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The Orchard Nursery

The Orchard Nursery follows the statutory framework as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This sets guidance and requirements that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. There are seven areas of learning and development that shape activities and experiences for children. Of these areas, three – known as the prime areas – are vital for igniting children's curiosity and building their capacity to learn and form relationships. These are communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development. The three prime areas are strengthened and applied through the four specific areas: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design. Our approach is committed to child-led learning. We see children as confident and capable learners who are able to lead their own learning and develop their own ideas and theories, whilst practitioners watch, support, extend and record the learning alongside the child. We provide quality care and developmentally appropriate experiences so that every child may grow to his/her fullest potential as an individual. We use 'In the Moment Planning' and seize every moment when a child shows an interest and build upon their curiosity to deepen their knowledge and extend their learning. Written planning is then carried out in the form of observations where we record the interactions and highlight the 'Teachable Moments' and outcomes. These are recorded on our online learning journey (eyLog). Children are given the opportunity to choose what or where they would like to play rather than being directed by an adult. Our environment is set up to ignite and promote curiosity. Each play space is inviting and is enthused by the children's interests and passion for learning. Play is the building block of a child's intellectual, social, emotional, physical and language skills and through play children develop social skills, problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills. A large portion of a child's day at The Orchard Nursery is spent in free play. We use natural, reclaimed and authentic resources that promote exploration, discovery, creativity, imagination, curiosity, awe and wonder. These resources are anything from branches, pine cones, leaves, mud, flowers, shells, real items such as kettles, pots and pan, crates, tyres, cable drums and microwaves.
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Venue/Contact Details
Christ The King Catholic Primary School
Christ The King Catholic Primary School
Durdells Avenue
BH11 9EH
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Childcare type
Day Nursery
Provision type
  • Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises
Overall limit on childcare numbers
Eligible to take 2, 3 & 4 year old entitlement
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Quiet Area
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Meals Provided
  • Refreshments / Snacks
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Separate Sleeping Area
  • Makaton
  • Visits and Outings
  • Separate Baby Room
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Monday 08:00-18:00, Tuesday 08:00-18:00, Wednesday 08:00-18:00, Thursday 08:00-18:00, Friday 08:00-18:00
  • All Year Round
  • School Holiday Only
Cost per day: £60.00, Cost per hour: £6.00, Cost per session: £37.00
Other Costs:
Age Range 3 months - 3 years £37.00 per morning session £35.00 per afternoon session £60.00 per day. Age Range 3-4yrs £6.00 per hour over the 15/30 hours funding. For funded 2 3 4 year olds:- Food is included. Additional services charge costs £1.00 per funded hour. If siblings attend together and both pay fees they receive reduction of 5%. Late collection charge is £15 for every 15 minutes of lateness. Deposit is £100 which is refundable when the child leaves the setting. £10 non-refundable registration fee.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 0 years to 5 years
Vacancies and School Pick Ups / Drop Offs
Immediate vacancies
Vacancy information
We are full in the baby room until July 2024 and some spaces in 2-3s but no spaces in 3-4s until Sept 2025
Number of vacancies
School pick ups / drop offs
  • Christ the King Catholic Primary School
Ofsted URN
Last Inspection Judgement
Last Inspection Date
Religious and Additional Needs Provision
Additional needs supported:
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Moderate Learning Difficulty
  • Physical Disability
  • Specific Learning Difficulty
  • Visual Impairment
Languages spoken
  • French
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
Special dietary provision
We have a chef who cooks all meals fresh on site, so can cater for any dietary requirements
SEND Local Offer SEND

How do you communicate with the parent / carer whose child has SEND?

Parents can arrange a visit to see the working environment. We use an online system to communicate to parents what their child has been doing whilst at the nursery (eyLog). This includes photographs and written observations linking to the areas of learning.   Parents can also share what they have been doing at home with the setting through eyLog.   The parent can email, phone or speak face to face if they are not happy with any aspects of the setting.  

How do you help children settle into your setting?

We would arrange an initial meeting with the parent and SENDCO and the child’s needs will be discussed. The key person would also attend. If the child has attended another setting, then information would be gathered from them and any professionals involved to help ease the settling in. 

The parent would meet with the key person on their first settling in session (1 hour) and this is an opportunity to discuss everything about the child. The second settling in session is 2 and a half hours, and the parent would be encouraged to leave the child for a short time.   Our website and registration pack has all the information about roles of staff including our SENDCO.  Jo Martin is our SENDCO and the Deputy Manager.

What help and support does your setting offer to children with SEND as they move rooms or move on to school?

The key person would relay all information regarding the child’s needs and development to the next room/ key person. If the child has an additional support worker, we would, where possible have the same member of staff move up with the child for continuity.  

We would arrange a transition meeting with the child’s new setting/ school to discuss the child’s needs, development, prime areas, progress, interests, comforts, eating habits, etc. 

How do you find out how each child likes to learn?

We ask the parents to complete an ‘All about me’ asking about interests and additional information about family and EAL so we can adapt our environment if necessary.   We develop our curriculum based on what the children are interested in and create a child-led accessible environment. 

We know how well the children are doing because we observe and record children’s learning, following their interest and plan in the moment. We assess their development against the age bands in the development matters to make sure they are meeting milestones. Those children who are below we put additional support in place, e.g. IEP, speech and language referral or discussions with SEND early years team / health visitor.  

Inclusive practice / SEND training and expertise within this organisation

Our SENDCO (Deputy Manager) has extensive SEND experience and training.  SENCO level 4, Elklan, Autism awareness level 2, PEC’s, PEIC-D, Attention Autism, WellComm assessment.  She has also worked with a variety of children with complex needs.  Many staff have completed Autism Awareness training.   We have members of staff who give 1:1 additional support to children with additional needs, who have received training in WellComm, PEIC-D, PEC’s, Makaton, and speech and language.

The information in this SEND Local Offer was completed on 22/05/2024 

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Recognised as:
  • 2 Year Old Early Education Provider
  • 3 and 4 Year Old Early Education Provider
  • 30 Hours Free Childcare Provider
  • Tax Free Childcare Provider