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Hi, I have over 17 years experience in childcare and education, I am passionate about providing high quality childcare and using my past experiences and knowledge to support the children and their families.
I live on the Staffordshire border close to the local amenities and the new i54 site.
My home is smoke free and has a spacious child friendly garden and a separate Playroom.
I have a young daughter who is 6, who is very welcoming to the children, and loves making friends with the children in my care!
I aim to provide that small home from home learning environment for children and their families. I feel my setting has a warm, friendly atmosphere, with a home from home routine and environment which means that the children can enjoy real-life learning experiences like cooking, gardening, and outings to the park and library and local community. Including going to toddler groups, song time, soft play areas and local farms and parks. -All admission/entry fees to forest school sessions, soft play, toddler groups, farms etc are included in my fees, at no extra cost to you, no top ups required!
I can be found on social network sites, and phone directory Yell and Thompson.
I have 17 years experience within childcare and education I am passionate about providing high quality childcare and using my past experiences and knowledge to support the children and their families.
I previously worked in a busy nursery within a children's centre, with experience ranging from nursery nurse to a managerial role. I worked specifically with 0-3 years but also have lots of experience with 3-8year olds within the pre school and the before /after school clubs.
I then became a Childcare assessor in 2009, supporting/assessing/tutoring students through childcare qualifications for (NVQ and equivalent) Level 2 and 3 in Childcare, Playwork and Functional Skills, English, Maths, ICT.
I have a wide range of Childcare qualifications and regularly ensure my training and knowledge is kept up to date.
I Attend regular online training and monthly face to face training courses to further enhance and extend my knowledge and skills.
I'm a member of the Forest school association.
Paediatric First Aid
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Diploma in Home Based Childcare
NVQ Level 3 in Customer Service
Certificate of Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Functional Skills Maths Level 2
Functional Skills English Level 2
Functional Skills ICT Level 2
Management of Early Years Practice
Advanced Practice in Working with Babies
Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education
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|Last Updated: 29/06/2020|
- Childminding from £5.00 per hour
- Babysitting from £5.00 per hour
All inclusive of all outings, admission fees, breakfast, snacks and resources.
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My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Lane Green First School
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Below are the latest reviews for Ducklings. 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 adventure with Ducklings Childminding started over two years ago when my little daughter was only 12 weeks old!
Duckling Childminding is Ofsted registered childminder and provides free hours to 2 and 3 years old children.
Donna and her lovely family welcomed us very warmly and I have been assured I am leaving my precious baby in the best hands! Before Donna got to know my lo, she asked to write down my daughters daily routine, best ways to comfort her. She printed the pictures of the close family members to have it handy when needed.
Every day she was showing me a little diary how much milk my daughter had, how many nappies she did wet and how long her naps were. I've got an access to an online diary where Donna posts the pictures and writes about the progress my daughter makes. She settled in really well!
I see a smile on my daughters face every single day when I am coming to fetch her and I know she had a good day. Every single morning when I am dropping her off she gives Donna a hug and I am assured she's happy and safe!
Duckling Childminding takes her little ducklings to many different activities and playgroups like dance,singing, sensory play,story reading, yoga, farm and forest visits and many many more I can't think of at the moment. She's being very active with kids and she lets develop children their individual interests.
She attends different trainings and courses for childminders, keeps up to date with the safeguarding/first aid trainings and implements the knowledge into the sessions!
She never let me down, given a professional advice when needed when my child went through a different development stages.
Choosing a childminder is a big decision and I know I have made the best choice!! I truly recommend Duckling Childminding!!
Response by Ducklings on 16/01/2020:
Wow I'm overwhelmed with this review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed and amazing review.
I really am grateful to get to work with such wonderful families.
It has been more than 1 year since we started and we have constantly seen progress on our child. The activities are so various, from yoga for children to farm visits, from dancing classes to joining story groups, etc. We are so happy and thankful to have found you. Thank you
Response by Ducklings on 15/01/2020:
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback.
Here's to many more adventures!
Putting your child into the care of another person is a huge deal for parents, you can never quite be sure what to expect. We tried a nursery for our son initially but at 10 months old it was far too much for him and he left looking tired, worn and unhappy every evening and we decided we wanted a more homely feel.
Then we found Donna at Ducklings! Donna's setting is perfect, it provides a total home from home environment and you can see that Donna truly cares for each and every child she looks after. She is on hand to help develop your individual child. For example when my son was starting crawling she took him to soft play centers so that he could try, fall and not hurt himself. She notes current favorite toys and encourages them to play with them or even paint with them (cars through paint!).
Not only that but she and her lovely daughter develop a wonderful bond with your child which makes you feel totally at ease when you drop them off, less guilty for leaving them, safe in the knowledge they're happy and well looked after. Thank you x
Response by Ducklings on 28/07/2017:
Thank you so much for your wonderful and honest words. When I started I wanted to provide a home from home but stimulating and interesting setting for the children I care for and I think this review sums up exactly what I had hoped to achieve, I'm proud my home and family are both welcoming and friendly to all the children.
So friendly and clearly very passionate in what she does! My kids were right at home within 2 minutes of walking through the door! Lovely variety of activities for the kids, and someone who really cares!
Response by Ducklings on 25/02/2016:
Thank you for your lovely words, my aim is to provide a fun, challenging environment that is both friendly and professional when necessary, I love seeing children learn and develop and implement do all I can to promote this in a happy environment.
I'm happy this shows in your honest and supportive review.
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