The Wigwam Day Nursery

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Under new ownership since November 2021 the nursery is undergoing a complete refurbishment with the under 3's age rooms completed and the pre-school underway.

Come and visit us and you'll find us ready to care for and cherish your child. Our team are very experienced and we take pride in our training too, you'd expect nothing less, but what really makes the difference is that we select our team on the values we cherish - their friendliness and love of children. 

Our friendly team provides a high standard of care and education. We are proud of our nursery and its environment; we have a spacious garden which we make use of all the time, as well as going on trips. All of our food is freshly prepared, homemade and nutritious. 

This setting has signed up to offer Tax Free Childcare.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lois Smith
Contact Position
0118 958 1800 0118 958 1800
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Where to go

22, Fatherson Road
Directions to RG1 4PL

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 7.30am-6pm


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Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
We have very little availability in all age groups please contact the nursery to see if we can accommodate your requirements.

Funded Places

Has 3 & 4 year old funding
Has 2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Additional 15 hours of *Free* childcare offered
Intending to provide 30 Hours?
Registered to provide 30 Hours?

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 7.30 18:00
Tuesday 07.30 18:00
Wednesday 07.30 18:00
Thursday 07.30 18:00
Friday 07.30 18:00

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
2657864Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer

Contact Name
Lois Smith
Contact Telephone
0118 958 1800
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
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Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings


We are a 42 place family-run nursery. Come and visit us and you'll find us ready to care for and cherish your child. Our team are very experienced and we take pride in our training too, you'd expect nothing less, but what really makes the difference is that we select our team on the values we cherish - their friendliness and love of children. We look after children from six weeks, until they leave us to go to school. Our friendly team provides a high standard of care and education. We are proud of our nursery and its environment. We have a spacious garden which we make use of all the time, as well as going on trips. All of our food is freshly prepared, homemade and nutritious and we have a 5 star food hygiene rating. 

Local Offer Updated - July 2022

1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?

When families first register with us, we ask about each child to find out about their individual needs. We will initially, and quickly, create a baseline of each child’s development when they start with us, this is taken from information that parents give us and initial observations of the child when they start. We would seek advice from other professionals or more information from parents if we felt it was needed.

If we identify possible Special Educational Needs (SEN), we arrange a meeting immediately with the parents, key person, and SENCO to discuss these concerns and help direct the parent to the correct advice service.  If parents have any ongoing concerns, meetings are held with the nursery Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and the child’s key person. All concerns are taken very seriously and advice can be sought by outside agencies, if needed.

We complete a Two Year Old Report for the parent to share with the Health Visitor during the Healthy Child Programme health and development review.  Every time the child attends nursery observations are made on the child and progress is recorded in their individual profile. When transitioning, or moving, through the nursery summaries of the child’s development are made and shared with the new key person.  Parents are regularly updated with their children’s development throughout our planning ‘in the moment’ process. Parents are involved within our planning and observation process by being able to share observations throughout the children’s journey with us and regular meetings.

2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?

Meetings are held regularly between the parents, key person, and SENCO if a need is identified. All parents are asked to be involved in the child’s learning and we would develop further next steps with the parents within this meeting, any further targets are communicated within the team so that everyone can fully support the child. If a child has possible SEN, we review all the targets every 6 weeks.

3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?

Each key person plans for the own key children within the room, this means that children will be set realistic targets to work towards and the team will have the guidance and support of the SENCO if extra needs are identified. We plan for each child individually to try to maximise each child’s learning and close any gaps in their learning by setting learning objectives for each child.  The manager has an overall view of the children’s development so is able to support the team and the SENCO with knowing their children’s needs.

4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?

We work hard to ensure that we have a close working relationship with the parents of the setting to ensure we are supporting any additional requirements. We would discuss with the parents  first about what you are doing at home and what works well with your child, as we understand that what works for one child may not work for another and we like to treat every child as an individual. 

Stragegies such as 'bucket time' individual focussed tasks, are used to help meet targets.

5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?

The support offered will depend on the needs of the child, this could include additional equipment, one to one support, or applying for additional funding. Our SENCO is predominantly out of our ratio’d numbers so undertakes additional activities and observations of the children on a one to one basis.

6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?

Throughout their time with us, children are observed by their key person to see what interests them, which developmental goals they have met and what their next steps should be to reach the goals they haven't met.   Activites are set up taking into account the child's interest to help children develop these skilss.  This is all captured in their learning journey on an app called 'Famly' which parents have access to.  Parent are also able to share what children are doing at home on this system adding to the learning journey.  In addition to this we hold termly catch up meetings with parents to discuss children's progress.

7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?

As we plan individually for each of the children, we ensure we meet their individual needs.  To ensure this happens consistently we induct and train each of the practitioners and buy additional resources to support the children.  

8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?

As it is a Victorian four-storey building, we do have a stairs in the setting.  We have street-level access to the side of the nursery into the garden but there are still stairs to negotiate to enter the setting fully. Each of our stairs has a handrail to support the children in moving up and down the stairs.

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?

We arrange transition meetings with the child’s new school to meet their teachers and the SENCO to ensure there is a smooth transition. We offer many activities to help children achieve being ‘school ready’  including helping the children get themselves dressed and undressed, encourage lots of confidence in small and large groups, so children are able to make friends and socialise, as well as asking for help. We have regular group times and talking about school, to allow the children to feel confident about going.  We also ensure that we share all information on your child’s development with their new school. 

10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?

We undertake regular reviews of children’s development, and are constantly able to update targets that have been set. Parents are invited to all of these meetings and are offered the chance to give feedback at this time.  Through our observation database we are able to track the learning and development of individual children and group cohorts, so we are able to transparently able to monitor and evaluate our effectiveness.


All our policies and procedures are reviewed annually or more often as needed.

11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?

To register your interest and book a visit of the Nursery, call 01189 581800 or email


12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?

Lois Smith – Nursery Manager – 0118 958 1800

Please contact us for more information or to book a visit to the nursery.

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Other Useful Contacts

Jackie Brown - Owner

Who can be contacted at the nursery.


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