Welcome to Dacorum Rural Children's Centre Group

 
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Children’s Centres provide a ‘one stop shop’ within your local community offering information and access to services for families and carers with children aged under five years and parents to-be. They aim to offer every child the best start in life.

Families, carers and parents to-be can benefit from a range of flexible services and support when they need it and in convenient locations.

You can find which is your nearest children centre by using the Hertfordshire Children's Centre postcode checker 

Children’s Centres can help you with:

  • Breastfeeding Support

  • Information about early education and childcare

  • Family learning activities

  • Parenting Courses

  • Employment or training advice

  • Outreach and family support

We work with other professionals including, GPs, Midwives, Early Years Settings, Schools, Health Visitors and Job Centres.

Dacorum Rural Children's Centre Group covers Berkhamsted, Tring, Chipperfield and surrounding villages in Hertfordshire offering services for approximately 2900 children under five.

The Pre-School Learning Alliance is the lead agency for the Dacorum Rural Children's Centre Group.  It comprises of 4 centres and services are delivered from these sites and other venues in the community.

Little Hands & Little Feet Children’s Centre

Lagley Hall

Douglas Gardens

Berkhamsted

HP4 3PE

Telephone 01442 863554

Orchard Children’s Centre

Dundale Primary School

Silk Mill Way

Tring

HP23 5DJ

Telephone 01442 824407

The Lanes Children’s Centre

St Paul’s School

The Common

Chipperfield

WD4 9BS

Telephone 01923 262640

Opening Times: 9am to 4pm

Opening Times: 8.30am to 4pm

Opening Times:  9am to 4pm

Registrations

We ask that anyone who uses the Dacorum Rural Children's Centre Group is registered with us – please feel free to pick up a form from the centre office, request one from us and we will pop one in the post to you or register online by clicking here. Thank you for taking the time to register with us. We will now be able to keep you up to date on suitable activities and courses available to you.

NEWS!

Current timetable.  Please see our Programmes page.

About Boys Course (ABC).  We offering a short workshops for mothers.  For full details of Adult Learning Programme please see our Programmes page for details.

Hertfordshire Children’s Centre Programme Parent Satisfaction Survey 2017.  PLEASE can we ask you to participate by completing the Parent Satisfaction Survey for 2017.  The annual survey aims to find out how satisfied parents/carers are with services provided by Hertfordshire Children’s Centres. All information will be independently analysed.  As a parent/carer you should only complete this questionnaire once, either in paper or on-line format.  Thank you for your support.  Please click on this link to complete the survey on-line:  http://surveys.hertfordshire.gov.uk/s/0WDN2/

      Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline

The Hertfordshire domestic abuse helpline is a confidential, free-to-caller signposting service for anyone affected by domestic violence or domestic abuse.

Opening hours:

·         Monday to Friday - 9am to 9pm

·         Saturday and Sunday - 9am to 4pm

Telephone number is 08 088 088 088.

Website www.hertsdomesticabusehelpline.org

 

  

                        

About us

DACORUM RURAL CHILDREN'S CENTRE TEAM

Senior Leadership Team

Zoë Hier

Group Manager based at Little Hands and Little Feet Children’s Centre.

Amanda Carlile    

Senior Data Coordinator based at Little Hands & Little Feet Children’s Centre.

Tara Kitchener     

Senior Coordinator based at Little Hands & Little Feet Children's Centre.

Sarah Bardsley    

Senior Early Years Coordinator based at Little Hands & Little Feet Children’s Centre.

Adult Learning

Michelle Davies     

Adult Learning Coordinator based at Little Hands & Little Feet Children’s Centre.  Michelle organises courses and training across the whole of the group.

Admin Team

Clare Murphy       

Administrator based at Orchard Children’s Centre.  Clare is our free Early Education adviser.

Julia Copleston    

Administrator based at Orchard Children’s Centre and Little Hands & Little Feet Children’s Centre.

Lorna Taylor         

Administrator based at Little Hands & Little Feet Children’s Centre.

Jenni Churton

Administrator based at Little Hands & Little Feet Children’s Centre.

Outreach Team

Julia Orme           

Outreach Worker based at Orchard Children’s Centre.  Julia is a Breastfeeding Supporter and delivers parenting courses, weaning & oral hygiene talks.

Lindsay Armitage

Outreach Worker based at Little Hands & Little Feet Children's Centre.

Play Team

Catherine Walsh  

Play Coordinator based at Orchard Children’s Centre.

Clare Levey

Play Assistant based at Orchard Children's Centre.

Amy Webb             

Play Coordinator based at Little Hands & Little Feet Children’s Centre.

Abi Rudge

Play Assistant based at The Lanes Children’s Centre.

Anne Stokes

Play Assistant based at The Lanes Children's Centre.

 

Our Services

Pre-schools, Day Nurseries and Schools in our area

Pre-schools

Pre-Schools provide care and early education for children from 2+ years until they enter school reception

  • offer sessions of up to four hours

  • organised and run by private, charity or voluntary organisations

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Free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

Local Childcare...

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SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) - Local Offer

SEND Local Offer

Changes in attitudes, law and practice over the last couple of decades has meant that most young children with special educational needs and disabilities now start their education in mainstream provision.  However, the system for...

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What to Expect When - A Parents Guide

What to Expect When, A Parents Guide

The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how...

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My Baby's Brain

My Baby's Brain

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Early Years Pupil Premium

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Pre-schools, Day Nurseries and Schools in our area

Pre-schools

Pre-Schools provide care and early education for children from 2+ years until they enter school reception

  • offer sessions of up to four hours

  • organised and run by private, charity or voluntary organisations

  • pre-schools provide an ideal opportunity for children to mix with other children before starting school.

Day Nurseries

Day Nurseries provide care and early education for children from 3 months until they enter school reception.

  • open to suit an average working day

  • will always be someone to look after your child

  • offer flexibility of full or part-time places, child will mix with children of a similar age

Schools

Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes. Nursery schools provide care and early education for children from the term after their third birthday until they enter school reception.

  • open during school hours

  • children normally attend for morning or afternoon sessions.

  • Children have an opportunity to mix with their peers

For a full printable version of all preschools and day nurseries in the Dacorum Rural Children's Centre Group, please click below:

 

Dacorum Rural Group Setting List

Free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

Local Childcare

Free childcare for two year olds

A number of children may be eligible for 2 year old funding for free places at Pre-school or Day Nursery. Childhood Support Services would like to promote the take up of free early education for two year olds. You can drop-in to any of the Dacorum Rural Children Centres and we would be happy to support you in your application. You can check if you can receive funding by going onto the eligibility checker. Try the link below.

The link to use is www.hertsdirect.org/parents

Two year old free early education – myth busting

If an eligible families circumstances change, they may no longer be entitled to two year old funding 

Myth - If a family is eligible when they apply, they remain eligible regardless of any change in circumstances

Settings are allowed to charge parents ‘up front’ and then refund them when they are paid by the local authority

Myth – There should be no charge at all to parents who are only accessing the free entitlement

 

Settings can charge for extra activities such as ballet or French

Fact – Settings can charge for any additional activities they offer BUT families should not have to take up the additional activity as a condition of having a place

Any provider can offer free places for two year olds

Myth – Providers must have a good or outstanding Ofsted grade in order to offer 2 year old places

Families are entitled to a free two year old place if the parent is in receipt of disability living allowance

Myth – Families are entitled to a free 2 year old place if the CHILD is in receipt of disability living allowance

 

An eligible reference number expires after a certain period of time

Myth – A reference number is valid from when you apply until the term after your child’s third birthday

A child has to attend a setting for 15 hours a week

Myth – the family should be offered 15 hours a week but can take less should they choose to

A setting will be able to tell a family if they are eligible

Myth – Families must make an application which will then initiate an eligibility check

 

A child cannot start to access their entitlement after headcount week

Myth – A child can start at any point in the term as long as they are in the correct age range

Parents cannot access a place for their 2 year old in a different local authority

Myth – If a family are eligible they should be able to access the free entitlement wherever they choose

Parents cannot change setting mid term

 

Myth – A parent can move their child to another setting mid-term.  The original setting and the new one will need to record this in adjustment week. NB the parent will need to be aware of the settings notice policy

If a child is entitled to two year old funding they will automatically qualify for early years pupil premium (EYPP)

Myth – Many children who are eligible for 2 year old funding are eligible for EYPP but there are some criteria that are different

 

 

Free early education and childcare for three and four year olds

All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks of the year. This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday). Free early education places are available at a range of early years settings including nursery schools and classes, day nurseries, play groups, pre-schools and childminders.

When can I get a free childcare place?

A child born in the period 

Will become eligible for a free place

1 April to 31 August

the start of term beginning on or following 1 September after the child's third birthday

1 September to 31 December

the start of term beginning on or following 1 January after the child's third birthday

1 January to 31 March

the start of term beginning on or following 1 April after the child's third birthday 

 

The 15 hours free early education entitlement can be taken flexibly, at up to two providers within the following limits:

  • the full 15 hours have to be taken over at least two days per week and a maximum of five days per week

  • a minimum of two and a half hours can be taken in one day

  • a maximum of ten hours can be taken in one day

    For example, your child could have nine hours at a nursery class and six hours with a pre-school, day nursery, childminder or independent school over the course of two days or more, if both settings agree.

    You can find providers offering free places by using the childcare directory. You can also check the Ofsted website for any inspection results.

    If you would like to apply for a school nursery place, you can find out more on HertsDirect nursery admissions pages.

    You can drop-in to any of the Dacorum Rural Children Centres and we would be happy to support you in your application.

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) - Local Offer

SEND Local Offer

Changes in attitudes, law and practice over the last couple of decades has meant that most young children with special educational needs and disabilities now start their education in mainstream provision.  However, the system for identifying and meeting children’s needs has not always been effective, and some parents have found it difficult to secure suitable provision for their children.

Local authorities must ensure that all funded early years providers in the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors, are aware of the requirement on them to have regard to the SEND Code of Practice (2014), and to meet the needs of children with SEN and disabilities.  When securing funded early education for two, three and four-year-olds, local authorities should promote equality and inclusion for children with disabilities or SEN.  This includes removing barriers that prevent children accessing early education, and working with parents to give each child support to fulfil their potential. 

Local authorities should meet these duties alongside other legislative childcare duties to secure information, advice and training, and provide sufficient childcare provision.

Please use the link to the Hertfordshire County Council Directory and click on the SEND Local Offer button where you will be able to view and search for more information.

What to Expect When - A Parents Guide

What to Expect When, A Parents Guide

The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.

My Baby's Brain

My Baby's Brain

We already know that parents are the most important things in children’s lives, but recently we have discovered something even more amazing... we have discovered that how a parent behaves around their baby in the first three years of the baby’s life has a significant impact on how their baby’s brain develops. This is the foundation of how the brain will work as the child grows up and becomes an adult, so if a baby’s brain develops healthily they are more likely to be happy and successful as older children and adults.

Childhood Support Services (CSS) has produced a new My Baby’s Brain film that shows the five to thrive in action and the importance this has in giving children the best start in life. There are two versions of the film, one audio and one with text; you can find the films on the http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/css/mbb

Early Years Pupil Premium

Events

ACTIVITIES FOR 2017

Timetable for Monday 30th October to Friday 8th December 2017 To download please click here

 

Adult Learning Courses - September to December 2017  To download please click here

Contact us

Contact Us

Little Hands & Little Feet Children's Centre

Lagley Hall

Douglas Gardens

Berkhamsted

HP4 3PE

Telephone : 01442 863554

       

   

Orchard Children's Centre

Dundale Primary School

Silk Mill Way

Tring

HP23 5DJ

Telephone : 01442 824407

Email : orchardcc@pre-school.org.uk

The Lanes Children's Centre

St Paul's School

The Common

Chipperfield

WD4 9BS

Telephone : 01923 262640

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Useful Links

Support for Parents and Carers

  • Hertfordshire post natal illness offers support and advice to you or your partner.  www.postnatalillness.co.uk

  • Bliss is the special care baby charity which provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies across the UK.   www.bliss.org.uk

Financial Advice

Policies

Below you will find information on our key policies and procedures.  Copies of the full Dacorum Rural Children's Centre Group Policies and Procedures are available on request from any of our Children's Centres.

Safeguarding Policy

 

Safeguarding Information

 

E-Safety Information

 

E-Safety Procedure

 

Record Keeping & Information Sharing Policy

 

Promoting Inclusion & Equality and Valuing Diversity Policy

 

Promoting Inclusion & Equality and Valuing Diversity Information

 

Complaints Procedure

 

Charging Policy

 

Hertfordshire County Council Information Leaflet - Why we need to ask about your Ethnic Origins and Procedures

 

Main Group Office
Lagley Hall
Douglas Gardens
Berkhamsted
HP4 3PE
United Kingdom
Tel: 01442 863554