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Northern College Children's Centre

*Please note this setting is temporarily closed due to Covid-19*

Our Nursery is set on the outskirts of Barnsley, within 38 acres of beautiful parkland and Wentworth Castle. We regularly enjoy walks with the children, through the woodlands and gardens, go to see the sheep and deers (often spotting a pheasant or squirrel along the way) and walk to Wentworth Castle itself.

Our brand new purpose built Childrens centre opened in October 2014.  We are a 44 place setting and we cater for children from 6 months to 11 years 11 months. We have free places for early education funded children including two year olds. We currently have places available for children who qualify for the two year funding, the three/four year funding and the extended 15 hours funding.We offer free childcare places to students that are studying at the college and offer weekend childcare places for weekend courses.

Although on the outskirts we are only a 10 minute drive from Barnsley town Centre and a 10 minute drive from Silkstone.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Joanne Bell
Contact Position
Children's Services Manager

Where to go

Northern College Childrens Centre
Wentworth Castle
Lowe Lane
South Yorkshire
S75 3ET

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£3.00 Childcare Cost per hour: 0-1yrs
£3.00 Childcare Cost per hour: 2yr olds
£3.00 Childcare Cost per hour: 3-4yr olds

Childcare Information

Age Range

0 years,6 months
11 years,11 months


Immediate vacancies
We have places available for 2,3 and 4 year olds

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday to Friday 08.30 17.30

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


There is a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

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

Through both conversations with parents/carer and practitioners observations we would be able to ascetain if a child may require addittional support. Working closely with other services that may already be involved in the childs care.

If you think your child may have special educational needs then speak to the settings SENCO or key person for advice.

Our environment is fully inclusive for childrens individual needs.
SENCO in place and attends all SENCO meetings
Working together with other agencies to ensure full support.Through planned activities and differentiatian of activities, we will work with the advice from agencies such as speech therapy and follow closley their planned activities for the child.

Each child is assigned a key person who will observe and assess your childs next steps. Monthly progress checks are carried out on each child along with an Early years development checker.The planning is tailored to each childs individual needs, children also have input into the planning process through our childrens forum.Information is gained from parents about thier childs development and practitioners will use this in the individual planning for the child.

Childrens learning journeys are avilable daily for parents /carers to read and make comments on. We have daily diaries that will inform parents/carers what their child has been doing that particular day and parents have the opportunity to add to these.We have termly parent and key person meetings to discuss your childs development.We will offer advice on how learning can be extended at home. We encourage parents to carry on the childs development at home, we share information sheets on variuos aspects of development, so that parents can read this and continue working with their child at home.

Our key person system ensures that a trusting relationship is built up between the practitioner and the child and the key person will be there to support the child.

We have a transition policy and this is something that is bulit into the planning when children are due to leave the setting. Children are fully supported by thier key person. Practitioners from settings are invited to meet the child and see them in their current environment.

Childrens Services Committee
Parents Forum
Childrens Forum

Engaging parents sessions

Early years development checker given to parents to complete on admission, this enables parents and the setting to work together on thier childs developemnt.

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

We work alongside all other agencies when the need arises.We have worked closley with the speech and language team and our health care colleagues.We are able to facilitate meetings within the children's centre.

The centre has a trained SENCO who attends regular updates and network meetings.All staff have been trained in elements of behaviour and also specific needs.

How accessible is our setting?

All children are given the opportunity to go on outings.

Fully accessible

Last updated on 06/04/2020
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