Esther Kitchen (Sithney Stars Childminding)
Services and organisations that have the Local Offer flash have filled out inclusion information, meaning that they meet the needs of people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Before starting our family, I worked as a local primary school teacher. I decided to work as a childminder rather than returning to teaching, now that I have my own family. I am so glad I made that change! For me, childminding combines all the fun parts of teaching, whilst still allowing the flexibility to get out and about following the children’s interests and enjoying our local countryside as much as possible!
I aim to provide childcare that is nurturing, calm and enables the little people in my care to follow their own inquiry and learning through their play. I offer an abundance of opportunities for them to develop new skills whilst still enabling them to lead their own learning paths.
We have plenty of space to play, whether we’re outside in our fully enclosed garden, large yard or our purpose built cabin. We are out and about as much as we can, enjoying the great outdoors wherever our explorations take us… the woods, the beach, the parks and everywhere in between! We also visit local groups and attractions and meet up with other childminders for larger group outings.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £4.50 Per Hour £45 Per Day £70 Per Bank Holiday
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Has provision
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- List of pets
- Immediate vacancies
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Monday 07:30 18:00 Tuesday 07:30 18:00 Wednesday 07:30 18:00 Thursday 07:30 18:00 Friday 07:30 18:00
- Offers pickups
Breage CE VA Primary School
Godolphin Primary School
Sithney Community Primary School
- SENCo name
- Esther Kitchen
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
I have worked as a primary school teacher for many years and experienced additional support in a variety of circumstances. My knowledge and experience, coupled with thorough observations highlight any areas where a child may need extra support.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
Through careful delivery of the EYFS, using appropriate supporting documents such as ‘Development Matters’, ongoing observations, planning appropriate activities and ultimately, getting to know the children really well.
- How we support children transferring to school
Attending relevant school playgroups where available, attending stay and play sessions in their nursery or reception class, liaising with new class teacher, attending transition sessions, positive reinforcement of the changes ahead as well as encouraging school readiness in terms of independence and daily personal tasks.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
My safeguarding and welfare training are always up to date. I have undertaken the Level 3 multi-agency child protection training.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
I teach the children about various topics relating to their health and well-being. Healthy choices are reinforced daily.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
Daily diary, daily communications at drop off / collection, sharing assessments and progress.
- Our complaints policy
I have a detailed complaints policy, available to view at: http://sithneystars.co.uk/policies.html
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
Our house and garden is fully accessible. There are three steps to the cabin, which can be easily altered to a ramp, if necessary.
- Facilities we have for personal care
I have a downstairs bathroom that can be used for personal care.
- Specialist resources we have
As children's learning and development needs and interests change, we frequently visit the toy library to keep our stock of toys refreshed and stimulating. Within reason, any specialist resources can be sourced - depending on the specific needs of the child.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
I plan accordingly and make alterations as necessary, so that every child can be involved.
I have a detailed inclusion policy, available to view at: http://sithneystars.co.uk/policies.html
Last updated: 30/10/2018