TARQ'S ARQ - Holiday Scheme
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)
A well voiced worry is that many holiday clubs run term time only!!!......Not here!!! Consistency and continuity is of utmost importance to us! We are here for the service of your children (and in turn yourselves!) right through all major holidays and indeed, wherever possible even on inset days!
Some who may claim that holiday clubs are merely baby-sitting couldn’t be more wrong in our case!!!......As well as providing the usual mix of toys, activities, games and consoles (through a 72” smartboard!!) we offer themed weeks that come in all shapes and sizes, such as sport, drama, science, food and a real rock school!!!
Who to contact
Where to go
- TARQ'S ARQ
- TR11 3BZ
Right in the middle of Falmouth town! ...We now boast specific rooms and a very large playground!!! ...and opportunity beyond imagination!!!
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £8.00 Per Hour £21.00 Per Half Day £36.00 Per Day £148.75 Per Week
- £8 per hour only applies if a child is in our care for just one hour only!...Other than that cost is £5 per hour! ....£36 per day refers to a 8hour day....extra hours are £5.25 each!
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Experience with
No food provided
- Has provision
- Experience with
Yes would have an understanding
Multi cultural training
All children are welcome in our home.
- Languages spoken
Any!!!...you give us the language ---we will do our very best to speak it!!!
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- Due to flexible nature we always have vacancies for all age groups!!!
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
- Offers pickups
St Mary's Catholic Primary School - Falmouth
Penryn Community Infant School & Nursery Unit
St Michael's VC C of E Primary School
Mabe Community Primary School
Penryn Junior School
Falmouth Primary School
King Charles Primary School
St Francis CE Primary School
- Once again we are here to solve your childcare problems not add to them! .....If you require drop off or collection from a school not currently on our list then we shall simply add it to our list and meet your childcare needs!
- SENCo name
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
During the induction process we liaise with parents / guardians, previous childcare providers and when required - health visitors and other relevant professionals in order to acquire as much information as possible with regards to the child's levels of development and styles of learning!
Because we truly believe that each and every one of our children are very much individual the observation and assessment process is almost continuous with record keeping and information sharing happening daily to ensure we can give those precious children the very best "life adventures".
This in turn allows us to build an accurate informative personalised record of development to inform other professionals / settings / schools when children move on, thus maintaining consistency of care which is indeed paramount for all children!
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
In addition to the above at TARQ'S ARQ we also enjoy a constant training and staff development program with recent courses including :- Makaton signing, SENCO, Autism awareness, Visual impairment awareness, Visual support, Epilepsy, Behaviour strategies + management to name but a few!
All of this combined with our regular planning meetings allows us to keep continuation of provision with activities and an environment that is targeted to children's individual needs/ learning styles!
- Links we have to other agencies
In short - many!!!....
We work very closely with a wide variety of agencies as they are so vital to the well-being of our children, families and communities!
These include :- Other childcare settings, teachers, Speech and Language services, visual and hearing impairment services, health visitors, educational psychologists, physiotherapists, portage workers, GP's and social services!
- How we support children transferring to school
Because we deliver and collect children form up to 12 schools we have very very strong links with local educational establishments!!!
We visit them / they visit us!
Information carefully gathered over time is happily shared!
Activities / environments are tailored to help "practice" school routines!
School age siblings freely mix with pre-school siblings at our lovely setting!
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
As well as the specialist training outlined above (in question 2) nearly all of our team of trusty staff are trained to a level 3 standard in childcare!....This is not of course a requirement but we feel that this gives our practitioners the best opportunity to offer positive experiences to the wide range of families we serve!
Indeed we have very nearly reached our target of ALL staff holding the "BIG 5" as we call it :- Level 3 childcare, Paediatric first aid, epilepsy awareness, safeguarding, and prevent training!
In addition to this we currently have 4 staff with degree standard childhood qualifications, 3 qualified teachers, an early years HLTA (of some 33 years experience!!) and an EYP (early Years Practitioner)!
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
Due to our philosophy that leans heavily toward PHSE (Personal Health and Social Education) our young friends have opportunities aplenty with regards to social play and where needs are identified more targeted support can be offered!
With a focus on positive behaviour and a wide variety of ages TARQ'S ARQ fosters a wonderful "peer mentoring" scheme where the role models are not just "stuffy old grown-ups" but friends who are often much nearer the childs' own stage of development!....This not only gives children realistic role models to look up to, it also means they can "be that role model" almost instantly which allows them themselves to be positive role models for others!!! ..It's not rocket science!!!..It's true!!!
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
In conjunction with regular parent consultations we very much have an "open doors" policy and very close relationships with our families. This is partly due to our completely flexible approach to childcare days, sessions, hours and services! ...Indeed we even help our families with home routines and where required collect and deliver children (and their grown-ups) to and from those homes!!!
- Our complaints policy
Once again due to our close relationships with families and daily feedback, issues and complaints are most often dealt with in the moment through discussion!
In any case all complaints are dealt with before a 28 day period has passed and ALL complaints are taken very seriously!
We always display the complaints procedure including details to directly contact OFSTED.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
We are lucky enough to have a rather charming old school building all on the ground floor with wide corridors, large rooms and very spacious front door / reception area which boasts a concrete ramp to ease access!
- Facilities we have for personal care
With all the different ages groups and different friends we have toilets of all sizes with low sinks and hand-washing facilities!
- Specialist resources we have
In addition to all that has been previously mentioned we have a movable hoist, specialist chairs and activity tables / stations, wheelchair friendly toilet, visual timetables, flash cards, traffic lights and a wide range of multi cultural resources!
We also regularly utilise the local health resource library and specialist resources from our friendly LEA!
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
Inclusion at TARQ'S ARQ is so very very vital that every single child has access to all trips, activities, and occasions regardless of any differences whatever they may be!!!
Differentiation, risk assessments and child-led learning / fun form part of our daily lives and if that means pulling in extra staff, specialists, specific vehicles and or resources then so be it!!!....To us it's simply a no brainer!!!
Last updated: 11/04/2019