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Childminder in Berkhamsted

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2014 Last Updated Oct 2019 Last Login 24 Oct 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
Tax-Free Childcare

About Me

My name is Alexandra Das, married with two children aged 16 and 15.

Since January 2016 I am working as an Ofsted Registered Childminder for children aged 3-11 years.

(Ofsted graded GOOD, September 2017).

I have completed childcare training, both in Holland and in the UK, and I am a member of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years). PACEY provides useful advice to parents and carers (childcare support, contracts, policies, etc.).

In the past I worked as a teacher in Amsterdam. My job was teaching Dutch as a second language to adults.

My services include:

-Childminding: before and after school (children aged 3 and over).

-Drop off and collection from schools in the local area (Berkhamsted, Northchurch, Potten End, Boxmoor).

- Preparing snacks, drinks and meals.

- Organizing play, craft and games in- and outdoors.

- Visiting local playgroups, farms and parks.

- Helping with homework.

- Transition into reception.

- Available for dog walking (separate public liability insurance).

Childminding: our house is situated close to Swing Gate Primary School and Thomas Coram School.
The children have access to a fully enclosed large rear garden, equipped with a selection of outdoor toys. Our garden has been re-landscaped and adapted to the needs of younger and older children. We have a wooden climbing frame with slide, swing, balance beam, stepping stones, playhouse, large trampoline, maze with wild flowers, play bark, large chalkboard, shuffle board, water table, football/ hockey pitch and dart board.

We have a dedicated playroom with a wide range of toys, books and a separate corner for craft, drawing and writing activities in the living room. Our premises are safe and suitable for children aged 3 and over.
Note: we have three (friendly) outdoor cats.

My aim: the children in my care feel happy, safe and listened to. They are learning lots of new skills as they play and explore.

Some of my interests: I love reading picture books (a few years ago I have published one myself about a little hedgehog), I enjoy playing nursery rhymes on the piano, doing craft activities and trying out new recipes.

I have lots of experience with gluten free or dairy free diets. Recently I finished a nutrition course which will give me the tools to provide professional advice about nutrition and prepare healthy menus.

If you would like to receive more information or if you would like to meet me, please feel free to send me a message. I look forward to hearing from you!

My Experience

As a mother of two I have of course lots of experience with children. Apart from being a mum to my son and daughter, I have always helped out in their schools.
When I was at university I used to work for a 'student babysitting service' in Amsterdam, a job I really enjoyed!

My Qualifications

Legal and professional requirements and services:
- Contract and policies
- Childcare vouchers and tax free childcare
- Liability insurance
- Ofsted registered
- Relevant childcare qualifications
- DBS checked
- Paediatric first aid certificate
- Basic food hygiene certificate
- Safeguarding Children certificate
- Full clean UK driving license
- Member of PACEY
- Non-smoker
- Inspected premises (suitable for ages 3 and over)
- Safe equipment (e.g. certified car seats)
- English fluent, first language: Dutch
- Working in partnership with parents

My Availability

Last update: 24 October 2019:
- Before school: from 7.30 am, incl. drop off at school.
- After school care: Mon-Fri.
Note: 2 spaces left on Tuesdays, 1 space left on Wednesdays, no spaces left on Thursday.
- Available for dog walking (if required): mornings and afternoons, between 12.30 pm and 2 pm.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning no no no no no no no
Afternoon no no no no no no no
After School yes yes yes no yes no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 24/10/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

- Rate: £5.50 per hour (incl. drinks, snacks, craft materials, petrol).

- Meals: breakfast £1, lunch or tea: £1.50.

- Settling in : one trial session of 2 hours, free of charge.

My Local Schools

My Documents

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  • Training Certificate: Safeguarding Children (added 08/09/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Food hygiene, Level 2 (added 02/02/2019)
  • First Aid Certificate (added 02/02/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Understand how to set up a home based childcare service (added 02/02/2019)
  • Ofsted Certificate (added 02/02/2019)
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  • DBS Check (added 02/02/2019)

Reviews

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Alexandra has been amazing. Our daughter started with her after a bad experience with another childminder and so we were quite worried. We needn't have been - Alexandra is thoughtful, caring and treats each child as an individual. Her set up is great - she has many toys and games and carefully plans activities with a fun educational thread. She's also great with parents! I can't recommend her highly enough - we are so pleased we found her.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Alex on 19/12/2018

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