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 all of the children’s ages, 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 almost 15 years now and previous to that had some experience working within a local nursery. I also have two children myself and in total over 25 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 '19)
Fullly OFSTED inspected (Apr '18)
Knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage
Additional needs/SEN experience
Continuous training undertaken and regular courses attended (monthly/ad hoc)
I have an immediate vacancy to fill with immediate effect 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 limited 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: 29/06/2020|
- Babysitting from £8.50 per hour
- Nannying from £11.00 per hour (gross)
£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 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 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.
- Ofsted Certificate (added 29/06/2020)
- First Aid Certificate: Paediatric First Aid certificate (added 15/12/2019)
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.
Sandra is a friendly, professional, reliable and enthusiastic childminder. She provided excellent childcare for my two children and they enjoyed a very positive relationship with Sandra and her family. She gave detailed, useful feedback to me each time my children were in her care. Sandra is a very warm and caring person and my children felt very secure and happy when they were at Sandra’s house. They enjoyed participating in a variety of activities and they were especially pleased and proud of the artwork that they created with Sandra.
In short, we couldn't recommend Sandra enough. She is the right fit for our family. Certainly every family and every child are different so if you are looking for a childcare of some sort, at least have a chat with Sandra and see if she can be of any help.
Read on for more,
Sandra was caring for children under a childminder capacity up until the lockdown. Our 2.5 year old daughter was attending her nursery until it closed down for key workers families. We did not receive further support from our nursery - ie the nursery wouldn't allow their staff to nanny our daughter leading us having to look for a desperate alternative at a short notice. As a very private family, we have never had any help with childcare, not even a babysitter, up until we have Sandra. Medical mothers tend to either be totally relaxed and carefree or absolute anxious wreck and unfortunately I am the latter. We are so pleased that we have found one another during this unusual time.
Sandra shares my parenting philosophy in which I encourage my daughter to at least have a go at everything. I end up joining in with her activities or drench her in copious amount of encouragement and if all fail, I make her repeat things that she already accomplished - ie do it yourself and take pride in it. Sandra does it even better and our daughter loves her new accomplishments, new skills and problem solves herself. For us, learning must be fun, constructive, appropriate and stress / expectation free - Sandra naturally ticks all our boxes. Sandra does everything that we request of her, the hardest is probably our request on not to comparison of our daughter to other children in front of her given good or great.
We have Sandra in our lives for 5 weeks now and she has been such a gift. Our daughter spends her day finding 's' for Sandra on prints and of course she looks for other letters as well. With decades of experiences of raising children including 2 of her own, Sandra puts her effort in supplementing us in areas we find more challenging as new parents. Our daughter now asks for cold salad. Our pickle loves cooked veg and fresh fruits but no salad previously. Due to our daughter skin condition, we wanted to potty train our daughter as soon as possible. We think she was ready but her nursery wasn't convinced. By the time Sandra came to us, we were in underwear and managed a week with too many accidents - we were utterly confused. Sandra was reassuring and lead us to success in hardly anytime. Other achievement is that somehow, our daughter decides to nap with Sandra but certainly not with us. One would argue that at 2.5 year old, some toddlers already drop their naps. Ours would nap for 1.5 hr at her nursery and does the same with Sandra. On the days that she naps, the afternoons are quiet and peaceful in contrary to nap-less afternoons. The nights are all the same, 11-12 hours solid sleep. We conclude that she does still need her afternoon naps but declines so with us.
Sandra worked in offices before she has her own children and became a childminder. She is still armed with management skills and has been a great help in term of getting us on track with paperwork and forward planning. Any helps is welcomed in our family for sure especially keeping us organised and on track. She is a good communicator who verbalises her opinions and her concerns. We always value Sandra's honest opinions always welcome her constructive inputs as she shares our strives to be the best parents we can be. We always have a laugh on the days I work from home too which is a bonus.
I am learning a lot from Sandra absorbing years of her experiences in the hope to support our daughter to the best of our parenting abilities. At present, we are looking at the logistic of having our daughter be looked after by Sandra post Covid otherwise, Sandra has already agreed to visit nurseries with us. In distance future, we will be happy to call on Sandra to play with our daughter anytime should we need time off or on our daughter's special occasions.
Sandra is a fantastic childminder. She always puts the children's needs first.
Sandra does a lot with the children in her care, from going to playgroups, outings to nearby parks including Wisley and celebrating special holidays at home, like Chinese New Year.
My daughter has been with Sandra for the past 2 years and loves it.
Sandra works very closely with you on any development or changes your child needs.
Response by Bright Stars on 09/02/2020:
Thanks so much Carmen. It’s so lovely to see how your daughter has progressed since I’ve had her in my care over the last 2 years. We will miss her greatly when she moves on to pre-school but has been an absolute pleasure having her with us all this time. Thanks also to you for working so closely with me too - it definitely has paid off. So lovely to see how independent and confident she has become : )
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 : )
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