Frant Nursery School
Making Learning Fun
“Children are settled, confident and participate enthusiastically in the wide range of interesting activities provided.” “The quality of teaching is very good. The staff provide a well balanced and stimulating curriculum which covers all areas of learning.” “Staff are very skilled at developing children’s language; they value what children say and do; and encourage children to listen to others.” Quotes from our most recent OFSTED report
Welcome to Frant Nursery School
Frant Nursery School is situated in the heart of the quiet village of Frant, overlooking the village green. At the Nursery School we aim to provide a safe and nurturing environment for young children aged between two and a half and five years old. We aim to enhance the development and education of children under statutory school age, in a parent involving community group and to work within a curricula framework which ensures equality of opportunity for all children and their families. Through our staff and parents we are able to provide our children with a genuine warm and loving atmosphere as well as an excellent introduction to education and social skills. The testimonials of our past and current parents reinforce the commitment to your child’s future.
“All we can want for is the best start for our children: Frant Nursery School has certainly provided this for both my children – thank you.” Sarah Clarke “I am delighted with the care that my three year old son receives at Frant Nursery School. I particularly like the staff and their intelligence and awareness of how to get children to tick.” “My son's grandmother, a trained teacher, joined in for a session and was enormously impressed. 'Freedom within structure' was the way she described it.” Heather Cowie “Our two children have both attended FNS. They have always been happy, well looked after and very much inspired to learn. It has been a great start to their personal development and education. Lisa Hardy
About our Nursery School
Frant Nursery School is a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA). It is registered and inspected by the Department of Education (OFSTED) and we have successfully passed our third OFSTED inspection with a re-inspection period of two to four years. A full copy of our OFSTED report is available for inspection on the Nursery premises or on the OFSTED website. We are also members of the East Sussex Early Years and Childcare Service which enables us to accept payments from the East Sussex Local Education Authority – Early Years Education Entitlement (EYEE). Equivalent funding is also available for children living in Kent. The Nursery School is a committee-based registered charity and has adopted the PLA constitution. A copy of this is available form the Nursery School. As a parent of a Frant Nursery School child, you are automatically a co-opted member of the Management Committee and it is possible to become an elected member at our AGM which is held in the autumn. Parent involvement plays a very important part in the running of our Nursery. Frant Nursery School is firmly committed to providing a fully inclusive setting for children with special educational needs.
Our policy statements are designed to offer the best possible experience for all the children and their families. These are available to parents once they have decided to enrol their child in the Nursery School, or place their child on the waiting list. A copy of our policies may be requested from the Administrator.
Laying the Foundations
We offer: A specifically tailored curriculum leading to the approved early years learning goal (incorporating birth to 3 matters and The Foundation Stage using Stepping Forward Profiles). Individual care and attention, made possible by a high ratio of staff to children. Fun and friendship with children and other adults. A caring SENCO (Special Needs Co-ordinator) to ensure early assessment and intervention for children with special educational needs, allows for equality of access and differentiation of the curriculum for all. We actively welcome and warmly encourage children with special educational needs into the Nursery. Each child is allocated one special adult (Key Worker) to relate to. This enables the child’s progress to be carefully monitored through individual and continuous observations and assessments. Combined with termly parental consultations and a detailed end of year report, we are able to keep parents fully informed of the progress of their child. The Nursery has an outdoor play area enabling children to enjoy the freedom of some safe outdoor play and the use of riders (eg. Tricycles, tractors, pedal cars etc) whilst under the close supervision of staff.
The Nursery School staff are well aware that you, as parents, are the primary teacher of your children. We welcome and encourage your involvement in the activities of the school and your child’s progress.
Meeting Curriculum Requirements
We make every effort to support all the children in developing their potential at their own pace with the aid of a planned curriculum. Our Key Worker System enables us to ensure that this is tailored to meet the needs of each child. By means of developmentally appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input, we offer a curriculum which leads to the nationally approved early learning goals and prepares for children to progress with confidence to the National Curriculum, Key Stage 1, at the age of five years. The Early Learning Goals are: Communication, Language and Literacy Mathematical Development Knowledge and Understanding of the World – skills in Information Technology and Science Personal, Social and Emotional Development Physical Development – gross and fine motor skills Creative Development
Special Educational Needs (SEN) Frant Nursery School actively welcomes and encourages children with special educational needs. Children with specials educational needs can fully access the Nursery curriculum, appropriately differentiated where necessary. As well as each child having their own Key Worker, the Nursery SENCO will ensure that Individual Learning Plans and Programmes are prepared for each child to provide equality of access across the Nursery School curriculum.
The Nursery School operates with a maximum of 21 children at any one session. This enables us to maintain a calm, wellcontrolled atmosphere for the children, with an adult-to-child ratio as follows: Children aged 2-3 years Children aged 3-5 years This is an absolute maximum and our ratio is usually lower than this. At Frant Nursery School, we offer to every parent/guardian that wishes to, the chance to become involved in the parental rota. This is usually twice a term. This helps enhance the high ratio of adults to children in our school. This rota gives parents the opportunity to take an active part in the school by attending part or all of a session, to see what happens there and to talk about it afterwards with their child. 1:4 1:8
Frant Nursery School offers five morning sessions, Monday to Friday, starting at 9.15am and finishing at 1.15pm including lunch. In addition there is a Monday afternoon session specifically and only for children who are in their last academic year with us (Rising Fives), before entering primary school. This session’s curriculum is specifically developed for older children and runs from 12.15pm to 3.15pm. Sessions Monday – Friday mornings Monday afternoon (Rising Fives only) 9.15am to 1.15pm 12.15pm to 3.15pm
Children will need to bring a packed lunch with them. Please see the enclosed leaflet for current fee structure.
Inclusion; Special Educational Needs (SEN) The Nursery School SENCO operates a system called Early Years Action and Action Plus, in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice. This identifies, highlights and provides a step-by-step framework for children with special educational needs, where a child might receive a little extra help in one particular area, to children in receipt of a Statement of Special Educational Needs from the Local Education Authority. The Nursery liaises with outside agencies such as the Early Years Support Service, Educational Psychologists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists to ensure that each child receives maximum support. Where one-to-one support is needed, every effort is taken to seek funding for ancillary support. Our Early Years Action and Action Plus reports, Individual Educational Plans and yearly reports are easily transferable to mainstream school. The documentation used for these programmes is obtained from the Local Education Authority’s Training Department and is very similar to that used in mainstream schools. We have a touch screen computer and associated software programmes, enabling both younger children and those with SEN, the opportunity to take part in this stimulating and enjoyable educational opportunity. We also have an extensive range of equipment designed for children with special educational needs, which is enjoyed by, and of benefit to all the children. Our staff are trained in the use of Makaton (simplified sign language for children and adults with learning difficulties.)
Staff Names and Qualifications
Nursery School Leader SENCO (Special Needs Co-ordinator) and Equal Opportunities Officer Carrie O’Sullivan joined the Nursery as assistant in April 2002. After leaving school Carrie went on to study at Portsmouth University where she gained a BA Hons degree in Architecture and went on to work as an architect for a number of years. Following her career she then became a full-time mother to her 3 children. Carrie has gained her Diploma in Pre-School Practice and Special Educational Needs Level 3. Deputy Leader Sheila Spalding has worked at the Nursery since May 1999 and prior to having her family she was a qualified residential social worker. Sheila studied for the PPS Foundation Course and then went on to become the Pre-School Learning Alliance Branch Fieldworker. She has completed a Diploma in Pre-School Practice and has attended several courses including Behavioural Management in Pre-Schools and Positive Communication in the Pre-School Setting. Nursery Assistant Bekki Kirkby re-joined the Nursery as a Senior Assistant in September 2006. Bekki is a qualified NNEB nursery nurse and has been working as a nanny for a family with four children since 1999. Bekki also set up a successful mother and toddler group in Wadhurst. Nursery Assistant Vicky Hinton joined the Nursery in January 2006 initially working as a child support worker. Vicky is a qualified nanny with a NAMCW Diploma and has 17 years experience working with children. Nursery Assistant Sue Siddall joined the Nursery in February 2006 as a Nursery Assistant. She is qualified in Levels 1 & 2 in Pre-School Practice (2007). Sue has two children, one doing GCSEs and another at Frant School having had 2 years at Frant Nursery. Nursery Assistant Angela Hines worked in both London and Docklands for 20 years in Foreign and Investment Banking. Since having her daughter, she has been a full time mum but has just started an Introduction to Childcare course and a module of NVQ level 2 in childcare, learning and development. Nursery Assistant Emma Cushman lives in Tunbridge Wells with her partner and two children who are now at Frant Primary School, having attended the Nursery School. She has been working on the Nursery bank staff for the past year and is due to start her Introduction to Childcare course and a module of NVQ level 2 in childcare, learning and development. The majority of staff have attended first aid courses.
For further information or to arrange a visit to the Nursery, please telephone Charlotte Hall (Nursery School Administrator) on 01892 750587. To formally register your child’s name on our waiting list, please complete the enclosed application form and return to the Nursery School.
Contact: Charlotte Hall Little Danegate Eridge Tunbridge Wells Kent TN3 9HU Call: 01892 750587
Frant Nursery School
We are registered with Ofsted to deliver the Foundation Stage curriculum and therefore can claim the Early Years Education Free Entitlement from East Sussex County Council. This entitlement will pay towards a maximum of 5 x 2½ hour sessions a week over 38 weeks a year. However, as our session represents 4 hours, please see fee details below.
NON FUNDED SESSIONS - Children aged 2½ up to end of term they turn 3 9.15am – 1.15pm £3.75 per hour
FUNDED SESSIONS - Children aged 3+ (term after the child turns 3) to 5.
9.15am – 1.15pm 9.15am – 3.15pm 2½ hours free and the remaining 1½ hours will be charged at an hourly rate of £4.30 per hour, therefore will cost you £6.45. (Monday Rising 5s only) 5 hours free and the remaining 1 hour will be charged at an hourly rate of £4.30 per hour, therefore will cost you £4.30.