Sharon Sheppard

Last updated: 05/11/2021

I have a son and daughter aged 13 & 17.   I live in a quiet residential area in Tilehurst close to several toddler groups, children's centres, parks and Sulham woods. I have a large well resourced playroom and garden and offer a safe, homely environment.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sharon Sheppard
Contact Position

Where to go

10, Barefoot Close
RG31 5QF

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.00 per hour
I charge £5 per hour per child.


Age Ranges

Inclusion Information

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Experience with

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Date updated
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
1 0 1
2 1 4
0 5 7

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Are you registered to provide 30 Hours?
30 Hour Partner Summary
Any nursery or pre school in the local area

Waiting List

Do you have a waiting list?

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 18:30
Tuesday 07:30 18:30
Wednesday 07:30 18:30
Thursday 07:30 18:30
Friday 07:30 18:30

School Pickups

Offers pickups
any local pre-school/nursery
Birch Copse Primary School

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
06/10/2022Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
14/12/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
26/02/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Contact Name
Sharon Sheppard
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
SEN Provision Type
Moderate Learning Difficulties
Local Offer Age Bands
0 to 1
1 to 4
5 to 7
7 to 11
Needs Level

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings

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

Through observation, monitoring and liaison with parents, pre school or nursery (if applicable)

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

Through meetings and records kept and shared through babysdays.

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

By assessing the child's needs through observation.

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

Learning is always planned to take into account every child's specific needs - whatever they may be. I have a large range of resources for all abilities and a lot of resources that encourage language development. I also have a basic knowledge of makaton.

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

I use babysdays to record children's starting points and then plan next steps. Parents can log into to view the the child's development tracker and and they can add observations, photos and comments to their child's records. I have regular updates with parents.

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

Activities and trips are organised to suit the needs of all the children. They are carefully planned and considerations include transport, parking, adult to child ratios, toilet trips and safety. A risk assessment is done of every part of the setting at the beginning of the day and before every trip.

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

I have steps at the front of the house but they can be avoided using the driveway. I have large french doors in the dining room and play room and can fit a ramp to make the garden accessible. The garden is one level.

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

I work in close contact with my local primary school. I follow a tracker to prepare children for school that I share with parents and I always meet teachers before child starts school and share information with them.

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

Self evaluation and questionnaires/feedback from parents

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

Sharon Sheppard

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

I use whatsapp and babysdays for communication and I have a complaints policy.

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