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Childminder in Stevenage

5 stars
(7)

Female Non-smoker Member since Dec 2014 Last Updated Jan 2021 Last Login 02 Mar 2021 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered

About Me

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My name is Rachel and I welcome you to Rachel’s Little stars! I am 33 years old and am an ofsted registered childminder. I live in Stevenage with my husband and 3 children aged 12, 10, and 6. We are a non smoking household. We do not have any large pets due to allergies

I provide a safe and friendly home from home environment for all of the children within my care. Being a Mum I know how hard it is to leave your little ones with anyone other than yourself so I aim to include your children in our family, offering them not only learning, but the encouragement and love they would receive from you at home.

Learning through play is so vital for young children and therefore I will provide a wide variety of toys and equipment suited to all age ranges to support them with this. I will also undertake many age appropriate activities with the children!
I have an enclosed outdoor area for the children to play in which include a trampoline, playhouse, kitchen, climbing frame, slide, large and small cars.
There are many parks and woods for exploring within walking distance and we will visit local toddler groups, parks, shops and the local library regularly.

My current primary school drop of and pick up is at Giles Infants and Junior School, but others may be accommodated depending on times.

My Experience

I have had many years of experience working with children of many ages in a wide range of settings. I have been working with children now since 2001 when I secured my first job within a private boarding school and have continued ever since in various roles. My main experience is below.

Day Nursery Manager (ages 6wks - 5 yrs)
Baby Room leader in private day nursery (Ages 6 wks – 5 yrs)
Teaching Assistant (ages 4-13)
Live in Camp Counsellor in America (girls age 5-15)
Baby Sitting (All ages)

My Qualifications

I am Ofsted Registered and fully insured.
Both myself and husband are fully DBS Checked.

I have:
- NVQ Level 3: Childcare, Learning and Development
- Level 3 Paediatric first Aid
- Food Hygiene certificate
- Safeguarding Children Training and certified
- Basic sign language and makaton training
- NVQ Level 3: Teaching Assistants
- Level 3: Specialist Teaching Assistant

(I have participated in many training courses throughout my career covering a wide range of subjects and will continue to do this for my own professional development and to keep my knowledge up to date as much as possible.)

My Availability

My setting is open Monday -Thursday.
Term time only preferable but not essential.

Please feel free to give me a call or message me. I am always available to discuss availability times and will try and be as flexible as I am able.

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Last Updated: 13/01/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

£5.50 per hour
Sibling discounts available upon request.

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 Documents

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Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Rachels 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.

My daughter who is now 4 has attended Rachels little stars since she was 1 and I couldn’t be happier. Rachel is an absolutely fantastic childminder who provides a great caring environment which my daughter feels totally at home. My daughter loves attending and has formed a great bond with Rachel.
Rachel is very understanding and has been very accommodating during the pandemic. The daily diaries we receive are always a great read and include photos of the many creative activities the children get up to including crafts, garden play, trips out, reading and walks.
Rachel has a lovely home with dedicated areas for childminding. I have absolutely no reservations in recommending Rachels little stars.

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by Avatar for Kilmo Kilmo about Avatar for Rachels Little Stars Rachels Little Stars on 22/02/2021

Rachel has looked after my little girl since she was 11 months old, she was welcomed into Rachel's home and treated as one of the family where she has blossomed into a confident, happy, independent 3 year old under Rachel's care.

As the Early Years Foundation Stage Leader of an 'Outstanding' infant and nursery school my expectations were high and Rachel has exceeded these expectations on every level. I have been very impressed by the activities and education that my daughter has received at Rachel's Little Stars in such a fun, safe and nurturing setting.

As a baby she settled quickly and soon became happy to be left. I knew that she was well cared for and happy with Rachel. I was worried about finding the right childcare provider as she would only nap by being rocked to sleep and I couldn't bare the thought of her being left to cry. Rachel has such a kind nature that she was able to meet my daughter's needs and respect my parenting style so that the transition from me to Rachel was smooth and a strong bond was quickly formed.

Rachel plans her activities around a weekly theme, incorporating the children's interests and differentiating the activities for the different ages of children. She uses high quality books and resources to support the learning across all 7 areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Her knowledge and experience means that my daughter has enjoyed learning about different celebrations and cultural traditions, about the changing seasons, animals and their habitats and about the world around her. She has also developed many independent, self help skills and always talks with enthusiasm about the things she has done at Rachel's house.

I will forever be grateful for having chosen Rachel as our childminder. She has been more than just child care. She has built firm foundations for my little girl and created lasting memories.

I would highly recommend Rachel's Little Stars.

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by Avatar for CMurrell CMurrell about Avatar for Rachels Little Stars Rachels Little Stars on 13/02/2021

My wife and I are so pleased with the service provided by Rachel. Our daughter is so happy spending her days in her care and thinks she has another family! We leave her in Rachel's care with proven confidence that she is not just well looked after, but loved, nurtured and learning every day. We get a daily report with pictures and videos of their days together. Rachel has an amazing setting, great resources and fantastic ideas and enthusiasm to ensure the days are fun and educational. There is a great mix of both indoor and outdoor play even in the winter which is important to us. We feel Rachel shares many of the same values as our own family, and is very well organised and fair. We will all be sad to part ways in the coming months due to our daughter starting nursery, and we really can not recommend Rachel enough for the outstanding childminder service she provides - Thank you so much.

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by Avatar for Richard Richard about Avatar for Rachels Little Stars Rachels Little Stars on 13/02/2021

My little girl started with Rachel when she was 1 and I couldn’t be happier with the care she has provided so far. Rachel is sensible approachable caring and very well qualified. I especially like the way she tailors care to each child and their home routine which made settling in very smooth and reassuring. She is genuinely interested in each child’s different charecteristics and the family home setting with lots of love is exactly the environment that I wanted when I looked for a childminder. I trust her completely, she always puts the children first, has a very clean and tidy home lovely toys and up to date equipment eg car seats. She is also very helpful and has gone out of her way to help when she can/provide flexibility which has been invaluable to me as a shift worker. Great communication provides daily updates including lovely photos, in depth monitoring of progress and learning and a joint approach with any issues that arise. I would highly recommend Rachel’s little stars.

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by Avatar for frankie frankie about Avatar for Rachels Little Stars Rachels Little Stars on 04/10/2018

Rachel is one of the best childminders around after meeting quite a few. I am a teacher and have high expectations and Rachel constantly surpasses them. She is highly qualified, vigilant and organised. She cares about my child’s development and constantly updates us with beautiful videos and pictures of him smiling and laughing. I am delighted to have found her and constantly feel safe in the knowledge that this is a home from home when I leave our son for work.
My son loves her and her family to bits which is a huge reflection of her warmth and kindness. I honestly cannot recommend her highly enough.

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by Avatar for Suzi Suzi about Avatar for Rachels Little Stars Rachels Little Stars on 02/05/2018

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