Childcare at Homing Cottage

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 the early years foundation stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (Statutory Framework 2014) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age of 5.

The framework sets out the requirements for all childcare settings in learning, development and care.

There are 7 Areas of Learning and Development; 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas.

When working with the youngest children I will focus strongly on the 3 PRIME areas of Personal, social and emotional development, Physical development, and Communication and Language. These are the basis for successful learning in the other four SPECIFIC areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world, and Expressive Arts and Design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities.

A EYFS 2 Year Progress Check has been introduced as a statutory requirement for all childcare providers. A summary of your child’s development in the 3 PRIME areas must be undertaken when your child is aged between 24-36 months.

Where can you go for further information?

The most important place to find out more is your child’s childminder (or other childcare provider) – do ask as many questions as you need to. I really do welcome speaking with you. You may want to find out what is on offer at your local children’s centre.

 You can find the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes the early learning goals at The foundation years website also includes a range of resources and contacts.

















NAME: Sara Johnson

DATE:  31/08/2014 amended 28/04/2016 





1. How does the early years setting know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?

When children first start here I will assess their starting point in order to plan for their progress in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). As part of my usual practice I monitor and make observations of children at play and at other times, and I carry out a development check called the 2 Year Progress Check and share this with parents. If these assessment highlight any concerns, or you feel your child is not progressing well we will have a chat and decide how best to support your child. I regularly share with parents a summary of progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and hold informal chats at the start of and end of each session.

I welcome parents sharing reports from health care professionals, such as health visitors, speech and language therapists in order that I can plan appropriately to meet children's needs. Inclusion support is available from Early Childhood Services. Parents’ permission is always sought before seeking advice.


2. How will the early years setting staff support my child?

When your child starts here they will be offered introductory sessions when parents are invited to stay too. These sessions are intended to be a gentle introduction into the setting to get to know me, the other children and their new environment. You will be asked to complete a Child Information form and a Celebrating Me profile about your child’s strengths and needs, and you will be able to discuss any concerns or requirements your child may have.

I am the key person for the children who attend, this means that I am always available to your child and ensure I support your child to reach their full potential. You will be invited to share your unique knowledge of your child and add regular comments about the experiences your child has at home which will be incorporated into their learning here.


3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

Children develop at their own rates, and in their own ways and have their own individual needs. I plan activities and experiences that will follow your child's interests and build on the skills they have. They will have a Learning Journal; this will contain written observations, photographs and samples of your child’s work to support assessment and planning to help your child progress to their next steps in learning. Parents contribute to the planning by letting me know about their child's new skills or new interests at home.  I will make sure that the environment, routines and activities support your child’s needs.


4. How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

I use observation during play and other activities and assess children's progress. All this is contained in the child's Learning Journal which parents and children can see at any time. If a child is not making progress I would talk to the parents and seek advice from other professionals or the local Children's and Families Centre. Parents would be fully involved.


5. What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

I support children's emotional well-being by ensuring I am always available to them. I provide a good role model by being kind, caring, polite and fair, and promote positive behaviour by being consistent and sensitive. I actively promote good health through a variety of methods, including healthy eating and exercise and sun safety, in a clean and safe environment.  I hold a Paediatric First Aid certificate and have Health and Safety training. I carry out daily safety checks, and regular Risk Assessments. House rules are in place to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone. Children are protected by clear Policies & procedures.


6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years


I can seek support via the West Sussex Early Childhood Services, or access information via the Family Information Service. I have links with our local Children’s Centre and can sign post parents to support which is available through there, for example drop in Speech and Language sessions, health visitors etc.


7. What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?

I regularly undertake training to improve my knowledge and I am happy to undertake any relevant training for specific children in my care.


8. How will my child be included in activities outside the early years setting including trips?

Outings are usually within the local area as I do not drive. When considering an outing I take into account how many children are present, their individual needs such as dietary requirements, and how I can transport the children (ie which pushchair is needed).  Outings are risk assessed before undertaken.


9. How accessible is the early years setting environment? (Indoors and outdoors)

Homing Cottage is an old cottage on the edge of the village of Yapton. Access to the building is via a number of steep steps and via a narrow entrance to the front door. The doors are narrow and would not accommodate a wheelchair. The environment has been arranged to be as inclusive and accessible as practicably possible, accepting the limitations imposed by the age of the premises. Childcare takes place on the ground floor of the premises. There are toilet facilities on ground floor which are off the playroom. The kitchen is on two levels with a large step down to the rest of the house. Access to a garden which is mainly on one level with a small step from the patio to the grassed area is via the playroom.


10. How will the early years setting prepare and support my child to join the early years

setting, transfer to a new setting / school?

Families are invited to attend introductory sessions once they have visited and decide they would like to send their child here. I gather as much information as possible to ensure a smooth transition and continue to engage with parents throughout their child's time here. My setting is primarily suited to the 0-3 age range. When children move on to pre-school/nursery I work with the new setting and exchange useful information to ensure a smooth transition.


11. How are the early years setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special

educational needs?

I provide funded early years education places for eligible 2 year olds, and 3 & 4 year olds.


12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

I observe and assess children's progress and use other methods such as the 2 Year old Progress check. From these findings and in partnership with the parent I would seek further support via Early Childhood Services or other agencies.


13. How are parents involved in the early years setting? How can I be involved?

Parents are involved in their child's learning from the start. I ask parents to tell me about their child's skills and interests, to contribute ideas and have regular discussions about their child's learning and development. I use Daily Diaries and produce monthly Newsletters and have a Partnership Working with Parents Policy. 


14. Who can I contact for further information?

I am available to discuss your child’s needs, progress or concerns you may have, face to face or by telephone if you would prefer on 01243 552293.

I have a web site

The West Sussex Family Information Service, the Local Children’s Centre, Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists, Portage would be able to provide advice and information.

The Local Authority’s Local Offer can be found on the West Sussex County Council Family Information Service website.