Giggling Monkeys Torpoint
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)
Giggling Monkeys believes that children have unlimited potential, are filled with amazing insight, eager to interact and contribute to their world.
Collaboration cultivates a diverse community, creating children driven by curiosity, imagination, and who delight in taking responsibility for his or her own learning.
Meaningful partnerships with children and families create long-lasting bonds. A child who listens and is listened to, a child who is valued starts their learning journey with positive steps.
With unique and developmentally appropriate learning spaces for babies, toddlers and preschool, intrinsically linked
to the outdoor natural playscape, furnished with, tunnels and pathways, a nature café, covered outdoor rooms for full exploration and seasonal experience.
With high child to staff ratio , we offer children the one to one learning experiences they deserve.
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- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £145 Per Week £30 Per Day £20 Per Half Day
- Prices fluctuate due to funding and term time/all year places
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Experience with
- Has provision
- Experience with
- All children are welcome in our home.
- Languages spoken
There are many different languages spoken in our setting.
We also have a member of staff who can speak fluent Spanish.
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- List of pets
Other furred animal
- Immediate vacancies
- Vacancy range(s)
- From 1 years to 4 years (spaces available: 4)
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Monday 7.00 18.00 Tuesday 7.00 18.00 Wednesday 7.00 18.00 Thursday 7.00 18.00 Friday 7.00 18.00
- Offers pickups
- Torpoint Nursery & Infant School
- Am and PM provided
- SENCo name
- Lauren Hirst and Vanessa Rothery
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
Before starting at Giggling Monkeys we recommend that parents call or email us so we can arrange a show around, during this show around parents will be able to discuss concerns, additional needs and anything that might be thought of during the visit. We also require certain paperwork to be completed before the child starts so that we can ensure we are able to prepare for any additional needs or put things in place to help and support the family. We are also working towards our portage accreditation so that we can help support all children, particularly those who may identity with SEN needs.
Before the child starts we offer free settling in sessions where the child will be matched with a keyworker who will support the child’s transition. Once they have settled if they would prefer another keyworker we are happy to support the child moving key groups. We would much rather a child be happy and settle with their favourite member of staff.
Each term parents are invited in to meet with their child’s keyworker to discuss progress over the last term, during these conversations we ask parents about concerns for their child’s development and where they would like the next steps in their education. We also keep in touch with parents through our online dairies system.
Practitioners monitor children’s communication through the use of various ECAT and ELKLAN monitoring sheets, evaluation and ensuring that all children are given equal opportunities.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
All staff at Giggling Monkeys makes use of Makaton to encourage the children in the same ways. During our planning and assessment process all members of staff are encouraged to spend time with each child fostering the home from home family care. Each member of staff will get to know each child well and work together to create and support various ways to identify and meet any developmental need. Our SENDCO has recently completed her degree and works closely with all staff members to give various suggestions, tips and ideas to help.
Upon entry a baseline assessment will be completed for each child where we can identity possible lines of development and pick up early on if a child is struggling in any areas of the EYFS.
- Links we have to other agencies
As Torpoint is a very small area we have strong links to all agencies and schools. We work closely with all members of the health visiting team, we also have various links to the council and social services. We also have various portage workers visit us alongside the speech and language team and the early year’s inclusion service. We encourage bonds with the local schools, inviting teachers to visit to prepare children for their next journey onto school.
- How we support children transferring to school
At giggling monkeys we are very lucky to have the school right next door to us. During the term leading up to school transfer we invite teachers from all schools to come in and have a visit to meet the children that will be moving up, we also make use of this time to share stories, worries and concerns with the children so that we get a full picture about how the child feels before starting their school. We share information about those children such as their likes and dislikes so that the new teacher can be prepared with some activities the children will enjoy. We also host parent meetings where the parents can come in and discuss their worries and concerns, we also make use of the transfer document where both parents and children can voice their opinions. We
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
All of our staff consistently work on their makaton skills, we provide training from two makaton trained members of staff. We also have a speech and language level 3 practitioner who monitors the children closely for any delays in their communication.
We are currently working towards our portage accreditation with our 2 in house portage workers and the specialist for the area. Our SENDO has a degree in Special Educational Needs and the nursery is run by our manager who holds a degree in Early Years Education.
Our forestry school is led by two qualified forest school practitioners who are always looking to improve skills and knowledge.
We have also recently had 2 members of staff qualify for Balanceability.
All members of staff hold current safeguarding qualifications and also prevent duty. Alongside having a member of staff who is qualified to teach and deliver first aid and paediatric first aid training.
We have a member of staff who speaks fluent Spanish.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
Our safeguarding officer for the setting is Lauren Hirst and deputy is Heidi Terry. Both are qualified in safeguarding children, prevent duty, FGM and various other areas in order to keep our knowledge fresh and up to date.
Our portage worker will also work with parents at home to help in areas which are needed and to help support parents who may be struggling with various different things.
We complete risk assessments daily on all areas of the nursery, monitoring any problems and ensuring things stay safe.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
We operate an open door policy where parents are welcome to come in and talk to staff and keyworkers about their children’s development. Our termly coffee meetings are where parents get the chance to sit with their child’s keyworker to discuss their progress over the last term. It is also in these meetings where we can discuss any concerns and our ideas on how to progress and move forwards with their development.
We also complete daily diaries which our parents can log on to throughout the day to check things like sleeps, nappies, how much their child has eaten and what activities they have taken part in during the day. At the end of each session staff members will feed back to the parents about their child’s day sharing important information and discussing anything that has happened during their stay.
- Our complaints policy
If parents have any complaints or feedback for the setting we encourage them to talk to a member of staff who will be able to advise the parent from there as to what happens next. We like to talk to our parents and carers about everything going on and things that might have happened, we will always strive to make a better environment for our children to learn and grow in. We would much rather a parent approach us about a niggle then let it become a bigger problem in the long run.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
As the nursery was previously a doctor’s surgery it was equipped with ramps and wheelchair access. We have kept all these points and made it so upon entry the door in front is used so that there is no tight squeeze to turn around. We also have access throughout the building for anyone with mobility problems.
- Facilities we have for personal care
We currently have 2 bathrooms for staff and parents, both of which are equipped with everything that would be needed. The children have a large bathroom area with 4 toilets where the children are encouraged to take pride in their self-care while giving them the privacy that they need. The bathroom has displays for the children to be able to see and encourage others to take part in the hygiene routines. They have soap and paper towels to wash their hands and all the children are encouraged to try to do it themselves.
All staff have a valid DBS check and are vetted according to our companies policies.
- Specialist resources we have
We currently have a variety of books in various different languages in order to help settle children in who have duel languages. We also have a variety of calm down activities and games to help children who are on behaviour plans.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
At Giggling Monkeys inclusion is very important to us. We make sure before we take any trip or outing that the walk to and from is risk assessed along with the destination being safe and secure. We keep the children in mind that we are taking with us and make sure that all areas of the journey are easily accessible to big and small children, including taking pushchairs and areas for parents to join in.
Last updated: 10/12/2018