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Childminder in Basildon

Babysitter in Basildon

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Female Member since Nov 2013 Last Updated Jun 2020 Last Login 10 Jul 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
DBS Check
Key Worker Childcare

About Me

PLEASE NOTE: ZEBRA’S TOTS REMAINS OPEN TO THE CHILDREN OF KEY WORKERS AND ANY VULNERABLE CHILDREN PLEASE CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK. Welcome to Zebra's Tots. I have been married to my husband for 14 years. I have two sons aged 12 and 7 who I totally adore. I decided to fulfil my ambition and go into the field of childcare which I am very passionate about. This was after working in the City of London in the finance sector for 12 long years. In terms of struggles that parents go through trying to juggle work and life. I've experienced this first hand so I completely understand and will do my very best to be as flexible as I can in regards to your childcare needs. I am also able to spend more time with my boys which is a huge added bonus. Everyday is guaranteed to be filled with fun, happiness, laughter and loving care.

I live in Basildon, Lee Chapel North. I am 5 minutes walk from Janet Duke Primary School.
My garden is very child friendly with lots of age appropriate activities. The main play area is a dedicated conservatory purely used as a nursery which is bright colourful and filled with toys and lots more exciting things!

I have two assistants who are a huge help.
They are both safeguarding trained and qualified, Paediatric first aid qualified and both have enhanced clear DBS checks.

My Experience

I enjoy every moment of being in the company of the children. As my mum and sister are also childminders and also own a day nursery, I have grown up in a childminding home. I have a broad knowledge, understanding and experience of childcare. All children are treated as one of the family in our home. Lots of fun and laughter is guaranteed in our home. Activities daily such as arts and crafts, cooking with all children who get to take samples home for mum/dad/carer or siblings. We also visit parks and play games indoors and outdoors.

Activities are also featured around Mother's Day, Father's Day, Easter, Halloween, Birthdays etc.. There are too many to list :)

I also cater for children who have food allergies i.e. Wheat, dairy or celiac etc... I work very closely alongside parents, taking into account every child's dietary needs.

Weekly tasting sessions are now being introduced encouraging the children to sample different fruits/vegetables as part of healthy eating.

Photographs are taken whilst children learn (with parents/permission & consent) these will form part of the child's learning journey folder which parents will keep once completed. Also parents are provided with a daily contact book stating the activities their child have completed that day, the food they ate, the times they slept etc.. This will give parents a full 'picture' of their child's day.

My Qualifications

Cypop 5 Pacey - Cache - Understand how to set up a home based childcare service - 4 credits at level 3
DBS (CRB) checked for my husband, my assistant and I.
British Red Cross First Aid for Child Carers
Level 2 - Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering
Safeguarding Children - Kwango via Essex County Council
Full Uk Driving Licence
Member of PACEY formally known as NCMA
Full Public Liability Insurance for Childminders
Safeguarding Children (ESCB) Level 2
Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (Professional development course)

My Availability

Monday - Friday: 7.00am - 9.00am

Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 6.00pm

Monday - Friday: 7.00am - 6.00pm

Monday - Friday: 7.00am - 6.00pm

Full time childcare from birth upwards.

Both Term time and holidays are available.

Please contact me to discuss further

Weekend care currently unavailable .

I can currently drop off and collect from Janet Duke Primary School & Phoenix Primary School.

13/9/2019 Update: Limited availability.
Please contact for available spaces and further information.

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Last Updated: 30/06/2020

My Fees

  • Babysitting from £10.00 per hour
  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

Please call me or email me for a full break down of fees based of your individual requirements

All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) are included in my fees throughout the day plus mid morning and mid afternoon

We are now a FEEE registered provider for 3 & 4 year olds as well as 2 year olds (15 & 30 hour funding- subject to eligibility)

We accept various work place voucher schemes.

We accept tax free childcare. Please

My Local Schools

My Documents

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  • Exam Certificate: Cache - Childminding Qualification - 4 units at level 3 (added 03/06/2019)
  • First Aid Certificate (added 03/06/2019)
  • DBS Check (added 03/06/2019)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 03/06/2019)


Below are the latest reviews for Zebras Tots. 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.

Zehra took good care of my boy for close to two years and my girl for over a year. She was fantastic with them. My little boy was a picky eater when he started at Zehra's. She did not mind at all, she went out of her way to ensure he ate well and slowly introduced him to food the other kids ate. Now, his range of foods has widened. My girl loved being at Zehra's. She had a really hard time when we had to move. Zehra made each child feel uniquely special, told them often how happy she was to have them, celebrated them on their birthdays and other special days. She gave daily updates and was quick to let us know when a child had a rough day. That way, we were able to pick up illnesses very quickly or able to make quick adjustments to suit the child's needs. Zehra was truly fantastic with our children and the kids look forward to stopping by hers to say hello and have a quick chat.

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

by about Zebras Tots on 25/02/2020

My son was in the care of Zehra and her team for just over a year. My son has loved every single moment of his time at this setting. He has always been happy, safe and adored. My son has left to start the next chapter in his early year’s education journey.
The setting has a homely feel, it is welcoming, very clean and well resourced.
Zehra welcomes all new children and I genuinely believe she treats each individual as her own. Not only does she cater for the children’s individual needs but she also treats them as her own in the aspect that it’s a big family and she truly cares for the children. It is evident that her career is more than a convenient job- it is her passion and dedication.

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

by about Zebras Tots on 02/01/2020

My daughter ( now age 2) has been with Zahra just over 9months, 7am-6pm 2 days a week so I needed Somone I trusted to watch my child for long periods of time. I was such a panicked mummy when trying to find child care I must have interviewed with at lest 12 other people but I just didn't feel connected with, then I meet Zahra and I instantly felt at ease she is so understanding and patience helping me to feel more settled leaving my child. My daughter instantly loved her and her family she will ask for Zahra on my days off and is very excited to see her in the mornings, it's so heart warming to see the bond they have together. She makes days fun while learning and my daughter has come on leaps and bounds in her learning and can even count to 12 at the age of 2! I believe this is down to Zahra and her brilliant work ethics. I reserve pictures thought out the day of different activities my daughter is doing and know that i can always do a quick message for an update on how she's doing when ever I need. Me and my husband love Zahra and feel she has become a part of our family. I am currently pregnant and have no doubt in my mind that I will be putting my next child in with Zahra too
I can't ask for a better childminder.
I would also like to add her husband and assistant are also fantastic and such kind loving supportive people, they make such an amazing team.

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

by about Zebras Tots on 30/05/2019

Zebras Tots is brilliant .

My son love being there, he felt right at home. You feel relax and comfortable from the first meeting.
They go above and behind for their little tots.
I highly recommend Zebras tot.

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

by about Zebras Tots on 30/05/2019

Zehra is an OUTSTANDING childminder. I can not fault her at all.

My son has taken to Zehra so well since starting full time in September. She has a firm but fair manner & the children respect her & enjoy being with her. My son tells me he ‘loves her’!.

Her house is spotless - she disinfects everything (unlike some nurseries )!

The food is good & the kids get generous portions which is important if your child is a big eater like mine!

My son has Eczema & she handles that so well always the first to notice if he’s having a flare up.

She is always reliable and always contactable.

Christmas, Easter, Halloween- whatever the occasion she goes all out dressing up & doing activities for the kids so even though you are at work the kids don’t miss out.

Even when she goes away she’s always thinking of her tots & brings them back treats.

Having been a working parent Zehra understands the pressure of working & the guilt that mums can feel & does her best to support you.

Thank you Zehra, we love you.

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

by about Zebras Tots on 17/01/2019

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