Boskenwyn Foundation Stage Unit
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Boskenwyn is a small rural primary school of 36 pupils. We have a warm, family focused ethos where children are at the centre of everything we do. Praa Sands is the Nursery/Reception class for our youngest children.
Our setting offers child centred, play based learning in a wonderfully bright and inspiring class, an under-cover outdoor learning space in addition to a little garden and the wider playground and climbing equipment. We are surrounded by beautiful countryside and have a minibus to factilitate learning out of school. Our Nursery children work with our Reception children in the mornings and develop strong friendships, working and playing cooperatively together, with the support of experienced and caring staff.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Boskenwyn School
Boskenwyn C P School
- TR13 0NG
Our staff are caring and sensitive and have implemented elements of Reggio Emilia practise into the school. This makes for a stimulating environment for our children, where sensory comfort and learning are highly regarded. Natural materials and calming colours ensure the environment we offer is enhancing to children's sense of well-being. Light and dark areas in the classrooms add to the choices children have to explore and investigate in their own way. We support an ethos of independent learning and support all children in developing kind and respectful relationships.
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- We have ramps to access the classroom, a toilet adapted for children with mobility needs, the outdoor areas are flat and accessible
- Has provision
- Experience with
No food provided
- Has provision
- Experience with
- Yes would have an understanding
- Languages spoken
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- List of pets
- Immediate vacancies
- We have vacancies for 4 Nursery children and 3 YR children. Nursery children are welcome between 8.55 and 12 noon.
- Vacancy range(s)
- From 3 years to 4 years (spaces available: 4) From 4 years to 5 years (spaces available: 3)
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Monday 8.55am 12 noon Tuesday 8.55am 12 noon Wednesday 8.55am 12 noon Thursday 8.55am 12 noon Friday 8.55am 12 noon
- Offers pickups
- SENCo name
- Angie Larcombe
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
We strive to identify additional needs as early as possible. Children's needs are identified through on-going assessment and through the close working relationships fostered by caring and sensitive staff. Staff and parents/carers work closely to ensure an effective continuous dialogue, to ensure the best for the child.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
The teacher is best placed, in conjunction with the parents/carers, to identify needs and barriers to development and learning. Discussions can then be held with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) to find a way to help your child in their learning and development.
The Early Years Inclusion Service provides excellent advice and observations, and assists with next step planning, to address the needs of our youngest children with additional needs.
The Educational Psychology Service visits school termly to advise on Speical Educational Needs and Disability, advising on relevant outside agencies and best practise for teaching and learning. Our Educational Psychologist comes into school to undertake observations and reports to support accessing further help where necessary.
The school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator ensures provision is in place and the child is able to progress and be happy in their learning.
- Links we have to other agencies
Beyond quality first teaching in the classroom and school-based intervention to address the differing needs of children, the Cornwall Early Help Hub is our first port of call to secure further help. If further or more complex needs are to be met, this is addressed through Statutory Assessment wich may result in an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Our school has close working links with many other professionals. Apart from those already mentioned, we have also had assistance from the School Nurse Service, Occupational Health, Speech and Language, Physical Disability Service, Behavoural Support Services, Children and Adolescent Mental Health, CLIC Sargent, Penhalligon's Friends and Counselling Helston and Lizard Kids (CHaLK).
- How we support children transferring to school
We have good relationships with local nurseries and schools. Transitions from other nurseries and schools are made as smooth as possible for the children with visits to children in the setting they are leaving if possible, and efforts to liaise with staff to understand the child's needs are made. Discussions with the parents are of course vital to the ensure the child makes a happy transition.
Children make an smooth transition from the nursery class to the next stage within school because the children will have played together and shared some of their learning in the year running up to the transition in September.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
Our staff have training in current theory and practise relating to education and safeguarding.
We take advantage of courses and training offered via the Co-operative Trust, and join with the staff of Germoe School, with whom we are federated, to access a wide body of professional development. Each member of staff has continuing professional development, enhancing their role and following personal areas of interest within their specified role. The staff of our two federated schools work closely together, cooperatively working to give the children an excellent pre-school and foundation experience, whatever the child's needs.
As well as the positive outcomes from our Federation with Germoe, we are also part of the Southerly Point Cooperative Trust.
Staff have recently visited Italy and Denmark to learn about the Reggio Emelia philosophy of education and have implemented some of the theories within the environment and learning. Staff are going to Norway in January 2016 to learn how the Norweigan education system compares with ours, and of course, to glean fresh ideas and practise to benefit our setting and children.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
As a school we are promoting Growth Mindset and Learning Power philosophies which means we support children to learn about how they learn, which support them in their independence and resilience, right from the start.
We foster strong social and moral values, embedding them in our everyday practise which supports children's well-being and development of their social skills.
Healthy mind and body are promoted through physical activity, healthy food and enjoyment in their learning.
We have a fully trained level 3 Forest School leader who delivers regular sessions both on and off site harnessing the benefits of regular contact with nature.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
We have termly SEN meetings with parents, in addition to the daily communication. If a child needs a individual learning plan, it is formed through sharing with staff, parents and where suitable, the child. We try to accomodate parents/carers at the point of need, to ensure we are always supporting families and children.
- Our complaints policy
Please see the compaints policy on the school website.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
We have an accessibility plan which is always evolving to cater for the needs of all the children, and in order to be prepared to open our nursery to children with varied needs.
We have recently installed ramps to aid access for all.
- Facilities we have for personal care
We have adapted toilet facilities to help children with mobility problems or for those in wheel chairs.
We also have an Intimate Care Policy and are able to support your child should they need help of this kind.
- Specialist resources we have
We have access to special resources as required, for example, physical disability aids, as and when the need arises.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
All children are included in trips and visits, sometimes with modification to plans to ensure all can enjoy enrichment activities beyond the classroom.
Last updated: 30/03/2017