Childminder in Worcester Park
Usually responds within 2 hours
Female Member since Jul 2015 Last Updated Aug 2021 Last Login 18 May 2022
My name is Sandra Clark and I work with my daughter Becky as my assistant, we run the Little Explorers childcare setting.
I have been an Ofsted registered childminder for 24 years. I aim to offer a home from home,warm,friendly environment with lots of opportunity for fun and learning with stimulating activities and experiences. I love children of all ages and helping them to learn and grow as individuals is extremely rewarding. I have a vast experience of caring for all ages of children.
We supply breakfast, hot home cooked lunch and tea if required.
We are very flexible as to start and finishing times as I understand you can’t always finish work on time or if there’s trouble with transport etc. As I say “ we finish work when the last child has walked out the front door”.
We are also able to supply you with references from our existing parents if you would like to hear what they have to say about our setting.
My daughter has her NVQ in childcare and I have done various courses to improve our setting.
Full time and part time spaces available.
|Last Updated: 09/08/2021|
- Childminding from £4.00 per hour
My full time rate 25 hours or more per week is £4.00
My part time rate less than 25 hours per week is £4.50
I charge £2.00 per day for meals if we supply them.
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 Ofsted Inspections
The inspection grades below have been obtained from the Ofsted website based upon the registration number the childminder has provided to us. You should verify this information yourself prior to using the childminder.
Below are the latest reviews for Sandra. 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.
We didn’t have the opportunity to use Sandra’s services as my circumstances changed. However, Sandra was incredibly accommodating and understanding of our moving dates due to Covid, and kept a place for our children despite the uncertainty.
We absolutely loved her setting, which is completely child-centric, with a fantastically stocked playroom, dressing up, craft set up and organised with their learning and enjoyment in mind. We also loved the garden setup and the fact it was two providers - Sandra and her daughter who would be providing the care. I wish we had gotten to use them!
Response by Sandra on 04/05/2021:
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We enjoyed meeting you and your family and we are so sorry your circumstances have changed. Please keep us in mind for in the future if you are in need of a childminder. Take care.
I was looking for childcare for my baby who was 2 month premature, and 2 months out of special care. I was going to back university and searched high and low but couldn’t find a childminder willing to take on a baby. After weeks of searching, I came across Sandra’s details and enquired. My baby was so small at the time, I carried her in a chest carrier to go and visit the setting.
Call it mother’s instinct but I knew instantly that I wanted my child to be looked after there. Not only is the setting filled with books, toys and is spacious, it is also homey. 10 months later and my daughter is thriving, and laughs with joy when we pull up to the house and she sees Sandra. As a single mum and with my daughter being very premature, deciding to go back to education so soon after she was born was very hard for me. But I have such peace of mind and confidence in her safety, her development and her happiness while she is at the setting, that I have also been able to thrive within my studies. Sandra and Becky are fantastic and do a great job.
Sandra looked after my little boy, from 9 months. As a new mum I remember worrying about returning to work (those mum guilts!) but Sandra made the transition so easy. She was always super flexible with drop offs and collections. My little boy, was full of smiles and I knew he’d had a great day at pickup.
Sandra provides a home cooked meal everyday day. It is truly a home away from home setting. Becky is super creative and amazing with arts and craft - keeping the little ones entertained.
We have begun the cycle again, sending our youngest. I know he will truly be cared for and loved.😊
We have been lucky enough to have been using this childcare setting for over 8 years now for our two children, who have flourished during this time and we couldn't be happier with the care that they offer. Sandra and Becky provide a wonderful environment for children, with a variety of activities and toys available to them appropriate to their development. They are well stimulated and often have fun doing arts and crafts with Becky. We are so often spoiled on occasions like Mothers day, Fathers day and Christmas with wonderful home made gifts created by our little ones, with Becky's help. Sandra and Becky provide home cooked, healthy food that the children love; sometimes my daughter will eat food at Sandra's that she still prefers not to eat at home! Our two both love going to Sandra's and although my son has recently turned 9 and is doing a lot more after school clubs, he still likes to make sure he can go there one afternoon a week as well as mornings. Our daughter is 6 and really missed going to Sandra's during lock down, frequently asking when she could return. Sandra and Becky provide a homely, caring and nurturing surrounding and can not do enough for the children that they look after. They are flexible, which is often such a relief for working parents and they try to offer helpful solutions whenever they can, going above and beyond for us on many occasions over the years. I would thoroughly recommend Sandra and Becky to anyone looking for outstanding care for their children.
Our son has been attending Sandra’s childcare provision for 4.5 years since he was 14 months old. From my very first enquiry by phone, Sandra made us feel very welcome providing a detailed overview of her set up, toys, administration and pricing structure.
Her procedures for health and safety and contracts are all very thorough and reassured us that our son would be in a spotless, well organised and safe environment. Sandra is a very experienced childminder who is familiar with helping children settle in and offered several settling in sessions before our son started full time. She was keen to know his interests, his character and toy preferences to ensure he was happy and comfortable. She has an excellent selection of educational and fun toys, dressing up costumes and her assistant Becky takes the lead on craft and cookery sessions. The artwork displays and craft take-homes are exceptional.
An excellent variety of food is offered including breakfast, a healthy, home cooked lunch (roast chicken, pasta dishes, vegetarian meals, sausages and mash, stews etc) as well as fruit salad every day plus a healthy tea of humous, pitta breads, wraps etc. We often get remarks on our son’s excellent table manners which is credit to Sandra not us! Over the years, Sandra has helped advise us on the correct timing for potty training, thoughtfully settling in our son into the school nursery and reception class, all of which have been successful transitions thanks to her wisdom and support. She provides a great set up with flexibility on drop off and pick up times with an understanding that sometimes parents get stuck in traffic, on trains. Sandra’s assistant drops our son off daily at school with Sandra collecting him at home time and provide wrap around . She is reliable, punctual and ensures that any school messages are accurately relayed to us. On the rare occasion that our son has fallen ill, she has handled the situation calmly and professionally to get in contact with us.
We do not have grandparents or family close by so have been fully reliant on Sandra and Becky from day one. We consider them to be part of our family and are so pleased and proud that they took us on! Our son has tremendous fun in a beautiful, caring home from home setting where he has firm friendships with children from a range of age groups. Sandra even hosts an annual Christmas party, all on her own time which our son counts down to each year!
Upon starting at the local school, Sandra handed over the massive book full of our son’s developmental milestones and photographs which has been carefully collated over the course of his pre-school time at her’s.
We couldn’t recommend Sandra’s childcare provision highly enough in fact both family and friend’s children have joined following our glowing reviews and recommendation.
Value for money, friendly, safe and we are pleased to say a key part of our son’s upbringing.
You must be a registered parent and logged in to leave a review.
If you don't have an account then Register Free now.
This profile has been produced from information provided to us by the user. We have not verified or confirmed the accuracy of any of the information and members should undertake their own vigorous checks and references. Please ensure you read our Safety Advice and information on how to Check Childcare Provider Documents.