5 stars (6)

Childminder in Catterick garrison

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Female Non-smoker Member since Feb 2011 Last Updated Feb 2019 Last Login Feb 2019 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare

About Me

Zoe Rhymes Childminding Service

Hi, I have been a childminder in Catterick since 2005. I am completely dedicated to offering homely and loving childcare where children can flourish. The early years of a childs life are the most influential in their development. I am dedicated to delivering the best learning opportunities in a fun and imaginative way so that children can thrive and develop to their full potential. Being in childcare has never been just a job for me, it is a privilege to be able to guide children, sometimes from a very young age and see them grow, develop and learn so much, it is magical and although it can be hard work I wouldn't change it for the world.

I understand that having to leave your child in someone else's care is a very big step and that you need to be able to have absolute trust in the person caring for your child. I am more than happy to provide you with the names and numbers of my current parents so that you can talk to them to see how they feel about leaving their children in my care. I also have plenty of references that you are free to look through. I believe it is vitally important to take part in a settling period before you start work, this will help you to feel comfortable leaving your child with me when it does come time to return to work and it will help your child to feel comfortable in our home and with me. It also helps me to learn about your child and their unique little ways, to find out their likes and their fears, to learn your routine for them so I can tailor my care to suit them. With the knowledge only you can provide about your child I can create a warm loving environment tailored to your childs interests, needs and abilities.

I currently open from 8:00 until 17:00 however this is flexible.

Term-time only contacts.

Employer vouchers and new child tax accounts accepted.

My Experience

There are many benefits a childminder can offer that other childcare settings can't, one of those benefits is that the child has one constant caregiver they are able to form a secure attachment to, as the relationships we experience in childhood form the basis of all relationships in adulthood, having a secure and constant childcare option is ideal. There are also many studies which claim that one to one attention in familiar surroundings greatly benefit those under 3 and that home childcare is preferable. Your child
Will have plenty of opportunities to socialise in larger groups as we go on plenty of outings to local music groups, toddler groups and childrens centres so that the children can mix and make plenty of friends outside the setting, a fact you will soon become aware of as random children are saying hello to your child as you walk around Tescos. We even have our very own educational allotment complete with bean tepee, role play areas and a digger pit for the kids to play in.

I have had lots of experience with lots of different children, Ofsted have graded my setting as outstanding and I am happy to email you my latest inspection report on request. I am from a military background so understand the pressures facing military families, we decided to settle in Catterick when my husband left the army. I know that more than anything parents want to be as involved with their child's day as possible, and the nicest way I think I can provide this is by photos, I have been completing electronic learning journeys for each of the children since sept 2012, which allows me to share photos and special moments of your child with you in a secure and safe manner. All my parents love this new services and speak very highly of it as it allows them to see pictures of their child whenever they like wherever they are in the world, a feature that was very much needed by one of my families when dad had to work away overseas. The company I use has the highest safeguarding procedures with regard to the storing of this information which I will happily talk through with you when you come out to visit, of course if you'd prefer not to use this feature that's perfectly fine too, there are plenty of other things we can do to help you feel involved in your childs day.

Choosing your childcare is a major decision and not one that should be rushed into, different homes will suit different children. I'd encourage you to visit as many as possible, you'll know instantly when you find the right one for them. If you'd like to come out for a visit with me please feel free to get in touch.

My Qualifications

I am paediatric first aid trained and hold an NVQ 3 in children's learning and development. I also hold a wealth of other job related training certification such as food hygiene, communication and language training and autism awareness as well as a host of others. I am also forest school trained so you can be sure your child will be get plenty of chances to be outside which is great for their learning and development.

Ofsted has graded my setting as OUTSTANDING. Here are some extracts of what the inspector had to say about me and my setting. The full report is available for you to see on here or on my website.

The childminder uses her expert knowledge to promote children's learning and development, and is HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL IN ENSURING CHILDREN ARE READY FOR SCHOOL.

The childminder places the highest emphasis on children's safety and well- being. As a result, CHILDREN ON HER CARE ARE EXCEPTIONALY WELL
PROTECTED.

The childminder has an excellent understanding of how children learn and the QUALITY OF HER TEACHING IS OUTSTANDING.

The childminder provides children with a HIGHLY STIMULATING, EXCITING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT both indoors and outdoors.

The childminder is PASSIONATE ABOUT CHILDREN REACHING THEIR FULL POTENTIAL and works exceptionally hard to ensure they make optimal progress.

The childminder nurtures children's emotional well-being exceptionally well. Her interactions are extremely WARM, GENTLE AND HIGHLY RESPONSIVE.

My Availability

Waiting list open

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes 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: 20/02/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.50 per hour

NO RETAINER to pay in school holidays for term time only spaces.

Private rates vary depending on what hours are required and Childs age. Please contact me for more accurate information regarding individual tailored prices. I can also guide you through the various savings schemes that may be available to you to help reduce your bill.

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 Documents

This member has provided us with electronic copies of the following documents that have been reviewed by Childcare.co.uk and are held on file. The documents have been certified by the member as being true and accurate. We recommend you ask to see original copies of the documents before you hire them in order verify the true accuracy for yourself. Find out more about checks & references.

  • First Aid Certificate: Paediatric First Aid (added 09/01/2019)
  • Training Certificate: Food Allergy Online Training (added 03/09/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: Food Hygiene (added 03/09/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: NVQ 3 Childrens Care, Learning & Development (added 03/09/2017)
  • Reference: FS1 Teacher - Carnagill School (added 03/09/2017)
  • First Aid Certificate (added 03/09/2017)
  • Ofsted Certificate (added 03/09/2017)
  • DBS Check (added 03/09/2017)

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for ZoeRhyme. 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.

Finding Zoe allowed the children to transition smoothly as our family settled into a new area and we adjusted to both parents in full time work. She puts an incredible amount of care into planning activities for the children which are suited to their interests and designed to stretch their abilities, and we will be sending our son to school in September having spent two years in Zoe's care knowing that he is academically and socially totally prepared for the change (the children have a livelier social life than us!) They have a variation of indoor and outdoor activities, phonics and numbers work, music, cooking and attend local groups. They have especially loved getting out into Zoe's garden and the surrounding area and learning about nature together. The children have personalised learning journeys that we can view to see what they have been up to.

We chose to keep the children with Zoe beyond their initial care and into their 15 allocated hours because of this flexibility and personalised care. This has really allowed them to flourish and our whole family would wholeheartedly recommend Zoe.

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

by about ZoeRhyme on 03/04/2016

My husband and I are both teachers so ‘Outstanding’ is not a term we use lightly. That is the only way we can describe the care that Zoe has provided for our son over the last year. At the very end of the academic year our childcare fell through and having worked in school partnership with Zoe she was our first port of call for advice. Never did we imagine that she would have a space for our son. Zoe’s settling in sessions were fantastic as our son can be very shy, but he took to her straight away. As a teacher I do have very high standards and Zoe has met these and some, providing both care and supporting his academic development. We felt as though Zoe knew our son inside and out and provided fantastically for his interests and ability. Zoe always goes over and above for her minded children and their parents! Whilst my son was in her care I was heavily pregnant and had my second child. Zoe couldn’t have been more helpful, she changed hours, pick up times and places all to make life easier for us! She based a huge amount of their time together on new babies; this was fantastic as it really helped him in accepting his new sister. She has also been extremely supportive during my son’s transition into school. She organised a school visit so he could show her around, it helped his confidence massively and he loved every minute. My son also struggled with a stammer, Zoe has worked alongside us to support him, even offering to take him to a speech and language drop in session. For me there is no better seal of approval than your child coming home saying ‘I can’t wait to go back to Zoe’s tomorrow!’ Zoe’s home and family are so very caring and inviting, I would highly recommend Zoe to anyone needing a loving environment for their child, mine still talks about her every day! :)

  • 5 stars Overall

by about ZoeRhyme on 31/08/2014

I have two children who are aged 4 and 9 who have been cared for by Zoe for the last two years, After maternity leave I did not want to go back to work because there was no body I would trust more than myself to look after my little girl, having been to various mother and baby groups I saw Zoe there every week with her childminding children and I witnessed how fantastic she was with the children, I saw first hand how caring and loving she was and knew straight away I could trust this lady with my little girl.
When Zoe had a position become available I quickly snapped her up and have never regretted my decision to let my children be in Zoe's care!
My daughter starting going with Zoe when she had only just turned two and still very young and having only ever been with myself I thought she would be very unsettled when I returned to work, but Zoe was fantastic and helped make the transition so much easier both for myself and my daughter - I used to worry so much but she would keep me updated with texts and picture messages which I loved!
My daughter has come on leaps and bounds over the last two years of course all children do, but I have Zoe to thank for a lot of that, Zoe also has an amazing family her husband and children are also so happy and welcoming.
Zoe has always been so understanding, caring, helpful and has never let me down in my hour of need!
My daughter is always coming home with different things she has done at Zoe's, and always talks so fondly of Zoe and her family, my daughter speaks about Zoe every single day saying how much she loves her and she will miss her when she goes to 'big school' for me that speaks volumes!
When my daughters dad went to Afghanistan last year it was a very tough time for her being only 3 she didn't understand and became a little unsettled, Zoe was fantastic helping my daughter write letters to her Daddy and send pictures and just being reassured by someone other than mummy helped my little girl so much.
I can not say anymore about how fantastic Zoe is, personally I wouldn't leave my children in anyone else's care. X

  • 5 stars Overall

by about ZoeRhyme on 21/06/2013

Being a typical first time mother, I was dreading going back to work and leaving my baby in a nursery, so I decided on a childminder as the home setting appealed to me. After hearing many fantastic reviews about Zoe, I was lucky enough to secure a place for my daughter several months before I went back to work. The settling in sessions were a comfort, although I was slightly disappointed that my daughter wasn't bothered that I left her with Zoe, and was even less interested in leaving with me at the end of the sessions! In the 6 months since my daughter started spending 4 days a week at Zoe's, she has become a very sociable little girl who is never shy and I believe this is due to the amount of interaction with other children that Zoe encourages. There is barely a day that I arrive to collect my daughter that they haven't been somewhere or done something interesting and new, and whenever my daughter has learned something new Zoe is always very enthusiastic and proud of her achievements, she genuinely cares about the children she looks after. Another great thing that Zoe does is the Orbit website, or 'baby facebook' as we call it. It's a private, invitation only site where Zoe can share pictures and comments on your child and you can do the same- a great way of being involved in their day to day activities. I can honestly say that there is not one thing I would change about Zoe's setting. Finally, her husband and her children are lovely, and always warmly welcome my daughter into their home and love playing with her. If you are considering sending your child to a childminder, you'd struggle to find one that comes close to comparing to Zoe.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about ZoeRhyme on 09/04/2013

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