Rocking Horse Day Nursery
Last updated: 21/09/2023
The Rocking Horse Nursery is owned by Newbury Racecourse. The children are cared for in 7 separate rooms which are split up into age groups. The Nursery is within the Racecourse complex which is close to Newbury town centre and the station. It is used by families outside the immediate area as well as those who live locally and in nearby villages. The Nursery is able to provide 154 places for children aged from birth to 5 years of age. Children attend for a variety of sessions. The Nursery is able to support children with SEND and children who speak English as an additional language. The Nursery is open 5 days a week and is open between the times of 7.30am to 6pm for 52 weeks of the year. It is closed for Bank Holidays. There are currently 35 full time, of those 18 x are qualified up to Level 3, 1 x Early Years Teacher, 1 x Level 6 and 2 level 2.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Rocking Horse Nursery
- RG14 7NZ
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £75.00 Registration fee 68.90 per day 73.70 per day
- Has Provision
- Experience with
- Vegetarians and allergies catered for if required.
- Immediate vacancies
- Date updated
- Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s) Places Start Age End Age 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 3 4
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
30 Hours Extended Entitlements
- Are you intending to provide 30 Hours?
- Are you registered to provide 30 Hours?
- 30 Hour Partner Summary
- We always try to work with partners that the parent chooses
- Do you have a waiting list?
Opening Times & Facilities
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 07:30 18:00 Tuesday 07:30 18:00 Wednesday 07:30 18:00 Thursday 07:30 18:00 Friday 07:30 18:00
- Offers pickups
- Ofsted URN
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Inspection History Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 22/08/2018 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good 27/04/2016 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good 16/05/2013 Inspection (Early Years Register) Satisfactory 11/09/2012 Inspection (Early Years Register) Inadequate 14/01/2010 Inspection (Early Years Register) Satisfactory
The Rocking Horse Nursery is owned by Newbury Racecourse. The children are cared for in 7 separate rooms which are split up into age groups. The Nursery is within the Racecourse complex which is close to Newbury town centre and the station. It is used by families outside the immediate area as well as those who live locally and in nearby villages. The Nursery is able to provide 154 places for children aged from birth to 5 years of age. Children attend for a variety of sessions. The Nursery is able to support children with SEND and children who speak English as an additional language. The Nursery is open 5 days a week and is open between the times of 7.30am to 6pm for 52 weeks of the year. It is closed for Bank Holidays. There are currently 35 full time / part time staff employed , of those 18 x are qualified up to Level 3, 1 x Early Years Teacher, 1 x Level 5 and 3 level 2.
- Contact Telephone
- 01635 48969
- Contact Email
- SEN Provision Type
- Medical, Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Visual Impairment
- Local Offer Age Bands
0 to 1
1 to 4
- Needs Level
Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings
Parents are the main carers, staff will listen and respond to any concerns raised. A meeting would be arranged between the parent, key person and named SENco.
All staff are required to monitor each child’s development and learning through observation and record keeping. Through this process staff are able to identify any child who may be experiencing difficulties or is not meeting his Early Learning Goals.
By working in partnership with parents, involving them in all discussions, gathering any information to support the child will ensure that an inclusive practice is maintained.
The Nursery is guided by Development Matters / Early Learning Goals. Tracking sheets are used to monitor a child’s progress in all the 7 areas of learning. If after a period of assessment or observations there are concerns for the child discussions will be had with the SENco who will then involve the parents in the decision making on how to move things forward. Although each case is different it may be decided that the child requires an Individual Play Plan, or advice from outside agencies may be sought. The SENco will liaise with external bodies, key person and parents and will review regularly.
We consider communication to be a key element at the Nursery. We aim to develop partnerships between parents and carers based on mutual trust and respect which promote the sharing of information and knowledge for the benefit of the children. Parents will be fully involved in any meetings and discussions that are held between the key person, SENco or outside agencies
It is a requirement of the Nursery to meet the needs of all children. If a child has been identified as needing extra support an Individual Play Plan will be put in place. Advice may be sought from outside agencies and if required specialist equipment will be obtained. The SENco will be responsible for carrying out or delegating specific duties or tasks depending on the child’s needs or requirements to ensure the EYFS is being adapted to suit the child’s individual needs. These may include specific observation techniques, directed learning activities or attending training sessions for staff involved. This will be shared with the parents and regularly reviewed.
Visual timetables are used throughout the Nursery along with colourful and language appropriate wall displays. A wide selection of books and music in all languages is also available. Staff have Makaton training which is used throughout the Nursery. The Nursery has access to specialist play equipment if required. we also have a Sensory Room which is used by all of the children.
We are members of ECAT and we have an Early Language Lead Practitioner who has received training and has a role in supporting children with speech and language difficulties. Any programmes that children have been put on by external agencies are closely followed by the child’s key person e.g. speech therapists, physiotherapists etc. Records are kept in a child’s file and any support needed is followed through by the key person. A SENco register is kept and monitored. We have access to any specialised equipment we might need and are well supported by outside agencies who we will consult if we have concerns regarding a child.
Each child has a Learning Journal which monitor’s a child’s progress. This is available to parents at all times. Parental consultations are held on a regular basis though we do have an open door policy where parents are able to talk to staff at any time. A tracking sheet is kept for each child which is updated regularly by the child’s key person. Progress checks are completed and shared with parents along with transition reports which are forwarded to a child’s new setting.
Our activities / outings take place on the Racecourse, children are never taken off site. Staff ratios are increased to allow for all children to be included. Individual Risk Assessments are completed if necessary. Specialist equipment is also obtained if required.
Our Nursery is all one level with no steps allowing it to be accessible by all children including wheelchair users. We have accessible toilets for both adults and children.
There is also an Induction loop at reception for visitors or parents who have a hearing impairment.
Transition reports are sent to the next setting, if a child is moving onto school the teacher will visit the setting and have a discussion with the key person. Visits are encouraged between settings. If a parent chooses to send their child to our setting, meetings will be held with the parents before the child starts to ensure that the Nursery is able to meet all their needs. If necessary staff will be trained accordingly and specialist equipment brought in. The SENco will be involved in all the meetings and will ensure that contact is made with outside agencies if and when necessary. Regular reviews will be made once the child has started to ensure we meet all their needs.
The Nursery has appropriate Policies and Procedures in place which are reviewed regularly to ensure the effectiveness of our provision. Risk Assessments are also reviewed annually. The SENco will assess and evaluate the provision that we are providing by doing peer observations and monitoring Learning Journals. Regular reviews are made on any IPP’s that are in place to ensure that the short term targets for the children are being met, what resources are being used and the nature of staff intervention. Parents are also able to contribute to the evaluation by adding comments in their journals or speaking to the child’s key person. Staff are encouraged to be involved with SEF and reflective practice.
For further enquiries please contact either Rosina Reynolds – Manager - or Jane Bassett - Assistant Manager on 01635 48969. Alternatively all details can be found on our web site.
Feedback is always welcome from parents which can either be done via emails or letter. We also have an open door policy where parents are welcome to talk to us at any time.
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