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Our setting caters for children aged 2 to 4 in a wonderfully spacious environment, which encourages your child to free flow between the indoors and outdoors. The outdoor area has been thoughtfully designed with access to water, sand, physical equipment to climb and slide and plenty of large construction toys, all of which are aimed to provide a stimulating learning environment. Throughout this journey you will be supported by experienced staff, including a qualified teacher, who are all committed to providing quality education and care with exceptional family support.
We have a purpose built outdoor shelter and so play is not stopped when the weather is wet.
We have Forest School sessions running at times during the week.
You are welcome to attend pre-school at any time with your child and we actively invite you to share with us, and celebrate, your child's achievements - however big or small.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Halwin Pre-School
- TR13 0EG
Bus route: Helston - Falmouth. We are in the grounds of Halwin Primary School with a large playing field and playgrounds for us to access as well as school facilities, such as school hall and library.
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £13.50 Per 3 hour session £15.00 Per 3 hour session
- Children who do not receive nursery funding (2 year old) (3/4 year old) will receive a monthly invoice in advance.
2 - 3 year olds, 3 hour session = £15.00
3 - 4 year olds, 3 hour session = £13.50
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Ramp available, toilet and door access.
- Has provision
- Experience with
- We use Chartwells Catering company who cook hot nutritious, fresh, local food on the school premises daily. Healthy snack times throughout the day, provided by parents.
- Experience with
- Multi cultural training
- Meet the needs of the individual child
- Languages spoken
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- We have a waiting list if required, children's places depend on ratio of staff for the ages of children. Places available at present for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
- Vacancy range(s)
- From 2 yrs years to 3 yrs years (spaces available: 4) From 3 yrs years to 5 yrs years (spaces available: 15)
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Monday 9.00 15.00 Tuesday 9.00 15.00 Wednesday 9.00 15.00 Thursday 9.00 15.00 Friday 9.00 15.00
- Offers pickups
- SENCo name
- Vicky Tamblin
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
- We have good relationships with all of our parents so that we can build a picture about the 'whole' child, not just what we see in preschool but home too.
- All of our staff are very knowledgeable and experienced, they are acutely aware of developmental stages in Early Years.
- We liaise with many professionals such as Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists.
- We have access to the Early Help Hub and the Early Years advisors.
- ECAT communication tool to assess communication and language skills
- Leuven Scales to monitor well being and involvement of children.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
- Knowing our children well.
- Tracking of developmental progress through Tapestry and highlighting any areas of concern
- Half termly parent consultations to review progress and discuss successes or challenges
- Staff meetings
- Key adult system
- Able to contact early years professionals if required.
- Support plans in place for children with specific needs
- Targets and next steps for all children which are reviewed regularly
- Links we have to other agencies
- Health Visiting team
- Early Help Hub
- Early Years Inclusion officer
- Early Years Educational Psychologist
- Speech and language therapists
- How we support children transferring to school
We have excellent links with our local primary school and we work very closely with them during the summer term, building and fostering relationships. We have good links with the other schools around us and teacher's visit us to get to know their new pupils. Our children start making visits to their new reception class from the beginning of the summer term culminating in staying for lunch and playtime, which helps to reduce anxieties about starting a new school.
We take part in many of the school's events that are run throughout the year, linking with siblings and the local community.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
As well as having a fully qualified teacher leading the setting, we have many years of experience behind us as well as highly qualified staff. We are trained in Makaton, behaviour management, Leuven Scales, Reggio training methods, first aid, safeguarding and child protection.
Staff regularly update their training to ensure that we offer the best possible service to the children and families who attend our provision.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
We believe that a child's health and well-being is vitally important to success and we support our children with a key person system, building attachments through continuity and getting to know our children well so that they can explore their environment securely and happily. Children are assessed using the Leuven Scales so that we can quickly determine when a child may need a little extra support.
Staff are required to attend any relevant training as well as presenting as role models. We teach children to become independent, confident, imaginative learners and help them to become aware of their place in our community.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
We provide regular newsletters which informs parents/carers on what their children have been doing and are going to do. This is sent out electronically. We have half termly parent/staff progress meetings when we exchange information on their child's progress through the Foundation Stage and hopefully, receive feedback from parents to inform our planning. We use Tapestry which is an online Learning Journal that engages parents/carers with their children's learning on a more immediate level. We have an 'open door' policy to enable parents to talk about any concerns or share any WOW moments with the group. We encourage parents to come in and share their children's play and learning, share a skill or introduce us to the job that they do - building our children's aspirations.
- Our complaints policy
Any complaints would be dealt with as soon as possible by the Management, Head of school or Governors. Depending on the complaint it may be referred to Ofsted and any other relevant organisation.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
We have a ramp to access the building and a toilet suitable for wheelchair users.
- Facilities we have for personal care
We have a nappy changing facility. Small toilets and hand washing facilities.
- Specialist resources we have
We have a child friendly environment which all children can access be it outside or inside. Many sensory resources are available at all times and we are able to access specialist resources through Cornwall Council.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
We make sure we have lots of adult help - keeping above ratio and thoroughly risk assess every activity prior to visiting
Last updated: 13/06/2022