I have been an Ofsted-registered childminder since 2007 (graded outstanding at my last inspection in 2018), and run my setting from my 4 bedroom house with a large garden, which is located beside Halliwick Recreation Ground.
I provide different age-appropriate activities for the children to ensure that they cover the different developmental areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage, whilst learning through play. Toys and activities include soft textured toys, wooden blocks, Lego/Duplo, dressing-up outfits, musical instruments, outdoor equipment, ICT equipment, letter and number play, magnets, puzzles, dolls, “small world” toys, vehicles, balls (for indoor and outdoor), board games, knitting and sewing, hama beads, painting, drawing, sticking, gluing, cutting, playdough, baking, and more. We go on daily outings to playgroups, parks, the library, or sometimes a farm, soft play area, museum or zoo.
I provide healthy meals (lunch and dinner) and snacks, and cater for a range of different dietary requirements. Children have their own bedrooms to sleep in, in cots or on sleeping mats
I have 19 years childcare experience, looking after children from birth upwards. I previously worked with another childminder, Paul, which is why he is mentioned in some of my reviews on this site.
I have 3 children of my own who are aged 16, 18 and 19.
I have completed courses in paediatric first aid, safeguarding and child protection, child development, working with children with special needs, managing behaviour, food hygiene, and anaphylaxis. I have a foundation degree in Early Years and a Diploma in Home-based childcare, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics, Business Administration and Information Systems.
I work Monday to Thursday, 8am to 6pm and do school pick ups/drop offs at Coldfall Primary.
|Last Updated: 22/02/2021|
- Childminding from £8.00 per hour
I accept payments by childcare vouchers, tax-free childcare, and provide the 15 and 30 hours funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Coldfall Primary School
- Inspection Report: Ofsted inspection report (added 13/06/2018)
- DBS Check (added 15/03/2017)
- UK Passport (added 07/01/2017)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 07/01/2017)
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Having our son with Emma was the best decision we ever made! As soon as we found Emma we knew she would be perfect for us.
Her house is impeccably clean, with toys constantly available for the children to choose from. She has a large garden out the back which our son constantly refused to be taken home from in the summer. Her house is situated next to a park which the children get to go to all the time, and each day Emma is out with the children in the woods and surrounding parks.
She cooks delicious meals which our son loved, and would eat a lot of, his table manners and routines around meal times he definitely learnt from Emma.
Every morning, our son would run to Emma’s and would greet her with a huge smile, excited for his day ahead with Emma and all his friends.
We are sad to be leaving, and if we could, we would take Emma with us!
Emma is the most wonderful childminder. She has been looking after my 3 year old since he was 1... from the start he has loved being there and her home really is a home from home for him.
I always feel so confident leaving him with her as I know she does a lots of outings with them so they get their exercise as well as fresh air.
Her meals are all home cooked and delicious , I often find myself asking her for the recipes as my children can be quite picky eaters, luckily they also ate my attempt of them too!
She has a lovely set up at home with her big garden next to the park. In the summer the children love playing in the garden with water games in their swim wear and often don’t want to go home.
He left for nursery before he was 3 but never settled. When covid came I was extremely lucky to get a space for him to return so he left nursery and went back to Emma where he just ran through the door after not being there for 6 months. The contrast in that compared to nursery was huge.
If you are lucky enough to get a space with Emma you will not want to leave.
Although as first-time parents we don't always get everything right, the one constant that we look back on as being the best decision we made was to send our son to Emma when he turned one. We saw him develop so much in the three years thanks to Emma, not only due to her amazing qualities as a carer but as a fantastic host too by creating a warm, engaging and loving environment where the children grow deep and meaningful bonds.
We visited numerous nurseries before finding Emma. Although there was not wrong with them per se, none of them gave us that feeling that it's the one until we found Emma. We felt we'd be sending him to a home away from home, rather than putting him into childcare. And I'm so glad to confirm we made the 100% correct judgement.
We never thought our son would be the type to look forward to being away from us, but it didn't take much time at all for him to settle in and be legitimately excited about hanging out with Emma and all his friends everyday. Emma was incredibly considerate during the settling in period, communicating wonderfully which put us at ease and therefore having a positive effect on our son too (that is to say, if we remained anxious during this important period, I doubt our son would have settled in as seamlessly).
Her strong communication was a constant throughout our son's stay – we're eternally grateful to have a written daily diary by Emma capturing our son's journey and we'll treasure this forever. From speaking to other parents, do not underestimate how important it is for there to be a open feedback loop between you and your childcarer. Emma most definitely sets the benchmark. She's very flexible too which for two working parents helped so much throughout our son's stay.
Finally, and this is really important: Emma's just great fun with a fantastic sense of humor. It's not by coincidence that she remains in close contact with most parents/kids who have visited with many returning regularly, including ours!
Emma looked after our nearly 4 year old son over the last 3 years on a full time basis (Mon-Thurs) and I can safely say with total confidence that we couldn't have found a better childminder (or any childcare setting) for him.
We initially looked at nurseries, some rated outstanding, but none of them felt like the sort of environment we'd want our 1 year old at the time to spend the better part of his week at. We had no experience of childminders either directly or through friends, so the concept was really foreign to us, but we thought to give it a chance.
When we found Emma, it was clear she was exactly what we were looking for. We loved the way she spoke to the children on their level, calm, respectful and full of humour. She's incredibly organised and a fantastic communicator, keeping us well-informed and reassured in the process throughout our son's stay.
Emma takes the children out regularly and my son very quickly felt safe and secure in the predictable routine even as a baby. He had access to stimulating activities, outings and made friends with children older and younger than him which was wonderful. Our son certainly appreciated going out so regularly and this suited him really well.
My son learned all his table manners at Emma's and napped like a dream (he never napped with us!) He was provided with endless opportunities to develop his confidence, motor skills and social-communication skills.
We will truly miss Emma and her humourous hand-written accounts of our son's daily diary that we will treasure forever. She is a real gem and we will always be grateful for how far our son has come on with his confidence largely because of her.
I have known Emma since 2014 when she started looking after my son. My younger daughter is currently attending Emma’s setting and will leave in September to start pre-school. Both children have been and are very happy at Emma’s house.
Emma has the perfect balance. She has a relaxed and nourishing home setting, with a beautiful garden area and lots of different types of toys, books and games. She also takes the kids out and about for a wider world experience, attending playgroups, and going to the playground/park/woods. No two days are the same.
Emma cooks all the food from scratch, including homemade cakes! My children eat food that I can only fantasise about them eating at home!
In terms of paperwork and admin, Emma is meticulous and thorough. She gives plenty of notice of her holidays so you can plan your childcare.
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