Castle Kindergarten

We offer ‘30 hours childcare for working parents’.

We aim to provide each child with a caring environment which is safe, stimulating and a very happy day-time alternative to home. Our carefully designed indoor and outdoor space allows children to play, explore, discover and create in safe, secure and inviting surroundings.

We promote all areas of learning and development as outlined in England's statutory Early Years Foundation Stage which sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. We do this through a planned and purposeful play based curriculum. At the heart of our approach we have created an environment where children can express themselves, explore and investigate.

We offer a curriculum that is not only broad based, but considers the individual needs of each child, allowing each child to develop at their own pace and to follow their own interests. In each room the experiences offered are appropriate to children's age and include both indoor and outdoor activities.

Our learning environments are pivotal to our whole approach to learning and teaching; they are flexible so that spaces can be adapted in response to children's interests or lines of enquiry. Resources are easily accessible to children and are open-ended using largely natural or recycled materials so that children can create many different things in many ways.

We strongly believe that the environment for children must be safe, warm, welcoming and calm; that the activity spaces and meeting spaces in the kindergarten are homely and nurturing; some areas have furniture that would be found in our homes and there are plenty of cosy spaces where children can come together to be with others or on their own. Objects, artwork and photographs from the natural world are displayed around the setting.

Lighting and colour are also used to best effect to create a sense of well-being. These features will surround children within an environment that helps them feel safe and secure and encourages and supports positive behaviour for learning.

We have a large outdoor space where children spend a lot of time investigating the natural world around them. We have access to a wooded area close to our building that we can visit to further extend the children's experiences nature.

 We provide day care for children from 3 months to 4 years 11 months. We offer funded places for 2 year olds who are eligible for the government's 15 hours free education and funded places for 3 and 4 year olds who are eligible for 15 and 30 hours of free education.

Parents can either choose to use their full 30 funded hours with us or split it across two settings. Where the 30 hours are split between Castle Kindergarten and Sacriston Academy children can be transferred easily between the two settings at lunchtime through our pick up and drop off service.

We also provide after school and holiday care.

When is it on?

Time of day
Session information
We provide childcare from 7.30am to 6.00pm.
We provide Sacriston After School Club at our premises from 3.15pm

Who to contact

Contact name
Lauren Park or Rhiannon Rose
Contact position
Manager / Deputy Manager
0191 3712895

Where to go

Castle Kindergarten
Fyndoune Community College
Findon Hill
County Durham


Childcare availability
Before school
Term time
School holidays
After school
Free 3/4 yr places
Free 2 yr places
Will be providing 30 hours
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)
As well as children solely attending Castle Kindergarten for their 30 hours entilement, we also work in partnership with Sacriston Academy to provide a 30 hour entitlement.

Vacancy details

Immediate vacancies?
Other information
Vacancies available (updated 7th Feb 2019).

Other details

School drop off/collection
Further drop off/collection details
Sacriston Academy
Ofsted report
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Local Offer

Local Offer description

We have a clear approach for identifying, responding to, and meeting children’s additional needs. We support and involve parents (and where relevant children), actively listening to and acting on their wishes and concerns.

We work in partnership with the council and other external agencies to ensure the best outcomes for children and their families. We regularly monitor and review our policy, practice and provision and, if necessary, make adjustments.


Our building is completely accessible, with a flat driveway and wide doors throughout the building. The setting is on one floor, with easy access into the rooms and we have tarmac throughout our outdoor area. We have two accessible toilets and our child height toilets are in cubicles which are large enough for staff to support a child when needed.


Our staff have experience in supporting children with:

  • ADHD
  • Asperger's
  • Asthma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Dietary Needs
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Eczema
  • Emotional Needs
  • Language Impairment
  • Oxygen Dependency
  • Serious Allergy
  • Speech and Language Difficulties
  • Toileting
  • Visual Impairment


At times, where children need very specific support, for example any medical support, staff will undertake any necessary training to ensure that the best possible care can be provided for every child.

Our staff have received training on:

  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Asthma
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Dietary Needs
  • Emotional Needs
  • Family/Parent Support
  • Makaton
  • Oxygen Dependency
  • Social and Emotional Difficulties
  • Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties
  • Toileting

Supporting children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

Each child has a named key person, who supports them and liaises with families. The key workers are supported by our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and the deputy SENCo. The SENCo and key person meet regularly with the family of any children who requires additional support, putting targeted plans in place that are outcome focused. Any plans that are in place are reviewed regularly with parents or carers to ensure that these are current and specific to the child's individual needs.

Working with outside agencies

We may need to work alongside additional agencies to support children in the best way possible; this might include, Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists, Behaviour Support and Child Psychologists for example. We would always seek parental consent before doing this and involvement with the process throughout would follow.

We will always work in partnership with families and professionals to try and fully meet the individual child's needs. We always seek additional training and support where necessary.

Contact name
Rhiannon Rose
Contact telephone
0191 3712895
Contact email

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Address: Fyndoune Community College  Findon Hill  Sacriston  Durham  County Durham

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