Fingerprints Pre-school and Nursery
Childcare type: Pre-School Playgroup
At Fingerprints we aim to provide quality care and education, underpinned by Christian principles. It is our goal to provide a safe, stimulating and secure learning environment where children can learn, grow and develop to their full potential. Our intention is to provide an environment where all members of the pre-school community support one another and everyone feels cared for, happy, respected and valued.
The Christian ethos promotes inclusion for all children and celebrates the uniqueness of every child whilst encouraging them to develop the skills of compassion, respect and self-discipline.
We have experience of working closely with teams supporting children who have communication and language disorders. Our setting benefits from a large well equipped outdoor play area and plenty of parking.
We accept children aged 2-4years including 2 year old funded children and children eligible for 30 hours of funded childcare.
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Where to go
816, St. Albans Road
- WD25 9FL
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£5 Per hour
£2.50 Before School
- 30 Hours Provider
- 3-4 Year Old Funding?
- 2 Year Old Funding?
- Age Range
- 2 years 0 months to 4 years 11 months
- Ofsted URN
- Latest Inspection:
Latest Inspection Inspection Date Inspection Type Inspection Judgement 28/11/2017 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good
Early Years Extended Local Offer Response
- 1. How does the setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
On induction into our setting parent(s) and child/ren are invited to attend a come and play session. Here the parent meets with their child’s key person and are asked to share information about the strengths and needs of their child through a parent questionnaire and informal discussions. Each child’s key person will help them to settle into pre-school or nursery whilst building up positive relationships, understanding their needs, care routines, interests and learning styles. Observations will further consolidate the information gained from the parent. The key person may identify a possible individual need. If your child already has an identified special need before joining our setting our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) will work with you to ensure that we have the relevant resources to support your child before they join us. On-going observational assessments are made of all children and are linked to the Early Years Outcomes and Development Matters ages and stages of development. We undertake a progress check at age 2 which supplies parents and carers with a short written summary of their child’s development.
- 2. How will setting staff support my child?
We use the ‘graduated approach system’ for identifying, assessing and responding to children with special educational needs. This means using a step-by-step response through the various levels of intervention. These are: Discussion of a concern, targeted support, specialist support and an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) Any concerns about a child are raised initially with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), who will work with the key person to differentiate resources, activities, experiences and provide support to offer the best opportunities for the child to achieve. The progress of the child is tracked closely and, following a review, the SENCo will decide if further action needs to be taken to support the child’s learning and development. If, following consultation with the parent, It is decided that further support is required the SENCo will work with the parent and key person to put in place an ‘Action Plan’ to meet the needs of the child. Regular reviews will be held and information shared with the parent. The SENCo will liaise and work collaboratively with other professionals such as Speech and Language Therapists, Early Year’s Advisory teachers, Health Visitors, Communication and Language Disorder Team and Area SENCo to gain further advice in supporting you and your child.
- 3. How will I know how my child is doing?
Link books are used by the key person to update the parent on the progress of their child which are shared with parents every 3 weeks. Key persons, SENCo and the Manager are available for informal chats daily. If a more formal conversation is required by the parents, appointments are available at various times during the day. We hold a parents’ evening each term to enable the parent to meet more formally with their child’s key person and share information regarding the child’s progress.
- 4. How will the learning and development provision be matched to my child's needs?
The key person plans activities to meet the needs of all the children in the group, therefore helping them to work towards their ‘next steps’, as identified by through observation and assessment. The SENCo will work with the key person to adapt resources or activities to support individual children.
- 5. What support will there be for my child's overall wellbeing?
It is our ethos to provide a safe, stimulating and secure learning environment where children can learn, grow and develop to their full potential. Our intention is to provide an environment where all members of the preschool community support one another and everyone feels cared for, happy, respected and valued. We place emphasis on supporting the child’s Personal, Social and Emotional skills to grow and develop through co-operative play and activities.
- 6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by setting?
We are committed to CPD for all staff which includes regularly updating staff on current SEN guidance. We have an accredited SENCo. Our staff team have experience of a wide variety of special educational needs. Our team will liaise and work collaboratively with other professionals such as the Inclusion Development Officer, Speech and Language specialists, the Early Years Advisory Teacher, Health Visitors, the Communication and Language Disorder Team, Physiotherapists and the Area SENCo to gain further advice in supporting you and your child.
- 7. What training and/or experience do the staff, supporting children with SEND, have?
The SENCo will regularly update her training and attend any other relevant training courses. If specific training is required to support a need the key person will attend a relevant training course. Our team has experience of various communication support techniques such as simple Makaton signs and picture format 'now and next'. A staff member has attended training in 'Signing as a support for Language' and has fed training back to all staff.
- 8. How will my child be included in activities outside the setting?
We conduct risk assessments on all external trips and activities. We consult with the parents of a child with SEND to ensure that we have the necessary resources to enable the child to be included. We welcome parental help during external trips and activities should you prefer to join us.
- 9. How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child's learning and development?
If your child already has an identified special need before joining our setting our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) will work with you to ensure that we have the relevant resources to support your child before they join us. The SENCo will work with the parent/carer to put in place a plan to meet the needs of the child. Regular reviews will be held with input from the parent or carer. Link books are used by the key person to update the parent on the progress of their child which are shared with parents every 3 weeks. Key persons, SENCo and the Manager are available for informal chats daily. If a more formal conversation is required by the parents, appointments are available at various times during the day. We hold a parents’ evening each term to enable the parent to meet more formally with their child’s key person and share information regarding the child’s progress. We facilitate Team Around the Family meetings with other professionals.
- 10. How accessible is the building / environment?
We operate from a church building which benefits from a ramp up to large double doors. There are also internal double doors to both the preschool and the nursery. Our rooms are all on one level. Equipment and toys are at the child’s level Our garden is on one level and benefits from a tarmac area, rubber chippings area and artificial grass. We do not have access to a disabled toilet.
- 11. How will the setting prepare and support my child with transitions between home, settings and school?
When it is time for your child to move onto Nursery or pre-school we encourage the new setting to visit. We share all relevant information with the new setting. Dependent on need we release the key person to visit the new setting with the child.
- 12. How will [the setting's] resources be used to support children's special educational needs?
Our most valuable resources in supporting children with SEN is the experience that our team provides. We work with other professionals to ensure that where possible children have access to specialist equipment which allows them to access the curriculum effectively.
- 13. Who can I contact for further information about the Early Years Offer in the setting?
Please contact us directly on 01923 677388 should you require additional information or to arrange a visit. For further information on the local authorities Local Offer of service and provision for children with special educational needs and disability go to http://www.hertsdirect.org/localoffer