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Daisy Chains Pre-School

Daisy chains is a non-profit organisation.  It is set in the heart of a picturesque rural village. Daisy chains feeds into two local school Thurlstone Primary School and Millhouse Primary School.

 All Staff have a passion to work with children and are highly skilled and qualified in Early years. The setting has a large open plan area for all children that attend the Pre-School and are aged 2 to 5 year old.

We also run a breakfast club and Out of School Club from 2 year old to 16 year old.   Nutritious meals are supplied by the local school and we provide healthy snacks too. The children have access to a secure free flow large play area and woodland garden area with a mud kitchen, a wooden den and a large wooden sit and ride train. We grow fruit, vegetables and herbs for the children to sample in order to further their understanding of the world in our new sensory garden which also has a large pond and we have created a wild life habitat and have houses for the bugs, birds and hedgehogs as welcome shelter. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
A Brooke
Contact Position


Where to go

Daisy Chains Pre-School & Out of School Club
Daisy Chains
Royd Moor Road
Thurlstone, Penistone
South Yorkshire
S36 9RD

Adjacent to Thurlstone Primary School.

Other Details


Please contact the setting for prices

Childcare Information

Age Range

2 years,0 months
16 years,0 months


Immediate vacancies
Limited spaces available

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday to Friday 9.00am 4.00pm

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Thurlstone Primary
We have a 7.30 am breakfast (This includes breakfast) club and a 8.30 am drop off service ( This is a quick drop off service without a breakfast).

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


We have 2 SENCO trained staff and welcome children with additional needs into our setting. Please feel free to call to discuss your childs individiual needs or short breaks.

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How do we offer support to children or young people with a special educational need or disability?

On entry parents/carers fill out a contract/registration that asks if they have any concerns or if any agencies are involved.  The child is allocated a key person that works closely to determine any additional needs.  Tracking with the Early Years Foundation Stage to monitor childrens development will identify any additional support

We have a Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and have strong connections with outside agencies.  We would apply for funding for one to one support if needed. Staff have training to suit the needs of the individual child.

Observations linking to planning to support the child and accessing resources that would support their learning and development.

We thrive on strong relationships with parents/carers and have strategies in place like diaries and activity packs to support parents/carers transitions from Daisy Chains to home and vice versa.  Learning journals are in place to support children's learning and development covering all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We have Parents/carers consultations days to discuss childrens Development and ongoing assessments.

Key person in place to support the individual child from starting point this gives the child a secure person to link up with and form strong relationships with. We have strong Links with outside agencies such as penistone childrens centre, Speech and Language, Health visiting team etc.  Training and development for all staff to suit the childrens needs is ongoing and cascaded into the setting through regular staff meetings and inset days. 

Each child is allocated a key person, the key person follows the childs learning and development from starting point to when the child starts school.   We have settling in sessions for new children, this enables the child to feel secure before starting with us and link up with their key person. Each month we have 'Stay and play' sessions for parents/carers, these sessions provide an opportunity to explore a variety of activities with their child. Transition visits to primary school and teacher visits to the setting are in place to support children in their transition to 'big school'. This is when we give the new teacher the final assessment' (transition document) and the 'Childs voice' document.  We support children with circle time and letters and sounds in order to be 'school ready'. School uniforms are placed in the dressing up box for the children to try on ready for school and a picture book is given to their new School teacher to reflect back on their time at Daisy Chains. We have a selection of books such as 'My first day at school' to support transition. On the childs last term we send out letters to support both parent and child with the school transition these include a range of activities to do at home and informs the parent of what is expected of their child to get them school ready.

Children that leave mid term have a transition document that is sent to their new setting along with their developmental journal.

By working with outside agencies such as Early start and family services' as well as team meeting and consulting with the childs parents.

The trustees are made up of local parents.  Parents are invited to regular fundraising events and activities like gardening to support their children's learning. Parent activity packs are given to support parents with their childs development at home or in the setting.  We have a newsletter that goes out every half term to parents/carers with lots of relevant information.  We also have a wish tree that has labels hanging for parents to pick off and donate small items such as 'glitter'.

What specialist training, experience and expertise do we have relevant to children with special educational needs and disabilities?

Penistone Children's Centre, Health Visitor, Nursery Nurses, Childcare quality improvement officer,  Early start and Family Services, Inclusion Team, Communication and Interaction Team.

Training is accessed to suit the needs of the individual child. We have two Special Educational needs coordinators that are fully up to date with training and attend locallity meetings for support.

How accessible is our setting?

We are an inclusive pre-school and encourage and support all children to access outings. We take advantage of our rural position and take the children out on local walks regularly. We advertise on our parents notice board a wide range of activities/sessions for children and families. We have robust safeguarding procedures in place.

The setting has age appropriate resources to suit both 2 year old's and 3-4 year old's. Staff have accessed Working with two year old's and this has enabled us to provide appropriate resources for the 2 year old's that attend Daisy Chains.

We have successfully applied for funding in the past for our new sensory garden which is situated at the top end of our car park, this is for parents to help maintain and use with their children when the nursery is not using the area, come along and take advantage of our peaceful seated area and listen to the birds in the trees whilst your waiting to collect your child.  This garden also offers sensory experiences and opportunities for children with special needs. 

We have strong links with parents/carers and hold regular fundraising events to purchase new resources. 

Last updated on 08/10/2019
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