Across both settings we will do our best to meet the needs of all children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities where it is possible within the constraints of the building and taking into consideration all the other children in our care.
Shooting Stars Local Offer
The nursery is a full day care setting providing places for children between the ages of 0 and 4. The nursery is open Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 6pm, 50 weeks of the year and is registered to take 6 children under 2 and 23 aged 2 – 4 per session. The under 2’s are cared for in a separate part of the main room with the 2 -4 years being together. The nursery has a manager (Louisa), assistant manager (Catie), baby room leader (Annmarie), SENCO (Louisa) and PICO (Catie).
The breakfast and after school setting provides care for children attending Great Wood, Poulton-le-Sands, St Mary’s, Lancaster Road and Torrisholme primary schools. It is open Monday to Friday, 7.15am – 9am and 3pm – 6pm term time only. There is a manager (Louisa), assistant manager (Deborah), SENCO (Louisa).
Accessibility and Inclusion
The nursery has use of a purpose designed upstairs room accessed only by a staircase. There is also a downstairs hall that is used for snacks, lunches and physical play. There is quite a large step up into the building which we are looking to rectify. All downstairs doors are wide enough for wheelchair access. There is also a disabled toilet. Currently information is on notice boards and on letters etc that are in English. These can easily be done in large font if necessary. We are looking into having policies and registration forms translated into Polish. We have the support of the local children’s centre to ensure all families can access the information needed. The downstairs space has lots of room to move, with resources all at child level. All resources upstairs are labelled with a picture, the English word and the Polish word.
The breakfast and after school has use of 2 halls and outside space all on ground floor level with a ramp up to the main door. All internal doors are just wide enough for wheelchair access. There is a disabled toilet. All information is in English, we currently do not have any children attending who don’t speak English or whose parents don’t speak English. This is a pack away setting so the room can be organised how we like at the beginning of each session.
Identification and Early Intervention
In the nursery children’s progress is monitored through learning journeys and observations carried out by keyworkers. These are fed into individual tracking documents. We also complete the 2 year old check. Any concerns are discussed with parents and the SENCO and outside agencies contacted if necessary following our SEN policy.
In the breakfast and after school setting we would raise concerns with the parents and the SENCO and liaise with the school SENCO as well. All decisions will be made alongside the parents, with the best interests of the children as the priority.
Teaching and Learning Part 1 – Practitioners and Practice
In the nursery we follow the EYFS guidelines to provide learning opportunities for the children in all the key areas, providing enhancements that are linked to a current topic and the children’s likes and interests. Progress is tracked through baselines assessment, observations, 2 year old check, numeracy and literacy assessments. We aim to provide opportunities that will engage different interests and different learning styles. The role of the keyworker is to ensure their key children are accessing the opportunities and are making progress, speaking to the SENCO and parents if they have any concerns.
Our PICO provides the parents with regular information on what we are doing, and is available as are other staff to discuss anything the parents are unsure of. We also have a children’s centre notice board with events and groups information. Children are asked what they like, what they enjoy, what snacks they like etc, using pictures to help. The breakfast and after school setting is play based, and the children pick and choose what activities they would like to do during the session. The staff monitor and engage with the children to enhance any learning opportunity that arises.
Teaching and Learning Part 2 – Provision and resources
In both settings we would work with other professionals as necessary, looking at the individual needs of the child. We would access this through the IDSS or the children’s centre. Any specialist resources necessary could be purchase or borrowed, again looking at the needs of the child and fitting within the constraints of rented buildings and storage. We would look at making reasonable adjustments to staffing and trips where necessary.
In both settings we have regular day to day conversations with the parents, and we are available to arrange meetings with them if they wish to discuss anything in depth. In nursery, we have in addition to that termly opportunities to share learning journeys, and we have a here, there and everywhere book that the children take home on a weekly basis. This gives an overview of the week and allows parents to add things about their time at home.
In both settings, settling sessions are offered. These vary in length and time according to the needs of the child. During these sessions parents are welcome to ring at any time to check how their child is doing. In nursery we have All About Me booklets which help us to learn about the child and their likes/interests before they start. When a child moves up from baby room to the main room, they will have first spent some of their time joining with some of the older children. Their existing key worker and new keyworker will then meet to discuss the child. Children leaving to attend another setting are given a transition document.
Training will be available to staff if it will help to provide the best care and learning opportunities for the child. In nursery we currently have the Manager/SENCO and the Assistant Manager who are qualified teachers. One staff member has EYPS, one is level 3, one is working towards level 2 and one is looking into starting a level 3 qualification.
We are all trained in or currently undergoing training in First Aid, Safeguarding and Food Hygiene and Wellcomm. In the breakfast and after school setting we currently have the Manager/SENCO who is a qualified teacher, the Assistant Manager who is level 3, 3 other staff who are level 3, one who is working towards level 3, two who are level 2 and 4 who hold no childcare qualifications.
For further nursery information please phone 07415 271154 and ask for Louisa or Catie.
For further breakfast/ after school information please phone Deborah on 07563 588987.