My name is Vicky Birt and I live in the Efford area of Plymouth and I am Registered Childminder by Oftsed. I have two children, Lillie and Adam and an husband
We live in a Two-bedroomed house with an back garden and a dedicated playroom. Both inside and outside are equipped with various toys and resources for all ages with these being regularly updated and added to.
I love the outdoors and try and take the children out as much as possible to places like the beach, zoo, woods, parks. In the school holidays we go on day trip to woodlands, paignton zoo, Haddon forest and swimming.
I have worked in children since leaving college 1998, both as a nanny and in children's day nursery. I have now deicde to be come a childminder and lovely spending more time with my own children.
• Paediatric first aid updated in March 2013
• Elklan speech and language support for under 5 2011
• Working together to safeguard children advanced 2011
• Level 2 food safety in catering 2011
• Level 2 award in health and safety in the work place 2011
• NVQ Level 4 In Childcare and development 2008
• CACHE Diploma NNEB in Nursery Nurse 1998
• The outdoor learning environment 2013
• Understanding how to set up a home base childcare 2013
• Introduction to EYFS 2012
• Communication matter module 1 and 2 2011
• Understanding child sexual abuse 2011
• Information sharing in practice 2011
I will be open from 7.30am to 6pm all year, apart from Bank holidays and the week between Christmas and New year when i am closed.
|Last Updated: 01/04/2016|
Standard Hours (Monday to Friday 07:30-18:00) £4 per hours
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Vicky has become a valued member of our family.
Ruby, who is soon to be 3 started with Vicky when she was just 9 months old, I had to return to work earlier than planned and as you can imagine this can be a stressful time at it's best.
Ruby is my second child so I have used childcare before but chose nurseries over childminding, but I wasn't working so the days were few and not as long as I was at college.
I was recommended childminding by a friend, and Vicky was recommended by another friend.
We met briefly in the school playground where Vicky, as usual, was surrounded by children, 2 of her own and friends alike, they all just warm to her. This was comforting.
I was worried about the hours as I was going back to work 30 hours, long enough for a baby. But I had to as I was facing redundancy, if I didnt return, I would lose my maternity pay and redundancy, but Vicky reassured me every step of the way.
We went through Ruby's routine and her concerns, she had a milk intolerance at the time and there was a bit more detail than usual I guess, having never had issues or allergies before this was all new for me as well, but as usual Vicky helped and provided perfectly. Those who may be familiar with allegies that children do grow out of you have ladders, trial and error, for a mum this can be testing, for a childminder with many children you can only imagine. Vicky was brilliant, she bought things specific for Ruby to try and went along with this ladder. Ruby did later grow out of this, but with great patience and support from Vicky.
We've been through a lot of the developmental stages, from crawling and walking potty training and it has all been so much easier with Vicky on hand to support us. Ruby has had her reports and her developmental reviews with the health visitor and Ruby has been where she should be on the development tables if not exceeding.
Ruby loves to go to Vicky's house, she is her 'best friend, her favourite, she loves her' these are just some of the things Ruby tells me. Ruby always checks her day's she is with Vicky, and because of work commitments this is every day.
If I was a stay at home mum, or even part time working, I couldn't give Ruby even half what Vicky gives her, they have such a fun packed week from toddler group, Zoo visits, Woodlands, Aquarium, pic nics, soft play, parks, fairy hunting, woodland walks and so much more. Even a chilled out day at home in the cosy with all the toys that fill cupboards and drawers, sensory and messy play, paddling pools, dolls, hair dressers, the activities are endless.
Vicky always feeds Ruby lunch and Tea and there is always so much variety, home made.
Vicky has a huge impact in Rubys life as she has her so much, she is almost like a second mum, Ruby feels safe and happy at Vickys and we 're dreading the years for school, but im sure she'll make plans to stay with Vicky, even though the local school is no longer in my catchment area.
Ruby sometimes gets 1-2-1 with, just with the way the schedule works out and Ruby loves this.
Vicky really has a beautiful bond with Ruby and I trust her 100%. Ruby has a family home set up with Adam and Lillie and Nanny and Grandad, it really is lovely.
I cannot reccommend highly enough. 5* plus from us.
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