I am an Ofsted registered childminder since April 2014 and was graded “Good” on my Ofsted inspection. I live with my husband Sean and my two children, Niamh who was born in 2006 and Josh who was born in 2009 and a goldfish. I accept government 30 hours funded places for 3-4 year olds, as well as 2 year funded places for those children who are entitled to this funding.
I provide a safe homely environment, where children feel they can play and explore freely. In addition to indoor space, I have an outside area with a patio and grassy area suitable for all children. I am very lucky living in this village as there are fabulous resources only minutes away for the children to enjoy.
These include woodland walks, beach trips, and outings to the park as well as a small child friendly library.
I follow the early year’s statutory framework and record the children’s development, which is shared with the parent.
I offer collection and drop off from the Seaton Sluice First School, which is only one street away so very convenient for the children to walk to. I work closely with the first school and find this benefits the children prior to their enrolment in school as they are able to visit the EYFS rooms and meet the teachers.
I am a member of PACEY and try to attend as many council run Network meetings for childcare providers.
In addition I run the toddler and baby group at Seaton Sluice community centre on a Monday and Friday with a group of Childminder's. This allows the children a wider social experience with lots of exciting equipment and toys.
I have been registered since 2014, prior to this I have been volunteering at local schools and working part time as a childcare assistant. I have been working with children through volunteering since early teens with a few years volunteering for Mencap. However my previous career was in a stock brokers and I can understand only too well the pressures of finding a balance between your work and home life.