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Dearne Family Centre - Childcare

The Dearne Family Centre is a term time, sessional nursery. We offer a morning or afternoon place for the children in the local area. The nursery has a large spacious room that is suitable for children aged between 2-5 years. The room has a self-contained nappy changing area, toilets and a sensory room. The nursery provides free flow access to outdoor provision at all times. We are constantly reflecting and reviewing what we do to ensure that it is safe, stimulating and it allows your child to learn and develop at their own pace in a natural environment. We offer indoor and outdoor play and children are encouraged to make their own choices in where they would like to play and learn. The nursey has many areas of provision and offers natural resources to play with helping the children learn about the world in which they live. We are very proud to have a whole range of sensory related items and activities on site to support all the children in the setting, especially those children who have specific learning needs. All children in the setting are allocated a key person who is responsible for children’s care needs and developing their individual planning. The setting provides child led activities and adult led activities to support children’s learning and development. Staff plan for children’s individual needs and interests and this is threaded through in activities and then into provision such as the home corner area or the water tray. During the session children are provided with a choice of nutritional healthy snacks, where they are encouraged to serve themselves to promote independent choices and self help skills.  

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lauren Shufflebottom
Contact Position
Assistant Family Centre Manager


Where to go

Dearne Family Centre
Billingley View
S63 8ES

Other Details


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

Childcare Information

Age Range

2 years,0 months
4 years,11 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 the Dearne Family Centre we have a team of experienced Early Year’s Practitioners who are supported by a knowledgeable and experienced Senior Practitioner and Assistant Manager. The Senior Practitioner and Assistant Manager are both SENCO and have a wealth of knowledge and experience at working with and supporting children who require additional support. Staff at the centre are honest and open and communicate openly with parents and carers about children’s learning and progress.

When children start at nursery they will be allocated a key person. Children will have several visits before they start to support them when starting nursery. Your child’s key worker will be in charge of assessing their learning and development, when they first start and on a termly basis. If children are identified as having an additional or leaning need, they will be supported with individual planning, additional activities or interventions and specialists services. At the setting we value our parents as their children’s first educators and we include parents in all planning and target setting to ensure there is a holistic approach to children’s learning and development.

The nursery is inclusive to all children and we pride ourselves on our commitment to equal opportunities and anti- discriminatory practice. All children are supported with individual planning and activities and the types of activities on offer are tailored to meet children’s individual needs. In nursery the children can access a sensory room, sensory related resources and interventions. The setting is also able to offer and provide one to one support if needed and increased staff to child ratio.

The family centre offers Early Help to all parent and carers if needed and this is delivered by experienced staff. This support service is voluntary but has proved successful with many families. We can support parents to access any additional funding and other support services when needed.

The family centre works in conjunction with a wide range of services to support children and families with children with additional need. Many outside agencies come and work with the children in nursery such as speech and language, physio therapists and occupational therapists, Education Physiologist, Paediatricians, Health Visitors, hearing and visual impairment team and BESST.

The staff in the centre are all fully trained and have regular training to keep their knowledge up to date and have accessed training in Makaton, ELKLAN, behaviour support and various courses to raise awareness of autism.

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

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

The staff in the nursery are all qualified and have excellent experience and knowledge of child development. They access regular training so they can support all children in the setting. Staff are able to recognise when children need additional support to help with their learning and development needs.


We welcome all parents and carers to talk to staff and share any concerns about their child's educational needs. We offer Early Help to support families/children who need any additional support.


Children will be supported in the setting by having several induction visits, parents and carers are welcome to stay during these visits.

Your child will then be supported during their time at the setting by having a keyperson who will be in charge of tracking their progress and putting activities into place to help them reach their full potential.  


We also offer  increased staff to child ratio and support children on a one to one basis if needed.


During their time at the setting children will have individual planning to meet their learning and development  needs. Activities and interventions are tailored to children's interests and development needs.


We welcome parents to be involved in the setting and parents can be included in our advisory board meetings and parent forum groups which run every month.



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

The setting works with a wide range of services such as;

  • Speech and Language
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Education Physiologist
  • Health Visitors
  • Physio/Occupational Therapists
  • Paediatricians
  • Hearing Impairment team
  • Visual Impairment team
  • Specialist Nursing Teams 

Staff access regular training they have accessed;

  • Autism Awareness
  • Makaton
  • Motivation Young Children on the Autism Spectrum
  • Introduction to Visual Awareness
  • Introduction to Hearing Impairment
  • Letters and Sounds
  • PECS
  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Risk Assessment for Children with Complex Needs
  • Play for People with Autism
How accessible is our setting?

The setting is inclusive and fully accessible to wheelchair users and these facilities are available

  • Accessible parking
  • Parking spaces
  • Sensory room
Last updated on 12/05/2021
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