Hermitage Pre-School Playgroup

Coronavirus status: CLOSED

We are a  pack away Pre-school located in the quiet village of  Hermitage. We that operate from the  Village Hall, we run sessions on Monday through to Friday 9.15 till 1.00 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays we offer  extended sessions  these run until 3pm.

We are a registered charity and are run by a parent committee

We have access to our own large enclosed garden space we also have access to a large recreation area with a multi use games area and are surround by extensive woodlands which we use on a daily basis.

At Hermitage Pre-school we aim to ensure children have the best possible start in life. Our provision ensures that we enable all children to develop their personalities, talents and abilities irrespective of ethnicity, culture, religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender.

We offer a high adult to child ratio and believe that children learn best through exploration and play and provide children with a variety of resources and equipment.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mel Neehdam
Contact Position
Manager
Telephone
07444 421917
E-mail
hermitage.preschool@gmail.com
Website
www.hermitagepre-school.co.uk
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/hermitage.preschool.berks/?ref=br_rs

Where to go

Name
Hermitage Village Hall
Address
Hermitage Village Hall
Pinewood Crescent
Hermitage
Thatcham
Berkshire
Postcode
RG18 9WL
Notes

The Village is a newly built building, it is light airy and spacious . The hall is surrounded by woods and there are ample parking spaces available along with disabled access.

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.85 per hour
10 Registration fee
Details
£4.85 per hour, plus £0.40 per morning session for snack.

Availability

Age Ranges
Other notes

We are a pack away setting based in the quiet village of Hermitage, we operate form the newly built village hall and are surrounded by beautiful woodlands. We have our own large enclosed garden space and make use of this on a daily basis.

Our sessions run from Monday to Fridays (term time only ) from 9.15 - 1pm with extended session on Tuesdays and Thursday until 3pm.

We have high expectations for our children. Staff work effectively and in partnership with providers and outside professionals to ensure good continuity of care and experiences for children.

We provide and inclusive play environment, children develop independence and enjoy being given responsibilities in the sessions Our We teach our children and understanding of what makes them the same and different  to each other and to praise and celebrate diversity.

We regularly observe and asses children's development and identify next steps  in children's learning and plan for individual needs. WE provide an exciting range experiences that motivate and supports all children's learning.

 

Inclusion Information

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes
Experience with
Yes
Details
We provide a healthy snack along with water and or milk. We accomadate all dietary needs and work in partnership with our parentts to support all children's dietary needs within the setting.

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Details
Vacancies shown are for the total number of sessions available.
Date updated
03/02/2020
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
2 2 2
6 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

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:15 13:00
Tuesday 09:15 15.00
Wednesday 09:15 13:00
Thursday 09:15 15.00
Friday 09.15 13.00

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY491191
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
17/12/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Description

We are a pack away setting based in the quiet village of Hermitage, we operate form the newly built village hall and are surrounded by beautiful woodlands. We have our own large enclosed garden space and make use of this on a daily basis.

Our sessions run from Monday to Fridays (term time only ) from 9.15 - 1pm with extended session on Tuesdays and Thursday until 3pm.

We have high expectations for our children. Staff work effectively and in partnership with providers and outside professionals to ensure good continuity of care and experiences for children.

We provide and inclusive play environment, children develop independence and enjoy being given responsibilities in the sessions Our We teach our children and understanding of what makes them the same and different  to each other and to praise and celebrate diversity.

We regularly observe and asses children's development and identify next steps  in children's learning and plan for individual needs. WE provide an exciting range experiences that motivate and supports all children's learning.


At Hermitage Pre-school we aim to ensure children have the best possible start in life. Our provision ensures that we enable all children to develop their personalities, talents and abilities irrespective of ethnicity, culture, religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender.

Contact Name
Mel Needham
Contact Telephone
07444 412917
Contact Email
manager.hermitagepreschool@gmail.com
Links
http://www.hermitagepreschool@gmail.com
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
1 to 4

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings

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

Children who have existing support from external agencies will be identified to us by the relevant agencies, and/or by the parents/carers;Once children have gone through the settling in period, the specific needs of the child are assessed by observation and tracking. The results of this are then discussed with all members of staff and if additional needs or SEND are identified, these are discussed with the parents/carers and SEND strategies are put in place

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

If a SEND or additional needs are identified, we work in partnership with parents and other agencies in meeting individual childrens needs. We work together to create and review Support and Achievement Play Plans (SAPPS).

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

Following assesment and depending upon the needs of the child we are able to an individual childs' need and ability For example, providing a visual time table if they are struggling with communication, or 1-1 support during tranistion times

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

Each day follows the same pattern so children become accustomed to the flow of the session We prepare children fo any changes to this accordingly. We often use one to one strategies, or very small groups, to enable a quieter environment for children to focus and concentrate.  For instance we might use *Visual timetable *Simple instructions *Using gestures where necessary The majority of the time at Hermitage Pre-school is dedicated to free choice and independant learning Staff aim to develop childrens abilities and understanding through creative play. We encourage children to learn and develop at their own pace whilst ensuring that observation and monitoring is carried out and any gaps are addressed .

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

We have regard for the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014 We ensure that our provision is inclusive to all children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. We support parents and children with Special Educational Needs We monitor and review our policy, practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments.

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

Early years support and achievement play plans are written (SAPP) for each individual child with additional needs or SEND. This will be written with parental input to achieve appropriate goals to work on both at home and Pre-school. It is essential that we work together and communicate in order to ensure the best outcome. Every child has a Learning Journey which is compiled by the child's keyworker. Perents are encouraged to contribute to their child's Learning Journey. Key workers carry out regular observations of each child which will be shared with parents/carers. In addition to this we carry out formative and summarative assesments and hold a Parents Evening each year, therefore ensuring parents/carers are involved in the monitoring of their child's progress.

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

Activities will be adapted and changed accordingly. If a particular activity poses a challenge for any child we will consult with parents and carers on the best way to include them. For trips out we will work with the family to ensure that the child can take part, whether it be with extra staff support and/or parents and carers coming along.

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

The newly constructed village hall is on one level with gentle ramps leading to the entrance.The hall is a large open space which allows for easy manoeuvring There is a disabled toilet and can provide toilet seats, steps and nappy changing as necessary. The garden is easily accessible, a mixture of hard standing and grass.

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

Whilst the children are at Pre-school, those preparing for school attend School Ready Club, this is an extension of the morning session formulated around preparing children for school We have close links to our local primary school whom we have consulted in order to ensure the skills taught are relevant for those commencing Primary Education.  Once we know which school or setting your child will be attending we offer visits for the staff to visit your child at Pre-school, we offer verbal and/or written advice to the new setting to the new setting regarding the education and care of your child.  We will provide a written transition report which can be shared with the new setting as well as a copy of the child's learning journey.

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

Our SEND policy is reviewed annually, prior to the review we welcome feedback from parents relating to their child's experience of the Pre-school, we respond to any negative comments addressing any issues raised The SAPP forms encourage parent's involvement every step of the way. We operate and open door policy staff are available at all times to discuss their child's development or any concerns they may have.

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

There are a variety of ways to contact us to register. You can make an enquiry via our website "http://www.hermitagepre-school.co.uk" email :hermitage.preschool@gmail.com" or contact us by telephone on 07444 421917. please ask for Mel Needham (Manager and SenCo)

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

We welcome feedback of any kind and at any point in order to strive for continuous improvement. We have a complaints procedure in place and we inform parents about this, and it is displayed on our Parent's noticeboard. Parents/carers can speak to any member of staff at any time, whether it be at drop-off/pick-up or a meeting arranged at a mutually convenient time and our committee are visible to all parents should they wish to speak to them also.

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