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St Thomas More Pre-School

St Thomas More Pre School is  Ofsted registered and runs termly.We cater for children between 2 and 5. We run in a converted stable block in church grounds just outside the village of West Malling. We cater for upto 26 children a session. There are 7 members of staff whose qualifications range up to Early Years Professional Status .

Who to contact

Contact Name
Cathy Collins
Contact Position
Manager
Telephone
01732 874559
E-mail
preschool@live.co.uk
Website
preschool@live.co.uk

Where to go

Address
St Thomas of Canterbury Centre
The Priests House
Lucks Hill
West Malling
Kent
Postcode
ME19 6HN
Notes

We are inclusive and full disabled access. We have a sercured outside area which we access everyday.

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 09:00 12.00
Monday 12:00 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 12.00
Wednesday 09:00 12.00
Wednesday 12:00 15:00
Thursday 09:00 12.00
Thursday 12.:00 15:00
Friday 09:00 12.00
Friday 12:00 15:00

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£6.00 Per hour
ECD Type
Preschool
Offers pickups
No
Cost(s)
Cost details
Contact provider for details
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Total vacancies
5
Vacancies Details
For children who are 2 and a half and will be starting school in September 2022
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 26
Immediate vacancies?
Yes
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 and a half 3 years 5
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
13/07/2020
Facilities
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Drama, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Outdoor Activities, Themed Sessions, Environmental Area, Play House, Water Play, Quiet Room, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Bike, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories
Languages Spoken:
Romanian
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
127631
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
13/07/2007IntegratedGood
10/03/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
14/05/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
25/04/2017Inspection (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)

We accept children eligible for 30 free hours. We are able to offer up to 24 hrs a week if there are the hours available. This can be taken over 1 or 2 sessions each day.

Local Offer

Description

As a setting we strive to provide an inclusive environment for every child. We have arrangements in place to support children with SEND or disabilities. We will work with parents/carers to make reasonable adjustments to the environment and our practice to meet the needs of these children. We have 1 member of staff  who have SENCO training and they will work with staff, other professionals and parents/carers to provide practice to ensure every child is supported and included.

Special Needs Support

Children are appointed a key worker when they start. Working with parents the key worker will use observations and information gathered from the parents to monitor the child’s development.There is a two year check when the children arrive in the setting which looks at the three primary areas this will give rise to discussion with parents about the childs strengths and weaknesses , this also provides an oppotunity  to talk to parents should their childs development fall below expected progress levels. The parent is able to speak to the key worker at any time and will have a meeting three times a year to discuss the child’s progress. If there are concerns the setting uses a graduated approach through targeted plans and liaising with outside agencies to support the child.

The key worker will plan and support the child,there will be face to face contact with the keyworker on arrival and departure on most days,along with regular update meetings three times a year to discuss the learning journey plus six weekly meetings where areas of concern are identified and a targeted plan is in place.The setting is open to parents arranging a meeting to discuss their concerns whenever they request it and ongoing collaboration with parents is essential  with regard to treatment and education plans. The SENCO will work with the keyworker to help support and guide staff.

All children are allocated a key worker to observe and plan for the child. This is overseen by the manager to monitor the provision and make sure all children are progressing in their development.We use one to one activities,small group work and larger group activities dependant on what best suits the individual children.We use Every Child a Talker strategies to support and develop communication and language skills.We  suggest how parents may support their child in the home learning environment.Multidisciplinary working with outside agencies ie speech and language therapists ,specialist teachers and childrens centres enables us to provide care to best meet the childs needs.We work from the childs interests and our environment allows the fluidity of movement in order that the child may be free to choose what resources interests them .

Key workers see their children 3 times a year to look at the child’s learning journey and develop a plan to work with the parents on in areas of support the child needs.Two members of staff have SENCO training and will attend meetings and training to keep updated. The SENCOS work with other members of staff to provide strategies to use and monitor their use. We use Best Practise Guidance to direct our teaching and liaise with the inclusion team as necessary, we use visual aids and have specific training as needs arise.

The setting has policies which are updated each year about SEND, administrating medicines, personal care and behaviour. These all follow statutory frameworks from OFSTED.We follow a graduated approach . This is were we first put into place a plan to support children in areas that they are not developing . We work at this with the parents/ carers.  If the staff still have concerns about a childs progress they would refer and get advice from the Local inclusion team. After this visit if the local inclusion team/ any other professionals involved  felt it necessary the child would be referred to  Local Inclusion Forum team meeting which occurs six times a year.Once concerns are discussed and a plan in place, other agencies may be engaged and  the childs needs would be addressed via a targeted plan in order to support the childs developmental progression .

The key person and SENCO share responsibility in effective guiding ,monitoring and support of the child.The keyworker  will liase  with the parents or carers  during meeting and this allows the parents to be fully involved in the planning for the child and give opportunity for discussion of changes and concerns around the childs care.

The setting will provide and adapt activities to individual children to make sure all are included.We consider all of our childrens needs and are always inclusive in our awareness of each childs needs,treating each child as an individual.Health and safety is a priority and we ensure a risk assessment is done at the setting and also for trips where a pre trip visit will occur if the venue is new to the setting.

The setting is wheelchair accessible and there is a disabled toilet.

Transition to schools is targeted to children’s needs. Visits from teachers, visits to schools, transition forms and meeting set up if child has SEND.

Overall effectiveness of SEN provision is monitored by SENCO in looking at children’s progress and development in conjunction with parents.The SENCO liaises with specialist teachers and the Inclusion Team in order to best meet the childs needs .We evaluate our provision at staff meetings and provide staff with opportunity to discuss any concerns and request help , training and learning opportunities.The SENCO attends SENCO Forum update meetings , and yearly reviews policies and procedures.

When considering registering for the setting, please ring Cathy Collins,visits can be arranged and when the childs begins at the setting settling in sessions will be organised. Arrangements are made if SENIF/DAF payments are relevant and how they maybe spent.

Parents give feedback verbally, on children’s learning journeys and via a yearly questionnaire.Parents are free to come at anytime to comment or discuss feedback as we have an open door policy,for instance a phonics workshop for parents was arranged following requests from parents .

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