After the birth of my daughter, I realised a long-term ambition of creating an individual home daycare service providing a flexible service for parents.
So, having spent many years working in hospitality marketing working with big people, I’ve now turned my attention to small ones!
As a working parent I understand many of the problems associated with daycare and hope that the services I provide avoid some of the difficulties normally encountered.
My aim is to help children build a foundation for life – by developing confidence, inquisitive and enquiring minds and good social skills. I continually encourage children to stop and ask “why?” and to reason the answers out for themselves under my guidance.
The emphasis is on fun and learning through play and a wide variety of activities in a number of fully-equipped inside and outside environments following the EYFS.
I have been inspected by OFSTED (2009) and received a ‘good’ accreditation. I am a member of the National Childminders Association (NCMA) and am fully-insured.
I have been childminding now for nearly 6 years and not only have the respect of the community but also fellow childminders and enjoy the job immensely.
I am under the ‘Quality Assurance Scheme’ and I am also an accredited childminder. To become accredited, you must:
- be on an approved childminding network
- have a level 3 qualification in childcare
- receive a ‘Good’ or higher grade from Ofsted
- complete a self evaluation for the early years education practice
- complete an Early Learning Goals schedule which shows an understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
- complete lots of paperwork to show understanding of child development
- be able to plan activities incorporating all 7 areas of learning which build on the needs, interests and goals of the individual child
- have an understanding of the Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs
- have the children’s learning journeys checked by a Foundation Stage Consultant to ensure planning and observations meet Government requirements
- sign contracts with the Council agreeing to comply with all requirements of the Government’s Office for Standards in Education Children’s Services & Skills
- understand the legal commitment of being an accredited childminder
As an accredited childminder, I am able to obtain Government funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds to provide early education in place of a preschool, nursery or playgroup. However, you can split the free entitlement between two providers if you want.
What This Means For You
The term after your child turns 3, you will be entitled to “free entitlement” of 15 hours a week (term-time) or 12 hours a week (all year) if you keep your child with me for their early education.
|If your child is born between:||They are eligible for a free place from:|
|1st April and 31st August||1st September following their third birthday or the beginning of the autumn* school term|
|1st September and 31st December||1st January following their third birthday or the beginning of the spring* school term|
|1st January and 31st March||1st April following their third birthday or the beginning of the summer* school term|
* Based on a three-term school year
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to free early years education of 570 hours taken over a minimum of 38 weeks (term time only) or maximum of 47 weeks (over the whole year). I have elected to offer flexible free early years provision which means you, as the parent, choose the sessions.
I am also able to accept funding of 10 hours a week for 2 year olds, however there is specific criteria which needs to be met before 2 year funding is agreed.
Free entitlement is for early education only and does not include the cost of food or outings.
Information taken from http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/See more