursery.  The Key person will build a strong relationship with your child and get to know you well.  The Key person will always be available if you have any concerns or if you wish to inform them of anything about your child.

We will invite you to parent’s evening which are held 3 times per year.  This gives you the opportunity to discuss your child’s development and to be kept informed of how they are being supported.

You will be able to view what your child is doing daily at nursery and see any observations the Key person has completed through the online system we have in place called Tapestry.  Tapestry follows “Development Matters” which covers all 7 areas of learning.  Tapestry will be available for you to view online via the app. 

We encourage parents to share information with us – you may like to send us photos of events or special occasions that your child has experienced.  Tapestry is an online learning journal which encourages partnership with parents.

All children are unique and we will make any necessary changes to the EYFS framework to meet your child’s needs.  We provide resources to support communication and language as well as signs and symbols to support speech.  The nursery environment reflects the needs of all children.

We will seek advice from specialist teachers, health visitors, advisers and schools on how best to support your child and plan individually to meet your child’s specific needs.

Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development are considered carefully and your child will be encouraged to make good progress within these prime areas of learning.

Staff will undertake any training to help support your child developmentally and will support any dietary requirements.

All staff are qualified and some have experience working with children with additional needs.  Staff follow advice and we use the “Best Practice Guidance Document” to support teaching.  This document written by the “Specialist Teaching and Learning Service” sets out a range of teaching strategies which we can use to support your child.  Visual prompts, targeted personalised plans and the well planned out nursery environment all help towards effective teaching.

The nursery is a pack away setting which means we can make daily changes to the environment if needed.  Soft furnishings are used to provide quiet areas for learning opportunities.

Any additional funding that may be available for your child will be spent on specialist equipment, resources or training to improve the quality of care and teaching for your child.

You will be able to read our SEND Policy which outlines how children with additional needs or SEND are supported.

If there are concerns about your child’s progress your child’s Key person, the SENDCo or Manager will discuss ways in which we can offer extra support to your child.

With your consent and if it has been identified following a Target Plan that your child needs specialist support we will refer your child to the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service through the local Inclusion Team (LIFT).  Meetings are held 6 times a year, if the referral is accepted a specialist teacher would visit your child to provide advice.  You will be kept informed of all stages of development with the referral.

We are committed to ensure children within our care are able to access as much support from services to ensure they reach their full potential, are happy and safe.

Management will arrange for training to ensure staff are fully aware of any additional needs/support or allergies.  Parents will be encouraged to meet with staff to ensure the best outcomes for your child.

Children are monitored and their progress tracked through our effective Keyperson system.

Key persons plan for your child and will know your child well.  Your child’s interests are considered when planning to make sure it is an effective system and that children develop well and make good progress.  Planning is reviewed regularly and children are individually challenged.

Your child’s overall development will be assessed 3 times per year (6 times a year for 2 year old's).  This information is shared with you at parent’s evenings which enables you to see how your child is developing.

The Progress Check will be completed for all 2 year old's and shared with you which we will then ask you to share with your child’s Health Visitor at your child’s 2 year check.

If your child leaves our setting we will share information with the new setting to ensure a good transition and to make sure your child is supported correctly.

You will be kept up to date of your child’s learning through our online Learning Journal, you will be able to view this daily.

Alternatively, if you wish to discuss anything you will be invited in for a meeting.

We are an ongoing inclusive practice and therefore any activities planned are carefully considered and adapted to meet the needs of all children.

If the setting has an outing planned we will risk assess the location before taking your child.  Any changes to enable your child to take part will be made and staff will be fully aware of any extra support needed.

Staff will take any medication your child uses, an emergency phone, first aid kit along with tissues/wipes etc to ensure a safe and happy trip for your child.

Parents may be invited along to take part and to share the experience/trip with your child.


Access to the hall is level and there is an allocated disabled car parking space to the front of the hall.  There is a ramp to the rear of the hall to enable access to the garden area to be easier for the children.  The setting is on one floor with access to all areas.

We will make any reasonable adjustments to the building to ensure easy access for wheelchair/frame users.

We would encourage parents to let us know if we can make any adjustments to meet the needs of their child or for themselves to be able to collect and drop off their child to the setting.


When your child is ready to leave for school, we will try to make the transition as easy and smooth as possible.

We always encourage teachers from local schools to come in to meet the Key person and to say “hello” to your child.  This gives the teacher a good understanding of your child’s needs and any additional support they may have.

We will liaise with the school’s SENDCo and invite them to come to our setting to discuss any strategies in place to support your child.

We will provide lots of learning opportunities before your child starts school.  The role play area becomes a classroom, school uniform and PE kits are available for your child to dress and undress themselves.  Photographs of teachers, school classrooms and buildings are displayed for your child to familiarise themselves with. 

Where possible, we will visit local schools with your child.

The designated SENDCo has an active training programme and will attend meetings, network and briefing sessions to keep abreast of legislation and specialist teacher services.

The overall effectiveness of SENDCo is reviewed and evaluated through SEN audits, staff meetings and the policies and procedures.  We will endeavour to improve our knowledge to ensure we are fully inclusive to all.

You can telephone us on 07469 202723 to discuss availability for your child.

You and your child will be invited along for a show around.  If you wish to apply for a place and one is available we will then offer you a home visit and taster session.  Usually this is a one-off meeting but if you and your child require additional home visits/tasters this is something we can discuss and put into place for you.  Some children will need longer to settle in, we will work in partnership with you to ensure an effective plan for you and your child.

During the home visit we will discuss any additional support required and complete all relevant paperwork.  The Manager and Keyperson will attend the home visit and the SENDCo if necessary. 

We will discuss any additional funding (SENIF) or (DAF), the assessment and how additional funds can be used to support your child.

We welcome all views/opinions from parents and encourage this through parent surveys (carried out 3 times per year), a new starter survey (sent out approximately 5 weeks after your child has joined us) and our suggestion box which is located in our lobby area.  We will consider any suggestions and try to make any changes that will improve our setting.

Our policies are available for you to view and are updated annually.  If you wish to make an official complaint you will be able to view the procedure on how to do this on our parent’s noticeboard.

Parents’ surveys are reviewed by the Manager and discussed at our regular staff meetings.  Below are examples of a change we have made following a parent’s suggestion.

Parent’s Voice

“I enjoy receiving the weekly email telling me what the children have covered during the week at nursery but I would find it more beneficial to be sent an email telling me what they are doing at nursery the following week.  This means that I can discuss activities with my child and get involved with their learning.”


The weekly email now informs parents/carers of forthcoming activities planned within the setting and suggests ways of extending the learning at home.

We adopt an open door policy - the nursery belongs to the children.  If we can make changes to ensure a better experience we will make changes for your child.

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