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Bram Longstaffe Nursery School

Children are valued for their individuality.  The nursery staff plan to meet the individual child’s developmental needs.  Planning and assessments of children’s progress are formed in partnership with parents and carers.  The key worker is another special person in the life of the child and parent.  The key worker is there to offer you support as and when it is needed. 

Our approach to learning and teaching is through child centred play.  Children are happy making fantastic progress through following their own interests and building on their individual past experience.  The planning for every child’s individual learning is carried out each week. 

Research recognises that children make better educational progress when parents are actively involved in their education. The nursery actively promotes outdoor play, with a range of equipment and activities. The nursery also encourages healthy eating by providing healthy meals, snacks and drinks. 

From the moment your child begins his/her educational journey with us, at whatever stage, early year's education is at the very core of everything we do. It is reflected throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and deeply embedded into our practice at every level.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ms J Drake
Contact Position
01229 814900 (Telephone)

Where to go

Bram Longstaffe Nursery School

Other Details


15 Hours education free for all children aged 3-4 years 11 months. 15 Hours education free for eligible 2-3 year olds. Wraparound childcare for children 3 months to 4 years 11 months £4.40 per hour.


Referral required
Other notes

All children are welcome at Bram Longstaffe.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Sign Language

Childcare Information

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 0745 1700
Tuesday 0745 1700
Wednesday 0745 1700
Thursday 0745 1700
Friday 0745 1700
Cater for Special Diets
Meals / Refreshments
Before School Care
Near Public Transport
Disabled Access
Outdoor Playspace
Foreign Languages
Sleeping Area
Emergency / Short Term Care
After School Care
Wraparound Care
Public Liability Insurance
Visit & Outings

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Local Offer


The aim of our school is to provide a broad and well-balanced curriculum for all the children in our care. Using the National Curriculum as our starting point we plan to meet the specific needs of each child, setting appropriate learning challenges, and responding to the diverse needs of the children.

Please click on the links below which will take you to detailed information on the school website.

Contact Name
Jackie Drake (SENCo & Nursery School Headteacher) Anna Currie( Neighbourhood Nursery)
Contact Telephone
01229 814900
Contact Email
Policies & Other Documents
SEND Local Offer
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

At Bram Longstaffe each child has a Key Person. Their role is to develop a sensitive and trusting relationship with you and your child. You can discuss any concerns you may have with your Key Person at any time.

Observational assessments are made of all children and are linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage ages and stages of development. Sometimes this can identify individual needs.

These observations will be discussed with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator(SENCO) Jackie Drake or the Assistant SENCO Anna Currie. If your child’s key person has identified a possible individual need they will discuss this with you privately and plan together to support your child’s learning and development.

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

Your child starts with us at Bram with a home visit; this can be helpful for children as they meet us for the first time.

We will listen carefully to you at all time as you know your child best.

Children’s individual needs can be met by planning support around your child. This will be explained by the SENCO’s and your child’s Key Person.

Observations, assessments and evaluations all contribute to the plan and your child’s key person oversees the goals which have been agreed with you.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

We start to get to know your child through the home visit, meeting with other professionals who are involved and with yourself. We have a flexible settling in period so that you can stay with your child until they are happy and comfortable.

Ongoing observations will be used and goals set to support the learning and development of your child.

We ensure the environment and activities support your child’s needs.

We will ensure an Early Help meeting is set up with all the professionals involved with your child so that information can be shared.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

Assessment systems are in place, such as the 2 year check, and ongoing assessments, which are all linked to the early Years Foundation Stage  ages and stages of development.

We have regular review meetings to discuss your child’s plan.

Your child will have a Learning Journey book where both you and your child’s key person can add pictures and stories about your child’s play.

We are available for you daily to speak with us and we are happy to provide a home to school book.

We have open days and open evenings where you can meet with staff.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

We want you and your child to feel welcome at Bram. Our practitioners are friendly, positive and sensitive in their approach. They are good role models for positive behaviour and are consistent in their approach.

We have routines but these are flexible to ensure a child centred approach. We are respectful around personal care needs.

What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

All our staff have accessed child development training and have many years’ experience working with young children.

We have had 15 years’ experience of supporting young children with physical, medical needs and autism.

We developed an integrated Children’s Centre within Bram to support children and their families holistically. We work in close partnership with a charity who now oversees the children’s centre services.

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What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

The SENCO’s attend termly network meetings and passes on this information at staff meetings.

Staff training records are held on file.

Staff have had training in Autism, Team Teach, speech and language( ECAT, ELKLAN)portage, cocula implant support, sing and sign and Makaton, Tube feeding, cerebral palsy and manual handling.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

All children are included in trips and visits. We undertake risk assessments before all visits.

How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?

All areas of Bram are accessible. Signs and posters are used to direct children and adults.

We can arrange for an interpreter if you do not speak English. Policies are available for you to view.

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

Before your child starts at Bram we arrange a home visit. This helps your child get to know us and is an opportunity for us to get to know you and your family. We will discuss with health professional before your child starts Bram to discuss your child’s needs and to seek relevant training for staff if necessary.

We have a flexible settling in time.

When it is time for your child to move to another school we invite your child’s new key person and SENCO to visit Bram to meet your child and discuss their strengths and needs.

We will arrange a transition visit to your child’s new setting and will arrange to share relevant information.

We may be able to arrange for your child’s key person to attend settling in sessions to ensure a smooth transition.

Last updated: 12/02/2019
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