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Cuddles @ The Stadium

A setting that is offering care and education for children from 2 years to school age. Cuddles has an ethos of offering extremely high quality care and all the staff are fully trained in Food Hygiene and First Aid. The nursery Manager has been working with children for 15 years. We offer a variety of sessions to suit most parents.

Cuddles at the Stadium
Poole Stadium
Stadium Way
Poole Town
BH15 2BP
01202 280101
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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
Outdoor Play Area/Garden
Visits and Outings
Car Parking
Times Available:
Monday 07:45-18:00
Tuesday 07:45-18:00
Wednesday 07:45-17:30
Thursday 07:45-18:00
Friday 07:45-18:00
All Year Round
From 2 years  0 months to 12 years  0 months.
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Other Costs:
Please contact the nursery for additional information on session cost & times.
Immediate Vacancies
Vacancy Information:
Cuddles @ the Stadium has vacancies every day
No of vacancies:
This provider collects from these schools:
Longfleet CE Primary School
Old Town Infant School and Nursery
Ocean Academy Poole
Stanley Green Infant Academy
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Last Inspection Judgement:
Last Inspection Date:
Special Provisions:
Visual impairment
Caters for Special Diets:
Vegetarian, Diabetic, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Lactose Free, Dairy Free diets
Languages Spoken:

SEN and Disabilities Service Description

Section 1 - How do you communicate with the parent/carer whose child has SEND? 

1a) How they can arrange a visit and/or see you in action? 

Ring the nursery and make an appointment. Details to get the nursery to ring you back maybe left on Facebook message, day nurseries’ website and the nursery website. 

1b) What are some of the things they will see to welcome them to your setting? 

The main door is locked and parents are greeted by a staff member on entry. The doorbell is situated in the foyer. 

1c) What different ways do you use to communicate with parents?  

  • Whose job is it to share day to day information and how is this information shared? 

The staff give a verbal handover to every parent on arrival and collection. The room has a whiteboard with the information on of activities they have enjoyed.  We do offer communication books if it is not the parent/carer collecting the child.  

  • What opportunities are available for regular contact with parents/carers about things that have happened during the day? 

As above 

  • Who explains specific information about the child’s learning to parents/carers and children? 

Staff will speak to the parents daily and raise any issues as they arise. Cuddles has a system in place called ‘My learning book’ which allows staff to track children and share special moments with parents. Parents will be given a password and private log in which allows them to add their own ‘Keepsake comments’ and photos.   

  • opportunities offered and available, additional to normal reporting arrangements, to discuss progress 

Parents can request a meeting with a staff member whenever they feel they need it. 

  •  how you inform parents/carers about the progress children should be making? 

Parent’s evenings are offered twice a year. Staff discuss with parents any issues as they arise.    

  • how do you share planned learning and how can parents support this? 

The nursery issues next steps pages every term for parents to see the goals the nursery are working on. Parents are encouraged to work on the next steps.   

  • what strategies do you put in place to enable parents to support learning at home? 

Parents are invited to parents evening and are able to add “keep sake” comments to their child’s learning book as well as work alongside staff with their child’s next steps. 

  • How do you provide parent/carers with specific information regarding any changes to routines or staffing? 

The manager and team leaders work together to ensure routines and needs are met. This is shared through newsletters; letters and emails.   

1d) How can parents contribute or share ideas for you to consider to make communication with you more effective? 

Please contact the nursery manager or the room team leader who are happy to help. We also issue anonymous parental surveys yearly.   

1e) If the parent/carer is unhappy with your provision, what should they do? 

The nurseries’ policies and procedures are accessible throughout the week from each nursery’s front entrance. Parents are also made aware of the complaints procedures at their settling sessions when their child starts; this is done at the settling session alongside a written document that the parent takes home called the welcome pack.   

Parents are advised that if they have any issues or concerns they are welcome to seek advice or support from any of the staff within their team (e.g. key person or Team Leader) or seek out a senior member of the management team (wearing purple). We are happy for parents to raise their concerns via writing/email or in person.  If a child is upset or has any concerns they are encouraged to speak to their staff/keyperson or if they have fed back to their parent, we are happy to work alongside the parent/carer to resolve this.   

Section 2 - How will you help to settle the child into your setting? 

2a) State some of the things the parent/carer will see when their child first starts at your setting 

When the child and carer/parent attend their first settle they will meet their child’s key person. If needed a TAC meeting can be held at Cuddles; inviting any professionals needed. The nursery SENCo will attend these meetings when needed and will introduce herself to these families.  Our SENCo is Tracy Smith  

Section 3 - What help and support does your setting offer to SEND children to move rooms or move on to school? 

Staff will attend any transition meeting that they are invited to with the Parent, Key Person and SENCo. Transition paperwork will be completed and handed over to the relevant people.   

3a) How do you ensure the child is happy and learning as they move from room to room?  

A “moving up” letter explaining which room they will be moving into next and any changes in nursery life that may occur; is given to the parents before the child changes room. The child will have settles in the new room to ensure they are settled 

3b) How do you ensure the child remains happy and learning as they move from you on to another setting?  

Schools are encouraged to come into the setting where possible to meet the child before they move onto school. Staff will attend any transition meeting that they are invited to with the Parent, Key Person and SENCo. Transition paperwork will be completed and handed over to the relevant people. 

Section 4 - How do you understand and discover how the child learns? 

4a) How do you measure the child’s learning to try to discover any additional educational needs they might have?  

Staff use audits to look at the child’s strengths and weaknesses, staff with the support of the SENCO will personalise this child’s learning to improve upon the areas of weakness. If a child’s weaknesses do not make a significant improvement the parent will be asked to complete relevant forms and guidance will be sought from the BCP Council.  

The parent will be kept informed each step along the way.  At Cuddles only Team Leaders are allowed to give any form of medication and should any specific personal care be needed staff are happy to undertake any relevant training. Throughout this children are encouraged to share their views, concerns or needs.   

4b) How will you make sure that what you are teaching meets the needs of the child?  

The person who knows the child best (Key Person) will oversee the child’s next steps and learning with input from our SENCo.  All of the staff will support the children with SEN within our rooms but the child’s Key Person will offer the most support alongside the other staff within their team. When planning staff will ensure all of the recourses and apparatus are accessible to all of the children within their care.  SEN support plans will be implemented when needed.  Staff use audits to look at the child’s strengths and weaknesses, staff with the support of the SENCo will personalise this child’s learning to improve upon the areas of weakness. If a child’s weaknesses do not make a significant improvement the parent will be asked to complete relevant forms and guidance will be sought from the BCP Council. The parent will be kept informed each step along the way.  

4c) How will you make sure that the child is having fun and enjoys learning through play?  

Personalised SEN support plans are drawn up using recommendations from the EYASENCo. These are updated and evaluated every 6 weeks. If Portage are involved they will be involved in goal setting. Derbyshires are used to track the children and these are used to plan as well. Children are all supported as individuals in a learning through play environment. 

4d) Which experts and other professionals do you liaise with?  

The SENCo will liaise with all agencies supporting the child. Agencies are invited into the setting and we will share information and take advice. Parents are invited to the SEN support meetings and will be asked what goal they would like to support the family life. 

4e) When some children need a higher level of SEND support how do you go about making sure they get the support they need?  

The SENCO will refer to BCP Council for advice and complete the relevant form with the parent. The SENCo will refer to SALT if needed. Staff will work with the parent and contact the health visitor to make more referrals to the community paediatrician if needed. 

4f) How do you ensure that the views of parents/carers and children are included in this specialist work? 

All children are encouraged to make choices in their play; visual photos of toys are displayed for children to be able to select a toy. Parents are consulted daily on drop offs and collections and invited to SEN support plan meetings. 

Section 5 - Inclusive Practice and SEND training and expertise within this organisation 

5a) What range of training and expertise do your staff have?  

All staff have had an introduction to Portage training session. Many staff have been on a sign language course for sign a long. The SENCo has done the Borough of Poole SENCo course. 3 staff have attended the BCP Council long pathway to become a SENCo. The training co-ordinator will try to source training as the need arises.   

5b) What are the ways in which you fully involve children with SEN and/or disabilities? 

  • Indoor 

The nursery will adapt the furniture indoors as needed for the specific child. The nursery has wheelchair access and a disabled toilet. Staff will use any equipment needed for the child.   

  • Outdoor 

The nursery has a small Astro turf playground on ground level which is accessible to all children. Staff will support each child to access the playground and adapt the area as needed.   

  • Trips out of the setting 

Trips are planned to accommodate each child’s needs and any equipment that the child’s requires will be used.

Are your staff DBS Approved?
Do you have a First Aid Policy?
Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
Recognised As (Scheme):
2 Year Old Early Education Provider
30 Hours Free Childcare Provider
Tax Free Childcare Provider
3 & 4 Year Old Early Education Provider