BerkeleyChildminding

Childminder in Plymouth

My Summary

Ofsted Registered Hover for information First Aid Training
CRB Check Hover for information Full Driving Licence
Own Car School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

I am Rachel, a warm, caring and intelligent childminder and a mother of two who loves working with children and supporting their learning and development with a range of fun and stimulating activities.

I live in a leafy area of Stoke, Plymouth with my husband and two children, Sophie (aged 7) and Jack (aged 5). My own children are very social and absolutely love having others to come and play. We have a large home with an enclosed garden that permits a great variety of play opportunities. We are an active family and, as such, I am not a childminder that spends too much time inside. Children are encouraged to play outside in all weathers enjoying mud pie making to jumping in puddles!

We go out on a daily basis, attending many community groups from messy play sessions through to music makers as well as taking full advantage of surrounding outdoor resources such as Wembury Beach and Plym Woods.

I am a keen musician and play the piano, flute and (almost!) the guitar, experience I enjoy sharing with the children.

Becoming a childminder was a major career change and coming from a professional background I understand the importance of knowing that your child is both safe and happy. I place significant emphasis on enabling parents to view their child's favourite activities, producing a picture diary and also writing a blog of our favourite activities for you to view.

We are ideally located for parents working in the Dockyard and Plymouth City Centre as well as being extremely close to Stoke Damerel Primary School.

More information is available on my website.

My Experience

In addition to being a mum of two fantastic children I have been an Ofsted registered childminder since 2010 and was graded GOOD by Ofsted during my latest inspection.


I have completed numerous training courses and am currently studying towards a foundation degree in Early Years Education with the Open University.

Having gained accreditation with the Trio Childminding Network in Plymouth I receive regular support from an Early Years Advisory teacher.

I take full advantage of a great support network through regularly meeting with local childminders at both training sessions and within the community to enhance the social play for the children.

I have cared for a number of children, boys and girls, and have many satisfied parents who would be happy to provide references.

My Qualifications

*Paediatric First Aid Course

*Introduction to Childcare Practice (ICP)

*NVQ in homebased childcare (Level 3)

*The Early Years; Developing Practice (Level 4)

*Food Hygiene Certificate (Level 2)

*Safeguarding Training: Understanding Child Protection (March 2013)

Additionally I undertake regular training with the Local Authority and am currently one module away from completing an Early Years foundation degree with the Open University.

My Availability

My general working hours are 7.30am until 5pm

I am available for term time only care or all year around.

I am able to accept children who receive two and three year old government funding.

My Fees

Fees are tailored to each family's needs so please contact me with any requirements.

I am happy to consider term time only contracts at no additional charge.

I accept the two and three year old government funding as well as accepting vouchers from most childcare voucher schemes.

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for BerkeleyChildminding. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other Childcare.co.uk users and not of Childcare.co.uk. Parents must carry out their own checks and references on childcare providers to ensure that they are completely happy before enaging in the use of their services.

5 stars
Absolutely brilliant!!

We decided to place our wee boy with Rachel after much deliberation over the number of options out there - and we are so pleased we did! So much so that now baby number 2 is on the way the first thing we did was check she could accommodate him / her once I'm back to work!

Jack has progressed so much under Rachel's care - as the previous review said as a parent you are informed of the plan on a monthly basis which makes the carryover at home easy. She also communicates with our son's pre school regularly by sharing monthly plans which means we are all singing from the same songsheet. It is something they have commented on specifically as they don't see it often from other childcare providers.

Our son is always more than happy to go in the morning and more often than not he'd rather stay than come home!!

The daily diary is absolutely great as she goes into great detail what they've done and eaten that day so you know exactly what they're doing every day. The monthly photo montage is fabulous and as well as this she puts photos onto her blog on a regular basis which my family absolutely love as they live far away and are keen to keep up with what he's doing - to see photos of this as well makes such a difference. The quality of the photos has also been commented on by various people, my husband included and being a photographer himself is saying something!

All in all we couldn't be happier with Rachel's care - she provides a lovely, warm welcoming home environment meaning I can go to work without a worry that Jack will have a great time while developing into a lovely wee boy. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for childcare in Plymouth.

by on 04/12/2013

5 stars
Exceptional, reliable Childminder

The decision to place our youngest with Rachel (our oldest two attended a nursery) was the best decision we've made! Our daughter has been so happy with Rachel and the wide range of activites and therefore experience that Rachel has given her has helped her to develop into a confident, lovely, funny and easy-going child.

Rachel's daily diaries have far exceeded those from any of the previous nurseries we've used, so we really do know what she's been doing and how she's been! Rachel also provides a monthly photo montage which gives us even more insight into what our daughter does, and has turned into a wonderful record of her development.

Rachel was so willing to adapt her routines to suit our daughter (like providing her main meal of the day at lunch-time so that she'd actually eat it!) and has always taken the time to find out what we'd like her to focus on on a monthly basis. One of these was to encourage our daughter to walk more rather than use the buggy - and although it made for slower trips to the park, she was happy to help and now our daughter will walk with little fuss. We think that the fact that everyone who was caring for her was giving her the same message helped her to learn more quickly.

Rachel shares her monthly plans with us so we know what our daughter will be doing and can follow up at home, she also asks for our input so we can share with Rachel what our daughter is doing with us (good and bad!).

When we were getting a bit worried about our daughter refusing to name colours as "red" or "blue", Rachel was reassuring and focussed on this in a gentle way, and sure enough, a few weeks later our daughter was describing colours correctly. Not wishing to tempt fate, but so far, we have had very little attention seeking behaviour (biting or hitting) from our youngest which points to a settled, well cared for child. She comes home ever day with a happy smile and runs off each morning to play with her friends.

All in all, I would highly recommend Rachel to you if you are looking for quality childcare from someone who you can rely on and who will care for you child in a thoughful, kind and calm manner.

by on 07/09/2012

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