Streatley Hill Pre-School

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Streatley Hill Preschool  is a very rural setting. We are in a purpose built building used only by our Pre-School, which is just over 10 years old. It is situated in a secure location in the grounds of a primary school but separate, within its own perimeter fence. We have a large garden on 2 sides of the building which the children access all the time. We have a maximum of 20 children at any one time. We see ourselves very much a part of the local community.Our aim is to provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment that encourages learning through play for children aged 2 to 5 years.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Cheryl Allen
Contact Position
Lead Teacher
Telephone
01491 875 247
E-mail
lt1streatleyhillpreschool@gmail.com
Website
www.streatleyhillpreschool.com/

Where to go

Name
Streatley School, The Coombe
Address
Streatley Hill Pre School
The Coombe
Streatley
Reading
Postcode
RG8 9QL

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£25 Deposit
6.25 per hour

Inclusion Information

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Details
Spaces available from January 2021
Date updated
11/09/2020
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
0 2 2
0 3 4

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Are you intending to provide 30 Hours?
No
Are you registered to provide 30 Hours?
No

Waiting List

Do you have a waiting list?
Yes

Opening Times & Facilities

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

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY420025
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
12/07/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
12/03/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
27/09/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Description

Ours is a very rural setting. We are in a purpose built building used only by our Pre-School, which is just over 9 years old. It is situated in a secure location in the grounds of a primary school but separate, within its own perimeter fence. We have a large garden on 2 sides of the building which the children access all the time. We have a maximum of 20 children at any one time. We see ourselves very much a part of the local community.Our aim is to provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment that encourages learning through play for children aged 2 to 5 years.

Contact Name
Cheryl Allen
Contact Telephone
01491 875247
Contact Email
lt1streatleyhillpreschool@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
Needs Level
Low

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings

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

We observe our children and work with them closely so that we get to know them really well. We operate a key-person system so each child has a member of staff with whom they form a bond. We monitor and track their progress keeping thorough records which parents may access and we discuss their progress with parents so that any additional needs or concerns are readily identified and shared. We have a very highly qualified and experienced staff.

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

Parents may access their own child's Learning Journey book at any time and are asked to contribute to it. In addition we provide written summaries of achievment and parents evenings twice a year. Parents may follow activities on our website and our half termly newsletter. We put the main activities on a notice board at the end of each day.We really do have an "open door" - parents may choose to stay for all or part of a session whenever they wish; they may speak to their key-person or the Lead Teacher at any time. If we consider a child to be in need of additional support this is done with the full consultation and agreement of the parents. A meeting is held with the key person and SENCO to develop a plan for the child. This plan is reviewed half termly.  

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

In our setting every child is treated as an individual. Planned experiences and activities are based on each child's interests and the next steps for learning and development which their keyperson has identified. The children move forward at their own individual pace following their own interests. Many activities are initiated by the children themselves and then supported by the staff to ensure learning is taking place - the very best kind of learning!

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

When you know children well then you adapt teaching strategies to meet the needs of all individuals whether with special educational needs or not. The best strategy is to work closely with and observe any child, finding out what they like and how they learn, this enables to adapt our approach to meet their needs.We spend a lot of time outside which we have found helps many children with special needs. Children who are identified as having special needs will have a Support and Achievement Play Plan (SAPP). This is drawn up by the Special Educational Needs and Disabilties Co-ordinator (SENCO) in conjunction with children's parents/carers, keyperson and any other professionals involved, such as a speech therapist, health visitor etc. Parents, carers and practitioners all work together to follow the plan to ensure continuity of approach.

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

We operatseNe over and above the recommended ratio of staff to children so that all the children get opportunities to work one-to-one with their key person and other practitioners. If a child is identified as having SEND then we are able to give them individual time or moniter them closely. We will spend time discussing the child's needs with his parents/carers and put an individual plan in place. We have a good relationship with other professionals - Health Visitor, Speech Therapist. We also work closely with the local school and liaise directly with their Special Needs and Disabilities Coordinator if a child is moving on to that school.   

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

We record our children's progress in their "Learning Journey" folder which parents and children can access at any time and add to themselves. We encourage parents to contribute to this.

Children's progress is formally tracked 3 times a year, and next steps are identified following this. These are shared with parents. Any concerns regarding children's learning and development are shared with parents.

We provide written reports and offer Parent consultations twice a year. If a child has a Support Achievement Play Plan (SAPP), we will meet with parents reguarly (usually half termly) to discuss progress towards the outcomes in the SAPP and update it accordingly.

 

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

All children are individuals. When planning an activity we look at the group of children it is relevant for and then tailor it to suit all their needs - this would account for any need such as wheelchair access or learning difficulties but also a child with severe allergies or asthma or simply one who is afraid of loud noises. We ensure there are sufficent adults accompanying children on trips and work on a higher adult:child ratio than required.

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

Access to our building and garden is step-free. The doors are accessible for wheelchair users and we have an accessible toilet for a disabled adult or child. We have a ramp into the garden. The garden has a flat decking and patio area. The grass area used for a mud kitchen is also easily accessible. The lower part of the garden is built on a slope and has a firm path around it giving access to different areas, such as the sandpit. Wheelchair users may require assistance is navigate the slope safely.

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

We have an excellent transition record for our children moving into School.  Over the years we have formed very close links with our local school and have a timetable of Transition Activities in place which begin in the Autumn term for children starting school the following Autumn and are completed by return visits by the children once they have started school. The activities include a joint parent information evening as well as shared activities with the current Foundation Class, visits of school staff to Pre-School and many informal visits for the children into the Foundation Classroom..The result is a seamless transition. We also encourage visits from Foundation staff in any other school which children may be moving on to and liaise with them as much as possible. Additional informal visits for individual children have been arranged to ease transition in the past.

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

The overall effectiveness of our SEN provision is assessed against the achievements and wellbeing of each child concerned and the satisfaction of their parents/carers with our strategies. This is done in regular meetings with those concerned directly with the child - feedback on the child's progress and the impact of the setting would be a natural part of the process.

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

Please telephone the Pre-School on 01491 875247. Please do leave a message if we don't answer, with your name and phone number. We will get back to you quickly.

Alternatively you can email Lead Teacher Cheryl Allen at: lt1streatleyhillpreschool@gmail.com

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

We talk to our parents all the time and build good relationships with them - we hope they all feel they can speak to us at any time about any concerns and indeed we often receive compliments and questions in a verbal form.Parents are also encouraged to post questions and suggestions in our comments box, if they would rather do so anonymously. Parents may also directly approach the parent committee.

We ask parents to send comments to our website - several can be viewed there.

Our staff have an annual appraisal with a six weekly reviews - opinions passed on can be formally noted at this.

We send out written feedback sheets annually asking for parents to let us know what we are getting right and what we could do better - and also what their child thinks of Pre-School.

We do have a formal complaints policy in place should it ever be necessary. 

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