Childminder in Croydon

Babysitter in Croydon

Female Non-smoker Member since Mar 2011 Last Updated Mar 2020 Last Login 03 Aug 2020 Email

My Summary

DBS Check
Ofsted Registered

About Me

Hi my name is Anna Bauckham and I have been a Ofsted registered childminder for 16 years.I am married and have 3 grown up children.

I provide a safe,loving environment which helps a child develop emotionally,physically.socially and intellectually.

I promote children's learning and development through play and activities tailored to their age and ability encouraging them to understand their environment and learn new social skills. I combine this with daily outings to the park, local soft play, toddler groups and farm trips or a simple walk to the local shops.

I work with parents to meet the needs of the individual child and monitor their progress in their individual folders following the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

I provide healthy home cooked meals and also nutritious snacks.

We enjoy arts and crafts, cooking, dressing up, puzzles, games and a large selection of toys.

Excellent references available. Happy for you to talk to parents to obtain references.

My husband John is my registered assistant and has done the paediatric first aid training. He is looking to register as a childminder.

My philosophy is to provide a ''home from home.''

Please visit me to discuss prices and availability.

My Experience

Prior to registering as a childminder I qualified as a Registered General Nurse and Registered Sick Childrens Nurse but I am no longer registered.I have spent my whole working life working with people and children and I enjoy the flexibility of running my own business-no two days are the same.I have worked for the past 12 years as a childminder with many children staying for years with me which has meant that I have develped a good relationship with not only the children but also with the parents.

My Qualifications

Registered Sick Childrens Nurse}
Registered General Nurse }No longer registered
Level 3 in Childcare.
Introducing Childminding Practice
Paediatric first aid
Caring for school aged children
2 year progress check
Food safety
Revised EYFS
Level 3 in childcare

My Availability

I work Monday to Friday 7.30-6pm.

Earlier starts or later finishes may be negotiable

Short term contracts available

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Last Updated: 05/03/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour
  • Babysitting from £5.00 per hour

Fees are dependant on hours and days required which can be discussed at the first meeting.

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


Below are the latest reviews for ANNAS ACORNS. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other users and not of 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.

We have been with Anna and John since 2015, when our little boy was 9 months old. Being first time parents, we were very anxious about leaving him. From the very beginning, Anna made us feel comfortable and her confidence and warm nature was just what we needed! Noah has benefited from the outdoor activities, making friends, arts and crafts, educational activities and general interaction with the other children. I loved reading the progress reports! When we left, Anna gave us a record which we love going through as it reflects his changes from a 9 month old till the age of 4.
Anna and John make you feel part of the family and have gone above and beyond the call of duty when we have had issues with drop off or day changes.
We have now left the UK, however Noah continues to remember his fond memories with Annas' Acorn and the gang. As far as we are concerned they are life long friends and a huge part of our little boys life. Do not worry, you are in good hands!

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by about ANNAS ACORNS on 15/10/2018

My son has been with Anna’s Acorns (Anna and her husband, John) since April 2016. He attended 5 days per week for 2 years. From January 2018 we reduced him down to 2 days as he alternated with nursery school. He starts reception this September.

I have been extremely happy with the care my son has received, and the great progress he has made whilst in Anna & John’s care. Their home is always welcoming, clean and well organised and my son has great fun playing with all the toys available and with the other children in their care. Beyond all this though, it is their warm and friendly, but no nonsense approach, which sets them apart from other childminders we have experienced.

They provides a wide, fun range of activities including plenty of outdoor exercise and soft play centres. I know my son has recently enjoyed sand and water play, drawing and sticking, reading and puzzles as well as outings to the park, trips to feed the ducks and walks in the woods. Last week he decorated a card to give to his Daddy for Father’s Day.

Both Anna & John are great communicators and have no trouble in gaining my son’s confidence and therefore encouraging good behaviour and kindness and compassion to others, both skills which are important to us at home. When my son steps outside his boundaries, they respond with firm but kind discipline explaining what they would like to see in terms which he understands. When he is hurt or feeling under the weather I know that he feels happy to be comforted by them and I am confident that they can administer either first aid or medication following all the correct procedures and completing the necessary records to ensure his health and safety.

I am also aware that they ensure good personal hygiene in encouraging all the children to wash their hands before eating and after using the toilet. I’m sure that it is this practice together with the cleanliness of their home which has ensured that my son has remained healthy and bug free for as long as I can remember.

They complete an online app diary detailing what my son has done each day. From this I have a complete picture of his whole day including what he has eaten, how long he has slept, all his activities, his EYFS steps progress and even photos which the greater family in South Africa benefit from too! This helps me to feel involved with his care and that I can talk to him about his day.

All in all I am thoroughly happy with the level of care my son receives and I’m certain that being in such a positive and happy environment is helping him develop into a confident and self-assured little boy.

I would absolutely recommend Anna’s Acorns as great and reliable childminders.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about ANNAS ACORNS on 22/06/2018

Anna and John took care of our daughter for 14months until we moved out of the area (the only reason she is no longer cared for by them). We wished we could have taken them with us!

With our family living so far away, and both my husband and I working full time, we were given such consistent and flexible support, which was invaluable to making our lives easier to balance. From snow storms to train strikes, our daughter's well-being was always the priority, and our minds were at ease from the very first time we met Anna and John.

Our daughter enjoyed the excursions to soft plays, farms, bowling or even just a walk to the park - every day there was a different activity planned. Her learning progressed rapidly, and she has become a bright, polite and charismatic little girl, thanks to Anna and John. She loved her interactions with the other children, and still talks about "AnnaJohn" often.

The package on offer from Anna was second-to-none. Pick-ups and drop-offs were amazing, and flexible for us to suit our commuting. The food on offer for the children was also varied and delicious (by all accounts!), and the regular updates on what they were up to kept us entertained (we really miss this!). If ever our daughter was unwell, Anna was straight on the case, leaving us no concerns whatsoever.

Many thanks for all you did for our little family. We will always be grateful to the wonderful start you gave our daughter.

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by about ANNAS ACORNS on 14/02/2018

A loving, fun and stimulating environment. Highly recommended.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about ANNAS ACORNS on 04/11/2017

My boy loves his days with Anna and the gang, excellent childcare. Flexible pickups. Couldn't ask for better. Very pleased :)

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about ANNAS ACORNS on 16/10/2017

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