I am an OFSTED registered Childminder living in the Yateley area.
I AM DELIGHTED TO HAVE BEEN AWARDED 'GOOD' IN MY LAST OFSTED INSPECTION IN APRIL 2018.
My setting is very much child-led, the children are my focus throughout the day. I tailor activities and outings to suit the child’s age, developmental level and interests.
I am; Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked, first aid certified (updated November 2016), fully insured, OFSTED registered, NVQ Childcare Diploma, child protection trained (advanced level) and also a member of PACEY. I continue to undertake professional development training courses throughout the year to ensure I’m up-to-date. I’m also due to be updating my first aid training in November this year.
I offer a smoke-free environment, safe and secure garden, healthy varied snacks and meals. I regularly attend local toddler groups, childminding groups, soft play areas, library, parks, garden centres and a variety of outdoor spaces and provide every day experiences in a warm and caring home-from home environment. I enjoy visiting a variety of different places to vary the children’s learning experience. I also enjoy messy play including crafts, painting, play dough and cooking with the children. My main priority is that each child is cared for, enjoys their visits and learns and progresses whilst in my care.
Full references available on request and please also see my reviews below.
If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
I have been chldminding now for over 14 years now and previous to that had some experience working within a local nursery. I also have two children myself and in total over 24 years of experience caring for children.
I also have experience of caring for children with a variety of additional needs.
Please feel free to browse through my reviews or contact any of my parents should you wish.
Up to date first aid certificate (Nov '16)
Full OFSTED registration (Apr '18)
Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage
Additional needs/SEN experience
Continuously updating my training with regularly training courses (once/twice each month)
I have an immediate vacancy to fill from January and also either a full-time or part-time vacancy which will become available from after Easter 2020 when two of my little ones move on to pre-school. I also have some space for after school care too. Please feel free to contact me directly for more information.
I am also availble for occasional childminding and evening babysitting too.
|Last Updated: 13/12/2019|
- Childminding from £4.75 per hour
- Babysitting from £8.00 per hour
£4.75 per hour - day-time rate (reduced rate dependent on hours needed and for siblings)
£5.75 per hour - after school rate
Babysitting/weekend also offered - please message me for details
Rates can vary slightly depending on the total hours required.
I am registered to offer the free early years funding (please feel free to contact me directly to discuss).
I am an EYE provider (early years education) provider who is currently offering the free 15 and hours funding. I also offer the 'free funded hours' too (up to 30 hours) - please feel free to contact me directly for more details.
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs at Potley Hill Primary School
Below are the latest reviews for Bright 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 son has been going to Sandra's for several years. She provides a nurturing, caring home from home environment. As a working Mum, I need reassurance that my son is safe, taken care of whilst having fun and enjoying himself. He always comes away saying he has had such a good time. Thanks Sandra for the excellent support and care you provide.
Response by Bright Stars on 09/09/2018:
Thank you so much for your kind words Deborah. I’m so pleased both yourself and D are very happy with the care I provide. It’s always a pleasure to have him here.
Looking forward to having him here again soon : )
My son has been going to Bright Stars for a few months now and he absolutely loves being there.
Sandra is very informative and helpful when it comes to my son. I like the fact that he gets taken out for the day on trips and gets to experience new things. Highly recommended, thank you.
Response by Bright Stars on 12/08/2018:
Thank you so much Sarah. I'm really pleased your son is enjoying his time with us and has settled in so well. He's already made new friends and seems to be well liked by all the other children. Can't wait to help be a part of his journey as he grows and develops. Thanks again for choosing Bright Stars to care for him : )
Sandra has helped looked after my two children when our usual childminder was unable to do so. I'm so glad she was recommended to us! She immediately put me and ease and was a natrul at distracting my little boys attention and winning his affection.
The communication I received from Sandra is outstanding and I loved the fact that I got lots of pictures of my children enjoying their day with her. Sandra does lots of varied activities with the children.
Sandra seems to be a genuinely caring and fun person who the children clearly love to be around. What more could you ask for!
Sandra has been looking after our son Arthur for just over 3 months now, since he was 9 months old.
After having a bad experience with his original childcare provider we were extremely cautious in choosing his next childminder. However, in Sandra we have found someone who is wonderfully caring & understanding and always puts the needs of the children first, therefore allaying all our fears.
Sandra is excellent at providing a loving home-from-home atmosphere for the children & they enjoy lots of trips out to local parks, toddler groups, etc. as well as craft sessions at home. She also works closely with us as parents to make sure that our child's development needs are met & we collaborate closely to ensure consistency in our approach.
Sandra is always so good with Arthur, who seems to be going through lots of painful teething at the moment & he will always get plenty of reassuring cuddles when needed. Arthur enjoys spending time with, and learns from, the other children and is flourishing in Sandra’s care.
Returning to work after maternity leave is a scary prospect, but knowing that Arthur is being looked after by Sandra makes it all the easier.
Our son has been with Sandra full time (Mon-Fri) since he was 5 months old. From Day 1 Sandra always kept us fully informed of Harley's progress and day to day updates, and worked with us on creating a fantastic caring environment for him. We always feel safe leaving him in Sandra's care. She is extremely attentive and always above everything else puts the children first. Not only is Sandra amazing but her husband and children also, and it is apparent that they treat Harley so well by the way he clearly loves being there with them.
Sandra has a great setting with lots of toys and learning activities for the children, and also takes them out regularly to groups and soft play and other places which is just great and appreciated so much.
Sandra does a lot of thoughtful craft activities with the children and marks special occasions and birthdays too with personal craft items Harley has made which are also so appreciated.
I can honestly say I do not think we could find a better all round childcare provider for Harley, and she is helping him learn new things every day and helping us greatly shape him into an amazing young man who with thanks to that be well prepared for pre-school when the time comes.
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