5 stars (4)

Childminder in Colchester

Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2010 Last Updated Jul 2019 Last Login 14 Sep 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours

About Me

I'm a mother of four children, three of which are grown up. The youngest is 15 years of age and attends The Gilberd.

Recently awarded outstanding by Ofsted, I really enjoy childminding and I'm passionate about child development, especially during the early years.

I offer childminding services from my family home in Myland, I take babies from one months of age.

My Experience

I'm PACEY registered and have been childminding for nearly 14 years during which time I have had the privilege of caring for and supporting the development of more than 70 babies and children ranging from one month to nine years old.

If needed I offer home cooked meals which are catered for; taking account of each individual child's dietary and cultural requirements.

In order to stimulate and support each child's development needs I focus on a range of activities including arts and crafts, music, messy play and lots more. I also attend several different toddler groups so the babies in my care experience social interaction and stimulation, I include fun walks to park and forest school, sensory play and many other fun activities with plenty of outside toys. My garden is extremely safe and secure.

I respect all cultures and have had the pleasure of caring for babies from varying backgrounds and cultures.

I am of a caring nature and believe that good interaction with the parents is essential. I provide regular feedback as each child develops and as each child experiences and learns new words or skills I will also ensure the parents are informed accordingly, so they too can enjoy and benefit from their child's development.

My Qualifications

1. Ofsted registered
2. PACEY registered
3. Cache level 3 Certificate in Childminding Practice
4. Qualified Counsellor and Art Therapist
5. Paediatric First Aid
6. E.Y.F.S Trained
7. Enhance CRB Checked
8. Safeguarding Children Foundation DHC
9. Child Development 30-50 months training course
10. Food hygiene course
11. Equality training
12. Managing child behaviour
13. Creative play and play therapy
14. Forest school trained

My Availability

Weekdays
7:00am to 5:30pm

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 no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 28/08/2018

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

Available on request

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 Documents

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Michelle. 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.

Michelle has had both my children from only a few months old and she has had an incredible impact on them both. They are polite and well mannered and they have learnt a lot of these key attributes from her. Both my husband and I work full time and are so lucky to have found Michelle. My daughter is 6 and my son nearly 4 so Michelle has worked with my children for over 9 years. She understands the importance of structure and boundaries along with the need for children to play, experiment and just be loved. She’s brilliant!

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

by about Michelle on 17/07/2019

Michelle is simply a guardian angel. She looked after our son for a year, from the age of three months to fifteen months, and during that time she was a true shining star in his life (in our lives, really!).

She is extremely competent and professional in the service of her call. She's very well qualified, as her profile attests, and she's got extensive experience as a childminder - my son was her 59th charge. She's got a heart of gold, a terrific sunny disposition and an infectious joie de vivre. Children are her passion and she’s incredibly in tune with their emotions and temperaments.

In her beautiful, clean, large and clutter free home, she provided the family life and environment that we desperately wanted for our boy, who has no extensive family in his hometown. She took him out for walks, baby and toddler groups, playgrounds, family outings and softplay areas. At home, she provided an excellent range of toys and mental and physical stimulation.

She showered our boy with love and attention and worked with us, his parents, as a team. She took note of our requests and made herself available with flexible hours when work commitments took us out of town.

She went beyond her call of duty when she became our friend - our dear friend - kindly reassuring us and sharing her personal experience as a mother of four beautiful grown up “children” with us.

Today, our son is a confident, happy and expressive fifteenth month old boy because she filled him with love in those hours of the day when we couldn’t do it ourselves.

We couldn’t recommend Michelle enough. Please, believe us when we say, she is simply a guardian angel.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Michelle on 27/02/2015

Michelle looked after our 2 year old son for a year and he absolutely loved every minute of it! He was getting ill at nursery and generally not enjoying it so I decided to use Michelle instead as I thought he would thrive in the family environment, more one to one attention and less children to catch things off!

He really loved Michelle like she was family and actually really misses her and her family and the other children since I took him out of childcare (I am on maternity leave at the moment). She genuinely loves the children she looks after like they were her own and does so many lovely things with them too! She is an amazing lady and I would recommend her to anyone wanting a real family atmosphere!

I will definitely use Michelle again for my new baby and my son when I return to work as she is definitely the best option. She is patient, kind, warm and thoughtful and lots of fun!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Michelle on 27/02/2013

Michelle cared for my daughter for approximately 2 years (Sept 2010 to August 2012). She does not go to Michelle's anymore only because she now attends school.

I instantly felt a rapport with Michelle - in fact our first visit lasted over an hour as I felt so comfortable with her! My daughter was treated as one of the family and adored Michelle. She was cared for alongside a few other children of varying ages, though she was the eldest. On occasion Michelle also kindly helped out by caring for my elder daughter, now 8, during the school holidays.

My daughter participated in many activities including playdoh (her favourite), games, painting, park visits and lots of dancing and singing.

Michelle encourages independence in the children she cares for but is always there to support them.

I would have no qualms about recommended Michelle and have indeed done so already. Family is evidently very important to Michelle and her caring and nurturing nature shines out.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Michelle on 13/02/2013

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