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Barnett, Victoria - Pendeen Pixies Child-minding Services
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At Pendeen Pixies I offer a home-from-home childcare setting, where no two days will be the same, but a typical day at Pendeen Pixies is likely to include:

  • Cooking with and for the children, providing learning experiences and healthy, nutritious meals and snacks.  
  • Creative play, reading and dressing up
  • Taking children to and from nursery, school, or their other activities and clubs.
  • Visits to local swimming pool, library, national trust visits and regular arranged outings to local attractions, play parks, beaches and woodlands.
  • Outdoor play and activities, such as nature walks, gardening collecting natural resources for arts and crafts, learning about the environment and wildlife (experience from teaching background).
  • Making connections with other childcare and education professionals and groups in the area, working together to support children's learning and development.
  • Overnight care can be negotiated if required.
  • Assessment and review of children’s progress and development
  • delivery of the early years framework so all children are learning and developing.

The provision is open between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.  I offer both all-year contracts and term-time only contracts. I strive to provide flexible childcare and so additional hours outside of these may be negotiable, (subject to a separate fee structure). I serve healthy, nutritious meals and will agree a menu and meal options in advance with parents/carers (including provision for any special dietary requirements). All hourly rates include home cooked, freshly prepared meals and/or snacks using local sourced ingredients where possible (depending on hours attended). If parents chose to provide their child's meals, then I'm always happy to serve packed lunches or reheat cooked meals made at your home. Initially I offer at least 2 short settling in sessions so the child has time to get to know me and the daily routine, and the other children at the provision. I try to arrange one of the settling in sessions over a meal time so I can learn and understand more about your child’s eating and drinking habits.  After which I offer a 4 week settling-in period which I am prepared to extend it if necessary. It is important to me that parents feel confident that their child is happy in my care, and has settled and bonded with me.

Who to contact

Contact name
Victoria Barnett
Contact position
Childminder
Telephone
07792 924204
E-mail
vickybeeski@yahoo.co.uk

Where to go

Address
Pendeen
Penzance
Cornwall
Postcode
TR19
Notes

I have ten years teaching experience and my valuable background working with children with learning disabilities and additional needs. Good education is, in my belief, the single most important thing we can impart to the younger generation.   I am very motivated to equip young minds to learn more about the world, life skills including treating others with respect, working in teams, reading, writing and arts, crafts and drama and learning how to be fit and healthy. 

As a reflective and enthusiastic practitioner I am dedicated to enabling young minds to develop and achieve. I feel that my Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector has given me valuable experience to develop my own style and confidence in teaching, in a holistic and natural way that is fun and nurturing.

I am very privileged that Pendeen Pixies is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, Pendeen lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the village is on the Penwith Peninsula.  It lies 3 miles (4.8 km) north-northeast of St Just and 7 miles (11.3 km) west of Penzance. We are easily accessible by car following the B3306 road which connects St Ives to Land's End and the A30 road via B3318. 

The provision is very close by to a lovely sandy beach, parks, and moorland which is home to beautiful plant and wild life.  My conservation degree enables me to teach the children in my care about our environment and the life it supports.  I am dedicated to provide a unique service where children benefit from outdoor play that is fun, active, holistic and stimulating, incorporating the natural environment, flora, fauna and changing seasons. 

The provision is in walking distance from the local school and nursery (Childrens Ark).  Additionally I offer a collection service for parents that do not have transport.  I am happy to discuss needs and pick up and/or drop children home or to schools in villages in surrounding areas if possible.

Inclusion within our setting

Wheelchair access

Has provision
No
Details
Unfortunately the property is on several levels and would be unsuitable for wheelchair users at this present time. I am looking at making alterations in the future to accommodate wheelchair users.

Dietary needs

Has provision
Yes
Experience with
Gluten free
Diabetic
Nut allergy
Dairy free

Cultural provisions

Experience with
All children are welcome in our home.

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?
Yes
List of pets
Dogs
Birds

Childcare information

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Yes
Details
Vacancies available for all ages
Date updated
08/11/2016

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
Yes
2 year old funding
Yes

School pickups

Offers pickups
Yes
Schools
Pendeen Primary School
Pensans Community Primary School
St Just Primary School
Details
I am happy to discuss alternative arrangements and additional schools to suit individual needs

Inclusion details

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SENCo name
Victoria Barnett

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

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

I strive to work in partnership with parents, schools and nurseries and form a good working relationship with the parents at all times. I share information daily through verbal communication and daily diaries. All contracts and personal written records are kept up to date and reviewed regularly. I conduct regular observations ensuring that I am carrying out all areas of learning within the EYFS. I record termly assessments and a report based on the childs development.  This enables me to identify if children may require additional support. I have a good network with other childminders in the area with whom we share advice and support. For support I will also contact my local SENCO.

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

I communicate and listen to parents as they are the children's first educator in life. We exchange information daily, through diaries and also through the children's Learning journals. These journals are also shared with other child care settings if the child has dual settings with whom I may meet to discuss needs. I use guidance and support within the Early Years Foundation stage and take part in regular training.  Recently I attended spring conference and Implementing Learning for Two Year Olds.  Regular formative assessment and observations helps me identify the children's strengths and weaknesses. With the help of the EYFS I am able to plan for further opportunities to assist with their learning and help them develop further. I will take part in training in order to help identify and support children with their development. If necessary I can meet with the children's health visitor to assist with the 2 year checks. Parents and Health visitors are then given a copy of the progress report which we are all to discuss together. 

Links we have to other agencies

I regularly attend training with other childminders but also other early years practitioners. I can also contact my local SENCO for advice and support.

How we support children transferring to school

I lias regularly with key workers at nursery and when children are transferring to school I will ask parents if they wish me to meet with the child's teacher to share the learning journal. The child's learning journal will be shared with them on a regular basis and happy to meet once a term to discuss the child's development further. This is to ensure that we are both working together in the interest of the child, helping to identify and children that may require support.

Welfare

Specialist skills or training our staff have

I am dedicated to improving my Continued Professional Development (CPD) I have taken part in all the necessary training and requirements to become a registered childminder and I will continue to attend training regularly and enrole on speacilist training to improve my practice. I have 8 years teaching experience behind me and may skills and experience to offer children and ensure their welfare in my setting.

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

I have a healthy eating ethos at my setting and I am dedicated to provide nutritious home cooked food to children in my care.  I am first aid trained and have a strict safeguarding policy.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

Regular verbal communication is maintained between myself and the parents. I also provide the parents each half term with their learning journals to look and contribute to. I also do termly reports about the child's development and what stages they are within the EYFS. I will work closely with my local SENCo should I need too and communicate effectively with schools and nurseries.

Our complaints policy

I have a complaints policy in place.

Access

Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

Unfortunately my home is not suitable for wheelchair access its a small cottage. I am hoping to build a playroom in the future that will have wheelchair access.

Facilities we have for personal care

I do have downstairs toilet facilities and I ensure that the children's privacy is respected through personal care regimes.

Specialist resources we have

I have a range of resources to cater for all children of all ages. I also share resources with other childminders in the area plus I use the toy library on a regular basis ensuring I am providing the children with a variety of resources to cater for their needs and interests. If a child needs specific resource this will be discussed with the parent and I will endeavour to obtain this with the assistance from my local SENCO if needed.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

All risk assessments are carried out to ensure that all requirements are being met and the place is suitable for each child. All children's needs and requirements are taken into consideration when arranging any outings.

Last updated: 22/10/2017

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