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Rosemellin Gooseberry Bush Day Nursery
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February 2022 Update:

Due to a significant increase in families requesting childcare, all new starters are being placed on our waiting list automatically until we have space available nearer August/September.

We are doing whatever we can to ensure spaces are filled by need and where possible, but if you do require childcare to start by a particular date, due to returning to work, please inform us at the time.


"Where children come first" - our ethos, since the beginning

We believe that all children are entitled to a loving, caring and safe environment of the highest quality, with equal opportunities for all children and families. Throughout a child's time in the Early Years Stage we aim to give the best possible support to children and their families, as well as set a solid groundwork for their future.

We have a large staff team which consists of EYP's/EYT's (Early Years Practitioners/Teachers), NVQIIIs, NVQII and staff training towards NVQs.

During quiet times (if ratios allow) we organise outings out and about the local area, such as the parks and shops, so our children can explore and learn about their community. Nursery will always gain consent from parents/carers before their child attends a trip, and permission slips will be signed by parents/carers as soon as possible.

We have 7 classes:

  • Piglets - for under 22 months
  • Pooh Bears - for 22 to 36 months (all year round)
  • Rabbits - for 22 to 36 months (term-time only)
  • Little Tiggers - for 36 months over that are not pre-schoolers
  • Eeyores - Pre-School  (term-time only)
  • Big Tiggers - Pre-School (all year round)
  • Roos / Focus Group - for those children who need a little extra support


For parents and family, we also run a variety of groups:

"Learning Together" - 2 hours, once a term.

"Chatterbox" - 3 hours, every Thursday.

"Recycled Youth" - 3 hours, every Thursday.

Due to the coronavirus, our groups were stopped temporarily. We are looking into ways to restart the groups but if you would like more information, please see our website!


On site there is a breakfast club, after-school club and holiday club called Jumping Jellybeans. They are a separate entity from our setting and as of such, you will need to contact them if you have any questions.

Please see their page on the Family Information Service for more information.

Who to contact

Contact name
Claire Buscombe
Contact position
01209 713119 (Main Number)
Rosemellin Gooseberry Bush Day Nursery's facebook page

Where to go

Gooseberry Bush Day Nursery
Cliff View Road
TR14 8QH

We are located directly next to Rosemellin Community Primary School, although we do have a separate car park.

Time / date details

Session information
Monday : 08:00:00 - 18:00:00
Tuesday : 08:00:00 - 18:00:00
Wednesday : 08:00:00 - 18:00:00
Thursday : 08:00:00 - 18:00:00
Friday : 08:00:00 - 18:00:00

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5 Per Hour
£25 Per Half Day ( 5 hours )
£50 Per Full Day
£5 Per additional hour
Due to the corona-virus outbreak we have altered our fee system to an hourly rate system, as opposed to a session by session basis. As of such, families are now charged every hour their child attends nursery as opposed to what they are booked in for.

Our standard sessions are:
8am until 1pm
1pm until 6pm
8am until 3pm
8am until 6pm

If a child is booked in from 8am until 3pm but parents/carers drop off at 10am instead and have not informed us, full fees may still be charged.

This will being reviewed in September 2021 - any changes to our cost details will be visible on our website!
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?

Inclusion within our setting

Wheelchair access

Has provision
All areas.

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Nut allergy
Dairy free
We are familiar with a range of allergy and dietary lifestyles, from catering to those who are vegetarian, lactose intolerant or those with severe allergies such as eggs or nuts. We have a rotating lunch menu meaning meals are not set on a 13 day basis. Instead, we serve meals in a varying pattern to ensure all children have the opportunity to try new foods whilst at our setting. Some children have sensory needs around food and texture and we are happy to adapt our menu for the individual child to cater for this!

Cultural provisions

Has provision
Experience with
All children are welcome in our home.
Religious festivals and cultures are included in our planning through trips, role play experiences, creative play media and literacy.

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
Due to a significant increase in families requesting childcare, all new starters are being placed on our waiting list automatically until we have space available nearer August/September. Note: attending a tour, contacting us by email or speaking with us over the phone does NOT automatically put you on our waiting list! You need to complete a waiting list form which will be given to you after your tour, or sent to you via email, to reserve your child's space. If we do not have a waiting list form for your child, we will assume you have chosen another setting and your 'space' will be unreserved. --- In a similar vein, if you need childcare for more than one child please let us know! In quieter years short notice would not have been an issue, however with spaces being limited more than ever, we need more notice on all new starters including siblings.
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 08:00:00 18:00:00
Tuesday 08:00:00 18:00:00
Wednesday 08:00:00 18:00:00
Thursday 08:00:00 18:00:00
Friday 08:00:00 18:00:00

School pickups

Offers pickups
Rosemellin Community Primary School

Ofsted information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
09/01/2012Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
19/02/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
24/08/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
19/03/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Laura Matthews

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support

We offer home visits with the parents and the child to help the family feel comfortable in their own environment. This allows time to have discussions about their child and to discuss any additional needs, dietary, medical, cultural requirements. Every child will have their own keyworker who will aim to build a good relationship with the child and family.

We do regular ongoing observations and assessments to identify next steps to help the child progress. Our planning is based around children's next steps, interests.

We use an inhouse assessment system to monitor the children's progress throughout their time with us. This allows us to identify children who are making slow progress and may need extra support. Our assessment system is based on the Development Matters 2021, Greater Glasgow and Clyde Child Development Timeline, Birth to Five Matters 2021, Frerre Laevers' Leuven Scale, and the Characteristic of Effective Learning.

We use the EYFS tracking sheets to monitor progress, we use the emerging, developing and secure tool to identify children who make slow progress and identified with additional needs. We use the ECAT monitoring tool to identify areas of speech and language, this helps us to monitor progress and any areas that may need further support. We do 2 year old checks with the parents to discuss their child's development and to identify strengths, weaknesses and plan actions together. Each room have regular room meetings to discuss the children's next steps and planning, and any concerns highlighted will be discussed with the parents.

How we identify and support children's learning and development needs

We have an established data tracking and monitoring system is in place. We use the ECAT monitoring tool termly.

We use ClassDojo, which is an online learning journal, where we record and celebrate children progress. Parents can access this at all times through email and they can add their own observations and comments.

We can hold Early support and CAF meetings, it is rarely that we wouldn't attend, but if this was the case we would send an up to date report. We have a plan, do and review system in place for children with additional needs, using an IEP (Individual Educational Plan), having review meetings with the parents and professionals and planning new next steps. We work with targets set from the SALT, Early years inclusion team, Portage, Occupational and Physiotherapist We use behaviour support plans and health care plans when required.

We provide stage appropriate activities and resources to meet each individual child's needs We use visual support strategies (Visual timetables, spot timers,traffic lights, now and next board, choosing board, use pictures to break down routines e.g. lunch time, washing hands, toileting). The Setting SEND-CO regularly supports staff within the rooms, in meetings, making appropriate targets, review meetings, referrals, managing challenging behaviour, behaviour support plans etc. Staff have had Makaton training and regularly support childrens speech and language development by signing and saying.

Links we have to other agencies

We work closely and alongside with: Speech and Language Therapy Services, Child Development Centre, Health and Social care team, Locality 2 Early Years Inclusion Team, Camborne Childrens Centre, Occupational and Physiotherapist, Autism workers, CIN team and social workers, CDC teachers, teacher of the deaf, paediatricians, family support workers, health visitors, educational psychologists and portage Teat.

How we support children transferring to school

We have a Transition policy in place. We give support in arranging visits to a new setting/school. We transfer relevant records with parents permission. We hold and attend transition meetings with other professionals, schools and parents. We invite school teachers in from other schools to meet the child attending. We can provide detailed communication passports with parents permission and their input. We have close connections with Rosemellin School, they run a transition group, this is a pre-school group running for your child for the term prior to them starting. They will be in a school environment and get used to the surroundings which will make them more confident when they join in September. They will get to know the children who they will be starting with and their teachers and other members of staff. We hope that it will provide you with an opportunity to discuss with the SEN Managers all issues that will affect your child's entry to school.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

Learning language and loving it, Makaton Training (we have a designated person to be the Makaton lead), Behaviour management training Making sense (understanding sensory issues and strategies), CAF training, Early Support training, Epilepsy training, SENCO induction training, Baby massage, Speak easy, up to date safeguarding. We have two Early Years Professionals in our setting and an Early Years Teacher. Staff will have relevant and up to date training to meet the individual needs of the children in our setting e.g. Epilepsy Training, Makaton Visual Support training Paediatric, first aid, Prime areas, Nippers nutrition, and Portage training. We have worked with children with physical disabilities, social communication difficulties, language delay and disorders, sensory needs and challenging behaviours.

Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being

All children in our setting will have a key worker and be offered a home visit. We offer as many settling in sessions as the individual child needs, until the parents and the key worker feel they are ready to start. If needed we will offer more home visits. We have a settling in policy in place. We have regular stay and play sessions in each room, this gives parents an opportunity to meet with the staff. This is also a good opportunity for a smooth transition when children are moving up to a new room. We offer regular in house parenting groups (upbeat parenting). Jean Scoffin runs a group 'Superdads' which is monthly on the first Saturday, this is an opportunity for dads, step dads, gran dads and male carers to spend quality fun time with their children and make new friends. Some staff have had Nippers nutrition training, baby massage, nutrition classes, healthy eating and baby weaning. We work alongside Camborne children’s centre who offer baby clinic, WILD group, Citizens Advice Bureau, Oasis, Health Clinic, Looking Up group. We will Sign-post parents to other agencies and services. We pass on regular newsletters and share up to date information. We hold Parents Evenings. We have a good outdoor area with a sensory garden, we feel it’s important for children to have access to the outdoors as much as possible, and will use suitable outdoor wear (waterproofs and wellies) to encourage this in all weathers. We have accessed the bereavement box to support a child and the family. We have engaged with other services to support children’s emotional well-being such as Penhaligan friends, CAMHS, play therapists. We have Gilly’s Cafe; located just behind the nursery and is open to all of the public. We encourage healthy eating in our setting and offer healthy snacks in the morning and afternoon. Our cook prepares a nutritious menu of fresh and healthy meals. We regularly encourage children to participate in cooking activities. We have a positive management policy in place. Parents and carers are invited to attend special events.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

We meet with parents daily, and will discuss achievements and concerns, if needed we can discuss their child privately. Policies and Learning Journeys are freely available. We use Online Tapestry and parents are able to add observations and comment. Parents are always welcome to discuss anything over the phone. We set up regular review days or evenings to discuss progress and set new targets alongside parents. We have an open house policy. Home books can be used if required. We can hold Early support and CAF meetings and will attend when required.

Our complaints policy

We have a Complaints Policy in place and this is available on request.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

Our nursery is all on one level and has wheelchair access.

Facilities we have for personal care

Our setting has private nappy/changing area in all rooms and individual toilets for children and adults. There are sleep rooms in the baby and toddler rooms. We have quiet areas in the all rooms for rest/calm time.

Specialist resources we have

We use visual support resources, wobble cushion and a fidget box. We have used specialist equipment for individual children supplied from other agencies e.g. chair, walker, cutlery, We have many speech and language resources e.g. babbling babies, toddler talk, letters and sounds. We have some sensory equipment e.g. lights, dark tent, textured resources and heavy equipment.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

All children with any need are always included in our trips, we would do risk assessments to identify any alterations and adaptions needed. We would use additional staff and ask support from parents to help manage trips. We are aware that some children find change difficult, to help reduce anxieties we will use of pictures, photos and talk about the trip. During the trip we will use visual strategies.

Last updated: 30/05/2022

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