Childminder in Potters Bar
Female Member since Dec 2014 Last Updated Jul 2022 Last Login 10 Aug 2022
I know how important it is to you to ensure that your child is not only safe and protected but also happy, loved and respected. I provide a child-led service which is based on my principles and experience of gentle parenting and promoting individuality and self-esteem. Each child in my care has their developmental and emotional needs met and their choices respected. I help each child thrive and I nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them while providing consistent and loving care.
I believe in the importance of messy play, outdoor play, first friend-making, dressing up and storytelling, encountering conflict and finding ways of resolving it. Play builds brain pathways for thinking, creativity, flexibility, empathy and many other lifelong skills. When children are allowed to grow at their own pace, they learn that they are supported and understood, that they can try new things whenever they are ready and that they can pursue what interests them. I encourage wonder, questions and independent exploration. Every activity is done for the joy of discovery and the children develop a love, not a resentment, of learning. In my setting, they learn that life is fascinating and marvellous.
In my previous life (prior to having my own children) I worked as a Chartered Management Accountant and Insolvency Practitioner at a top 10 accountancy firm in the City. Since the arrival of my first child in 2010, I have created and run various gentle parenting groups and babywearing support groups in East London and, more recently, Potters Bar. I volunteered as the Postnatal Coordinator of Tower Hamlets NCT until moving home. I now have three of my own children, all of whom have been gentle parented, a practice which extends to my childminding service.
I have a strong academic background culminating in studying Mathematics at University College London (UCL), an Economics and Accountancy degree, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) membership and various Business Recovery and Insolvency qualifications. Far more relevantly, however, on top of the standard required childcare provision qualifications including first aid and safeguarding children, I have followed my passion and studied topics such as attachment theory, avoiding rivalry, brain development, childhood mental health and wellbeing and the neuroscience of our emotions.
|Last Updated: 18/07/2022|
- Childminding from £7.20 per hour
Variable depending upon requirements, starting at £7.20 per hour.
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Gemma took care of my sons when they were 3- and 1-years-old. She is incredibly kind, patient and intuitive with children and an inspiration to me as a parent with her approach to childcare. She recognised the very different personalities of my sons adapting activities to their individual needs and developmental stages. When my older son struggled with confidence speaking she was inspirational in supporting him and when my younger son had difficulty napping she was so patient and comforting he’d fall asleep in her arms. She has a lovely garden with a mud kitchen and water play and an excellent range of developmental toys and sensory books. Most importantly for me, when my sons were with Gemma, I felt they became part of her family; always loved, valued and emotionally secure. I’m enormously grateful to her for this care and highly recommend her as a childminder but much more beyond this.
Gem provided wraparound care for my daughter. She is a wonderful childminder - nurturing and kind. My daughter can be reserved until she knows and trusts someone, and Gem really took the time and effort to build my child's trust in her. I could be completely confident that my child's news or worries after school would be listened to.
I feel very lucky to have found her.
Gemma looked after my daughter, Anna, from 9 months to 3 years when her brother was born and we moved away. It was such a relief to find someone who didn't dismiss her separation anxiety or expect her to already be able to self settle in a cot. Gemma worked with her through her tantrums with empathy and understanding. She really views all the children in her care as unique individuals with differing complex needs and does her all to make the children feel loved and secure and meet those needs rather than expecting the children to fit in with her and her routine. Gemma really does have an unbelievable amount of patience. Anna adores Gemma and her daughter and still asks to see them all the time. She's so amazing I asked her to be my son's godmother.
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