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Louise Smith - Toy Box Registered Childminding

Hi, I provide a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere where children feel happy and relaxed to enjoy themselves and learn in a home from home environment.

Whether they are building sandcastles outside in the sandpit, making cups of tea in the home corner or visiting Wigfield Farm, they are having fun – exploring, investigating and learning through play.

I became a registered childminder in 2006 and I offer part or full time care for children aged 0 – 10 years, with a pick-up and drop-off service to and from Mapplewell Nursery/Primary School (I would consider Wellgate Nursery/Primary School depending on placements at time of enquiry).

I can provide Early Education for 2, 3 + 4 year olds through the 30 hours entitlement and the Two Year Entitlement.

My qualifications include Level 2 and Level 3 in Pre-school Practice, First Aid, mandatory, relevant and up-to-date training associated with childcare and Ofsted requirements.

My home is local to Mapplewell village, Wellgate and Mapplewell Primary Schools as well as numerous play groups and our local Library.  Children have access to my downstairs rooms including a small toilet and washroom with their individual coloured towels, as well as a stepper and toilet adapter should they need them.

Children can participate in many activities and experiences including: -

  • sand and water play
  • home corner and dressing-up
  • small world play – train track, farm etc.
  • creative – collage, junk modeling, painting etc.
  • malleable play – play dough, clay etc.
  • games and jigsaws
  • reading and ICT
  • pretend and imaginative play – using puppets, props etc.
  • baking

Outdoor play can be accessed on a daily basis (weather permitting) with the use of large physical equipment, outdoor games and resources.

Children also enjoy regular trips to the local parks, the library, toddler groups and places of interest associated with our term topics

I provide a high quality and affordable childcare service, which ensures children’s safety and well-being is paramount at all times.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Louise Smith
Contact Position
Registered Childminder
Telephone
E-mail
louises7171@gmail.com

Where to go

Name
ToyBox Registered Childminding
Address
280, New Road
Staincross
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
Postcode
S75 6GP

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.00 Childminder cost per hour

Childcare Information

Age Range

From
0 years,0 months
To
12 years,0 months

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Yes
Details
After School Care

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
Yes
2 year old funding
Yes

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Yes
Schools
Wellgate Primary
Mapplewell Primary
Details
At present I am available for drop off/collection from both Mapplewell and Wellgate Nursery for the Afternoon Sessions only.

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY339499
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

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

Young children attending my setting have a journal - recording all their learning, achievements, next steps, goals and assessments as well as observations enabling any causes of concern to become highlighted or evident.  Parents/carers are encouraged to share any concerns or worries, and together we can work closely to ensure their child and themselves are receiving appropriate and relevant support from outside agencies and professionals.

I will try my best to support all children including SEN and disabilities by putting adaptations into place to provide a home from home enironment as well as carefully planning activities to ensure children are experincing the same play and learning opportunities equally and safely to enhance their learning and development. 

I follow the Early Years Foundation Stage for children aged 0 - 5 years as required by Ofsted and in-line with the local Nursery Schools.

Parents/carers are welcome to have visits to my setting prior to our childcare arrangement commencing to help their child become comfortable, happy and aid with the settling-in process.  I promote two-way conversation - encouraging parents/carers to share information, worries or concerns verbally when dropping-off or collecting their child.  I may communicate to parents/carers by text or a telephone conversation during the day and i will do my best to respond to any messages as soon as conveinently possible. 

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

I will ensure I attend appropriate or specialised training to ensure I can support and care for individual needs and requirements.  I keep my professional development and knowledge uptodate by attending training courses regularly, which are appropriate to my profession and setting.  This includes SENCO training for childminders, Safeguarding (Designated Lead) and Pediatric first Aid.

How accessible is our setting?

Children will participate or access local facilities - play areas, play groups, parks (large physical play) and the local library as part of our routine on a regular basis.

Planned visits may be arranged in the Barnsley area to places like Cannon Hall, Wigfield farm, Newmillerdam or Locke Park for example.  during school holidays, children may experience different museums of interest, the Cooper Gallery or the Barnsley Experience at Barnsley Town Hall to participate in their planned activities to further their education and development.

Resources are easy accessible and age/stage appropriate to ensure children are exploring, investigating and using their imagination during play situations, whether on their own or in small group situations.  Any adaptations will be put in place or provided according to individual preferences and requirements.

Last updated on 17/09/2019
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