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BCS Prep Kindergarten

A well established Kindergarten housed in modern purpose-built accommodation as part of the school. Well equipped, providing an exciting but secure and welcoming setting for learning. A bright, modern and friendly small Nursery room opened September 2016. ISI inspection for Early Years 'Excellent' in all areas in 2017. 'Enhanced' status awarded for by BCP Council.

Well experienced, motivated staff team. Excellent free-flow system maximising well planned outdoor learning. Lots of outdoor space including woodlands, playgrounds, field and tennis courts on site. We offer lots of extra-curricular including swimming on site, dance, sport and forest school learning. ISI say, "The needs of the children are of the utmost importance to staff and they are met within a safe and stimulating environment. Staff clearly recognise the unique qualities of each child." We plan using the EYFS curriculum and we use topics and themes based on children's interests and next steps. We pride ourselves on working in partnership with parents and ensure we nurture and build our children's confidence to help ensure they are fully equipped for lifelong learning.

Bournemouth Collegiate Preparatory School
40 St Osmunds Road
BH14 9JY
01202 714110
01202 731037
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Childcare Type:
Independent Nursery Unit
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 08:00-17:00
Tuesday 08:00-17:00
Wednesday 08:00-17:00
Thursday 08:00-17:00
Friday 08:00-17:00
All Year Round
School Holiday Only
From 2 years  0 months to 11 years  0 months.
Contact provider directly for costs
Other Costs:
Termly Fees; Nursery - Full Day £3 340.00 School Day £2 545.00; Kindergarten - Full Day £3 210.00 School Day £2 455.00 and AM/PM Session £1 810.00
Immediate Vacancies
Vacancy Information:
Please contact the school for current vacancies as we are a popular Nursery and Kindergarten and sessions fill up quickly and change all the time.
No of vacancies:
Cultural Provision:
No strong religious ethos.
Caters for Special Diets:
All dietary requirements can be catered for
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? 

Parents can request a meeting or a visit to BCS by contacting our school office on 01202 714110 or email We offer school tours and also Open Days for parents who are considering our school. We have an open door policy for all existing parents  

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

We are an inclusive setting who are warm and welcoming and we promote ‘The Best in Everyone’ All children are allocated a Key Person in Nursery and Kindergarten to help nurture your child and to help them with their learning and development. In Reception your child’s class teacher is the Key Person.  

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

Your child’s Key Person will ensure you are kept fully informed about your child’s progress at BCS. Not only will they work closely with you and your child and have daily face to face contact with you, they also use Tapestry online learning journal to keep you up to date with your child’s progress and about what learning opportunities your child has had.  

We hold formal Parent Consultation evenings twice a year and you will receive a formal report of your child’s progress at the end of the Summer Term in Nursery and Kindergarten and at the end of every term in Reception. We track the progress of all children in Early Years and ensure we keep parents well informed of their child’s progress.   

Parents receive weekly newsletters and are kept up to date by email and the parent portal about what is happening on a weekly basis. We also use home/school link books to pass information between the setting and the family. Any additional specific information will be passed by email or a meeting arranged according to need. We are always happy to arrange any additional meetings should parents wish to discuss any aspect of their child’s education in further detail.  

We plan in a responsive way – using the children’s current interests as a way to keep learning relevant and exciting and parents can contribute to this by using Tapestry to add to their child’s Learning Journey.  

Parents receive information about what their child has been learning about in the form of a ‘Let’s Talk’ email at the end of every week. In Reception children receive Let’s Talk alongside more formal homework. These both assist parents with ideas of how to enhance and continue learning at home.  

The Head of Early Years keeps parents well informed with staff information, changes to timetable, upcoming events etc. via emails. Parents usually have daily contact with practitioners at drop off and collection and we update parents by email, newsletter and through our home/school link partnership.   

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

We invite parents to provide us with feedback in regular questionnaires and we always encourage parents to let us know if there is anything we can do to improve their child’s learning or our provision. 

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

Parents can arrange meetings with staff whenever required and should a parent have a concern this should be raised with the child’s Key Person in the first instance and then reported to the Head of Early Years. All policies are available on the school website.  

Section 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 your child starts at BCS you will receive an information pack that will inform you about the setting, and your child’s key person. It also contains information about all the staff across early years. You can contact the Early Years SENCO on or the school SENCO on 

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

We work hard to ensure transition between rooms and across our EYFS are smooth and well planned. All pupils have settling sessions prior to starting/moving on in our EYFS. We carry out observations and plan thoroughly for your child’s move within the early years and also if they move to another school. Information is shared between settings and we share information to ensure we provide your child with a positive transition. We will forward on all tracking and paperwork and also request as much available information prior to a child starting with us to enable us to plan for any needs.  

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

We use thorough and ongoing observations to track children’s progress and also carefully follow the children’s characteristics of learning and track their well-being and involvement. Parents receive a transition pack when children move on to their next stage in our EYFS. Children joining us for Reception have transition sessions and also receive a home visit to ensure a smooth transition into school and to enable us to plan for any additional needs or requirements.    

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

Parents are invited to attend transition evenings and to a variety of workshops to enable them to support children in their next stage of education. We are happy to meet previous settings or a child’s new setting to share information to support a child’s transition. 

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?  

All children are carefully tracked across the EYFS and are observed continuously, both in play and in adult led activities to ensure we are measuring their progress. Should we have any concerns we will share these with parents immediately and together we will decide on the next step for your child.  

We share children’s ‘next steps’ with their parents and we also encourage children to think about what they would like to improve through circle time and key group discussion too. We use ‘Provision Mapping’ to track any additional support a child is receiving. We follow our school policy on administering medicines and for personal care. 

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

The Head of Early Years, who is also one of the schools’ Assistant Heads and the Early years SENCO tracks the cohort alongside the school SENCO. We have access to a range of highly qualified staff in our early years department with lots of SEND experience and with up to date and relevant SEND training.  Our school has excellent links with SALT (both private and NHS), OT, HV, Ed Psych, Children’s Centre, LA Early Learning & Inclusion team, Mosaic, etc. We always seek parents’ views and involve them throughout the process of supporting children with SEND. We will follow all recommendations and procedures from other agencies.  

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

Our recent ISI inspection (Nov 2017) highlighted our Pastoral Care as excellent and we ensure all children are supported with their personal, social and emotional needs. We have staff trained in bereavement needs and with a wealth of SEND experience. Children are closely monitored and health and wellbeing is a priority to us. 

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


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


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

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

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

We provide regular update training and CPD for our staff.  Parents are signposted to support as needed. We are fully inclusive and we always make reasonable adjustments to ensure all children can access the curriculum and additional activities that are on offer.  

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

  • Indoor 

  •  Outdoor 
  • Trips out of the setting 

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