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, swimming pool 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, electronic devices and 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 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 July 2018
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: 20/02/2020|
- 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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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.
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.
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
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