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Thurnscoe Family Centre - Childcare

Thurnscoe Family Centre is a purpose-built building, which provides a variety of services to the local community with children aged 0-19 years, 25 years if they have an additional need.  Within the family centre we provide sessional term time only childcare for funded children aged 2 to 4 years. 

We offer a large open plan nursery environment with large outdoor space, both of which are designed to enhance children’s play, learning and development.  When your child first starts in nursery, they will be allocated a key person who will work with you to develop a partnership to ensure that your child’s individual learning and care needs are met.  At the centre we promote self-care and independence enabling children to make their own choices through play and exploration.  To support this the nursey team are constantly reviewing the learning environment and provide a balance of both child and adult led activities, using a range of natural resources to help create ‘awe and wonder’ in children’s learning and development.

We also provide a number of sensory resources and activities to support all children who access the setting, especially children who have specific learning needs.  

When children first start in setting we have a thorough transition period where we develop parent partnerships and produce a time table to help settle children into nursery.  During this time children are allocated a Key Person, who is responsible for developing activities to support their learning and development through a range of both child and adult led experiences/activities.   

Who to contact

Contact Name
Gemma Andrew
Contact Position
Assistant Family Centre Manager

Where to go

Thurnscoe Family Centre
Station Road
S63 0JR

Other Details


Childcare places are provided for FUNDED 2,3 and 4 year olds only

Childcare Information

Age Range

2 years,0 months
5 years,0 months


Immediate vacancies

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


At Thurnscoe Family Centre we have a team of highly qualified and experienced Early Years Practitioners who are supported by a Senior Management Team (smt).  The SMT consists of a Senior Early Years Practitioner, Assistant Centre Manager, Centre Manager, Early Years Consultant and Childcare Quality Improvement Officer who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Family Centre. 

Within our nursery team we are proud to have two level 3 Senco's who work together to ensure all children who require additional support have access to a fully inclusive environment which enables them to thrive and achieve their individual learning goals and aspirations.  The nursery environment has also ben carefully planed to ensure it is fully inclusive and all activities, experiences and the curriculum goals have been tailored to meet children's individual learning and development needs.   

When children start in nursery they have a thorough transition period where we develop open and honest Parent Partnerships.  During this period the Senior Practitioner will allocate each child a Key Person who is responsible for  observing and evaluating individual children's progress in relation to their learning and development.  They will also work closely with parents and carers to establish the child's current levels of development.    Throughout nursery a child's Key Person will continually assess their learning and development and if its identified that they require any additional support individual support and learning plans will be devised and agreed by the Key Person, Senco and parent/carer. 

Within the Family Centre we also provide Early Help Services to families within the borough if required.  The services include outreach support, targeted family support or a Early Help Assessment.  

Here at Thurnscoe Family Centre we work in Partnership with a number of specialist support services and professionals including Speech and Language, 0-19 services, Physiotherapists, Community Paediatricians and BESST. 

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

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

Our highly experienced team of Early Years Practitioners and SENCO's have access to a through training programme which enables them to learn new skills and develop their knowledge on a range of aspects which impact on their role within nursery.  

We provide Early Help Services to children and families who require additional support and this involves a multi agency approach.  

When children start at the Family Centre we develop a open and honest parent partnerships to ensure we are all supporting children's individual care and learning needs.  Throughout a child's learning journey at the Family Centre their key person and the nursery team will continually assess their learning and development and if identified support plans will be introduced and we can also offer one to one support through a Integrated Inclusion Grant. 

The Nursery SENCO also supports the nursery team in ensuring we offer a fully inclusive practice and adhere to the SEND code of Practice. 

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

As a Family Centre we have access to a range of specialist services, that enable Practitioners to fully support all children's individual learning and developmental needs.

Some of the services we have worked with include:

Speech and Language

Visual Impaired Team

BESST - Communication and Interaction

Epilepsy Team

Community Paediatrician

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

Thurnscoe Family Centre staff have received the following training:

Emotional wellbeing training

Helping you with Early Help


Makaton:  This is  a language programme, which uses symbols and signs to help develop people communication skills.

PECS (Picture exchange communication system) - This is an alternative communication intervention for individuals with autism and related developmental disabilities.

SENDCO Training  - This is designed to fully equip the Centres SENDCO with the understanding skills and knowledge to fulfil their role effectively.  

Administration of medication - All staff are trained to confidently administer medication to children in their care.

Epilepsy Training- To ensure staff can fully support children in setting with epilepsy

Safeguarding children with disabilities - This is to ensure staff have the correct skills and knowledge to ensure children with additional needs are safe from harm.

How accessible is our setting?

The setting is fully inclusive and is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

we also have the following facilities available:

  • Accessible Parking
  • Sensory room
  • The building is all one level 


Last updated on 05/10/2021
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