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How do Local services meet the needs of infants and their parent/carer?

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Task 2 How do Local services meet the needs of infants and their parent/carer. 17th March 2011 Early years When a parent is looking for child care locally, there are many services provided for early years. In the Falmouth and Penryn area there are crèches, child minders, day nurseries and pre – schools. There are also lots of toddler groups and drop in centre’s to visit where your child’s PIES needs can be met. Child minders - In Penryn and Falmouth there are many child minders who specialize with early years, they are ofsted registered whom work from their own home as responsible carers. Child minders are self-employed and therefore are a private service. They care for a Childs PIES needs and make sure they are involved with other children by visiting the lighthouse centre, the park children’s centre, toddler groups and toy libraries. They take children out on walks and keep them active by giving them a variety of play equipment in the garden. At snack and lunch time, child minders will normally ask for a lunch box from home so the child gets the appropriate foods for their personal dietary needs. If a child needs to sleep in the day, a child minder will have a quiet room with a cot for child. ...read more.


At many of these different sessions there are many other children to mix and play with, some may be new faces or they may even be people that attend regularly. Toddler Groups- Some early year?s services are voluntary; these are usually toddler groups who are run by child minders or parents, these groups involve story time, singing, soft play, role play and craft. People who come along to these sessions usually pay a small fee each week to provide new toys etc for the children. However these toddler groups are informal. There are many toddler groups around: 1. Budock toddler group 2. Mylor toddler group 3. Acorns toddler group 4. Charlie?s Angels, Falmouth 5. Constantine toddler group They have lots of play equipment including slides and trampolines to keep a child active and they usually provide a healthy snack for each child. Parents bring their child so they can not only give the child the chance be around other children of the same age but so the parent themselves can talk to other parents for support on anything they may be finding difficult for example, A child which is unsettled at night. Monkey Music- Some parents may be a full time mum, and are looking for different things to do with their child, monkey music is a great way for a child to socialize with others and learn more about music. ...read more.


Usually when a child is first born, they are born here and they care for your baby, by washing and checking their health status. The midwifes at the hospital will inform a parent on how to wash, feed and change their baby. They will also answer and questions that may be asked. When a mother first gives birth they are very emotional and staff at the hospital do everything to make a parent feel happy. For example if a mother has another worries about their baby they will try to comfort them. Social Care- Many of the above early years services also include social care, as they all give a child the best opportunities to socialize with other children. Social care is a main impact in a childs life because without this they will grow up lonely and shy. Foster Carer?s Network- They are a group of 18 foster carers which work together as representatives of Cornwall Fostering service to improve the welfare of children. They work together to give children the best they can, with a roof to sleep under, food and make sure their healthy and hygienic. Intellectually, they try the best they can to get children to attend school or home tutors. As a foster carer, they are trying to provide the support, love and care that a parent would give. Although as a carer they do not want a child to be out on the street but they would advise clubs e.g. youth groups. ...read more.

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