Ducklings Venterdon Pre-School
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We are a small & well established community pre-school founded in 1979. We have a wide range of academic & play equipment with a large, newly developed outside play area equipped with open space, climbing, digging, planting, sandpit, construction, den building, water etc. During every session we aim to take the children outside, either to the garden, to the local duckpond or cricket pitch for nature walks. We offer flexible funded sessions for 2-5 year olds. We received 'Outstanding' from Ofsted in 2011 and 'Good' in 2015.
Who to contact
- Contact name
- Nicola Evetts
- Contact position
Where to go
- Ducklings Preschool
- PL17 8PD
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £4.10 3yrs + Per Hour £4.85 under 2's Per Hour £4.00 After School Club Per Hour
- Age ranges
- From 2 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Experience with
- Special diets and allergies catered for. We support all dietary needs and respect parents choices regarding what their child eats at our setting. Lunch is not provided as parents/carers are asked to provide a packed lunch. We provide healthy snacks in the morning and afternoon, ensuring we are aware of all the children's allergies and cultural requirements.
- Has provision
- Curriculum planning. We encourage all the children to explore different cultures/ celebrations throughout the year. We invite families to come in and share their experiences and knowledge. The children are encouraged to talk about their own cultures and beliefs.
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
- Offers pickups
- SENCo name
- Nicola Evetts and Karen Jasper
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
Up to date SENCO training, tracking each childs individual progress and monitoring development needs. We have close relationships with parents/carers which helps us identify those who need additional support.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
Written observations and the necessary next steps planned for. Individual files for all children with additional needs or needing extra support with learning and development. We use Development Journals along side the EYFS for specific children.
- Links we have to other agencies
In regular contact with Speech and language therapists, Local area Senco, Educational Psychologists, health visitors, Paediatrician, Child Development Centre workers.
- How we support children transferring to school
Initially the school leavers attend our 'Rising 5's' sessions. We have strong links with the local school and the reception teachers visit the children at the setting and we arrange visits with our staff in the term before they start. We share information about the children through cohort sheets and learning journeys. We offer a smooth transition for all children but offer individual transition meetings to include parents, key person, and reception teacher for children with additional needs.. We make individual books for the children who may need a visual prop over the summer holidays with photos of the teachers, classroom, equipment etc.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
All staff have up to date training in Child Protection and Safeguarding. We have a designated person for Safeguarding and 2 Senco's. All staff have basic Makaton training which is used with all the children. We have Epi-pen training, Emergency medicine training, Diabetic training, Pediatric First Aid, Gastrostomy feeding.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
Having a robust key person system means that staff know children well and can monitor their well-being throughout their time with us. We follow current healthy eating guidelines in regard to snack and education both to parents/carers and children. We keep clear medication, incident and accident records and have Care Plans in place for individual children where required.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
We encourage the parents/carers to speak to their children's key person at the beginning/end of the sessions. We have parents evening each term to discuss the children's progress. We encourage the parents to read and take home the children's Learning Journeys and contribute to them. Cohort tracking sheets are used to identify areas of concerns and strengths.
- Our complaints policy
We have comprehensive Complaints Policy and Procedures in place, displayed clearly on our notice board in reception.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
We have wheelchair access to the front and rear of the building. We would make all efforts to meet any additional needs necessary for children and adults.
- Facilities we have for personal care
We have two toilets (one disabled) with low level sink. Access to changing mat and privacy if needed.
- Specialist resources we have
We use a visual timetable, Makaton, We would access specialist equipment, resources and training as required.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
We undertake thorough risk assessments twice daily of the setting and garden. Before all trips/visits we carry out individual risk assessments by visiting without the children to ensure it is suitable for all the children. We ensure there is a very high adult/child ratio 2:1, written permissions from parents, include parents on trips, ensure car insurances have business use.
Last updated: 08/02/2019