Grice, Mrs Sue
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Qualified, OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ setting. Coronavirus risk assessed. Providing excellent learning and development opportunities, in a fun and caring environment, guided by the EYFS pre-school curriculum and being a member of the QCC - Quality childminding in Cornwall. Indoor activities are linked to outdoor experiences- visiting beaches, acting out stories - trip trapping over bridges, squelching in mud, developing road safety skills, visiting parks, construction sites, and walks in the woods. Pre-covid we attended local community groups, including toddler group, and Dairyland and will again in the future. Garden play is safe and secure consisting of slides, sandpit, trampolines, bikes, wood for large scale constructions, water play, and malleable play. In the summer months water slides, paddling pools and a larger 12ft x 4ft pool for older children are all available. Further details of activities such as cooking, crafts, sensory play etc on request. I receive Nursery Education Funding for 2, 3, and 4 year olds, and can provide continuity of care until school and beyond. My qualifications include ICP, DCP & ECP; CACHE & NVQ levels 3 & 4, a foundation degree in early Years Practice, amongst others. Ongoing courses provide continuing professional development. Mandatory first aid, food hygiene, and safeguarding are updated as required. As a specialist childminder all babies and children are welcome, supported by my many qualifications in additional needs and learning disabilities practice. These include SENCO for my setting, child development, Makaton and on body signing, PECS communication, autism awareness, dietary needs incl. Nasogastric/ gastrostomy feeding, and none confrontational ways to support children with complex needs. I am also a short break foster carer for Cornwall Council. Registered since 1991, my previous OFSTED inspections were judged as ‘OUTSTANDING’ in all areas, as was my latest inspection (Jan 16). Prior to Childminding I have worked in nursery, primary and special schools.
Who to contact
- Contact name
- Sue Grice
- Contact position
- Qualified Specialist childminder
Where to go
My urban house is a large 4 bed semidetached, with a large garden on the outskirts of St Austell. Shops, parks, playgrounds and schools are within very close proximity; I have a people carrier, so can collect and take children to local schools when required.
Outdoors - A coded pad lock and bolt secures the garden gate, leading to the back garden. From the back door a ramp enables disabled access, and leads to a patio and flat-grassed area with a variety of toys, including a large slide and trampoline.
Indoors - downstairs, the 4 rooms inter link, consequently I have children in constant view. The kitchen is separated into two areas, the cooking and eating areas. The cooking area is not accessible to children; the eating area is also used for wet play, painting, crafts and messy play. The kitchen is the information centre for parents. My certificates are on the wall along with EYFS curriculum in my setting, summary of policies, sample menu, contact numbers and posters from OFSTED. Likewise all the children’s names are displayed, along with numbers and letters, relevant to our learning and development at the time, and a photographic time line, informing children what is happening now, then and next.
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £39.00 Per Full Day £5.45 Per Hour £8.70 Weekend rate per hour £70.00 Per Night £8.70 Before school £11.50 Afterschool Club
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Wheelchair ramp outside back door.
- Has provision
- Experience with
- Children with Rhetts Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, vegetarian, religious reasons and allergies are all catered for.
- Has provision
- Experience with
Multi cultural training
All children are welcome in our home.
- To meet the families needs.
- Languages spoken
English. A little French.
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- Contact provider for more details about vacancies
- Vacancy range(s)
- From 6 weeks years to 11 years years (spaces available: 1) From 11yrs (weekends +hols) years to 18 (weekends + hols) years (spaces available: 1)
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Monday 6.45am (Mon - Thurs) 5pm (hrly rate thereafter ) Saturday 8.30am 5.00pm Sunday 9.00am 3.00pm
- Offers pickups
Pondhu Primary School
St Mewan Community Primary School
Charlestown Primary School
Mount Charles School
- Any other school locally, by arrangement.
- SENCo name
- Sue Grice
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
On going observations, children come first and their additional needs supported individually in a fun and stimulating environment. Contact with local special school, Appropriate training in all aspects of SEN(D), austism awareness, makaton and Pecs, nasogastric feeding, none confrontational behavioural management,
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
By working in partnership with parents who provide comprehensive information about their child. Using appropriate activities to support children's learning and development and identifying where additional input is needed from on going observations and assessments.
- Links we have to other agencies
As previously mentioned contact with Doubletrees school, support from the area SENCO, ongoing Speech and Language therapist for a pre-school child (SALT) and in the past, portage in my setting. Any additional links can be individually accessed once the need is identified.
- How we support children transferring to school
Offer support to parents and children by passing on individual comprehensive learning journeys and other materials regarding learning and development whilst in my setting. Use of social stories where appropriate and visual material about the school. Visits with parents to school where appropriate and being able to take children to their respective schools for settling in sessions ensuring smooth and familiar transition.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
As an OFSTED Outstanding setting I have had many years working as a specialist childminder and short break foster carer for children with complex needs. All children in my setting are welcomed as individuals; using skills learnt from the many courses I have attended; some of which are - Mandatory safeguarding and safeguarding for disabled children, paediatric first aid, food safety, also a foundation degree in Early Years Practice, NVQ level 3 Early years care & education, SENCO training, observation, planning & assessments, nasogastric gravity tube feeding, gastrostomy feeding, online safety for children, anaphylaxis training, autism awareness, none confrontational behaviour management, inclusive practice and many more all available to see.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
Children's health and well being are paramount in my setting for effective learning and development. Children thrive mentally, physically and become emotionally secure and healthy as a result of positive development within a nurturing environment. My setting enables children in the early years to make emotional attachments and form relationships with myself and other children, developing positive mental health. With support children are encouraged to develop as individuals. My setting is signed up to the Early Years code of practice for food and drink; healthy meals are provided and a menu available for parents to view.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
Daily conversations with parent/carers including input from children. Daily diary for none verbal children informing of nappy/pad changes and, when needed, times of feeds and quantity taken. Comprehensive learning journeys which include individual planning, observations and next steps. Many photos of activities and outings are given to parents.
- Our complaints policy
As required by OFSTED my setting has a comprehensive complaints policy. Verbal complaints that cannot be resolved are taken further using approved forms for parents/ cares to outline complaints. A time scale is given and external agencies involved depending on the nature of the complaint.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
A ramp for wheel chair access is available; the house is child friendly and safe, accommodating children with additional needs in a positive environment. For security the garden is fully enclosed and has a bolt on the outside of the gate, not accessible to children.
- Facilities we have for personal care
children requiring personal care are catered for in a separate downstairs bedroom. The bathroom and toilet are upstairs but the wide stairs enable children to be carried safely to the bathroom when needed.
- Specialist resources we have
Indoors toys are easily accessible and labelled with photo or pictures. Visual time lines using photos of outings or activities are used. Major buggies, car seats for children up to age 12 years, makaton book, social stories, and sensory light toys are provided, but further specialist resources, individual to each child are provided by the family.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
By planning an outing that has been risk assessed and is appropriate for children's needs, be it wheel chair access, cafe's providing good toilet access, or changing facilities, to parks that have appropriate equipment to enable participation as fully as possible. Experience over many years has enabled my setting to visit local towns and facilities that cater well for children of all abilities.
Last updated: 01/10/2021