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Josephine Macklin's Childminding Service

I am a childminder, providing a home-based setting. My two sons and partner live with me. I have In and outdoor facilities and offer day trips and visit local groups.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jo Macklin
01962 275045 / 07879882460

Where to go

Josephine Macklin's Childminding Service
Accessible changing, Secure environment

Other Details


Age Ranges
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Local Offer

Local Offer
How does the setting/school/college 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?

When all the children first start attending my setting Parents are given an individual records form to fill in. This gives them the opportunity to tell me any concerns they may have and I should be aware of. We would discuss them and make further working together plans. Also talk about if any other professionals are involved and If I need to liaise with them. I talk with all parents at the beginning and end of each day and fill in a daily diary. As an early years education childminder I asses and observe all children continually in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) set out by the government. I record this in a learning journey for all my under 5 year olds. At the beginning of each Learning Journey I use the information I have observed, info from parents and other professionals to do an all about me section to give me starting points. I share learning journeys termly with parents and other professionals, most commonly Pre-Schools. All information is only shared with parents permission. If a child is within my care at the age of 2, I complete a 2 year old check which will highlight any concerns at this point. This will be shared parents and their health visitor if they wish.

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

Being a sole Childminder I work closely with all the children myself, supporting them whilst they are away from home, helping them to feel secure emotionally. This helps to build their self confidence, boost their self esteem whilst focusing on their strengths. I liaise and involve parents continuously. I support children by working closely with other professionals connected with the children in my care and follow advice. I use your child’s ongoing assessments and developments to support them.

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

I use the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum as a guide for each child’s development. I will plan for each session using your child’s interests to stimulate and encourage their participation. I consider the children’s strengths, needs and my observations to make starting points in my day to day planning. Activities will be tailored to meet your child’s developmental needs and are influenced by their individual next steps. My setting allows the children to explore and investigate confidently, both indoors and out and on outings including groups and wooden areas. Allowing the curriculum I follow to meet their needs.

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?

You will be kept informed continually about your child’s learning development and achievements through daily discussions and daily diaries. Also you will be able to read your child’s leaning journey termly and I will use this to inform you of their next steps. We can discuss ways of working together on supporting your child next steps at home and in my setting. My setting provides a varied selection of resources which your child will be able to access. These will be age appropriate and will support your child’s development. I can also be available to meet and chat more informally at a mutually convenient time.

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

Your child’s overall well being is paramount and I am responsible for every child’s safety and security, both emotionally and physically in my setting. Physically I aim to keep them safe from harm. I risk assess my setting and on outings constantly. I have simple house rules set out for the children. Some them made by themselves. I have completed a level 3 SafeGuarding course which is updated every three years. I am first aid trained which is also renewed every three years. Medication is stored as directed in it’s original container and my first aid kit is kept out of reach but easily accessed. I keep medication and accident/incident records which are signed by myself and parents. I have a behaviour policy in place and aim to support and enhance each child’s self confidence and self esteem. Positive behaviour is re-enforced and encouraged using praise. I have a range of policies set in place including equal opportunities, child protection/safeguarding, health and safety, accident/incident, sick child/illness, safety on outings and Internet. All these policies are reviewed yearly. Written permission is sought for outings and use of a camera when your child join’s my setting. Everyone over the age of 16 in my household has a DBS check.

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

have previously worked with other professionals including paediatricians, occupational therapists, and am continuously working with speech therapists and pre-school staff. I follow professional advice from all professions to assist your child with their progress. I have experience mainly with speech delay, global delay and Sensory processing disorder. I have a strong network of childminding colleagues who have also have experience and a range of expertise. We all run a support group every other Monday. I can access further expertise from my Prospects Co-ordinator, the local authority or seek advice from other professionals.

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

Training is undertaken regularly to ensure necessary knowledge and to enhance my professional development when the need arrises. Most of my training is SafeGuarding associated and I look to further my send qualifications over the next few years. I am First Aid trained and have a Level 3 Safeguarding qualification. I have a Diploma in Home Based Child Care (equivalent NVQ level 3 in Childcare).

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

>As a childminder I plan all my activities to include all the children within my care, inside and out. All outings are risk assessed and take into consideration all the children needs and requirements. I welcome all input and feedback from parents.

How accessible is the setting/school/college environment?

I work from my Semi Detached house in Winchester. Unfortunately I have two steps into the front of my property and one at the rear entrance. I also have a two step leading up to my back garden lawn. I do have a side gate entrance if tackling only one step is ok but overall I do not have wheel chair access. The ground floor and back garden are used for childminding. My toilet facilities are are upstairs. Bedrooms are used for napping and one of these the older children can access more toys and play in on occasion. My garden is enclosed and secure at all times. I am close to several parks and play groups. I am mostly associated with All Saints C of E Primary school in Highcliffe even though I live on the other side of Winchester in Weeke.

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?

All new parents and children have will have the opportunity to meet me and my home at least twice. Sometimes I might visit you at your home too. This time will be used to get to know me, everything about my service and see my home. I give all the new children that attend my setting the opportunity to have settling sessions before they start. Depending on the child this is not always necessary. I provide parents with an individual needs form to help me get to know the children’s needs and requirements prior to them attending. When the children join pre school I work with staff to help the child settle in and develop. I also do transition activities with the children when joining pre-school and moving on to Primary School. Teachers and other professionals are always welcome to visit my setting or talk to me over the phone if meeting is inconvenient. With your permission these professionals can have access to your child’s Learning Journey.

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

I provide Government funded early years education places for eligible 2 years olds and all 3 and 4 years olds (EYE Provider). Additional funding can be claimed for children with special educational needs (SEN).

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

Decisions on how much support your child may need will be discussed with you the parent. I will observe and make a decision on wether your child will benefit from extra support with the additional information form the 2 year old check when necessary. End term evaluations will also be included in this decision. If further advice is required I will with your permission seek advice from my Prospects Co-Ordinator.

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

I keep parents consulted whenever possible and keep them up to date with their child’s care and progress. You will also have a daily diary which offers written two way communication between yourself and me. I ask all parents to work with me on their child’s learning and development. Working with parents is always beneficial for the parents, myself and especially for you child.

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