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Sandpit Nursery (1st Safari Day Nurseries Ltd)

Sandpit Nursery sits on the edge of Barnsley town centre and has been operating since 2003 and became part of the 1st Safari Day Nurseries Ltd group in 2016. We are based in what used to be a Methodist Church, and extensions and modifications have been made to ensure the building is of a suitable desgin to successfully be a childcare setting.

We have 4 rooms which provide varied provision and learning experiences which cater for the individual children in our setting. We have a 0-2 room, a 2-3 room, a 3-5 room and an Out of School Club. We have a well qualified and experienced staff team with various qualifications including QTS, Level 2 and Level 3 Childcare.

Each child is assigned a key person who supports the child and their families during there time with us, from the moment they start to when they leave. Activities are also planned for children on a daily basis based around their own individual developmental needs, a child's current interests and any special events that may be happening.

In our 0-2 room we do lots of sensory exploration using things such as treasure baskets, heuristic play, food play and corn flour. We like to get very messy and do whole body painting as well as exploring books, singing nursery rhymes and playing with the animals.

In our 2-3 and 3-5 room we have sand and water areas where we can practising our filling and emptying and develop our mathematical skills. We have a role play corner were we can practise the skills we may have seen our families use at home such as making a cup of tea, making dinner or doing our hair! We also like to dress up whilst in these areas in the different costumes we have. We love to play with the animals in our small world area and make farm yards with the construction toys that we have. If we want a rest and some quiet time we can get cosy in our book corner and listen to a story. Or we can practising our writing skills in the mark making area.

We also have an Out of School Club and Holiday Club, please see our other pages on here for more details about what they provide!

In our Outdoor Areas, which all children access all year round, we can play in the mud kitchen making mud pies in the microwaves or we can develop our gross motor skills using the big slide or by playing on the bikes! 

We offer places to children accessing their 2 Year Entitlement, children accessing their Nursery Education Funding (including the additional 15 hours) or children accessing Short Break Places.

We have a Facebook Page where we keep parents as up to date as possible with things that are happening at nursery including what we have been doing as well as any special events!

No two days are ever the same here at Sandpit Nursery and we aim for children and their families to leave us with fond memories of their early years!  

We continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment for your child and it's great to be able to be getting back to some sense of normality.

Spaces are available across all age ranges. Get in touch to see what we can offer!

Who to contact

Contact Name
Dawn Shapcott
Contact Position
Nursery Manager

Where to go

Sandpit Nursery
Pitt Street
S70 1AL

Car park available for drop offs and pick ups. Doorbell entrance to system.

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£46.00 Childcare Cost per day 0-1yrs
£46.00 Childcare Cost per day 2yr olds
£46.00 Childcare Cost per day 3-4yr olds
£230 Childcare Cost per week: 0-1yrs
£230 Childcare Cost per week: 2yr olds
£230 Childcare Cost per week: 3-4yr olds
7am start charged at an extra £8. 7:30am start charged at an extra £4.00. Both need to be booked in as extra. Childcare vouchers or Tax Free Childcare payments accepted. Funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds available including the additional 15 hours - no additional charges for fully funded places


Other notes

Designated Safety Lead and Deputy

SENCO - Level 3 Qualification

Childcare Information

Age Range

0 years,3 months
4 years,11 months


Immediate vacancies
Available in all age ranges. Fully funded places also available.

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Summer Lane Primary
Joseph Locke Primary
Shawlands Primary
Holy Rood Catholic VA Primary
St Mary's CE VA Primary, Barnsley
Please see our Out of School Club Page for further details.

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


The Nursery has a Special Educational Needs Coordinator(SENCO) - who has complete the Level 3 Award in SENCO in Early Years

EHA trained.

Support given to parents of children who may have any additional needs.

Offer Short Breaks in school holidays.

Staff willing to undertake training where necessary.

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

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

Each child has a Key Person assigned when they start at the setting. This Key Person is responsible for tracking each child's individual progress and development using the Early Years Foundation stage - Early Years Outcomes.

We complete progress reports including trackers every term. We use the Wellcomm assessment tool to assess children’s speech and language development. Practitioners will speak with the SENCO if they have any concerns regarding a child's development and both the child's Key Person and the SENCO will discuss these with the child's parent, and take any actions that may be needed. This may include a referral to other services, such as Speech and Language or BESST, or further support provided by the setting. If a parent has any concerns regarding their child's development, they should speak to their child's Key Person or the SENCO.

We will provide and warm and welcoming environment for any child that attends our setting. We adhered to Ofsted ratios at all times and we may provide ratios above that which is required by Ofsted, for example providing 1:1 support or small groups. We send practitioners on training so that we are up to date with current practice which allows us to better support the children in our care. Training we have attended includes Autism awareness training, manual handling plus the SENCO regularly attends Network meetings so we are up to date with all the current systems in place. We also undertake Wellcomm assessments on children to assess their Speech and Language Development. The room environments are set up to suit the children who are attending and changes are made should the need arise.

Planning is completed each week in every room and will plan for children's next steps based on their current developmental needs and interests. Children have a Key Person who knows their children and where they are developmentaly so that they can support them within the setting. Individual 1:1 time is provided for those children that require it. Small group activities are also completed within the setting. Children may have an SEN Support Plan to further support them during their time at nursery.

Your child's Key Person will keep you up to date on your children's progress and development. Children's development is tracked using the Early Years Foundation Stage - Early Years Outcomes. We complete on entry reports and progress reports each term. Parents are greeted in to the setting by a member of staff and are given a handover at the end of the day - this gives parents the opportunity to speak about their child. We discuss children's development with parents regularly and share reports with them and give support on what parents could do at home to help their child.  Parents are welcome to telephone the setting at any time to speak to a member of staff.

The Key Person approach will ensure that practitioners in your child’s room are aware of their own individual needs. We are a friendly and welcoming environment and like to celebrate children’s family and home life. When children first start at the setting parents are asked to complete an All About Me which will give the practitioners in the room more information about each child’s own individual needs and interests. When children move rooms we ensure that their current key person and their new one have some time together to discuss the child's individual needs and any support plans that are already in place

All children are supported through the transitions they make, whether it is within the setting or moving to a new setting/school. If children leave the setting to attend another setting or school nursery we will send on a copy of the child’s final report to their new setting/nursery school. If the child has an additional need the new setting will be informed of these and invited to any meetings that may be due to be held. If the child is leaving us to attend full time school we will send invites out to the new school for them to come and visit the child in our setting. If there are any additional needs, the child’s new school will be invited to any Team around the Family meetings or SEN Support plan reviews. We can also accompany children on visits to their new schools if we feel that this is needed.

The SENCO, child’s Key Person and the child’s family will all get together to discuss what support each child needs. They may decide that an Early Help Assessment is needed, this is a multi-agency tool used to support children and their families. An SEN Support Plan or an Individual Behaviour Plan may also be put in place to support children. We may also refer in to external agencies such as BESST (inclusion) or Speech and Language. We can also help parents with the EHCP process.

We welcome parents to get involved in the setting as much as possible. We operate an open door policy so parents are welcome to speak to us at any time. We have private meeting rooms available if required. We have a Facebook page where we share information about any events we are doing at nursery, as well as sharing photographs of children enjoying the activities we do. We also have open events throughout the year. We have comments boxes in nursery for parents to leave us messages, as well as a celebration tree. We send out regularly questionnaires to parents to gain their views on our nursery and use this to inform our practice. We send weekend sheets home with all children so that they can let us know what their child has been doing whilst they havent been at nursery and this feeds in to the child's Learning Journey,


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

The nursery has a named SENCO, Dawn Shapcott, who is responsible for ensuring that all children who have any additional needs are supported within the setting. Dawn has completed her Level 3 Early Years SENCO qualification. Dawn attends SENCO forums so that as a setting we have the most up to date information as possible. We have also undertaken training to support children using the Wellcomm Toolkit. We liaise with lots of different agencies such as Health Visitors, Social Workers, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapist, Specialist Nursery Nurses, Family Support Workers, Outreach Workers and Local schools

Staff undertake training regularly and we try and match the training we participate in to the needs of the children who are attending. Practitioners have undertaken training in things such Wellcomm assessment, Elkan training, Autism Awareness, SENCO training, Makaton training and Promoting Positive Behaviour.


How accessible is our setting?

We aim to fully include all children within our setting. To ensure we can do this effectively we may use 1:1 support for children, support from other agencies, support from parents and families or purchasing any additional specialist equipment that may be needed.  Staff ensure all children are encouraged to participate in all activities that are provided.

We aim to make our environment as accessible as possible to everyone who attends. We have a disabled parking bay and disabled ramp, we have wide doors in to the nursery and to each room, and a disabled toilet. There are some stairs in the building to our Out of School Club, however, if we had children with certain disabilities we would reassess which rooms were used for children. There are also practitioners available to support parents/carers if they may struggle with these.

We aim to provide as many resources as possible to support individual children, purchasing new ones should these be a needed. Specialist resources will be kept separate so that they are available to be used by the children during small group time or 1:1 time. 

Children's next steps are planned for through focused activities and continuous provision. Children with an SEN Support Plan will also have a further focused plan that their Key Person will work on with them.  


Last updated on 18/06/2021
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