Genevieve Early Years (Holiday Club and Mini Camp)

Early Years Mini Camp

Outside term time we run a holiday club for Early Years children and for girls in the school up to Year 4 (age 8 plus years).

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Val Holmes
Contact Position
Headmistress
Telephone
E-mail
office@thorntoncollege.com
Website
Thornton College

Where to go

Name
Thornton College, Convent of Jesus and Mary
Address
Thornton
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
Postcode
MK17 0HJ
Venue Notes

Nothing within walking distance - next village - Thornton/Thornborough

Other Details

Cost Description
  • 9am to 4 pm = £37 
  • 8am to 9 am = £2.65
  • Half Day am/pm (9am to 12 midday or 1pm to 4pm) = £17.50 per half day session  
  • Add lunch before/after session = £5.80   
  • 4pm to 5pm including tea = £5.50
  • 5pm to 6pm = £2.65

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Yes
Details

Please contact us

Age ranges
From 2 years 6 months to 8 years 11 months
When is childcare available?
School Holidays
No. of weeks a year we are open
15
Other Availability

Open from 8am until 6pm.

 

 

School Pickups

Pickups/Collections offered
No

Local Offer

Description

At the Genevieve Nursery within Thornton College we recognise that all children have the right to receive care and education that meets their individual needs and interests and promotes their learning and development. We aim to create an enabling environment which is as accessible as possible for every individual who uses our setting and premises.  We welcome all children and families and will make all reasonable adjustments to meet their needs.  We aim to build positive relationships with the children and their families.  We want parents to be fully involved with the nursery and to share their children’s successes, achievements, concerns and hopes for the future.  We have high aspirations for all children and aim to work together with parents to support each child to develop and learn in their own way and at their own pace.

Contact Name
Mrs Val Homes
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Office@thorntoncollege.com
SENCo Name
Tracey Kniebe for Early years
SENCo Email
tkniebe@thorntoncollege.com
SEN Provision Type
Universal service (No referral required)

Early Years Local Offer Response

1. What recent SEND specific training has been completed by practitioners in the setting?

SEN Support, My role in the setting            Dec 2015          Tracey Kniebe

Lego Therapy (Speech and Language)         Mar 2019         Angie Sinnott

Dyspraxia Awareness                                 Mar 2015         Sandra Bird

Supporting Undiagnosed Children               Feb 2017          Sandra Bird

Autism Spectrum Conditions                      Nov 2016          Sue Hart

Making Sense of Autism                             Jun 2015          Tracey Kniebe

Supporting children with selective Mutism and stammering:   Jun 2015   Hisana McPartlan

2. How are parents involved at the setting and how can I be involved?

We aim to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive and where parents feel that they are able to approach us about anything relating to their children.  We have formal opportunities for contact with parents at our initial Key Person Meetings, through our 2-year-old progress checks and Parents’ Evenings.  There are also many informal opportunities to chat and when parents request a meeting we aim to meet with them as soon as possible.  We welcome parents to join us for our Harvest and Christmas Concerts, Dance Presentation, Easter Bonnet Parade, Sports Day and Teddy Bears picnic.  Parents are encouraged to inform us of their own observations, photos and events from home via our Home Celebration Stars and Scrapbook Journals.  Parents receive an update on their child’s progress each term. Strong relationships with parents are important to us.  We operate an open-door policy. We encourage parents to inform us directly if they have any comments or concerns.  We encourage ongoing dialogue with their child’s Key Person. 

3. How will practitioners work with me to share information about my child's progress? What is additional for children with SEND?

The above opportunities are available for all parents/carers but in addition to this we welcome more frequent opportunities to meet with parents of children with SEND; how often will be discussed and agreed with the parents.  We also offer updates through home/school books, email or phone calls if this is more convenient.  We will regularly monitor the short term outcomes for children with SEND and would invite parents to be part of this review and the planning session for new outcomes.  If other professionals (Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist) are visiting we would aim to give parents the opportunity to meet with them on their visits too.  

4. What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by the setting?

Our SENCO Tracey Kniebe attends the termly Local Authority SENCO Liaison Groups.  The setting has access to advice from The Early Years SEND, Access and Inclusion Team, through telephone consultations or with parental agreement, child-specific advice from an Early Years SEND Advisor.  A range of online resources and websites are available to the setting for information.  We are happy for professionals involved with the child to visit and welcome this opportunity to develop our knowledge.  We have links with the local Children’s Centre and Health Visitors’ team.  We are happy to attend Multi-Professional Meetings.

Our staff team is highly qualified with a minimum requirement of a Level 3 qualification in Early Years Education. We employ an Early Years Professional who regularly attends training and cascades information to staff members. We work with all professionals as required for each child and always encourage them to come and visit the relevant children in the setting. If required we will contact and work with the Buckinghamshire Early Years Service. We will obtain parental consent before contact is made and we will include parents in all decisions made and meetings held. If speech and language concerns are identified by the setting, we will advise the parents to take their child to the Speech and Language screening sessions. We work with Speech and Language therapists and the reports they provide to support the children in their language development.

The staff continually receive and refresh their training. All staff are qualified within Early Years.  Our SENCO Tracey Kniebe attends the termly Local Authority SENCO Liaison Groups to remain up to date with current policies and procedures. We continually reflect upon our practice and will attend training when a particular need is identified.

5. How accessible is the setting's environment (indoors and outdoors)?

Our indoor and outdoor environment is fully wheelchair accessible as all on one level and we have a disabled toilet.  We try to create areas where distractions are minimised for focused learning and to create sensory areas to support children with sensory processing issues.  We will aim to sources equipment as necessary.

6. What are the transition arrangements for supporting children and families?

We understand that each child’s transition needs are individual and aim to work with parents. We will be happy to discuss with you what you think would work best for your child and be flexible to meet their needs to make transition as smooth as possible.  We liaise closely with settings that the children transfer to, passing on records and encouraging visits.

7. What future plans does your setting have for developing its SEND?

During the coming year, we will provide staff training with regard to SEND focusing on Speech and Language.

 

Last Updated
01/12/2020

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