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Hatfield Nursery Limited

Hatfield Nursery have four dedicated age groups: Little Bees 0-2's, Curly Caterpillars 2-3's. and Eager Elephants 3-5's  Holiday Zoo After School /Holiday club for 5 - 11's.  Throughout the nursery each age group has at least 2 rooms of their own plus use of the spacious soft play room and large garden areas.
Their fully qualified chef prepares mid morning snacks, lunch with dessert and an afternoon snack using fresh daily deliveries of fruit and vegetable and meat.  The chef is able to cater for all dietary requirements.
Open all year including Bank and Public Holidays (excluding Christmas and Boxing Day)

Qualification and Training: 2 Early Years Professionals (EYPs): Early years Foundation Degree, Social Work/Forensic Childcare, Children and Management, Childhood Studies Degree, CC & Learning, Play work, Hospitality and Catering. All staff trained level 3 - 6. 

Who to contact

01803 316611
01803 316633

Where to go

9, St. Margarets Road

Close to bus routes

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£35.50 per day
£35.50 Per day


Age Ranges
From 0 years 3 months to 11 years
Age Ranges
From 0 years 3 months to 11 years

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experienced SENCO, good liaison with LEA/Inclusion Team.

Dietary Needs

Has Provision

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
0-2 years: 3 vacancies various days and sessions, 2-3 years: various vacancies in the afternoons. 3-5 years: various vacancies full days or mornings. (04/03/2013)
Date updated

Funded Places

2 year old funding
3 & 4 year old 30 Hour funding

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
16/08/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
17/06/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
04/05/2016Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good
06/08/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type

SEN Information

A printable version of this form is available in the downloads section.

What special education provision is available at our setting?

We have a named SENco and well qualified staff who have shared experience of working with children with a wide range of needs.

  • The SENco accesses support and training to meet the specific needs of each child
  • Ensures that key staff have appropriate knowledge and training to care for individual children
  • All key staff have received training with regard to asthma and the use of inhalers
  • Key staff have received Makaton training and this has been cascaded to the entire staff team
  • Specialised training in the use of medical interventions (epi-pen)
  • Key carers work closely with physiotherapists and speech and language therapist
  • Visual timetables and use of Picture Exchange Communication (PECS)
  • Training in recognising the symptoms and working with children on the autistic spectrum or children with Aspersers Syndrome
  • Three senior staff members are Licensed Thrive Practitioners and all other staff are familiar with the Thrive Approach to support children with emotional or behavioural difficulties
  • Working with children with specific genetic conditions
  • Working with children undergoing treatment for cancer

Each child in our care has a key carer who liaises with parents/carers with regard to the needs of their child, the nursery SENco and the child’s key carer work with parents and other professionals to ensure that all children are able to participate as fully as possible in the nursery day. We will liaise with other professional agencies engaged in the care of each child, attend multi-agency meetings and prepare reports where needed.

We meet regularly with other professional and parents/carers to review progress and set SMART targets for each individual child Individual Learning and Development Plans (ILDP)

What criteria must be satisfied before children and young people can access this provision/service?

Hatfield Neighbourhood Nursery and After School and Holiday Club provide inclusive care for all children aged from 3 months to 11 years, whose parents or carers wish them to attend our setting. We aim to accommodate all children regardless of disability or need in accordance with the Equalities Act 2010

The Nursery aims to work in partnership with parents and where necessary other agencies to ensure the needs of each child are met

Specialised training or equipment/resources can be accessed where necessary.

How do we identify the particular special educational needs of a child or young person?

  • All children in our care are regularly observed throughout their time with us in order for us to track their progress within the Early Years Foundation Stage. If from these observations key carers have any concerns with regard to a child’s development this will be brought to the attention of the SENco who will then make further observations and liaise with parents in line with our Special Educational Needs Policy
  • The nursery SENco and the child’s parents/carers will decide the appropriate course of action for each individual child

How do we consult with parents and/or children and young people about their needs?

Hatfield Nursery has an ‘open door policy’ and parents/carers are encouraged to speak with managers and staff at all times

No action will be taken without this first being discussed with parent/carers, we will have regular meetings to monitor progress and discuss new targets to form part of the child’s IDLP, also everyday information about the daily routine is available on whiteboards outside all the children’s room, in their home book and their Learning and Development journals and nursery scrap books

We have regular parents/carer meetings

What is our approach to teaching children and young people with special educational needs?

As set out in our Special Educational Needs Policy and with full regard to the DfES Code of Practice (due to be renewed in September 2014) we aim to provide an environment where all children regardless of educational need or disability can access a wide range of learning experiences. We aim to provide a loving warm and stimulating environment for all of the children in our care

How can we adapt our curriculum for children and young people with special educational needs?

The Nursery SENco, parents/carers, key person and where appropriate other professional agencies will work together to ensure each individual child’s needs are met

  • One to one care
  • Extra staff training
  • Specialist resources

How will we ensure we get the services, provision and equipment that children and young people need?

Working together with parents/carers and all other professionals involved in the care of the child to ensure we can access all of the support available.

Contacting the advisory teacher for inclusion, speech and language therapists, health visitors and attending multi-agency meetings.  Allocating key carers with the appropriate expertise

How is this provision funded?

The Nursery is privately owned catering for children aged between 3 months and 11 years. Some 2 year old and all 3 – 5 year old children are entitled to 15 hours nursery care paid for by the local authority.

If a child needs more specialised support or one to one care we would then apply to the Local Authority for Additional Funding for Support

What additional learning support is available for children and young people with special educational needs and how do they access it?

  • Further training/research
  • Liaising with Portage
  • Advisory Teacher for inclusion
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Health Visitor
  • Educational Psychology

How do we support and improve the emotional and social development of children and young people with special educational needs?

Working together with parents/carers the nursery SENco, key carers and staff members using the Thrive Approach, this is a systematic approach to identifying an emotional need in a child in order for a differentiated approach to  be put in place quickly

How do we support children and young people with special educational needs moving between phases of education and preparing for adulthood?

Transition from groups within the nursery or onwards to school is the same for all of the children in our care

  • Children are given the time and opportunity to get to know new key carers and environment well in advance of any move
  • The nursery SENco will liaise with the new setting to ensure that they have all available information about the child’s needs
  • Meetings are arranged where all professionals involved are invited along with parents/carers to ensure that provision is in place when the child moves
  • When a child comes to us from another setting we would try to ensure we were furnished with all available information and request a transition meeting to ensure we could meet the child’s needs from the outset

What other support is available for children and young people with special educational needs and how can they access it?

Regular review and monitoring meeting with parents ensures that we access all support available from other agencies for example

  • Speech Language
  • Portage
  • Specialist  recourses and equipment
  • Specialist training for key staff, parents/carers (for example)

What extra-curricular activities are available for children and young people with special educational needs?

Where needed Hatfield Nursery provides small group activities for ail children, where there is a need for targeted work around communication or supporting a child’s emotional development specialised activities will be put in place. We will also continue exercise programmes set out by physiotherapists or any other specialised care or activity which may be required to support each child in our care.

How do we assess and review progress towards agreed outcomes, and how are parents, children and young people involved in this process?

Hatfield Nursery operates an “open door” policy and parents/carers are encouraged to speak with managers, SENco and staff at all times.

Regular review and meetings with parents/carers and other professional ensure that progress is regularly monitored and new targets are discussed forming part of the child’s ILDP

How do we assess the effectiveness of our special needs provision and how are parents, children and young people involved in this assessment?

Our practice is regularly reviewed and adapted to ensure that the best possible care is delivered to all children. Parents are regularly invited to review our Policies and Procedures and the setting SENco and other key staff regularly attend training and support forums in order to keep up to date with changes, research and new developments and to share good practice.

How do we ensure that teaching staff and other staff have the expertise needed to support children and young people with special educational needs?

The setting SENco and other key staff regularly attend the SENco and Vulnerable Children Forums to share good practice and to keep up to date with research.

We have regular supervision, group meeting and whole staff team meetings where information and training is cascaded to the entire team to ensure best practice for all children.

Where necessary key staff receive specialist training to assist in the care of individual children

  • The use of Epi-pen
  • Specialised Asthma treatments
  • Physiotherapy programmes
  • Communication and language support
  • The use of the Thrive Approach

How do we keep parents informed where children and young people have special educational provision but do not have an Education Health and Care Plan?

Parents are informed about their child’s time with us at the end of every session, where necessary and particularly for children under 2 staff will complete a daily diary, general information is displayed on whiteboards outside each of the children’s rooms. All children have a personal journal and the Local Authority Learning and Development Journals which are regularly completed and available for parents at all times. Regular parents meetings are held and the nursery managers are available to provide information, help and support at all times.

How can parents, children and young people make a complaint about our provision?

Parents are welcome to discuss all matters relating to their children with the nursery manager whenever they wish, if they have a concern we will do our best to resolve this and find ways in which our practice can be improved to meet the needs of the child.

We have a Complaints Policy on view and this is drawn to the attention of all new parents during their child’s initial settling in visits.

Information regarding making a complaint to OFSTED is also displayed on the parent’s notice board.

How can parents, children and young people get more information about the setting?

We can be contacted directly by telephone, email or parents can call into the nursery personally. We have a nursery website which can be accessed and information is available on the OFSTED website. Information about the nursery can also be found on the Family Information Service (FIS) Website.