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Sandcastles Pre School Playgroup
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)

Sandcastles playgroup is a small, friendly and caring playgroup. It is help in a large church hall in Connor Downs.We have a safe enclosed garden, that  has an under cover area for the children to play in no matter what the weather.We believe in providing a free flow system which lets the children decide where they want to play either indoors or outdoors. We work with the Early Years foundation stage profile and have close contact with the local school.

During the Summer break we have had the building inside and out decorated with a new sign placed on the outside of the building.

Who to contact

Contact name
Janice Dale
Contact position
07976 315692
01736 757760 Janice (home)

Where to go

Sandcastles Playgroup
The Sunday School Hall
Turnpike Road,
Connor Downs
TR27 5DT

First Western National 14 & 18.

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Two year old funding and three year old funding available Per 3 hour session
January 2022, 334.25 per hour Per 3 hour session
Open from 8.30 till the session starts at 9 Breakfast Club
The breakfast club costs only £1.00.
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?

Inclusion within our setting

Wheelchair access

Has provision

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Nut allergy
Dairy free

Cultural provisions

Experience with
Yes would have an understanding
Multi cultural training
All children are welcome in our home.
We have parents that come in and talk to the children about their cultures, and will cook their traditional dish for us. We have bilingual books, and any culture differences will be catered for.

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
Sorry, we are full until September 2022
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 8.30: 12:00:
Monday 12:30:00 15:00
Tuesday 8.30: 12:
Tuesday 12:30:00 15:00
Wednesday 8.30:00 12:
Wednesday 12:30:00 15:00
Thursday 8.30:00 12:
Thursday 12:30:00 15:00
Friday 8.30:00: 12:
Friday 12:30:00 15:00

School pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
02/02/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
08/06/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
03/03/2022Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Amanda Caves

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

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

Amanda is the settings experienced SENCO and she has over twenty five years experience. Since Setember 2020 there has been a new training course which Amanda is attending and when completed she will be NVQlevel three trained all SEND. 

 We at Sandcastles believe that all children deserve the best start in their journey to learning and developing and we feel that at Sandcastles every child will be given that support.

We use makaton signing on a daily basis's with children who have communication difficulties

Visuals are used daily and the toys have labbelled visuals to support all children to find the toys that they would like to play with.

Speech and Language support as advised by outside agencies.

Thrive and Emotional First Aid trained- This is talking about feelings and the importance for children to identify their feeelings  ( and brain development and how different experiences can effect each child differently).

we work closely with outside agencies if required e.,g. Health Visitor's, Speech and Language therapist the early yeras inclusion team and if needed a peadritition.

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

Through observations, play and through tracking their stage of development alongside the EYFS development. We are then able to plan for the child's individual needs through their interests, needs and abilities.


Links we have to other agencies

We have links to the early years support team, speech and language therapists, health visitors, Child and mental heath team and the local children centre. These teams are here to give us support and advice with different challenges that occur within our setting.

How we support children transferring to school

Starting in April the children that will be going to the local school (Connor Downs) will go down for a visit each week with several members of the playgroup staff. Within the visit the children go into the classroom , play with different actitivites that the reception class has on offer. The teacher makes sure that she gets to know all the children , what there interests are by talking with the children and the playgroup staff. The teacher and occasionally her teaching assistants will come and visit the children at playgroup. In September there will be the deputy from the playgroup that accompany's the new children down into their new setting, and she stays there for two weeks to help the children settle in. If there are children from outside the area that will be going to a different school the manager makes contact with the relevant person to organize a visit. Also the school offers parents a stay and play together session every Thursday afternoon starting from the May.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

Janice - BAHons in Early Years and Education, alongside twenty five years experience. The setting also has in place an Early years Thrive Practitioner who is able assessment for the child's social and emotional well being. Amanda -deputy, also the settings SENCO, has twenty five years experience working with children with special educational needs, and as from September 2020 is working towards her NVQ3 in SEND and holds a  level 4 childcare qualification. There are 2 other members of staff that are trained to NVQ 3, one member trained to level 2. All staff have been trained in first aid, child protection and food hygiene

All staff have had the WRAP training and the Prevent duty.

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

We can now offer the Thrive emotional development for well-being and learning and Emotional First Aid support 'Sports for tots' comes out once a week to offer different physical games for the children to get involved with. Healthy range of snacks, and we encourage the children through play to discuss different senerios that may occur that we can talk about.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

Through daily contact each day when they drop their child of and pick them up at the end of the day. We have a digital photo frame in the waiting room which shows the parents while they are waiting to pick up their child what activities they have been playing with. We have a parents notice board and we give out a newsletter every half term. We offer parents consultations every term, and discuss with the parents about home learning and the child's learning journey.

We have lots of photographs of the children playing on display with a write up to include what areas of developments their play is covering and how parents can link this to their child's play in the home environment.

Our complaints policy

We have a complaints policy which if necessary  we follow the procedure within our policy, unless it can be dealt with by discussing the issue with parents, if not it will go to the committee.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

We would make every effort to access specialist equipment and adoptions required when needed.

Facilities we have for personal care

We have a nappy changing facilities,. One of the toilets has been changed to a small children to use without needing support.

Specialist resources we have


We are working towards setting up our own sensory corner, which will provide a calm place where children will be able to access with an adult. This will include different types of sensory equipment e.g. light box, coloured lights, bubble machine, and different types of textured toys for the children to play with.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

All trips are open to every parent/carer within the setting, we do recomend that all parents come along and have fun with their child.

Last updated: 01/02/2022

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