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Sarah
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Childminder in FOLKESTONE

5 stars
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Female Member since Feb 2011 Last Updated Jan 2022 Last Login 25 May 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Free Smear-Test Childcare
Key Worker Childcare

About Me

Ofsted Registered Childminder and mother of two children aged 13 and 10.

We are passionate about supporting both children and their families in finding the best possible work / life balance.

We provide a family feel home based setting where each child can identify with being part of our large and diverse extended family.

All of the children, from tinies to teens know me as Auntie Sarah, my Assistant is Auntie Vanessa.
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We work hard to form strong bonds and professional relationships with the whole family as this helps us to bring out the best in the children.

We enjoy music, dancing and games, going on lots of varied adventures and have a great sense of humour!

We love to see children develop with their language, skills, independence and confidence. We do this by having a variety of 'adventures' each week following the (sometimes random) interests of the children, then building on these experiences to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

All our outings and adventures are planned with the development of strong and confident independence and social skills in mind, which the children can then use to access the wider curriculum through the choices of play and activities available to them.

We have lots of trips and outings with a good dose of silly fun, and lots of laughter within a structured routine.

If you hear about a couple of ladies with a large group of small children singing "The Wheels on the Bus" at top volume, complete with actions on the number 71.....it was probably us!

The setting is in Cheriton within a 5 minute walk of Folkestone West Train Station.

We offer an after school collection from Cheriton Primary School.

Here is a preview of the kind of things we get up to.

My Experience

I have worked and volunteered in education governance and schools since my children were born and more recently have worked with vulnerable adults also. I volunteer regularly at children's clubs and within a creche setting and as a Governor for a local popular Primary School.

Many, many children are regular visitors to my home both in a childminding and social capacity, the majority of children joining the setting come via the lovely reviews and recommendations of our existing parents and families.

I love the variety caring for children of all ages brings and love to be able to support my families when ask for advice including supporting them with breastfeeding, toilet training , behaviour and routines.

I am a host mother for foreign exchange students and enjoy the various regular visits from children in other countries as it widens the opportunity for my children and I to extend our knowledge of other countries and languages. Many of the children I care for are bilingual and the children are exposed to a good level of cultural diversity.

I have a great understanding of safeguarding and the EYFS curriculum and like to deliver this in a fun and interactive, child led manner.

My Qualifications

Level 3 EYFS Home Based Childminder
Paediatric First Aid
Prevent Duty
Safeguarding
Breastfeeding Peer Support Training

My Availability

We are always happy to chat with potential new families about their needs and add children to our waiting list where appropriate.

We are currently speaking with families about several rare spaces due to become available from September 2022 when a few of our Little Cherries will be leaving us for big school.

We have after school spaces available for Primary School aged children attending Cheriton Primary School.

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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 no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 14/01/2022

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.00 per hour

Funded spaces available on request for both termtime only and stretched all year around.

8am until 5.30pm
Monday - Thursday - £6.00 per hour.

Before 8am, After 6pm, weekends and Bank Holidays £8.00 per hour.

The setting is open all year round apart from Childminders own family holiday.

Overnight Sessions Available - Fees agreed on discussion with parents.

My Local Schools

My Documents

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Reviews

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Honestly... everyone needs an aunty sarah! Sarah came to the rescue during lockdown with the nursery closing and mummy and daddy still working. The difference within 3 days of my little man starting, was amazing! Sarah and I worked together and she managed to have him potty trained within 3 days! With more one to one time, my little boys speech came along way in such short time. Sarah would regularly send me pictures/videos of my little one joining in with activities or on fun days out which gave me reassurance. I can honestly say there is nobody else I could recommend apart from sarah, the only regret I have is not getting my little one started with her earlier.
Thankyou for everything aunty sarah!!

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by Avatar for Tanya90 Tanya90 about Avatar for Sarah Sarah on 01/10/2021

Our son is 2 and has been going to Sarah's for the last 6 months. Trying to find childcare after moving to a new area during lockdown was tough,and we were so lucky to find Sarah. From the beginning she has been caring, supportive and professional. She took so much time with us at the beginning to make sure we were happy with the setting she provided, with phone calls and videos as were unable to visit due to restrictions. And now we couldn't imagine our lives without her!
Ben walks into her house in the mornings without a second look back, and often has to be reminded to say goodbye to daddy! When I collect him he is beaming and full of enthusiasm for all of the exciting things he has been up to during the day. The activities provided for the children are brilliant, and he is learning so much. We love that he gets the opportunity to socialise with a variety of different aged children, and he has formed some beautiful friendships already. But mostly he love his 'aunties' Sarah, Becky, Helen, Vanessa and Courtney are all wonderful, and he talks about them all the time. In fact, when we ask him at the weekend, 'what do you want to do today Ben?' His reply.. 'Aunty Sarah's?'

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by Avatar for ljm ljm about Avatar for Sarah Sarah on 29/01/2021

Sarah has been looking after my 4 year old little princess twice a week for nearly a term now and will continue to look after her till she goes to reception.
My daughter Shreya absolutely loves Auntie Sarah and every time when it’s Auntie Sarah turn to look after her she very much looks forward to going on a adventure with her especially when she takes her in the bus. There is never a day my daughter goes into Sarah’s house with a big smile and leave home with a big smile hoping for a adventure next time again with her Auntie Sarah. Shreya tells me all the wonderful things she did with her Auntie Sarah and Sarah also updates me everyday with lovely pictures of their day together, Most amazing thing to me is that my daughter is independent now! I used to help her with doing toilet, wearing clothes and shoes, eating etc but now she wants to do it all by herself. She gets abit annoyed when I try to help her out and says she is a grown up now and she can do it all by herself proudly.
I cannot thank Sarah enough for looking after my daughter so well and not only does she look after her well she helps me too by dropping Shreya to Cheriton Primary where my son is at so I don’t need to travel 2 places to pick up my kids which saves me a bit of time and my car petrol too,
I highly recommend Sarah to anyone who needs a child VERY WELL looked after. She is a very positive, bubbly, kind, supportive, caring, lovely, honest ......... all the good personalities one should have and kids love.
Also Sarah has 2 amazing talented and helpful daughters Petra and Lydia which shows how great of a mother she is too.
So glad and beyond lucky to have found Sarah to look after my little girl. Thank you so much Sarah for being the perfect Auntie for my little girl Shreya. She absolutely loves you very much,

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by Avatar for Sajani Sajani about Avatar for Sarah Sarah on 09/03/2020

Its very clear her passion lies in supporting families as well as caring for children. My son runs to the front door to get in everyday as he can’t wait to play with his Aunties!
I love that both my children have the opportunity to mix with a range of ages within the setting but also the variety of adventures Sarah creates for them are great.
The activities are always a conversation starter, knowing that Sarah is expanding their imagination and knowledge from their own experience for me is brilliant! My son often gives me a catch up on his day with Auntie Sarah and I’m just in awe with his new found ability to convey his experience! He has so much fun he often tells me he want to stay!

My daughter has only been with Sarah a short while but always has miles of smiles for her Auntie! Sarah is very relaxed with her and you can see my daughter really enjoys her time in the setting.

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by Avatar for jjjp jjjp about Avatar for Sarah Sarah on 05/03/2020

Sarah is just what every working parent would want to leave their little one with. She has a genuine love for children; not surprising our children took her the way the proverbial duck takes to water. We feel lucky to have found her and we will recommend her 100%

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by Avatar for Lolo Lolo about Avatar for Sarah Sarah on 18/01/2020

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