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Kirstie

Childminder in Hereford

5 stars

Usually responds within 2 hours

Female Member since Mar 2016 Last Updated Mar 2024 Last Login 17 May 2024

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year old Funded Childcare
3 and 4 Year old Funded Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
Key Worker Childcare

About Me

I am an ofsted registered childminder. I have a HBCA level 3, food hygiene certificate, a paediatric first aid certificate, and a current safeguarding certificate.

My Experience

Hi thank you for looking at my profile.

Welcome to Acorns to Oaks Childminding. I have recently been graded Good by Ofsted and the report can be found on the Ofsted website. I am a Communication Friendly Home Learning Environment setting. Only a few childminders nationally hold this status. I do NOT offer temporary spaces.

I currently have no spaces available.

Let me tell you a bit about me and my family. We have 4 children aged 24, 21, 19 and 11. The older children are all boys and our youngest is our daughter. We live in a detached house in Bobblestock and have a playroom and an enclosed garden. There is a local shop, park and walks.

I had been a carer for the elderly for many years but following the birth of our daughter I needed and wanted to change direction. I helped to run a playgroup and thoroughly enjoyed this so took my career on this new path. I registered with Ofsted June 2017 and I have recently had my first inspection which am very pleased to say resulted in a Good rating. I have experience in care and obviously childcare as a mum of 4. I have paediatric first aid training, food hygiene level 2 and safeguarding training as well as the childminder training.

I am part of Herefordshire Childminder Association for extra support, training and to enhance the environment for children to improve chances of making new friends and for that social aspect. We have taken part in many activities as an association. Some of these include pumpkin picking, owl and birds of prey displays, little blue elephant morning, the coop, little bugs day, Christmas parties, and soft play sessions. All of which have been childminder only events. I have experience of seeing children from birth to school to allow continuity of care until school and if at Wellington Primary School afterwards also. I offer 2, 3 and 4 year funding stretched and term time only.

I receive very positive responses and reviews from current parents. I aim to provide a childcare service that allows your child to be in a home from home environment whilst still learning the curriculum of the eyfs. We visit playgroups, soft plays, farms and woodlands.

I have a bright playroom, a fully enclosed garden, a 7 seater car with new car seats (I do not buy second hand car seats), one of my car seats is extended rear facing suitable. I have many resources from baby toys, arts and crafts and toddler toys such as small world, role play, and a mud kitchen.

I have edited my profile as I have had many enquiries for Wellington near Taunton. I am in Herefordshire.

My Qualifications

HBCA level 3
Paediatric first aid
Channel
Safeguarding
Food hygiene level 2

I have also done courses on the following -
British values,
Speech and language,
Autism,
GDPR,
Next steps,
Schemas,
Elklan communication course.

I aim in the future to do further online courses on makaton and further training on Autism especially in early years.

My Availability

Please enquire. This is current however do contact me as I may be able to help at future times.

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Before School no no no no no no no
Morning no no no no no no no
Afternoon no no no no no no no
After School no no no no no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 02/03/2024

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

Fees are from £5 per hour and include most outings, all snacks and drinks.

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

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Good
4 April 2023
26 September 2019 - Good
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My Documents

  • Training Certificate: Elklan CFHLE (added 19/07/2022)
  • Training Certificate: HBCA level 3 (added 16/03/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Channel (added 16/03/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Safeguarding (added 16/03/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Speech and language awareness (added 16/03/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Schemas (added 16/03/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Autism Awareness (added 16/03/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Next steps (added 16/03/2019)
  • Training Certificate: GDPR (added 16/03/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Food safety (added 16/03/2019)
  • First Aid Certificate: New updated first aid (added 22/04/2020)
  • First Aid Certificate: First aid (added 16/03/2019)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 22/04/2020)
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Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Kirstie. 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.

Amazing lady can never do enough for the children in her care.
Kirstie had my son when he was a baby then I went on and had a daughter who has been with kirstie since she was 7 months old. Kirstie also collects my son from Wellington primary school, which is a god send.
Kirstie always does great activities and trips with the children, they are never bored.
Kirstie provides lunch which is always health and is suitable for different ages and sticks to dietary requirements.
Thank you so much for being an amazing childminder.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Avatar for Kirsty Kirsty about Avatar for Kirstie Kirstie on 19/07/2022


Response by Avatar for Kirstie Kirstie on 22/07/2022:

She is so funny! Such a little character. I’m so pleased I get to see her grow and see how she changes. And of course Mr!

As this is our first child we hadn't had any experience of using nurseries/childminders. However after visiting afew nurseries we knew it was not right for us or our child at the time. I started looking at childminders and still nothing would click until we visited this setting. We instantly felt like this could be perfect for our family and we certainly have not been disappointed both for ourselves in the case of flexibility and working together and how far our child has come personally, socially and learning wise. The children regularly attend playgroups/classes as well as days out/walks in the local woods, farms and other exciting and educational locations. Each month children extensively learn about different topics in an enjoyable way as well as alongside the EYFS, topics include those who help us (doctors, emergency services and even those from the community) animals, transport and much more. I couldn't recommend this fabulous childminder/family enough.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Avatar for Muniba Muniba about Avatar for Kirstie Kirstie on 16/03/2019


Response by Avatar for Kirstie Kirstie on 18/03/2019:

She will be sorely missed. Her new nursery or childminder have a very clever, kind and caring little girl coming their way. I do wish I could leave a review for you! You are so great to work with and thoroughly involved in her care and learning journey.

Amazing childminder, my little boy attends three days a week and absolutely loves it. He has been with kirstie just over a year now and the improvement he has made within that year. His speech, play and interaction has been great. Kirstie really takes every childs needs in to consideration. They do alot of activities at kirstie, they go out daily, and each half term they do different subjects e.g. Animals, space, seasons - weather..
I could not recommend kirstie @ acorns to oaks enough to anyone.
My little boys loves her and so do we as a family, she is truely amazing.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Avatar for Kirsty Kirsty about Avatar for Kirstie Kirstie on 16/03/2019


Response by Avatar for Kirstie Kirstie on 16/03/2019:

Thank you very much Kirsty. He is a wonderful part of our “community”. He is such a character, he makes my job easy 😊

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