Suzanne Nicols

Childminder in Dronfield Woodhouse

My Summary

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

About Me

Hi, my name is Suzanne, thank you for reading my profile!!

I am a fully qulified Childcare Professional, with 8 years of experience. I am registered with Ofsted. I have undergone two Ofsted inspections in the past 8 years, gaining a GOOD grade in the first and then an OUTSTANDING grade in my most recent inspection in September 2009.

I have lived in Dronfield most of my life. I am married with a son of 16. I live in Dronfield Woodhouse on a quiet street in a 3 bedroom semi detatched house with enclosed rear garden. I am only about 3 minutes walk from my local park, playing fields and woods and we do spend a lot of time there having fun. We also take trips into Derbyshire and visit Chatsworth frequently. If we are not out we have fun baking, crafting, singing, dancing or just quite simply playing. We attend local playgroups and basically do the fun things you do at home.

I'm also a member of the Forest Schools Association and undertake weekly visits to the local woods so we can build dens and collect interesting things.

I have full public liability insurance.

My Experience

Firstly I am a Mum!!! I offer home from home childcare. I am aware though that being a parent is not just a stepping stone to being a good childminder. I am constantly conscious that looking after other people's children is very different, because I am solely responsible for your most treasured possession!! The past few years have given me a huge amount of experience, so that now providing a high quality, indeed outstanding environment is second nature to me.

I have a vast array of policies and procedures and other evidence within my portfolio that you are welcome to have a look at.

However, again as a Mum, I know that recommendations from other parents are of more importance. To that end you can read my written recommendations or have the telephone numbers of parents of children, currently in my care, or of children I have cared for in the past.

You are also most welcome to have a look at my Ofsted inspection report.

I also help to run the Dronfield Childminding Support Group. Childminders who are members of this group meet to discuss various aspects of childcare and current legislation, whilst providing a secure environment for the children to play. By having the support of other professionals I can also usually offer holiday cover so your child has continuity of care.

My Qualifications

I have undertaken in excess of 25 training courses provided by Derbyshire County Council Early Years. These are courses at Levels 1 and 2. However the Government would like all Ofsted registered childminders to have attained a Level 3 qualification by 2010. To that end I think the most important qualifications I have are the following:

NVQ Level 3 in Childrens Care, Learning and Development.
Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice from the Open University.
Paediatric First Aid (St Johns Ambulance).
Advanced Safeguarding Children (NSPCC).
Food Hygiene
British Sign Language, Level 1

My Availability

I am available Tuesday - Friday. Hourse are flexible.

I have 1 vacancy available for a child under 5 Tuesday to Friday then various before and after school vacancies. Please call me to discuss yourrequirements.

I take children to and from Gorseybrigg Primary School and Nursery.

My Fees

Daily Rate £4.50 per hour.
After School Rate £5.00 per hour.

These rates are in line with current charges in Dronfield, Dronfield Woodhouse and Coal Aston.

Please give me a call if you need to ask anything else. I would love to have a chat with you!!

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.

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