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Castle Kindergarten (Albany Village Primary School)

Castle Kindergarten aims to provide each child with a caring environment which is safe, stimulating and a very happy day-time alternative to home.  Our carefully designed indoor and outdoor space allows children to play, explore, discover and create in safe, secure and inviting surroundings. 

We promote all areas of learning and development as outlined in England's statutory Early Years Foundation Stage which sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. We do this through a planned and purposeful play based curriculum.  At the heart of our approach we have created an environment where children can express themselves, explore and investigate.  We offer a curriculum that is not only broad based, but considers the individual needs of each child, allowing each child to develop at their own pace and to follow their own interests.  In each room the experiences offered are appropriate to children's age and include both indoor and outdoor activities.

Our learning environments are pivotal to our whole approach to learning and teaching; they are flexible so that spaces can be adapted in response to children's interests or lines of enquiry. Resources are easily accessible to children and are open-ended using largely natural or recycled materials so that children can create many different things in many ways.

We strongly believe that the environment for children must be safe, warm, welcoming and calm; that the activity spaces and meeting spaces in the kindergarten are homely and nurturing; some areas have furniture that would be found in our homes and there are plenty of cosy spaces where children can come together to be with others or on their own. Objects, artwork and photographs from the natural world are displayed around the setting.

Lighting and colour are also used to best effect to create a sense of well-being. These features will surround children within an environment that helps them feel safe and secure and encourages and supports positive behaviour for learning. 

We have a large outdoor space where children spend a lot of time investigating the natural world around them.

At Castle Kindergarten we provide day care for children from 3 months to 5 years of age. We offer funded places for 2 year olds who are eligible for the government's 15 hours free education and funded places for 3 & 4 year olds who are eligible for 15 and 30 hours of free education. Parents can either choose to use their full 30 funded hours with us or split it across two settings. Where the 30 hours are split between Castle Kindergarten and Albany Village Primary School, children can be transferred easily between the two settings at lunchtime through our pick up and drop off service. We also provide after school and holiday care.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ruth Rutter and Michelle Hinder
Contact Position
Manager and Deputy Manager
Telephone
0191 418 7122
E-mail
admin@castlekindergarten.org.uk

Where to go

Name
Castle Kindergarten
Address
Albany Village
Washington
Tyne & Wear
Postcode
NE37

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 7:30am to 5:45pm
Session Information
50 weeks per year

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Under 2's - £25.00 Per Session - am or pm
Under 2's - £39.00 Per Day
Under 2's - £179.00 Per Week
Over 2's - £23.00 Per Session - am or pm
Over 2's - £37.00 Per Day
Over 2's - £169.00 Per Week
Holiday Care for Over 4's - £15.00 Per Session - am or pm
Holiday Care for over 4's - £25.00 Per Day
Details
We accept childcare vouchers, please speak to a member of the team to find out more.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
Yes
Details
Our building is completely accessible, with flat footpaths and outdoor areas. We have a wide entrance and easy access throughout the building. The setting is on one floor, with easy access into the rooms and we have a large tarmac play area in addition to our grass play space. We have an accessible toilet and the children’s toilets are in cubicles which are large enough for staff to support a child when needed.

Special Needs

Has Provision
Yes
Details
Castle Kindergarten has a clear approach for identifying, responding to, and meeting children’s additional needs. We support and involve parents (and where relevant children), actively listening to, and acting on their wishes and concerns. We work in partnership with the local authority and other external agencies to ensure the best outcomes for children and their families. We regularly monitor and review our policy, practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments.

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes
Details
As part of our initial and on-going care arrangements, we take specific note of a wide range of dietary needs and cultural preferences. We welcome suggestions from parents on any aspect of children’s meals and snacks so please tell us about your child’s special dietary needs.

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Yes
Details
Our staff team actively promotes equality of opportunity and anti -discriminatory practice for all children and adults. We support racial, gender and physical equality positively and we nurture an understanding of cross-cultural perspectives and values. We try to ensure that the specific needs of all children are met and that whilst children are at the kindergarten they are presented with positive images of people from all walks of life. Our philosophy is that children with differing needs have a right to develop to their potential alongside other children

Childcare Information

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY546316
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer

Description

Castle Kindergarten has a clear approach for identifying, responding to, and meeting children’s additional needs. We support and involve parents (and where relevant children), actively listening to, and acting on their wishes and concerns. We work in partnership with the local authority and other external agencies to ensure the best outcomes for children and their families. We regularly monitor and review our policy, practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments.

Accessibility:

Our building is completely accessible, with flat footpaths and outdoor areas.  We have a wide entrance and easy access throughout the building. The setting is on one floor, with easy access into the rooms and we have a large tarmac play area in addition to our grass play space. We have an accessible toilet and the children’s toilets are in cubicles which are large enough for staff to support a child when needed.

Experience:

Staff at Castle Kindergarten have experience in supporting children with:

·         ADHD

·         Autism Spectrum Disorder

·         Challenging Behaviour

·         Dietary Needs

·         Eczema

·         Emotional Needs

·         Language Impairment 

·         Serious Allergy

·         Speech and Language Difficulties

·         Toileting

·         Visual Impairment

Training:

At times, where children need very specific support, for example any medical support, staff will undertake any necessary training to ensure that the best possible care can be provided for every child.

Staff at Castle Kindergarten have received training on:

·         ADHD

·         Autism Spectrum Disorder

·         Challenging Behaviour

·         Dietary Needs

·         Emotional Needs

·         Family/Parent Support

·         Social and Emotional Difficulties

·         Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties

·         Toileting

Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities:

Each child has a named key person, who supports them and liaises with families. The key workers are supported by our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and the deputy SENCO. The SENCO and key person meet with the family of any children who require any additional support, putting targeted plans in place that are outcome focused. Any plans that are in place are reviewed regularly with parents/carers to ensure that these are current and specific to the child's individual needs.

Working with outside agencies:

We may need to work alongside additional agencies to support children in the best way possible; this might include, Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists, Behaviour Support and Child Psychologists for example. We would always seek parental consent before doing this and you would be involved with the process throughout.

Castle Kindergarten will always work in partnership with families and professionals to try and fully meet the individual child's needs. We always seek additional training and support where necessary.

Contact Name
Ruth Rutter
Michelle Hinder
Contact Telephone
0191 4187122
Contact Email
albany@castlekindergarten.org.uk
Local Offer Age Bands
0-4 (Birth to Pre-School)
Needs Level
Low
SEN Provision Type
Universal
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