The Village Montessori Nursery School

The Village Montessori Nursery School was purpose built based on Montessori principles, just over twenty five years ago.   The school is located in a rural position halfway between Newbury and Reading and sits in 5 acres of meadow and trees.  There are many areas to explore and find about the natural world.  All the teachers are experienced and are highly qualified in early years care and education.  Ofsted has acknowledged that we are an Outstanding provision in all areas and the Nursery School is an Accredited Montessori School.  Children may join us from 2 ½ years and stay until Statutory School Age – the term after their 5th birthday.   

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jackie Maclean; Jackie Flaxman
Contact Position
Headteacher; Deputy Headteacher
Telephone
01189744643 (school & office)
E-mail
info@montessorinursery.org.uk
Website
The Village Montessori

Where to go

Name
The Village Montessori Nursery School
Address
Cock Lane
Bradfield Southend
Nr Reading
Berkshire
Postcode
RG7 6HW

Other Details

Costs

Details
Under 3: £24.00 morning session; £17.00 afternoon; £44.80 full day. 3+years: £23.55 morning session, £5.50 lunch stay; £16.50 afternoon; £42.45 full day.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
Yes
Details
No steps; wide doorways

Special Needs

Has Provision
Yes
Experience with
General Special Needs
Genetic conditions
Global Development Delay
Food Allergies
Fragile X Disorder
Heart conditions
Bowel disfunction
Hydrocephalus
Hyperactivity
Hayfever
Head formality
Allergies
Learning difficulties
Can discuss provision dependent on Special Needs
Walking disability
Deletion II 22Q Syndrome
Developmental delay
West Syndrome
Wheelchair user
Dietary needs
Williams Syndrome
Dispraxia
Spinal problems
Communication problems
Co-ordination
Stoma care
Toileting Assistance
Cystic Fibrosis
Vegetarian
Delayed speech
Endocrine problems
Epilepsy
Erbspolsy
Feeding assistance
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
Eczema
Emotional needs
Severe anxiety
Severe dietary needs
Sickle Cell Anaemia
Sign Language
Unnamed - 1506078502
Renal failure
SENCO
Serious allergy
Slight disability to right arm
Social & Emotional needs
Spastic diplagia
Spectrum condition
Chronic Lung Disease
Asthma
Skin condition
Challenging Behaviour
Memory difficulties
Autistic spectrum
Cerebral Palsy
Mentally disabled
Can admit children with special needs
Milk intolerance
Mobiltiy difficulties
Speech and Language difficultie
BSL Sign Language
Language impairment
Laurence Baded Moon
Brain damage
Behavioural problems
Lung disease
M.P.S.
Aspergers syndrome
Partially sighted
Hearing Impairment
ADD & Hyperactivity
Physical impairment
Social development impairment
Prader Willie
Premature child
Downs syndrome
Diabetes
Motor impairment
Muscular dystrophy
Cancer
ADHD
Non food allergies
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Visual impairment

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes
Details
Allergy awareness food & drinks Diabetic support & training

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Yes
Details
Non denominational

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Details
8 - under 5s
Date updated
07/03/2019
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
5 2 2
8 3 5

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?
Yes
30 Hour Partner Summary
we do not have any specific 30 hours partners

Waiting List

Do you have a waiting list?
Yes

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:00 15:30
Tuesday 09:00 15:30
Wednesday 09:00 15:30
Thursday 09:00 15:30
Friday 09:00 12:15

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
507891
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
29/06/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
24/03/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
29/06/2007IntegratedOutstanding

Local Offer

Description

The Village Montessori Nursery School was purpose built based on Montessori principles, just over twenty five years ago.   The school is located in a rural position halfway between Newbury and Reading and sits in 5 acres of meadow and trees.  There are many areas to explore and find about the natural world.  All the teachers are experienced and are highly qualified in early years care and education.  Ofsted has acknowledged that we are an Outstanding provision in all areas and the Nursery School is an Accredited Montessori School.  Children may join us from 2 ½ years and stay until Statutory School Age – the term after their 5th birthday.   

Contact Name
Mrs Jacqueline Maclean, Headteacher
Contact Telephone
01189744643
Contact Email
info@montessorinursery.org.uk
SEN Provision Type
Medical, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, 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?

Parents' Partnership

We listen carefully and make sure we understand their expressed concerns with regard to their child’s development, followed by observing the child and sharing our findings.

How do we identify children with SEND?

All staff regularly review and evaluate each child’s development and progress – we base this evaluation on(a) guidance material in Development Matters in the EYFS (b) daily observations by each key-person of the children in their group (c) sharing information with all members of staff (c) staff meetings, when we regularly share monitoring of children’s progress and development (d) parent/teacher discussion evenings and (e) making regular opportunities to discuss concerns with parents

How do we inform and involve parents when their child is identified as having a SEND?

At all stages of assessment ( e.g. 2 year check) we work in partnership with parents and when assessment indicates that support from specialist services is required we recognise that it is important that children receive this support as quickly as possible.  The challenge for practitioners and the setting is accessing the appropriate support and liaising with West Berkshire – and implications for appropriate funding.

We have a SEND policy which outlines the graduated response: ASSESS - PLAN - DO - REVIEW. We use the EYFS Development Matters document/ liaison with our SENCO and Early Years Outcomes together with the professional knowledge and experiences of our practitioners.

Practitioners  prepare detailed planning for every pupil at the beginning of each term and refer to this planning on a regular basis. We monitor the progress and development of each child and concerns are readily identified. Detailed records, EYFS and Montessori Activities.

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

The responsibility of the SENCO is to ensure that together with the key-peson, information is shared with parents throughout the entire process and regular consultation and up-dates will be entered into the school diary to ensure the Nursery School and parents are working together in the the very best interests of the child.

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

The Montessori Curriculum, the materials, resources are unique in the variety of ways the children can be supported. The adapting of the EYFS curriculum to the needs of the child will depend on the SEND of that child. We encourage all children to become independent rather than dependent on adults in the setting. However, where differeniation is required this will be planned by the SENCO and the key-person - via the Learning Journey and observation - all these elements play

their part in assessment and planning. Again, parents will be involved in the process and thus the parent/school partnership is strengthened, recognised and appreciated.

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

We may use sign language, visual prompts/daily timetable - specific language use and guidance from external specialists eg speech and language, occupational therapists, hearing/sight impairments - autistic specialist.

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

Please refer to previous responses

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

Please refer to responses to previous questions. 

Sharing information about a child's progress when they attend another setting. It is not always feasible, however we would advise that a child with SEND, should ideally only attend one setting. However if this is not possible, then we would communicate with the other setting and share information on a regular basis e.g. half termly.

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

We do not include any off-site trips/activities. We would assess the suitability of activities for the individual child. We would very closely liaise with parents/carers regarding activities and we would put in place resources to enable as far as possible, the inclusion of the individual child, e.g. sports day, Christmas entertainments, themed occasions. We would endeavour to make reasonable adjustments for such children and undertake risk assessments for specific situations.

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

The main school building is accessible for children with mobility difficulties and wide enough doorways for wheelchair users. There are no internal doors nor steps and there is a disabled toilet facility for adults; none for children. This is a very small Nursery School and there are limitations as to what adaptations can be made.

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

Staff will have detailed knowledge of the child's SEND and will have all the necessary documentation to pass on to another setting/school. We would always invite and expect a member of staff of the receiving setting to visit our Nursery School to meet the child, the teachers and to exchange detailed information. 

When a child is to join our setting with existing SEND, we would need to evaluate the specific needs of the child to ascertain as to whether we can meet all the chid's requirements. It may be that we cannot.

Communication with parents is crucial at all times, but upon transition this communication is essential between all parties.

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

We have in procedures together with the information contained in our SEF. Annually we reflect on our policies and procedures and amend where necessary. Parents/carers are involved during the entire process including evaluation of progress and development.

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

Mrs J D Maclean, Headteacher / Mrs J Flaxman, Deputy Headteacher.

info@montessorinursery.org.uk

0118 9477643

 

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

We have a complaints policy and procedure available to parents. Complaints are dealt with appropriately and speedily. All complaints are recorded. 

We also hold Parent/Teacher discussion evenings each term.

Annually we request parents to repond to our Parents Questionnaire.

When children leave our setting, we receive very many letters of thanks and compliments about the school and staff and Montessori approach. We receive recommendations from parents to prospective parents.

 

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