Little Wombles is committed to the inclusion of all children. We believe all children have the right to be cared for and educated to develop to their full potential alongside others. All children are entitled to high quality care and education that enables them to share opportunities and experiences and develop and learn from each other. We provide a positive and welcoming environment where children are supported according to their individual needs and are fully included in all areas of nursery life.
Arrange a meeting with our SENCO Nicky McDougal
Little Wombles will work with parents to understand the needs of your child. The process of identifying that a child might need additional support or assessment will involve a conversation between nursery and parents or carers at the earliest opportunity. This makes sure that parents and carers are always consulted at every step and kept fully informed about the help their child is given, and the results of that help.
When children have identified SEND before they start at Little Wombles, we work with the people who already know them and use the information already available to identify what their SEN will be in our setting and how we can manage it.
If you tell us you think your child has a SEN we will discuss this with you and look into it. We will share what we discover with you and agree with you what we will do next and what you can do to help your child.
If our staff think that your child has a SEN this may be because they are not making the same progress as other children; for example they may not be able to follow instructions or are not acquiring language at the expected rate. We will make regular observations of your child to monitor their progress.
Should we require further help we will contact the specialist SEND Team.
At Little Wombles each child has a daily diary where staff communicate about the children’s day. Staff give verbal daily feedback to parents. We have regular parents meetings. Staff continually plan next steps for each child and share ideas with parents on how they can support their child at home. If your child is receiving additional support because of a Special Educational Need or disability, you will receive a copy of your child's Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan each time it is reviewed. This gives details of the specific outcomes your child is working towards and how we can work, in partnership, to help your child achieve these outcomes.
The children are given regular opportunities to look through their Learning Journeys and share them with their parents celebrating their achievements.
Each child is assigned a key worker who builds a relationship with the child and observes and monitors their progress. Observations inform the next steps for each child. Staff use trackers to monitor progress. These are regularly updated and again inform future planning. Progress is reviewed at regular parent meetings.
We will adapt our learning experiences to make them accessible to all children by making them easier or more challenging or using additional resources or outside agencies if they are required.
The child’s Key worker builds a relationship with the child and will help them to settle in the new environment, build confidence and meet their individual care and educational needs.
Please refer to our Behaviour Policy
Our staff have training or experience in adapting to a range of SEND and will undergo additional training if required.
The setting is all on one level with disabled access and disabled toilet facilities. Any special physical requirements will be assessed individually and equipment will be provided to meet those needs with the help of the Local Authority SEND services.
If appropriate children will be taken on daily outings with the other children and relevant risk assessments undertaken.
Little Wombles offers a standard 16 hour settling period spread over a week or two weeks. This is agreed with parents in advance and can be adapted for individual needs. During this time the child will get to know their Key Worker.
Parents complete an ‘About Me’ form so that staff can get to know the child quickly and help them to settle as quickly as possible.
If your child is moving on to school we arrange visits with the future school and arrange meetings with future teachers to make them aware of the additional needs and ensure additional support is in place.
When moving rooms in the setting children spend time with their new Key Worker to get to know them. Because we are a small Nursery, all staff know each of the children very well and are aware of their needs. The child will already be very familiar with the setting as they spend time in each room throughout each day.
What specialist services from outside does the Nursery use to help meet children’s needs and how do you work together?
We get support from Local Authority services when required such as SEN Specialists, Educational Psychologists, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy etc. We met with them regularly to review progress and set new targets.
We will seek any required support from external agencies and with parental permission administer any required medication.
Firstly you should arrange a meeting with your child’s Key Worker. If you are not happy that your concerns have been addressed you should then contact the SENCO or Principal.
The Wandsworth Information Advice and Support Service (WIASS) provides an impartial and confidential service to all parents of children with SEND. Visit their website at https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/pps or telephone 020 8871 8065
The Wandsworth Parents’ Forum “Positive Parent Action” works with the Council to improve all provision for children and young people with SEN and Disabilities aged 0 to 25. If you want to get involved in influencing services visit their website at www.positiveparentaction.org.uk or telephone 020 8947 5260
More information about the Local Offer of services and support for children and young people with special needs and disabilities from 0-25 years old in Wandsworth can be found on Local Offer website at
My husband and I could not have been happier with the childcare provided for our daughter during the 18 months that she attended Little Wombles Westover.
I cannot fault the service that we received and it was with significant regret that our daughter had to leave. Being able to head off to work knowing that your most precious little person is being cared for so well, makes life so much easier.
Little Wombles is a fantastic environment for learning, play and development. Nicky employs only the best staff and clearly instils her own standards throughout the entire operation, because the levels of education and behaviour are always excellent.
I cannot recommend Little Wombles highly enough, I'd give more than 5 stars if possible! It is without doubt that the experience our daughter has gained whilst at Little Wombles will set her up well for life.
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When it became clear that our lively one year old daughter needed more interaction with her peers than classes and playdates could provide, I visited more than a dozen local nurseries, daycare and childminders. It wasn't until I met Nicky & saw the Little Wombles set-up, that I was happy to leave her? How lucky we were! What a happy, warm, nurturing and genuinely affectionate environment Nicky & her wonderful team have created. It is no surprise that our daughter made good friends and astonishing progress during her months at Little Wombles? We were so sad when we came to move on! Nicky's professional teaching background shines through & the days were filled with a judicious balance of fun, play and learning. We particularly loved French and ballet! While our daughter spent most of her time at the Westover nursery, she was also accommodated several times at the relatively new Broomhill site which provides equally good facilities for many more children. Throughout our time at Wombles, Nicky & Colin proved to be professional, understanding, flexible and helpful. Nothing was ever too much trouble which was an unexpected relief, given that childcare, particularly of such little ones, can be often be so fraught for myriad reasons? We could not recommend Little Wombles more highly and we are particularly grateful to all the wonderful carers who were so kind and solicitous of our little girl that she still talks about them regularly, including Kayleigh, Martyna, Natalia and Marcella.
At Little Wombles lunch and dinner are delivered by Little Tums, who specialise exclusively in providing high quality food for children's day nurseries. They are passionate about providing children with healthy, nutritionally balanced delicious food. Breakfast is made on site, children are given a choice of cereals, porridge, baked beans, egg, toast, yoghurt and fruit.
All meals are made using fresh ingredients. Your child's health and nutritional balance is very important to us, therefore we will ensure they receive a varied and healthy diet whilst in our care. Menus will change weekly on a three week rota system.
Water is given at each meal as well as being accessible to all children throughout the day.
Presentation and consistency of meals will be adapted to suit your child's needs according to their age.
All meals are served with extra vegetables of the day.
Any dietary requirements due to allergies or religious reasons will be discussed with parents and catered for accordingly.
Children are given a choice of fruit and a biscuit both in the morning and afternoon at snack times. Older children are encouraged to help cut / prepare fruit.
Stacy is a very experienced Nursery Practitioner, with a broad knowledge of working with children aged 0-5 years. She holds a Level 3 in Childcare. Stacy is currently working with our toddlers.
Prior to finding Little Wombles, I had researched and rejected a number of nurseries in the area As soon as I met Nicky, I knew that I'd found the exact right fit for my daughter. Little Wombles is the perfect combination of a creative and fun-loving environment that fosters learning through structured play. The staff go to so much effort with arts and crafts and messy play activities. I especially like the fact that the children are brought outside to parks, soft play etc for daily activities and specialised teachers are brought in for dance and music classes etc, this is yet another aspect that sets it aside from the competition. The standard of care provided by the dedicated staff is also first class.
I really appreciated the great level of communication between parents and staff. The daily diary, weekly photographs and regular parent, staff meetings made me feel very much up to date with my daughter's progress. Having experienced the Westover and Broomhill location, I can attest to the quality of care that my child received at both.
Little Wombles is a real community that has an incredibly welcoming atmosphere, to children and parents alike and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Kerry has a wealth of experience in Early Years having worked with children from birth to five years. She has been Deputy Manager of a large Nursery setting and holds a Level 3 in both Childcare and Management.
Kerry is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
As part of the broad curriculum we offer at Little Wombles the children take part in weekly specialist led sessions of Dance, Baby French, Music, Sport and we have recently introduced Studio Cultivate.
Kindergarden is an exciting outdoor education program created to encourage Early Years children to enhance, interact with and take ownership of the green spaces that they inhabit. Kindergarden workshops take place in a school’s garden or playground and run twelve months a year, rain or shine. The programme is divided into four seasonally themed modules, each exploring the world of gardens and the many fascinating living things that occupy them. Weekly workshops are filled with practical gardening activities, story telling, drama and art. Through these varied learning mediums Kindergarden pupils are able to absorb challenging academic content, expand vocabulary, develop fine motor skills, whilst engendering an appreciation of the living world around them.
These classes are conducted to a mixture of classical and children's music to help stimulate imagination, develop rhythm and encourage musicality. The classes are taught through storytelling and mime that helps the child to learn in a creative atmosphere. Ballet is the core of all dance genres, at this particular age the basics of ballet is used to encourage balance, co-ordination, core stability, strength, cardiovascular, and technique, whilst improving the child's self-confidence. Most of all the children are encouraged to have fun and enjoyment giving them something to look forward to each week!
Madame Sophie, from le Club Tricolore, the longest running French Club for children in the UK, uses a proven method of teaching. Young children absorb and learn French effortlessly while having fun. Numbers, colours, animals, different expressions and lots more, are taught in a lively atmosphere with puppets, props, and plenty of rhythm, movement and humour. Vive le français!
Netmums favourite – Musical Express – comes to Little Wombles! It is a fun and interactive music and movement class. Regular music making time with lots of percussion instruments to try, with a new theme and activity each session. The focus is on having fun and learning through play.
Sport with Pedro Silva
Pedro has a Masters degree in PE and 10 years experience as a sports coach and teacher. He spends part of his week planning and delivering multi-sports sessions in Nurseries and schools around South West London. Sessions take place in King Georges Park or in our hall. The weekly sessions include ball skills, racket skills and athletics for toddlers and incorporate other learning such as colour names and counting.