Telephone 01206 845794/01206 835155
email [email protected]
***30 HOUR FUNDED SESSIONS AVAILABLE***
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 570 hours of government-funded childcare per year.
The Childcare Act 2016 increases this entitlement for working parents.
Children of working parents across the country became entitled to an extra 570 hours per year. Many families can claim 1140 hours of free childcare per year or 30 hours per term-time week for each of their 3 or 4 year-olds.
This means each child will get 30 hours of free childcare per week if you choose to take it during school term time, or 22.8 hours per week if you choose to ‘stretch’ your entitlement across 50 weeks of the year.
The Government hopes that additional free childcare will support working parents who are struggling with childcare costs to stay in their jobs, and that parents who are currently out of work will be able to take up employment.
Age of child
As with the existing 15 hours entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds, children become eligible for the additional 15 hours at the start of the school term after their third birthday.
Definition of working parents
Eligibility for the free entitlement will include households where:
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Access to the childcare service as a parent or childcare provider
Pre-School Education in Highwoods, Colchester
Welcome to Humpty Dumpty Pre-School (Colchester) Ltd.
Humpty Dumpty Pre School first opened in April 1997 on what was a fairly new housing development. With 4 staff we operated for just three mornings a week in a demountable building in Jack Andrews Drive. We quickly grew, as did the surrounding area, and now have two settings, both offering 10 sessions per week each, including lunch club, 19 staff members and a great reputation to boot.
Sessional Childcare, hours and fees
Our Pre-schools are based in Highwoods, Colchester. We have 2 prime locations, one in the grounds of Brinkley primary school and one within the Bluebell Resource Centre. We are open for 6.5 hours a day, five days a week, term time only. Each session is 3 hours long, am and pm, and children can attend two sessions on the same day as we offer a lunch club enabling children to attend a full day (6.5hours)
We accommodate children from 2 years to the age of 5 and most of our children go on to one of the 6 local primary schools in the area. We have some children with English as an additional language as well as catering for children with different abilities.
We offer funded sessions for both 2 yr olds and 3-4 yr olds. 2 year funding has to be applied for, depending on family circumstances, and can only be used at one setting. 3-4 yr funding is automatic and starts the term after your child turns 3. Funding is for 15 hours per week and can be used at a maximum of two different settings.
Our fees are currently £13.00 per 3 hour session for all children and £3 for our half hour lunch club, with parents providing a packed lunch for their child. The lunch club is also open to children attending half days too.
We operate a waiting list and spaces are offered out in date of birth order. Our main intake is in September and we can usually accomodate all 3-4 yr old children on our waiting list.
All of our staff are trained paediatric First Aiders, and have yearly training for the use of Epipen and Jext pens. Our training is ongoing with in-house courses as well as online, and those offered by Essex County Council.
Just for your peace of mind we are Ofsted registered, so you know your child is in safe and caring hands when left in our care. Our Ofsted reports are available on the Ofsted website and our last inspection was Good with Outstanding qualities.
A Structured and Stimulating Environment
The children learn through play and we provide a wide range of activities. We have a mud kitchen in the gardens, musical instruments, sand and water play as well as quiet areas. We are always looking for new ways to encourage the children to investigate and have recently introduced Bug Hotels and Water walls. These are a work in progress and the children are certainly enjoying them. We often visit Brinkley Grove reception class for story time and messy play and they in turn visit us. The children get to see their old friends who are now at 'big school' and this really helps with their transition period in June/July each year.
We are a non-profit organisation and use our funding wisely within the setting to maintain a good balance of well trained staff and resources for our children.
We have three Accredited Senco's and work with other agencies to ensure your child gets the best start to their education and personal development
Each child has a Key Person who records their progress in a Development Folder and this is yours when your child leaves us. We hold regular meetings between parents and staff and at the end of their time here we write a written report which we will also pass on to their school with your consent. We have a graduation each July for all the children leaving us and this gives us the chance a final, sad goodbye.
Our SEND Local Offer
Our Local Offer
The purpose of our local offer is to provide information to parents/carers about the resources, skills and expertise we use to support children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities)
How does Humpty Dumpty Pre-School know if children need extra help and what our parents /carers should do if they think their child may have SEND?
Every child is allocated a key person who builds trusting relationships with each of their children and families, helping with the transition into the pre-school. Every key person is trained in observing children and planning for their next steps, through these observations any areas of concern can be identified. These concerns are discussed with parents, the key person and the settings Special Educational Needs Coordinator, who together, will put strategies in place for the child to thrive.
If parents/carers have any concerns about their child, they should speak to their child’s key person or SENCO who will be able to advise where to access further support.
How Humpty Dumpty Pre-School supports young children with SEND
Through continual observations the key person can plan individual children’s next steps and if required work with other agencies implementing strategies. We have an ‘assess, plan, do, review’ approach which enables us to ensure we are continuously meeting individual children’s needs and the settings SENCO will support the key person and the rest of the staff on how to implement these strategies, giving the child a consistent approach. Meetings with the SENCO and key person are held every term to talk about their child’s progress and plan for their next steps, taking into account the views of the child. The SENCO is supported by an Area SENCO who helps with strategies and accessing outside help if needed with the parents/carers permission.
How Humpty Dumpty Pre-School creates learning and development opportunities for individual children with SEND
Through consistent observations of each child their key person, working closely with the setting SENCO, will plan for their next steps. Changing the layout of the hall and making adaptations to the environment to support each child will give them the independence to participate with their peers.
How Humpty Dumpty Pre-School works in partnership with parents and carers
We believe that having a close working relationship with parents/carers is very important as they know their child better than anyone. By having opportunities to discuss their child’s progress every term, either through progress meetings or a general catch up at the beginning of the session, helps to create a whole picture of the child. Parents have meetings every term with their child’s key person to discuss their progress and are given a copy of what their child has achieved that term and the next steps for them, with ideas on what parents can do at home with their child .Parents/carers are welcome to view their child’s development profile at any time. If it is not always possible for parents to collect their child we use communication books to maintain contact with them, these make communication between the parent and key person consistent.
We track the progress of children with SEND using a progress wheel which is completed by the key person at the end of every term. This will help us see the progress made, if we feel that more input is needed then in consultation with the parent/carer outside agencies will be contacted. The key person alongside the settings SENCO will hold meetings with parents/carers to discuss their child’s progress in relation to their personalised plan, changing strategies if necessary.
We like to hold parent events in relation to how their children learn, we send out questionnaires at the beginning of every academic year asking parents for areas they would like to know more about. We then plan events around some of these areas once a term.
How Humpty Dumpty Pre-School supports the wellbeing of young children with SEND
Our staff are friendly and welcoming providing a safe and stimulating environment for your child. They are good role models for promoting positive behaviour with a named co-coordinator offering support if needed. Parents are given copies of the settings ‘golden rules’ so they know what they are and can support their child at home providing a consistent approach to positive behaviour.
Risk assessments are completed on all areas of the setting being reviewed regularly, and staff carry out safety checks daily, making sure that the environment is safe for the children to use without taking away their independence.
Children’s dietary and medical needs are recorded and are updated every term, and checked every time the child is at the snack table. All staff hold a current paediatric first aid certificate which is updated every three years, and they are confident to deal with any accident that should happen. If additional medical needs are required staff will be trained by a professional in that area prior to the child starting the setting. We administer prescribed medication to individual children, with parents filling out the consent form at the beginning of the session.
The safety of our children is paramount so we ask the parent/carer to sign their child in and out of the building, if they are unable to collect their child we will ask for a description of the person and a password. The person will also need to bring with them photo identification. If a person comes to collect a child who is not known to us and without prior permission we will not release the child.
Staff training and experience in supporting young children with SEND
Training is very important to the setting, and staff continually refresh their training in areas such as positive behaviour, speech and language, Makaton for beginners, safeguarding, food hygiene and paediatric first aid. Staff attend courses on a regular basis feeding back to the rest of the team at staff meetings. Staff also complete yearly training on-line.
The setting has three Special Educational Needs Coordinators bringing a wide range of knowledge through years of working with early years and courses attended.
Specialist service and expertise accessed by Humpty Dumpty Pre-School
We work with all agencies connected with individual children including speech and language therapists, specialist teachers, educational psychologist and area SENCO.
We have a senior practitioner working with us from Barnado’s who can help us signpost our parents to other services and support networks.
All staff have accessed training in communication and language and have level 2-3 and above in childcare in the early years.
How Humpty Dumpty Pre-School includes young children with SEND in community based activities and outings
Every child is welcome to attend trips, by working with parents/carers prior to the trip will highlight any particular requirements that need to be put into place. Additional staff will work allowing a child to have one to one support if necessary, parents are invited to join us on longer trips. On all trips children wear high visibility jackets, they are wrist strapped and a first aid bag is taken. This contains a basic first aid kit, all contact numbers and the settings mobile phone, if a child needs individual medication this is taken and placed in a plastic container with their name and photo and a copy of their health care plan.
Our accessible environment
The setting has a named Equality Co-ordinator who completes an access audit yearly making sure that our environment can be accessed by everyone The layout of the pre-school allows easy wheelchair access both inside and out, the hall has accessible toilet facilities. We display visual time tables on the walls showing the children the sequence of events during the session. If children require specialist equipment we work closely with other agencies making sure this is in place and the staff are trained on the use of the equipment before the child starts with us.
For our parents/carers pictures are displayed of the children taking part in activities which are changed regularly, photographs of all the staff are also displayed in our lobby. To help us communicate with our parents/carers whose first language is not English we will phone a relative or we can access an interpreter. If we have parents who speak the same language we will ask them to translate our menu’s, golden rules etc.
How Humpty Dumpty Pre-School prepares and supports young children with SEND when joining the setting and when transferring to another setting or school
Our parents/carers are sent an application pack prior to their child starting with us, it asks for information about their child, we provide them with pictures of all the staff with a little background information about them and the name of their key person so they can become familiar with names and faces. We hold a new parent /carer session where they get to meet their key person and pass on information such as likes, dislikes, medical or dietary needs. The setting’s SENCO is also available to talk, allowing time to gather as much information in a relaxed environment. We also display some of the activities and give information about what we offer in relation to SEN, snack, and activities we provide.When the children start we are flexible with our settling arrangements tailoring them to the individual child and family.
When children are ready to start their new schools the final term they have with us is our transition term where we have a PE week, they have a packed lunch for snack, we have mini sports days, photographs of all the children are displayed with pictures of the schools they are going too so they will be able to identify a friendly face when in school. We work closely with the schools having teachers and SENCO’s visiting the children in a familiar environment, if children need extra support we will take them to the school (if possible) for extra visits with parental permission. We will provide photographs of the school to be taken home so the child can become more familiar with their new school. Transition meetings will be arranged with the school, parents, other agencies involved with individual children.
How Humpty Dumpty Pre-School organises its resources to meet the needs of young children with SEND
When children require extra support this is accommodated usually by the child’s key person working on a one to one with them for short periods of time within the session. For example if a child has to complete an activity set by speech and language the key person will use the resources sent by them with the child, they will record the outcome of the activity.
To ensure that the resources that are out for all the children to access we will change the layout of the hall, place the equipment on the floor and put out different sized equipment such as bricks, these can be small Lego up to large duplo all on the same table so each child can use what they are more comfortable with without being singled out or made to feel different.
How Humpty Dumpty Pre-School decides on appropriate support for young children with SEND
The manager, SENCO and key person will work closely with parents and other professionals to discuss their child’s needs through. Getting to know the child and family through the one page profile, and then using this information to create a one plan which will reflect our person centred approach to support children and their families. The key person will complete observations and will be able to identify any addition support needed. Once we have this information we will organise a meeting with the parent/carer to discuss the next steps for their child, a provision map will be made building on the child’s strengths, the views of the child are also included this could be done using pictures of equipment they like to use or areas they like to play in. We hold team meetings to discuss the strategies making sure the level of support is consistent.
At the end of every week the key person and SENCO discuss the progress made and any changes that need to be incorporated for the next week, these are recorded. At the end of every term a meeting is held with the parent/carer and any outside agencies that are involved if possible to discuss the progress made. We use the child’s development profile, observations and records of completed activities to gain the level of progress made by the child.
How Humpty Dumpty Pre-School involves all parents/carers
Building close working relationships with our parents/carers is important to us. We operate an open door policy allowing parent/carers to stay when they would like too, we have newsletters every term talking about what we have done and dates for the next term such as parent meetings, lunches with the children, picnics or parent learning events.
We are a committee run pre-school with members being past and present parents, we have committee meetings once every term and take on board all suggestions about changes to the setting if they arise. We welcome any parent volunteers (this does not have to be on a regular basis) to stay and play
Working closely with parent/carers allows us to provide the appropriate support for individual children giving them positive experiences to build on.
Further information can be found in our policies and procedures, please contact us for a copy to be sent. If you would like to discuss your child prior to starting with us or for more general information please contact our Manager/SENCO Debbie Allen on 01206 845794 or email [email protected] . You can also obtain information on Essex County Council website - local offer.