Policies and Procedures

SENCO and Early Years

Birdhurst Nursery aims to provide an environment in which all children, including those with special education needs and disabilities are fully supported in the best way to reach their full potential. If your child does have any additional needs, we have in place the SENCO that is able to work with you to access additional support, and work in partnership with you to best support your child. Please click the PDF document below for our full offer and information;

Birdhurst Day Nursery SEND offer


The Early Years Foundation Stage

The current Early Years Foundation Stage was introduced in September 2012, and updated in 2014. There are now seven areas to learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Three prime areas which are fundamental, work together, and move through to support development in all other areas, and four specific areas, which include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.

Prime areas are covered in all age groups; specific areas are aimed at children in the 2+ age group, but staff recognise them as and if they occur in all children.

The three Characteristics of Effective Learning remain the same: A Unique Child, Positive Relationships and Enabling Environment.

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We use educational software called EY Log to record children's learning journeys, and by logging in securely, parents are able to view their child's observations, photographs and videos from their time at nursery. Children's learning is also referenced to the EYFS profile, so that parents are able to see the areas of learning their children are achieving in, as well as photographs of their work with explanations of the learning that took place. Parents are also able to add their own observations, comments, photographs and videos, to share with Key Workers.

Safeguarding Children

At Birdhurst Nursery, we recognise that the welfare of the child is paramount. All children have the right to be protected from abuse and harm irrespective of their age, gender and religious background. We endeavour to review our safeguarding policy every year to ensure that they are kept relevant and effective. Our aim is to make sure that every child achieves the Every Child Matters - Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution and Achieve Economic Well-being.



The entrance for all parents is situated near the front car park accessed from South Park Hill Road. This is an intercom access and only staff employed by the nursery are permitted to answer the door. All unknown or unexpected callers will not be allowed in via the intercom system. Staff will go to the main door and will require suitable identification before entry is permitted.

On the children’s registration forms a secure password is required. When parents are unable to collect their child they will be asked to ring to let staff know who will be collecting their child, and they will inform that person of the password. This password will need to be given to the person in charge before we can release the child. If we have any concerns on who is picking up the child we will contact the main adult responsible for the child for verification of the change of person.

Signing in/out sheets are provided in the corridor for each room and it is essential that whoever brings/collects the child signs in and out. We also ask that parent/carers acknowledge room staff both on arrival and collection so that staff are aware of who is in/out, to ensure safety.