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Childminder in Stevenage

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Female Non-smoker Member since Nov 2014 Last Updated Sep 2019 Last Login 19 Sep 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered

About Me

My name is Diane and I welcome you to Diane's Little Explorers childminding service. I was awarded Ofsted Outstanding in all areas.
I live in Stevenage with my husband and my two wonderful children . My son is 13yr old
and my daughter is 11yrs old. We also have a cat that is very family friendly. We are a non smoking household.
I provide a warm, safe and friendly home from home environment and provide a wide range of toys and equipment for all age ranges. I have an enclosed back garden with swings, trampoline, Wendy house, slide etc and my local park is a 2 minute walk away. I encourage learning through fun and play.
I visit local toddler groups, parks, shops and the local library regularly.
My primary school drop of and pick up is at Giles Infants and Junior School, but others may be accommodated.

My Experience

As a mum of two children I have plenty of hands on experience caring for children. I have also been a volunteer worker for 1 year, in a reception class.
Before becoming a childminder I was a working mum myself in a bank for 24yrs and needed childcare for my own children so I understand the importance of a child being happy and settled with me and for the parents to feel reassured their child is being cared for.

My Qualifications

I am fully DBS checked and paediatric First Aid Trained. I have completed Safeguarding Training and CYPOP 5 in Home Based Childcare.
I am fully insured and a member of Pacey, the child care professionals group.
I am an Ofsted Outstanding Childminder.

My Availability

I currently have one vacancy available.

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Last Updated: 08/09/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

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My Local Schools

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  • Ofsted Certificate (added 08/05/2017)

Reviews

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My little girl has been going to Diane for over a year now since she was 9 months old, and I can honestly say we could not have chosen a better childminder. My little one has been so settled since day one and always has a smile on her face at the beginning and end of every day. Diane's setting is lovely and homely and her own children are a credit to her as they love my girl as much as she loves them! My girl always tells me of all the fun she has and what she's been up to each day!

The care that Diane has for my little one is second to none and she is always encouraged to learn and explore. Diane has taken our lead with aspects that we want to teach our girl and we love getting daily updates and monthly breakdowns of how she's getting on.

I completely trust that my little one is in exceptional care and that all the learning and fun that Diane offers is excelling her development so much.

Thank you Diane!

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by about Dianeslittleexplorer on 25/09/2018

The search for a suitable childcare provider was a very daunting prospect for us as new parents, but finding Diane meant I was able to return to work after maternity leave, knowing my daughter was being well looked after in a caring, home from home environment.
Our daughter has been going to Diane's for almost 2 years and from day one she has been welcomed by Diane and her family, whom she adores.
Diane has a well structured routine for the children which helps them feel secure and comfortable in her care, and also encourages them to learn good habits, like taking shoes off and washing hands for example.
Diane has a very good understanding of child development and offers a huge variety of activities for the children throughout the year to encourage learning through play.
We get a daily diary of our daughter's activities and receive a Learning Journey every term, which enables us to see how she has progressed and what areas Diane will be working on next.
Our daughter always looks forward to her days with Diane, and often tells us about the fun activities she has been doing that day. We could not be happier with the professional service Diane provides, we would highly recommend her to any parents seeking a warm and happy environment for their child to flourish.

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by about Dianeslittleexplorer on 24/09/2018

Cody has been going to DIane since he was 8 months old. Cody loves Diane and all her family and is always full of smiles when he knows he is going to see them. Cody's care is first class and we are only looking for alternative care due to moving to a new town. I was so confident in cody's care that i was able to return to full time work. I get daily updates on how Cody is and Diane always goes above and beyond her duty. Thank you for giving me peace of mind and confidence. We will most definitely miss you all.

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by about Dianeslittleexplorer on 23/09/2018

Diane is a warm and loving person with an intrinsic understanding of the needs of children. The environment that she creates for children is clean, well presented, and well suited to children so as to keep them safe but also encourage their learning through play and exploration. Her approach towards children provides clear boundaries so that my little one feels safe but is also able to develop a sense of independence. Diane has proven to be invaluable in responding to our family’s needs. She proved knowledgable about breastmilk and its storage needs when we provided frozen breastmilk for our little one. She respects our no television rule, fulfils our desire to keep Marley rear facing in the car, and has patiently supported Marley in his potty learning.

One of Diane’s biggest strengths is her communication skills. She gives us detailed written accounts of our little one’s day which is supplemented with a photo journal to help keep track of our little one’s struggles and achievements. Our little one’s firm attachment to Diane, as evidenced by an unwillingness to come home on occasion, further proves the unparalleled level of care Diane provides to the little one’s she cares for. We feel that our little one has a second home at Diane’s and I don’t say that lightly. Diane is an amazing and caring childminder. We could not recommend her enough, and we are very grateful to have found her.

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by about Dianeslittleexplorer on 22/06/2017

My 3 year old daughter Lily has been attending Diane's little explorers for over 2 years now. We are absolutely delighted with the level of childcare Diane provides for our child.

Lily has so much fun at Diane's and always wants to tell me about her day when she gets home and often chats about all her friends at Diane's and playgroup's they go to.

Diane has a lovely clean and welcoming home which made it an easy decision to leave my daughter in her care. Lily is very fond of her 2 children who are very well mannered and spend a lot of time playing with Lily.

Diane is very accommodating with everything we ask of her, she has Lily in the same routine as home and it works perfect. Diane has also supported Lily with her Milestones like Potty training.

Overall fantastic childminder.

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by about Dianeslittleexplorer on 09/05/2017

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