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Woodlands Under 5's Pre-School

We provide high quality session/full day care and education for children between the ages of 2 to 5 years.  We are a registered charity and have been established since 1976.  Our high adult to child ratio means we are able to offer excellent care and attention.  We are registered with Ofsted and operate under their Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum ensuring every child matters.  We pride ourselves on the excellent Ofsted reports we have received from our regular inspections.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Anne Taylor
Contact Position
Manager
Telephone
01622 671131
E-mail
woodlandsunder5@hotmail.co.uk

Where to go

Address
Vinters Park Community Centre
Aldon Close
Maidstone
Kent
APostcode
ME14 5QF
Notes

We operate from Vinters Park Community Centre which has a large, free car park attached.  We also have a secure, fully enclosed, large garden area which is used as often as possible.  

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 5 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:30 14:30
Tuesday 09:30 14:30
Wednesday 09:30 14:30
Thursday 09:30 14:30

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
Vacancies Details
Contact provider for vacancy details
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 32
Facilities
Car Parking, Visits and Outings, Kitchen, Garden
Wheelchair Access
Yes
Wheelchair access details
Wide doors, no stairs, disabled toilets.

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
127783
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
05/05/2006IntegratedGood
02/12/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
08/10/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
24/04/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
Yes

Local Offer

Description

At Woodlands Under 5’s Pre-School we believe that all children have a right to a broad and balanced Early Years curriculum.  We welcome all children whatever their individual needs, and believe in being an inclusive setting.  Our aim is to ensure that all children’s needs are met by working in partnership with parents/carers, and their consent is always sought before any contact is made with outside agencies.

 We expect our parents to notify us of any concerns in their child’s development and provide relevant documentation from outside agencies involved prior to the child starting. This will ensure that we can provide the best possible start for your child and that we are able to meet their needs.

 Admission

 We offer admission to all children aged 2 to school age. We acknowledge that some children may require additional care and/or resources and we would seek guidance, support and information to help us support them. For all children there is consultation between parents, Manager who is also our Lead Senco and your child's keyperson - and other involved professionals if necessary. 

Special Needs Support

Information from parents and admissions questionnaire, other settings if attended and outside agencies and professionals help to provide information in identifying a child's needs. All this information and Key person observations at the child's taster sessions enables the key person to make an initial assessment of a childs stage of development, which is used as a starting point when they first attend the setting. Children are continuously monitored by their Key person in the first six weeks and a parental consultation, alongside a written summative assessment will take place to discuss identified needs. Their progress is continuously assessed every 12 weeks. Our experienced staff  have trained in a number of different SEND areas are able to identify signs that a child may need support with their development. We have a range of outside professionals available to us and offer support for children, staff, parents and carers.

The lead Senco and Key person will consult with you regularly to explain how your child will be supported, they will be responsible for liaising with you regularly and  involving you in your child's educational plans.

You will receive a consultation and written summative assessment at regular intervals throughout the year to review and plan your child's next steps. 

 You will have involvement in planning targeted and personalised plans for your child.

   

We provide adapted activities and routines that are fully inclusive and enable all children to take part. We provide focus group times for personalised and targeted learning.

The setting will adapt the environment to meet your childs needs as long as they are within our capabilities.  

We plan around the child's interests and their characteristics of learning.

We use visual aids.

Small group/individual focus time

Key signs

Cosy/quiet spaces

Regular routine

Strong communication between parents, key person and lead senco.

Continuity between key person and child in providing personal care, medical needs and supporting behaviour. 

Our setting will always endeavour to meet a childs needs and if a situation arises where the setting will need training for a medical condition, then this would need to be in place before the child starts at the setting, to ensure their safety is in no way compromised.

Their progress is continuously assessed every 12 weeks through observations. 

A learning journey is used to record progress and designed for parents and keyperson to document your child's progress.

Regular written assessments and consultations with the key person take place every second term, after the first initial six week consultation. Our experienced staff  have trained in a number of different SEND areas are able to identify signs that a child may need support with their development. We have a range of outside professionals available to us and offer support for children, staff, parents and carers.

Lead senco and key person will liaise at every opportunity available, when needed and welcome strong communication and shared information from parents at any time.

All our children are inclusive, and activities and trips are planned with SEND in mind. Parents are involved and their input valued when planning outings or social activities outside of our normal routine.

Risk assessments and reviews are used for planning trips and changes to the environment.

We have access and toilet facilities for mobility difficulties. Our environment is located in a large hall, on one level and can be adapted to accommodate mobility difficulties, dependant on the childs needs.

 

We provide a transition report for the new setting or school.

Arrange a transition meeting for parents and lead senco to meet with the senco at the new environment.

All relevent paperwork is passed on with parental consent.

 

Lead senco attends forum meetings which support the setting in continuously providing good practise and the right support for parents and children.

Training is evaluated and regular staff meetings to discuss the setting's practice take place.

A notice board wth services is available.

An annual questionnaire for parents to voice their opinions is evaluated.

Contact the setting manager -  Anne Taylor or our administration officer - Angela Harvey.

We have an open door policy which enables you to speak directly with our setting manager or you can email us.

A suggestion box in our entrance hall.

Information is available in our prospectus relating to good practice.

Annual questionnaire.

Suggestion slip attached to our termly nesletter.

Complaints procedures displayed on a notice board.

Opportunities to join our committee

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