Hello my name is Clare, I am an Ofsted registered childminder. I Iive with my partner Mark, our daughter Kayleigh and our grandson born April 2021. Kayleigh is also my assistant. I have two adult sons who no longer live at home. We have a lovely dog, a Cockerpoo named Kodie born July 2019. He is very friendly and well behaved. It is not necessary for children to have contact with Kodie, this will be discussed with parents and children. Kodie does not shed his fur so children with allergies are not at extra risk.
We live in a lovely 5 bedroomed detached house in a lovely road in Camberley with easy access to the M3 and A30.
We have a large house with a large dedicated play room which is full of toys, games and resources for all ages and stages of development.
We also have a separate nursery where the children sleep.
Our garden is large and safe. We have a large lawn, patios and a separate play area with a deep bark layer on the ground. There are swings, glider, slide, climbing frame, Wendy houses, rockers, sand and water tables, ride-ons, trikes, bikes and more.
I live a 2 minute walk to a local park and walking distance to a lovely lake, shops, schools and Camberley Town Centre.
I am a driver but I like to walk almost everywhere as it is good for the children to get fresh air and exercise and see the local community.
We visit childminder groups, the park, lake, library, rhyme time and sometimes the farm and the beach.
I encourage creative play, such as drawing, painting, cutting and sticking, model making, play dough,gloop and clay and much more.
I also encourage books. Looking at the pictures, reading the book, talking about the book and creating our own stories. We have books for all ages and stages of development.
Construction toys and games, such as mega blocks, soft blocks, Lego, stickle bricks, wooden bricks, k'nex and more.
We have jigsaws for all ages and stages of development, dressing up clothes and role play toys. We do musical movement which includes listening to music, dancing, balancing, rhythm, action rhymes and musical instruments for all and much much more!
At my last Ofsted inspection I was awarded Good. I was awarded Outstanding in the previous 3 inspections. I must point out that my standards have not slipped and there was no negative change to my setting or the way that I work. My Ofsted inspector merely informed me that they are no longer awarding outstanding to childminders as their bar has risen so dramatically.
DBS disclosures for all family members over 16 years of age and emergency/assistant carers
I am registered to provide overnight care at my setting and can also provide baby sitting care at your home.
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I am a mother of 3 children, the eldest born 1989 and youngest born 1998.
I am a grandmother to a beautiful little boy born April 2021.
I have been a registered childminder for over 30 years
I spent 6 years prior to childminding working in day nurseries.
PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID
DIPLOMA IN HOME-BASED CHILDCARE LEVEL 3
('A' grades achieved in all 5 units)
CHILD DEVELOPMENT LEVEL 4
CHILD PSYCHOLOGY LEVEL 5
HEALTH AND SAFETY
FOOD SAFETY IN CATERING LEVEL 2
THE PREVENT DUTY
THE SEND CODE OF PRACTICE
CHILD EXPLOITATION AND ONLINE SAFETY
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
REFLECTIVE PRACTICE IN THE EARLY YEARS
COMMON ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK
(Maximum results achieved)
(Maximum results achieved)
(Maximum results achieved)
(Maximum results achieved)
(Including Look, Listen and Note and Letters and Sounds)
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT- PLANNING FOR THE EYFS
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT- SCHEMAS
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT- OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT- STORY TELLING AND THE BOOK CORNER
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT- ATTACHMENT THEORY
PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT IN CHILDCARE
FURTHER PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT IN CHILDCARE
I IMPLEMENT THE EYFS
I AM ALSO A QUALIFIED BEAUTY THERAPIST.
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|Last Updated: 03/01/2022|
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We would like to wholeheartedly recommend Clare.
Our 34 months old daughter has been in Clare's care since June 2019 for two days a week. Having an
unfortunate experience with childcare prior to finding Clare we were extremely impressed with her knowledge, understanding of our daughter's needs, organisational skills and felt instantly comfortable with the settings.
Our daughter has settled easily and has a very strong attachment to her.
It is evident that the environment that Clare has developed has significantly contributed to our daughter's
development. There is daily structure that she can rely on, rhyme time, one-to-one book reading time, singing and dancing, garden play, practising alphabet and numbers and going to feed ducks.
Clare has also helped us with potty training.
Clare is exceptionally reliable, not to mention flexible whenever we need. We also believe that she has the right balance of well organised and incredibly caring. She sends us daily detailed updates, photos and videos and always makes sure that if our daughter does something new that we know it straight away.
During the Covid-19 pandemic Clare was exceptionally forthcoming and supportive and being key workers we really
needed that support. She adjusted the environment accordingly to fit the highest possible health and safety criteria while in such a situation and continued to care for our daughter during this time.
Our daughter is now ready to take her next step in her development and will be therefore leaving Clare soon. However I cannot stress enough how important Clare’s influence on her has been and how quickly our daughter has developed as a result of that.
We will be forever grateful to Clare for the time our daughter has spent with her and recommend her wholeheartedly.
I know that we will all miss her very much.
Lenka & David
We are writing in regard to Clare Welham and her daughter, Kayleigh, whom we believe are the best choice to be your child’s new childminders. Our 14 month old son, Younes, has been under their care since February 2020 for 3 days a week. We instantly felt comfortable and in peace when we met Clare and Kayleigh for the first time. They are warm and kind people, who are well-versed in child development, both due to their educational qualifications as well as their natural affinity towards children.
They have a beautiful large home and garden with many facilities and areas to play, with a wide-variety of toys for children of all ages. They provide daily structure and routine, with different daily activities, such as rhyme time with musical instruments, book reading, sensory play, and feeding ducks.
They do much more than merely supervise Younes. They devote their full attention to each child and give them what he or she individually needs. Younes initially struggled with eating solids, and Clare was kind enough to make suggestions and give us ideas of how we could improve this. She also supports and encourages him in terms of his development, such as practicing walking, and teaching him animal noises to his amusement. He is learning something new every day!
Our favourite part of the day is receiving pictures of our son. We absolutely love the detailed daily Whatsapp texts about how Younes’ day is, the activities he enjoys, when and how long he slept and whether he ate his lunch/dinner well.
The qualities that we like about Clare, is that she is very thoughtful and caring. Two weeks ago she saw Younes standing and it looked like he was about to take a step. She rushed for her phone to record it as she didn’t want us to miss his first steps. She also bought Younes a gift and a card on his birthday!
Clare is also very honest and clear, and we appreciate that she kept us up to date during the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of the new childcare regulations and government guidelines, as it helped us to know what we could expect. Clare knows how to structure time well, but she is also flexible. I was very pleased that she was flexible around my work commitments, as a key worker, to remain open for Younes during these very unusual and uncertain times.
All in all, Clare’s approach to caring for our child complements our parenting well, but she also respects our personal views. We have seen great developmental progress in Younes and it would be our sincere pleasure to recommend her.
Mohamed & Nassira
My Son George has been with Clare since I returned to work in January 2014. For the first 3 months he was doing 2 days a week with Clare and then my parents were able to have him for a day so she has been having him one day a week. George is clearly very fond of Clare often referring to her when he hasn’t been with her for the day or over a week due to holiday. He has come on leaps and bounds under her care. He is quite a sensitive child and she has been very mindful of this giving him lots of time and attention especially so in the early days when he was settling in. He has always slept and settled well for sleep with her which is a sign that he is a very happy little boy when he is with her.
I have, since the moment I met Clare, felt she was the right child minder for our son and have always felt confident leaving him in her care. She has prepared him well for nursery which I think he is now ready for. It is only due to a job and house move that George is having to leave her lovely care.
When we were looking for a child-minder for our daughter (she was a year old then), we really wanted to find someone who would make her feel at home.
As first-time parents, leaving a child in someone else's care all day was a hard decision but we’ve been reassured by Clare's thorough approach to communication.
Clare and her home is so welcoming and informative, and really did make the transition so easy for us! Our daughter always seems so happy there and loves playing along all the different activities! She settled there very quickly, it truly does feel like it's her home away from home for a few hours a day :). We meet her full of excitement every evening. Clare always makes time to have a chat at the end of the day about all her meals, her milk feeds, nappies changes and naps, which is highly beneficial and reassurance for us that she had a good day. Also she discuss our daughter’s progress and development time to time.
We are delight that our daughter is having quality reading time on daily basis. Clare takes the children to other child minder’s home, parks, to feed ducks, etc on regular basis and help them to socialise.
It feels like we've found an outstanding child-minder and confident that our daughter is benefiting from every day spent in Clare’s care.
My 16 month old son has been in Clare’s warm, friendly, efficient and reliable child care for the past few months and I would recommend her as a child-minder.
The facilities are extremely impressive – I couldn’t believe my eyes when I initially went to meet her and see her home! The playroom is covered head to toe in exciting toys, books and activities for children of all ages. The beautifully maintained garden offers a huge assortment of activities providing a real haven for outdoor playing which is also extremely safe. Both the house and garden are absolutely immaculate and provide a lovely environment for the children to be in. Clare regularly takes the children out for walks to the lake to feed the ducks so the children get plenty of fresh air.
A lovely, safe, happy and friendly home for your child to be in. Thank you Clare!
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