I am a Childminder who works with my assistants (co-workers) to provide an encouraging, fun, relaxed and homely environment for children in our care.
Our ratio is basically half that of nurseries or playgroups being 1 key worker to 3 rather than 1:6. We work as a team with 2 or 3 staff. Our cost is £5 an hour and hours are flexible for parents. We are able to offer funded places. We have outings and go to groups that cost extra (see cost sheet) and work flexibly with parents whenever possible.
We have a large log cabin in the garden which we have as our main play room. In the garden we have a sheltered area for outdoor messy play, a muddy kitchen with a mud pit, fruit garden with a wormery the children can see inside as it has a plastic viewing area. Climbing frames, ride alongs, stage area, loose play area and a child safe trampoline (It is recomended children under 6 do not go on trampolines, but when I went to a childrens party and 4 or more children were playing on a small one all together I felt it was important to teach children how to be safe on a trampoline and got the safest and best I could, which is a ‘springfree’ trampoline, reducing any risk significantly).
Please feel free to come and visit us on a weekend if you would like to consider your child joining our waiting list.
Here is a link to:
Newsletter 2018 Springterm newsletter
The year ahead in dates and holidays spring-term-plan-2017 –2018 Holiday Rota
Mobile: 07535 94 878 5
Home: 01954 212 543
81 Highfields Rd, Caldecote (This blank box is a map which you cant see ! humm any ideas?)
Petrol for collections and dropping off, chargeable at standard rate 45p/mile.
Food is charged for a main meal at lunch and either a supper or main meal at dinner, if the child is staying till 6pm. Snacks & drinks are included. 99% of the time we have home cooked and organic meals with steamed veg and organic meat etc. A few being, butternut squash risotto, slow cooked bolognaise, mac cheese with roast veg, roast dinner, stirfry veg and noodles.
Holidays If you take a holiday I charge half the fee. If I take holiday I do not charge so I let you know at the beginning of the year my holidays so we can try and have them at the same time not costing you anything.
Opening Times I am flexible and want to enable you to get back to work. We have some set routines like school drop offs and pick ups but having two of us means we are able to be in two places at once! Please talk to us about your needs to see how we can make life work for you. I am basically up and about from 6am and everyone is collected 7pm.
ETHOS: Our aims are that our activities and outings enable children to grow in their love and knowledge of the world and in their confidence and abilities to enjoy their world.
We love our outings and are happy to hear of new places to visit. At the moment we choose from Woodgreen animal shelter, Denny Abbey farmland museum on the way to Ely, Papworth Park, Cambourne Parks, Forest, Wimpole, Shepreth Zoo, Hingchingbrook – Huntingdon, PlayBarns, Cambridge – Ely – St Neots – Museums,
We aim to start our day by listening to what the children have been doing and what they want to tell us. We do some mindfulness and yoga and they are lively from the start! They enjoy playing with the toys and we observe to see how tired or lively they are. It is during this time that we can assess what we should/could do with the children. If they need a day to relax and play or if they are lively and need a day to explore the world.
If you see the planning page you will see our foundational plan for the week. This varies, but our aim would be to engage the children and enable them to have a sense of achievement and excitement in their day and their accomplishments. We aimto be child led, adult guided.
We work from my home near Cambridge enjoying the space I can provide which is being updated and changed all the time to suit the needs and ages of the children. I have been working for 3 years on my own (before this I was an assistant and used / began this site). We aim to take the children for lots of days out, enjoy craft and fun at home, forest school activities, free play and structured play with the aim that children are cared for and encouraged to grow ready for school and other social settings they will find themselves in.
We believe that the early years are foundational to enabling children to feel confident and relaxed in the world. The experiences they have now literally lay the foundations and build the physical connections in their brains for their lives ahead and the way they react and observe the world.
I love childminding and being able to offer children a loving fun environment with lots of outings especially exploring the outdoors. My parents had a home for Mentally and Physically disabled adults in which I was very involved as we lived on the premises. We had a large home with grounds and a woods so I grew up with my own woods. I have begun my forest school training so I can give children in our care the same love of the natural world I gained while growing up. I then went on to be a nanny. Having my own children I homeschooled them for the early years (until they were 7) and became involved in sunday school and other local clubs and groups for children.
My belief is that children learn alot from play and being given the opportunity to share our ideas and theirs. My hope is that the children in our care will be individual and encouraged in their interests and skills as they develop.
I hope to provide lots of opportunities for the children to discover new things and have lots of experiences that will benefit them as they move onto school and into the wider world.
I hope that we will be able to encourage children to learn not only about play but also be enabled to learn and have creative and interested minds that want to learn and discover new things. I also hope that we will be able to encourage the children to be great individuals who care and think of others needs as well as their own, learning to be disciplined and listen, being active and engaged with what is happening around them. Thinking and contributing, being involved and learning to involve others.
I only have one niggle with the EYFs and that is that we are preparing children for school. Not all children go to school and I dont agree that school should be the aim of a persons life. School should fit in with our lives but that is a whole discussion of values ! We can sort the world out over a drink! I, alongside parents, enable and support children to enjoy, love and accept the challenges of life so they can be prepared for life. Allowing a child to fall down they learn how to get up. Allowing a child to learn to do their own shoes and coat enables them to get up and out to play quickly feeling in control of their lives.
Essentially I feel what is important is that we work to ensure that we are part of a child’s care to ensure they are able to enjoy and work with the world around them. This includes being prepared to read and enjoy books, numbers, colours, culture, physical activity and such like. We have a time of ‘mindfulness’ each day and try to build in good habits and routines that will support individuals to make good choices for themselves and cope with various demands upon them throughout their lives. We are enabling children to learn very important skills of organisation and inspiring them to want to be involved and learn. So that whatever setting or life they have they are being given skills that are transferable and enhance their lives.
Monday Messy Play, Library, Being Active group or swim
Tuesday Dance group and a walk home for play
Wednesday Gymnastics £5 then the children decide if they would like to go on an outing ‘Crocodile farm, Hinchingbrooke Park, Garden Centre, Rapture Centre, An Outing Day Denny Abbey, Huntingdon Canal, Hinchingbrooke Forest?
Thursday Story Play Why story play is important. Forest School session or Walk to the forest for play.
Friday Music Group £3 after Music we ask the children what they want to do and we take a vote discussing what we will do depending on what we have done in the week. We may come back to cabin and garden to play or go to the zoo, swim or woodgreen.