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Louise Stiff

OFSTED registered childminder providing high quality care for your child in a home-from-home environment. 


We live in a quiet group of houses between St. Mary's Platt and Crouch, just outside Plaxtol and Borough Green, in a spacious four bedroom house with plenty of room for the children to play together inside or outside, or have their own space.


The children enjoy reading, playing, writing, drawing, cooking and lots more. We have a room which is used for nap time. Outside, we have a large enclosed garden where the children are able to do lots of activities and games, and play with the outdoor toys.


We provide childcare for children from birth to 11 years old. We also provide school pick-up and drop-off service to and from Plaxtol Primary School and Plaxtol Nursery School.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Louise Stiff
Contact Position
Childminder
Website
https://www.highwealdchildminding.co.uk

Where to go

Address
21
Long Mill Lane
Platt
Sevenoaks
Kent
Postcode
TN15 8QJ
Notes

We are fortunate to live in the woods.  We use it as a fun place to walk and play.  There is plenty of wildlife and nature to spot along the way!  

We have a private field behind our house, where we are able to picnic and play sports such as football.  We also have horses at the end of our road, which we visit on a regular basis. 

We also go on plenty of day trips to playgrounds, playgroups and nearby places such as: Great Comp Garden, Cobtree Manor Park, Ightham Mote, Haysden Country Park, Sevenoaks Wildlife Centre, Trottiscliffe Country Park and Knole. 

In summer, we go strawberry picking at Stonepitts, and in winter, we visit soft play at Buzy Bees in New Ash Green.

When is it on?

Carescheme Age Range:
0 year(s), 0 month(s) to 11 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 7 7
Tuesday 7 7
Thursday 7 7
Friday 7 7
Other Availability
Term time only, unless via prior arrangement. Overnight also available on request.

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
7.50 Per hour
ECD Type
Childminder
Offers pickups
Yes
Schools covered
Plaxtol Primary School
Details
We collect from Plaxtol Primary School and Plaxtol Nursery School.
Cost(s)
Cost details
Plus £1 for breakfast
£1.50 for lunch and £2.50 for dinner. Childcare Vouchers and Tax Free Childcare are accepted.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Vacancies Details
Please see website for details of vacancies.
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 6
5 8 6
Immediate vacancies?
No
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
No
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
19/10/2020
Facilities
Cot Room, Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toddler Groups, Dressing Up, Outdoor Activities, Parent and Toddler Group, Parks/playgrounds, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Help With Homework, Baby Group, Healthy Living, Reading, Refreshments, Sign Language / Makaton, Kitchen, Car Parking, Songs, Sleeping Area, Library Visits, Stories, Life Skills
Languages Spoken:
English
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
2494604
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
13/09/2021Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
Yes

Local Offer

Special Needs Support

On admission, we ask you to complete an "All about me" form which gives us a chance to get to know your child and their particular strengths or areas where they may need extra support. We ask about your child's interests at home so that this can inform our planning. When your child first starts we assess their starting points in line with a document called Development Matters.

The completion of the Progress Check at 2 is a statutory assessment and this may be a time when any delay in development can be discussed and appropriate next steps identified. The next step may involve targeting a specific area of development, such as social skills or managing behaviour, to plan in additional opportunities for your child to gain further experience in this area. We would share and work on this together, in partnership, to ensure the best for your child.

We have daily contact when we handover at the start/end of each day.  With your consent, photographs will be shared via a WhatsApp group for each child. This group will also be used to share observations on how your child is developing, and targeted plans and next steps to help them develop further.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is an educational framework which allows key persons to plan for your 'unique child'. We observe, assess and plan for your child in three prime areas and four specific areas. The prime areas are Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development, and Physical Development and the specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Our teaching starts with planning for the environment to improve the conditions that will enable children to listen and attend and give full involvement to their learning. Our setting has different areas, which can be used for different things, and set up in different ways. This enables us to have areas which provide calm, and areas which are more lively. We live in the middle of the woods and have a large garden, so we have plenty of space to roam and explore. We also have lots of resources, to help teach children in different ways, depending on their needs.

Our setting's SEND policy can be found on our website and set out the graduated approach we use to support children.

If your child is making insufficient progress through a targeted plan, we may discuss with you the need to refer to other services, such as speech and language therapy. If your child begins to receive support from the outside agencies, the targeted plan would be changed to a personalised plan.

Your consent is required in order for a referral to be made to the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service through the Local Inclusion Team Forum (LIFT) meeting which is held six times a year. If the referral is accepted, a specialist teacher would then visit your child to provide additional advice and guidance and may make further referrals to other services and would support your child's transition to school. At all stages you would be consulted.

We pride ourselves on our partnership with parents and carers. We guide, monitor and support the physical and emotional development of all children in our care, and this is especially important when children have special or additional educational needs.

We track, observe and record developments in your child's abilities on a daily basis, and formally assess and identify next steps and targeted areas of development three times a year.

We then also complete a formal progress check at age two.  This is a statutory requirement and is important to give us the opportunity to discuss your child's progress from their starting points since joining us, and identify if your child needs additional help in any areas of their development.

We regularly go on outings and ensure any planned activities ar suitable and adapted to meet your child's needs. When new children join, we revise our health and safety risk assessment to take account of any new conditions that may cause children to be at risk.

We only use ground floor facilities at our setting, and have one very tiny step at both entrances, both of which are easily navigable in a wheelchair.

We use development matters to track the children's development, to make sure they are developing in all the areas, and ensure we are able to hand over details of next steps or areas of where they need specialist support. We provide parents with school readiness checklists, and work on independence and skills such as getting dressed, putting on shoes and doing up buttons. We also do lots of transition activities such as reading books about going to school and watching episodes of time for school together and chatting about them, to alleviate any concerns the child might have and familiarise them with what will be happening.

We take part in regular self, parent and child evaluation, to identify any areas where we could improve further.

Please contact Louise Stiff via our website www.highwealdchildminding.co.uk.

We ask for regular feedback from parents and carers. To provide feedback on care, including compliments and complaints, please use the form at the bottom of this page: www.highwealdchildminding.co.uk/policies.

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