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LITTLE MONKEYS DAY NURSERY & PRESCHOOL

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How Accessible is Little Monkeys Environment? (Indoors and Outside)

 

Little Monkeys is spread over two buildings (Jubilee 0-2 year olds and Rex House 2-5 year olds) and over two floors. Both buildings have open plan rooms, with toilet facilities, which children can access as and when needed. Little Monkeys does not have a stair lift or lift to transfer children from ground floor rooms to the first floor rooms. However, if your child is in a wheel chair or has severe disabilities, the nursery would discuss with the parents the most appropriate ground floor room for your child. A discussion would take place if a parent/ carer had serve disabilities, to make sure we were able to get the child to the right room if the parent/ carer was unable too.  

 

Both buildings have a garden offering a variety of equipment and resources for the enjoyment of the children, which can be easily accessed from the ground floor rooms. Jubilee building has an adult disabled toilet, accessible adult toilet situated on the ground floor.

 

How are Parents Involved in Little Monkeys?

 

We hold termly Parent Forums with Parent Representatives from each age group. This Forum enables Parents to discuss the day to day operation of the nursery and influence policy initiatives.  

 

How are Little Monkeys Resources Allocated and Matched to Children’s Special Educational Needs?

 

Little Monkeys provides a wide range of high quality toys and educational equipment for all the children. Should a child have special educational needs, the nursery will endeavour to provide appropriate equipment for them.

 

How is the Decision Made About What Type and How Much Support will My Child Receive?

 

Any decision about additional support for your child will be discussed with you and or the parent/carer and decisions will be taken together in terms of how much and what type of support is needed and what the nursery can supply. External agencies such as the Early Years Childcare Service can assist in the process with the parent’s consent.

How Will You Support My Child?

 

Settling In Sessions: The nursery offers children three settling in sessions, free of charge, when a child first starts with us.  This helps the child to feel comfortable and confident in their new surroundings and gives their Key Worker an opportunity to observe the child and get to know them.

 

We ask parents to give us as much detail of their child’s daily routines at home so we can incorporate them into life at Nursery.   We collect ‘All About Me’ information at the childs settling in which helps us to plan activities based on their interest from day one. This also highlights things your child is less keen on.

 

How Will the Curriculum be Matched to my Child’s Needs?

 

Development: Children develop at an individual pace. The EYFS curriculum is inclusive and all children are encouraged and supported to take part in all areas of interest and to achieve their maximum potential.

 

Sharing Information with Parents:  All information is readily available for parents to see and we discuss each child and their day at nursery in detail at the end of each day. This is to highlight any issues of concern, celebrate their successes, to comment on things they have particularly enjoyed, and how parents could extend their child's learning in the home environment.

 

Individual Plans: An Individual Plan (IP) is a planning, teaching and reviewing tool produced for individual children and used by the Nursery to assist the child in making progress with their learning and raise their achievements. An IP details specific short term targets for the child and assists the staff in providing additional support for the child. IPs will be used to support your child if necessary. Individual Learning Journals are regularly updated and each child’s development is tracked and evidenced through observation, pictures, and art work.

How Does Little Monkeys Day Nursery Work with Both Children and Parents to Assess Development?

 

Key Worker:  The role of the Key Worker is to help each child settle in to nursery and to help building trusting relationships with the staff.  They are also responsible for completing the child’s Learning Journal, observing if key milestones are being achieved and putting in a plan of action, together with parents, if there are any concerns.  All key workers and team members work in partnership with parents at all times. This involves regular informal discussions as well as more formal discussions, all of which help to facilitate great partnership working.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage: The nursery works to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets out an educational framework outlining key developmental milestones for all children at different stages of their school lives.

 

Learning Journals:  Each child will have their own Learning Journal which tracks their development against the EYFS Development Matters section.  The Journal contains daily observations and pictures charting a child’s progress against all 7 areas of the EYFS. The seven areas are:

 

1.Personal, Social, Emotional Development

2.Communication and Language

3.Physical Development

4.Literacy

5.Maths

6.Understanding the World

7.Expressive Arts and Design

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SENCO: The Nursery has trained SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) staff whose specific role is to ensure that children are developing in line with established guidelines and if there are any concerns that these milestones are not being met, then a meeting will be arranged with the parents to discuss a plan of action.

 

Usually this is sufficient to highlight any additional needs and make plans to assist the child.  However, the nursery also works with outside agencies where appropriate, including inclusion support by ECS, Health Visitors and other specialist professionals.  Any contact with outside agencies is always with the permission of parents.

 

If a child comes to nursery with specific needs, the nursery will do everything it can to provide suitable accommodation, toys and equipment in order that the child can maximise their time at Nursery.  We would discuss each child’s requirements fully with the parents to ensure we are giving them the support they need to achieve their maximum potential.

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What Support Will There Be For My Child’s Overall Wellbeing?

 

A child’s wellbeing is the overriding factor behind everything we do.

 

Policies and Procedures:  We have Policies and Procedures in place which keep children safe whilst they are at nursery, and are available for parents to read.

 

Training: Team members are First Aid trained and hold Child Protection certificates. Refresher courses are held at least every three years. Team members also attend Positive Behaviour Management, Baby Massage and Makaton Signing. Some of our staff have also attended Visual Impairment Training and Autism Awareness.

 

Children with English as a Second Language: We have several children who attend the setting with English as an additional language and this is well supported by the team by getting key words from the family to help the child settle well. We support all children and celebrate differences in culture and religion, whilst respecting others values and beliefs. 

 

Child Protection Officers:  There are two trained Designated Child Protection Officers who deal with all Child Protection cases effectively and sensitively.

 

Administering Medicines: Policies and procedures are in place to ensure the safe administration of medication. If a child requires medication whilst at nursery, the parent will be required to complete a detailed form stating the last dose of medicine and when the next dose is to be administered. This will be checked against the medicine received and will always be checked and witnessed at the time of administering the medication.  Parents will sign a form detailing the medication administered during the day upon collection of their child

 

Risk Assessments: The nursery is risk assessed on a daily basis, as well as annual risk assessments, to ensure the environment and resources are safe for all children in our care. This may include an individual risk assessment on your child, ensuring this is the right and safe environment for them and one where they can develop and thrive.  The environment will be developed where possible to ensure all children can interact fully with activities and additional support will be given where needed.

 

 

How Accessible is Little Monkeys Environment? (Indoors and Outside)

 

Little Monkeys is spread over two buildings (Jubilee 0-2 year olds and Rex House 2-5 year olds) and over two floors. Both buildings have open plan rooms, with toilet facilities, which children can access as and when needed. Little Monkeys does not have a stair lift or lift to transfer children from ground floor rooms to the first floor rooms. However, if your child is in a wheel chair or has severe disabilities, the nursery would discuss with the parents the most appropriate ground floor room for your child. A discussion would take place if a parent/ carer had serve disabilities, to make sure we were able to get the child to the right room if the parent/ carer was unable too.  

 

Both buildings have a garden offering a variety of equipment and resources for the enjoyment of the children, which can be easily accessed from the ground floor rooms. Jubilee building has an adult disabled toilet, accessible adult toilet situated on the ground floor.

 

How are Parents Involved in Little Monkeys?

 

We hold termly Parent Forums with Parent Representatives from each age group. This Forum enables Parents to discuss the day to day operation of the nursery and influence policy initiatives.  

 

How are Little Monkeys Resources Allocated and Matched to Children’s Special Educational Needs?

 

Little Monkeys provides a wide range of high quality toys and educational equipment for all the children. Should a child have special educational needs, the nursery will endeavour to provide appropriate equipment for them.

 

How is the Decision Made About What Type and How Much Support will My Child Receive?

 

Any decision about additional support for your child will be discussed with you and or the parent/carer and decisions will be taken together in terms of how much and what type of support is needed and what the nursery can supply. External agencies such as the Early Years Childcare Service can assist in the process with the parent’s consent.

How Will Both You and I Know How My Child is Doing and How Will You Help Me to Support My Child’s Learning?

 

Handovers:  At the beginning and end of each day, there will be a chance to hand over any information relating to the child. It may be that because a child has additional needs, a plan will be put in place between home and nursery and there will be regular meetings to discuss development and progress in more detail. During these meetings it is important we agree strategies for home and nursery and these agreed strategies will be written down and signed.

 

Pop in and Play: Little Monkeys offer “pop in and play” sessions which enable parents to come and observe their children in the nursery environment. It may also be a great opportunity to see how we support and encourage each child. It also offers a chance of collaborative working between parents and practitioners.

 

Parents’ Evenings: We now hold three Parent Consultation periods each year which provides another opportunity for parents to speak with their child’s Key Worker.  

 

Two-Year Progress Report: When children reach two years of age we will also complete a “2 Year Progress Report” which is shared with the child’s parents and is also given to the child’s Health Visitor.

 

Next-Steps: These are your way of measuring how your child is progressing and are updated every 8 weeks and shared with parents.

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Daily Walks: Children are invited out on walks at least once each day, including visits to Horsham Park, the Town Centre and other places of interest. This gives children the opportunity to see and partake in the wider world around them. Parents/carers sign permission slips authorising the nursery to take children on outings.

 

Team Qualifications: All team members are experienced with working in the early years setting and 80% have an Early Years qualification. We also have two trained teachers who work with the preschool children. In addition we also have Early Years teachers.  A variety of training and development courses are available to all team members.

 

Forest School:  The Nursery offers older children the opportunity to join in with Forest School activities.  Forest Schools have been found to provide a range of benefits to children including greater independence and self-esteem, ability to work as part of a team, greater ability in practical skills and improved communication skills. Forest School gives the children an opportunity to spend more time outdoors and take part in a variety of ‘risky’ activities in a safe and controlled environment. A few of the activities which the children will have the opportunity to take part in include, safe fire lighting and management, creating pictures using woodland materials, den building and woodcraft activities using hand tools etc.  

 

In addition to daily walks, Little Monkeys also arranges regular trips for all the children to places of interest in the local area e.g.  Drusillas, Holmbush Farm, Sea-life Centre etc. Depending on the particular trip and the risk involved, staff child ratios may be higher than normal. All parents are given the opportunity to attend these trips and support their child, their child’s friends, and staff. Parents/carers always sign a permission slip authorising the nursery to take children on outings and venues are risk assessed in advance to assess suitability.

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