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Pinhay, Mrs Maria Joan Fiona
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)

My name is Maria and I am married with two adult children, both of whom are currently studying away at university.  I have been childminding for sixteen years. I am a member of the Falmouth & Penryn District Childminding Group and Quality Childminding in Cornwall. I meet up weekly with several childminders so the children get to meet and form friendships with other children. We enjoy lots of outings - locally to parks, beaches, toddler groups and toy and book libraries, as well as trips further afield to the Maritime Museum, Seal Sanctuary, Newquay Zoo, Tehidy Woods, The Eden Project, Heligan Gardens, and Heartlands. At home we enjoy a vast range of learning activities which are all linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

I have an Ofsted Good rating and am a member of Quality Childminding in Cornwall.

I attend regular and varied training: EYFS, Child Safeguarding, First Aid, Healthy Eating, Behaviour management etc, to ensure I keep up to date with the latest information and ideas. 

It is important to me that I have a safe, caring environment for all the children I care for and that above all else they are happy, loved and are given the best opportunity to thrive and develop into confident young people.
I am a car driver and have a large enclosed garden for plenty of outdoor play.

References are available from current and past parents of children I have cared for.

Who to contact

Contact name
Maria Pinhay
01326 311051
Mobile: 07980 818 203

Where to go

Boslowick Road
TR11 4EZ

Penmere Railway Station, bus stop outside.

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.50 Per Hour
£5.00 Before school
£5.00 Afterschool Club
15 Hours Universal funding available currently
15 Extended funding available (30 Hours funded childcare)
Registered for Tax Free Childcare and Voucher payment scheme
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?

Inclusion within our setting

Wheelchair access

Has provision
Steps down to front of house & no downstairs bathroom.

Dietary needs

Has provision
Willing to discuss with parent/carer

Cultural provisions

Has provision
Experience with
All children are welcome in our home.
Any religion and culture will be made welcome. All children are treated with equal concern.

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
VACANCIES FROM SEPTEMBER 2019 but please phone to check on the status of current vacancies.
Vacancy range(s)
From 4months years to 5 years years (spaces available: 1)
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 7.30 6.00
Tuesday 7.30 6.00
Wednesday 7.30 6.00
Thursday 7.30 6.00

School pickups

Offers pickups
St Mary's Catholic Primary School - Falmouth
Marlborough School
Other pre-school pick ups/drop offs can be discussed.Daytime pick-ups from any other schools/nurseries.

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Maria Pinhay

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

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

On starting at my setting all parents complete a Child record form. We discuss the needs of each individual child to determine the best care possible. This includes details of the child's current stage of development which will be noted to allow a 'starting point' entry assessment to be done.

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

I record children's progress every half term with photos and written evidence in their diaries. I provide a progress report at the end of each full term. This helps to identify their Next Steps and parents are encouraged to use the diaries and verbal communication to ensure we work together to achieve good outcomes for the children. As required by the EYFS, I provide a 2 Year Progress Check which is completed just before their visit with their Health Visitor.

Links we have to other agencies

Interaction with other agencies e.g. Health Visitor, Speech & Language Therapist, is solely dependant on the needs of each child and is made with prior discussion with parents.

How we support children transferring to school

I support children's school readiness by concentrating on their self care needs and open discussion about their new setting. I provide a comprehensive written summary of each child's development to be given to the child's reception class teacher.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

I attend many different training events in my own time to ensure I keep up to date with new and different ideas and working practices. These include First Aid, Safeguarding, Healthy eating, Behaviour Management. 

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

I encourage healthy eating and promote safety and good hygiene practices. By establishing a respectful relationship with the children and their families, I am also there to offer advice and support if needed.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

Parents receive their child's diary every 12 weeks, termly progress reports and verbal feedback daily.

Our complaints policy

Firstly, I would hope that any complaint would be raised verbally. If it could not be resolved, then we would follow my Complaints Policy. A copy of which is given to all parents when they start at my setting.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

I am not able to make alterations to my house. We have steps down to my front door.

Facilities we have for personal care

Personal care facilities are upstairs.

Specialist resources we have

I have ample equipment and toys for the ratio, ages and developmental stages of all the children that I care for. I also use the Toy library for further resources.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

I do this by planning, risk assessing and being organised with the correct equipment required for the activity. The ages and abilities of all the children are considered prior to trips being made. We go out on a daily basis.

Last updated: 28/06/2019

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