Major Steps Childcare
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Major Steps Childcare provide care for children aged from 3 months to 11 years. We pride ourselves on our all-inclusive ethos. Activities are planned to be flexible and adaptable to meet the individual needs of children.
All our staff work as a team in order to provide a warm, inviting and friendly environment in which your child will learn and develop through play. Every member of staff holds a relevant Early Years qualification and attends regular training courses to ensure their knowledge is up to date.In addition, all staff must hold an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Scheme) to confirm they are suitable to work with children.
Who to contact
- Contact name
- Sue Oliver
- Contact position
- 01637 881328
Where to go
- St Columb Major Children's Centre
St Columb Major
- TR9 6RW
Time / date details
- Session information
- Monday : 08:00:00 - 18:00:00 Tuesday : 08:00:00 - 18:00:00 Wednesday : 08:00:00 - 18:00:00 Thursday : 08:00:00 - 18:00:00 Friday : 08:00:00 - 18:00:00
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £6.25 Per Hour £27.50 Per Half Day ( 5 hours ) £38.50 Per Full Day
- Prices shown are for children aged 2 years and younger. Prices for 3 and 4 years olds is slightly less.
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Experience with
- Please note that we do not provide meals for children. We do provide mid-morning and afternoon snacks.
- Has provision
- Experience with
- Yes would have an understanding
- Please phone us to discuss.
- Languages spoken
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- Contact provider for information
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Monday 08:00:00 18:00:00 Tuesday 08:00:00 18:00:00 Wednesday 08:00:00 18:00:00 Thursday 08:00:00 18:00:00 Friday 08:00:00 18:00:00
- Offers pickups
- SENCo name
- Sue Oliver
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
As children enter our setting we discuss with parents their child’s individual needs and general development. Staff then continue to monitor children’s progress through observation, assessment and planning. Using the Development Matters, as a guide, staff complete observations, ECAT monitoring, summative assessments and two year checks. The Management collates information on all children’s progress to enable moderation.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
Once a child has been identified, using our assessment procedures, the key person and Senco work together to develop strategies to target the child’s developmental need. We have close links with Early Years Professionals enabling us to provide the best support for these children.
- Links we have to other agencies
We work closely with the local; Speech and Language Therapists, Area Senco, Health Visitor, Educational Psychologist, Children’s Centre Teacher, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist. We are members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.
- How we support children transferring to school
We pride ourselves on our excellent transition process. We work closely with the Foundation Stage teachers in the school to ensure smooth transitions from Major Steps to our feeder school. Throughout the year the children are familiarising themselves with the school due to our weekly planned activities which take place in the school. These sessions include; hall time, library time and use of the adventure playground/field. During the summer term we introduce a school role play with authentic uniform and book bags. We also introduce school lunch trays during our snack routine, role modelling how to use the trays and carry them safely. The children have the opportunity to visit their new teacher and spend time in their new classroom, as well as teachers visiting us in the setting. We make photo books for the children including photos of their new classroom, teacher and teaching assistant.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
All staff attend numerous training courses through each year. These include; Makaton, Behaviour Management, Safeguarding, Epi-pen, Epilepsy, Senco Network Meetings. We have recently starting attending courses run by SEN services which are targeted at subjects such as Dyslexia, ASD etc. We have several members of very experienced staff gaining their knowledge through many years of practice.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
All families are warmly welcomed into our setting and close relationships are built between the key person, child and family. We provide a consistent yet flexible environment, where children can develop with appropriate support. We offer numerous activities throughout sessions to support the children’s varied individual needs.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
We have an open door policy with staff available at any time to speak with parents about their child. We have an online learning journal, which parents can access at home and can contribute to by uploading observations and photos. Key persons complete progress reports on each child and discuss these with parents. When a child is identified as having an additional need, regular meetings will be required.
- Our complaints policy
We have a complaints policy which can be seen at any time.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
Major Steps Childcare is on one level with wider doorways for easy access.
- Facilities we have for personal care
We take care to ensure the children’s personal care is respected at all times. We have cubicles of low level toilets and basins for each room. Along with private nappy changing area and sleep room.
- Specialist resources we have
We have experience of using AAC devices such as Go Talk etc, for a non-verbal child. We are using the See and Learn programme with a child with Downs Syndrome. We have loaned specialist equipment such as; writing slope, walking frame, support chair. We would access any relevant equipment when identified as a need.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
Our activities are adapted to suit the individual needs of all children. When on trips all children would be accompanied by their key person and/or other members of staff who have knowledge of the children’s needs. We would access any resources or equipment to enable all children to participate. Detailed risk assessments are completed prior to outings to ensure correct provision can be in place.
Last updated: 23/03/2018