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Gulval Little Learners Pre-school
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)

We are a family feel pre-school with 28 children per session,

We operate from 2 rooms, a Little Learners room for 2-3 year olds and a Big Explorers room for 3+

We encourage children to develop their learning in both the inside and the outside environment, our outside learning space is available all to the children all year round.
Children play a big part in sharing their ideas & suggestions for activities. Staff are responsible for helping children to work together to achieve their goals & ideas. We have a wide range/variety of resources both inside & out.
We aim to get out into the community as much as possible with walks and visits to the local church, woods, etc.



Who to contact

Contact name
Mrs Emily Shapland
Contact position
01736 364747

Where to go

Gulval School,
Little Learners
School Lane
TR18 3BJ

Car parking is limited, we advise that you park in the local village and walk in when ever possible. There is a bus stop right outside the school.

Time / date details

Session information
Monday : 08:30:00 - 15:00:00
Tuesday : 08:30:00 - 15:00:00
Wednesday : 08:30:00 - 15:00:00
Thursday : 08:30:00 - 15:00:00
Friday : 08:30:00 - 15:00:00

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.50 for 3+ years Per Hour
5.50 for 2+ years Per Hour
Fees are payable in advance
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?


Age ranges
From 2 years 0 months to 4 years 6 months

Inclusion within our setting

Wheelchair access

Has provision
New ramp and access to all outdoor areas

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Nut allergy
Dairy free
No food provided
Healthy eating promoted as part of our Healthy under 5's accreditation and all diets catered for. Dietary requirements are supported.

Cultural provisions

Has provision
Experience with
Yes would have an understanding
Multi cultural training
All children are welcome in our home.
Religions, cultural curriculum planning operated.Parental input is sort to enable enable environment for individual children. We use a termly library bag that has certain books in specific languages and we have a selection of multi cultural toys and resources
Languages spoken

Makaton, we are a Makaton friendly setting, some staff Know a few words of French,German and Lithuanian but we are always willing to learn more.

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?
List of pets
Other furred animal

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
Vacancies change termly - please telephone for latest developments. It is worth a phone call as we may have a place at short notice unexpectedly.
Vacancy range(s)
From 3 years to 4.10 years (spaces available: 2)
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
Oasis Nursery
Bolitho Nursery
Heamoor Educare

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 08:30:00 15:00:00
Tuesday 08:30:00 15:00:00
Wednesday 08:30:00 15:00:00
Thursday 08:30:00 15:00:00
Friday 08:30:00 15:00:00

School pickups

Offers pickups

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Mrs Emily Shapland

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

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

We have an initial home visit and meeting with parents and record a child's individual development and specific needs prior to them starting at our setting.

We observe and review children's learning and emotional well-being regularly to assess the level of individual support a child needs and review all children's progress regularly with parents.

We work alongside many external professionals to support your child's needs and development.

We will work to provide all additional support needed seeking training and resources as the needs arise.

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

Staff are all well trained in many aspects of child development. We would first discuss a child at a team meeting and list the child's strengths and things that we have concerns about. Key person would arrange a meeting with parent to discuss what is working/not working in the home environment. Together we build a plan to support the child's needs and change anything we need to in our learning environment to enable their learning. We would then regularly review the child and seek support from outside agencies if required.

Links we have to other agencies

We have worked alongside speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists,hearing support, educational psychologists and have regular contact with health visitors, Early years Senior Senco and Early years inclusion team.

How we support children transferring to school

Weekly transitions start the March before children start school for the children moving on to Gulval, children visit the reception class for the whole morning, supported by a staff member of Little Learners. Individual transition meetings are set up for children moving on who have additional learning and development needs and a provision map is written to support them. For children moving on to another local school individual transition plans are made directly with the school.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

Makaton training, Our setting has Makaton friendly status, we teach makaton and visual supports with all children and families who attend.

Understanding behaviour training Understanding sensory needs, Autism Awareness.

Emotion coaching, Emotional first aid and five to thrive training.

all staff are highly skilled in working together as a team to provide a whole setting consistent approach to each child's individual need

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

We have healthy setting status. This includes us working with parents around healthy eating, we provide workshops and share regular information about individual children's physical health and well being on a daily basis. we also have a regular visit from a local health visitor to answer any questions or concerns.

We are currently working to renew our healthy status with the new Healthy under fives award.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

Staff and key persons have regular conversations with parents, For those who don't come into the setting as often we use a communication book and have phone or email contact. Children's learning journeys are online on Tapestry and are updated regularly, this is shared with parents who also add their observations from home. Staff review each child's progress with parents every term.

Our complaints policy

All complaints must be made in the first instance to Either the manager or chair of committee. Full complaints procedure is displayed on main entrance room wall and is available to all on request


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

We have wheel chair access

Disabled toilets

Facilities we have for personal care

Disabled toilet and changing area

Specialist resources we have

Lots of visual support in place around the room and a daily visual time table. We use individual timetables and now and next visuals to support routines. We have recently bought a selection of sensory resouces and are very lucky to have the use of the Child development Centre's sensory room which is on the same site as us.

If a child needs individual resources we will work to gain funding or support to provide what is needed to enable child to access the full curriculum of activities in Little Learners 

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

We always include all children by providing the extra support needed, this may be extra staff or specialist resources but this is all discussed at the first instance so all children are included.

Last updated: 14/05/2021

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