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Childminder in Leighton Buzzard

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Female Non-smoker Member since Mar 2015 Last Updated Jul 2020 Last Login 16 Sep 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
Flexible Hours

About Me

I am an Ofsted Registered Childminder and Forest Childcare Provider working from my home in Leighton Buzzard. My aim is to offer a loving home from home setting.

We enjoy spending lots of time outdoors in all weathers. We make the most of woodland areas, nature reserves, lakes, Whipsnade Zoo, Mead Open Farm and local parks.
I encourage my mindees to jump in puddles, collect treasure (sticks, pinecones, pebbles etc), look for mini-beasts, climb trees, roll down hills and appreciate the great outdoors.
Wellies and puddle suits are an absolute must at my setting!

When we are at home I offer lots of fun activities like messy play, baking, games, story time, singing and dancing and much more. I am a firm believer that a child learns through play and they are given lots of opportunity to do this. I have lots of age appropriate toys, books, games and puzzles. I also have a large enclosed garden with a playhouse, mud kitchen, slide, ride on toys and other play equipment. We go on regular outings to the library, soft play and stay and play groups. We also visit local towns and enjoy tea, toast and cookies in the cafés.

My Experience

I have been registered since February 2015 and in that time I have professionally looked after many children aged from 8 months up to 9 years.

I also have two children of my own.

My Qualifications

I am currently studying for my Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma.

*I am a Forest Childcare Provider

*Local Authority Childminder Pre-registration course

*Introduction to Safeguarding Children (Level 1/Foundation) for Early Years Staff

*Single Agency Foundation Introduction to Safeguarding Refresher

*Emergency Adult and Paediatric First Aid

*Home Office - Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP)

*Oral Health in Early Years Training

*Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM V1.3

*Early Years Maths

*Partnership with Parents

*Nutrition in the Early Years

*SEND: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

*Safeguarding e-Academy: An Introduction to FGM, Forced Marriage, Spirit Possession and Honour-based Violence V5

*Safeguarding e-Academy: Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect - Core V10

*Prevent COVID-19

*Causes and Spread of Infection

*Food Safety

My Availability

I am open Monday to Thursday. I am closed on Friday's.

My standard opening hours are 7:30am to 5:00pm but I will consider earlier starts and later finishes depending on circumstances and availability.

I do offer term time only contracts.

School holiday/inset day/snow day cover is available. I work some of the school holidays but not all of them.

School drop offs to Heathwood Lower are available.

Please note I can only drop off at Heathwood Lower School and the attached preschool.

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Last Updated: 14/07/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

Please contact me for information about fees.

I accept childcare vouchers and I am registered for tax free childcare.

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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  • First Aid Certificate: First Aid (added 22/08/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Safeguarding refresher (added 22/08/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Safeguarding (added 22/08/2017)
  • DBS Check (added 22/08/2017)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 22/08/2017)

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Gemma. 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.

From the moment that we all met Gemma, we knew that she would be the perfect fit for our little boy who was 10 months old at the time. We knew that we chose well when we dropped him off for his first session and there were no tears or looking back to us. From that day to this, 10 months later, he has loved going to see Gemma and we know that he will be happy and well looked after. Every week we pick him up, he’s happy and smiling with something that he has made for us. We love getting pictures and updates as the day goes on, seeing what adventures he’s having. We enjoy looking at the books that have been chosen for him to read at home. It’s really clear that Gemma knows my little boy well, what interests him, what makes him excited and she can get him to do things that no one else in our family can. She is just fabulous, and I could never recommend her highly enough.

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by Lucysolo about Gemma on 14/01/2020

Gemma looks after my 2 children (one aged 4 and one 7) during the school holidays. I was looking for someone who would actively engage them in fun activities, who had a good setting and who was a caring and sensitive to the needs of my demanding two!

Gemma is all of the above. My little girl in particular who often takes a while to warm to carers, was instantly drawn to Gemma and LOVES spending time there. Gemma has a great family setting and is always doing something different with them: trips to the woods, the downs, the park, water play outside, crafting inside, games, listening to stories, lego etc.

Gemma is great with her communication - She sends pictures and notes to let you know how the children are getting on and is very clear in all her planning: menu plans and planned setting closures etc. To be honest I couldn't ask for more! I feel like the children are in a very safe and caring hands when they are with her and we all think shes fantastic! :-)

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by Katie T about Gemma on 03/09/2019

From the moment we chose Gemma to look after our little girl I knew we had made the right decision. She is so much more than we could have asked for. Her attention to detail is amazing and she is so thorough. She is nurturing, Caring and so welcoming that our little one absolutely loves going there. She offers a huge range of activities and is always taking the children to new and fun places. We get regulars updates and pictures throughout the day which is so lovely and reassuring. Especially when it’s your first experience with using a childminder. Gemma will go the extra mile and you wouldn’t be disappointed in choosing her to help care for your little ones.

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by Kirstie about Gemma on 19/06/2019

Gemma has been excellent with me and my little boy and accommodating to the times we needed. Everyone knows what its like when you have to drop your child off with a childminder for the first time, its a bit daunting but i 100% feel confident that my little one is happy and cared for as i would.

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by sam about Gemma on 21/01/2019

Our son who is nearly 2 has been going to Gemma for a day and a half a week since September. He’s settled in brilliantly and is always very excited when he arrives at her house. Gemma sends regular and thorough updates and provides Rupert with a wide range of activities and meals. We couldn’t recommend her more highly.

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by Emily about Gemma on 09/01/2019

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