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Susan Sephton-Ford

 My name is Susan Sephton Ford and I have been in childcare for 34 years, I have a passion for children and the experiences I can offer to enhance their well being and development.


I have cared for children with additional needs and who have had complex behaviour issues. I can accept a challenge and create an environment that allows children to work through any issues they may face in a secure and safe setting.


I was graded outstanding by Ofsted and continually improve my setting and complete mandatory training when required.


My setting is Montessori inspired, allowing children to engage in “real life” resources, the setting is split into two areas one being a playroom set in the house which is split into two rooms .. the larger room has a small bathroom so children are within easy reach of adult support if required. This room is usually used for children aged 5+ the smaller room is a space where quiet play happens with a calmer atmosphere this is particularly good for children who are needing a quiet space to relax.


We also have a huge cabin in the garden which is set up especially for under 5s with an amazing role play area, messy play area, and art and craft area to allow children to enjoy their creative flair.


The rear garden is totally secure and houses a rabbit called smokey, it has a mud kitchen and an area which we have named “dinoworld” this is on three separate levels which encourages gross motor skills and safe risk taking which is all part of what we as adults have- the skills embedded from the experiences we gain.


The front garden has AstroTurf and secure gate to allow older children to play outside safe in the knowledge that they are enjoying the outdoor space which is important after a day at school.


My Home has wheelchair access and I am more than happy to undergo any training needed to ensure a child with additional needs can feel part of our setting.


I have an assistant who works part time with me, this means we can offer places to more children.


The schools we collect from is Darton and Wellgate.


I drive a 9 seater Mercedes Vito, fully insured with mot and regular servicing.


I supply food, wipes and sun cream.


We are a very professional setting but also very relaxed and you will feel that as soon as you enter the setting.


·       No hidden extras


·       Stress free childcare


·       References available upon request


·       Ofsted report available upon request


·       Fees are in line with other local providers


·       Sessional spaces


·       Full and part time spaces


·       2,3&4 year old funding available


·       Fees: cash, Bacs, voucher systems in place


·       Ask me about tax credits


·       Ask me about 30 hour entitlement


·       Hours open 7-6


·       Monday to Friday




NOTE: I have 2 cockerpoos, who mix with the children and the children can interact with them and get the feel of how important it is to care for animals.




Cockerpoos are animals which don’t shed hair so are good for allergies and they have excellent temperament and research shows that petting animals has a “feel good factor”


Who to contact

Contact Name
Susan Sephton Ford
Contact Position

Where to go

8, Withens Court
S75 6HY

Childcare Information

Age Range

0 years,2 months
12 years,0 months


Immediate vacancies

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday to Friday 06:30 18:30
Saturday 09:00:00 17:00:00
Sunday 09:00:00 17:00:00

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Darton Primary
Wellgate Primary

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
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?

Individually, training, care plans, support from other sources, statements/Education Health and Care Plans

Through individual planning and assessment

Through observations and assessment would identify gaps

Settling in visits, homely environment, work with parents, transition visits, daily diary, learning journey, discuss with parents

Each child receives the support they need including ratio

Verbally, questionnaires, via diary, providing resources, emails

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

Work with local Family Centre

Working with Parents Training
Autism Training
Safeguarding Disabled Children Training
Behaviour Management

How accessible is our setting?

Ensure that it is suitable for all children. 

Risk assessment and staff ratio


By knowing the child's likes/interests and by assessment

Last updated on 28/03/2019
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