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Childminder in Southsea

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2010 Last Updated Dec 2020 Last Login 04 Dec 2020 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare

About Me

Ofsted Registered "GOOD" Childminder Working hours 8am 5pm Monday-Thursday
Not doing school runs due to COVID-19

Hello there! My name is Leah & I live in a very spacious home in central Southsea near Victoria Road North, with my Husband Andrew and our two children Jasmine and Jack. No one smokes in my home, Pets include a fun loving male cockapoo called Bruce & tropical fish.
I have a large enclosed garden with a wooden sensory playhouse and lots of other garden toys.
I grow fruit and vegetables in the garden and at my alotment with the children I care for as this expands their knowledge of the world and encourages good eating habits.

I offer high quality care in a warm homely environment that makes children feel safe and secure.
The children have a choice of playing in the double lounge where the children can spend quiet time in the mini library, play with jigsaws make music or the kichen/diner room where we do most of our messy play, and also in the garden. I encourage the children to make themselves comfortable, But to treat my home and each other with respect. We follow simple house rules too. I have been Registered since 2009. I provide a fun, stimulating, educational, calm and relaxing environment for babies & young children.

In my home we do creative fun involving natural resources, paints, pens, water, sand,gloup chalking, messy play & baking.
DUE TO COVID WE ARE ONLY GOING TO OUTDOOR SPACES SUCH AS THE WOODS THE ALLOTMENT AND PARKS WITH YOUR PERMISSION,
We also have an allotment that we visit too, where children can dig, water and havest friuts and veggies, strawberries & tomatoes are a favourite!!! We Just made blackberry jam july 2020!

We visit local groups, including groups outside the area, which I will drive to. We sometimes catch the bus to visit places.

I have an annual membership for (Staunton Farm), and the Blue reef Aquarium.
We go to the beach and splash pool in the summer.
We visit the woods, And go to Fairthorne Manor & Queen Elizabeth Contry Park for Forest School ,
(I am a Forest school led childminder)
Southsea Library, Local parks, The butterfly House, The museums,trips on the bus, local shops and anywhere interesting we can think of to stimulate and educate your children.
We also visit indoor play areas, mostly when weather is bad which is included in the fees no extra cost to you.

My aim is to provide a high quality service of childcare to children and babies. I live in Southsea.

Following the Early Education Framework & the new Education inspection framework
I use the Evidence me app for my children's learning & trackers. I also use Whatsapp and take pictures (with your signed permission) of activities/projects we are invloved in and places we visit and what we are up to on a daily basis which is good practice for sharing information with you.

Other Resources, (Unisex)

Books
Puzzles
Craft Time
Messy Play
Painting
Drawing & Colouring
Music, singing time
Board Games
Natural resources
Role play dress up
Baking / Cookery

I am also a member of PACEY
and Connors Toy Library, where I frequently borrow toys and games to give my service a good turn around of new toys & equipment.

I can except 30hour Funding from age 2yrs - 3yrs & 4yrs
I can except 15hour Funding 3 & 4yrs

Forest Childcare Association Member
Outdoor outings contribute to learning and health. These benefits apply to me as well! Being out in the woods with the children is one of my favourite parts of being a childminder. It is wonderful watching how alive the children become when they were exploring the great outdoors and how recharged I feel watching them play. I am giving children a really great experience, better than the most expensive toy in our play room, and more special than anything they would be ‘learning’ in an overcrowded play room.

Graded "GOOD" By OFSTED

My working hours are 8.00 am 5.00pm

I do a minimum of 2 full days a week for 0-5 as I have found from experience that young children find it very hard to settle when only coming 1 day a week.

Referenes avalible on request. You can also read my reviews too :@)

My Experience

I have gained my experience from a young age being the eldest of six! My Mother was a childminder too so it seemed natural to me to follow her profession.

I have also gained more experience with my own and my friends children & have been childminding for just over 12 years now.
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I am registered with Ofsted and am up to date with polices and procedures I follow EIF and am constantly training in order to keep my knowledge up to date and relevant.
I also attend courses and workshops regarding all aspects of childcare.

Graded "GOOD" By OFSTED

My Qualifications

First Aid Qualified. 2019
CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Home Based Childcare.
CACHE Introduction to Childcare Practice
CACHE Working in partnership with parents in the home-based setting
CACHE The childcare practitioner in the home-based setting
CACHE Childcare and child development (0-16) in the home-based setting
CACHE Planning to meet children’s individual learning needs in the home-based setting
Food hygiene & safety level 1 & 2 2019
Child Protection level 1 & 2 2020
Early Language training & english as a second language
Being a key person in eary years 2020
Keeping Children safe online 2020
Cretificate of excellence Childcre.co.uk 2020
Tracking childrens progress 2018
Outings webiar 2020
Rick assesment training 2020
muilticultural Britain 2019
CRB CHECKED
Ouality Assured
Prevent duty training 2020
GDPR Training 2020
Own car MOT & fully insured
Forest Childcare Association Member
Age 2 check update training 2019
Schemas Traning
British Values training
ICO registered since 2014


Graded "GOOD" By OFSTED

My Availability

no spaces
Not availble on Fridays

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes no no no
Morning yes yes yes yes no no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes no no no
After School yes yes yes yes no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 02/12/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

£5.00 Per hour per child This includes healthy snacks & all days out such as playgroups blue reef, Staunton petting zoo, Forest school, indoor play area's such as Pirate Pete's & Crazy kaves Bus rides and other fun adventures!! :@)

My Local Schools

My Documents

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Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Leahs Childcare. 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.

Leah is a great childminder, and has taken care of our daughter so well. She's really helpful, friendly and our daughter loves being there. They do lots of really nice things, like going to her allotment, going out into the countryside, and you get a lovely write-up each day about what they have done. I couldn't be happier with her as a childminder, and would highly recommend her.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Avatar for LDR LDR about Avatar for Leahs Childcare Leahs Childcare on 26/11/2020


Response by Avatar for Leahs Childcare Leahs Childcare on 01/12/2020:

Thankyou for your lovely review

We have been with Leah for 10 months now and we are very glad we have found her! Our daughter (now 16 month) enjoyed Leah from day one and is always super happy to go at her place. Our daughter has some special needs and Leah has been a very open-minded childminder since the beginning. We feel really lucky about it and feel very confident that she will provide the best care to our little one.
Leah is super lovely, flexible and funny and it is always a pleasure to bring or pick up our daughter. Leah offers plenty of activities to the children in her care. Even if our daugther is still litlle, she enjoys the company of the others and is taking part in the forest and beach walks, gardening activities, visits to the aquarium, etc. When our daugther was younger, Leah booked at several occasions a sensorial room for her so that she could get an optimal environment to fully develop. Leah always provides a summary of the activities they did during the day and we really enjoy reading about it. She sends some pictures through Whatsapp as well, which is reassuring. Our daughter is doing amazingly well in Leah's care and so far, she has never been sick which is I guess an advantage compared to larger settings.
Leah really is fantastic, and we feel extremely grateful that our daughter is being cared for by her :)

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
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by Avatar for Marine Marine about Avatar for Leahs Childcare Leahs Childcare on 25/11/2020


Response by Avatar for Leahs Childcare Leahs Childcare on 01/12/2020:

What a nice review!! She is a joy to look after x Many Thanks :@)

Our little boy has been going to Leah’s since he was 14 months (now 30 months) and he has loved it since day 1! On the days he doesn’t go to Leah he is always asking when we’re going to Leah’s and when he’s going to get to see Bruce and his friends!
He’s learnt so much from Leah and comes home everyday with something new! She also provides lunch and so he gets to try new things I wouldn’t necessarily make
She’s flexible and super accommodating and has a genuine love for her job and the children she cares for.

Even with covid she has done all sorts with the children and has kept things as normal as possible so the children are anxious about the pandemic etc

All in all I couldn’t recommend Leah anymore than I do! She’s fabulous

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for sophlenn sophlenn about Avatar for Leahs Childcare Leahs Childcare on 20/11/2020

My two year old has been going to Leahs for a year now and he loves spending his time there with his friends. Leah always sends picture updates with the activities they have been doing and has a really lovely relationship with him. Leah also is willing to be flexible and has a fun energy which the kids love!

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
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by Avatar for Rosie Rosie about Avatar for Leahs Childcare Leahs Childcare on 30/01/2020


Response by Avatar for Leahs Childcare Leahs Childcare on 30/01/2020:

Thankyou Roise
This means alot

We have been with Leah now for a year and I cannot speak highly enough about her. Our now almost 2 year old daughter from day one has loved going to Leah’s!
Leah has a warm, inviting, caring personality and it was immediately evident that we made a great choice in terms of childcare. Leah does so much with children in her care, from music groups to trips to Staunton farm, to beach days, playground visits, and even while at home-the paddling pool comes out or the children can play in the garden. It’s never easy to leave your child but Leah makes it easy as she develops such a strong bond with the children in her care that you know they are with the next best thing to you. She’s flexible and accommodating and our daughter has rarely been sick (a huge benefit being with a childminder vs nursery in my opinion). She really is a gem, and we are so glad that our daughter is being cared for by her!

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

by Avatar for Mona Mona about Avatar for Leahs Childcare Leahs Childcare on 14/08/2019

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