I have been working in childcare since 2008 and became an Ofsted registered childminder in September 2015. I had my first Ofsted graded inspection in November 2017 and achieved a 'good'.
I live in the village of Wyverstone, close to Stowmarket. We are in a rural environment and I am lucky that I have a large garden and ample off-road parking. I love being outside and we have free-play between the indoors and the outside as much as possible. I pride myself on offering a home from home service and want you and the children to feel comfortable and welcome.
During the day we play, investigate, explore and learn. I take the children on trips, we use water, sand, playdough, glue, glitter and paint and make lots of things to show you. There are opportunities to dress up, sing songs, build models, make a mess and generally have fun whilst the children don’t even realise they’re learning!
During the holidays and after school I plan activities that the older children can join in with too but I also have resources, toys and equipment specifically for the over 8’s. Of course, they will be able to join in with the younger children but we can do lots more too. Some of the activities that I can offer that are more suited to the over 8’s include; hama beads, lego, glass painting, baking, badminton, games on the Wii, gel pens, paper mache and magnetix. I strongly believe in involving the older children with making decisions and letting them lead the play so pre-planned activities for them will be kept to a minimum and we can plan the day together to suit their needs and interests.
I have experience of working with children from 3 months to 14 years and I have completed the compulsory First Aid and Safeguarding training. I am qualified as a Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator and have attended many other training courses including; Food Hygiene, Makaton, Autism Awareness, Physical Development, Food Allergies, Keeping Children Safe Online and Advanced Practice in Working with Babies. I completed my Foundation Degree in Early Years in 2017. I have my level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice and I completed the Home Based Childcare level 3 course in July 2015.