Little Acorns Probus Pre-School
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)
2 inside rooms.
Outside play area both hard & grassed including undercover outdoor area and decked platform area.
Sensory garden for planting & growing
Use of large hall, library and ICT suite - time-tabled to fit in with school use.
Wraparound Care - Breakfast Club and After School Club available (term time only) run by Probus Primary School for funded 3 year olds of Little Acorns pre-school only.
Cooked school dinners available daily for £2.20
Who to contact
Where to go
- Little Acorns Probus Pre-School
- TR2 4LE
Truro - St Austell bus routes
Time / date details
- Session information
- Monday : 09:00:00 - 15:00:00 Tuesday : 09:00:00 - 15:00:00 Wednesday : 09:00:00 - 15:00:00 Thursday : 09:00:00 - 15:00:00 Friday : 09:00:00 - 15:00:00
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £2.25 Lunch Club £13.50 Per morning £11.25 Per afternoon
- We accept 2.5 year old children on a Tuesday morning only from 9am-12 noon. Cost £15.
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
- Age ranges
- From 2 years to 5 years
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- Experience with
No food provided
- All dietary needs are catered for with guidance and support from parents/carers.
- Has provision
- Experience with
Yes would have an understanding
All children are welcome in our home.
- We would endeavour to liaise with parents/carers to gain an insight into their particular culture. We use cultural and festivals teaching resource packs within our teaching.
- Languages spoken
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- Please contact to check on current situation as vacancies vary day by day.
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Monday 09:00:00 15:00:00 Tuesday 09:00:00 15:00:00 Wednesday 09:00:00 15:00:00 Thursday 09:00:00 15:00:00 Friday 09:00:00 15:00:00
- Offers pickups
- SENCo name
- Mr Matt Maloney
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
Each child is assigned a key worker who works closely with their key children to support them with the settling in process and help them gain confidence at the setting. Regular observations are made and information is recorded in learning journeys and shared with parents/carers.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
We encourage parents to visit the setting prior to them starting and give them an informal tour and chance for the child to enjoy playing and interacting in a normal session whilst the parents stay. We also offer a 'Stay and Play' session on a Tuesday morning from 9am-10.30am in the school hall which is run by a Truro Nursery outreach worker and costs £3 per family. This session enables parents to get to know each other prior to their children starting and aids transition for the child as they become familiar with the school surroundings. Key workers introduce themselves to new parents and gather information to build up a picture of the child to assist in ensuring each child's individual needs are met. Termly meetings are arranged with parents/carers and their child's key worker to discuss the child's progress.
- Links we have to other agencies
We have good links with other agencies whom we liaise with when we require additional support for individuals. Staff have had Makaton training and have worked with the local epilepsy nurses to support children currently in our setting.
- How we support children transferring to school
We are an integral part of Probus Primary School and are based on their site. The Reception class teachers are very involved with our pre-school and we operate a free flow system where we share the same playground as the Reception children. Learning journeys and data are transferred at the end of the Summer term and this gives the Reception class teacher plenty of time to discuss and concerns they may have prior to the child starting school. We also transfer data and learning journeys onto other schools and liaise where necessary and support transition days and visits to other schools.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
All staff have completed basic child protection training and the main school head teacher is the designated Safeguarding Lead. All staff have paediatric first aid training and food hygiene. The main school Assistant Head teacher is the setting SENCo supported by the Pre-school Manager.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
We promote PSED using reward systems and strategies which encourage children to be kind, helpful and be friendly towards one another. If a child has a specific need then we will ensure that we receive the necessary training to enable us to fully support that child. We host and attend Team Around the Child meetings and work with health professionals to ensure that the needs of the child are met. When there are outbreaks of childhood diseases such as chicken pox and the norovirus, we ensure that all parents/carers receive information on how to deal with theses illnesses and are made aware of how long their children should remain away from pre-school to prevent the illness from spreading. We complete 2 year old checks and keep copies for our records and ask that the parents share a copy with their child's health visitor.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
Every term we hold parent consultations to allow us to share information on each child's learning and we encourage all parents to meet with their child's key woker. We have WOW moments sheets available for parents to inform us of what their child does at home. These are celebrated during circle time, included in the child's learning journey and included in the planning where possible. Newsletters are sent home fortnightly and information is always available on our website. At the start of each term parents are informed of what their child will be learning in the weeks ahead and encouraged to contribute if they can.
- Our complaints policy
Informal Resolution- Many enquiries or concerns can be dealt with without the need to resort to a formal procedure. These would normally be resolved within 10 school days. Formal Written Complaints- These should be put in writing to the Pre-School Team Leader. Relevant names, dates, evidence and other information should be included. Little Acorns Pre-School will acknowledge receipt of complaint as soon as possible and within 5 school days and the matter should be fully investigated within 20 school days. If there is any delay the parents/carers will be advised of this and offer an explanation. The Pre-School Team Leader or School Executive Headteacher or Head of School will be responsible for sending them a full and formal response to the complaint.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
The pre-school has ramp access and an accessible toilet.
- Facilities we have for personal care
We have a discreet changing area. All staff and volunteers have been DBS checked.
- Specialist resources we have
We have two low level toilets and wash basins for the children and an accessible toilet. There is also access to a changing table. We would aim to meet any specialist needs we found necessary.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
Trips are well planned by the pre-school staff to ensure they are suitable for all our children. Risk assessments are carried out prior to any trip taking place and consent forms must be signed by all parents/carers. Parents are always invited to join us on our trips and we always increase our adult-child ratio. If staff members are transporting children then we ensure that they have the necessary insurance and that a risk assessment has taken place beforehand. Parents must provide staff members with their child's car seat.
Last updated: 10/07/2017