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Brightstart Preschool

Bright Start Preschool is an independent Pre-school located in the heart of the village of Borough Green in Kent.  If your child is 2 years or older we offer a fun, creative and stimulating environment in safe and comfortable surroundings.  We are a full day care setting and pride ourselves on our personal care and attention to providing a fun and challenging start to learning.  


We are opening term time only, between the hours of 8am and 3 pm Monday to Friday and offer the following session times.


8 am - 8.30 am breakfast club - walking bus to Borough Green Primary School


9am-12noon, 9am - 1.15pm, 9am-2pm, 9am-3pm or 12noon-3pm


Children can bring a packed lunch or for an additional fee of £2 per day have a hot lunch provided, which is cooked on site.


We have excellent working relationships with all local primary schools including Borough Green Primary School, Platt Primary School and Ightham Primary School.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Nicky Thompson
Contact Position
Owner/Manager
Telephone
07858 188867
Website
brightstartbg.co.uk

Where to go

Address
Parish Church Hall, 25
Quarry Hill Road
Borough Green
Sevenoaks
Kent
APostcode
TN15 8RQ
Notes

Our philosophy at Bright Start Pre-School is quite simple, we advocate "learning through play", which helps children to learn whilst enjoying themselves at the same time.  We create an informal but structured learning environment where the children can feel a real part of it without any inhibitions so that they can develop naturally and be able to express themselves freely.

We are extremely lucky to have an outside area which the children have access to for the majority of the day, operating a free flow system so that they can independently choose where they wish to learn and develop.

 

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 2 month(s) to 4 year(s), 5 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 8.00 3.00
Tuesday 8.00 3.00
Wednesday 8.00 3.00
Thursday 8.00 3.00
Friday 8.00 3.00
Other Availability
Please contact us for availability details and to be placed on our waiting list

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
3 year olds - £4.95 Per hour
2 year olds - £5.50 Per hour
Breakfast club £7 per day Before School
Hot dinner £2 per day Per lunch
ECD Type
Preschool
Offers pickups
Yes
Schools covered
Borough Green Primary School
Details
Drop off is only available when a child attends the Bright Start Pre-school breakfast club.
Cost(s)
Cost details
Payment can be made in cash
bank transfer and child care vouchers
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Total vacancies
-15
Vacancies Details
Please contact a member of staff further information on availability
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 2 12
3 5 23
Immediate vacancies?
Yes
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 5 15
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
03/09/2019
Facilities
Music, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Toddler Groups, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Outdoor Activities, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Play House, Drop In Centre, Parent and Toddler Group, Puppets, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Woodwork, Refreshments, Books, Sign Language / Makaton, See-Saw, Bike, Car Parking, Library - Storytimes For Children Aged 2-4 Yrs, Songs, Library - Book Trolley, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Library Visits, Stories, Library - Storytimes For Children Aged 3-5 Yrs, Sports, Library - Storytimes For Pre-School Children
Other facilities information
Wheelchair/disabled Access
Notes

We provide a caring environment which recognises the importance of each child as an individual and always consider how we are able to meet the special educational needs of all children and families.

 We advocate learning through play helping the children to learn while enjoying themselves.  

Each child is treated as an individual and guided through the Early Years Foundation Stage using observations and planning designed by their key worker, to meet each of their individual needs and using their own interests to develop learning.  

Languages Spoken:
Sign Language Makaton, English
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY559717
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

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 are registered with KCC and Ofsted, and have government funding for children over the age of 3 years, and in some cases 2 years, although certain criteria needs to be met to access this.  From the age of 3 years all children are entitled to 15 hours of Government funded tuition until they go to primary school.  In some cases parents are entitled to 30 hours per week which is subject to eligibility.  In addition we accept privately funded children and any children that need extra hours to the set funded hours at the standard government rate. 

Local Offer

Description

We have one Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators in the setting, Nicky Thompson and one member of staff, Amy Knight who will be training to become a new Senco in October 2019.  Our Senco's is an established practitioner and has attended relevant and recent training to keep abreast of new strategies and techniques to provide you and your child with the best start.  She ensures that families and key workers are provided with the best support and resources we can provide in order to help with the ongoing development of your child and this includes managing behaviour.  Brightstart as a preschool feels very strongly about the importance of building strong bonds with parents and carers, realising that you are the primary caregivers, and work alongside you to get the best results for your child.  The Senco will make a referral to the appropriate professionals with your consent and attend the Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) meetings to gain advice and make referrals to the Special Teaching and Learning Service on your behalf.   

Links
Bright Start Preschool

Special Needs Support

As part of our registration process we ask that you fill out a "All About Me" form which gives us a chance to get to know your child and find out more about their strengths and areas which may need further support.  We ask about interests at home and particular likes and dislikes so that we can use this to inform our planning and provide activities that will help settle your child into the setting.  On starting, your child's learning and development will be informally assessed so that we can establish their starting points and identify any areas that your child may need additional support.

The completion of the Progress Check at 2 years is a statutory assessment and this may highlight areas of development which may be slightly delayed.  If so, this will be discussed and next steps, alongside a suitable plan which will be made with you to support your child and to encourage progress.  This is called a targeted plan and will be written and shared with you throughout your child's learning journey.  Your child's key person may target any specific areas of development your child has, and work closely with them and yourselves to provide opportunities and activities to enhance further experiences in this area.

 

The key person approach is a cornerstone in the Early Years Foundation Stage and our policy ensures that you are informed and consulted throughout your child's learning journey at Bright Start Preschool.  Your child's key person will help to settle your child into the setting and form a strong relationship with your child and yourselves.  Your child's keyworker will have information conversations with you at drop off and pick up times so information is shared.  If you wish to hold a more formal discussion, meetings can be arranged  at any point during the year.  If your key worker feels it is beneficial to the settling in of your child you may be asked if you wish them to attend a home visit, this is not statutory and you have the right to decline.  

Part of the key workers responsibility is to keep your child's learning journey book and EYFS learning grid up to date, you are permitted at any time to request to see either of these documents. The Key worker will produce a report on your child's development three times per year, which is assessed through observations through each long term, if you wish to make a comment on their Unique Story you may, or arrange a meeting to discuss please speak to your child's keyworker.  If areas of support are identified the key worker will liaise with you and the Senco to prepare detailed and accurate targeted plans or personalised plans.  

The EYFS is an educational framework which allows key persons to plan for your 'unique child'.  We observe, assess and plan for your child in three prime areas and four specific areas.  The three prime areas are Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional and Physical Development. For all two years this is the focus before moving on to the other four specific areas Mathematical, Literacy, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.  

Each of the seven areas are broken down in to sub categories eg. Communication and Language is broken down into Speaking, Understanding and Listening & Attention.  This enables key workers to directly identify and target specific areas which need support and make detail plans.

Environment

Our teaching starts with planning and providing a stimulating and fun environment so that children are inspired to learn and engage in a variety of different activities and experiences within the setting.  We have the luxury of having an outdoor facility attached to the hall so we are able to offer free flow from inside to outside daily, so children get the opportunity to choose where they want to learn and explore.  Our setting benefits from natural light and neutral colours to provide a calm and relaxed environment, this is further enhanced by soft furnishings and dividers splitting the large open space into smaller areas; which also facilitates small group activities and quiet areas.  Children know how to access resources and can ask for any resources that are not accessible at a given time, through communication or choice cards.  If required the environment can be adapted to support all childrens needs as best we can.  The setting is set up differently each day as we are a pack away setting and benefits from a wide range and variety of toys and learning resources. 

Resources

A wide range of age appropriate resources are required to facilitate effective teaching and learning and supports all children through the seven areas of learning.  Our Senco will work closely with the key person in identifying if any specialised equipment is needed and obtained if necessary and where possible.   Where children are receiving support from outside agencies, it may be possible to claim extra funding to buy additional resources, staff training or support additional staff cover.  

Teaching Strategies

All our staff are highly trained in early years practice and some staff have received training in supporting children with different educational needs.  We use the best practice guidance document to support our teaching.  This document which was written by the Specialist Teaching and Learning service sets out a range of teaching strategies which can be used to support children eg. Makaton. The book is divided into universal, targeted and personalised levels to enable us to support children across the four broad areas of need.  The areas of need are identified in the SEND Code of Practice and comprise

  • Communication and interaction
  • cognition and learning
  • social emotional and mental health
  • physical/sensory difficulties

 

Our SEND Policy sets out the graduated approach we use to support children.  If your child is making  insufficient progress through a targeted plan, the Senco or key person may discuss with you the need to refer to other services, such as speech and language therapy.  If your child begins to receive support from outside agencies, the targeted plan would then be changed to a personalised plan.

If required, your consent would be obtained to refer to the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service through the Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) meeting which is held 6 times per year.  If the referral is accepted, a specialist teacher would then visit your child to provide additional advice and guidance and may make further referrals to other services, such as health, and would support your child's transition into school.  You would be involved at all times through this process and kept up to date with any changes.  

All our staff are regularly encouraged to complete training across a variety of areas including SEND and Senco Forums which keep members of staff up to date on current strategies and new practices.  Previously it has been our practice to send a member of staff, generally the child's key person or Senco on a course that would support the child if it is something we have not already previously covered.  This ensures we can expand our knowledge and provide opportunities and experiences that best suit the child's individual needs.  This is then cascaded down to all members of staff in the setting so that everyone is aware of the new advice and techniques.  If necessary health professionals may visit the setting to offer us advice and give an overview on the situation. 

Our key person policy ensures that we monitor your child's progress throughout their time with us at Bright Start Preschool.  The key person approach is essential for all children and they are responsible for guiding, monitoring, planning and supporting the physical and emotional development of your child.  This is especially important in identifying children with special or additional educational needs and monitoring progress through their plans. 

Your child's key person will invite you to see your child's learning journey and hear about his or her progress three times a year, however if you wish to see it at any other time please feel free to mention to your child's key person.  This opportunity provides you to talk about any concerns you may have about your child's learning and development and the progress they are making. If you wish to have a conversation with your child's key worker, meetings can be arranged during the year. 

Three times per year an overall assessment is made on all the children at the setting and this is shared with you in the form of a Unique Story or 2 year Progress Check.  There are two statutory assessments: the Progress Check at 2 and the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, most children will have started school before the EYFS Profile is required but the Progress Check at 2 is extremely important.  This check should be completed alongside the health visitors development check at the age of two.  If your child is delayed in any area of development we can discuss with you and you can also share this information with your health visitor. 

We promote equality and value diversity, so that all children can be involved and included in all parts of the setting.  Activities will be planned based on your child's current interests, individual needs and next steps. At staff meetings your child's key person will ensure that any planned activities are suitable or adapted to meet your child's needs. We make sure that all children are able to participate in all activities and make any necessary changes to facilitate this.  This could simply be a member of staff sitting alongside the child to support them in remaining focused during story time or placing them in smaller groups, so that it is a quieter environment.

We occassionally leave the setting to go on welly walks, trips with parents, trips to the library, park or go for a ride on the train!  All these trips are risk assessed and all children's specific needs addressed and plans adapted accordingly.  We carry our first aid kit and have a mobile phone with us at all times containing all emergency contact details.  If any specialist equipment or resources are required these would be taken with us.  We would make sure that all children can access the area we have chosen to visit on that particular day and if necessary adapt to incorporate all children. 

The setting is based in a Parish Hall which is on one floor and has wheelchair access both to the front door and side door.  The open plan environment also ensures ease of movement.  The outdoor area is accessible from the side door within the hall and also to the front car park  which are both on the same level.  The outside surface is suitable for children using wheelchairs and frames.

Whenever possible we make any adjustments to meet the needs of all children, parents or staff. We have a large car park at the front of the hall which is available for parents and staff to park in safely away from the road.  There is an accessible disabled toilet to the rear of the building which has wheelchair access to it through the hall.  There are changing facilities also to the rear of the hall which are also readily accessible to all.  

We feel that the transition process whether it is to another setting or primary school is an important process.  We complete transition reports 'Child profiles' which include details of your child which are fundamental for the next school to know.  Alongside this the school are provided with the last copy of the Unique Story which includes developmental milestones across all seven areas of learning.  With parental permission any relevant and specific information, document pertaining to the child's specific needs is passed on to the relevant school at transition time.

We have strong links with our main feeder schools - Borough Green Primary School, Platt Primary School and Ightham Primary School, and in the last term of the school year, reception teachers are invited in to the setting to meet the children and also to meet with the manager and key workers to discuss the leavers.  The teachers visiting the setting gives the children the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their new teachers in familiar and relaxed surroundings.  

Social story books are made for children who staff feel would benefit for the added visual support and familiarisation of their new surroundings, in order that they have an idea of what to expect when they join. 

Policies and procedures are reviewed annually, this ensures that policies and procedures remain up to date from any training staff have recently attended, and so that if there are things that are not working as efficiently as required, they can be adapted to be made more effective.  At termly staff meetings, key workers and the Sencos have the opportunity to discuss the children with additional educational needs and how things can continue to improve for the children.  Liaising with parents is fundamental in realising this and keeping abreast of how well everyone thinks the child is progressing, and if other strategies need to be implemented to ensure further progression.  If issues arise these are discussed immediately and think of ways to improve your child's experience.  After all training events, staff are asked to evaluate and cascade the relevant information, highlighting how it can impact the setting positively.  Both Senco's attend frequent Senco Forums which are relevant to EY's and ensure both members of staff are kept up to date with the very latest SEN information.

Please contact Nicky Thompson, Manager or Michelle Savidge, Deputy Manager who will be able to answer any questions you may have.  

 

  • we offer home visits if you feel your child would benefit from us visiting you in a familiar place
  • we offer two settling in sessions, although this really depends on the child and is open for discussion with the Manager/key person

Our SEND policy provides the context for supporting children through the graduated approach and our complaints procedure is available on request.  Copies of all our policies can be seen on our web site but there is also a hard copy available at the setting.  If you would like a translated version of any policy please let us know and we will endeavour to do this.  

Bright Start Preschool are very pleased with our open door policy and would welcome you at any time to discuss any concerns you may have.  We occasionally ask that parents complete a questionnaire or survey so that we are kept abreast of parental opinions and views on our practice.  

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