Estelle Clarke

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Chirpy Chick's Childcare Services is run from a family home setting in Calcot. The children have a playroom, family dinning room, an under cover outside area and garden to play in.  They are also welcome to take toys into the 'home' room where quieter activities are played and they can rest.

Babies and toddlers attend groups enabling them to socialise and play with a variety toys and meet other children on a weekly basis. All children go to the park most days making good use of the facilities and natural spaces in our surrounding area. This enables the children to feel a sense of belonging to the community through meeting familiar faces regularly in shared places of interest.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Estelle Clarke - Chirpy Chick's Childcare
Contact Position
Childminder
Telephone
07825518491
E-mail
estelleclarke@live.com

Where to go

Address
Calcot
Reading
Postcode
RG31

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5
Details
£5 per hour between 8 am and 6 pm. £7 per hour before or after these times.

Inclusion Information

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes
Details
Children with special dietary needs will need to be discussed individually.

Childcare Information

Vacancies

Immediate vacancies
Details
Vacancies available from September 2019. Spaces available will vary depending on age of child and those already at Chirpy Chicks.
Date updated
24/05/2019
Vacancy range(s)
Vacancy range(s)
PlacesStart AgeEnd Age
1 0 1
1 1 4
1 5 7
1 8 +

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Are you intending to provide 30 Hours?
Yes
Are you registered to provide 30 Hours?
Yes
30 Hour Partner Summary
Calcot Nursery School

Waiting List

Do you have a waiting list?
No

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07.00 18.00
Tuesday 07.00 18.00
Wednesday 07.00 18.00
Thursday 07.00 18.00

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Schools
Calcot Infant & Nursery School
Calcot Junior School

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY501631
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
29/06/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Description

Chirpy Chick's Childcare Services is run from a family home setting in Calcot. The children have a playroom, family dinning room, an under cover outside area and garden to play in.  They are also welcome to take toys into the 'home' room where quieter activities are played and they can rest.

Babies and toddlers attend groups enabling them to socialise and play with a variety toys and meet other children on a weekly basis. All children children go to the park most days making good use of the facilities and natural spaces in our surrounding area. This enables the children to feel a sense of belonging to the community through meeting familiar faces regularly in shared places of interest.

SEN Provision Type
Medical, Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Physical Disability, Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Visual Impairment
Local Offer Age Bands
0 to 1
1 to 4
5 to 7
7 to 11
Needs Level
Low

Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings

1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?

Chirpy Chicks treats all children as individuals and teaches the children that we are all unique and to respect the differences of eachother.  

Children who have additional emotional, learning or physical needs may require support or extra time to adjust within the setting.  I ask parents to give me as much information as possible from the outset so I can work with them in partnership in caring for their child.    

 

2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?

Early Years children have a learning journal which gives a brief description of what they did that day and notes suggesting activities to do to support their learning.  It also shows what area of learning the activities cover. 

Parents are given a detailed diary of what their child has done during the day including feeding, sleeping and toileting.

3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?

Each child is observed after a few weeks and a starting point for their learning is agreed with the parents.  This is done following The Development Matters document which gives an expected achievement age range for a child's development. From this starting point we can track the child's development together.  Activities will be planned tailored to your child's learning so they can engage and explore at the right level, giving them a sense of achievement.  Lots of open ended play activities will provide opportunities for learning across all areas of learning incorporating topics suggested by the EYFS and areas of interest to the child. 

4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?

As a childminder I consider the individual need of all children. Children with additional needs will be no different from those who are considered not to have 'additional' needs.  

Some children may need more one to one time than others.  If this is the case I may need to work with a partner to provide quality care for all children.  At the moment I do not do this but would consider it if the need arises.  In a questionnaire all current parents are aware that this may need to happen should my numbers increase or the needs of the children necessitate greater adult supervision. 

I have worked with children with learning difficulties and those with physical differences in the past.  Each of these have presented very different ways in working and cannot be assumed to work for every child.  Each child is considered as an individual and partnership with parents is the best course in supporting the child through their learning development needs.

5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?

It may be necessary for me to attend a course in order to care for a child with specific additional needs.  As a small home-based setting I can only do this for children who attend Chirpy Chicks as not all courses would be suitable for all children with additional needs.

 

6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?

Following the initial starting points children are observed and areas of achievement are noted.  Parents are informed within the daily diaries of achievements made when they happen.  Each term a new updated progress form is created so you can see where children have achieved their next goals and see what their next steps would be.

7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?

Each child becomes part of our Chirpy Chick family.  We help each other, we listen to each other and respect all of our differences.  

If I need extra adults to support me on trips I will arrange for this. The extra support needed for children with additonal needs will depend on the needs of the child.  This would be decided upon doing the Risk Assessment of the outing or activity.

8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?

Unfortunately, the building does not have a ramp or wide doorways so it would be difficult for a child with a wheelchair to access the building.

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?

Usualy children who will be attending a new school or setting will have visits before they start.  

If I do not have any other children within my care and I am able to do so, I can take your child to their visits.

Within the Chirpy Chicks setting my aim is to support your child t become 'school ready'.  This means that I will be encouraging them to become independent, teaching them personal, social and emotional skills to prepare them for school life.

10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?

I would assess the effectiveness of Chirpy Chicks by asking parents to complete a questionnaire.

A questionnaire has gone out to all current parents asking them specific questions and asking for their suggestions. 

All questionnaires were returned to me and all were happy with the service. 

11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?

Should you wish to discuss your childcare needs with a view to registering your child with me then please contact me on 07825518491 to arrange a visit.  I will be happy to meet you answer any questions you have with no obligation to you using my services.  

Good luck with finding the right childcare for your child. 

 

12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?

You can use the box provided on the daily diary sheet.  Alternatively you can speak with me, send an email or use the Baby's Days database which all parents have access to.

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