First Steps Childcare Centre
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)
We follow a full detailed curriculum each day which covers a whole host of activities covering all the EYFS.
We have 3 gardens, enclosed safe outdoor play areas and are on a secure school site.
We offer free flow play to allow the children more choice and a variety of learning experiences.
We have extended our premises to offer 101 early years places each day. We have a Caterpillar room which has 15 places for 0-2 years, Ladybird room with 26 places for 2-3 years and Bumblebees & Butterflies rooms with 52 places for 3-4 year olds. Our Nature Steps programme takes a further 8 children per day.
We have been awarded as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted December 2019.
We also have a sensory room which is used every day by all classrooms.
We run a specific 'Nature Steps' programme where we take children off site every day of the year to the local beach and woodlands. Our highly qualified team of staff provide a wide range of outdoor learning opportunities. On site we have a specific Nature Steps garden and log cabin where the children can explore and investigate whilst pond dipping, cooking on and open fire, den building, tree climbing and many many more child led activities.
We have a yoga teacher who does yoga sessions daily with small groups of children.
We are situated on a secure site & have security door entrance systems to safeguard your child.
We offer Free Government Funding to eligible 2 Year Olds and all children aged 3 and 4 from the term following their third birthday. From September 2017 we will be offering 30 Hours funding for eligible 3 and 4 year olds. This can be used all year round or during term time only. We aim to be as flexible as possible and meet the needs of all our parents working hours.
Who to contact
Where to go
- First Steps Pre-school
Porth Bean Road
St. Columb Minor
- TR7 3JF
We are situated in the grounds of St Columb Minor Academy. You can reach us by either coming in through St Columb Minor village and walking across the recreational ground. This is our preferred access and it is the best way for parents and visitors to come.
You can alternatively come in through the main school entrance and then walk across the playground to our building.
We are a purpose built nursery with security door entry systems and cameras throughout the building. Safeguarding is very high within our setting as you will see when you visit us.
Time / date details
- Session information
- Monday : 07:30:00 - 18:15:00 Tuesday : 07:30:00 - 18:15:00 Wednesday : 07.30 - 18:15:00 Thursday : 07.30 - 18:15:00 Friday : 07.30 - 18:15:00
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £50 Per Full Day
- Please contact us for our current rates and prices. We are very flexible and aim to meet the needs of all our families
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
- Please enter details including what proof is required for the free or reduced rate
- We offer a 5% discount for families who are in the forces and for families who are part of the NHS.
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Ramp outside. Disabled toilet
- Has provision
- Accommodate according to childrens needs We are following the Healthy Early Years Guidelines
- Has provision
- Curriculum plans teach children about other cultures & religions
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- Please contact for further information
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Monday 07:30:00 18:15:00 Tuesday 07:30:00 18:15:00 Wednesday 07.30 18:15:00 Thursday 07.30 18:15:00 Friday 07.30 18:15:00
- Offers pickups
- SENCo name
- Harriet Lake
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
Through detailed observations and a good knowledge of child development, staff identify if a child requires additional support. By tracking observations and assessments against the EYFS we can analyse where extra support is needed. Further support is sought from the setting SENCO. Following this we will discuss our thoughts with parents and plan to further support the child.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
Through observations and assessments which link with the EYFS. This helps staff to identify how a child is developing over all areas. Next steps are planned for taken from children's interests. If there is an area where a child requires more support then staff plan adult directed focused activities to further support the child.
- Links we have to other agencies
We are able to contact different agencies to support children. This may range from the speech and language therapist to the area SENCO.
- How we support children transferring to school
Information is shared between our setting and the foundation stage teachers. End of term co-hort assessments are shared along with holistic information so the teacher gets a whole picture. Teachers come over to meet the children prior to them starting. We join up with events such as school plays and sports days so the children become familiar with the local school. In the classroom, books are shared with children about school and circle time promotes discussion. Dressing up area includes school uniform.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
All staff attend safeguarding training. Staff are trained to be aware of signs and indicators of abuse and all know who the DSL is and the supporting safeguarding officers are. There are first aiders in each room. Any health needs that a child has, we will access specific training. There are SENCOs who have attended training. Sensory processing training has been accessed as well as behaviour training. We have employed a specific childcare consultancy who ensure that we are kept up to date with specific changes and requirements to the welfare standards.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
Staff know the children well and quickly identify if a child is not feeling well or is not their typical character. Staff will sit with the child and offer support when they are not well and contact parents to take them home. All staff observe a child's level of well being and involvement throughout the session. This is recorded on their observation sheets as well as the termly report. Some staff members have attended well being training which has had a positive impact on planning and assessing well being and involvement. All children have a key person, who supports their emotional well being and with whom they can form a bond. Any health needs that a child has will be discussed upon registration and a health care plan put in place if needed. Additional training if needed will be accessed.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
Daily feedback happens between parent and their child's key person or room supervisor. Termly reports are available to parents. If a child has additional needs or has an IEP in place then TAC meetings are held with involved agencies, and 6 weekly IEP reviews take place. Parents are informed of our 'open door' policy where we welcome them to come and chat about any aspect of their child's lives.
- Our complaints policy
All parents are made aware that they can comment on any aspect of the provision. Written or verbal comments can be made to the directors. Action will be addressed within 28 days. Ofsted will be informed of both the complaint and how we addressed it. By keeping good communication open between parents and staff, should keep good levels of understanding.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
We have two entrances, one with a step and one is a ramp. There are double doors for easy access. The gardens are accessed by a ramp and the nursery building is reached by a pathway which is flat.
- Facilities we have for personal care
The baby room has a specific nappy changing station. The 2-3 year old room has size appropriate toilets and hand basins as well as potties and nappy changing facilities. The pre-school rooms have separate toilets which are size appropriate along with hand basins. Nappy changing facilities are available. There are also two adult sized toilets with their own hand basins.
- Specialist resources we have
A sensory room which is used by all ages. A purpose built garden with a pathway going all around - this pathway has different textured sections for children to experience. A summer house is in the garden and used for story time and small group work.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
We aim to include all children. We plan easy access trips to the local beach and farm. The route is checked and risk assessed for ease of access and suitability. Depending on individual needs we will access suitable transport and adapt the staffing to ensure inclusion.
Last updated: 06/01/2021