Anne Margaret Grierson
I live in a detached house on the outskirts of Whitehaven on the B5306 road in the village of Howgate. I am fairly close to two local schools, two play parks, a beach, a cycle track, all of which are within walking distance. The ground floor is used for my childminding children.
The children have access to the front garden which is enclosed and secured, and they get plenty of fresh air and physical activities. I regularly visit soft play, playgroups, local parks and nature reserves.
My opening hours are flexible and I will fit in if possible with the parent’s hours. Mondays to Fridays though if required I will do the occasional weekend.
I am registered to care for a maximum of 6 children under eight years old. I have been child minding for 14 years. I have an enhanced CRB check as have my three daughters. My husband and son were police checked when I registered. I do provide places for the 2 year old funding as well as free entitlement for 3 year olds.
I try to make my home like a second home, providing a place for activities, rest eating and sleeping. I have resources which are age appropriate, well maintained and accessible for all children. I allow children to play, and through play they learn.
I have completed my NVQ 3, I have my Paediatric first aid and Safeguarding level 1 and 2.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Mrs A M Grierson
- Contact Position
- Accredited Registered Childminder
- 01946 65084
Where to go
- Referral required
- Other notes
1. How does the setting know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
As an Early Years Education Provider/Childminder I assess and observe all the children continually in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) set out by the government.
I have discussions with you regarding your child and any concerns you may have about your child's development and progress.
All children who are new to my setting are observed to see their individual progression, and this will be my starting point.
I talk with all my parents at the beginning and end of each day. Your child will have their own learning journey as well as a daily diary.
I will use the 2 year old development/progress check to highlight all children. This check shows if any the areas of learning and not being meet. This is reviewed with you once every 12 months.
I have extensive child-development knowledge which I have gained through training and working within childcare and helping to run a local playgroup for over 13 years, prior to being a childminder I was a nurse at West Cumberland Hospital. I use this knowledge when making judgments and decisions about support and welfare.
Any concerns I have will be discussed with you initially, and with your permission, I would then speak to other professionals to gain further specific advice.
If I have concerns about any child I would follow my:
Special Educational Needs & Diversity (SEND) Policy
Equal Opportunities & Inclusion Policy
Working in Partnership with Parents & Carer’s Policy
Safe Guarding Policy
Behaviour Management Policy
Health & Safety Policy
Risk Assessment Policy and all policy’s which I have written.
2. How will setting staff support my child?
Working alone; I give continuous care – supporting your child whilst they are away from home. This helps build confidence and positive self – esteem, helping your child to feel secure emotionally and physically. I share each child’s learning journeys with their parents or carers and communicate regularly and answer queries. I offer reassurance and inform the parents or carers of their child’s progress and ensure they are provided with all necessary information. On starting with my service each child will receive an “All About me” form which focuses on their strengths, areas for development, home life, interests and language which helps identify the types of activities or support to be provided.
I assist and support you and your child with on-going assessments and developments, which whilst in my care.
Focusing on the positive things that your child can do and their strengths, building on these to boost each child's self-esteem and self-confidence and self-awareness.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s / young person’s needs?
I use Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum as a guide for each and every child's own development.
All my curriculum planning is based around the child's own strengths and needs, using observations as a starting point to assess whatthey can do.
All planning is individually tailored to your child's stage and developmental needs, rather thantheir age.
Your child is a unique person. I allow them to explore and investigate, in a rich environment, with support, ensuring safety and extension of experiences as well as offering fertile ground for developing potential.
4. How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
As a parent/carer you will be kept informed continually about your child's progress and achievements. This is achieved through daily discussions, daily diaries, and their individual folders containing continual observations and assessments which I use to inform their planning. Photos are used in the learning journeys as a way of sharing your child's day.
We can also arrange to meet and chat informally at a mutually convenient time. I am happy to suggest activities for you to dowith your child at home.
All concerns are shared firstly with you the child's parent/carer and with agreement I will seek further advice from Early Years co-ordinator or other relevant professionals - which ever we agree seems most relevant.
I have a varied selection of resources in my service which are accessible as developmentally appropriate.
Where English is not a child’s first language I can work with an Early Years co – coordinator to access resources to support the child in my provision.
I have a 'Parents as Partners' policy which I regularly review and implement.
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well - being?
Your child's overall well-being is my personal concern.
I am responsible for each child's safety and security - both physically and emotionally during their time in my care. Emotionally I aim to support and enhance each child's self-confidence and self-esteem. Physically I aim to keep them safe from harm.
I have a behaviour policy which I implement.
Positive behaviour is re-enforced and encouraged using praise.
I risk assess my service and all outings constantly. The children help to check for broken toys at the end of sessions.
Simple house-rules are in place and shared with parents and children.
I am first-aid trained and I re-take this every 3 years.
Medication is stored as directed on the container and information is recorded by myself and signed daily by parents.
I have undertaken level 2 safe-guarding training and again, this is renewed every 3 years.
My husband and son have been police checked, I and my 3 girls have had a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.
I have a full range of policies including safe-guarding, inclusion, risk assessments, health and safety, sickness and accident.
All my policies are reviewed annually, or following training where appropriate.
Written permission is sought for outings and use of cameras when you join my setting.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?
I have previously worked with Social Workers for children in my setti
I follow professional advice to assist with progress specifically foryour child.
I have a good network of childminding colleagues who have a wealth of experience and expertise among them.
I can access advice from Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) via the Local Authority.
7. What training is the staff receiving or has completed to support children with SEND?
I access specific training as the need arises to ensure my professional knowledge and development is continued.
I have previously undertaken training in areas such as; autism, behaviour management, supporting 2 year olds, disability equality training, communication language and literacy development, supporting children's emotional well-being, manual handling and transitions.
I am trained in First-Aid, I have attended level 2 safe-guarding training, I have completed my Cache level 3 Certificate in Childminding Practise, Cache level 3 in Developing childminding Practice , Cache level 3 ExtendingChildminding Practice, and NVQ level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.
8. How will my child be included in activities outside the early years setting including trips?
As a childminder I have an inclusive service and this is naturally extended to all activities outside too.
Before undertaking excursions I seek your adviceas you have the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge and information concerning your child's needs andrequirements.
All trips are risk-assessed taking into consideration all children I have in my care.
Excursions are planned with your child's needs accounted for.
My Inclusion policy is always put into practise.
9. How accessible is the early years setting environment?
I work from my home, which is a detached barn conversion in the village of Howgate.
There is a small step up from the patio into my front door. The outdoor area is all one level. My toilet facilities are downstairs. My doorways are not wide enough for a full sized wheel chair. I have an enclosed front garden for outside play and I am fairly close to local parks which are frequented regularly.
10. How will the setting prepare and support my child to join school or to transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?
I have an admissions/settling-in policy which I follow for all new children attending my setting.
Initial meetings are with both the parent/s and child, this gives us the opportunity to meet each other and gets to know you both better; - this creates a good environment for future discussions.
Once a parent has decided they would like their child to come to my setting, we then discuss a flexible settling-in time-table in the weeks/days leading up to their start date.
On the first meeting I also give you a copy of my handbook which includes all my policies and apermission sheet which needs to besigned.
Most importantly the settling-in period gives your child opportunities to become familiar and comfortable with me caring for them and also for them to; meet other children in my care, my family members and to feel comfortable and confident in their new surroundings.
I would ask you and your child about their individual likes, dislikes, fears, needs and comforters.
For children moving onto a new early years setting or school the professionals from these services are welcome to call me to discuss your child, or to visit them here in my home, if they wish to with your written permission.
With your permission, the professionals can have access to your child's development folder.
11. How are the setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
In my service I can provide Government funded early year’s education places for eligible 2 year olds and also all 3 and 4 year olds. This is a maximum of 15 hours per term week. Additional funding can be claimed for children with special educational needs.
I will work with the family to identify and obtain other specialist equipment where required; linking in with professionals.
12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
The decision is made about how much and the type of support your child receives following discussions with you the parent and after observations and assessments that I undertake.
Also, where appropriate, the 2 year old check and end of term written evaluations, for children who have not started school yet.
An Individual Educational Plan will be devised for your child with your input. This is reviewed over a term to learn what impact the support has had on your child and what should be put into place next.
If further advice is required I will, with permission, seek advice from my Early Years co-ordinator.
13. How are parents involved in the early years setting? How can I be involved?
Parents will be continually consulted. As parents you will be kept up to date with your child's progress and care.
You will also have a daily diary which is for written 2-way communication between yourself and me.
The diary also contains photos which prompts communication between yourself and your child about their time in my care.
Joint working with parents is always mutually beneficial- especially for your child.
I have a working with parents policy in place.
14. Who can I contact for further information?
Further information and advice can be gained from your Health Visitor, local Children's Centre, Area Inclusion Team, Portage, Services for Young Children, Locality Team, Social
Services and Cumbria Services for Young Children.
I am always happy to discuss your child's development, progress or any concerns you might have. This can be face-to-face or via the telephone - whichever is more convenient for you.
I do not have a website for my service.
I can be contacted on 01946 65084
Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30 pm.
- Has Provision
- Has Provision
- Experience with
Specific Learning Difficulty
Moderate Learning Difficulty
- I am prepared to do any training to help with the care of your child.
- Has Provision
- Experience with
- Parents would need to provide meals for their child.
- Has Provision
- Immediate vacancies
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening Times & Facilities
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 0730 1730 Tuesday 0730 1730 Wednesday 0700 1800 Thursday 0700 1800 Friday 0700 1800
Cater for Special Diets
Meals / Refreshments
Near Public Transport
After School Care
Public Liability Insurance
Visit & Outings
- Offers pickups
- All Saints' CofE Primary School
- Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (5-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)