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Childminder in Bournemouth

5 stars

Female Member since Jul 2010 Last Updated Aug 2021 Last Login 03 Nov 2021 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
Childminder Assistant Job
Free Smear-Test Childcare
Key Worker Childcare

About Me

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My name is Carmela Coady and I'm a fully qualified and accredited Ofsted registered childminder located in the Muscliff area of Bournemouth, close to Castle Lane. My home is also registered as a Day Nursery setting and I work with five assistants who are all fully qualified or working towards their level 3 childcare qualifications. Together we enjoy lots of fun activities both within the home and garden, and as soon as covid restrictions allow, we are looking forward to getting back to our weekly visits to the local parks, rivers, beaches, music groups, libraries, children's centres and local care home.

Our vision is to create a place that feels like home, where children feel part of the family and know that they are loved, cared for, listened to and valued. Families feel comfortable and welcomed into a safe and non-judgemental environment and understand that their views and personal perspectives are not only respected but celebrated and included in our practice.

Our passionate, enthusiastic and qualified team plan responsively, in the moment, keeping the children’s unique interests at the heart of everything they do, expanding their play experiences and uplifting them to reach their full potential in all developmental areas.

We know that each child is an individual with a unique set of capabilities and we aim to nurture their instinctive drive to explore, investigate and discover the world around them by providing an engaging environment that sparks curiosity and ignites a sense of wonder. We understand that, within a safe environment, challenges and opportunities to fail are excellent ways for children to develop their self confidence, independence and resilience and these are the magic ingredients to creating the empowered learners of the future.

My Experience

I am a mum of three lovely daughters aged 11, 10 and 5 years old. I have been childminding for over ten years, caring for children aged from 3 months to 12 years old. As a community childminder I have also provided short term respite care for vulnerable children and children with SEND. Before starting my childcare career, I was a Teaching Assistant working with children on the Autism spectrum aged 3-16 and leader of a Saturday morning respite club for children with learning disabilities aged 4-14. I have also had experience working with children in Reception class whilst gaining my Early Years Teacher qualification.

My Qualifications

I have Early Years Teacher Status and a BA(hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies.

I have attended courses on;

Principles of Good Practice, Medication Administration, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Signalong, Sensory Management, Team Teach, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Positive Behaviour Management, Special Educational Needs, I'm Not Just 2, I'm Me!, Supervisions, Every Child a Talker, Common Assessment Framework, The Revised EYFS, Supporting Children's Emotional Wellbeing, Supporting Children With Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Healthy Eating for 1-4 Year Olds, Childhood Obesity, Preschool Sleep Training, Promoting Positive Behaviour, Who Knew What You Could Do When You Are Two!, Raising Developmental Concerns, Substance Misuse Awareness, Food Allergies, Let's Talk about Maths, Prevent Duty, FGM, Communication Friendly Spaces, Observing, Assessing and Mapping Children's Progress, Enabling Environments in the Early Years, Understanding Learning Styles, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Family Separation and the Impact on Children, Movement Based Learning for 0-5 Year Olds, Growth Mindset, Reducing Educational Disadvantage, Foundations to Literacy, Potty Training Workshop, Self Evaluation, Reflecting on Outdoor Provision, Hygge in the Early Years, In The Moment Planning, ELKLAN Speech and Language Support for 3-5's, Mental Health in the under 5's, GDPR, Forest School level 1, Well-being and Involvement, Making it Better for Boys, From Stickers to Self Regulation, Neuroscience and Early Intervention, Exploring the Power of Play, Sensory Stories, Wonderlust: Nature Study, SEND: Early Indentification

I hold up to date certificates in;

Paediatric First Aid

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Fire Safety

Food Hygiene

Health and Safety

I have achieved Bournemouth Quality Standards Accreditation and the Healthy Early Years Bronze Award.

My Availability

Our standard hours are 7.30am-6.00pm, Monday-Friday and we are open all year round. I'm afraid we have no immediate vacancies but will update in the new year when taking bookings for September 2022 onwards.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning no no no no no no no
Afternoon no no no no no no no
After School no no no no no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 18/08/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

My standard hourly rate is £5.50 per hour, this includes entry to all of the the clubs and groups we attend and outings we go on.

All snacks and meals are freshly prepared and provided at a small additional charge. An optional hot evening meal can also be provided.

I offer a sibling discount of 10% and I will happily accept childcare vouchers or tax free childcare. I also accept the 15 hours a week early education funding and 30 hours extended offer for 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds.

I may be able to provide care outside my standard hours but this will be charged at a slightly higher rate.

Please contact me for overnight rate.

My Local Schools

This childminder has not yet informed us whether or not they provide any drop off or pick up services at local schools.

My Documents

  • DBS Check (added 13/02/2020)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 05/01/2017)
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Below are the latest reviews for Carmela. 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.

Our little one has been going to Carmela's for over a year now and we are so pleased we found you.
The effort and attention that everyone puts in is exceptional! I never worry about leaving little one as I know he will be looked after to a high standard and have an amazing day. Little one is always so excited to go and see his friends and bubbly when he gets home.
Carmela provides such a vast range of activities for them to do and get involved in, little one has learnt and developed so much from going here.
You get given a diary which tells you everything about their day which is great to see and read what little one has enjoyed and been up to.
Carmela and her team are just so caring and loving I wouldn't go anywhere else.

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by Avatar for Megan Megan about Avatar for Carmela Carmela on 18/08/2021

If you are looking for a thoughtful and caring home from home environment then look no further. Carmela and Simon have looked after my little boy since he was a year old and I can not recommend them highly enough. My second child will be starting in September at only 6 months old. Carmela provides a fun learning environment for all the children. My little boy loves going here and will be sad to leave to start school in September.
Carmela and Simon always go the extra mile hosting firework nights and Halloween parties for the children. They really are like an extension of our family.

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by Avatar for Emily Emily about Avatar for Carmela Carmela on 08/06/2020

Carmela has been an absolute godsend!
She has been looking after both of our children for the past 6.5 years. My son (now seven and at school) still absolutely loves going to see her, which is testament to her inspired approach to childcare. Still caring for my daughter, aged four, she provides an amazing welcoming environment where nothing is too much trouble, the children are allowed to play as they wish and are shown as much love and compassion as though they were her own children.
Together with her husband Simon, she encourages the children to try new things by learning through play, including cooking, dancing, learning about road safety, reading and writing, painting, messy play, singing and generally having lots of fun! Particular highlights for both my children have been the regular trips out and about, down to the river to learn about nature, and to other group activities including beach visits, Monkey Gym and Twinkletoes. The trips involving bus rides are the best!
We are so grateful to Carmela for the love and care she has shown our children, and could not have picked, nor wished for, a better person to have looked after our babies for all of these years.

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by Avatar for nickgibs nickgibs about Avatar for Carmela Carmela on 23/06/2019

If you are looking for a childminder in the area, then look no further than Carmella. She is simply amazing. She has cared for my two children (now 3 and 5) for the past 4 years and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is calm and organised and instantly puts the children at ease. She has always put their best interests first and some how manages to strike a balance between offering them a fun and relaxing environment, whilst at the same time, always being in control of the situation. She provides a loving, homely environment, cooking nutritious meals and providing relaxation and play so they can get the most out of their day.
Carmela follows the EYFS curriculum and comes up with so many fantastic new ideas of how to make learning fun and part of the children's everyday lives, she also gives us parents great tips on how we can carry this on at home. I'm so amazed at how well my girls have progressed and she really put in so much extra time and effort getting my eldest ready to start school with confidence.
During the holidays, no day was the same and she takes them on the most amazing trips, either for long walks, picnics at the beach or visits to places such as Alice in wonderland and Honeybrook Farm and that's on top of the usual weekly outings to the library, local parks, children's centre and nature tots.

The girls absolutely adore being with Carmela and feel part of her extended ‘family’, they are more than happy to go to her house because they know it will be jam-packed full of activities. Since moving house, we do a 1 hour round trip so our youngest can still continue at Carmela's, with no thoughts of moving her. To us it's 100% worth while to keep her somewhere she's so happy, comfortable and loves to be.

From my side, nothing is ever too much trouble for Carmela – she is always flexible to fit around my work schedule and would extend her hours to look after the children at short notice. She is always willing to help and go the extra mile. She is very good at communicating with parents, uploading pictures to the parents secure Facebook page, telling us all about the things they've been up to during the day and also through there personal daily diary's.
Carmela is a true star and I cannot thank her enough for the love and compassion that she shows to my children. Thank you Carmela x

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by Avatar for Tarahjan Tarahjan about Avatar for Carmela Carmela on 03/01/2017

My little one has been with Carmela since he was one year of age. He loves spending time there! She offers a happy, safe, and stimulating environment. She's always positive, creative and full of ideas for a variety of activities indoors and outdoors. They enjoy reading, cooking, playing instruments, painting, arts and crafts... they even grow vegetables and flowers! They are often out in the garden, or walk to the park or children centre.
I couldn't be happier with my choice and would definitely recommend Carmela to anybody looking for the best care for their little ones!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for annix annix about Avatar for Carmela Carmela on 29/07/2012

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