Hi my name is Trina,
I am an Ofsted registered childminder and a member of PACEY. I live near Vicarage road and within close proximity to local schools, with free parking outside my house.
Over 20 years experience working with children I have gained various qualifications including NVQ Level 3 in Early Years.
I am able to care for children of all ages from infants to teenagers. I hold a current DBS certificate and an up to date First Aid and child protection awareness certificate.
Day to day activities:
I believe that children should have mental and physical stimulation, so we try and access various play groups including Hartbeeps, Creative play, parks, indoor play areas, farms, National Heritage sites, swimming pool and leisure centres. I understand that each child has their own individual needs, so I will always work with you the parent/s to accommodate their personal development, which will enable them to progress in a positive way. I ensure that the children get access to indoor activities including - painting, drawing, baking, playing with musical instruments and making cards. I've an extensive selection of books, games, dressing up clothes,
In addition to the above, I have a rear fenced garden, with sand pit, access to the trampoline (with consent), play house, bicycles & scooters, slides, balls, outdoor play 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 and that it can be a daunting process, for both you the parents and child. I am here to help and will ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible. Each child has different requirements, whether they have special dietary needs, toilet training, nap time or educational support, I am able to provide knowledgeable experience.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need any further information.
I am very proud of the way I run my Child minding Business. People love the homely feel for their children. I wanted a loving, caring environment so feels like home from home. Like a family unit.
We go to groups, day trips, outdoor play, art/crafts, swimming and we also do baking. I cater for all ages which allows a good balance within the house. Over my 10 years child minding I've produced home cooked meals and able to look after special dietary requirements.
I always work closely with parents to set goals with their child's development moving forward.
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 July 2018
Basic Food hygeine updated May 2019
Safe guarding updated May 2019
Child protection updated 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: 17/07/2019|
- Childminding from £5.00 per hour
- Babysitting from £10.00 per hour
I am competitively priced, please contact me for full details.
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- Ofsted Certificate (added 07/12/2016)
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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.
Trina started child-minding our 2 children nearly 3 years ago after she came very highly recommended. From the moment I met her, I knew that she was a genuinely kind and gentle lady. Our son was in primary school and our daughter was only 7 months old. Our kids settled in really well from the get-go as Trina provides a lovely home. Her gentle personality made us very comfortable leaving our precious kids in her care.
She has one-to-one interaction with the children, which is very important to us. She pays attention to the children's development and is always on hand to answer any questions. She always provides balanced meals for the children. Her house is always clean. One very admirable characteristic of Trina's is her gentle yet firm personality. She instills discipline in the children by teaching them to be polite, share and take turns with toys or books. She takes the children out to playgroups and farms. She provides fun activities such as crafts at home too.
What I loved the most was that she kept a ‘diary’ for our daughter to show us what she had eaten, where they went, how long her nap was and when she did or said new words. She also took pictures of her which she put in her diary. This really helped us know more about how our daughter was spending her day. It also re-assured us that she was in very good care and having fun. This I found was her unique style of child-minding.
And when she picks up our son after school, she provides after-school activities and meals too. She's very good with children of all ages.
Trina is reliable, trustworthy and passionate about what she does. Our children absolutely love and adore her.
Thank you for all the care and love you have given to our children, Trina. We are full of gratitude.
I would highly recommend Trina.
We have used Trina as our childminder for two of our children over the last 8 years or so, one of our children has special educational needs and learning difficulties and we were very pleased with the way Trina has worked with these issues, and she has attended courses specific to these needs. Our son (with special needs & is now 12) still likes going to Trina and we are always made to feel very welcome. We cannot fault the service Trina has provided over the years, and would very much recommend her as an excellent child care provider.
Response by Trina on 23/01/2018:
Dear Ray and Tracey.
Thankyou for writing such a lovely review.
It’s been a real pleasure working for you and watching Zachary grow up.
I really look forward to having Zachary in the holidays as I miss him very much
My kids.had a great time while she was looking after them. For the first.time.ever i left.my boys with somebody .she's really trusworthy .reliable and v professional...thx loads Trina for ur services.xxx Hind
Response by Trina on 21/12/2017:
It was a pleasure to have your 2 boys, they really enjoyed the various board games ect
I know it’s difficult finding someone you can trust, I know the boys were very happy and content and would be happy to help you in the furure
Trina takes care of my now 5year old son for the past 9 months. Trina provides an excellent care, getting them engaged in art and craft, outdoor activities and day trips. She provides healthy and delicious meal and my son always look forward to going to her. She communicates well and always keep me informed with any changes or activities at my son's school. She is such a pleasant person and provide such love and care to my son.
Response by Trina on 13/10/2017:
Many thanks Sonya, it was a real pleasure to care for your son.
Wishing him all the best in the future
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