Old Hall Nursery in Congleton, Cheshire

Our fantastic outside play area offers lots of space for children to run around and for the older ones we have a large climbing frame on a padded area.

Special Educational Needs Policy

Old Hall Day Nursery aim to include all children whatever their individual needs, providing them with the best possible care/support and learning environment that is best suited to their needs. We believe in the inclusion of all children and aim to provide a learning environment which takes any special educational needs into account, along with parental wishes. All children will be included in all areas of the curriculum; children with additional educational needs will receive maximum opportunities to develop their full intellectual, personal and social potential.

We provide an open door policy to all children on a first come first served basis, if the Nursery is full, children will be added to a waiting list. Priority will be given to siblings. We will not discriminate against any child. We have suitable access for disabled children but we would need to liaise with parents on any special requirements needed by each individual child, and offer visit sessions prior to the place being offered.

Our SENCO is Susanne Newton.

Susanne has had training regarding special needs and will keep up to date by attending Sure Start Cheshire In Service Training Days and will pass all relevant information from training to all staff members.
Some staff are trained in manual handling.

We assess and observe all children and record progress by:

- Using the Early Years Foundation Stage profile.
- Sending individual reports home each term.
- Completing daily report sheets (younger children only).
- Completing observations of the children on a weekly basis that will be used to build up their personal learning journey.

The needs of any child experiencing difficulty are noted on their individual records. The member of staff concerned will raise the issue with the Nursery SENCO and other members of staff working with the child. The SENCO/ member of staff will raise the concern with the parent/carer to discuss our findings.

The Nursery environment / resources and teaching styles may need to be adapted to meet the needs of the child (this may be the only change that is needed). The child may be better working in a small group of 3 or 4 children rather than 8, the child may even need some individual attention. Parents will be kept informed of any changes that are made.

If we need to take further action we would discuss with the Nursery SENCO, staff members, parents and child, our next step which would be putting an IEP (Individual Education Plan) in place together for the setting/child to work towards. This is made up of realistic targets. Once an IEP is in place we can then involve our Area SENCO and take further advice.

The review process will be with the Nursery SENCO, Nursery staff, parents and the child. We will review the progress made by the child, the views of the parent/carer and listen to the child. We will also discuss how effective the IEP has been, any specific issues and the next steps including any changes to the targets and strategies.

At this point we may feel that another IEP is not needed so the child will continue to be assessed with the other children with the usual report sheets. If another IEP is needed this will be discussed and written in the same way as the previous IEP, setting a realistic review date.

Following two IEP'S being written and reviewed we may decide to write an IBP (Individual Behaviour Plan) at Early Years Action and further steps might take the child through he graduated approach to Early Years Action Plus.

Outside specialists such as Area SENCO, Health Professionals, Speech & Language Therapist and Educational Psychologist can be involved in the process having gained parental permission first.

Support/planning for support

We try to ensure an inclusive environment by:

Ensuring activities are planned for individual children, taking into account the child's interests and needs. All planning and activities will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. We will ensure that planning contains approaches and activities to ensure that children who have any additional needs are included and provided for to aid their progress. All planning is discussed with the Manager and members of staff. All activities will be aimed at different levels to ensure that all children gain experience and achieve success in all activities.

All materials and resources are made suitable for all children and may have to be adapted to support children's needs. Constant monitoring by staff and feedback to SENCO is always a must and contact will then be made with the Area SENCO.


We will monitor our policy be reviewing it annually. All parents will be informed of any policy changes made; the policy is then displayed on the information board in the Nursery for all Parents to see. We meet with the Parents initially to discuss and share any information or concerns that we have regarding their child.
Parents are encouraged to discuss any worries or issues with the staff or Management. All children's records are available for parents to review their IEP'S. We are available to talk to parents at any time regarding their concern.


Parents with any concerns can initially approach any member of staff, who will then either speak to the Deputy Manager depending on the Parents wishes or may be dealt with by the staff member if possible.

If the complaint has come to the Manager it will be recorded and the Manager will approach the Parents to discuss the complaint. The Manager will feed back what had been done regarding the complaint. If the Parent feels that the complaint has not been addresses satisfactory he/she should consult:

Area Education Office
3rd Floor
Royal Exchange Buildings
ST Anne's Square
M2 7LA

Tel- 0300 123 1231

Safeguarding of children child protection policy statement

Old Hall Nursery Ltd is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for the children to be cared for in.

Old Hall Nursery Ltd believe that it is always unacceptable for a child to experience abuse of any kind and we recognise our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, by a commitment to practice which protects them.

The purpose of this policy is to:

Provide protection for all the children who are in our care.

Provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child may be experiencing, or be at risk, of harm.

This policy applies to all staff including senior Managers, paid staff, sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of Old Hall Nursery.

Our safeguarding of children co-ordinators are: Julie Dufton & Melissa Cook.

We recognise that:

The welfare of the child is paramount.

The children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection form all kinds of harm or abuse and have the right to freedom from abuse.

Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young peoples welfare.

All our staff and volunteers need to be carefully selected and accept responsibility for helping to prevent the abuse of children in their care.

We will endeavour to safeguard children by:

Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.

Adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers.

Responding quickly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse or issues relating to child welfare.

Providing parents/carers with the opportunities to voice any concerns they may have.

Ensuring that access to confidential information is stored and managed in accordance with National Guidelines.

Recruiting staff and volunteers safely and ensuring that all necessary checks are made.

Improving knowledge of children, parents/carers, staff and volunteers by sharing information about child protection and encouraging good practice.

Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving children and staff appropriately.

Providing effective management for all staff and volunteers through supervision, support and appropriate training.

We are also committed to ensuring that our safeguarding children policy is a living document which is reviewed at least annually.

Information can be obtained by contacting
The Allegations Office and Senior Allegations office at:

Tel: 01606 271967
Allegations Office Mobile: 07710 661637

Our local dept to contact is:
Children's Assessment Team
0300 1235012

Out of Hours
0300 1235022



Induction Policy

We strive for our children to feel safe and happy in the absence of their parents and to ensure they feel secure and enjoy the learning and social involvement of the Nursery. In order to achieve this.

We aim to:

Invite your child to participate in some inductions sessions. We usually offer two one hour sessions and a three hour session.

Parents are encouraged to stay on the first day but are free to leave their child if they feel they are settled.

We will reassure parents whose child may be finding it harder to settle.

Parents will be asked about their child's needs and this information is recorded ready for when they start.

Children will be given a key worker who will mainly be responsible for the child including writing reports.

We will always be available to discuss parent's anxieties.

Parents who take photos with permission at any Old Hall events must not, under any circumstance, post these photos on any social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter or similar.

Parents must not, under any circumstance, discuss any issues relating to Old Hall Nursery on any social networking website such as Facebook, Twitter or similar.
This forms part of Old Hall Confidentiality Policy.

Children cannot play or learn successfully if they are anxious or unhappy.
Our settling in procedure aims to help parents and their children to feel comfortable in our Nursery.



Complaints Policy

Old Hall Nursery aims to work in close partnership with parents, to meet the needs of their children. If you would like to discuss any aspects of the setting, we will be happy to discuss these issues with you and every effort will be made to resolve any issues. If it is preferred, complaints can be put in writing and a time agreed to discuss the matter further with you. We have a mandatory duty to investigate all complaints relating to the Early Years Foundation Stage. Depending on the nature of the complaint, it will be investigated by the Directors or if it was felt necessary, it would be passed onto OFSTED. The complaint will be investigated and the outcome passed onto the complainant within 21 days. The Provider Complaints Record will be used to record any complaints.

The following information will be recorded:

- Name of person making the complaint.
- The area of the EYFS which the complaint relates to.
- Nature of the complaint.
- Date and time of the complaint.
- Action taken in response to the complaint.
- The outcome of the complaint investigation and any action taken.
- Details of the information and findings that were given to the person making the complaint.

We aim to offer a very high standard of childcare and all complaints will be acknowledged and acted upon.



Sick Children Policy

Old Hall Nursery cannot accept sick children.  It is not fair on the child, other children attending or the staff.
Children cannot be accepted into the setting if they are/have:

  • If the child is obviously unwell
  • If the child has a temperature above 37 degrees
  • If your child has had sickness or diarrhoea, 2 clear full days must have lapsed since the last bout
  • If your child has an unexplained rash and hasn’t been seen by a doctor
  • If your child has conjunctivitis
  • If your child has any contagious or infectious illness

If children develop sickness or diarrhoea at the setting, parents will be informed and the child must be collected immediately.
If a child develops a rash, parents will be informed and the rash must be seen by a doctor for a diagnosis before returning to Nursery.
Children who have been prescribed antibiotics will not be accepted at the setting until at least 48 hours after the day that the medication was prescribed so children receiving medicine on Monday will not be able to return until Thursday.  This is to ensure the child does not have any side effects from the medicine and also to give your child time to recover from the illness.
The Nursery can only operate efficiently if the staff are not subjected to sick children who pass infection through the Nursery.
If your child is recovering from any of the above, please contact the setting before returning.
We reserve the right not to allow a child into the setting who we feel is unwell.



Medicine Policy

1. We will agree to administer medicine given by a Doctor via a prescription or
prescribed by or (recommended) by a Pharmacist, Dentist or Nurse. This
includes teething gels.

2. If a child has a long-term medical illness we will continue to care for the
child for as long as we are able to without putting the child at risk. Each case
will be discussed individually.

3. We will not administer antibiotics until two days has passed from the date
the medicine was prescribed. This is to ensure the child does not have a
reaction to the medicine and has time to recover from the illness.

4. We will not administer aspirin unless prescribed by a doctor.

5. We can administer asthma inhalers.

6. If we are asked to administer injections or similar staff must first be trained to administer these.

7. Medicines will only be administered by Management.

8. All medicines will be stored in the fridge or in a safe place.

9. If a child become s ill, we will assess the situation and depending on the circumstances, will administer pain relief, take the child to hospital or call an ambulance. The parent will be informed of the situation.

10. All details of medicines administered will be recorded and the parent must sign the medicine consent form before taking the child home.

11. Calpol will only be administered if we feel there is an accepted health reason to do so.

12. We will not administer Nurofen under any circumstances.

13. We will not routinely administer over the counter medicine if we feel the child does not require it.Parents must fill in the relevant forms regarding amounts and times medicine is to be given before leaving the premises and details will not be accepted over the telephone.

14. Parents are asked to sign to confirm Calopl may be administered if we feel it is required. If the need is immediate we will administer it and then inform the Parents. In some circumstances, we will call the Parents and suggest the child may require a dose and get their permission.



Fundamental British Values in the Early Years Policy

At the recent Learn Explore Debate events (March 2015) we heard a lot of queries about how providers should be interpreting Fundamental British Values in the early years and how this will be reflected by Ofsted in inspection. Our feedback noted that many of you would welcome further clarity and guidance on what British Values means in the early years to reduce misinterpretation and confusion.
Having checked with the Department for Education (DfE) the statutory requirements for early years providers are now clear. The fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are already embedded in the 2014 Early Years Foundation Stage.
Separately, the Counter Terrorism and Security Act also places a duty on nearly years providers “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” (the prevent duty). The duty is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevent-duty-guidance. DfE will in due course amend the EFYS to reference providers’ responsibilities in the light of the Prevent duty.
To help demonstrate what this means in practice, we have worked up the following examples based on what is in the statutory guidance. They are just that – examples – and not exhaustive, but hopefully useful to you. We have shared these with the DfE who agree they are helpful examples.
Democracy: making decisions together
As part of the focus on self-confidence and self-awareness as cited in Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

  • Managers and staff can encourage children to see their role in the bigger picture, encouraging children to know their views count, value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings, for example when they do or do not need help. When appropriate demonstrate democracy in action, for example, children sharing views on what the theme of their role play area could be with a show of hands.
  • Staff can support the decisions that children make and provide activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. Children should be given opportunities to develop enquiring minds in an atmosphere where questions are valued.

Rule of law: understanding rules  matter as cited in Personal, Social and Emotional development.
As part of the focus on managing feelings and behaviour: 

  • Staff can ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, and learn to distinguish right from wrong.
  • Staff can collaborate with children to create the rules and the codes of behaviour, for example, to agree the rules about tidying up to ensure that all children understand rules apply to everyone.

Individual liberty: freedom for all
As part of the focus on self-confidence & self-awareness and people & communities as cited in Personal Social and Emotional Development and Understanding of the World:

  • Children should develop a positive sense of themselves. Staff can provide opportunities for children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities, for example through allowing children to take risks on an obstacle course, mixing colours, talking about their experiences and learning.
  • Staff should encourage a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand we are free to have different opinions, for example in a small group discuss what they feel about transferring into Reception Class.

Mutual respect and tolerance: treat others as you want to be treated
As part of the focus on people & communities, managing feelings & behaviour and making relationships as cited in Personal Social and Emotional development and Understanding the world:

  • Managers and leaders should create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued and children are engaged with the wider community.
  • Children should acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences.
  • Staff should encourage and explain the importance of tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting other’s opinions.
  • Staff should promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences and providing resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.

A minimum approach, for example having notices on the walls or multi-faith books on the shelves will fall short of ‘actively promoting’.
What’s not acceptable is:

  • Actively promoting intolerance of other faiths, cultures and races
  • Failure to challenge gender stereotypes and routinely segregate girls and boys
  • Isolating children from their wider community
  • Failure to challenge behaviours (whether of staff,  children or parents) that are not in line with the fundamental British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.

For any concerns relating to extremism, the Department of Education has set up a telephone helpline (02073 4072644 to enable people to raise concerns directly.

Concerns can also be raised by email to


Old Hall Private Day Nursery

Spragg Street
CW12 1QR

Telephone: 01260 291155
E.mail: info@oldhallnursery.co.uk

Proprietor: Maureen MacGregor
Manager: Susanne Newton

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