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Childminder in Maidstone

4.2 stars
(5)

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Female Member since Aug 2010 Last Updated Nov 2020 Last Login 18 May 2022

My Summary

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

About Me

We are Hannah and Jess and we are Ofsted registered childminders of ‘We Care Childcare’ based off of the Sutton Road in Maidstone. We have two wonderful settings with play lodge, stimulating outdoor area and free flow throughout. We also enjoy the outdoors and get out as much as possible to places such as parks, farms, toddler groups, heritage attractions etc.
Between us, we are qualified up to level 5 in childcare, with over 9 years experience as childminders and many years working in nurseries previous to this, as well as raising our own children and holding an early years assessor qualification to provide training and deliver the early years qualification to other practitioners.
We work with a fantastic assistant who is carrying out her childcare qualification with us and very popular with the children due to her lovely, kind nature. We are a close team who are all really passionate about what we do. We also have great relationships with our families which is always a priority to us and hope is reflected in our reviews.
We can provide up to 30 hours funded childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds and funded places for eligible 2 year olds as well as being registered for the tax free childcare scheme and accepting childcare vouchers.
Everyone in our setting is enhanced DBS checked, first aid and child safeguarding trained. We are fully insured and also have a wealth of relevant qualifications including special needs training, working with autism and many more (listed below). Our professional development is very important to us and we always work to build on this and keep our knowledge up to date.
We offer full and part time childcare as well as school pick up and drop offs.
Our setting is a homely, spacious environment. We are very child friendly, with mark making, books and toys always available and children's work displayed throughout, from art work in the house to mud kitchens and bug hotels in the garden.
We never give children toys and just leave them to it. Our weeks activities are planned around stimulating children's interests and imagination to ensure they are always learning and developing through play and exploration following EYFS guidelines. Children are invited to take part in activities such as arts and crafts, baking, gardening, sensory plays such as sand, water, playdoughs and plenty of adult led activities to introduce them to new things.
We attend children’s groups in our local area such as messy play toddler groups and music bugs. We have good relationships with local schools and other local childminders which means children get lots of interaction with wider groups of children.
We also get involved with local initiatives and support our community where possible. We have recently been featured in the Kent messenger and ITV news for our work. We have also been featured in PACEY (professional association for childcare and early years) blogs and foundation years newsletters for our creative activities with the children.
We offer healthy meals and snacks if required, included in our hourly rates. Children get involved with all aspects including growing their own vegetables in the garden, helping come up with balanced menus and baking.
Children’s progress and activities are recorded on our online portfolio system, meaning parents have access to them at any time.
We work in partnership with parents to ensure all children's needs are being met and any routines put in place or followed on from home if required. Our setting is fully equipped with facilities for children’s nap times and outings, including age appropriate car seats/ pushchairs etc, providing ease to parents.
We currently mind children between 3 months and 12 years old.
We offer competitive rates and flexible sessions, please message for more information or any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!

*References available*

Some of our five star reviews!:
“I honestly cannot praise this setting enough. **** has been attending for a little under a month and I’m overwhelmed with just how much these girls do! It’s not just the odd fun activity and rare trip out, it’s full on fun, learning and trips out exploring the best of what Kent has to offer for children inside and out.
Toys are regularly changed and rotated. Themes are followed, messy play allowed... (we) are based with Hannah who is a gentle, kind, clever human being who is passionate about her little business baby. Both of these ladies should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved... they was recommended to me by another childcare professional which says it all, their reputation proceed them, an all round 10/10.”

“I can’t speak highly enough for the support, learning environment, activities and general set up! He loves his days there and counts sleeps until the next visit! I can’t recommend Hannah and her home set up enough. Undoubtedly the best childcare you could wish for, thank you!”

“You ladies are simply amazing! Being able to see my boy so happy in photos while I’m working gives me a massive peace of mind. He loves coming to you everyday and has settled so quickly and I think that’s down to the lovely nature of the ladies there and the happy comfy environment you’ve created for the children. I personally could not recommend you enough!”

“My children are so happy here and Hannah is so caring and professional she really makes them feel part of the family. So many fun activities I wish I could go too! I couldn’t wish for a better setting for my children.”

“*** is extremely happy being with Hannah and loves every day. The activities he gets to do and trips he gets to go on are helping his development in every aspect. Excellent setting and we are kept up to date every day via the online app with his progress. Brilliant!!!”

My Experience

Our childcare experience has included working with all age ranges from new born to teenage. We also have experience in working with children with special needs. Previous to becoming a childminder we have worked in pre-schools and have raised our own children. We also have an extensive range of training and qualifications in childcare listed below. References available.

My Qualifications

Level 5 diploma in leadership and management in health and social care and the early years sector.
Level 3 early educators diploma/ Level 3 diploma in home based childcare.
BIIAB level 3 certificate in assessing vocational achievement
Childminder pre-registration
Child safe-guarding
Paediatric first aid
TQUK level 2 certificate in understanding autism
Anaphylaxis trained
Basic food hygiene
Child protection level 3
Equality and diversity training
Child exploitation and online safety training
Preventing bullying
Child neglect
Supporting children's emotional well-being
Supporting early language development level 2
Promoting positive behaviour level 2
Improving children’s learning through play level 2
Expectations of behaviour training
Delivering the EYFS
Data protection
Food allergy training
Early Child Development - Foundation
Safeguarding children from Abuse by Sexual Exploitation
Safeguarding children with disabilities
Safe recruitment
Early help assessment and intervention
Information sharing training
FGM awareness
Prevent duty in early years environments level 2
GDPR training
Characteristics of effective leaders training
Reflective practice in early years training
Cyber bullying training
Online safety in early years
Preventing bullying of disabled learners/ learners with SEND
Observing children level 3
Parental mental health

My Availability

Full availability Monday- Friday. Unsociable hours and weekends may be considered on request. Flexible hours available

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Last Updated: 18/11/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.75 per hour

£5.75 per hour, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and two snacks throughout the day.

My Local Schools

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My Ofsted Inspections

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Good
26 September 2016

My Documents

  • First Aid Certificate: First aid (added 04/05/2020)
  • Exam Certificate: Level 5 childcare qualification (added 06/08/2019)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 06/08/2019)
  • DBS Check (added 06/08/2019)
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Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Wecare_c. 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 child started attending with Hannah at 9 months old in August 2020. She was really good with him and he settled easily, so we had no worries leaving him there. Hannah and her assistants have regularly described him as ‘the childminders dream’, because he’s so laid back. Unfortunately, due to rising cases of COVID-19 and me being extremely vulnerable we chose to temporarily take him out for our safety. After 7 weeks he returned and was clearly out of the habit of attending as he was unsettled. We collected him early twice because he was so distressed and agreed to do settling in sessions the following week to get him used to it again. However, on the Sunday Hannah text to say he wouldn’t be able to go in the following week because of her own personal reasons, she then wouldn’t tell us when he could go back and on the Monday text to give notice to say he couldn’t return. I was so shocked at the unprofessional way this was dealt with as Hannah only text and would not speak to us on the phone as well as the short notice of it all. It also feels very much like our child was welcome there all the time he was easy, but given he wasn’t as settled on his return he was no longer welcome to attend. Therefore, I would recommend that if you want stability for your child and the security of their ongoing childcare and your peace of mind while working, you should probably seek childcare elsewhere.

  • 1 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 1 stars Communication

by Avatar for Jo B Jo B about Avatar for Wecare_c Wecare_c on 12/03/2021


Response by Avatar for Wecare_c Wecare_c on 12/04/2021:

Hi jo, thanks for your review and I’m glad to hear you was happy with our care up until leaving.
Unfortunately as I already explained to you, I had to reduce my assistants hours when you withdrew your son from his space to absorb some of the financial impact of this. We was completely understanding of your reasons for wanting to do this and allowed you to break the terms of your contract by not giving the required notice period. However, we was then given less than a weeks notice that you wanted to return to the setting. My assistant was unable to increase her hours again at short notice and I was unable to settle your son back into the setting whilst caring for other children and also home schooling my own children at the time.
I answered messages from you about this for 5 hours on a Sunday, whilst spending time with my family. I missed one single phone call from you, which your messaged immediately after and I also answered this.
During this time, you continuously asked me to disregard my own family needs and care of other childminding children, to prioritise your own requirements, including asking me to break Covid and lockdown restrictions on a number of occasions, which I told you I couldn’t do.
We was also informed that once returning to your space, you would potentially be leaving again in a few short months due to your own personal circumstances changing.
With all of this in mind, I actually acted in the most professional way I could, by informing you that we just wasn’t in a position to meet your requirements, despite our best attempts.
I’m really disappointed that you have chosen to make comments that paint us in a bad light because of this. As you say, we offered you the best possible care throughout your contract and was extremely reliable up until you withdrew from your space. As you can see from every single other review we have received throughout my entire career, no one has had a bad word to say about us. We was completely dropped in it ourselves at late notice when you chose to withdraw from the space, the coronavirus has impacted childcare businesses hugely over the past year and we was in limbo not knowing if and when you would return. When you did want to, we just wasn’t in a position to be able to do it. As I say, I charged no notice period, I refunded hours you had been in attendance out of good will and I profusely apologised.
I think it’s very unfair to then say the things you have, but we will take your feedback on board and as I have already said to you in personal conversions, wish you all the best for the future.

Hannah was recommended to me to care for my eldest child and I did not regret the decision to use her care. So much so that Hannah also cared for my daughter years after. Hannah goes above and beyond to make parents feel comfortable which was particularly important to me as a parent nervous to leave my child. She was incredibly understanding and flexible to my work needs and always supportive of any requests that went above and beyond her job role. She kept me updated on my children's daily activities through an online portfolio and I was blown away with the great things she did with both my children to encourage their learning. Both of my children loved going to Hannah and we’re so comfortable in her home, not to mention how much their learning and development excelled in the setting. Hannah still keeps in touch and we pop round for play visits, proving that it is more than just a job to her. I really don’t think you could ask for a better childminder.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Avatar for LouTimm LouTimm about Avatar for Wecare_c Wecare_c on 04/05/2020


Response by Avatar for Wecare_c Wecare_c on 04/05/2020:

Thanks so much for such a lovely review 🥰

My daughter was with Hannah for 2 years. She was absolutely amazing. Nothing was too much. She always had a smile on her face and my daughter loved spending her days with Hannah, it made my life a lot easier knowing how happy my daughter was. Was so devastated when my daughter left Hannah to go to school. She is truly magnificent.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Avatar for GemmaCla GemmaCla about Avatar for Wecare_c Wecare_c on 04/05/2020


Response by Avatar for Wecare_c Wecare_c on 04/05/2020:

Thank you so much, such an amazing review 🥰

Our son has been with Hannah for almost 2 years and it’s been amazing to see him thrive from being in the setting.

The activities are thorough and well thought out and we’re always so impressed with the amount he has learnt from being within the setting and going out and about on lots of visits/outings.

We keep up to date with activities on an online portal and receive a quarterly report on our sons progress and ways we can support learning at home.

Best of all our son has formed amazing relationships and friendships within the setting and is perfectly set up to start school in September.

We wholeheartedly recommend Hannah & We Care Childcare, they are great!

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Avatar for slc30 slc30 about Avatar for Wecare_c Wecare_c on 04/05/2020


Response by Avatar for Wecare_c Wecare_c on 04/05/2020:

Amazing review. Thank you so much 🥰

I cannot recommend wecare_childcare enough. The service provided is amazing. My son really enjoys his time at the setting. He has made a number of friends and I feel very confident leaving him with Hannah. My son has a special diet which the setting has handled very well. Working alongside me and him.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Avatar for Katie Katie about Avatar for Wecare_c Wecare_c on 04/05/2020


Response by Avatar for Wecare_c Wecare_c on 04/05/2020:

Thanks so much Katie 🥰

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