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YMCA Townhill Nursery and Pre School

Rated as “Good” by Ofsted in June 2019, our YMCA Nursery Townhill delivers childcare of the highest standards to the local community.
The experienced staff team understand the importance of play-based learning, healthy eating and time spent playing outside. Opened in May 2006, the nursery is located in a purpose built building within the grounds of Townhill Infant School, Townhill Infant School and Southampton City Council provides the very best in Pre-School facilities and Day Care Provision.

This setting has signed up to offer Tax Free Childcare.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Claire Baker
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
023 80476283
YMCA Townhill Nursery
Charity number
Company number

Where to go

YMCA Nursery Townhill
Townhill Infant School
Benhams Road
SO18 2FG
Children's Centre Areas
Townhill Park Harefield

Other Details


Languages spoken
PECS - Picture Exchange Communication System


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£18.00 Per Session
£38.00 (9-3) Per Day
£44.00 (9-5) Per Day
Visit our website for a full list of prices, including multiple day and sibling discounts. We accept children with 2 year funding entitlement.


Age Ranges
From 2 years 0 months to 5 years 0 months

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Challenging Behaviour
Visual impairment
Cerebral palsy
Autistic spectrum disorder
Special Educational Needs
Please contact us to discuss your child's requirements.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Contact us for our latest vacancies.
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Intending to provide 30 hours entitlement
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement

Opening Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 8.00am 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.00am 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.00am 5.00pm
Thursday 8.00am 5.00pm
Friday 8.00am 5.00pm


Maximum number of Vacancies

Vacancy Age Ranges
Vacancy Age Ranges
Age RangeVacancies
2-4 0

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer

Contact Name
Claire Baker
Contact Telephone
02380 476283
Contact Email

Other Education Extended Local Offer details from YMCA Townhill Nursery and Pre School

How does your education setting know if children/young people need extra help and what do I do if I think my child has special educational needs?

When your child joins our setting they are signed up to our online learning journal called ‘ParentZone’. Each child is allocated a key person who can help and assist parents in this process if support is needed and to assist with settling them both in.

The key person observes, assesses and plans for the individual children needs according to their age and stage of development. They will liaise with parents and carers to provide the best possible outcome for their child. They are available to offer support and guidance if there are any concerns. They will share these with the parents/carers and co-workers if required. They will also act as a liaison for outside agencies such as heath visitors, SENCo’s (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) paediatricians, speech and language therapists and any other agency’s that are required.

How will the education setting staff support my child / young person?

We tailor our provision to meet the needs of the individual child by planning age and stage appropriate activities.

We offer a dedicated Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) who gives direct support the staff, children and their families and liaises with the appropriate outside agencies in line with the child’s needs.

The key person, parents, SENCo and child are all involved in working together to best support the child to move to the next stage of development through using meaning full activities to the child.

Any outside agencies that are involved with the child are welcomed into the setting to work along side the key person, child and family to enable them to meet the targets that have been set.

We attend regular meetings and additional training sessions to ensure we are able to support and meet the needs of the child and family. We may be able to access additional funding to support the child if specialist equipment or one to one support is required.

We use the Communication and Language Audit which aims to improve early communication skills and support the development of practitioners and parents knowledge of communication skills of children aged 0-5 years.

The Communication and Language tool is used across Southampton and is having a positive impact on children’s communication and language.

How will the curriculum at your education setting be matched to my child / young person's needs?

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in the setting aimed at the developmental age and stage of the child and has overlapping age groups to allow for the difference or development stages each child may have.

All staff observe, record, assess and plan activities for the children based on their individual needs ensuring that their next steps or targets are considered.

We have an open door policy that enables parents and carer’s to discuss any concerns that they may have on their child’s needs or development. The staff use a balance of planned adult led and child initiated activities to enable all round development.

If a child is receiving extra support from an outside agency we will liaise with parents and carers to ensure that targets are met enabling us to focus on the children’s individual strengths. Each child has an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) which runs along side their next steps and are both review termly.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child / young person's learning?

The Key person builds a good strong bond with the child and family ensuing regular observations are taking of the child’s development. They liaise with the parents on a daily and weekly basis to share information and how their child is developing. We offer support to both the child and the family if required seeking advice from other agencies if required.

Observations are used to plan for the children’s next steps to enable them to achieve their goals with advice and guidance from their parents/carers.

We actively engage parents though parent’s evenings where they have the opportunity to meet with their child’s key person and review their child progress over the last term. We carry out development reviews termly to ensure all children are developing at their appropriate age and stage and set achievable goals for them to support their learning.

What support will there be for my child / young person's overall wellbeing?

Every child is allocated a key person on entry to the setting who is responsible for supporting the child and family.

On joining the setting parents are given our admissions policy, safeguarding policy.

All about me information is completed on the child’s 1st settling session where they ahve time to discuss it with their childs keyperson.

We provide a flexible approach to the routine and environment based around the children’s needs. All adults demonstrate a good role model for positive behaviours and reinforcement.

During the session/daily routine visual timetable are used to support children’s learning and understanding of the routine.

All staff hold a paediatric first aid certificates which s renewed every threes years.

All staff hold an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Services) check and have two suitable references, and a safeguarding interview prior on joining the setting.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by your education setting?

Our staff regularly attend child development courses, monthly training sessions which also include safeguarding updates  and have several years experiences working with in the early years sector.

We are able to direct families to a wide range of services that can offer support to families and their child. These include health visitor, children’s centres, and speech and language therapists.

Within our setting we have a SENCo who attends training network meetings to ensure that they have all the relevant and up to date information on any new initiatives that are being trialled.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEN and Disabilities had or are having?

All staff working in our setting have relevant childcare qualifications to enable them to support the children in the best possible ways. They attend training courses to develop their knowledge and to share good practice.

All staff must complete safeguarding training and interview, fire safety, Health and safety and first aid.

Our SENCo attends termly inclusions meetings ensuring they are kept up to date with recent practice and legislation.

We use the Communication and Language audit which aims to improve early communication skills and support the development of practitioners and parents knowledge of communication skills of children aged 0-5 years. Staff carry out regular reviews to ensure children are developing in this area.

How will my child / young person be included in activities including trips run by your setting?

All activities and planned around the children’s individual needs and abilities.

Risk assessments are carried out prior to the outing and parental consent is obtained. We ensure that the child is with a named member of staff during the outing and children are given high visibility vest to wear to ensure they are easily identified.
There are always at least two members of staff who are first aid trained on any outing as a minimum, and the appropriate first aid equipment is taken along.

We welcome parents and carers help as long as they hold a current Enhanced DBS check.

Our out door space is accessible both inside and outside which includes ramps where needed.

Toys and resources are age and stage appropriate for the children in our care and are checked regularly for defects and removed if required.

Children are able to move freely around the equipment promoting independence at all opportunities.

We have a variety of bikes, trikes and ride on toys to help promote physical development as well as our 'Tractor' climbing fame and slide. We aim to one to one support for any child with additional needs and this includes activities and experiences outside the classroom.

How accessible is your education setting? ( indoors and outdoors)

Our setting is accessible to all children and families within the wider community.

Parking is available on the road side the settings and all entrances are wheel chair accessible and on one level for easy access.

How will the education setting prepare and support my child / young person to join the education setting, transfer to a new setting and or the next education stage and life?

Before starting the setting parents are encouraged to visit the setting with their child to get a feel for the environment. They are then also given two more visits to enable both the child and parent to be able to settle.

The purpose of these are for the adult and child to become more familiar with the setting, meet the child’s key person. If children and parents require additional settling sessions this can be arranged to suit the needs of the family.

How are the education setting resources allocated and matched to children and young people's Special Educational Needs and disabilities?

We purchase and provide appropriate age and stage appropriate equipment for all the children in our care.

Additional resources are purchased if required to enable to child to meet their targets.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child /young person will receive?

Our staff carefully give each child time to settle into pre-school ensure they build strong lasting bonds with all their key children to aid their development.

They seek advice from their parents and carers on what they like at home and what they are able to do. Children are observed by outside agencies if additional one to one support is required and advice is taken from then to ensure the child get the care they require.

How are parents / young people currently involved in your education setting? How can I be involved?

Parents and carers are encouraged to participate in their child learning journal ensuring good communication channels between themselves and the key person. We actively invite parents to attend progress meetings on their child’s development and encourage an open door policy if they want to discuss any areas of their development.

We do a regaular home learning letter to support our learning intentions of out over and over books and or the intrests of the chidlren. 

We encourage parent volunteers at our settings and welcome feedback on their experience with us.

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