Thomas, Mrs Paula Claire
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)
Outstanding inspection report form Ofsted in November 2015. I can offer 2, 3 & 4 year old funded places.
I take every training opportunity available; Food Hygiene, Paediatric First Aid, ICP, Child Protection, Birth to Three, Early Learning Language, Behaviour Management, I have completed NVQ Level 4 in Childcare, EYFS training and finished the first year of Foundation degree in Early Childhood Education.
I live with my husband and three children. I have a spacious house with a reasonable size garden for the children to play in. I provide the children with many resources and with many opportunities to visit many local amenities such as beaches, parks, local childrens centres for stay & play sessions, swimming, fun parks etc. I also work closely with another childminders in the area to offer help and support as I am a Quality Childminding In Cornwall (QCC) mentor for all childminders in locality one, Penzance, St. Ives and Hayle.
I may take on students from time to time to offer support in the local community and work closely with the local collages. I do work closely with other preschool Managers in my area.
Who to contact
- Contact name
- Paula Thomas
- Contact position
Where to go
I live in the village of Newlyn close to many local amenties which I use, beach, leisure centre, children centres, parks, play sessions, toddler groups, libraries etc. I have good access and parking for Parents.
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £5.00 Per Hour
- I will charge extra for out of normal hours and weekends (if needed on occasion) please contact me for details
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- All diet requirements are met.
- Experience with
- All children are welcome in our home.
- Languages spoken
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- List of pets
- Immediate vacancies
- Contact provider for more details about vacancies. Limited availability. I may have vacancies in September
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Tuesday 08:30:00 18:00:00 Wednesday 08:30:00 18:00:00 Thursday 08.30:00 18:00:00 Friday 08:30:00 18:00:00
- Offers pickups
- St Mary's CE Primary School - Penzance
- If I can accommodate another school pick up i will try
- SENCo name
- Pippa Pryah
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
I make sure that I have a good working relationship with the parents and that we share information daily through verbal communication. The children's personal written records are kept up to date. Parents help contribute to their children's learning journal through WOW sheets. Within their journals I do regular observations ensuring that I am carrying out all areas of learning within the EYFS. I do half -termly assessments and also do a written report each term based on their development. At which point I will be highlighting weaknesses and plans to help promote these further and also areas which the child does well. From doing this I am able to identify if children may require additional support. I have a good network with other childminders in the area whom we share advice and support from. From networking with other early years practitioners in the area from other nurseries I got access support and guidance from them also. For support I will also contact my local SENCO.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
I ensure that a good working relationship with the parents is maintained. The parents are the children's first educator in their life and therefore this is really important. We both share 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. I also offer to meet with other dual settings to discuss the children's development should the parents wish me to. Also I use guidance and support following the Early Years Foundation stage. Being a childminder I am able to work more closely with the children and therefore can observe them on a daily basis. Regular 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 have carried out training in order to help identify and support children with their development, e.g. communication and language, behaviour management etc. I also offer to 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. I have also assisted in carrying out the 2 year checks questionnaires and carry out activities to assist with the child's progress.
- 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 offer to meet regularly with children's key workers when children have dual settings. Also, 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.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
I have carried out many training courses within the 12 years of being a childminder these include: communication and language, behaviour management, Makaton plus NVQ level 3 and 4.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
I have attended many training to assist in promoting children's health and well being. Training includes, nutrition, fit and healthy.
- 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 highlight areas which I will be promoting further and also do a "Working Together" form which provides ideas and support which both the home and childcare setting can do to help their child. If I feel that the child needs further support I will speak to the parents before contacting my local SENCO.
- Our complaints policy
I have a complaints policy in place.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
My front door only has one step to enter the house therefore reasonable access and I also have downstairs toilet facilities.
- 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 believe I offer a wide 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 myself and then 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. Plus these are always discussed with parents also.
Last updated: 30/07/2018