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Deborah Jane Hartshorne (Little Owls Daycare)

Welcome to Little Owls my name is Debbie and I have two grown up daughters of my own aged 21 and 24. We have lived in Wombwell 21 years, in that time I have volunteered and worked in schools as a teaching assisstant and school meals supervisor.

I have been childminding for 13 years, I know many famillies in the area and many of the children.

In our setting we can offer a safe, secure learning and play enviroment for your child in a Home from Home setting. We offer a huge range of play experiences & equipment for your child to learn whilst still having fun. We have a large garden with a covered area, soft & hard play areas with an abundance of toys & activities to stimulate every child & their individual needs. We attend other groups such as playgroups, outings & other childminder settings to stimulate social interaction & learning & development, we are in walking distance of parks, library & playgroups and buses run every 10 mins for when we travel further, there is also a train service nearby.

Within the setting we also have dogs all of whom are very child friendly, all past & present families love our dogs.  In my latest Ofsted inspection I received a Good outcome and can now offer free funded childcare places for 2 (should you qualify), all 3 & 4 year old. We pride ourselves on our inclusive partnership with parents by sharing our Personal Development Profiles & Daily Diaries. I am level 3 qualified & update my knowledge & training regular to keep my practice up to date.

The Dearne Valley Parkway is nearby with acess to the M1 motorway should you need it.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Deborah Hartshorne

Where to go

Little Owls Daycare
67, Hough Lane
South Yorkshire
S73 0EG

We are very close to the Dearne Valley Parkway and M1 motorway

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.00 Childminder cost per hour
Price includes food, drinks, playgroup & local outings

Childcare Information

Age Range

0 years,0 months
12 years,0 months


Immediate vacancies
Full time, and part time, and term time only places are available

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Ofsted Information

Other languages spoken in setting
Languages spoken by staffNumber of staffFluency Level?
English, some Makaton & BSL 1

Local Offer

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How do we offer support to children or young people with a special educational need or disability?

Any concerns would be initially discussed with the parent, with permission I would discuss the concerns with professionals to gain specific advice.  I would follow my inclusion policy.  I would use my training in child development to assess starting points/ two year old check by observing the children continually and in time with the EYFS we can develop and progress your child.

By working closely with parents and children I can continually support them.  I will follow my policies including risk assessment, physical contact, confidentiality etc to help support all children.  I will continually assess and develop, I will focus on the childs strengths and build and boost on thier self confidence and self esteem.

I will use the EYFS as a guide for each child's development, all planning is based on their own strengths and needs using observations and starting points to assess what they can do.

Parents and carers are kept informed through continually talking about child's progress and achievements.  This is done through daily diaries, discussions and indivdual folders where continual observations and assessments which inform their planning.

The child's well being is my personal concern, I am responsible for each child's safety and security both physically and emotionally during my time.  I aim to keep them safe from harm, I will follow my behaviour policy and reinforce positive behaviour using praise.  I continually risk assess my service and outings.  I undertake and update training when needed and review policies regularly.

Following discussions with parents and after observations and assessments we can assess the type of support for the child.  If further advice is required with permission I will seek advice from PACEY co-ordinator.

Parents are continually consulted, they are kept up to date with their child's progress.  Daily diaries are written for 2-way communication between parents and myself.

Good parental partnership is mutually beneficial for the child.

What specialist training, experience and expertise do we have relevant to children with special educational needs and disabilities?

I have worked previously with other professionals for children in my setting including speech therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and paediatricians.  

I access specific training as the need arises to continue my knowledge and professional development.  I have undertaken training in areas such as: Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD  Behaviour Management, Schemas, Makaton, Quality Improvement, Level 3 Diploma, Raising Concerns with Parents, Food Hygiene, First Aid, Support Speech and Language Needs, Supporting Emotional Well Being and Expectations of Behaviour, SEND level 4 & SENCO.


How accessible is our setting?

I have an inclusive service which is extended to all activities.  Before undertaking an outing I seek parents advice, make sure all information is up to date. All trips are risk assessed taking all children into consideration.
My inclusion policy is always in practise.

I have a ramp to my back garden and a small step up to my back door, my doors are wide but not wide enough for a full sized wheelchair.  My garden is all on one level with soft and hard surfaces and my only toilet is upstairs.

By assessing children's individual needs I can allocate and match equipment/toys ect to their specific needs, should I need specialist equipment I will link with outside professionals.

Last updated on 01/06/2020
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