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Sarah A

Childminder in Addlestone

Female Member since Apr 2010 Last Updated Oct 2021 Last Login 23 Jan 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
Outstanding Rated
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

SPACES NOW FULL, for the moment, waiting list for September 2022 available.

My name is Sarah Arnold and I am a registered childminder, twice graded OUTSTANDING by Ofsted. I live in Addlestone with my husband and 2 children, my 13 year old son and my 22 year old daughter :)

My aim is to give parents high quality childcare and peace of mind that their child is being cared for in a safe, loving and fun environment. A family setting where they are nurtured and stimulated, so they can grow to their full potential. Somewhere they can learn through play, experience new ideas and develop their own individuality, independence and self-confidence, under my guidance. I want them to end each day at my setting excited about the next time they come.

My Experience

I have been minding since September 2009, I have worked very hard to make sure that my home is the ideal setting for the children to learn through play. I have a wealth of toys and learning resources and all activities are planned for the individual child, to ensure they cover all the learning areas needed for a good foundation in the early years stage. We go out and about to various playgroups and parks and love going on nature walks, we love Wisley Gardens where I am a member and we go there regularly, as well as playing in the garden which is well equipt with outdoor toys, bees and butterflies garden where we observe all kinds of native wildlife and a playhouse.
I had my first OFSTED inspection in January 2010 and was delighted to be awarded the grade of Outstanding, I had my second inspection, March 2016 and I was awarded an Outstanding grade once again :) I have also attained my Level 3 Diploma in Children's and Young People's Workforce.

I currently do not do any nursery runs as my son is at school and I care for little ones who need to nap in the middle of the day, I am currently not providing any before or afterschool care.

My Qualifications

Early Years Childminding in Practice Training
Paediatric First Aid.
Safeguarding Children Course
Food Safety and Hygiene Level 2
Children and Young People's Workforce Level 3 Diploma

My Availability

I work Monday-Thursday between 8am at the very earliest and 5.30pm at the latest, I work full days, I do not offer just morning sessions.
If you would lijeyobve added yo a waiting list for September 2022, please let me know.

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Last Updated: 24/10/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.50 per hour

Please give me a call to discuss fees, availabilty and any other queries you might have. I charge £6.50 p/h

My Local Schools

This childminder has not yet informed us whether or not they provide any drop off or pick up services at local schools.

My Ofsted Inspections

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Outstanding
7 March 2016

My Documents

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Sarah A. 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.

We can’t recommend Sarah enough. Our boy has loved every second of being with her. I only wished we had found her for our eldest when we first moved here!

Sarah clearly loves what she does. She really cares for the children she looks after, and is super with supporting their needs through exploring, play and learning.

Rufus has loved his creative sessions and the artwork he comes home with is beautiful - he’s really proud of it.

Sarah really encourages the children’s love and appreciation of nature through their walks and adventures. They would often be out and about in the morning, discovering wildlife and loving the fresh air. It’s my favourite time of day when I receive updates from Sarah showing me what they’ve been up to.

We’re so sad to be finishing with Sarah this month. Rufus is going to miss her - I don’t think there is anyone I would have rather entrusted my child to. A truly fantastic person.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Hawkins Hawkins about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 04/10/2021

I cannot recommend Sarah enough. My daughter started in 2019 and left 2021, Millie was always happy to go straight in without looking back to say goodbye!
Sarah always takes them out exploring the local parks and Millie has found a new appreciation for bugs and wildlife due to Sarah’s enthusiasm for all things nature.
Even though lockdown was difficult for everyone, Sarah made sure she kept in contact and sent videos and activity suggestions throughout.
She was always sending photos and communicating throughout the day she had Millie, and she is so creative with the artwork that was sent home, which is lovely to look back on.
I am so pleased we found Sarah, you could find a more lovely, understanding and supportive childminder.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
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by Avatar for Samantha Samantha about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 08/09/2021

I have sent both my children to Sarah’s, my first son started with Sarah back in 2017 and my second son in 2019 and he is currently still there.

I don’t know where to start with saying how brilliant Sarah has been. She has exceeded my expectations of what you can get from a childminder by light years. It’s easy to see how Sarah has been awarded Outstanding twice by Ofsted because she is truly dedicated and passionate about her work, a complete natural. Both of my boys have loved their time at Sarah’s and I know it will be a wrench when we finally leave as she has been such a big part of their lives so far, as well as a big part of their development. Sarah is really supportive of your child’s specific interests and needs, what ever your child is into she will find way to play with them using their interests to help them learn. If your child loves trains, or animals, or dressing up etc, she will have toys and resources for everything.
Sarah encourages all the children to reach their developmental milestones using a huge range of resources that she has. I’ve been amazed at the things my boys have learned with her, knowing it hasn’t been me that taught them those things. Sarah also keeps a journal of your Childs developmental journey during their time with her which was amazing to read back on when I got given my eldest sons, so much detail in there that I had forgotten with time.

Sarah is always updating and creating fun new setups like teepee’s or mud kitchens for the children in her home, as well as having themes that the children learn about, and she makes beautiful art displays that regularly change. They simply can never be bored there!

As well as her lovely welcoming home and her big range of toys and books, Sarah has taken my boys out of so many great outings. She loves the Pheasantry at Bushey Park as well as Wisley Gardens, and she uses all the different local wildlife areas and parks to take the children out exploring, which is something my boys really love and need. Sarah herself is true lover of nature and she so much knowledge that she shares with the children that they learn along the way.

Importantly, Sarah has a really kind and lovely nature with the children. She has always been very nurturing and kind with my boys. Both of my children talk about her all the time with fondness and my youngest son who is still there now is always excited for his ‘Arnold’ day (what he calls her!), he goes in in the mornings with no fuss and gives Sarah a big cuddle as soon as he’s there.

When my boys have been at Sarah’s I have never had to feel worried while I was at work about them. Sarah send lots of beautiful photos and videos via WhatsApp of the children’s activities through the day, which I always look forward to, so I always feel like I have a good insight into how their days has been.

Sarah is very thorough with her policies and safe guarding and safety measures. Since Covid she has gone to a lot of effort to make changes to how she does things to keep everyone as safe as possible.

I could keep going on and on about how great Sarah is, but to round it off I would say that if you are lucky enough to get a space at Sarah’s then you have won the childminder jackpot! :)

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for s_j_k s_j_k about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 21/04/2021

We would thoroughly recommend Sarah. Our youngest son has been in Sarah’s care a couple of days per week for the last two years. Every day he has come home having enjoyed himself and having experienced things he wouldn't have at home. Sarah’s planning, creativity and spontaneity have allowed him to flourish. Sarah focuses on the needs and likes of the child. She has taken him to Fairoaks to watch the planes, to various countryside and woodland walks to ‘jump in muddy puddles’ and they have done lots of arts and crafts. When he has been interested in something, Sarah has gone out of her way to provide resources for him - like magnatiles and extra jigsaw puzzles. Sarah makes sure they get outside as much as possible and exposes them to nature at every opportunity. Sarah has a robust set of policies and procedures in place, and keeps up to date with national guidance around childminding. Sarah plans lots of activities that stimulate and stretch the children. You can be assured that your little one is in the best hands. Having regular WhatsApp picture messages seeing the fun he is having is always reassuring. We honestly couldn't have asked for a better childminder - Sarah has exceeded our expectations by far!

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
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by Avatar for Nicola Nicola about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 15/03/2021

My daughter Lara started with Sarah at 10 months until recently and she is now 3.
I couldn't recommend Sarah enough. Lara wouldn't be the bright and intelligent girl she is, without the support she has had from Sarah. Also as a parent when it is hard to go back to work you need a childminder who is supportive to you as a parent and understanding. Well that's Sarah, I am happy to say she has become a good friend who we will stay in touch with.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
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by Avatar for Kattykat Kattykat about Avatar for Sarah A Sarah A on 04/06/2019

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