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and education.. "
Rum Tum Tugger's Nurseries Ltd
Latton Green Primary School
Riddings Lane, Harlow
Essex, CM18 7HT
Tel: 01279 444840

Blog: Training

A Day of Spot Checks at Rum Tums!

2 July, 2008. posted in Events, Everyday, Policies and Procedures, Training.

What a day! It began with a routine fire drill – all safely evacuated and accounted for in less than 2 minutes. Well done to all fire marshalls.

Then came our annual environmental health spot check. Good news, the inspector was very impressed with our systems, practices and training initiatives. Even more so when I told him about our recent Gold Award for Healthy Eating, but more of that later.

Lastly, and most onerously, Jil Pascale came and did a spot check to make sure that Rum Tum Tugger’s Nursery, Harlow is still delivering the standards of care she has worked so hard to install. It was a lovely surprise to see her. She stayed for about 10 minutes and her only complaint was that her desk looked too tidy. Hopefully, it won’t be too many weeks before she begins to come back in for short visits.

All we need now is an Ofsted inspection……………………..


Nursery Policy on SEN (Special Educational Needs)

30 June, 2008. posted in Operational Plan, Policies and Procedures, Training.

SEN Policy


It is important to acknowledge the needs of each child as an individual and to tailor the level of challenge accordingly. Staff at our nursery are aware of the obligation to children of differing needs and pay due regard to the Governments Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs and the Inclusion Development Plan.




The aims of this policy are to:-


  1. enable all children within our settings to receive the opportunity to reach their full potential
  2. allow parents/carers to receive the external help and advice that they need in order to facilitate their child’s development
  3. help all staff identify children’s needs and develop Individual Learning Plans where necessary


The named SENCO for the nursery is Jillian Pascale.




Where facilities permit, children with special educational needs are welcomed into our nursery. The setting has suitable access for wheelchair users. An adapted toilet is also available.


Identification of Special Educational Needs


This follows three main procedures.


  1. Gathering information about the child through background information, observations and meetings with parents.
  2. Taking action to meet needs by forming Individual Learning Plans, involving outside agencies and meeting with parents
  3. Monitoring and reviewing progress through continued observations, assessments and regular meetings with parents.


All information accrued will be shared with parents and other agencies as appropriate. At all other times, records are treated confidentially.




All children will be included in the day to day curriculum with appropriate differentiation. Where an IEP’s requires it, one to one teaching or specific activities will be provided.. In these cases, each child’s needs will be assessed and catered for as far as is reasonably practicable. Where practical any recommendations made by outside professionals will be incorporated into the child’s daily routine.


Complaints Procedure


Where a parent/carer feels that they have cause to complain they should follow the nursery’s Complaints Procedure.


Staff Training


As far as possible, staff will be able to further their knowledge and understanding of SEN by attending training courses as appropriate.




This policy is due for review in June 2009.

Sharon Nicoll – Appointed Person

24 June, 2008. posted in Policies and Procedures, Training.

sharon-nicoll Well done to Sharon for passing the St John Ambulance Appointed Person course in First Aid. This 2 day course provides Sharon with the skills to act as a first aider to other staff members and the general public.

All small businesses with more than 5 employees should have suitably qualified First Aiders as part of their Health and Safety policy.

Jil Pascale, Hayley Martin-Burns and Linsey Brown are also Appointed Persons.

Amy’s First Aid Training

10 June, 2008. posted in Policies and Procedures, Training.


 Amy Davies, senior nursery nurse with the 12- 24 month age group, has successfully completed a St John Ambulance training course in Early Years First Aid.

At Rum Tum Tugger’s Nursery in Harlow, all staff are encouraged to have, as a minimum, external training in First Aid and Food Handling.

We support our staff by providing access to these and a wide variety of other childcare training opportunities.

Risk Assessment Training

4 June, 2008. posted in Policies and Procedures, Training.

Jil Pascale attended a course on Risk Management on Tuesday, 3rd June 2008. Our policy is to review our risk assessments at least annually and to ensure that staff members are kept up-to-date with the Health and Safety rules and regulations that ensure we provide the safest environment for the children in our care.


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