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Roche Pebbles Childcare Centre
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Roche Pebbles provides high quality childcare through our dedicated and experienced staff for children aged from 3mths - 5 years old, and those aged 5 - 11 years old after school and during school holidays, from 8am - 6pm (term time).

We follow the guidelines certified by Ofsted, the Department for Education and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Both the indoor and outdoor facility has been equipped with carefully selected  pre-school learning aids and toys that provide your child with the best possible early learning experience, whilst making it fun! Our aim is to help and encourage your child to gain their first taste of independence in a happy, caring and stimulating environment, whilst emphasising upon ‘play’. Each session is carefully planned to include as many areas of learning and experience as possible, in accordance with the needs of the ‘unique child’, fully promoting equality and diversity. Continuous provision allows children to explore the environment, make choices, and develop independence.

 Our purpose built setting accommodates three spacious nursery rooms and a large, secure outdoor area, including a climbing frame with soft play surface, a  sheltered area, separate astro turfed baby area and plenty of space to  discover and develop. We encourage children to take part in gardening activities in our raised beds, and familiarising themselves with nature by talking about the insects and bugs they find. We use all in one suits so that children can access the outside area in all weathers.


Forest School is a method of working outdoors with children, young people and adults, using the natural environment to promote social and emotional development. It is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. These learning experiences also help to develop communication and practical skills, as well as a greater understanding of the environment.

(Forest School Association)

Through our Forest School sessions, we encourage and promote children to become independent, enthusiastic, and creative learners who develop holistically through a well-planned and interesting child-centred approach, outdoors and all year around. Our base camp is set within the grounds of Roche C P School, which provides us with a natural space in which our children are able to learn vital skills and have the confidence to take risks in a controlled and safe environment.

Kirsty Hunt is level 3 qualified in Forest School Leadership.

THE BABY ROOM is an open plan space with warm, cosy areas for the children to explore with their friends and key workers. Activities are planned in accordance with the children’s individual needs and interests in mind, whilst promoting development. There is flexibility for spontaneous activities initiated by the children. A range of resources are used including natural objects and materials, real life objects and ‘messy’ play. We aim to allow the children to use their curiosity to explore and develop.

We have a sleep room which is calm and cosy with a monitoring routine to ensure that your child is sleeping safe and soundly. Home- setting diaries are kept to pass on information such as nappy changing, meal time and sleep information, as well as what activities your child has taken part in.


THE TODDLER ROOM provides opportunities for toddlers to develop and start to gain increasing independence. All equipment and resources are age appropriate and children are provided time and space in which to allow their curiosity to grow. Circle time activities begin in this room. This encourages children to share stories from home, develop numeracy skills, and extend vocabulary. Activities provided are focused on the children’s interests and aim to provide a wide range of opportunities to explore and develop, in a multi sensory way. We can offer grant funded places for two year old children from eligible families.

THE PRE-SCHOOL ROOM enables children to have access to a range of activities and areas to explore such as our cosy book corner, role play area, water play, ICT,  mark making activities and access to a wide range of resources which they can independently access. Adult led activities are provided with children’s interests at the core of any planning. A growing independence is encouraged with self service snack being provided, access to appropriately sized toilet and hand washing facilities and in the summer term children are encouraged to practice getting changed for ‘PE’ sessions with school readiness in mind. From the term following a child’s third birthday, all children are entitled to 15 hours grant funded sessions per week. Additional hours may be purchased at an extra cost, with a maximum of 10 hours grant funding per day for any one child. 30 hours funded childcare  may be provided if eligible.

We aim to make parents/carers very welcome at Pebbles and offer an open door policy. We appreciate parents contributions to the setting and value insights and suggestions that contribute to their children’s care. We aim to work with parents to provide a consistent approach in their child’s care at key times, for example when potty training. We keep parents informed and involved by verbal handovers at drop off and collection time, through progress checks, and through our learning journeys which are accessed online through the Tapestry app. Parents are encouraged to contribute to this as the children enjoy showing their key person and peers photo’s from home. Parents are welcome to talk to members of staff at any point regarding any concerns.

THE SNUG is an extension to our building which provides children with a safe room in which to have access to sensory play, a quiet place in which to relax and 'take time out' or somewhere needed to be able time and to 'let of some steam' without causing harm to themselves or to others.  This multi-use room allows staff to concentrate on small group work, such as letters and sounds and phonics work, or a place in which our Senco can support children with any additional needs and for those needing speech and language support.

Pebbles has CCTV in all rooms and in the garden for safeguarding purposes. Recording are kept in line with our Safeguarding Policy and that of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)


Who to contact

Contact name
Helen Jolliffe
Contact position
01726 891597

Where to go

Roche Pebbles Childcare Centre
Fore Street
St Austell
PL26 8EP

We have two members of staff who have gained their level three leadership qualification in forest school and we currently run three morning sessions within the school grounds for children already attending the setting. 

A sensory/1:1 or small group room is currently under construction (November 2019) which will provide an excellent addition to our facilities.

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£175.00 Per Week
£8.00 (Pre-school Room) £9.00 (Toddler Room) from 9.00am - 3.00pm Per 3 hour session
Costs vary across the setting and in accordance with age ranges and session times.
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?

Inclusion within our setting

Wheelchair access

Has provision
Ramps, disabled toilet, large door openings. Full access plan in place and updated regularly.

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Nut allergy
Dairy free
We aim to support all dietary needs and respect parent choices and requirements. Allergy and specific requests are prominently displayed in the kitchen for easy reference. On going training takes place.

Cultural provisions

Experience with
Yes would have an understanding
We adapt and include. The planning includes teaching the children about other cultures and religion and the importance of respect.
Languages spoken


Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
Vacancy range(s)
From 2 YEARS years to 3 YEARS years (spaces available: 16)
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 hours free childcare

Offering up to 30 hours free childcare
30 hours partner details
We offer 30 hours but during the term time, or stretched funding of up to 22 hours throughout the year, providing spaces allow.

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 08:00:00 18:00:00
Tuesday 08:00:00 18:00:00
Wednesday 08:00:00 18:00:00
Thursday 08:00:00 18:00:00
Friday 08:00:00 18:00:00

School pickups

Offers pickups
Roche Community Primary School

Ofsted information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
11/02/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
19/02/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
31/05/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Sarah Pickersgill

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support

The SENCO and Key Persons conducts baseline assessments, continuous observations, cohort tracking, training, 2 year old development checks. Advice and support from the Inclusion team and other outside professionals such as SLT are sought if it is felt there is a need and with full permission from parents.

How we identify and support children's learning and development needs

Detailed observations are carried out by SENCO and/or key person through planned activities based around the interest of the child, noting any issues of concern or where the child is not meeting expected levels of development. We tailor each child's next steps to appropriate areas of development, based around their interests, abilities and needs, scaffolding their learning in order to reach their potential. We form Individual Learning Plans (ILP's) for children who may benefit from additional support, using wishes of parents and sharing these

Links we have to other agencies

We work closely with the Senior Area SENCO, Early Years Inclusion Team, SALT, Child Development Centre Outreach Team, Educational Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists and Family support workers. 

How we support children transferring to school

Meetings between the parents, SENCO, Key Person and the new teacher are arranged in order to discuss each child's needs. With parental permission other professionals are asked to attend and contribute to transition meetings. Key person will support transition sessions at new schools where recommended. Books and pictures of new schools are placed around the room and in the book corner for children to familiarise themselves with their new school and staff.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

Staff within the setting have training in Emotion Coaching, Visuals training, Makaton, and Behaviour Management. Our SENCO has completed further training to support children with their communication and language and attends regular network meetings and training events.

Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being

Training in Safeguarding, SENCO, First Aid, Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Manual Handling - all staff attend specific training for children who may require specialist care

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

Through daily feedback to parents/carers. We use an online Learning Journey system for parents to see photos and video's of what their child has been doing, and to share Next step goals. Newsletters are regularly sent out. We carry out two year old progress checks and meet with parents to discuss. Individual Learning Plans (ILP) are shared and updated with parents and other professionals when required. TAC (Team Around the Child) meetings are organised when required.

Our complaints policy

We have a detailed Complaints Policy within the setting. A complaints procedure is displayed in the foyer, written in English, Polish and Portuguese


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

The building is fully accessible with ramps leading to the front door and to and from the garden. All external and internal doors are accessible for all children and wheelchair users.

Facilities we have for personal care

Adult and children's toilets, an accessible toilet and washroom, nappy changing areas and a sleep room

Specialist resources we have

Depending on the child's needs we have access to sensory equipment and additional resources through the inclusion team

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

All children are included at all times. Extra staff are brought into the setting if required to provide additional support

Last updated: 04/01/2022

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