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Little Explorers Day Nursery & 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)

Safe contained outdoor area with soft artificial grass surface. Two large play rooms that are bright, stimulating and have a large selection of age appropriate equipment. Separate sleep room.
We  provide a wide range of activities that include arts & crafts, messy/tactile play, role play, music & dancing, visits from Newquay Aquarium, people who help us etc.
Small family run nursery providing full day care in a home from home environment.

Who to contact

Contact name
Sonya Macintosh or Sue Ciano
Contact position
Owner and manager
01726 883 444
Mobile: 07739 188802

Where to go

Little Explorers Day Nursery & Preschool
Unit 4 The Square
Grampound Road

We are based in the center of the village.

There is a small lane opposite the bus stop(next to the village shop), the nursery is at the top of the lane with a drop off area for parents and carers. The village is on the Truro and St Austell Bus route.

Time / date details

Session information
Monday : 08:00:00 - 17:30:00
Tuesday : 08:00:00 - 17:30:00
Wednesday : 08:00:00 - 17:30:00
Thursday : 08:00:00 - 17:30:00
Friday : 08:00:00 - 17:30:00

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Under 2 - £38.00,2-3yrs -£37, 3-5yrs-£36 Per Full Day
under2-£24.75, 2-3yr-£23.60, 3-5yr- £22.60 Per Half Day
£4.00 breakfast & school drop off at Grampound Rd School Breakfast Club
£8.00 school pick up from Grampound Road school, snack and care till 5pm Afterschool Club
We accept funding for 2,3,4 year olds. We are open all year round.
Contact Provider for details - reductions for 2nd child for more than 3 days per week
Please enter details including what proof is required for the free or reduced rate
Reduction on 2nd child when they both attend for 3 or more full days a week. We also ask for a copy of the childrens passport or birth certificate, which will be kept on file.


Age ranges
From 3 months to 8 years

Inclusion within our setting

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Dairy free
As we provide all our own in house home cooked meals, our menu is devised to meet all the children’s dietary needs and requirements. We are part of the Nippers Nutrition Programme and have been awarded the level 4 and we have also been awarded 5 stars with our Environmental Health Officer.

Cultural provisions

Has provision
Experience with
Yes would have an understanding
Multi cultural training
All children are welcome in our home.
We have a selection of multi-cultural resources including posters, books, puzzles, dolls, role play stations. Through our planned experiences we cover many cultural festivals – Diwali, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Easter, Christmas, Harvest and St Pirans Day. We have new library books termly which include dual language and cultural stories which the children have access to. We have not yet had to access the EAL team. The owner has recently attended training in equality and diversity.
Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
Contact Provider for vacancy details - we have a few part time (am/pm) places available.
Vacancy range(s)
From 0 years to 5 years (spaces available: 5)
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 08:00:00 17:30:00
Tuesday 08:00:00 17:30:00
Wednesday 08:00:00 17:30:00
Thursday 08:00:00 17:30:00
Friday 08:00:00 17:30:00

School pickups

Offers pickups
Grampound Road Village CE School
We are able to walk children to and from Grampound Road School. Before school is 8am to 8.30am, a selection of cereals, wholemeal toast and a drink are offered for breakfast and a member of staff will walk the children to school. We will also collect your child from Grampound Road school at the end of the day, provide them with a healthy snack and drink, activities will be provided until they are collected at 5pm.

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Kiera Hawke

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

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

During the settling in sessions, the key person and parent/carer complete our on entry questionnaire about their child’s learning, development and interests. As we are a small nursery and preschool, all our staff develop great partnerships with the families and we communicate with them daily about their child’s care and education. Each child has their own Learning Journal, to which their key person will set next steps on a termly basis which we share with the parents. The key person will then ensure that activities and experiences are provided within the planning to develop and work on their next steps – observations (adhoc & planned), tracking and photos are taken and added to the Learning Journals. We encourage and welcome input and comments from the parents. We complete a summative statement at the end of the term prior to developing the new next steps. We also complete a Cohort Tracker on a termly basis which allows us to monitor, review and inform our planning. We have just started using the ECAT Monitoring tool for all our children. For children who turn 2 years old in our care, we complete our own 2 yr. Check, which we share with the parents/ carers, who can then share it with the Health Visitor at their 2 year Check. We have not yet had to access Place Plus Funding but we have the procedure in our SENCO file.

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

 We do encourage the use of Makaton for key signs – please, thank you, drink, milk, water, tired etc. We use a visual time table to use with the children. We follow specific targets written by outside professionals, to which we implement as requested and carry out small group work for identified children.

Links we have to other agencies

We currently work with Speech Therapists, Physiotherapists, family support workers and the area Senco.

How we support children transferring to school

As we have a wide catchment area, we feed into a few schools so we try to ensure that the teachers are invited in to meet with the children in the setting and we support them with the ‘Getting to Know You’ sessions held at the school. The children’s Learning Journals are sent home with them when they leave but we do complete a Cohort Record for the teacher to share where they are developmentally.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

We have 3 members of staff who have attended the SENCO Induction training and 3 staff have attended an Introduction to Makaton. All our staff have completed Safe Guarding Awareness training and we have 2 embers of staff who have completed e CAMAT training. Staff in the toddler and preschool room are working on a personalised physiotherapy sessions for a child in our care.

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

We have a very effective key person system in place for the children and families who attend the nursery and preschool, the key person develop great relationships with their key children, complete their Learning Journals and 2 year old checks. We have an open door policy which enables the families to feel that they can approach us at any time to share circumstances that may be happening at home that could affect them or the children. Our Designated Person for Safe Guarding is Sonya Macintosh. We complete risk assessments daily and yearly. To promote PSED we are continually introducing different uses for puppets, stories, role play, emotion cards, songs and discussions at circle time. We also reward positive behaviour with verbal recognition, stamps, stickers and certificates. We provide a separate sleep room which all children have access to if needed. It is a darkened peaceful space with cots and sleep mats.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

 We send out termly newsletter and also an Activities at Home Sheet which informs the parents about our themes/concepts that we are currently looking at and ways in which they can extend it at home. Our parents have access to their children’s Learning Journals at all times but we ensure that the key person shares the summative statement and next steps on a termly basis with them. In reception area we have 2 large noticeboards which displays lots of information for the parents – Policy of the Month, menus, information about our learning and development along with photos. There is also a file with all our policies and procedures in it for the parents to look at if they wish. We also share a brief statement about our key policies in the nursery prospectus, which all parents receive. Questionnaires are sent out to the parents to gain their feedback and we also have a comment box in the reception area.

When a child starts at the setting, the keyperson meets with the parent/carer and will complete the starting point paperwork, where we discuss the childs interest and where the child is developmentally, gaining invaluable information from the parent, allowing us to create a personalised starting point.

Our complaints policy

Complaints Policy and Procedure are displayed on the Parents Notice board.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

We have ramp access from the carpark to the front door and we have wide door frames to allow wheel chair / walking frame access. We have discreet changing areas, both upstairs and downstairs. The toddler and preschool children have access to outside at all times as they downstairs but our babies are based upstairs so the staff try to take them out daily. We have used specialist equipment such as walking frames and feeding chairs. Throughout the nursery there are visual supports/labels in the environment.

Facilities we have for personal care

All staff are DBS checked at the nursery and we have a strong key person system in place. There are discreet changing areas on both floors and we also have a photo sequence display for hand washing.

Specialist resources we have

We are currently using a walking frame and feeding chair to support a child within our care.


How we include all children in activities, such as trips

When we have arranged trips in the past, we have assess the trip for any risks, ensured that the travel arrangements are suitable for the children and we ask for parent volunteers to help with the trip.

Last updated: 05/03/2019

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