Apricot Day Nursery

Apricot Day Nursery is a small, friendly and homely setting in the beautiful countryside of Upper Basildon. It has been open since 2006. We provide an inviting space with lots of opportunities for "children to blossom". Each child is treated as an individual given equal opportunity to grow and learn at their own pace thanks to a small team of passionate and dedicated staff.

We have two rooms: Seedlings for children aged 3 months to 2 years, a lovely garden room with a separate sleeping area and a small garden allowing a free flow environment. We also have Kernels for children who are 2 to 5 years old. It has a large playroom, a mezzanine, a conservatory for expressive art and design, a kitchenette and a bathroom. The nursery is set in half an acre of landscaped gardens. Apricot Day Nursery can care for up to 28 children at any one time.

Apricot Day Nursery has a very caring and friendly team of 9 members of staff (including the owner), most of whom hold Level 3 qualifications and above. Most of our team are also paediatric first aid trained and all staff hold relevant qualifications in relation to their role such as food hygiene and safeguarding.

We aim to give every child:

  • a safe and secure environment
  • free flow to explore and discover
  • everyday challenges to develop independence
  • tailored planning for their needs and interests
  • home-cooked meals, catering for all requirements
  • a caring member of staff to work closely with your family.

Apricot Day Nursery benefits from being set in a beautiful rural area with have an acre of land. There the children are free to explore the great outdoors. They often look over the fence to the fields of horses and regularly go on long walks in the neighbouring woods. In the summertime, the children benefit from growing their own fruit and vegetable and often have their afternoon tea on the lawn.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Eve Loisel
Contact Position
Provider
Telephone
01491 671 044
E-mail
lescun@btinternet.com
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/apricotdaynurseryupperbasildon/

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

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Details
Full-time and part-time places available.
Date updated
23/12/2020
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
1 0 1
1 2 3
4 3 5

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

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

Waiting List

Do you have a waiting list?
Yes

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 07.45 17:45

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY317616
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
11/10/2021Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
31/08/2016Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
21/01/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
22/01/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
25/02/2010Inspection (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: Seedlings 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 a free flow environment. We also have Kernels which cares for children who are 2 to 5 years old. It has a large playroom, a mezzanine, a conservatory, a kitchenette and a bathroom. Apricot Day Nursery can care for up to 28 children at any one time.

Apricot Day Nursery offers continuous learning opportunities to children across both rooms. All children's interests are taken into account and incorporated into our day-to-day planning. We have a large outdoor play space providing lots of different play opportunities for children to explore.

Apricot Day Nursery have a very caring and friendly team of 9 members of staff (including the owner), most of whom hold Level 3 qualifications and above.

Apricot Day Nursery has a very caring and friendly team of 9 members of staff (including the owner), most of whom hold Level 3 qualifications and above. Most of our team are also paediatric first aid trained and all staff hold relevant qualifications in relation to their role such as food hygiene and safeguarding.

We aim to give every child:

  • a safe and secure environment
  • free flow to explore and discover
  • everyday challenges to develop independence
  • tailored planning for their needs and interests
  • home-cooked meals, catering for all requirements
  • a caring member of staff to work closely with your family.

Apricot Day Nursery benefits from being set in a beautiful rural area with have an acre of land. There the children are free to explore the great outdoors. They often look over the fence to the fields of horses and regularly go on long walks in the neighbouring woods. In the summertime, the children benefit from growing their own fruit and vegetable and often have their afternoon tea on the lawn.

Contact Name
Emily Viggers
Contact Telephone
01491671044
Contact Email
apricotmanager@outlook.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?

When a child joins Apricot they are assigned a key person who works closely with that child and their family. The key person is able to plan appropriately for the child taking into account their interests. When planning is in place, detailed observations are taken. Through these the key person can identify any areas where the child needs support. When a child turns 2 years old, they will have a "2-year check" completed focusing on all areas of learning. Our nursery SENCO oversees the children's development and also supports key workers and families with their concerns.

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

Parents are always asked to be actively involved in the child's learning through handovers, Tapestry and attending meetings. Parents' evening are held twice a year with the child's key person and this is a great opportunity to discuss the child's progress. If a specific need has been identified, regular meetings are held between parents, key person and the SENCO. Together a Support and Achievement Plan will be developed to ensure a holistic approach. The plan will be closely monitored by the SENCO to ensure the key person and the child's close staff members are working to support all the targets set out. The plans will be updated and reviewed regularly with the parents.

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

The key person plays a big part in the child's time at nursery; Through this a strong bond is established. Gaining independence is an important part of nursery life and it is encouraged in everything we do. However, all children develop at their own pace so our key workers plan weekly using new interests to create challenges and achieve goals, using the "Observe, Assess, Plan" system. Activities and day to day experiences at Apricot are tailored to support each child. All staff are supported by the SENCO when planning for children with a special education need. Parents can access their child's learning journey showing all their development on Tapestry. Here they can also share home achievements with Apricot.

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

As each child is unique, our teaching strategy would be tailored specifically. We would seek support from parents and other professionals accordingly. Examples are: language group time, "Mr Tongue's Stories" and visual time tables - resources and activities to support speech and language both in the setting and at home. We are also able to support Makaton.

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 signing. Whatever the way, we will get the right support for each child to thrive in our care and in the future.

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

Parents will be set up on Tapestry to view their child's learning journey, where monthly observations will be uploaded. Through this, parents can 'like' and comment on their child's achievements and also upload home development for staff to see. Progress of the child's development is tracked continuously by the key person. Parents' voices are always encouraged and we work in partnership with them to set their child's Next Steps. The child's interests are at the forefront of planning and when possible they are encouraged to set their own targets.

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

During our initial meeting with parents, the information we gather is crucial and the key person is present to gain as much detail as they need on the child. This will help them plan tailored activities to support them. Risk assessments are detailed and carried out by the manager and will be reviewed around the children's changing needs. Each trip out undergoes a detailed risk assessment as well as making sure the outing engages the child and offers challenge. We work closely with parents and with prior discussions and arrangements they are welcome to support us on these outings.

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 to see if we could meet the needs of a child with a mobility difficulty.

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 our SENCO will meet with the SENCO from the new setting, passing on any relevant information or Support and Achievement plans that were put in place for the child. The SENCO and all staff will help prepare the 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.

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 as we 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 Emily our manager or Jessica our deputy manager and SENCO will be happy to provide more information.

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 improve our practice. We hold parents' evening twice a year, and welcome all parents in for meeting at anytime throughout the year to discuss their child's progress, or any concerns they may have. Complaints are treated seriously and in the strictest of confidence and 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 parents shortly afterwards and details will be given to them with the actions taken. If parents are not satisfied with the manager's response, they will need to fill in a complaint form which will be forwarded to the nursery owner/director. Should the parents feel their complaint has still not been dealt with effectively, they may wish to contact Ofsted.

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