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The Ark Association Ltd - Burley Road

We would like to welcome you and your family to the Ark Association, which is a registered charity run by a committee of parents and friends for the benefit of the community. There are two Arks in Oakham, both of which are registered with Ofsted Early Years and comply with Children Act 1989 regulations, providing care and education for 18 months - 4 1/2 years old children.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mary Darlington
Contact Position
Manager
Telephone
01572 770121
E-mail
mary@the-ark.org.uk
Website
www.the-ark.org.uk/.../index.php

Where to go

Name
The Ark Association Ltd (Burley Road)
Address
C/o Oakham C of E Primary School
Burley Road
Oakham
Rutland
Postcode
LE15 6GY
Notes

To get to us at Burley Road you will need to walk around the left hand side of the school building, pass the swimming pool and through two green gates. The entrance to the nursery is then through the last wooden gate on the right hand of the building.

If you have any problems finding us please telephone 01572 770121

Other Details

Costs

Details
Please contact us regarding any costs as this will vary according to the age of your child.

Availability

Age Ranges
18 Months - 4 1/2 Years

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Yes

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Yes

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Yes
Details
Please contact us about any vacancies

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
Yes
2 year old funding
Yes

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Mon - Fri 7.30am 6.00pm
Facilities
Outdoor Play Area
Lunch
Play Equipment
Arts and Crafts
Refreshments Snacks
Arts
Sleeping Area
Breakfast
Computer
Visits and Outings
TV
Cooking
Gardening

School Pickups

Offers pickups
No

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY439865
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
22/05/2012Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
16/10/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
12/02/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Description

Children will be admitted to the Ark according to the waiting list guidelines and no child will be excluded on the grounds of race, culture, gender or disability.

We aim to offer high standards of education, stimulation and fun within a structured environment. Our ideas are very neatly summed up in the words of educationalist, Charlotte Mason:“We must help them to grow at their own pace by nurturing their own talents and helping them to develop their own individual personalities”.

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?

  • Through observing and assessing all our children we get to know the children. Along with the integrated review and working alongside outside professionals we can help to identify any additional needs of the children.
  • The Ark has an open door policy and strives to build good parent partnerships. We hope that this will give our parents the confidence to talk and tell us of any concerns they may have regarding their child.

How will early years setting staff support my child?

  • With meetings with our SENDCO and key person of your child you will be able to receive frequent progress reports.
  • The Key person will observe and assess on a regular basis by using Tapestry an online assessment program which as a parent you will be able to access on the internet.
  • With our open door policy parents can talk to a staff member on a day to day basis. If we feel a child/parent will benefit from a home diary one would be started.
  • Within SEND meetings your child’s progress is discussed and their learning is planned for with targets set. The parent will be invited to attend these meetings and they will get a report on what is discussed.

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

  • Your child will have a key person within their room who will be their main career. The SENDCO will work within the sessions depending on severity and funding of the individual child.
  • The nursery works with the local Inclusion team and depending on the child's needs we can include outside agencies including Paediatricians and Speech and Language teams.
  • The nursery SENDCO will explain what is happening at the appropriate times.

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

  • Through continus planning and assessments and meetings involving the child’s inclusion team, their progress is assessed. We work on the EYFS and by tracking their progress we can see if targets are being made.
  • Additional support is offered through differentiation in planning and activities
  • Parents can access their childrens learning journey online through Tapestry and see what their child's next steps are. Any parent can also speak to members of staff on entry or when leaving about their child's day.

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

  • When a child first starts they are offered settling in days. Each child is given a key person who will build a close relationship with that child.
  • At quiet times and circle times the children are encouraged to express themselves and how they are feeling. We have the use of Emotion Puppets that help build children’s confidence
  • We give the children opportunities to develop their independence from many activities in nursery.
  • They children help make snack and self-serve it.
  • On Mondays we go swimming which is a great time to develop undressing and dressing themselves. Swimming also builds their confidence and social skills.
  • Throughout the nursery day children are encouraged to express themselves and their opinions to Adults that are willing to listen to them.
  • We encourage children to try to think through their problem and find a solution together rather than provide them with a solution.

What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting

  • We can call upon the EYFS Inclusion team, Speech and Language therapists, Health team, Paediatricians, Educational Psychologists, Early Help and Aiming High.

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

  • We have members of staff who completed the training Every Child a Talker.
  • Our setting has a named SENDCO who attends any Network meetings.
  • Some members of staff have had training in Hoist lifts. There is a Hoist at the swimming pool we use.
  • At the current time we are looking at training to build on our knowledge of Autism

How will my child be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

  • As we strive to be an inclusive setting we would make sure that any trips and outings we took part in would be suitable for all children taking part.
  • We would discuss with parents to see how else our trip could be suited for their child.
  • A risk assessment for each outing will be completed and individual needs would be shown in this

How accessible is the setting enviroment

  • The building is equipped with a disabled toilet and changing facilities.
  • Our building was built four years ago and is fully accessible to wheelchair users. We are all on one level throughout the site with wide doors.
  • If we encounter a situation where a parent / career does not have English as a second language and is finding it difficult to communicate we try to help by asking other parents we may have with the same language to try and help or in the past a friend or other family member has interpreted for them in meetings.
  • Any extra equipment needed to support children with special educational needs could be secured using funds from Pupil Premium, 1:1 funding, and the Early Years funding

How will the seting prepare and support my child to join the setting or the next stage of education and life

  • If a child has attended another setting we ask to see any documents or Learning Journey’s.
  • Children are offered a free settling in session and we then work from there. We will gradually extend a child’s time in nursery as they settle in more. Parents are welcome to stay for the first session and again thereafter depending on how the child is settling in.
  • In our own admissions forms we ask parents to fill in a form to tell us as much as they can about their child. This can then be discussed at the first session/meeting with the nursery.
  • The term before a child moves onto the next stage the child will have some transitions sessions. A member of staff from their new setting should come and view a child in our setting before they move on. The child’s key person or SENDCO will accompany a child on the transitions.
  • As we use Tapestry to inform a child’s Learning Journey this will all be passed on to a child’s next setting. We also have tracking sheets to show a child’s progress, this will also be passed on.
  • Meetings will be arranged between our setting, a new setting and the parents to ensure a smooth transition. 

How are the seting's resources allocated and matched to children's special educational needs?

  • The local authority hold a budget for SEND and they will allocate an amount of funding which will be provided to the nursery and can then be used for 1:1 care.
  • At the review meetings held we as a nursery get to feed back to the inclusion team on how the funding is impacting on the child’s development ie if we feel the 1:1 care being funded is sufficient or if we feel it is no longer required.

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

  • The inclusion team would ultimately say how much and what type of support a child would receive. Our Sendco would liasise with them and other outside agencies along with the parents to decide on the correct support.

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

  • Parents are welcome to partake in a session in the nursery. This will show how we run and gives parents a chance to get to know us better.
  • As the nursery is a charity we hold fundraisers in which parents can be involoved in help run and organise.
  • Although the nursery has a manager the overall running of the nursery is overseen by a management committee in which parents are invited to be part of.    
Contact Name
Mary Darlington
Contact Telephone
01572 770121
Contact Email
mary@the-ark.org.uk
Links
The Ark Association Ltd - Website Page
The Ark Association Ltd - Facebook Page

Schools Extended Local Offer Response 

How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
  • Through observing and assessing all our children we get to know the children. Along with the integrated review and working alongside outside professionals we can help to identify any additional needs of the children.

 

  • The Ark has an open door policy and strives to build good parent partnerships. We hope that this will give our parents the confidence to talk and tell us of any concerns they may have regarding their child.
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
  • With meetings with our SENDCO and key person of your child you will be able to receive frequent progress reports.
  • The Key person will observe and assess on a regular basis by using Tapestry an online assessment program which as a parent you will be able to access on the internet.
  • With our open door policy parents can talk to a staff member on a day to day basis. If we feel a child/parent will benefit from a home diary one would be started.

 

  • Within SEND meetings your child’s progress is discussed and their learning is planned for with targets set. The parent will be invited to attend these meetings and they will get a report on what is discussed.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child's young person's needs?
  • Your child will have a key person within their room who will be their main career. The SENDCO will work within the sessions depending on severity and funding of the individual child.
  • The nursery works with the local Inclusion team and depending on the child's needs we can include outside agencies including Paediatricians and Speech and Language teams.
  • The nursery SENDCO will explain what is happening at the appropriate times.
How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?
  • Through continus planning and assessments and meetings involving the child’s inclusion team, their progress is assessed. We work on the EYFS and by tracking their progress we can see if targets are being made.
  • Additional support is offered through differentiation in planning and activities
  • Parents can access their childrens learning journey online through Tapestry and see what their child's next steps are. Any parent can also speak to members of staff on entry or when leaving about their child's day.

 

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
  • When a child first starts they are offered settling in days. Each child is given a key person who will build a close relationship with that child.
  •  At quiet times and circle times the children are encouraged to express themselves and how they are feeling. We have the use of Emotion Puppets that help build children’s confidence
  • We give the children opportunities to develop their independence from many activities in nursery.
  • They children help make snack and self-serve it.
  • On Mondays we go swimming which is a great time to develop undressing and dressing themselves. Swimming also builds their confidence and social skills.
  • Throughout the nursery day children are encouraged to express themselves and their opinions to Adults that are willing to listen to them.
  • We encourage children to try to think through their problem and find a solution together rather than provide them with a solution.
What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college
  • We can call upon the EYFS Inclusion team, Speech and Language therapists, Health team, Paediatricians, Educational Psychologists, Early Help and Aiming High.
What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?
  • We have members of staff who completed the training Every Child a Talker.
  • Our setting has a named SENDCO who attends any Network meetings.
  • Some members of staff have had training in Hoist lifts. There is a Hoist at the swimming pool we use.
  •  At the current time we are looking at training to build on our knowledge of Autism
How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
  • As we strive to be an inclusive setting we would make sure that any trips and outings we took part in would be suitable for all children taking part.
  • We would discuss with parents to see how else our trip could be suited for their child.
  •  A risk assessment for each outing will be completed and individual needs would be shown in this
How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment
  • The building is equipped with a disabled toilet and changing facilities.
  • Our building was built four years ago and is fully accessible to wheelchair users. We are all on one level throughout the site with wide doors.
  • If we encounter a situation where a parent / career does not have English as a second language and is finding it difficult to communicate we try to help by asking other parents we may have with the same language to try and help or in the past a friend or other family member has interpreted for them in meetings.
  •  Any extra equipment needed to support children with special educational needs could be secured using funds from Pupil Premium, 1:1 funding, and the Early Years funding
How will the seting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life
  • If a child has attended another setting we ask to see any documents or Learning Journey’s.
  • Children are offered a free settling in session and we then work from there. We will gradually extend a child’s time in nursery as they settle in more. Parents are welcome to stay for the first session and again thereafter depending on how the child is settling in.
  • In our own admissions forms we ask parents to fill in a form to tell us as much as they can about their child. This can then be discussed at the first session/meeting with the nursery.
  •  The term before a child moves onto the next stage the child will have some transitions sessions. A member of staff from their new setting should come and view a child in our setting before they move on. The child’s key person or SENDCO will accompany a child on the transitions.
  • As we use Tapestry to inform a child’s Learning Journey this will all be passed on to a child’s next setting. We also have tracking sheets to show a child’s progress, this will also be passed on.
  •  Meetings will be arranged between our setting, a new setting and the parents to ensure a smooth transition.

 

How are the seting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
  • The local authority hold a budget for SEND and they will allocate an amount of funding which will be provided to the nursery and can then be used for 1:1 care.
  • At the review meetings held we as a nursery get to feed back to the inclusion team on how the funding is impacting on the child’s development ie if we feel the 1:1 care being funded is sufficient or if we feel it is no longer required.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will recieve?

The inclusion team would ultimately say how much and what type of support a child would receive. Our Sendco would liasise with them and other outside agencies along with the parents to decide on the correct support.

How are parents involved in he setting/school/college? How can I be involved?
  • Parents are welcome to partake in a session in the nursery. This will show how we run and gives parents a chance to get to know us better.
  • As the nursery is a charity we hold fundraisers in which parents can be involoved in help run and organise.
  • Although the nursery has a manager the overall running of the nursery is overseen by a management committee in which parents are invited to be part of.    

This page was last updated on: 11/07/2018

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