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Little Stars
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Childminder in Lincoln

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Female Member since Sep 2010 Last Updated Sep 2021 Last Login 15 Oct 2021 Email

My Summary

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

About Me

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About Me:
Hi! My name is Sarah. I am married to Andrew with two children of my own, Katy 21 and Bethany 16.

Our setting:

I own Little Star Childminding, I have been working as a registered childminder for nearly 19 years. I work alongside my daughter and assistant Katy who is completing her final year at university studying Early Childhood Studies and has much experience in childcare. I live in uphill Lincoln close to the main routes in and out of the city which makes accessibility easy for parents to pick up and drop off children enroute to work/home. There is also a bus stop just a short walk from the setting.

Our Ethos:
I absolutely love the work that I do, it's not only fun but also extremely rewarding. I think it's the best thing in the world being able to help our special little people grow into even more amazing big people!
I believe in providing a stimulating learning space for children to develop and learn. Children's learning and independence is of paramount importance and therefore to enable them to thrive in our setting, their learning is closely linked with their interests, we also look to give children lots of new and wonderful experiences.

We like to follow the curiosity type of approach, which means children get to explore and experience lots of moments of wonder and awe.

I see being a registered childminder as a role which involves working closely with parents to ensure the best possible care for their child. I believe parents know their children best and try incorporate their practices as much as is possible when caring for their child.

Experience:
I have had much varied experience in working with children who have special educational needs and I have been lucky enough to be able to welcome numerous families within my 19 years of childcare, which means I have lots of experience of working with many multicultural and multiracial families. All children are embraced and welcomed here and are made to feel loved and cared for.

We like to work closely in partnership with parents and we like to share a child’s achievements they make both at home and within the setting and celebrate these with the child by using WOW moments.

Our Home:
Our home has a large lounge used for play, quiet time and homework (for the after school children), the conservatory leading from this which is where we store most of the resources and these are available to the children to access freely, this area leads to the garden with outdoor activities such as sand and water play, ride on toys and other garden resources.

Activities and learning:
I believe in providing all children with good quality, warm, safe,secure and 'homelike' environment rather than a watered down version of nursery. We enjoy doing fun activities which include: story sharing, arts and crafts, musical activities, outdoor play,free play, outings to local parks/places of nature and interest and much, much more!! Our activities are very much child led, hands on and I like to follow a child's interests to help them learn.
Children in our setting are enabled and encouraged to choose resources and activities and the area in which they choose to play. Resources are easily accessible for them to select. It is my belief that children in a comfortable, caring and supported environment grow and thrive.

Early Years Funding:
I am happy to be able to offer early years funded childcare for 2,3 and 4 year old children who are eligible, including the 30 hour funding. Our funded hours are completely free to parents and doesn’t cost parents a penny in subsidiaries. They only have to pay for any additional hours they may choose to have, but these are not compulsory. Please contact me for more information regarding this.

I would love to hear from anyone who thinks they would like to become part of our setting!!Thank you!

My Experience

* Fully registered with Ofsted
* Public liability insurance
* Trained in paediatric first aid
* Level 3 qualification in Children's care,learning and development (amongst many other qualifications.)
* DBS checked

I also have much varied experience of working with children with special needs, some of the special needs I am experienced in I have noted below.

Cri du chat (5 p) syndrome.
Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Downs Syndrome.
Williams syndrome.
Hearing and speech impairment.
ADHD
Allergies including food intolerances.
Asthma
Epilepsy.
Diabetes.
Dyslexia.
Dyspraxia.

I also have much varied experience of caring for children with different multi-cultural, educational and religious needs. We embrace and celebrate every child from every background.

References and policies are available
upon visiting the setting.

My Qualifications

Paediatric First Aid
Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and development
Child protection (level 1 and 2)
Fun with food
Sensitive Start
Family learning sessions
Implementing the EYFS
Bacteria Bites
Fire safety awareness
Moving and Handling
Infection Control
EYFS training
Record keeping
Premisis safety
Level 2 in direct care.
Senco training
Elklan
Behaviour management
Health and safety

My Availability

Part time space currently available.

Full time spaces available from May 2022.

Please contact me to discuss your requirements.


I am pleased to be able to be able offer Early Years Entitlement funding for 2,3 and 4 year olds. This includes the 15 and 30 hour funding. We offer flexible sessions for our funding delivery.

My current working hours are 6:30am- 5:30pm Monday to Friday, there may be some flexibility depending on circumstances.

I currently do drop offs or collections to Ermine Primary Academy School.

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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 yes yes yes yes yes no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 27/09/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.05 per hour

Please contact me for more information.

My Local Schools

My Documents

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Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Little Stars. 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.

I chose Sarah as my sons childminder and couldn't have chose better.
Sarah is a genuine lovely lady who always has the children's best interests at heart.
She works tirelessly to make sure everything is up to date and as it should be.
Activities and fun are never ending.
My son absolutely loved his time with Sarah and I would chose her over and over again

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by Avatar for Milly Milly about Avatar for Little Stars Little Stars on 25/09/2021


Response by Avatar for Little Stars Little Stars on 25/09/2021:

Thank you so much for your lovely review :)

Sarah accepted junior into her care group very promptly and put me and junior at ease with the transitioning, she took the time out to learn about junior, what he liked, disliked and what learning would help him strive with his learning, even trying to incorporate his 2nd language at times.
Sarah is a well known professional that is always putting the childrens safety first.
Its always daunting letting your baby go into a childcare setting but i can comfortably say that sarah will go above and behond for your child.
Thanks Sarah.

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by Avatar for Lorna Lorna about Avatar for Little Stars Little Stars on 24/09/2021


Response by Avatar for Little Stars Little Stars on 24/09/2021:

Thank you so much for your lovely review :)

I was looking for a childminder for my first born,, I was very nervous about leaving her with anyone but with needing to work I had no choice and looked around for the right childminder ,,, sarah welcomed us into her home and filled us both with confidence and we didn’t need to look no further,,, during my daughters time there I had no issues and she absolutely loved it there she went there quite shy by the end she came out her shell with lots of fun and educational play,, she loved being around the other children,, I loved how organised it was and the routine also helped ,,,, Sarah always kept me informed with any chances or anything that I needed to know during the time my daughter was there ,, thank you for everything xxxxxxx

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by Avatar for Wags Wags about Avatar for Little Stars Little Stars on 24/09/2021


Response by Avatar for Little Stars Little Stars on 24/09/2021:

Thank you for your lovely review :)

My little boy was with Sarah from 1 until he started school. He absolutely loved it and loved Sarah and everyone ,she does so much for the children and treats them like her own .Best childminder by far my little boy still runs up to Sarah whenever he see her and gives her a hug .

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Naomi Naomi about Avatar for Little Stars Little Stars on 24/09/2021


Response by Avatar for Little Stars Little Stars on 24/09/2021:

Thanks so much for your lovely review :)

My boys loved going to Sarah, she is amazing, she offers the children so much!! scheduled play, routine, days out, the children have so much fun, they love Sarah & although growing up still talk about the fun they had with her & the children, I wanted a caring loving environment for my challenging boys & Sarah offered that & more, I can’t express enough how highly thought of Sarah is & professional amazing lady!! x

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Lisa Lisa about Avatar for Little Stars Little Stars on 24/09/2021


Response by Avatar for Little Stars Little Stars on 24/09/2021:

Thank you so much for your lovely review :)

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