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Leap Ahead Day Nursery

Leap Ahead Day Nursery is considered by OFSTED to be an 'OUTSTANDING' nursery in every aspect (April 2019), being managed by two graduate leaders both having Early Years Professional Status, Paula having an honours degree in Early Childhood Studies and Sheila also having a BSc.(Hons) with  PGCE. All staff are qualified and Leap Ahead Day Nursery prides itself in having a friendly and very approachable staff team by both the children and the parents / carers. We value every child and their parent and key-workers are always interested and available to discuss children's current needs and further learning and development. We encourage parents to make visits with their children prior to starting the nursery and regard each child as an individual through this transitional period. This helps the child start to bond with their key-person, for sharing of information and for a relationship to be established with the parents / carers. OFSTED (2019) states, "Partnerships with parents are exceptional. Parents are highly complimentary about the educational support and exemplary care that their children receive. Parents describe how their children 'thrive in this caring and calm nursery environment'."

Who to contact

Contact Name
Paula Markham
Contact Position

Where to go

Leap Ahead Day Nursery
Mapplewell Village Hall
Darton Lane
South Yorkshire
S75 6AL

Situated next door to Mapplewell Village Hall we benefit from ample car parking spaces and have frequent access to the local library.

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£40 Childcare Cost per day 0-1yrs
£40 Childcare Cost per day 2yr olds
£40 Childcare Cost per day 3-4yr olds
£20 Per session
£200 Childcare Cost per week: 0-1yrs
£200 Childcare Cost per week: 2yr olds
£200 Childcare Cost per week: 3-4yr olds

Childcare Information

Age Range

0 years,1 months
5 years,1 months


Immediate vacancies

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday to Friday 08:00 18:00
Monday to Friday AM 08:00 13:00
Monday to Friday PM 13:00 18:00

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


OFSTED (2019) states, "Staff support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) superbly well and help them to make swift progress from when they first start to attend. They develop exemplary partnerships with an extensive range of professionals to help create a highly successful and consistent approach for children."

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

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

If a child is not achieving as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage
Parents should speak to their doctor or health visitor, and/or Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at nursery.

Dependant upon particular need - Individual Education Plans; refer as necessary

The child will be placed on the 'Early Support' curriculum.

Inform them what their child has achieved and what their next steps of learning are on an ongoing basis.  Encourage parents to contribute to their child's assessment.

Policies and procedures are in place to ensure children's welfare

Risk assessment to assess need - apply for additional funding to give 1:1 support from Barnsley local authority if deemed necessary/ deployment of staff within ratios.

Involved throughout and attend Individual Education Plan meetings/ feedback regularly and obtain information from parents/carers.

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

Speech therapy, physio therapy, occupational therapy, educational psychologist, language and communication, cognistion and interaction, Barnsley's safeguarding board.

British Sign Language
Understanding Autism
Lots of specialist advice that is pertinent to individuals attending the setting

How accessible is our setting?

Risk assessment to determine what needs to be in place for their inclusion

Very accessible

Resources are allocated as required.  Funding has been allocated for some specialist equipment - sensory room and a sensory panel.

Last updated on 09/06/2021
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