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First Steps Childcare Centre - After School Club
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We are a Full Day Care nursery catering for children aged 0-5 years old.

We are situated on a secure site and have security entrance systems to all rooms. We have a homely and inviting baby room where we ensure that all individual childrens needs are met. 

Our two year olds have a seperate classroom which allows us to ensure that our Early Years Foundation stage planning is specific to two year olds.

We have two classrooms for funded 3 and 4 year olds which allows us to be fully flexbile with session times.

We have excellent outdoor facilities and ensure that everychild has access to a wide range of educational experiences both indoors and outdoors.

We have been graded as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in December 2019.

Who to contact

Contact name
Elaine Williams
Contact position
01637 877073

Where to go

First Steps Pre-school
Porth Bean Road
St. Columb Minor

We have our own purpose built building with excellent access to the main school fields. The best way to access us is via the recreational ground in St Columb Minor.

Time / date details

Session information
Monday : 7.45am - 18.15
Tuesday : 7.45am - 18.15
Wednesday : 7.45am - 18.15
Thursday : 7.45am - 18.15
Friday : 7.45am - 18.15

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£3.50 Per Hour
We aim to keep our prices low to help meet the needs of local families and provide a much needed service.
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?

Inclusion within our setting

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Nut allergy
Dairy free
No food provided
Upon enrolment, through discussion we identify a child's dietary needs and will aim to best support their dietary needs through discussion with parent/carer.

Cultural provisions

Has provision
Experience with
Yes would have an understanding
Diversity is welcomed here at First Steps. Our registration forms enable parents/carers to inform us of any cultural needs and as our Early Years Advisor meets with parents/carers to discuss this form in depth and can then chat about how best to meet cultural needs.

Pet provisions

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

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Date updated

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 7.45am 18.15
Tuesday 7.45am 18.15
Wednesday 7.45am 18.15
Thursday 7.45am 18.15
Friday 7.45am 18.15

School pickups

Offers pickups
St Columb Minor Academy

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Harriet Lake

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

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

Children are all allocated a key person who gets to know the child well. Regular observations and assessments are made which help staff to monitor development. If staff highlight an area which they feel needs more support, then more detailed observations are carried out. Assessments made using the EYFS help staff to make a judgement of where the child is developmentally. All staff have a good knowledge of child development which supports them in their judgements. Any concerns are shared with the setting SENCO.

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

Using staff's observations, assessments and knowledge of the children; this gives us a whole rounded image of a child's overall development. If an area of support is identified, staff use the EYFS to help plan activities to support this area. The setting SENCO may also plan small step IEPs which focus on specific area. By working with the child's parent/carer - we may speak with the local area SENCO to arrange specialist support. If additional support is accessed then IEPs will be created following advice and reports. All progress is recorded and monitored - this ensures an ongoing picture of the child is being built up.

Links we have to other agencies

We are able to contact the local area SENCO for immediate advice. They will then put us in contact with specialists such as Speech and Language and Educational Psychologists. We have contact details held at the centre so are able to contact anyone for support and advice when needed. At all times we communicate with the child's parent. This is done to obtain consent and also so they remain fully aware of who is working with their child.

How we support children transferring to school

Our pre-schools visit the local, on site school on a weekly basis. This way the children get used to the school environment and see other children in their classes. Visits are made by foundation stage teachers to our setting to meet the children. Circle times are used for discussion about school and books about school are read. Old school uniforms form part of our dressing up area too. Staff meet with school staff to share their knowledge of each child in a holistic way.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

All staff attend yearly safeguarding training. On site we have several child protection officers and one designated lead. Staff know the importance of reporting any concerns immediately. CAF training has been undertaken and our detailed enrolement procedure means that we aim to do our utmost to support parents in any way we can. This is enhanced by having a well established key person procedure.

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

On observations and termly reports, staff record children's levels of involvement and well-being using the Leuven scale. This ensures that staff are observing a child in a holistic manner not just their learning and development needs. Staff know their children well and aim to quickly notice any health changes. We have first aiders in every room and easily accessible first aid kits. We find out upon enrolement if a child has any additional health needs and will complete a health care plan. Any specialised training will be organised. The key person approach is used to support a child's emotional well-being and for the child to develop a bond with their key-person. Guidance is sought from the Health Protection Agency regarding illnesses.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

Daily feedback is given to parents by the key person. This two way flow of communication is developed to ensure that parents know what has been happening during the session and they can ask questions if they wish. Termly reports are completed for the parents. For children with SEN, in addition to the feedback and parent evenings, TAC meetings may be held and visits from other professionals may be held. Meetings will be held to share information. We find out a parents preferred method of communication so we can get in touch with them quickly.

Our complaints policy

Our policy states that parents who are uneasy with any aspect of the provision may make a complaint either verbally or in writing to the directors of the nursery. (All contact names and addresses are on the policy). All complaints will be addressed within 28 days and will relate to the EYFS. Ofsted will be informed. It is hoped that any complaint will be satisfactorily resolved.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

Our building is accessible by two entrances. One has a step and the other is reached via a ramp. There are wide doorways for easy access. Once inside the building, it is all on the same level surface. To access the gardens they are reached by a ramp.

Facilities we have for personal care

Personal care needs are treated sensitively and in accordance with parents wishes. In our baby room, there is a changing station. The 2-3s room have a separate bathroom which consists of 3 low level toilets, potties and nappy changing facilities. The pre-school rooms have separate toilets with low level sinks. A nappy changing mat can be used for children who use nappies. All soiled nappies are disposed of hygienically. Any specialist personal care needs will be discussed at enrolement and an individual plan developed.

Specialist resources we have

A separate sensory room. A large purpose built garden area with a summer house for small group work and story time. A multi sensory pathway in the garden where children walk and ride bikes. This builds their self risk assessing skills as well as developing physical skills. A large open air sand pit where children can build, dig and walk amongst the sand. We aim to access any resources we can to support children's needs.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

On trips to the local farm and beach, we aim to include all our children. A high staff child ratio is in place so that children are safe and well supervised. Children who have a higher level of support practitioner (HLS) in setting, will still have this same 1-1 on a trip. This HLS will take any necessary medication/equipment on the outing. The trip will be risk assessed prior and any adjustments made. Any children who have additional needs, their individual plans will be assessed prior to the trip so that if any adjustments need to be made, they can be. Our aim is to enable all children to participate in any outing we may have.

Last updated: 25/05/2021

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