Attachment based childminder, pro breastfeeding
I feel compelled to write this review, even though I have been unable to go with Rachel as she had no spaces so we had to go with someone closer.
As a Counsellor focussed on attachment ( and one who practices AP and who is still breastfeeding strong at 19 months) It was very important for me to choose a childminder carefully. Rachel's profile is the only one who stood out with these values listed. Whilst it was a quite a bit out of the way for me in Canary Wharf, closest to Mudchute DLR, I felt it was worth the visit for the childcare. I read the previous reviews, and was reassured, particularly given we had a bad experience at a local nursery.
Rachel met me with her daughter ( 2.5yrs approx) in a back carry and I felt encouraged immediately; She easily got her daughter in and out of the sling - better than me for sure - very well practiced! She had a couple/ few other children and her nice assistant there too. Rachel was welcoming, warm, straightforward and confident, and most importantly values driven. She had extended breastfed herself and I felt understood the needs of breastfed children and she confirmed that most of the children she looks after have been breastfed. She showed me certificates from positive parenting courses she has attended as was able to explain well to me how she implements it. Her paperwork was very well organised and she sends pics via an app to update parents. I didn't notice a TV - the children were doing a focused activity on a table in the kitchen with lots of dried pasta and tongs - pen grasp activities for motor skills. I have to say after visiting other childminders whose TVs, Ipads etc were all on with the kids during visit (!!), it made such a nice change. Rachel's huge garden is a bonus.
With regards to settling in, Rachel was flexible to my daughter's needs, understanding my concerns around leaving her in one go, and was able to offer me 'playdates' over the summer even though I was looking for term time only childcare.
I thoroughly recommend this lady for a visit particularly if you are like me, driven by the values of Attachment parenting or are extended breastfeeding. Also if you like children doing crafts and playing outside!
Sad you are not closer and had space Rachel.