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Southernwood Nursery (Torquay)

Highly trained, experienced, long term staff committed to early years education and quality, homely childcare.  Children play together regardless of age.  Good range of facilities with outdoor space including gardening area, play equipment for climbing and hard surface for games, bikes etc.  Food is included and all home made and healthy.  Lots of art, music and drama activities included weekly.  Children bake on a regular basis and generally have lots of fun.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Pippa Bennett
Contact Position
01803 607640
Southernwood Nursery

Where to go

Southernwood Nursery
Greenway Road

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£20.00 or £25 (with lunch) per session
£40.00 per day
£200 per week
£10 early and late fee, £7 for one special offer see 'other info'
Early arrivals and late pick ups are not included in the funded offer.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies

Funded Places

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

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08.00 18.00
Tuesday 08.00 18.00
Wednesday 08.00 18.00
Thursday 08.00 18.00
Friday 08.00 18.00

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
17/04/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
28/02/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

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?

At our setting we have an experienced Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and a Thrive Action Plan Mentor trained to support those children with emotional difficulties. The nursery manager was previously Assistant Head with responsibility for Special Educational Needs in a large primary school. All staff are experienced and aware of typical child development and able to recognise when a child needs extra support.

We use a Pictorial Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Makaton Signs to support speech and language.

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

We offer provision for children aged between two and 6 years and adhere to our Admissions Policy and Ofsted Registration.

All children are welcome to our setting regardless of any kind of additional need.

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

We use a graduated approach. Staff members have extensive knowledge of typical child development and through observations and assessments will identify and discuss with colleagues within the setting, any children not meeting expected milestones using learning and development outcomes.

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

When a child is due to start at our setting we invite the child and parents in to look around and give them the opportunity to discuss any special/individual needs that their child may have. At this point we will assess if any additional support will be needed and, if the family is already being supported by other professionals, arrange a meeting to obtain information to help us with the settling in process and ensure continuity of care.

Sometimes additional needs can become apparent during a child’s time at the nursery. We work in partnership with parents to discuss these.

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

With parents/carers, we make decisions about the steps to be taken next and develop focused activities around the child’s needs. These form our Individual Learning and Development Plan (ILDP) We use fun and motivational games and activities working with the children’s interests and building on their strengths.

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

We adapt our activities by using visual cues, pictures and gestures where necessary. Children are grouped according to need not age. Activities are differentiated to take into account the child’s current knowledge and abilities.

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

We have full support of Torbay’s Early Years Advisory Team and other professionals throughout Torbay for expert guidance and specialist equipment.

How is this provision funded?

Any in-house provision is funded by the Nursery. If it is identified that extra additional support is required, beyond what we can provide, then we request further funding from the  Local Authority.

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

There is an extensive support network that we can access and work alongside. This includes:

  • Portage
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Torbay’s Early Years Advisory Teacher
  • John Parkes Unit
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Hearing Advisory Service
  • Occupational Therapy

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

We have a trained Thrive Mentor working at our setting who, alongside parents/carers, develops Thrive plans which include Physical, Social, Emotional and Developmental targets. This may link with the ILDP where relevant.

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

We have transition meetings with all Key people in the child’s life including present and future educational staff. We complete a report which is handed on to the new setting. We encourage and activitly set up visits for the child and their parents/carers to get to know the new setting.

We also offer visits for the future teacher to visit the child in our provision which are frequently taken.

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

We will encourage and support parents in accessing other support, by providing information leaflets, giving contact details and promoting Services that are available.

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

We develop close relationships with our parents and chat all the time about how we can do better.

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

The progress of all children is monitored and recorded. For those children who have an Individual Learning Plan we review these with parents/carers and other relevant professionals approximately every 6 weeks. These plans take into account the needs and interests of the child and the family.

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

We talk to parents/carers as often as the child attends and also outside this time where necessary. We seek genuine feedback on processes from parents/carers as a matter of course.

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

We ensure that our SENCO and Thrive Mentor and key staff attend all the training available to maintain skills and expertise.

We also maintain professional development of all staff through in house training and attending other training via the Local Authority.

When required we source and buy training as required, for example Makaton.

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?

All Key workers are available to talk to the parents of their children at the start and end of each session and at these times verbal information can be exchanged.

A weekly evening appointment is offered to all parents/carers

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

We hope that any issue can be resolved before the official procedure is followed.

We try to develop close relationships between staff and parents, ensuring that there is always someone available to talk to both at the start and end of every session.

If a resolution cannot be found we will follow our complaints procedure, a copy of which is available via our website or on request.

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

You can contact us directly by telephoning 01803 607640, where you can speak to our owner/manager Pippa. Alternatively you can email us at