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Grice, Mrs Sue
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 Qualified, OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ setting. Coronavirus risk assessed. Providing excellent learning and development opportunities, in a fun and caring environment, guided by the EYFS pre-school curriculum and being a member of the QCC - Quality childminding in Cornwall.

Indoor activities are linked to outdoor experiences- visiting beaches, acting out stories - trip trapping over bridges, squelching in mud, developing road safety skills, visiting parks, construction sites, and walks in the woods. Pre-covid we attended local community groups, including toddler group, and Dairyland and have begun to attend some groups, cautiously. Garden play is safe and secure consisting of slides, sandpit, trampolines, bikes, wood for large scale constructions, water play, and malleable play. In the summer months water slides, paddling pools up to 10ft  are available for ages. Further details of activities such as cooking, crafts, sensory play etc on request. 

I receive Nursery Education Funding for 2, 3, and 4 year olds, and can provide continuity of care until school and beyond.

My qualifications include ICP, DCP & ECP; CACHE & NVQ levels 3 & 4, a foundation degree in early Years Practice, amongst others. Ongoing courses provide continuing professional development. Mandatory first aid, food hygiene, and safeguarding are updated as required. As a specialist childminder all babies and children are welcome, supported by my many qualifications in additional needs and learning disabilities practice. These include SENCO for my setting, child development, Makaton and on body signing, PECS communication, autism awareness, dietary needs incl. Nasogastric/ gastrostomy feeding, and none confrontational ways to support children with complex needs.

I am also a short break foster carer for Cornwall Council. Registered since 1991, my previous OFSTED inspections were all judged as ‘OUTSTANDING’ in all areas, as was my latest inspection March 22. Prior to Childminding I have worked in nursery, primary and special schools.

Who to contact

Contact name
Sue Grice
Contact position
Qualified Specialist childminder
01726 63660
Mobile: 07566233855

Where to go

St Austell

My urban house is a large 4 bed semidetached, with a large garden on the outskirts of St Austell. Shops, parks, playgrounds and schools are within very close proximity; I have a people carrier, so can collect and take children to local schools when required.

Outdoors - A coded pad lock and bolt secures the garden gate, leading to the back garden. From the back door a ramp enables disabled access, and leads to a patio and flat-grassed area with a variety of toys, including a large slide and trampoline.

Indoors - downstairs, the 4 rooms inter link, consequently I have children in constant view. The kitchen is separated into two areas, the cooking and eating areas. The cooking area is not accessible to children; the eating area is also used for wet play, painting, crafts and messy play. The kitchen is the information centre for parents. My certificates are on the wall along with EYFS curriculum in my setting, summary of policies, sample menu, contact numbers and posters from OFSTED. Likewise all the children’s names are displayed, along with numbers and letters, relevant to our learning and development at the time, and a photographic time line, informing children what is happening now, then and next.

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£39.00 Per Full Day
£5.45 Per Hour
£8.70 Weekend rate per hour
£70.00 Per Night
£8.70 Before school
£11.50 Afterschool Club
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?

Inclusion within our setting

Wheelchair access

Has provision
Wheelchair ramp outside back door.

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Nut allergy
Dairy free
Children with Rhetts Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, vegetarian, religious reasons and allergies are all catered for.

Cultural provisions

Experience with
Multi cultural training
All children are welcome in our home.
To meet the families needs.
Languages spoken

English. A little French.

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
I only have vacancies for children with EHC plans weekends and school holidays
Vacancy range(s)
From 11yrs (weekends +hols) years to 18 (weekends + hols) years (spaces available: 1)
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 hours free childcare

Offering up to 30 hours free childcare
30 hours partner details
I do not have vacancies for preschool children at the moment

School pickups

Offers pickups
Pondhu Primary School
St Mewan Community Primary School
Charlestown Primary School
Mount Charles School
Any other school locally, by arrangement.

Ofsted information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
30/11/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
08/01/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
03/03/2022Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Sue Grice

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

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

On going observations, children come first and their additional needs supported individually in a fun and stimulating environment. Contact with local special school, Appropriate training in all aspects of SEN(D), austism awareness, makaton and Pecs, nasogastric feeding, none confrontational behavioural management,

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

By working in partnership with parents who provide comprehensive information about their child. Using appropriate activities to support children's learning and development and identifying where additional input is needed from on going observations and assessments.

Links we have to other agencies

As previously mentioned contact with Doubletrees school, support from the area SENCO, ongoing Speech and Language therapist for a pre-school child (SALT) and in the past, portage in my setting. Any additional links can be individually accessed once the need is identified.

How we support children transferring to school

Offer support to parents and children by passing on individual comprehensive learning journeys and other materials regarding learning and development whilst in my setting. Use of social stories where appropriate and visual material about the school. Visits with parents to school where appropriate and being able to take children to their respective schools for settling in sessions ensuring smooth and familiar transition.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

As an OFSTED Outstanding setting I have had many years working as a specialist childminder and short break foster carer for children with complex needs. All children in my setting are welcomed as individuals; using skills learnt from the many courses I have attended; some of which are - Mandatory safeguarding and safeguarding for disabled children, paediatric first aid, food safety, also a foundation degree in Early Years Practice, NVQ level 3 Early years care & education, SENCO training, observation, planning & assessments, nasogastric gravity tube feeding, gastrostomy feeding, online safety for children, anaphylaxis training, autism awareness, none confrontational behaviour management, inclusive practice and many more all available to see.

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

Children's health and well being are paramount in my setting for effective learning and development. Children thrive mentally, physically and become emotionally secure and healthy as a result of positive development within a nurturing environment. My setting enables children in the early years to make emotional attachments and form relationships with myself and other children, developing positive mental health. With support children are encouraged to develop as individuals. My setting is signed up to the Early Years code of practice for food and drink; healthy meals are provided and a menu available for parents to view.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

Daily conversations with parent/carers including input from children. Daily diary for none verbal children informing of nappy/pad changes and, when needed, times of feeds and quantity taken. Comprehensive learning journeys which include individual planning, observations and next steps. Many photos of activities and outings are given to parents.

Our complaints policy

As required by OFSTED my setting has a comprehensive complaints policy. Verbal complaints that cannot be resolved are taken further using approved forms for parents/ cares to outline complaints. A time scale is given and external agencies involved depending on the nature of the complaint.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

A ramp for wheel chair access is available; the house is child friendly and safe, accommodating children with additional needs in a positive environment. For security the garden is fully enclosed and has a bolt on the outside of the gate, not accessible to children.

Facilities we have for personal care

children requiring personal care are catered for in a separate downstairs bedroom. The bathroom and toilet are upstairs but the wide stairs enable children to be carried safely to the bathroom when needed.

Specialist resources we have

Indoors toys are easily accessible and labelled with photo or pictures. Visual time lines using photos of outings or activities are used. Major buggies, car seats for children up to age 12 years, makaton book, social stories, and sensory light toys are provided, but further specialist resources, individual to each child are provided by the family.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

By planning an outing that has been risk assessed and is appropriate for children's needs, be it wheel chair access, cafe's providing good toilet access, or changing facilities, to parks that have appropriate equipment to enable participation as fully as possible. Experience over many years has enabled my setting to visit local towns and facilities that cater well for children of all abilities.

Last updated: 05/04/2022

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