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The setting was allocated funding from Surestart to build a purpose built building which was completed in Jan 2010, this includes two large play areas, sensory room, office, toilets, changing rooms and is fully accessible.

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Outside we have two covered areas, an area designated for wheeled vehicles, climbing etc and covered in soft pour flooring, a vegetable garden, herb garden, wildlife garden, mud kitchen and water station. Within our grounds we have recently planted trees with parents to create a wooded area, cut paths in long grass to create a ‘wildlife walk’ and make full use of Forest Schools within the school grounds.

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We also have chickens and rabbits, which we care for fostering an understanding of life cycles (using the eggs as we also cook as a group every day) we also hatch the eggs with Reception class and how to care for living animals etc. We have a large outside shed which contains a range of resources that the children can freely access and choose items to enhance play. We are passionate about outside play and believe that it is important for children to connect with their environment at every level allowing them to engage at a sensory and intellectual level, consolidate their fine and gross motor skills, and allow for experimentation balancing child led, child initiated and adult led activities.

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The setting is based on the site of Hartpury Primary School and maintains strong links with the school. It is a rural setting feeding Hartpury and Ashleworth primary schools in the main and serves the communities of Hartpury, Maisemore, Ashleworth, High Leadon and Eldersfield as well as children from Gloucester, Newent, Staunton, Corse and surrounding areas.

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    • We are registered for 30 children and we currently open term time only, Mon-Fri 8am -6pm, our core hours (sessional) are 9-3pm; 9-1pm; 12-3pm – outside this we offer additional hours (i.e. 8-6pm) we aim to be as flexible as possible to best serve the needs of the community. Funded children are eligible for 15 hours fully funded, the remainder is billed accordingly (every half term). We are now accepting the 30 hours funding
    • We are fully inclusive and have children with a wide range of interests and developmental needs, we have children who are on My Plans, My PLAN+ and EHCP In line with multi agency guidelines. (Please see SEND Local Offer) We have a highly qualified SENCO (Post grad) and aim to offer the highest quality care for children with additional needs. We are also committed to Early Help in line with the Graduated Pathway.
    • We currently have 10 members of staff and three relief staff within our contingency plan; all staff have an enhanced DBS check and regularly attend a wide range of courses and training opportunities. We also welcome student placements and work closely with local comprehensive school, college and University to offer placements for those wishing to embark on the EYFS journey. The Nursery Manager has an Msc in BOTH Early Years and Psychology. She is also a lead practitioner for Gloucestershire County Council Early Years Team, mentoring settings and practitioners in ‘outstanding’ practice and a member of the Gloucestershire schools forum, early years panel and the south west SEN panel. The deputy is level 3 qualified and due to continue onto a foundation degree qualification. Our senior early years practitioners hold Early Years Teachers Status or QTS and the remainder of staff have a range of qualifications, level 4 in EY, NNEB, 38 years post experience and all are qualified in first aid, child protection (with the addition of a Designated Safeguarding Lead), and Food and Hygiene, we also have a designated SENCO, fire officer, a communication and language lead professional, Blue Skies Coordinator and a member of staff is currently awaiting a place for Forest Schools Ranger qualification.
    • We actively support the apprenticeship initiative, student placement both through the college and Secondary School, and are involved in mentoring schemes for those wishing to further their knowledge or career in EY.
    • The management committee comprises of a Chairperson (who also is the Chair of Governors of Hartpury Primary School, and members include Reception teacher (Hartpury Primary School), parent representatives, we also employ an admin asst to coordinate a wide range of admin related task

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