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Smith, Andree Vanessa


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02392 617998

Where to go

Accessible changing, Secure environment

Childcare Information


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Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement

Ofsted Information

Ofsted Inspection Report
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Inspection history
Latest Inspection
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
27/01/2020Inspection (Early Years Register)Good



Age Ranges
5 to 8 years, 0 to 5 years

Time / Date Details

Session Information
4 Hours or More Per Day
45 Weeks or More Per Year
5 Days or More Per Week
All year round
Weekday All Day

Local Offer

Local Offer
How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

At Hillside Tots we liaise closely with parents/carers to support each child on their journey, working closely with professionals when required. We aim to build self-confidence, self-esteem and to help each child feel secure both emotionally and physically. We do on-going assessments to develop and build on each child's interests and strengths.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Each child is unique and to that we allow them to explore and investigate ,indoors and out, and on excursions, using a rich environment and activities to stimulate and keep the child's interest. We do constant observations and on-going assessments which highlight areas of development that need to be focused on and planning next steps too.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

We liaise closely with parents/carers and they are keep informed of progress and achievements through daily diaries, leaning journals and meetings. Each child is an individual and treated as such. If we have any concerns we can speak to our PACEY co-ordinator, the local authority or seek advice from other professionals. We also have a range of resources which the child and parent / carer can access

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

Our main concern for each child is to ensure they are kept safe and secure, both emotionally and physically .Hillside Tots is an inclusive setting and risk-assessed before each session for safety. * The children helped write house rules. * Policies are renewed annually and we do on-going training. * All adults in the house are CRB checked. * We both have level4 in paediatric First Aid and in Safeguarding. Hazardous chemicals and medication are all kept locked away.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

We have previously worked with professionals (i.e. speech therapists, social workers, paediatricians) to support children with various needs and have in our care at present a child with Autism. We have a strong network of support from other child minders as well as from our PACEY coordinator and the Local Authority SFYC.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

We both do regular and on-going training to help enhance our professional development. We are always happy to work closely with parents/carers and other professionals to support children with additional needs. We have recently attended several Autism Awareness courses, behaviour management, Attachment Theory Disability Awareness to name a few. We are both level 3 in Childcare, have Level 4 Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid trained.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

>Hillside Tots is an inclusive setting and when planning any outings or activities we always welcome parents input. Each child's needs are always accounted for, following our inclusion policy. A risk assessment is always done prior to any outing to check each child's needs are met.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

The setting is run from home. We have 2 steps to the front door and unfortunately it isn’t suitable for wheelchairs. Downstairs is roomy and accessible with a downstairs toilet and wash basin. The back garden is level and fairly enclosed and great for outdoor play. We are close to several parks and shops.

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

We have a Settling In policy where the children have a few sessions before they start giving the child time to settle before parents decide to leave them. This helps both parents/carers and the child to get to know us too. And us them. Also, they are given a portfolio to fill in-'About Me' which includes lots of details about the child including likes/dislikes, fears, needs and comforters. When the time comes to start school, the teachers often visit us so the teacher can see them in home environment.

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

We provide Government funded spaces for 3-4year olds and some 2 year olds. We work closely with families to identify any needs and get any specialist equipment available.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

We do on-going observations and assessments and an Individual Learning Plan will be devised between us all. This will be reviewed at the end of term to see how the support has helped and what extra input is required and decide on next steps.

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

Parents are always kept involved and kept informed with the use of Daily Diaries and regular meetings to discuss development. We like to extend activites around their interests and through play so it is important for us to work together to do this.

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