Our Aims, Ethos and Values
Serving the local area, including Betchworth, Buckland, Dorking and Reigate the Nursery operates from its own purpose-built building on the site of the North Downs Primary School in Betchworth. The Nursery has charitable status and is run by a volunteer management committee. Our aim is to enhance the development and education of Pre-school children and to set the children in our care on the road to literacy and numeracy with a belief and confidence in their own abilities. Above all, we believe that learning should be enjoyable and we will bring out the very best in the children in our care by providing a family atmosphere. We aim to provide guidance given with tolerance, patience, fairness, acceptance, approval, friendship and encouragement. We strive to provide the very best safe, happy and friendly environment that will encourage our children to explore and learn. Our Nursery is a place where discovery is extended into learning through the experience of the child and the response of the adult.
Our staff team comprises of a Child Protection Officer, a Deputy Child Protection Officer,
a Behaviour Management Officer, a Special Education Needs Co-ordinator and qualified Paediatric first-aiders.
When joining the nursery, your child will be allocated a key worker who will be responsible for their personal, social and emotional needs during their time with us. They will work closely with the family to support your child and ensure their individual needs and interests are catered for within the nursery.
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Information
Betchworth & Buckland Children’s Nursery welcomes children with special educational needs (SEN), we support them in a welcoming environment offering them the opportunities to reach their full potential. The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) works with Surrey County Council and other outside agencies to support a child’s needs, where appropriate.
Funding and Payments
All invoices are issued termly, in advance. We are registered with the local authority to accept the government funding for 3 and 4 year olds, this means all 3 and 4 year olds are currently entitled to 15 hours per week of free education for 38 weeks a year. We also accept 2 year old FEET funding.
The Friends of Betchworth & Buckland Children’s Nursery are an active group who organise parent and fund-raising events for the nursery. The Friends are always looking for new members to join and be involved in supporting the nursery.