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Barnicoat, Susan
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I have been an Ofsted Registered Childminder since 2002 and have been graded Outstanding by Ofsted. I have Level 3 Child Protection, Level 3 Paediatric First Aid, Level 2 Food Safety and Food Allergy Certificates alongside many certificates relevant to delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage. I have a Mental Health Certificate, Degrees in Childhood & Youth Studies and Early Years and a Masters Degree in Education. 

I work with my husband Deryck, who is also an Ofsted Registered Childminder, together we are Three Smiles Childcare. We have 3 young adult sons of our own and have looked after approx 85 children of all ages and abilities. We are both members of PACEY - the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years. 

We are following Government advice regarding Covid. We have a downstairs toilet, with antibacterial soap and paper towels, available for just the children attending to use (and another upstairs for our family).

We have a deep understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage. We use each childs individual interests to support their learning effectively. We have an extensive range of toys and open ended resources for heuristic play indoors and outside so that children are happily occupied and learning all the time they are with us. We provide a calm environment where children can be happy and confident, eager to explore their own ideas and ready to have a go at new things. We take children out to explore parks, woodlands, beaches and playgrounds where they can develop their physical skills and interact with the world around them. 

Who to contact

Contact name
Susan Barnicoat
Contact position
01872 271388
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Where to go

Three Smiles Childcare
Trewin Place

We are very near to Threemilestone Social Club/bus stop and the Church, and not very far round the corner from the Park & Ride. One mile from Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) and also conveniently just along the road from Truro College.

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5 Per Hour
£7 Per Hour
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm £5 per hour per child.
Bank holidays, weekends, early mornings, evenings £7ph.

Inclusion within our setting

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Dairy free
I have Level 2 Food Safety and Food Allergy Certificates and I have studied Nutrition with the Open University. I provide healthy snacks and meals. I work closely with parents to ensure my setting provides appropriate food.

Cultural provisions

Languages spoken

All children are welcome in our setting. 


Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?
List of pets

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
Please contact us to discuss your requirements. We can be very flexible, open 24/7 and happy to cover evening classes and rolling shifts.
Date updated

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday As needed As needed
Tuesday As needed As needed
Wednesday As needed As needed
Thursday As needed As needed
Friday As needed As needed
Saturday As needed As needed
Sunday As needed As needed

School pickups

Offers pickups
Threemilestone School

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Susan Barnicoat

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

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

When children join our setting we consult with parents. We read any records parents would like to share with us about their child's progress at previous settings, and we record any known additional needs and any concerns that the parents may have about their child's progress alongside details of the childs interests and care needs.

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

I use the Early Years Foundation Stage and Development Matters as a basis for observations and assessments and I consult parents about what the child does at home so that we can identify and support any additional needs together. I discuss observations with Deryck and I draw on my extensive knowledge of child development acquired through many relevant Open University courses including my Early Years Degree and Advanced Diploma in Child Development.

Links we have to other agencies

We are members of several parents, carers and childminder support groups where we can find support, information about additional needs and signposting to any agencies that may be relevant.  Our PACEY membership also provides us with information and support. Deryck and I will work with any agencies such as speech and language therapists and local area sencos as neeeded. We have supported a family to acccess assessment for a child and attended an assessment appointment with them. I have provided families with reports for PIP.

How we support children transferring to school

As required to meet each child's needs. Children are supported to be able to put on their own shoes and coat and use the toilet and wash their hands independently. They are encouraged through activites to develop a 'can do' attitude which helps them to 'have a go' at new activities which supports their resiliance, confidence and ability to deal with new situations. We are happy to share information with the school - with parental permission.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

Level 3 Child Protection. Level 3 Paediatric First Aid including Auto Injector Use. Channel General Awareness module. Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM. Senco: Behaviour Management Certificate. Inclusion Conference: The Right Support for Every Child Certificate. Open University Understanding Autism. Degrees in Childhood and Youth Studies and Early Years. Advanced Diploma in Child Development. Masters Degree in Education. 

Experience of looking after children with a range of additional needs including autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and global developmental delay. We have also looked after children who are in the care of the local authority and fostered with relatives.

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

Parents are given extensive details about how we support children's health and well being. The short version is: I have an Open University Mental Health Certificate and an ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Certificate from PACEY. I encourage children to tell me about anything that worries them so that we can work on making things better. We have zero tolerance for bullying and consistently help children to include each other.

Children can play outside as much as they want (except in adverse weather) and we take children outdoors to parks, beaches, etc. to get fresh air, exercise and reset. I practice yoga myself and encourage children to do yoga.

I have studied Nutrition with the Open University and have Level 2 Food Safety and Food Allergy and Intolerance Training Certificates. I provide healthy snacks and home cooked meals. Children are welcome to bring their toothbrush as we will support them to use it if required. Our downstairs toilet is for children attending to use and has antibacterial soap and paper towels to avoid cross contamination.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

Verbally in person, email, daily diaries or telephone as required, often supported by photographs that show the child's interests and progress. 

Our complaints policy

Parents are given our policy on complaints and are invited to let us know if they are unhappy about anything or can make suggestions for improvement. Should parents wish to complain about our childcare provision we ask them to contact us in the first instance. We will investigate the complaint, take any necessary action and inform parents of the outcome of our findings within 28 days. Records of such complaints will be retained for our records indefinitely and will be made available to Ofsted should they request them. Parents who are dissatisfied with our response can contact Ofsted - Ofsted will expect parents to have contacted us first. Ofsted contact information is provided to parents and the Ofsted poster with their contact details is displayed.



Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

There is a wheelchair friendly slope to our front door which has a dropped threshold. The downstairs toilet is too small for a wheelchair to turn round. There is a step down to the garden and a step up to the lawn.

Facilities we have for personal care

Downstairs toilet. Upstairs toilet, shower and bath.

Specialist resources we have

Lots of sensory toys including dark and shiny gold dens, tunnel, uv lights and glow in the dark resources, infinity light, toys that light up, light panel, toys that make noise, textured mats, textured balls.. too many to list. The majority of our resources are open-ended and can be played with in any way that suits a child.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

We organise trips that meet the needs of all attending.

Last updated: 30/11/2021

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