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Welcome to Owlets Nursery
Owlets Nursery is situated in the heart of Langney, based at Langney Sports Club.

We offer a unique setting within acres of land, with a natural wooded area on our doorstep and beautiful river walks adjacent to the nursery.

We operate within a suite of 5 well equipped rooms and have access to a safe, secure, large outdoor play area. which we utilise whatever the weather. Ours is a small, friendly, happy setting.

We pride ourselves on the fact that all our care and education is geared towards each individual’s needs, within small, focused groups.

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Who are we?

Owlets offers all children a well-resourced and exciting learning environment with a well-planned curriculum that promotes development and helps pupils to gain self-confidence and succeed in an atmosphere of care, safety and value.

We have a wonderful support team of Nursery Practitioners who all hold NVQ3 qualifications.

We also provide training placements for local students working towards qualifications in childcare.

All staff share the same desire to provide high quality education, emphasising enjoyment in learning, within a loving, “family” orientated setting.

Owlets nursery works with the following aims in mind: . – Learning will take place in a stimulating and exciting environment. . – It is important that both pupils and staff enjoy the learning atmosphere. . – There will be continuous opportunities for pupils to learn through play, creative tasks and physical activities. in order to gain in self-reliance and engender a desire to dicover more about the world they live in. . – Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum approaches will be addressed through fun, purposeful and well-planned activities. . – To educate children in a multi-cultural society, creating respect for religious, moral and cultural diversities and values. . – To establish close relationships with parents and achieve a strong home-to-school partnership.

Pricing

Our current fees are charged at a hourly rate of £5.00 for 2 Years and £4.50 3 Years and above.
If you are entitled to either the 2 or 3 year funding our funded sessions are as follows:
Monday to Friday: 8:30-11:30 | Monday to Thursday: 1:00- 4:00
If you wish to use your funded hours to do an all day you are able to join the free sessions by paying for the 1.5 hours in the middle.
From £4.50

Schedule


8:30 - 9:45
Free Play
A chance for children to explore all the play and learning opportunities on offer throughout the rooms.
9:45 - 10:00
Circle Time
We gather together to share our news and offer the children a planned situation covering a range of topic related mainly to personal, social and emotional development.
10:00 - 10:40
Key Group Time
Children split into small focused groups to participate in guided, age-appropriate tasks with their Key Person.
10:40 - 11:00
Free Play and Free Flow Snack Time
Something we have been specifically praised for during routine Local Authority inspections where the visitor claimed it was “the best example of free-flow snack” she has ever witnessed.
11:00 - 11:15
Song Time
We are committed to the 6-A-Day Rhythm and Rhyme scheme. Our children love this fun music session.
11:15 - 12:15
Outside Play
“Whatever the Weather”: We go outside to enjoy physical activities and games. We believe as much learning can be done outside as it can inside.
12:15 - 1:00
Lunch Time
Children and staff share this time together. Packed lunches only.
1:00 - 1:30
Quiet Reading
A time to relax and share books quietly whilst letting our lunches settle.
1:30 - 2:00
Free Play
A chance for children to explore all the play and learning opportunities on offer throughout the rooms.
2:00 - 2:15
Circle Time
We gather together to share our news and offer the children a planned situation covering a range of topic related mainly to personal, social and emotional development.
2:15 - 3:00
Key Group Time
Children split into small focused groups to participate in guided, age-appropriate tasks with their Key Person.
3:00 - 3:15
Snack Time
11:15 - 12:15
Outside Play
“Whatever the Weather”: We go outside to enjoy physical activities and games. We believe as much learning can be done outside as it can inside.
4:00 - 4:30
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Interaction With Parents

At Owlets we truly believe that parents are a child’s most important learning resource and that parents know their child best. With this in mind we strive to build close working relationships with each child’s carers, in order to ensure each child gets a personal and unique caring and learning experience tailored to their needs.. We ensure that we talk to our parents daily on arrival and at collection time. We share home/school diaries and encourage parents to choose a book from our library to share with their child. We have a daily notice board which informs of group time activites. Each key-worker sends home a home/school learning suggestion linked to their child’s learning on a regular basis. All parents are asked to complete a short booklet that informs us of their child’s interests, fears, how they like to be comforted etc. Parents are encouraged to add to their child’s learning journey and help to set next steps in learning through termly parental consultations. Many of our parents love to help on nursery trips and all parents are encouraged to help and support in the setting by whatever means is suitable to them.

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SEND Info

How does the nursery know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

The nursery carries out continual observations on each child, both spontaneous and planned. Tracking observations are also done to determine levels of interaction and behaviour. Termly  assessments are completed in order to ascertain appropriate levels of development and learning. Termly speech and language checks are made on each child using the East Sussex Monitoring Tool. Initial baseline assessments are completed on entry to Owlets and the two year checks are completed with parental involvement. There is much parental communication on entry to the nursery and parents complete All About  Me information booklets and checklists to highlight developmental milestones. The nursery is familiar with supporting children with emotional and behavioural issues, speech and language difficulties and various levels of autism.

How will nursery staff support my child?

Each child is allocated a key person with age-specific training and experience. Parents are invited  to discuss their child’s needs and development and to be a part of the drawing up of Individual Education Plans. The SENDCO provides regular weekly “nurture times” with  individual children to specifically work on their targets. Sessional diaries are completed throughout the term to pinpoint developments or concerns. We provide a wide range of resources and activities to support all levels of learning and requirements. Where necessary, we engage additional support from a range of professionals with whom we work closely. Any referrals to Early Years support services are always done in conjunction with parents. We also maintain close links with our local Children’s Centres and encourage parents to make use of relevant courses, e.g. Language Through Play.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

Age-appropriate planning is done weekly by key workers, with individual targets being addressed. Activities are both simplified or extended where necessary. Individual “next steps” targets are determined with parents during termly consultations. The nursery has visual prompts throughout, including individual PECs cards/timelines to suit different children’s needs. Owlets accesses specialist services and provides specific resources where required.

How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

Staff hold termly parent consultations to look through learning journeys, review previous targets, set new “next steps”, explain  assessment findings and discuss any issues that have occurred. We write monthly key worker letters to parents to explain what aspects of learning will be covered and suggest activities which may be done at home to support learning. The nursery provides information booklets for parents on subjects such as Letters And Sounds, The Early Years Foundation Stage and Helping Your Child At Home. We set up regular “Stay And Play” sessions where parents come and spend a morning working alongside staff and children. The nursery offers parents evenings to discuss transition to school and answer any questions.

What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?

Personal, social and emotional development is the main thread which holds the curriculum together in Owlets. Routines are important to ensure well-being and there are specific snack-times, nappy-changing, outdoor play etc.  Staff are highly skilled and develop close relationships with the children and their parents and we have good levels of communication. Our policies regarding sick children and medicines are strictly adhered to and acknowledged by all parents/carers. Medicines are stored away safely and information on individual medical and dietary needs is kept in the staff kitchen area. Children have direct access to drinks at all time. A rigorous Behaviour Policy is in place and we have good links with the behaviour team at Early Years. We are currently drafting children’s consultation forms so the children can contribute their own views on their care and well-being.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the nursery?

Nursery staff are continually updating their practice and regularly attend both in-house and external training sessions. Staff use documents from the THRIVE programme to support safeguarding procedures. We have completed behaviour and emotional support training. Owlets accesses support from and has links with local Children’s Centres, speech and language support and the team at Early Years Teaching and Support service.

What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?

The SENDCO has completed training and feeds back up to date information to all staff regarding policies/procedures. Staff have had specific age-related training regarding child development. Staff have basic Makaton skills but would like to access further training. Staff have attended training on the THRIVE programme and all have child protection training and behaviour management skills.

How will my child be included in activities outside the nursery including school trips?

Thorough prior planning is always done before activities are undertaken outside of nursery, with a detailed risk assessment completed by staff. Parents are consulted as to possible venues and are encouraged to attend with their children. Our Educational Visits Policy is well adhered to and staff meet with accompanying parents before any trip to provide an itinerary and explain safety procedures.

How accessible is the nursery environment?

Owlets is situated on the 1st floor and  there is currently no wheelchair access although we have received several quotes regarding stair-lifts. In our literature, all parents/carers are made aware of this. There has been some training on supporting children with English as an additional language and working with Travelling families. We have an updated Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy. Visual support appears in all our rooms.

How will you prepare and support my child to join the nursery, transfer to a new setting or school or the next stage of education and life?

Parents/carers and children are welcomed on an initial visit and provided with a full prospectus and information. A thorough “welcome pack” is prepared and “All About Me” forms completed by parents. A minimum of two taster sessions are required with parents and more arranged if necessary. Photo-books to aid transition are currently being prepared by staff. We create links with other settings to pass on assessments, learning journeys etc. We have close links with local schools and invite teachers in to spend time with us. Staff also visit schools with children and attend meetings with special needs co-ordinators. We also provide our parents with Transition To School booklets and hold a parents evening to answer questions and give information regarding transition.

How are the nursery’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

We currently receive no funding for our children with additional needs. We make our own resources, specific to the needs of the individual child, e.g. speech and language games/booklets, Language bags,, time-lines, emotions cards, heuristic play boxes, light tent… In previous years, any funding we received was allocated  to support employment of Individual Needs Assistants (INAs) and purchase needs-related equipment.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

Whatever decisions the professional support team have made, we try to follow through with appropriate measures.<br /> Based on our Individual Education Plan( IEP) tracking we make the decision, with parents, regarding early intervention and what support is needed. Referral forms are always completed with parents/carers.

How are parents involved in the nursery? How can I be involved?

There is an open-door policy each morning at Owlets and parents are encouraged to chat to key workers about any concerns or achievements. We provide home-to-school books which are used for two-way communication for busy parents. Our website and Facebook page is easily accessible and updated regularly. We provide monthly newsletters and key person letters for parents to stay up- to- date with what is happening in the nursery. Regular coffee mornings and stay-and-play sessions are also features of the nursery. We send home questionnaires at different intervals to find out how successful our communication is.

Who can I contact for further information?

Parents/carers can contact their child’s key person at any time. The Manager, Samantha Roddick is available at the nursery every day.<br /><br /> Detailed information about the nursery  is available on our website which includes our Local Offer. Information about local services is available on the Local Authority website.   This offer is accurate now, but services are regularly reviewed and could change. All information will be updated as soon as possible to reflect any new service offer.

Testimonials

Sending your child off to nursery for the first time can be really daunting. I needn't have worried; the staff at Owlets are experienced, loving and passionate about our child's learning and development. Edie just adores it there and has been happy to go from day one. I think the success of the nursery is reflected in its low staff turn over and small experienced team. It's reassuring to know that Edie is always with people she knows well and people we know look after her just as well as we do. Thank you for all you do.

Thank you for all you do!

Owlets have been amazing with my 3 children, very supportive & caring, they learn a wide variety of topics, in the most creative ways. My children have always felt safe, secure & happy to be at Owlets Nursery School.

Owlets have been amazing with my 3 children!

I am very happy I chose this setting for my twin boys, it has helped their social skills, and enabled them to experience different things and they absolutely love it. They come home and tell me all about the activities they have done that day and are always asking when they are next going in. The staff are all very friendly and it's clear they are really caring and love the children they look after.

They come home and tell me all about the activities they have done that day!

Our Owlets experience - from our first meeting with the staff we knew that Owlets was the perfect option for our daughter. The staff team are caring and professional and you can see how much they love each child - and our daughter adores each of them. She is always excited to go to nursery and I feel that is a testament to the Owletts staff team. As a parent it is lovely knowing you are leaving your child with people she feels safe and secure with.

As a parent it is lovely knowing you are leaving your child with people she feels safe and secure with!

Owlets is an absolutely wonderful nursery! My daughter has been there 2 years now and has come on leaps and bounds! She's gone from a shy and scared little girl who would cry going into nursery to now, so chatty and confident and always so happy to go in and that's all because of the lovely staff! Also helped me crack the potty training, couldn't of done it without them and I'm so grateful for that! Honestly couldn't recommend this nursery any more, they've been the best and I know my daughter is now more than ready for big school in September! ❤

Owlets is an absolutely wonderful nursery!

Contact

Phone Number

077 4534 7352

Email

owletsnurseryschool@hotmail.co.uk

Address

Langney Sports Club
Priory Road
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN23 7QH