Childminder in Bishops Stortford

Babysitter in Bishops Stortford

Female Non-smoker Member since Apr 2014 Last Updated Jul 2019 Last Login 22 Aug 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Evening Babysitter
Newborn Experience
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

Manor fields childminder graded outstanding with 20 years experience. Through play and nurturing I develops can do attitude in my kids.

My environment is set up to meet my kiddies needs and interests. My children learn through taking risks , having their learning scaffolded by me, by working with their peers as a team . I value all year round outdoor play, child led learning , developing a can do attitude where each child knows they are loved and valued for just being them . My garden is astroturf, my kids love to explore messy play from the day they start!

I have a full time space for Manor Fields school.
Possible full time under 5 space in September 19.

My thing is outdoor play and allowing children to develop into independent learners.I love my job with a passion and am so so proud how brilliantly my childminding children are developing. At the core of how I work is enabling children to feel secure and loved. A child who feels valued and knows that that both they and their parents have a voice that is listened to can achieve anything.

I provide a home from home environment with the benefit of me having a strong knowledge base. All my children have gorgeous personalities. I put a strong emphasis on sharing , being kind and good manners. My older children have grown up in my care from an early age and have learnt positive behavoiur from the older children and now act as good role model to the younger children. My home is like an extended family where all play together.

I have been influenced by Pen Green , in Corby , where I studied at in 2015 and 16. The more I read, the more I understand the dynamics of how children work and therefore I can support their learning to a greater degree. Pen Green is a research base which focuses on true child lead learning, working closely in partnership with parents and supporting children's schemas. Where I was taught by internationally acclaimed teaching staff which impacts positively on how I care for my children and support you .

I use the baby's days website for childminding. This allows me to send parents photos, diaries , notes and observations during the day, which everyone loves. I also use what's ap and have group for my parents to share info if they wish.

I use retrospective planning which means I set up my environment to meet the. Hildrens needs and interests and then scaffold their play to develop their learning.

I have all the usual certificates from NVQ3 in childcare and child protection to the usual first aid certificates. I do lots of on line training and love research books. To me knowledge is like unlocking the door into the child's mind and seeing why children behave in certain ways. This enables me to focus my care on not just what the child needs to learn and their interests but also think of imaginative ways of enabling them to achieve their full potential through their play.

I work out of the box. Encouraging children to choose what to play with with, how to use it , to be engaged and to problem solve. Under the influence of Pen Green I encourage my children to make dens, climbing frames from crates and planks and to explore through lots of messy activities. I use Alistair Bryce Cleggs ABCs, which is providing a range of fine and gross motor skills activities to aid early writing, this ranges from using brooms to develop their shoulder strength to using pegs to develop their finger control. All things children need to develop so that they can write when they get older.

I am lucky to have an astro turfed garden, a sand area, lots of garden tables with toys. I have things like an outdoor painting wall, chalk and white boards, a large range of outdoor toys. My 6 foot tree house has rocket slide, rockwall and cargo net. I recently added an outside covered area which is invaluable.

My toy room floor is covered with number and letter mats. Fun and safety linked all in one! Earlier this year I reorganised my toys, I have 84 boxes, 39 trays and fitted wardrobe with toys available at all times. As well as numerous outdoor boxes. All toys are photographed and are in albums so even the little ones can look and choose what to play with.

My kitchen seats 6 and I have highchairs and toddler tables so all can cook, eat and have fun with messy play together. I promote healthy eating. I only offer healthy meals and snacks. All meals are vegetable loaded. Puddings tend too be fruit, but we will have cakes/biscuits if it is part of a celebration or we go to a toddler group.

I provide children with numerous resources, encouraging the children to think how they can use toys/resources to achieve their goals.

I started childminding when my eldest, now 25 was 3. I love having children around me and laugh that I have the best job ever. I get paid to play! My day starts at 5.30a.m so once children arrive I have food,activities and any housekeeping sorted for the day.

I link in with a brilliant pre school, Thorley christian centre. I can take/collect children to/from Manor Fields school.

I use my parents as references and have permission to pass on their numbers to prospective parents.

I have a dog called Finley who love kids . He is a 3 year old cockerpoo who is well trained , loves the children and is a wonderful snuggly member of my family.

I have three grown up children, David is 21, Kathy is 23 and Crissie is 25. Oh yes and one patient husband ! My kids are all growing up fast so I have lots of room in my home and heart for a new child and their family.

Presently I have a vacancy part time vacancy that could become full time.

You are able to access my email and phone number on my info.

Thank you for looking at my profile. Love to speak to you to talk further. I will leave you with part of my last Ofsted report .
Hope to speak soon.
Lucille Harris ( Lucy).

EY271184 Lucille Harris

Overall grade ...outstanding

Summary of key findings for parents
This provision is outstanding

? The quality of teaching is superb. The childminder's very detailed knowledge of how children learn underpins every interaction. She is alert to all possible opportunities to extend and enhance their learning.
? The childminder offers the children excellent opportunities for independence and self- care in order to prepare them as capable and confident pupils. She values children's ability to persevere and is very effective in promoting a have a go attitude.
? Partnerships with parents are superb. The incredibly successful relationships make a significant contribution to parents and children feeling confident and secure. The childminder places children's emotional attachments at the heart of her practice.
? The childminder's excellent tracking of children's progress and expert planning, based on the very precise observations and assessments, is having a very positive impact on children's achievements.
? Children have terrific opportunities to plan their own learning through play. The childminder offers an extremely well-resourced environment with creative storage that supports children in locating the things they need.
? The childminder fosters children's speaking and listening skills extremely well. Her teaching affords them a wealth of opportunities to use the words they know, to try out new words and sounds and to explore patterns and rhymes in speech. Children are attentive listeners and the childminder provides them with the ideal role model for acquiring language for communication and thinking.
? The childminder's commitment to continuous professional development is having a very positive impact on the quality of teaching and the experiences for children. Her practice is underpinned by academic research and the latest studies in early years education.
Inspection findings
Effectiveness of the leadership and management is outstanding
The experienced and qualified childminder provides a superb level of service for children and their families. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. The childminder maintains meticulous, detailed records about children's care to ensure their well-being. She has a thorough understanding of child protection and knows how and when to make a referral to the local authority. The childminder frequently reflects on her practice, seeking the views of the widest possible number of those who use her service and those who work in a professional capacity. The childminder uses her findings to identify and secure improvements, and recognises the opportunities to refine this process further to provide her with a more concise plan. The childminder makes excellent use of the professional relationships with other early years providers to enhance children's learning and to develop her skills to an even higher level.
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding
The childminder offers children a very broad range of extremely high-quality experiences. They all thoroughly delight in investigating what has happened to the bubble mixture that has been outside on a frosty night. The childminder encourages the children to explain what has happened and to describe what they can see and feel. The childminder offers a full curriculum for every child, both indoors and outdoors. She is exceptionally creative in her use of resources and this is communicated very effectively to the children, who all want to be equally innovative. Children are enthusiastic about books. They frequently choose to look at books and share stories. The childminder fosters their passion with her enthusiasm for their much-loved stories. The childminder is highly skilled in using children's self-chosen experiences to advance their development. She understands how children learn and what she can do to help them overcome any obstacles.
Personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding
Children's behaviour is exemplary. The childminder ensures they have the skills and attributes that enable them to manage things for themselves. This includes negotiating the sharing of toys, helping others to succeed and expressing their feelings in a positive way. The childminder makes the most of the opportunities for outdoor learning. Children, dressed for the weather, have the freedom to explore the many outdoor resources on offer. They have an incredibly well-developed sense of safety and risk. The childminder consistently offers challenging play under close supervision and gives children the necessary knowledge and skills to help them tackle new activities with gusto. Children are healthy and well. The childminder promotes a healthy lifestyle with enthusiasm. Children delight in making their own sandwiches and salad for lunch. They understand and explain the importance of eating well and following robust hygiene routines to keep themselves healthy.
Outcomes for children are outstanding.Children make rapid progress from their starting points. The childminder's well-matched teaching ensures children are confident, successful and ready for the move to school.

Call me for a chat.

Good luck in your childminding hunt

Lucy harris

My Experience

I have been childminding for 20years. During that time I have looked after many, many children. I have all the relevant qualifications, but more importantly love my job and am passionate about the role I play in seeing the children who come into my setting as young babies develop into gorgeous kind, clever , responsible and caring young people.

NVQ3 in childcare and child protection.
All the usual first aid and childminding courses

My Qualifications


My Availability

Part time under 5 space later in the summer.
Full time dor Manor Fields student

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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: 18/07/2019

My Fees

  • Babysitting from £6.00 per hour
  • Childminding from £6.00 per hour

£6.20per hour for core hours of 8 til 5.

My Local Schools

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