My name is Rachel and I live in New Haw. I have been a registered childminder since my own children were young; although they have now grown up I still continue to do the job I love.
I provide a loving, home atmosphere, where children can learn and have fun. Messy play, baking, crafts and music are just a few of the activities the children enjoy. A wide range of toys and games are provided in a large playroom which leads straight into the garden.
I like to get out and about with the children visiting local parks, RHS Wisley, soft play and Sure Start Centres. I have a fully equipped garden where children can explore, learn and play.
I have three grown up children and have gained many years experience in this profession.
I have a relevant level 3 childcare qualification and a current paediatric First Aid certificate. I attend learning workshops to ensure I keep up to date with any changes within the childcare profession. My Ofsted registration number is 121299. I achieved Outstanding during my last two inspections the most recent one took place in March 2016.
I am available from Monday - Thursday
|Last Updated: 22/10/2018|
- Childminding from £6.00 per hour
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My daughter has been with Rachel since October 2012, and even though she attends part-time pre-school now, I have been reluctant to let Rachel go completely as I see what a positive influence she has been on my daughter and also I am secure with the amount of care, support and affection she gives to my daughter and other children that are in her care. They regularly go on outdoor activities to playgroups, visits to the library, Wisley Gardens, Saville Gardens, to the farm and fruit picking to name a few. My husband and I often talk about my daughter has this alternative life where she does so many things and love looking through her record books and her updates on Babydays – which is a brilliant online system of keeping up to date with their activities. Rachel also does so much with them when they are at home – baking, arts and crafts projects, and lots of toys that keep them entertained yet keeping with that learning element. Counting activities, learning letters and writing – everything is encompassed in their daily activities. Rachel is very organised and always thinks of new things to do with the children. She prepares a 'termly' newsletter with her ideas for the forthcoming weeks for the children and also invites us as parents to provide suggestions.
Some parents may be weary of a small setting that a childminder provides, but she has provided the best of both worlds. Rachel mixes well with other childminders and is well aware of the local area and has planned both outdoor and indoor activities with them so my daughter has lots of friends yet she provides that TLC that young children need. This has prepared my daughter very well for pre-school despite coming from a childminder setting.
Rachel is also very culturally aware and has planned activities for global festivals like Christmas, Diwali and Eid and it has been lots of fun getting involved and seeing the end results of new craft and music activities. She also was very accommodating when my daughter started with Rachel, learning some new words herself!
It was very difficult when I started work and Rachel provided lots of support and advice. She accommodated different hours so that my daughter would get settled in to this new life. My daughter was not a sleeper and Rachel would often talk with her about different sleeping habits whilst she was there which was very helpful! When my husband and I thought our daughter was ready for toilet training after going out with nappies over a few weekends, Rachel was happy to continue the process during the days our daughter was in her care when we asked and it all worked out successfully. These are the small things that make me so happy with having Rachel in our lives – she is an extension of the family. It was Rachel that recommended that we start our daughter with pre-school as she thought she was ready to start mixing with a bigger group with kids of her own age which shows she really does want the best for the children in her care. My daughter remains with her once a week and though the other children are younger than her, she still enjoys her day there and Rachel caters activities for her age and rotates activities for all of them. Rachel works very hard in noticing how each child is developing and encouraging them to learn new things and ‘come’ out of their comfort zone without forcing them and when they are ready. My daughter was petrified of the paint brush when she began them and now is a confident painter!
She also teaches and encourages good manners – I will never forget the day when my daughter used to say “excuse me” to all the boxes in the way!
A testament to Rachel’s wonderful-ness is how she keeps in touch with parents of children that were once in her care. She has even organised day outings to their houses or invited them round for playdates.
Rachel is not just a childminder – she has an innate wonderfulness for caring for kids and making them develop a great understanding of the world.
I don’t hesitate at all with recommending Rachel - she is amazing and will be sso very sad when my daughter stops going to her formally but will definitely keep in touch!
Our daughter has been with Rachel since November 2010 and during this time I have had the opportunity to get to know Rachel and see her professionalism. Rachel has a unique ability to connect with young children whilst setting appropriate rules and boundaries. She cultivates an atmosphere of both learning and fun in her home. She has an incredible selection of toys and carefully rotates and improves them in a way that ensures variety and age-appropriateness. It is apparent that this is so much more than a job for Rachel, she has made childminding a career choice and her passion for it is obvious.
Our daughter has developed at an incredible pace over the last two and a half years and this has undoubtedly been impacted by Rachel’s commitment and consistency. Rachel works hard to ensure that she notices and encourages our daughter in the things that she enjoys as well as encouraging her in the things that she finds harder. Rachel works hard to introduce concepts such as ‘shopping’, ‘cooking’ and ‘the postman’ in a way that the children can relate to and is appropriate for their age. This has really enhanced our daughter's understanding of the world and aided her development. They have been on numerous trips to the farm, the beach and enjoy weekly trips to local toddler groups and places such as RHS Wisley Gardens.
Rachel has encouraged us to do things at home which benefit our daughter on her childminding days and help her to make connections, such as creating photo story books from our holiday, bringing home library books or encouraging her to take toys from home to Rachel’s. Our daughter has loved this and really enjoys talking about things that have happened.
Rachel gives me daily verbal updates on activities and progress, produces a photo-based folder which record the things she has been doing and asks for regular feedback.
Our daughter is always happy to go to Rachel’s house and is always happy when we pick her up. This speaks volumes about how content she is and gives us total peace of mind.
I have no hesitation in recommending Rachel to you.
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