Mrs Wendy Joan Johnston

I deliver funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, please contact me for further information.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Wendy Johnston
01670 351616
07889 955496

Where to go

Plessey Road
NE24 3QY

When is it on?

Session Information
Monday 07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 19:00
Thursday 07:00 - 19:00
Friday 07:00 - 19:00

Other details

Age Range
From 0 years to 16 years
View Mrs Wendy Joan Johnston's latest Ofsted Report here

Local Offer

Local Offer Description
  1. What does your service do?

What is the key purpose of your service and how does it contribute to better

outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and

disabilities and their families? What are the typical activities that you do?

Do you have any limitations on the amount of time your service will support

a child or young person? Do you provide any on-going support?

 We are OFSTED Registered Childminders who provide Day Care for Children and Young People including children with special educational needs and disabilities. We deliver the Early Years foundation Stage for children aged from birth to 5 and promote an inclusive practice in which children can learn through play and exploration. We value and respect all children and their families and work effectively to promote their learning and development needs by working together to create the best possible outcomes for your child. We create individual plans to suit their interests which are tailored to their age and stage of development. We carry out regular observations of the children and share any developmental concerns with parents and other Childcare professionals in order to make sure your child receives any additional support they may require in order to reach their full potential.

The activities we do reflect the interests and culture of the child and we plan to include everyone regardless of their age, culture, disability or gender.

The children all have access to a secure outdoor play area in order to support their physical development. Activities are planned with everyone and adapted to ensure everyone is included and treated equally. We have water and sand play with moulds for making shapes and jugs and a water wheel for exploration and developing critical thinking. We have resources for children who are left handed and chunky soft grip resources for children with disabilities.

We provide sensory play activities and have fiddle toys for children with autism, sensory lights and toys with interactive buttons and sound books.

We celebrate different festivals and plan activities for Chinese New Year, Dwali, Hanukkah, Easter and Christmas. 

 2. Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

 Where are your main locations and do you work across the whole local

authority area? Are there any differences in your offer in different parts of

the local authority area?

 We are located in Blyth Northumberland, and work across the whole local Authority area. We offer a pick up and drop off service for our service users who have no transport or who find it difficult to transport a child who may require a large amount of equipment.

 3. Who does your service provide for?

 What types of need and age ranges do you cover? What are the eligibility

criteria to use your service?

 We cover all ages and all children are included, everyone is treated equally and no one is discriminated against because of age, ability, race or gender.

We are registered providers for the two,three and four year old free entitlement and work with Family Support and Placement and  the Disabled Childrens Forum to provide care for children with disabilities and special educational needs.

4. How can I start using the service?

 I can make direct contact myself or would there need to be a referral from

someone else and if so, who? Do you charge for the service and if so, what

are the costs? Can I use my personal budget to pay for the service or to add

to the service? Are there any waiting lists and if so, how long are they?

 Children are referred through Family Support and Placement and the disabled Childrens Forum. You can make direct contact or make contact through your social worker. We have a limited amount of spaces.You can use your personal budget to add to the service.

 5. How are decisions made about who can use your service?

 How are these decisions made and who makes them? How will I know the

reasons behind their decisions? How will you help me understand them?

We decide what the best outcome for your child will be and if we need to make any adaptions in order to meet your childs needs. No child is discriminated against and we will work with you and any other professionals involved in your childs care in order to reach the best possible outcome for you and your child. We will work with you and help you understand anything which is not clear.

 6. How do you communicate with service users and how are they

Involved in decision making/planning?

 What are your usual methods of seeking the views of service users? Do you

use any specialist communication system eg signing? What leaflets and

information do you have? How does the service communicate with parent

carers whose first language is not English? How will I know how well my

child or young person is doing? Do you offer any parent training or learning


 We will regularly update you on your child’s progress and discuss any concerns as well as areas your child is doing well in. We use learning journals to show how well your child is progressing and use photographs showing them involved in activities. We will communicate with parents whose first language is not English and use methods such as an interpreter or a relative of theirs who can explain things clearly in order to communicate effectively.

We have policies and procedures which can help the parents understand the setting, issue newsletters with planned events and have a notice board and information leaflets.

We do not offer parent training, however, we can provide information on people who can give advice on training for parents.

 7. Is your service fully accessible?

 Is the building fully wheelchair accessible? Have there been improvements

in the auditory and visual environment? Are there disabled changing and

toilet facilities? Do you have a changing places facility? What support is

there for a child with additional needs in general areas eg waiting rooms?

How will my child or young person be able to access all of the activities of

the service and how will you assist him or her

 We are a home based childcare service and we have wheelchair access so that all children can be included in our setting. We do not have a downstairs toilet or private facilities for changing, however we will provide a private quiet area for your child to carry out self-care duties or administer medication in order to promote their self-confidence and preserve their dignity. We will clarify what level of assistance they will require and have a care plan in order to make sure this is implemented and evaluated.

  8. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with

SEND had or are having?

 This should include recent and future planned training and disability

awareness. Are there any specialist staff? Do any other services work closely

with yours?

 We work closely with other Health Care Professionals involved in your child/young persons care such as Health visitors, Occupational Health, Portage, Children’s Services and Schools.


City and guilds Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young Peoples workforce : Social Care Pathway

BTEC Level 3 Award in signing with Babies and young Children QCF

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Home Based Child Care

CWDC Support and Development Standards  for Short Break Carers

Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene ( Catering )

Child Protection and safeguarding Mandatory Training

Fire Safety and Evacuation

Children and Young Peoples Development in Health and Social care Settings

Safeguarding Children from Abuse by Sexual Exploitation V2

An awareness of Domestic violence including the impact on Children and Young people V2

Short Breaks for disabled Children

Common core of skills and Knowledge V3

Emergency First Aid at work and Paediatric First Aid

Parental Mental Health

Hidden Harm

Awareness of child abuse and Neglect V4

Northumberland sponsored Day Care Preparation Course

Understanding and Managing challenging Behaviour

 9. Who can I contact for further information?

 Who would be my first point of contact if I want to discuss something about

my child/young person? Who else has a role in my child’s/young person

support? Who can I talk to if I am worried? Who should I contact if I am

considering whether child/young person would benefit from the service?

 Contact myself regarding your child/Young person and I will do my best to clearly answer your questions or find a qualified professional who can advise you further. You can be assured that any conversation we have or any records I hold will be kept confidential and only shared with relevant professionals on a need to know basis. All records are kept in a locked filing cabinet and I am registered with the Date Protection Agency.





Contact Name
Wendy Johnston
Contact Telephone
01670 351616
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Early Years (0-4 years)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type

Last updated on: 13/02/2020

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