5 stars (76)

Childminder in Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Female Non-smoker Member since Sep 2013 Last Updated May 2019 Last Login 21 May 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
DBS Check

About Me

Hi there,
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile....
I am Amanda Lane of Children4us Childcare.

We are OFSTED Registered childcare on non domestic premises

We have just been approved by OFSTED for our new premises, which we moved in 12th September 2018 we have been working with children for 7yrs as children4us Childcare.

I have 24 years experience with children of all ages and my own children which my eldest is in her 20’s and my youngest is 10yrs.

I have childcare key workers who work on a daily basis, who are all qualified level 3-5 in Childcare, we also have other qualifications in our sector.
We are all First Aid trained level 3 qualified.

I feel it's very important for children to be able to develop and learn from their own experiences and grow with confidence allowing children to explore and allowing children to take small risks, (EYFS new update mar 17) and supervised in a safe, loving, caring and secure environment which we provide.

We go to Farms, Play areas, Seasides, Museums, Parks and more.

We have outdoor toys/equipment which we provide a variety of Adult lead and Child lead activities through out the day.

Outdoor play can consist of push along bikes, push along trains, stepping stones, sand play with buckets, spades, castles and all other types of sand equipment, water play with a variety of water equipment. We have messy play, children love to explore and use their imagination with diggers and soldiers etc.

We have all kinds of chalk boards for the children to enjoy, use their imagination, and lots more.

We have a huge range and lots more to do.

All equipment is cleaned on a regular basis and checked for breakage and replaced.
We allow children to be creative, use their thinking skills, problem solve and lots more.

My Experience

I have experience with children of all ages, different nationalities and culture.
We encourage all children to explore different cultural celebrations through Art, Role play, and wide range of Activities .

We have a wide range of toys indoor and outdoor,
We encourage free play, garden play, arts and crafts, quiet time, nursery time, parks, soft play, outings/visits, museums, and much more....

We work to a theme every month eg:farm yard, people who help us, around the world, our families etc
Children go on outings around the theme that month.
Arts and crafts around theme of the month and other festivals in that month as well.
Stories, Sing song , flash cards and a lots more.....

Work sheets for older children who are at school they like to do a news letter every month which is about what they have done at children4us childcare that months theme , outings, what the younger children did and what the older children did etc.

We encourage children to explore and use their imaginations .

We work within the EYFS and prime areas
CL- communication and language
PSED- physical social emotional development
UTW- understanding the world
PD- physical development
EAD- expressive arts and design
M-mathematics
LT- literacy

Every Child Matters.
Every child is a Unique Child.

My Qualifications

Childcare registration certificate
Paediatric First Aid
Safe Guarding
Food Hygeine
Equality & Diversity
Level4/5 childcare degree
Level 3 childcare (Cache)
and O levels from secondary school/college
PDP
We are constantly updating our knowledge and other courses to gain further qualifications

My Availability

Monday. 6:30am-6:30pm
Tuesday. 6:30-6:30pm
Wednesday. 6:30am-6:30pm
Thursday. 6:30am-6:30pm
Friday. 6:30-6pm

If extra hours or times earlier/later required can be arranged, flexibility aswell.

School Drop offs and pick up include
St Bartholomews C of E Primary
St Stephens Catholic Primary School
Cragside Primary School
Benton Park Primary School
West Jesmond Primary School
Newcastle Pre Nursery (NPS)
RGS School
Newcastle School for Boys
Other schools are available.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening yes yes yes yes yes no no
Overnight yes yes yes yes no no no
Last Updated: 18/02/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.00 per hour

£4:00 per hr. Under 1 yrs.
£4:50 per hr. 1-3yrs Pre Nursery.
£4:50 per hr. 3yrs+ school pick ups/drop.
Extra hours needed out of contractual hour extra 50p per hr.

2year old (15hrs) funding available.
3year old (15hrs/30hrs) funding available.
4year old (15hrs/30 hrs) funding available.
4:50 School holidays 0-15 yrs.

**NOW HERE **make sure you have registered with your local council/HMRC for your activation code
***30 hrs free childcare 3/4 yr olds can be used as part of a nursery package ***

£0:00 breakfast. £0:00 snacks.
£1:50 lunch 1yrs +. £1:50 dinner 1yrs +.
£1:00 lunch & dinner -1yrs £0:00 drinks.

£0:00 outings. £0:00 activities.
(May be required depending on outing).


£10 per hr 7pm+ Overnight.

Babysitting service available £10 + per hour (to be discussed).

Pick ups and Drop offs school-home chargeable price to be discussed.

*0-1 meals are as above*.
1-3 yrs plus meal prices above*.
*Fulltime all meals are included in the fees*.
Breakfast Club starting from 6:30 am
After school club till 6:30/7pm

My Local Schools

My Documents

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  • Reference: Top 10 Childcare providers (added 07/02/2017)
  • DBS Check (added 06/11/2016)
  • Training Certificate: Food Safety (added 06/11/2016)
  • Training Certificate: EY444133 (added 06/11/2016)
  • First Aid Certificate: EY444133 (added 06/11/2016)

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Amanda Lane. 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.

I visited Children4us childcare with my children and was impressed with the staff and children there, whilst we were there.
My children were asked if they wanted to join in whilst I was shown around the different rooms and outdoor area where children were watering plants, they had muddy kitchens, sand and water play, and other outdoor equipment which children were able to choose, they were all happy in their environment,
I was shown what they did during the day, what they ate there was a lady in the kitchen cooking a hot meal for the children,.
I was given polices and procedures to read through, I was there when a parent came to pick their child up and was told what there child had done all day, when they had, had a nap, nappy changes this was all documented down on a daily diary sheet, there was a register which parent and staff signed children in and out which was evident as this parent had signed and I also had signed the visitors book.
There is a menu clearly showing in the reception area for the week what’s for snacks (healthy options) what is for meals which covered vegetarians and different cultures what was impressive was it was the same meal just in different options to cater for all the children’s needs, the menus are changed weekly to give a variety and i was shown the last 2 months previously so I could see the variety of meals which were given.
Children have a journal which clearly shows all that they do and covers all areas of the early years curriculum with observations to track their development and next steps. And any concerns of development, which is evident through photographs and written documentation.
Staff were warm and welcoming to both my children and myself.
My children didn’t want to leave needless to say I have signed up!
My children have already asked are they going tomorrow!
I am very pleased and relieved that I have found Children4us Childcare it’s exactly how you want to feel as a parent and i am also a teacher,
they are also reasonably priced and flexible with shift work and working families I highly recommend them.
You will not be disappointed.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Amanda Lane on 13/05/2019

I was very interested in putting my daughter in to this setting until I did my research. It doesn’t mention the fact that it has a 1star food hygiene rating (see Scores on the doors website) and an inadequate Ofsted. The safeguarding concerns raised were very concerning so I will be looking elsewhere. There are more important things to me than being on the doorstep.

  • 1 stars Overall
  • 1 stars Setting
  • 1 stars Cleanliness
  • 1 stars Food
  • 1 stars Communication

by about Amanda Lane on 11/05/2019


Response by Amanda Lane on 11/05/2019:

Thank you for your review, this is unfounded and in factual you have no daughter, not understanding why this review being put on but to damage our reputation.

My son was in the care of Amanda for 3.5 years and to start with everything was great.
There were two occasions where my son was left at school and I was receiving calls from school to ask who was picking my child up!
Amanda both times had an excuse for this (running late)

When the new premises opened everything went down hill. Another 2 occasions in 6 months my son was not collected from school and blame was put (by Amanda) on to her staff!
The school my son attends was also blamed as they 'have always disliked her' (her own words) On these occasions I had to arrange for someone else to collect my son but no refund was recieved for the service that was not provided!

My son disliked going in the last few months complaining there was nothing to do and no space to play.
You pay extra for meals. A hot meal is what I was told they would provide but more often than not sandwiches were what the children were given.

On the Thursday 21st Feb of half term I was sent a text to say there would be no school pick ups or drop offs for an unknown period of time. As payment is made on the first of the month for the month ahead I had already paid for the next week. I have still not received a refund for this paid week!

My son is now happy elsewhere.

Just take a look at the Ofsted rating!
ALOT of safeguarding issues.

  • 1 stars Overall
  • 1 stars Setting
  • 1 stars Cleanliness
  • 1 stars Food
  • 1 stars Communication

by about Amanda Lane on 11/05/2019


Response by Amanda Lane on 11/05/2019:

Thank you for your review, 3 mths this is now being put on our profile ,
Your child loved coming everyday day even after school sometimes asked why he had to leave when having fun,
You have never made a formal complaint so to decide to put this review unfounded but we know what is going on,
Again thank you

My daughter has been going here since she was 1 1/2 and is now nearly 6 she has settled nicely and enjoys her time when she’s there
Amanda and her staff have been really accommodating due to my work and short notice will collect her from school
No concerns for looking after my child

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 4 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Amanda Lane on 09/05/2019

It’s never easy going off to work in the morning and leaving my babies behind, but knowing they’re going off to this lovely setting with amazing staff certainly makes it easier. I think the children have come on leaps and bounds since they have been coming here and I think the excellent communication and team work between staff and us as parents, has really helped us with some of my sons more challenging behavioural needs. I really cannot thank you all enough for taking such good care of my two treasures!

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Amanda Lane on 07/05/2019

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