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Samantha
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Childminder in Lulworth

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Female Member since Jul 2014 Last Updated Sep 2021 Last Login 25 Nov 2021 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
Key Worker Childcare

About Me

I am an ofsted registered childminder, army wife and mother of 2 boys (6 and 8) We move to Lulworth in September

We have a small dog called Molly she is a Llhasa Apso and she has grown up with my boys plus we have house rabbits, 2 mini flop eared rabbits Chloe and Snowball x

My Experience

Previously have worked in a nursery plus I have 2 children of my own

My Qualifications

Paediatric first aid trained
Level 3 childcare course

My Availability

Part time/ full time hours space available for under 5’s. (Tuesday-Friday)

(updated Ready for October 2021 - full time or part time space available from October 4th)

Please message me for more information

For school children I can only offer before and after to children that attend lulworth school or that get dropped off their

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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: 04/09/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.75 per hour

From £4.75 per hour full time space 4/5 full days (25-40 hours per week),

£5.25 per hour part time space 3 days or less minimum of 16 hours per contract (16-24 hours per week),

Wrap around care £5.50 per hour (minimum charge of 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour after school)

or

£5.00 per hour for 3 hours per day
(1 hour before school 2 hours after school )

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

  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 13/04/2020)
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Reviews

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I had used Samantha before and had no problems but after using her this week I was left very upset and seriously disappointed. Samantha had both of my children over one INSET day and when I collected them I was told that my 4 year son got upset at the playground park, when I asked why I was told it was because he wanted to go in the baby swing and she refused to put him in there because "he is a big boy and goes to big school". I felt this was so harsh but left it. I was also told he then walked around the playground upset with no details on whether she consoled him or tried to engage with him to make him feel better. When I got into the car, my son started to cry and I thought about this that evening. My son was a late started with everything I explained to Samantha that the swings is all he enjoys at the park and doesn't feel safe on the big swing. I explained this when she said he was upset about not being allowed to go in the baby swing. When I go to the park with my son (who is very small for his age), he often goes into the baby swing, I allow it and couldn't understand why she wouldn't allow him. I called Samantha the next day and explained my children will not be with her again because of the swing issue and was told "I never allow children in the baby swing". I explained that depriving my child of fun at the playground was not only harsh, but that there is no age limit on the swings, and really what she is doing is projecting her values, opinions and ideologies on who "should be in a baby swing" on my son, by not allowing it when he is small enough to fit in it and it would do zero harm to have allowed it avoiding him from being so upset. I was then told it then wasn't because he is in big school (different to what was said the day before), but because of his height, when just the week before we were in the same park and he was in the baby swings as he is so petite. She stopped my son from having fun on a swing because she felt it was more important to project "who she thinks should be in a baby swing", which is basically having a 'one size fits all' approach when if anyone saw my son, they could easily see that if he asked to go in a baby swing, there is a reason which is because of his lack of confidence and feeling safer in it. Nevertheless, children should be allowed to play on whatever they want at the playground as long as they are not unsafe and I was appalled that when I asked for a refund because of the upset caused and needing to pay someone else, she refused and did not even knowledge any wrong doing. Samantha told me she was moving and didn't have much by way of toys because of boxes everywhere, but made out not having them was ruining me booking them in when I assume she wasn't working anyway as no other children were there and she was moving house. If Samantha is happy to project her views in this minor area to avoid upset with a child, where else is this happening? I also had a report from another parent today that she saw Samantha walking with my children and she rather than walking with them, she was walking apart from them whilst on her mobile phone. I am very upset and highly disappointed because I think Samantha told me about the swing issue thinking I would side with her but she made the wrong judgement on this leaving my boy very upset and in tears and she didn't even care, and she just let him roam around upset on his own. She couldn't see the situation from my point of view when I explained about his lack of confidence, the upset caused and the fact that I as his mother allow him in the baby swing. I wasn't even listened to and find this disgraceful.

  • 1 stars Overall

by Avatar for Nathalie Nathalie about Avatar for Samantha Samantha on 15/09/2021

Samantha stepped in when our local childminder really let us down. After meeting with Samantha- I was very happy to place our two boys (9 months and 2 years) with her for emergency childcare. The boys loved every minute of the week they spent with her. Great communication. Would highly recommend!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for jwilli22 jwilli22 about Avatar for Samantha Samantha on 01/09/2021

Samantha had my two for ad-hoc childcare for one week and they thoroughly enjoyed their time with her. They were relaxed and happy when I collected and I immediately felt at ease from the first day. I will definitely use Samantha in the future and I highly recommend her services.

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by Avatar for Nathalie Nathalie about Avatar for Samantha Samantha on 22/08/2021

Samantha been fantastic with my son, he started when he was 10 months old and at first I was worried that he wouldn't settle in easily as he had missed out on socialising and baby groups due to covid.
But Samantha instantly put my mind at rest, its a home away from home, my son loves going and strolls straight in with out a second look
He's done lots of activities and trips to the local parks and I like that he gets out in the fresh air most times he's there.
Samantha has been really flexible,we are really going to miss her, I would highly recommend her to anyone

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Naomi Naomi about Avatar for Samantha Samantha on 12/07/2021

My two boys have both been with Samantha, My eldest went before wand after school and my youngest who was 2 went all day everyday, the youngest was very clingy and wouldn’t go to anyone else other than myself, however after a few weeks he was settled and was happy to go to Samantha everyday! He come on so much whilst being with Samantha, he loved his little friends and loved playing with the bunnies. Samatha was amazing and couldn’t be any more accommodating and always willing to go the extra mile.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Olivia25 Olivia25 about Avatar for Samantha Samantha on 09/07/2021

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