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Shorter, Matthew
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)

Coronavirus status: Open for key workers and vulnerable children

We are an OFSTED registered husband and wife run business, working in a beautiful location. We offer childcare for children aged three months to five years and are dedicated to providing the best service to families and their children in a safe, supportive environment. We take pride in planning exciting activities based on each child's individuals needs and interests. Our aim is to offer open-ended play opportunities through sensory and wooden toys (treasure baskets, building blocks etc) in a comfortable home-from-home environment. Parents are able to keep track of their child's day, learning and development through an EYFS interactive app.

Who to contact

Contact name
Matt Shorter
Contact position
07787 820268

Where to go


Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£43.00 Per Full Day
£26.00 Per Half Day
£3.50 Afterschool Club
Costs include healthy snacks, nappy and wipes
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?

Inclusion within our setting

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Nut allergy
Dairy free

Cultural provisions

Languages spoken

At present we have no children which speak an additional language, however we would take all necessary steps to work with parents and children to ensure they are fully included.

Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?
List of pets

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
We currently have vacancies, please enquire to find out more!
Vacancy range(s)
From 3 MONTHS years to 5 YEARS years (spaces available: 3)
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 hours free childcare

Offering up to 30 hours free childcare
30 hours partner details
We are happy to work with other childcare providers

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 0800 1800
Tuesday 0800 1800
Wednesday 0800 1800
Thursday 0800 1800
Friday 0800 1800

School pickups

Offers pickups

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Matt Shorter

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

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

We offer settling-in sessions of which the parent may stay on the first session. An informal discussion will be held to gain information about the child's likes, dislikes and what they are able to do. The parents will also have a starting point questionnaire to fill in. A two year progress report will be complied to share with the health visitor and a copy for their learning journal.

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

Learning journals are completed for all children and trackers are highlighted to show what stage the child is at with their development. We use the EYFS to plan for each child's next steps in their development. Learning journals are shared with parents and daily communications are had to explain what the daily routine has been and how the parents can support with the child's development at home.

Links we have to other agencies

When completing the two year check we will contact the health visitor to ask for any input they wish to offer.

How we support children transferring to school

We support and prepare children for school by having lots of communication about their next step.  If it is a local school that has a playgroup, we attend these to familiarise the child with the setting.  In the past we have had dress up days where they can wear their school uniform to my house and we can have a day, similar to how it would be at school.  We would talk about different emotions and try to help with their understanding of how their emotions may change or become more complex at school.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

Mandatory training: paediatric first aid, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Food Hygiene. We regularly attend cluster meetings and training courses. Meeting with other childminders to help support each other.

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

We offer a safe, risk assessed setting, that caters for all children. Our safeguarding and first aid training is constantly updated to ensure we offer the best possible service. We encourage healthy eating and love being outdoors, often visiting the beach, the zoo and local parks.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

We have a very open relationship with all parents keeping each other up to date about what we are doing. We regularly communicate through daily diaries, learning journals, text as well as talking daily. Parents are shown written polices as to how we will keep their children safe. 

Our complaints policy

As required by OFSTED our setting has a comprehensive complaints policy. Verbal complaints that we cannot resolve are progressed using approved forms for parents/ cares to outline complaints. On receipt of a justified complaint the external agency involved would provided a timeline for resolution.


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

We have no steps into our property which is accessed by a flat driveway. The garden has rear access via a locked secure gate and internal access through a door off the kitchen.

Facilities we have for personal care

We have a good sized downstairs WC with handwash basin for discreet personal care if required.  

Specialist resources we have

We have numerous sensory toys to help children develop and grow - however if we felt we needed specialist resources we would source as required.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

We ensure our practice and our environment is inclusive to all children. Children with additional needs are supported to participate in all activities with the other children, but we also aim to include some more specific games and activities for the child to enjoy which the other children can join in with too. When visiting places and going on trips, the places are risk assessed to include all children. We also complete a document of planning for these places, which includes a section on how we include a child with SEND.

Last updated: 31/05/2020

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