Leedstown Little Ladybirds Childminding - Victoria Shirlow
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)
I am an Ofsted registered childminder situated in the village of Leedstown. I have a Level 5 qualification in childcare and teaching and I am SENco trained, I am currently studying my third year of my Primary education teaching degree. I have twO assistants who work with me, and they both hold a foundation degree in childcare. We are open in term time and school holidays, and except funded children.
Who to contact
- Contact name
- Victoria Shirlow
- Contact position
Where to go
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £4.40 Per Hour
- Meals can be provided at an additional cost.
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Experience with
- Has provision
- Languages spoken
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- List of pets
Other furred animal
- Immediate vacancies
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Monday 07.45 18.00 Tuesday 07.45 18.00 Wednesday 07.45 18.00 Thursday 07.45 18.00 Friday 07.45 18.00
- Offers pickups
- Leedstown Community Primary School
- We will be walking to drop off/collect children.
- SENCo name
- Victoria Shirlow
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
I am a trained SENco and rerguarly attend training to make sure I am able to support our families and children to the best of my ability. I work closely with parents to support them and their children, and provide a 'home from home' environment. Every child has their own learning journal, which includes regular observations and development charts. I complete termly trackers which are discussed with the families to look at each individual child's next steps, and any additional support that may be required. Communication is important, we ensure we talk to our parents daily (verbally and though communication books), and always make sure we have the staff numbers to allow time for parents if they wish to talk to us privately.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
Some of our children attend duel settings, so we try to work closely with other childcare providers to assess each child's development, and ensure we are all working together to support the child. I complete termly trackers to highlight any additional support that is needed. I offer to attend health visitor appointments with the families, and provide additional resources to support children's needs. We try to attend any training that could specifically help us to support a child in our setting, and help identify help for our families. Myself and my two assistantsawork together with a maximum of six early years children during the day. This allows us to work more closely with the child and observe their progress daily.
- Links we have to other agencies
We attend regular training and meetings locally, and have strong links with other childminders and nursery settings due to previous experience. Through previous positions I have worked closely with our local SEN teams, health visitors, and the SALT team.
- How we support children transferring to school
Some of our children attend the local school's early years class, which we support and encourage parents in using this transition time. We have these children when the session finishes at lunch and continue their care into the afternoon. We offer to work closely with the school to look at the child's development and link next steps together. As the last term approaches we provide visual aids of the school itself, routine, and involve them in our after school activities. I am happy to attend any transition days that the child has for school, and talk through learning and development journals with the children's new reception teachers.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
I am currently hold a level 4 in childcare, and am studying my degree in Early years and Primary school education. I am SENco trained, and have attended lots of additional training including behavioural, safeguarding, and Makaton. My assistants both hold a foundation degree in childcare.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
I keep up to date with training and literature on children's health and how best to support this. I regularly offer families information on children's health and welfare, and introduce this to children through fun topics.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
We talk daily about their child each day and this is supported with daily communication books. Every parent has access to their child's learning journal, and we are happy to discuss any concerns a parent may have, or need support with. Each term I talk to parents about their child's next steps, and often give them an update as things are accomplished.
- Our complaints policy
I have my complaints policy available in the setting, and this is emailed out to each parent when they joins us.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
We have recently installed a new porch which allows wheelchair/pram access. We have kept our floors level, and make sure their is clear access to each room at all times. Our outdoors areas if flat and all areas are accessible to wheelchairs.
- Facilities we have for personal care
We have a downstairs bathroom which the children can access. We also have a changing area just outside the playroom to maintain a child's privacy. This is the benefit of having two staff here at all times, children will always have an adult with them, even if another child needs support when using the bathroom. We have tissues and wet wipes accessible at all times for children and staff, and bins located throughout the property.
- Specialist resources we have
We make sure we have a wide range of resources indoors and outdoors. We regularly swap the resources over with the stock stored in the outside shed. We always have cultural resources available, and try to add new things monthly to support a child's individual needs.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
Trips and outings are well planned, in which every child's individual needs are taken into account. This is supported by a risk assessment and then discussed with parents. We try to link our outings in with current topics, so this involves advanced planning and preparation. This allows us to inform parents with a lot of notice, giving them time to join us if they wish to, or alter their child's hours to attend the trip if it does not fall on their contracted day.
Last updated: 31/07/2019