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5 stars (3)

Childminder in York

Female Non-smoker Member since Aug 2014 Last Updated Jun 2020 Last Login 14 Jul 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered

About Me

My name is Claire, I am 34 years old and live with my partner James, our son
Matthew aged 13 years and daughter Evelyn who is 6 years. Prior to
registering as a child minder I worked in a day nursery with children
between 2 and 11 years.

After juggling childcare and full time work myself for 8 years I know just
how important it is to find a high quality, reliable child minder. I provide
a caring home from home environment that children will love and enjoy whilst
working towards key learning outcomes outlined within the curriculum of the
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Child led and free play is encouraged
whilst we also have planned themes and activities throughout the year. I
provide the parents/carers of children in my care with daily feedback for
their own peace of mind and operate an open door policy whereby I am always
available at the beginning and end of the day to discuss additional learning
opportunities or areas of concern.

Our home is a semi-detached house where your child will have full access to
the living room, downstairs WC and a good sized secure/self-contained
garden. Play areas are well equipped with toys, craft materials and learning
prompts. I also allow access to the kitchen when children are helping with
cooking and baking or partaking in indoor wet play.

Use of the great outdoors is encouraged and we get out and about daily and
in all weathers! Locally we have a playground and green which are a 30
second walk from our front door, whilst the Rawcliffe Country Park, a
Lakeside walk/nature reserve and playing fields are all within a 2 minute
drive/ten minute walk of our house. We go on faulty outings to playgroups etc.
We will strive to accommodate all childcare requirements and would be
delighted to meet you and your child informally at our home to discuss these
whilst having a good look around!

I have just had my inspection and being rated good. My report can be emailed to you if requested. If you have any questions, or require any further information about our childcare then please do not hesitate to contact me.

My Experience

I have previously worked in a nursery with children aged between 2-11 years.

My Qualifications

CYPOP 5 Understand how to set up a home based childcare service.
Paediatric First Aid
Basic Awareness in Child Protection
Food Allergy Training

My Availability

I have immediate vacancies for under 5’s and before and after school care for Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary school. I also provide holiday care. I am open between the hours of 7.30am and 5.30pm Monday - Friday. I offer term time only contracts and all year round contracts.

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Before School yes yes yes no no no no
Morning yes yes yes no no no no
Afternoon yes yes yes no no no no
After School yes yes yes no no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 22/06/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.00 per hour

I charge £4 per hour for under 5's between 8am and 5.30pm for full time contracts. I charge £5 for breakfast club from 7.45am and £8 after school club until 5.30pm. Before 8am is charged at £8 per hour.

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

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Below are the latest reviews for Claire Holmes. 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.

My two-year-old daughter's been with Claire a couple of days a week since September last year and every time I drop H off, I'm thankful that I found Monkey Minders. Claire's gentle, caring and reassuring approach has quickly helped H find the confidence and sense of security to be away from me (something I thought would take a lot longer given how limpet-like she was with me!). Claire is always willing to go the extra mile for the children in her care and for us, the parents. She takes the children out to some great playgroups and has loads of fun with them at home too. She's a gem!

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by about Claire Holmes on 26/05/2017

Claire started looking after Zack when he was just 4 months old. She was an absolute blessing. Caring, thoughtful, kind. I just knew when we first met that she was going to be perfect and i was right. Not once have i ever questioned her ability to care for him. She looked after Zack as she would have her own children and that created that absolute trust. She was always taking them to playgroup, music groups and on outings. She was very active and that's wonderful knowing that my baby was having so much fun and interaction with others.There are simply not enough words to describe how wonderfully amazing Claire and her family are. They are kind, caring, loving and supportive. The hardest part about moving away from York is loosing Claire. I know Zack misses both her and her family terribly. I just hope that in the future when the time comes that Zack will need care again that we will only be half as lucky to find someone like her. :( :(

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by about Claire Holmes on 01/04/2016

It was hard to find a local childminder but only being 5mins in the car, it was a convenient location for us to get to.

Claire provided wrap around care for my 5 year old son while we were at work. He had fun playing and felt comfortable with Claire. He enjoyed eating his meals Claire had cooked and learned a lot about variety and vegetables there.

It's a hard decision to choose the right childcare provider but I never doubted Claire as a trusted carer for my child.

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by about Claire Holmes on 23/03/2016

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