My name is Trina, I am an Ofsted registered childminder and a member of PACEY. I live a short walk from Vicarage road ( Hospital side) within close proximity to local schools and have free parking outside my home.
With over 20 years experience working with children I have gained numerous qualifications including NVQ Level 3 in Early Years, hold a current, full DBS certificate, First Aid and child protection awareness certificate and continue to educate myself to keep up to date on all policies and procedures.
While I predominantly care for children from infant age to toddlers I do also provide care to young teens and can provide excellent references.
Day to day activities:
The children in my care have both physical and mental stimulation, obtained through various play groups including Hartbeeps, Creative play, parks, indoor play areas, farms, National Heritage sites, and leisure centres. Each child has their own individual academic and emotional needs, so I always work with you the parent/s to achieve their own personal development goals, which will enable them to flourish in a positive way and also encourage them to meet and socialise with other children to develop their social skills.
On days where we are unable to get out and about , the children get access to indoor activities including - painting, drawing, baking, playing with musical instruments, singing, and learning. With an extensive selection of books, games for all ages, dressing up clothes, arts & crafts, your child will have a multitude of activities to keep them busy throughout the day.
I have a private fenced garden, with sand pit, play house, bicycles & scooters, slides, balls, outdoor play kitchen including a mud kitchen and dining area with gazebo for the summer months.
As a mother myself to two grown up girls, I understand the importance of adequate childcare; it can be a daunting process, for both you the parents and child. I am here to help and will ensure that this transition runs as smooth as possible. Each child has different requirements, whether that be dietary needs, toilet training, nap time or educational support, I am able to provide knowledgeable experience. Parents have always complimented me on the loving and homely environment I provide for their children and my warm and calm approach.
Please do get in touch for further information or to visit.
Over 20 years, from looking after my own children, babysitting, childminding and providing short term emergency cover for families via social services.
Ofsted inspected November 2016 (Good)
Herts quality standard.
NVQ level 3 in Early years.
First aid for Babies and Children updated February 2021
Basic Food hygeine updated May 2019
Safe guarding updated May 2019
Child protection updated November 2019
I currently have both Full/Part time availability, for children of all ages. Although this changes at short notice, Please contact me to discuss your requirements to see how I can best help you
|Last Updated: 23/10/2021|
- Childminding from £5.00 per hour
- Babysitting from £10.00 per hour
I am competitively priced, please contact me for full details.
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.
- Ofsted Certificate (added 29/05/2021)
- DBS Check (added 07/12/2016)
Below are the latest reviews for Trina. 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.
Trina had been taking care of our two sons for the past 6 years. We were lucky to find her when our oldest son was 1 and we never looked back. When we had our youngest, Trina was an obvious choice.
She is so warm, smiley and always with a positive attitude, children warm to her really fast. She has an extensive knowledge of child development and continues to expand on this during her evening classes and webinars. I admire her energy and positivity.
We have always felt that she took time to get to know our boys personally, as individuals and adapted her days to ensure they settle in well. No need to say that it took no time at all for them to feel safe there, us too.
She follows EYFS when planning activities and ensures that they are fun and exciting, yet educational. She takes children out for day trips and cooks healthy meals. Her garden is an outdoor heaven, our son still talks about the bouncy castle she once hired for the children.
Both of our sons are now in the school settings but she is still very flexible with ad hoc childcare, babysitting and weekends. During the lockdown, she was our rock. She followed all government guidance but somehow managed to make it stress free for us and children.
She communicates promptly any feedback or concerns and keeps the record of the learning progress for each child. She follows the routine of each child and builds a great rapport with all parents. She is professional but also very friendly and warm. Her positivity and calmness really stand out and I think that is the reason children love her.
We really cannot recommend her highly enough. She is an absolute star.
My 2 girls (10 months and 4) have been going to Trina since the start of the year, when our previous childminder had to shut due to Covid. We were getting overwhelmed with work and desperately needed someone to help. We were inundated with replies when I posted my request but I am 100% convinced I chose the best option!
She lives in a nice quiet area, with plenty of parking space right near her house for dropoffs and pickups.
Both girls have settled so well there, even though the youngest had barely seen anyone other than immediate family when she started going. Dropping her off she is so excited to see Trina, and I know both are really well looked after there. My oldest has come on so well with her writing, numbers and letters since going there and they go on lots of outings to various parks, to feed the ducks etc. The older children do a large variety of different activities and crafts when there, and I know now things are starting to reopen she has a lot more fun trips planned.
She has also been really flexible when we’ve needed to swap hours around and even willing to work bank holidays if needed!
We’re so happy we chose Trina to look after the girls and I know they’ll both miss her when they stop going.
Response by Trina on 07/05/2021:
Thnakyou Joanna for the thoughful review, its been a real pleasure looking afyer the girls and getting to know you all as a family.
I know the girls are going yo do very well but will miss thrm very much.
I met Trina post-lockdown. I was completely frazzled, everything was up in the air and we were in urgent need for childcare... Trina saved the day!
The first thing you’ll note about Trina is how calm and caring she is. The kids just gravitated towards her and I’ve not had one day where they’ve not wanted to go (my 3 yo used to scream at nursery drop off). Even at weekends they want to go there!
They have daily adventures and very well structured days. They come back exhausted and full of happiness.
Parking is great. There is alternative routes to drive to the house, so traffic isn’t a problem.
I couldn’t recommend Trina enough... 5 stars doesn’t do her justice!
Response by Trina on 27/07/2020:
Thankyou for the lovely review, it was a real pleasure looking after your children.
I will miss you all so very much.
I wish you all the very best in your new home.
We’ve known Trina since last September when she started looking after our, at the time 8 months old, son.
As he was very little we were quite concerned he would have had difficulties settling in. Trina’s experience kindness and patience were crucial to ensure he adapted well to the new settings.
Our little one bonded very well with her since the beginning and developed in a crucial period of his formation.
She has always been in touch and kept us informed on how he was getting on.
We do not hesitate to recommend Trina to other parents looking for a childminder and we thank her very much for the care she’s given to our son.
We have known Trina for the past two years when she started looking after our older son. He was one year old when he started and settled in straight away. With her warm and loving personality she won his heart. We were impressed with Trina right from the beginning, particularly the way she engaged with our son. She followed his lead rather than imposing herself and our son quickly warmed to her.
Trina has a natural warmth and empathy which I think makes her stand out in her capacity to care for children. I was always impressed by how calm she is and how well behaved all children are in her care. She teaches them respect and boundaries in a kind and gentle manner.
She is knowledgeable about child development and safeguarding of children. Trina keeps up with her personal development by taking evening courses and webinars and offers advice when asked. She worked closely with us during our older son’s potty training and followed our lead.
She plans frequent activities taking into account the needs of every child. These include trips to parks, farms, museums, indoor soft plays, and music classes. During rainy days, she prepares activities at home: messy play, singing and dancing, reading and learning or our son’s favourite; building a gigantic train track in a hallway. In the summer, they had paddling pool and even a bouncy castle in the garden. She risk assesses every activity to make sure children are safe but this does not stop her from giving children fun and stimulating day.
Her house is always clean and her garden is a safe and fun place for children to let off some steam.
Trina has also looked after our son overnight. She kindly offered to take care of him when I went into a labour and we have never doubted our son was in good hands and well looked after.
Trina is now looking after our younger son who is now 11 months. She makes sure the house is safe for his exploration and plans activities appropriate for his age. She prepares healthy home cooked meals.
She is justifiably confident in her care of the children, yet communicates promptly if she has any concerns. She keeps a diary of everything our son does and learns during the week which makes the whole settling in period for us easier.
Trina has been unfailingly reliable in her availability and flexibility for as long as we have known her.
In short we have found her a wonderful carer for our sons, someone who has contributed a great deal to their development into happy young boys over the last two years, and a friend to them who they love very much.
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