Richards, Mrs Tessa
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I have lived in the lovely village of Trewoon for the past 18 years with my husband and two children. The village has a local shop, post office and park within walking distance from my home.
My house has a safe enclosed rear garden which is flat, making it ideal for physical play, a conservatory to use as a play room, lounge, kitchen and dining area that the children are also be able to use.
I will do activities with the children to include the seven areas of learning, set out in the Early Years Foundation stage, which may include making their own sandwiches, baking, play dough, junk modelling, painting, dressing up & I have a lovely kitchen for the children to engage in role play. I often go on trips with the children to toddler groups, Heligan gardens, Eden project, Newquay zoo and parks.
At my most recent Ofsted inspection I was graded Outstanding.
I have worked at a pre-school for four years so have lots of experience with the Early Years Foundation Stage and have been on several courses including EYFS core training (1,2 & 3), promoting positive behaviour,developing children's mathematical awareness through creative play, observation, assessment & planning.
I have other certificates in fire safety training, Level 2 in food safety for catering , early years first aid & NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Childrens Care, Learning & Development.I became accredited so I can provide funded hours, free childcare for 2, 3 & 4 year olds.
My aim is to provide each child in my care with a happy, safe & stimulating environment for the children to be able to play, learn & rest, and for the children and their families to feel welcome in my home, because every child matters.
Who to contact
- Contact name
- Tessa Richards
- Contact position
- Mobile: 07767 011593
Where to go
On the main St.Austell - Newquay road with good bus access.
I am set back away from the road in a private close of 3 houses.
My rear garden is child safe and enclosed, with a level paved area and a level grassed area for outdoor play.
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £39.00 Per Day £5 per hour, minimum 2 hours Afterschool Club
- Healthy home cooked lunch or picnic are included on a full day.
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- I have wheelchair access to and around the exterior of my home and also a downstairs toilet.
- Has provision
- Experience with
- If at all possible I will accommodate your child's needs.
- Has provision
- Experience with
- All children are welcome in our home.
- I am willing to work with parents on their requirements as each child has different needs and is respected in my setting.
- Languages spoken
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- Please contact for current 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 08:15 17:30 Tuesday 08:15 17:30 Wednesday 08:15 17:30 Thursday 08:15 17:30
- Offers pickups
- St Mewan Community Primary School
- SENCo name
- Tessa Richards
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
I use the early years outcomes to identify any additional needs a child may have. I also use Tapestry/WhatsApp to show my observations and share with parents.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
By using the early years outcomes it becomes apparent quickly where a child may need help and gives examples and ideas on how to help children.
- Links we have to other agencies
I am aware of how to get in touch with different agencies via Family information services and my network coordinator.
- How we support children transferring to school
This is an individual thing that would be sorted between the parents/carers, school and me. I do trackers for the children which shows how each child progresses in my setting, which should give the school a good starting point. I am happy to work with the school and families to help each child. The children are taught skills for them to become school ready, helping the children to become confident and independent.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
I have a level 2 and 3 NVQ in childcare learning and development. Frist aid paediatrics. I have completed child protection/safeguarding awareness courses.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
I provide home cooked lunches or picnics which are healthy and nutritious I also provide healthy snacks and breakfast. By offering the children healthy meals the children are learning about what is healthy. We play inside and outside. I talk to the children about being healthy and why exercise is good for you. I have signed up for Cornwall councils Healthy under fives, helping my setting be the best it can be.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
I talk to the parents/carers each day their child is with me at drop off and pick up times. Some parents/carers are happy for me to text them about our day, WhatsApp works really well. I am also happy to do daily diaries. It is important to me to have a good relationship with my parents/carers as we need to work together for he benefit of their child. I share their child's observations by using trackers and WhatsApp so the parents/carers can see how their child is progressing and for the parents/carers to have a chance to have an input.
- Our complaints policy
I would like to think most complaints can be sorted quickly between the parents/carers and myself. I tell each parent /carer that they can complain to Ofsted, a poster is up on my notice board with the contact details. If I have a written complaint relating to the EYFS I will notify the complainant of the outcome within 28 days of the receipt of the complaint. I will keep a written record of all complaints and their outcomes for three years. I will maintain confidentiality but will provide Ofsted on request with a written record of complaints within 14 days and action taken as a result of each complaint. I then have a list of the things I would need to record, name, date and time etc. If the complaint cannot be resolved or if the complaint is of a serous nature and the parents/carers feel they cannot discuss it with me they should contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231. Ofsted produces guidance on concerns and complaints about childminders and childcare providers. This is available on the Ofsted website and provides guidance on complainant's right to contact Ofsted. Next to my policy I have the Ofsted poster for parents which includes Ofsted's address.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
None at present,our house has wheelchair access.
- Facilities we have for personal care
I have a downstairs toilet and hand washing facilities.
- Specialist resources we have
I cater for all the children I care for so all children can participate in all the activities we do. I may provide thicker pens and paint brushes or left handed scissors. I adapt activities so all can enjoy them.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
I have not had a problem with trips. For children that cannot walk I use a single or double buggy. The needs of each child I care for is very important to me I would only go on a trip if I felt the children would enjoy it. I have taken children to the zoo, library, walks in the woods, Heligan gardens, toddler groups and parks.
Last updated: 09/05/2020