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Apricot Day Nursery is a small homely nursery in Upper Basildon, Pangbourne which has been open since 2006. We have two rooms: The Barn for children aged 3 months to 2 years. This is a lovely garden room with a separate sleeping area and with a small garden allowing free flowing. The Den, which cares for children who are 2 to 5 years old, has a large playroom, a mezzanine, a conservatory, a kitchenette and a bathroom. Apricot Day Nursery can care for up to 24 children at any one time.

We have a set daily routine and encourage the children to be independent in choosing their own activities when playing and learning. We also have a large outdoor garden for the children to explore and continue their learning, which backs onto fields with horses in.

Apricot Day Nursery have a very caring and friendly team of 9 staff members (including the owner), most of whom hold Level3 qualifications and above.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Eve Loisel
Contact Position
Provider
Telephone
01491 671 044
E-mail
lescun@btinternet.com

Where to go

Name
Apricot Day Nursery
Address
Lescun
Pangbourne Road
Upper Basildon
Reading
Berkshire
Postcode
RG8 8LN

Other Details

Costs

Details
Ask provider for details

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
Yes

Special Needs

Has Provision
Yes

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Yes

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Details
Currently the baby space is part time only, please ask provider for up to date details as this information changes rapidly
Date updated
08/11/2018

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
3 0 1
2 2 3
2 3 5

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Are you intending to provide 30 Hours?
Yes
Are you registered to provide 30 Hours?
Yes
30 Hour Partner Summary
N/A

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:45 18:00
Tuesday 07:45 18:00
Wednesday 07:45 18:00
Thursday 07:45 18:00
Friday 08:00 17:30

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY317616
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
17/01/2007CareGood
25/02/2010Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
22/01/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
21/01/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
31/08/2016Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Description

Apricot Day Nursery is a small homely nursery in Upper Basildon, Pangbourne which has been open since 2006. We have two rooms: The Barn for children aged 3 months to 2 years. This is a lovely garden room with a separate sleeping area and with a small garden allowing free flowing. The Den, which cares for children who are 2 to 5 years old, has a large playroom, a mezzanine, a conservatory, a kitchenette and a bathroom. Apricot Day Nursery can care for up to 24 children at any one time.

We have a set daily routine and encourage the children to be independent in choosing their own activities when playing and learning. We also have a large outdoor garden for the children to explore and continue their learning, which backs onto fields with horses in.

Apricot Day Nursery have a very caring and friendly team of 9 staff members (including the owner), most of whom hold Level3 qualifications and above.

Contact Name
Jade Cooper
Contact Telephone
01491671044
Contact Email
lescun@btinternet.com
SEN Provision Type
Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Visual Impairment
Local Offer Age Bands
0 to 1
1 to 4

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings

1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?

New parents are asked to fill out an ‘All About Me’ form found in their Welcome Pack before starting. Parents can include any particular needs that have already been identified, and we will meet with parents as soon as they start to find out about any previous plans set, or what works best for their child. We observe all children, ensure they are meeting their targets and milestones, and address any concerns we may have as they arise. Parents will be asked in for a meeting if we feel we need to put plans in place to meet specific needs, following the SEND code of practice. We use others tools to track children's progress such as Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and West Berks ECAT monitoring tool (Every Child A talker).

2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?

We are constantly communicating with parents/carers through daily feedback, 3 monthly Next Steps (informing parents if their child has met their Next Step before the end of the 3 months, and letting them know what the new Next Step is), 2-year-old checks, summary of achievement reports. Learning journeys with monthly observations and photos attached are emailed home every month, we welcome feedback from parents on them: what your child has been interested in and what you would also like us to work on. Staff can also add ‘home observations’ onto our FootSteps system and we encourage parents to tell us about any milestones their children are reaching at home so as we can add them to their nursery learning journey. Children who require extra support will have an appointment set up with parents/carers. Firstly, we will use a SENS plan (Special Educational Needs Support plan) where your child’s keyworker plans and differentiates activities. These activities are observed and evaluated and if targets are not being met then a meeting will be held with the nursery SENCO, the keyworker and parents. During this meeting alternate approaches to learning will be discussed, and if needed a new SENS plan or a Support and Achievement Play Plan (SAPP) will be put in place with parents, staff and where appropriate the child’s input will be included. All staff will work to this plan, and regular meetings for the plan to be reviewed will be set.

3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?

We put children into age appropriate groups and encourage them to work together in small groups, promoting independence throughout the nursery. For a child with a SEND or additional need, we would put in place a SENS plan and Support and Achievement Play Plan (SAPP), and work one to one (or with one other child) with that child, using their interests and what is familiar to them to help achieve targets set and build their confidence. Our main aim is to plan around children’s interests, from what parents/carers tell us and from their own interests they have expressed themselves to keep them engaged and motivated in the setting. Activities are planned to meet the targets of each child, taking into consideration the age and stage of development. Alongside this we use "in the moment" planning to find out the children's interests through play initiated by them.

4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?

We use visual aids around the nursery, the baby room use baby sign to help with communication, and we have bilingual books and songs. All staff are familiar with the ECAT talking tips and use short simple sentences when communicating as well as the "Observe, Wait, Listen" approach (OWL). For a child with additional needs or learning difficulties we use different approaches to meet their needs, and where needed the nursery will seek additional services, advice and resources to help support your child’s development.

5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?

Where needed the nursery SENCO will access additional support and services to meet the needs of a child, through West Berks Early Years Support Team, and if required other outside agencies. For example, in the past we have worked closely with Southampton’s Auditory Implant Service. We support children’s needs in a way that works for them, this could be by using visual aids, or neutral coloured walls. We encourage all children to communicate with each other and try to resolve issues by themselves, before adults intervene.

6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?

Children’s progress is monitored through monthly observations, 3 monthly Next Steps and termly ECAT assessments. We complete a summary of achievements report twice a year and assess what stage of development your child is at in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage framework every 3 months. Six-monthly parents' evenings are planned for a chance for you to meet with your child’s keyworker to discuss their progress. A 2-year progress check will be completed on your child’s 2nd birthday, and a transition report when they leave for school. Parents are given opportunities to give comments on 2-year checks, summary of achievement reports and when their 2 monthly next steps are sent home. If your child attends another setting, or a childminder, with your permission we will liaise with them regularly to discuss progress between settings and Next Steps to make sure we are all working towards the same goals for your child.

7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?

Risk assessments are carried out by Designated Health and Safety Officer on all activities, and where possible reasonable adjustments are made to include all children in same activities. We often go on outings to the local village where we catch a bus, or walk to the local park/woods. Risk assessments are carried out on all outings, taking into account the added risks for a child with additional needs or SEND. Ratios are adapted on outings to meet the needs of the children taking part, and a consent form for local outings is signed when a child joins.

8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?

Our gravel car park and narrow entrance gate would prevent wheelchair access into the nursery, however we would work with parents/carers to see if we could meet the needs of both you and your child to accommodate for a child with a mobility difficulty. Where possible we will make changes by working with other services to accommodate your child’s needs.

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?

We have relationships with many local settings, and where needed the SENCO will meet with the SENCO from the new setting, passing on SAPP’s, transition reports (including ECAT transition reports) and any other relevant information about the child. The SENCO and all staff will help prepare your child for their transition by talking about the change that is coming up, how they may be feeling and what their new setting will be like. Where needed the SENCO will help your child prepare with photos of the new setting and talk about any changes of the routine, also letting them take these photos home to talk about the change coming up with parents/carers.

10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?

We plan regular meetings and work closely with parents to discuss their child’s progress, where we welcome any feedback on our SEN provision and are always looking to improve. We understand that not all parents are confident enough to give constructive criticism so we send home yearly questionnaires to the parents for them to comment on the facilities we offer. Staff attend regular training to keep their knowledge up to date, the manager and SENCO review the nursery policies and local offer regularly.

11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?

Please contact us on 01491 671 044, where Lauren our deputy manager or Jade our third in charge will be happy to answer your questions.

12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?

The manager and/or deputy manager are on site at all times, and are available to talk to if needed. Questionnaires are sent home yearly, where we welcome positive and negative feedback to help us make improvements to suit parents and children. "Parents comments" sheets are attached to 3 monthly Next Steps. We hold parents evening twice a year, and welcome all parents in for meeting at anytime throughout the year to discuss the progress of their child, or any concerns they may have. Complaints All complaints are treated seriously and in the strictest of confidence. Complaints should be made directly to the Manager verbally or by email. Complaints are attended to immediately and an acknowledgement that the complaint is being addressed will be forthcoming within 48 hours. The Manager will follow up the complaint with the parent as soon as is possible and details will be given to the parent regarding actions taken. If the parent is not satisfied with the managers response, they will need to fill in a complaint form which will be forwarded to the nursery owner. Should the parent feel their complaint has still not been dealt with effectively, they may wish to contact Ofsted directly to make a complaint. We would always hope to be able to resolve complaints internally and will always try our best to ensure our families are happy.