Westwood Farm Community Pre-School

We are a caring and friendly committee run Pre-School based in the Westwood Farm Community Centre in Tilehurst.  We can accommodate up to 28 children per session ranging from 2.5 to 5 years of age.  We have an excellent staff ratio.

We operate during term time, 5 days a week and offer a lunch club so that we can provide full day care between school hours.  Children receive government funding for up to 15 hours but may have additional sessions and lunch clubs which can be paid for.  We also accept child care vouchers, however, parents who are new to the voucher system will need to check that they have met the date stipulation for claims.

We also offer 30 hours funding if you are eligible.

Children are provided with a healthy snack and milk or water during each session.

We have a secure outside play area where we have lots of fun with our mud kitchen and climbing frame.   We enjoy growing plants and vegetables, and observing bugs in our bug hotel.

We have experience of working with children with additional needs.

Please contact us to arrange a visit.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Nicki Layfield
Contact Position
Administrator
Telephone
0118 9429865
07591750224
E-mail
admin@westwoodfarmpreschool.com
sen@westwoodfarmpreschool.com
Website
Westwood Farm Community Preschool
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/WestwoodFarmCommunityPreSchool/

Where to go

Name
Westwood Farm Communuity Pre-school
Address
Westwood Farm Community Centre
Downs Way
Tilehurst
Reading
Berkshire
Postcode
RG31 6SL

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£12.00 per session
£4.80 per hour
£28.80 per day
Details
The hourly rate shown above refers to £4.80 per lunch club.
£10.00 Registration fee

Availability

Age Ranges
Other notes

All as detailed in the above information. 

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
Yes
Details
Access through side door.

Special Needs

Has Provision
Yes
Experience with
General Special Needs
Food Allergies
SENCO
Serious allergy
Heart conditions
Autism
Hayfever
Allergies
Head formality
Asthma
Learning difficulties
Can discuss provision dependent on Special Needs
Skin condition
Challenging Behaviour
Autistic spectrum
Cerebral Palsy
Developmental delay
Can admit children with special needs
Dietary needs
Milk intolerance
Mobiltiy difficulties
Speech and Language difficultie
Language impairment
Communication problems
Co-ordination
Toileting Assistance
Behavioural problems
Aspergers syndrome
Delayed speech
Vegetarian
Hearing Impairment
Epilepsy
Premature child
Non food allergies
Eczema
Emotional needs
Details
Provision available.

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes
Details
We keep a record of allergies for use at lunch and snack time and ensure good parent pre-school relationships and record keeping to cater for all of our pre-school children's needs.

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Yes
Details
Children are taught about various religious festivals throughout the year.

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Details
The spaces outlined above are based on children eligible for 30 hour funding. We have part time spaces available. Please contact us for up to date information regarding sessions that are available. We would love to show you around our lovely setting. Please call us for more information, or to find out how to register and join our waiting list.
Date updated
28/11/2019
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
3 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
We do not have any 30 hour partners as we are able to offer the full 30 hours entitlement solely at our setting. The Spaces / vacancies listed below show that we have 12 x 15 hour spaces available regardless of 3 or 4 year old.

Waiting List

Do you have a waiting list?
Yes

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 9:10 11:40
Monday 11:40 12:40
Monday 12:40 3:10
Tuesday 09:10 11:40
Tuesday 11:40 12:40
Tuesday 12:40 3:10
Wednesday 9:10 11:40
Wednesday 11:40 12:40
Wednesday 12:40 3:10
Thursday 9:10 11:40
Thursday 11:40 12:40
Thursday 12:40 3:10
Friday 9:10 11:40
Friday 11:40 12:40
Friday 12:40 3:10

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
110747
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
17/09/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
13/01/2016Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
24/02/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
21/03/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
29/01/2008IntegratedGood

Local Offer

Description

We are a caring and friendly committee run Pre-School based in the Westwood Farm Community Centre in Tilehurst.  We can accommodate up to 28 children per session ranging from 2.5 to 5 years of age.  We have an excellent staff ratio.

We operate during term time, 5 days a week and offer a lunch club so that we can provide full day care between school hours.  Children receive government funding for up to 15 hours but may have additional sessions and lunch clubs which can be paid for.  We also accept child care vouchers.

We also offer 30 hours funding if you are eligible.

Children are provided with a healthy snack and milk or water during each session.

We have a secure outside play area, where we have lots of fun with our mud kitchen and climbing frame.   We enjoy growing plants and vegetables, and observing bugs in our bug hotel.

We have experience of working with children with additional needs.

Please contact us to arrange a visit.

Contact Name
Clare Worlin
Contact Telephone
0118 9429865
Contact Email
manager@westwoodfarmpreschool.com
SEN Provision Type
Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, 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?

Children are usually identified as having additional needs (SEND) through concerns raised by parents or by their keyworker when they are not meeting the usual developmental milestones. We have experience of, and are able to cater for children who are on the autistic spectrum or who have cerebal palsy. We also have experience of children with delays to their speech and hearing impairments. We are happy to cater for other types of SEN and are happy to attend training to support this. We will help and support parents during any referral process.

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

We have an open door policy where parents are welcome to chat informally about their child's development at any time. We have strong relationships with parents, carers and other outside agencies which ensures the successful development of all our children. Each child has a keyworker and parents are able to view and contribute to their child's on-line Learning Journey at any time. We ask parents to share information about any diagnosis with us to enable us to plan and cater for each individual child. We realise that communication with our parents is vital and therefore regularly seek feedback from parents with our annual questionnaire. Our comments and suggestions book is available at all times .This helps us to evaluate our Pre-School practice. We liaise with parents and other professionals when required.

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

Children are constantly observed throughout their play and adult led activities to enable us to monitor their progress in each area of the EYFS. This is recorded in their on-line Learning Journeys by their keyworker. Our planning is based on the individual child's interests and we look at the ways in which individual children play and learn. Children are encouraged to be independent and to choose their own activities. They are encouraged to explore every aspect of our provision whilst taking small manageable risks.

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

We have the following strategies in place to support children with additional needs or learning difficulties:- Visual prompts Visual timetabling Simplifying language Key words in child's first language We are guided by parents to ascertain each individual child's SEN needs.

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

We have a dedicated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) who regularly attends training and is available to speak to parents about any concerns at any time. She leads a SEN team who are dedicated to providing support within speech and language and behaviour. We can provide one to one support through funding from West Berkshire Council. We have a good relationship with our local Children's Centre and West Berkshire Early Years Service and work very closely with them to support our children with additional needs. We have also worked with Health Visitors, Speech and Language therapists Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. We liaise with local schools to ease the transition process for all our children.

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

We work within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and all children are monitored to track their progress in all areas of development. When a child starts with us we request to see their two year old progress check to use towards a baseline assessment. Children with recognised Special Educational Needs have an individual plan which is constantly reviewed. Parents are always kept up to date on their child's progress and are actively involved in setting their child's targets alongside the keyworker and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. The child's views and preferences are always taken into consideration. We share information with Childminders and other settings where appropriate, and with permission from the parents.

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

All of our children are offered the same opportunities. This may involve setting our provision out differently to enable access for all children. Risk assessments are carried out prior to any trip taking place and adult ratios are increased accordingly. We include parents in the planning for any trips or outings outside of the Pre-School environment.

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

Our setting is in a large hall that we set up on a daily basis which means we can be flexible with the layout of our equipment and toys so we can include all children with additional needs. We have toileting equipment available for children with disabilities. We have a ramp available to allow wheelchair access.

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

Before a child with Special Educational Needs starts at our Pre-School we meet regularly with the parents and other professionals to discuss the child's needs and requirements. Any extra equipment can then be provided to make sure everything is in place before they start to ensure a smooth transition. We have very close relationships with the local schools in our area. We invite teachers into our Pre-School to meet the children. Transition visits are arranged according to the child's needs and we are able to visit the school and meet the teachers to advise the school of the child's requirements. The teacher is provided with the child's Transition Report before they start school to assist the teacher with planning. Each year we request feedback from schools as to how well our pre-school children have settled in and any additional skills that we can help build on, in order to help prepare children set to attend their school in the future.

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

Our Self Evaluation is on-going, where we can evaluate and reflect on our practice. Parents are always asked for feedback via our annual questionnaire and parents comments and suggestions book.Comments slips are also sent to parents on a regular basis.

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

If you would like to register for a place or would like any further information please contact our Administrator - Mrs Lisa Langton Tel: 0118 9429865 or 07591750224 e-mail: admin@westwoodfarmpreschool.com If you would like to come and visit us, please call the above number to arrange an appointment.

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

We have an open door policy so that parents are encouraged to give both positive and negative feedback to any staff or committee member either by face to face, telephone or email. If parents prefer they can talk to our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. We have a complaints policy that we adhere to which parents can access at all times. We try to resolve problems and complaints as quickly as we can. If parents have any serious complaints about our Pre-School that they do not wish to discuss with us they can contact OFSTED.

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