Bright Horizons Thatcham Day Nursery and Preschool

The Grange was opened in June 2012 and is now a privately owned Nursery as part of the Bright Horizons family, located within the heart of Thatcham Town Centre. 

As part of Bright Horizons / Asquith our legacy is built on our commitment to Keeping Everyone Safe and provididng World-Class Care and Education, delivered by a World-class Workforce. 

We have achieved our RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Gold Award for 4 consecutive years and our Guardian Angel Award, and to be recognised as Investors In Diversity. 

The Grange has good bus links to Newbury and Reading and is also a 45 minutes walk away from Thatcham Train Station. We are accessible by car and have ample onsite parking.

The nursery is open for 51 weeks in the year, closing for a week between Christmas and the New Year and all public bank holidays. Our opening times are 7.30am to 6.30pm daily and we cater for up to 65 children a day aged 3 months to 5 years. 

The Grange is open 7.30am – 6.30pm 5 days a week. There are different sessions that we offer our families:

All Day - 7.30am - 6.30pm

Morning – 7.30am-1.00pm

Afternoon – 1.00pm – 6.30pm

The overall nursery is registered for 65 places: -

Babies (3 months - 14 months) - capacity of 9

Toddlers (15 months to 23 months) - capacity of 15

Nursery (24 months - 36 months) - capacity of 24

Preschool (36 months - 60 months) - capacity of 24

We offer both the 15 and 30 hours funding for our children.

Part of the charm of the building is the homeliness it provides for out families with the old beams and open airy rooms. As the nursery is set in an old house, we endeavour to over a home from home environment, which all our parents enjoy while still offering the EYFS requirements of a nursery. There is also a separate building for the Preschool called the Lodge, which has been newly developed to provide a wealth of new opportunities, including a learning room on the second floor. All rooms contain Community Play furniture to provide child height and visible enriched resources.

The Nursery has its own garden, which is enclosed at the back of the property. Older Toddlers and Nursery children share the main part of the garden. There is a separate intimate garden for the Babies and younger Toddlers to be able to differentiate with opportunities available, to ensure they are safe and not overwhelmed. The garden is accessible for Babies and Toddlers through the Toddler room and down the steps. The Nursery room access this through a second door sited under the stairs. The Preschool are able to free flow from the Lodge outside into their separate garden.

We have a spacious and well-planned outdoor spaces, which includes transient art area and sand pit amongst other rich, varied and imaginative spaces significantly enhanced by inspiring continuous provision.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Abbey Towsey
Contact Position
Manager
Telephone
01635 869348
E-mail
thatcham@brighthorizons.com
Website
Thatcham Day Nursery and Pre school
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/brighthorizons/

Where to go

Name
The Grange - Thatcham Day Nursery
Address
The Grange, 18-21,
Church Gate
Thatcham
Berkshire
Postcode
RG19 3PN

Other Details

Costs

Details
Please contact us for options

Availability

Age Ranges
0-1
1-4
4-11
Other notes

We have a ramp for accessibility for wheelchairs, we use our ground floor within the main building and within the lodge the ground and upper floors.

We working with the Local Authority and EDIT team to be able to provide additional support for children with SEN.

We also have shared provision communication books, for Childminders, Nannies, and other nurseries.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
Yes
Details
Limited to first floor access

Special Needs

Has Provision
Yes

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Yes
Experience with
Yes

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Date updated
24/04/2019
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
5 0 2
9 2 3
10 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 are able to link with any additional nurseries to be able to cater for the 30 hours funding.

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

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY431003
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
13/12/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
26/08/2014Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
15/11/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
24/01/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Inadequate
18/07/2012Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory

Local Offer

Description

The Grange was opened in June 2012 and is now a privately owned Nursery as part of the Bright Horizons family, located within the heart of Thatcham Town Centre. 

As part of Bright Horizons / Asquith our legacy is built on our commitment to Keeping Everyone Safe and provididng World-Class Care and Education, delivered by a World-class Workforce. 

We have achieved our RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Gold Award for 4 consecutive years and our Guardian Angel Award, and to be recognised as Investors In Diversity. 

The Grange has good bus links to Newbury and Reading and is also a 45 minutes walk away from Thatcham Train Station. We are accessible by car and have ample onsite parking.

The nursery is open for 51 weeks in the year, closing for a week between Christmas and the New Year and all public bank holidays. Our opening times are 7.30am to 6.30pm daily and we cater for up to 102 children a day aged 3 months to 5 years. 

The Grange is open 7.30am – 6.30pm 5 days a week. There are different sessions that we offer our families:

All Day - 7.30am - 6.30pm

Morning – 7.30am-1.00pm

Afternoon – 1.00pm – 6.30pm

The overall nursery is registered for 102 places: -

Babies (3 months - 14 months) - capacity of 9

Toddlers (15 months to 23 months) - capacity of 15

Nursery (24 months - 36 months) - capacity of 24

Preschool (36 months - 60 months) - capacity of 54

We offer both the 15 and 30 hours funding for our children.

Part of the charm of the building is the homeliness it provides for out families with the old beams and open airy rooms. As the nursery is set in an old house, we endeavour to over a home from home environment, which all our parents enjoy while still offering the EYFS requirements of a nursery. There is also a separate building for the Preschool called the Lodge, which has been newly developed to provide a wealth of new opportunities, including a learning room on the second floor. All rooms contain Community Play furniture to provide child height and visible enriched resources.

The Nursery has its own garden, which is enclosed at the back of the property. Older Toddlers and Nursery children share the main part of the garden. There is a separate intimate garden for the Babies and younger Toddlers to be able to differentiate with opportunities available, to ensure they are safe and not overwhelmed. The garden is accessible for Babies and Toddlers through the Toddler room and down the steps. The Nursery room access this through a second door sited under the stairs. The Preschool are able to free flow from the Lodge outside into their separate garden.

We have a spacious and well-planned outdoor spaces, which includes transient art area and sand pit amongst other rich, varied and imaginative spaces significantly enhanced by inspiring continuous provision.

Contact Name
Abbey Towsey
Contact Telephone
01635 869348
Contact Email
thegrange.manager@asquithnurseries.co.uk
Links
https://www.brighthorizons.co.uk/.../asquith-the-grange-nursery
SEN Provision Type
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Medical, Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe 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?

Here, at Thatcham Day Nursery, we pride ourselves in providing outstanding services to all of our families. We are true believers in including all children, regardless of their needs. We have two trained Special Educational Needs representatives, addition to that the whole of our team has had basic SEN training and completed a self-assessment, which was evaluated by one of our SEN representatives in order to make sure we are all aware of the processes and that we know how can we make a positive impact on children and families that may need extra help. We work very closely with our families, as well as the professionals around us, such as speech and language therapists. We ensure that we include all the children and give them equal opportunities, always prepared to make any reasonable adjustments that may be necessary in order to provide the best care for all children.

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

We have an online planning system called Tapestry where we record weekly observations on each of our children which link to areas of the curriculum and characteristics of effective learning. They have a next step following these observations which are put onto the wall planner the following week with an individual activity to develop and extend children's interests and learning to achieve high learning outcomes. Every 12-14 weeks our children have a summative report written which covers all areas of learning in the curriculum to summarise their learning and progression throughout each term. We also track the children's learning age and stage to see if any additional plans to support, or extend learning are needed. We also have termly parents evenings so these reports can be discussed in more detail with the key person to ensure that you are fully informed. Throughout our termly planning themes we also introduce topics that parents can contribute towards. This began in February in the Spring term of 2017 and has been a fantastic success. We have had a coffee morning. To celebrate Mummy's Day we had an afternoon tea and crafts with the important ladies in our family, such as Mummies, Grandmothers, Aunties and Sisters. We had sports day with our children and their parents, which was a brilliant success and became quite competitive! To celebrate Daddy's Day we had an afternoon of junk modelling and a BBQ with Daddies, Grandfathers, Brothers and Uncles come and play with us in the garden. In addition we have had 1 parents evening, and another approaching. You can also see our highly organised events in our Celebrations book and also comment slips from our families in each of the room's evidence files. With the parents permission we keep all links with shared provision settings open and make sure information is shared to have a holistic view of our children's interests, learning and development.

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

We set out to plan our activities around each individual child, as we understand that every child is unique and learns at different rate. Each child is assigned a Key Person, as well as a Secondary Key Person;as soon as they register with us. This is the person they will form a special bond with and have a familiar face at nursery to greet them and spend time with them each day. We enhance this by offering 8 free weeks of settling in sessions, which build up from an hour to 4 hours, saving our families up to £750. We observe children based upon Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, plan for their next steps accordingly and every term we write a summative report summarising what they have learnt since the term before. We are great believers in extending the nursery learning to homes too - we encourage parents to pick up a copy of our song of the week to sing it with children at home, we always have copies of learning ideas for each week's theme, we also encourage families to share their special moments with us through home learning stories and photos of things they have done during weekends or on holiday.

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

Every child has an Individual Learning Journal which follows children's development from the first day of registration from the 'all about me'. This enables us to use the EYFS as a guide to see where relevant next steps can be used to enhance children's interests and learning goals. We use an online system called Tapestry that allows parents to have instant access to their child's learning journey. We also have strong links and work very closely with all third parties involved with any child. We also have the key person visit other learning providers to meet key people and to observe our children's interests, learning, development and behaviour in their other familiar environment.

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

We offer an extensive settling in programme, which allows children to settle into the nursery throughout 8 week period. This is bespoke to each child and ensures that children are settled before they start the nursery. Throughout children's time at nursery, when children transition from one room to the other, they go through a settling in period again, which normally lasts 3 weeks, and it is time which allows them to get to know new room and practitioners, as well as to bond with their new key person. Whenever children move to another nursery setting or go to "big" school, we work closely with those settings to ensure the transitions are smooth and that children are happy. We invite teachers to come and visit child at our nursery and communicate with the settings throughout, including getting feedback from them once children have settled into their new environment. We are actively seeking support from our Early Years Support Advisors from our Local Authority West Berkshire Council to ask for learning walks around the nursery to enable us to discuss which areas can be adapted or developed to have exceptional outcomes for children. Further to this we have great support regarding our children with additional needs with our third parties who come to observe their interactions within the rooms and if they can offer any additional equipment. For example chairs for mealtimes, or walking frames. Our internal SENCO Zoe puts support strategies in place, such as our Early Years Support Plans to give a consistent approach in actively enhancing all aspects. They then create SAPPs so that everyone works towards the same next steps in shared provision settings.

We are consistently being reflective and reviewing our approaches and Louise Griffiths has visited Charlene our Every Child’s a Talker Lead to introduce language strategies that she can implement in developing communication between teachers and children. We have also had a staff meeting with Louise delivering to the team how to complete ECAT forms monthly to assess communication for each of our children. This ensures that we can recognise any areas of support needed for our children.

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

Each child has a Learning Journey that is accessible to the parents on a daily basis online. Parents are encouraged to have an input into the journeys and by using the child's next steps we can offer the support that is needed. We use an online system called Tapestry which allows parents instant access to their child's learning journey through an app at home. Parents are invited to discuss their child's learning journey at any time with their child's person. We also have a 2 year old check that will flag any areas that need attention and this is done in partnership with 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?

We ensure that children are at the heart of everything we do and that they feel happy and safe while at nursery with extensive offer of stimulating activities, which are planned for each child individually in order to best recognise and help them achieve their next steps. We also invite speech and language therapists to come in to the nursery to see children they look after outside of here in our environment and to talk about techniques that we could be using at nursery in order to improve child's progress. Children are offered 1:1 support if attending any outside activities, risk assessments are put in place and parents are encouraged to attend the outings.

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

The Grange operates from a Grade 2 Listed Building, to which we use the ground floor. We do however make reasonable adjustments and have a ramp we can position across the steps to enter the building to ensure there is accessibility for any physical disabilities. Staff are aware of the issues this could pose and act accordingly when needed.

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

We have our own separate preschool building called The Lodge. We have our Room Based Assistant Manager running the Unit who is also our SENCO. The Grange is within proximity of local Primary Schools that we coordinate with to allow a smooth transition from our Preschool to our children's next step of their learning journey. Few of these are: - Thatcham Park, Spurcroft Primary, Parsons Down, Whitelands Park and Frances Bailey in particular, providing outstanding transition links. We have leaflets and advise of life skills that can be used at home as well as what we do within nursery. The children's pegs have their names on, and we promote self-registration upon coming into Preschool. We reinforced our golden rules in circle times and story times and implemented teach time rules for our preschool circle times to ensure that we promote British Values through taking turns, children are respected, and their views are valued. Our team are also very proactive in consistently reinforcing manners, such as please and thank you. This also consists of counting friends, representing numbers and letters and discussing the day of the week and what the weather is like. We also have a Boogie Mites programme, which promotes letters and sounds through music and movement.

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 daily handovers between our families and key people to discuss how our children have been throughout their day and any 'wow' moments or interests they currently have, as well as talking about their physiological needs. This is a great opportunity to also discuss progress with SEN and Early Support Targets. In addition, as previously mentioned we track our children once a term. The key people also evaluate how children have progressed in between and areas of focus for the next term. When parents evenings are held all of this information is discussed to ensure 2-way communication.

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

Abbey Towsey (Nursery Manager), Charlene House and Zoe Oland (Assistant Managers), or Holly Clements (Third in Charge)

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

The Management team offer an open-door policy and the office is easily accessible on the ground floor offering a private space if needed. We have strong relationships with our families and pride ourselves on being able to resolve any concerns as children are our utmost priority. We also have a parent representative for each of our age groups - under 2's, 2-3's and 3-5's. We hold parent forum meetings fortnightly and we have a parent reps email that our families can use to contact our reps. They can then bring anything raised to the meeting confidentially so that if parents do not want to come to management directly and would rather talk to another parent then this provides an effective platform to be able to do so.

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