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Lime Tree Day Nursery

At Lime Tree Nursery we offer funded and paid places for children aged 2-5, offering 15 hours for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and the extended 30 hours.

We have 5 members of staff, all are first aid trained and all are qualified in food hygiene. 1 of our staff members is Spanish but speaks English also which is great as our children sing some songs in Spanish.

We all are level 3 qualified apart from one who is level 2 but currently gaining level 3. 2 members of staff are trained in Makaton. 1 staff member is Elkan trained as well. We have lots of experience working with children with additional needs such as ADSD, speech and language and EAL.

The nursery itself is within the roundhouse libary in Athersley and is an organised space to meet and extend the childrens learning to provide stimulating and exciting activities through using the early years foundation stage, which each keyworker plan through the childs next steps and are checked termly but are monitored throughout the term, which provides quality childcare. We send out development reports to all our parents every four months and share our two year old checks with other health professionals.

Throughout the nursery between us all we have 30 years experience working with children aged 0-5.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Rachel Butterwood
Contact Position
Nursery manager

Where to go

Lime Tree Athersley
Roundhouse Learning Resource Centre
Laithes Crescent
South Yorkshire
S71 3AE

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£36 Childcare Cost per day 3-4yr olds
We have spaces for 2 year old funded children and 3/4 year old funded children. We also offer care to parents who don't recieve any funding for their child, please contact the nursery to find out more information.

Childcare Information

Age Range

2 years,0 months
5 years,0 months


Immediate vacancies
We offer 5 hour sessions 8-1 and 1-6. we also offer full days 8-6.

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday to Friday 8:00am 6:00pm

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


We have one staff member who is special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) which is overseen by the manager Rachel and have an open door policy as any child can attented the setting.


Schools Extended Local Offer Response

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

On a child's registration at nursery we get the parents complete a development record from the early years foundation stage, to find out what the child can do at home. At this point we talk to the parents and find out if any health professionals are involved with the family, which we will contact in due course or if the parents of the child has any concerns, the child's key worker works closely with the parents and any information is passed to the SENCO. We then begin to observe the child in setting and assessments begin.

As a setting we observe, assess and plan for each individual child and monitor their progress throughout their time at nursery, this will highlight any concerns we may have about the child's development. We work with the early years foundation stage(EYFS) and send out monthly letters to our parents of what we need to work on that month, with 'what to expect when' as we find our parents understand this more, then they can share what their child has done at home over their parent link (First Steps), which the key worker will link up to the early years foundation stage (EYFS)

We strongly believe that we need a strong parent partnership to gain strong bonds with the children, We then share all observations and termly reports with our parents and they can see them through the parent link (First Steps) and also share with their key worker what the child has done at home, which we assess termly but monitor all the time. We also send out letters 'what i like to do at home' so we can use the child's interests within nursery.

We have a routine at nursery to make the children feel secure as they know what is coming up next as its the same every day, it is important to us that the children feel safe and secure. We do group times, adult led activities and play alongside the children within their own playing to extend their learning some more. We also provide three nutritious meals a day with healthy snacks in between, which the children self serve.

We work closely with local schools sharing the last report completed on the children. 

We try to do visits to each school to help settle the children before their transition by implementing activities within the last term of the school year such as, providing school uniform in the home corner or books of what the school looks like.

We will discuss this with the parents, SENCO, and the nursery manager to find out how much support is required.

We encourage parents to be involved all of the time whilst their child attends nursery as it is essential for us to build a relationship with them as parents know their child better than any one else.

We have frequent events throughout the year for our parents to get involved in.

Our main means of communication is the First Steps parent link as this as has all of the childs development and information regarding what their child has been doing each day they attend nursery.

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

Here at Lime tree we work closely with different health professional such as Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists (SALT), Barnsley educational specialist support team (BESST), ASDAT, Family Support, Peadiatricians and the local schools around the area.

Our Nursery staff have had training in Elklan, Language ladder, Makaton, welcomm, Improving outcomes for pupils on the Autism spectrum, musical interaction.

How accessible is our setting?

Risk assesments are done prior to any outing, parents are informed where we are going and we adhere to the ratio's taking extra care with the children we have as we may need one to one.

Our nursery is accesible through the libary if you have difficulty using steps otherwise we have nine steps to walk down before you enter nursery.

We ask the parents and the health professionals involved if any thing in particular is needed

We would also apply for an interim inclusion grant.



Last updated on 08/09/2021
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