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Childminder in St. Helens

5 stars

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Female Member since Aug 2010 Last Updated Jun 2024 Last Login 12 Jun 2024

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year old Funded Childcare
3 and 4 Year old Funded Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Key Worker Childcare
Outstanding Rated

About Me

Welcome to Lynne’s little explorers!
An Ofsted 'Outstanding' home from home setting in the WA11 area of St Helens. Led by a degree qualified and experienced early years professional with a passion for providing a more natural approach to children's care, play and exploration.

Please contact us directly to be added onto our waiting list. Sorry we do not offer before or afterschool wrap around from any school.

About the registered childminder:
My name is Lynne and I have worked with children for over 30 years. My experience includes:
- private nursery settings with all ages and at all levels from Nursery Nurse to Manager. Additional roles have included health and safety officer, special needs coordinator, assessor of NVQ level 3 students and first aider in the workplace.
- as part of my 2 year Nursery Nurse qualification I gained experience within local primary schools and pre-school unit.
~ from 2006 onwards I have been a Ofsted registered Childminder providing high quality, professional childcare setting from my own family home.

Working with children is the path that I followed upon leaving school, now 3 decades on it is still my chosen vocation and is so much more than just a job. All this experience has really been invaluable and made me the true professional that I am today. Rest assured that your precious little explorers are in the safest of hands!

A little about our unique little setting:
* We are a true family-based setting which is unhurried, calm, cosy, loving and homely.
* We specialise in the care of early years children 4 years and under. Offering small group sizes to allow for quality interactions and tailored opportunities for learning.
* We are a Hygge in the Early Years Accredited setting - we focus on enhancing wellbeing, nature, slowing down and enjoying all those special little moments in our day.
* We are a nature-based setting - we offer daily opportunities to be outdoors all year round which brings positive benefits to our physical and mental wellbeing. Our approach ensures the wellbeing for our children and adults really is at the heart of everything that we do. We are extremely lucky to have many acres of woodlands that we can access directly from our doorstep.
* We are proud to be part of our local community when out and about on our adventures. We regularly meet up with other childminders outdoors to allow our children to play and socialise in a larger group which is a very special experience.
* Our curriculum offers a wide variety of rich experiences for our children. This has been developed by drawing on our knowledge of child development theories combined with 3 decades of childcare experience. We offer a child-led approach to education, inspiring curiosity and thinking.
* We are passionate about promoting independence and children engage in many practical life skills. We aim for our children to become life ready, not just school ready!
* We have a pet dog who is very much part of the family, and the children love their time spent with her (we do have a strict pet policy in place - sorry we will be unable to take children who have a fear of animals or whose parents stipulate they do not want their little ones to have direct contact with animals).
* We are passionate about being sustainable citizens and we consider the impact of everything that we do. We are more than happy to accommodate those parents who choose to use cloth nappies/wipes and have had ample experience of this.
* Our little explorer families are very much part of our setting. We like to develop positive relationships with all of them and keep them updated daily so that they feel they are not missing out on any part of their child’s experiences.

We feel it important to provide our children with a place where they feel relaxed, happy, valued and part of the little explorer's family. A place where childhood is full of joy, wonder and amazing memories are created. Here our little explorers are seen as unique, capable and competent individuals who are supported to reach their milestones in a natural and no-rushed way.

What does Ofsted say about our setting?
Our latest inspection was in April 2024 when we received our second 'OUTSTANDING' in all areas grading,
Ofsted quotes:
Overall effectiveness: Outstanding
Overall effectiveness at previous inspection: Outstanding

My Experience

As you have read, in a professional capacity. I am highly experienced in caring for other peoples’ children from new-born right through to school aged. I have cared for many siblings and a major advantage of my setting is that various ages can be cared for together.

We believe that Lynne's little explorers offers the best of all worlds....
High quality family based childcare, experienced early years specialist and outdoor early education all rolled into one!

My Qualifications

2.1 BA (Honours) in Early Years (2019)
Diploma of Higher Education in Early Childhood (2018) - Level 5.
Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice (2017) - Level 4.
NVQ Child Care and Education Level 3 - Group care and Education.
NVQ Child Care and Education Level 2 - Work in support of others.
RSA Assessor Award.
Diploma in Child Psychology.
NVQ Customer Service Level 3.
Working with Children with Special Educational Needs.
Introduction to home-based childcare practice.
Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (updated 2022).
Early Years Safeguarding Children (Updated 2022).
Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.
Early Years Foundation Stage Training.
Fire Safety Awareness.
Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator Training.
The Prevent Duty
Keeping children safe online
Level 1 Forest School Practitioner (2022)

I have attended many other short training and attend childminder meetings to ensure my knowledge is kept up to date.

My Availability

We work Monday to Thursday, 47 weeks per year, between the hours of 8am and 5pm. We offer full day care only.

We provide full day care for early years children aged 12 months to 4 years.

We do not drop off or collect children from primary schools so that our early years children can have undisturbed play and adventures without the constraints of school runs.

To find out our latest availability feel free to email or message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Afternoon yes yes yes yes no no no
After School yes yes yes yes no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 12/06/2024

My Fees

  • Childminding from £8.00 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 Ofsted Inspections

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Ofsted Outstanding Provider Logo
2 April 2024
23 May 2018 - Outstanding
7 August 2014 - 2
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Below are the latest reviews for Lynne. 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 little boy (20 months) has been with Lynne for 6 weeks now & the boost in his confidence in such a short space of time is amazing! He can’t talk yet & Lynne is working with me to help his speech which i’m so thankful for. He just loves going to Lynne & enjoys all the days out she takes them on! So much love, care & thought goes into her activities both inside & outside her setting & I’m so lucky i managed to secure my boy a place with Lynne ❤️

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by Avatar for Becky Becky about Avatar for Lynne Lynne on 30/11/2023

Lynne has been looking after my son since he was 17 months old. We are all genuinely upset that he has to leave to attend Reception Class as he is now 4 years old. Lynne is fantastic with the children, kind, patient and goes out of her way to ensure that both the children and parents are happy whilst in her care.
When my son first attended he was shy and very timid however since being with Lynne he has become a confident and happy little boy who absolutely adores Lynne and all children at her setting. He has made some strong relationships and we are all genuinely sad that he has to leave to attend school.
Lynne has provided so many great skills for my son and even helped me along the way. She has given us some fantastic advice, helped with potty training, learning how to feed himself and imaginative play. As he has gotten older, his number and writing skills have come on leaps and bounds due to the activities Lynne has done with them. She had gotten him ready for school and beyond in terms of his education and has also give him the confidence of teaching him how to read in preparation for school. That is only a small amount of things Lynne has done for us over the years and she keeps us well informed of his progress with daily live diaries that I can access anytime of his activities along with photographs so I can see what he has been doing. She also sends us progress reports and lets us know exactly how he is getting on with all of his skills offering friendly and great advice along the way! Lynne has even helped my son with his social skills he is no longer that shy little boy who first entered her home and is now actively looking for new things to explore!
Lynne also provides fantastic, healthy and nutritious meals which my son loves! She has been great at getting him eating much more fruit and veg than he did before and I cannot thank her enough for this!
The allotment is also another example of a fantastic feature she provides at her setting, my son can now confidently plant, look after and freely talk about the different fruits and vegetables he has grown during his time with her.It is a fantastic learning feature along with collecting eggs from the chickens - which are delicious!
The other children at Lynnes are as equally as nice as she is, and my son has formed very strong bonds with each of them, bonds that we will continue with their parents even after he has left.
In short, I cannot thank Lynne enough for what she has done for us over the last few years, the learning, the communication and the outstanding service that she provides! Nothing is too much trouble and she truly is a genuine, hard working, caring person who we have been so lucky to have in our lives.
Lynne has just received an OUTSTANDING from her latest ofsted report and rightly deserved! She also holds a Healthy Eating Childminder Award for the fantastic meals she provides!
We will miss her and everyone at her setting! I cannot thank her enough for all that she has done for us as a family by providing remarkable care! It has been a great experience and we cannot wait to see her again during the school holidays!

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by Avatar for Cath Cath about Avatar for Lynne Lynne on 08/08/2018

My little girl has been with Lynne since she was 18 months old I moved her from a different childminder due to appearing to be understimulated. Lynne is fantastic as my previous review said in 2016. My little girl will stay with Lynne until she starts school in September 2019. Well done Lynne on gaining an outstanding rating. You deserve it xx

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by Avatar for Natalie Natalie about Avatar for Lynne Lynne on 14/06/2018

My 8month old son is currently in Lynnes care 3 days a week and I can't thank her enough for making the transition of starting back work any easier. He is very happy to be with Lynne and appears to love going there with the other children. She is very professional with all her work - contracts, newsletters and baby connect. I wouldn't trust him now with anyone else. Fantastic child minder and would highly recommend her.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Parent Parent about Avatar for Lynne Lynne on 14/03/2017

My little girl has been with Lynne now for 2 months and she settled in after 1 day! Lynne is fantastic, so accommodating and Caring. My little girl loves to go and often doesn't want to come home! I leave her in the morning very happy and Lynne communicates with me through an app during the day so I can see what my little girl is doing, eating etc. I have lots of confidence that Lynne safeguard's my little girl every time she is with her. She does lots of different types of activities which always vary something that I didn't find with a previous childminder and she provides healthy nutrious foods. I couldn't recommend her more! 5****

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by Avatar for Natalie Natalie about Avatar for Lynne Lynne on 22/12/2016

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