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Childminder in St Albans

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Female Non-smoker Member since May 2009 Last Updated Jul 2020 Last Login 27 Oct 2020 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours

About Me

I am a Professional Ofsted Registered Childminder with over 30 years experience. I provide first class, quality care for your child in a warm, loving and caring environment. I am married, to the same person for 38 years. My children are independent adults living away from home.

I have a large airy and light purpose built play room sole for the use of the children with child sized furniture, comfy sofa for story time and a vast range of educational and stimulating toys and natural resources. This room leads onto a safe child friendly garden with wooden playhouse, sand tray, water wall, music wall, swing, and lovely established trees.

We have a weekly visiting BSL teacher who teaches the children BSL signs through singing and activities. We visit Willows and Whipsnade, museums, libraries, paddle in streams, and attend a weekly forest school session, we love the outdoors and exploring.

The children grow potatoes, courgettes, lettuces and tomatoes each year, pick apples and pears, and cherries from the abundant fruit trees. The produce is used for the daily home cooked lunch which is provided.

At the bottom of the garden, there is a wild area with mud kitchen, natural resources to explore and chickens who provide fresh eggs daily and the opportunity for children to care for a 'pet' if so wished.

Each child is an individual; children are encouraged to be children, enjoy their childhood, and to develop and reach milestones at their own pace. I aim to instil an inner self confidence, self belief and to be caring and respectful people and the ability to mix with all members of our multicultural society and respect all religions and cultures.

I offer part time and full time care, I also offer flexible care for occasional days.
I REGRET I DO NOT OFFER A SCHOOL DROP OFF OR COLLECTION SERVICE OR WRAP AROUND CARE as I may have very young children in my care, it can be disruptive to their routine and I do not wish them to spend a long time in the car or pram.

Ofsted Grade: Outstanding 2016
Ofsted Grade: Outstanding 2010
Ofsted Grade Outstanding 2006

Food Hygiene rating grade 5

Childcare is my passion, my motto is 'let them be little'

My Experience

As well as Childminding, I undertake continuous professional development regularly and I have enhanced my childcare experience and skills with relevant training such as:-

The Foundation for Infant Loss “The Rainbow Nursery Scheme"
Post Natal Doula (trained with Michel Odent)
Post Natal Support
New Born Care
Nanny Experience
Night Nanny
Sleep Training
Weaning Advice
Advice on routine
Toilet and potty training with ERIC
BSL through singing
Autism Awareness
SEND Local offer

I can offer any support you would like, - today, new families do not have extended family close by; or Mum, Auntie or Grandma to help, some first time mothers and fathers have never handled a new born before, it can be quite daunting and overwhelming, when all you need is reassurance and the confidence that you are doing the right thing for you and your baby.

I can be that Auntie, Grandma or other person, to help give you the confidence to find your feet, establish a routine that suits you and your baby. Happy baby, happy family!

I have cared for babies from 2 days old, looked after over 45 sets of siblings and some families for 11 years. I can provide excellent references.

Happy to support breast feeding mothers on return to work

My Qualifications

First Aid,
Enhanced CRB ( DBS)
Food Hygiene, Rated level 5, March 2013
Post Natal DOULA
Cache Level 3 Childcare
Makaton Signing
Babies Brains
Speech and language Therapy
Every Child a Talker
Safeguarding Children
Advanced Child Protection and Designated officer
Child Protection
Boys, Boys, Boys
Behaviour management

Nursery School Governor

Clean driving license for 35 years+

I have attended many Professional Childcare training courses on relevant subjects and I keep up to date with current developments in childcare.

I am currently studying for a Montessori qualification.

I regret that I do not offer a before and after school service as I have young children in my care, and I do not wish them to spend a long time in the car.

My Availability

I can offer flexible, ad hoc child care, term time, and holiday cover is also available depending on the age of the child.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes no no no
Morning yes yes yes yes no no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes no no no
After School yes yes yes yes no no no
Evening yes yes yes yes no no no
Overnight yes yes yes yes no no no
Last Updated: 14/08/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £7.50 per hour

I accept childcare vouchers, payments are direct to the bank and can be divided over 12 months so you can budget for the same monthly payment. I am registered with HMRC for Tax Free Childcare

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

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  • DBS Check (added 21/05/2017)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 19/05/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: Cache Level 3 (added 19/05/2017)
  • First Aid Certificate: First Aid (added 07/05/2017)
  • image/svg+xml UK Driving Licence (added 07/05/2017)
  • UK Passport (added 07/05/2017)

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Alison Cobb. 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.

Alison has been our childminder for the last 6 years - firstly for our daughter from the age of 8 months until she went to school and latterly for our son from the age of 1 until now as he will be starting school in September - and we couldn’t have asked for a better childminder!

Both of our children have flourished under the care which Alison has provided for them; her ‘home from home’ setting and her experience as a childminder ensured that they settled in smoothly, enjoyed their days with her and have many fond memories of their time with her.

Their days spent with Alison involved many varied activities both within her home and out and about. Alison has a designated playroom which opens out into a large garden which both Esme and Oliver loved to play in and explore; from helping Alison to feed the chickens, pick fruit from the trees or just zoom around on a scooter! Alison would also often bake with them which they loved - as would we when they came home with their baked goods; cookies and banana loaf were a firm favourite with us! Over the 6 years our children have enjoyed going out and about with Alison and have many fun memories of visiting Willows Farm, Whipsnade Zoo and Shenley Park as well as Messy Play, Sing and Sign (just yesterday as we walked past the church where Alison took them for this, Oliver piped up with ‘this is where we did Signing Sam; I wish I could do Signing Sam again!’) and the allotment.

Alison’s attention to detail and high standards has ensured that the particular needs of both of our children have been met; from supporting and guiding us when it seemed as if our daughter was never going to walk (she was just lazy and who needs to walk when you can get everywhere you need to by bum-shuffling?!), building their confidence and preparing them for school, through to buying their favourite toy to play with ensuring a smooth return to her childcare after the recent closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is testament to the care that Alison has provided to both our children that Esme (who has just finished her second year at school) still wants to see Alison and tell her about what she has been doing and Oliver is very keen to visit her ‘after school one day’. Alison has been a huge part of all of our lives over the past 6 years and it will be very strange not to be going via her house on the way to work come September.

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

by Catherin about Alison Cobb on 29/07/2020


Response by Alison Cobb on 14/08/2020:

Thank you Catherine for your lovely review!

I have enjoyed every moment of looking after both Esme and Oliver and it is bittersweet that our journey together with the children has come to an end. I shall miss all of your family very much, but I know that they both have the skills and confidence to go on and flourish and achieve highly. They are beautiful children inside and out, very kind and caring too.

I look forward to staying in touch, hearing how they are doing at school, when they lose their first tooth (oops, that happened 5 years ago!) when the stabilisers come off, and other achievements.

It is not goodbye, it is - see you again soon!

Love to you all! xx

I added a previous review about Alison, her wonderful setting and the outstanding care that she gave to both my daughter Alice and son Rory. 10 months after leaving for Alice to start school, I would like to add another !

Alison looked after Alice from when she was 10 ½ months old to when she had just turned 4 (in the August) and started school in the September. I was a little nervous about Alice starting school, as she seemed so young – but Alison prepared her and me for the change ! Alice went into school without question, with the calm self-assurance and self-belief that I am absolutely sure came from Alison. She was only one of 6 new children out of 30 who hadn’t attended the school nursery, and the teacher (who was also new to the school) said she would never have guessed.

I am so grateful and thankful to Alison. Nearly a year later we all still miss her -and the children talk about her and the other children regularly.

Thanks again Alison.

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

by C Davis about Alison Cobb on 24/06/2020


Response by Alison Cobb on 24/06/2020:

Thank you Cat!

It is always a privilege to look after someone else's child, but to have siblings is always special. 48 sets of siblings now, so I must be doing something right.

Alice and Rory are delightful children and I miss them and you a lot. I am very happy to know that Alice settled into school so quickly with as you say, a quiet self assurance and self belief, and your recognition of that makes me feel very proud, as you know that is my objective for all children in my care.

Alice and Rory will continue to flourish, they are very bright, caring, delightful children and very supportive loving parents.

The door is always open for visits and lunch in Shenley Park!

Our son was only 6 weeks old when we trusted Alison with him for a few hours each afternoon. We couldn’t have made a better choice! She has always been super attentive to his needs, helping him develop through his first months. There is no better testament of the relationship she quickly developed than the smiles our son would constantly give her. She is also a great resource for tips and advice for us parents.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Dario about Alison Cobb on 24/05/2019


Response by Alison Cobb on 24/05/2019:

It has been a privilege and absolute pleasure to be part of, and see your beautiful son grow from a tiny infant to a happy, chatty, very contented baby. He is a very lucky boy to have such dedicated, caring and loving parents.

We are so very grateful that Alison is our daughter's childminder.

Alison is a wonderful, highly experienced childminder who provides outstanding childcare.

She knows our daughter Alice so well and is very in tune with her development, progress, likes and needs. She has high standards & expects the same high standards of the children, which they rise to (I’ve been out for lunch with Alison and five children under four- and have never seen such well behaved children!)

Alison provides a lovely home from home environment and the children enjoy a variety of fun life experiences together: amongst other things they go to the farm, messy play group, allotment and Alison's house has a wonderful playroom dedicated to the children and a great garden. Alice is so happy and thriving in her care and our son will join the gang in the summer. It is also great to see how the mix of ages get along together and learn from each other. We love to see the photos of their play and adventures. The children also enjoy delicious home-cooked wholesome food and a great routine.

Alison has also been a great support to our family when a new little brother came along, providing advice and helping us to manage the transition for Alice when she became a big sister.

Looking back, the first time I dropped Alice off and went back to work after maternity leave was hard.. but I know the last day that she spends with Alison will be so much harder (for me!).

Thank you Alison.

  • 5 stars Overall

by C Davis about Alison Cobb on 08/03/2018

Alison took care of my son Henry from the age of 11 months,  I was very anxious about leaving him and was probably more of a problem for her to deal with than Henry ever was!  Her experience,  genuine understanding of my son's (and my) needs and her professionalism allowed me to relax and my son to settle in amazingly well.  She was very quick to pick up on my son's interest in aeroplanes and delighted him by ensuring she had toys and activities planned which accommodated him.  Her attention to details such as these exceeded all my expectations and meant my son looked forward to 'playing at Alisons' on my work days.  Her strong sense of traditional values,  high behavioural expectations and outstanding knowledge of child development have resulted in Henry being aware from an early age how to interact with other children and adults alike and I attribute the compliments I receive about Henry to her solid foundation. Henry was very happy with Alison and I was very comfortable and safe in the knowledge that she was providing my son with the best possible care. I cannot recommend her highly enough and both Henry and I will miss the constant support she has provided. 

  • 5 stars Overall

by Hannah C about Alison Cobb on 26/04/2014

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