Childminder in Stevenage
Female Non-smoker Member since Aug 2016 Last Updated Jul 2020 Last Login 22 Oct 2020 Email
Hi, my name is Nikki and I co-mind with my sister Dawn. We are both qualified in home based childcare & registered with Ofsted. We offer a home from home environment where children can feel safe and cared for. We are situated in Chells, walking distance to Fairlands Valley Park which is ideal as we love to take the children for walks to the park regularly each week. We offer a smoke free/pet free environment in a private cul-de-sac close walking distance to local schools. We offer lots of fun activities including arts and crafts, cooking, trips out to local farms, museums, playgroups and soft play etc. We deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to all children aged 0-5yrs where we focus on your child's development and plan activities that target your childs specific development needs. Children learn lots through play and we provide lots of valuable resources that cover all areas of learning. We also keep Learning Journals full of photos & development trackers to show your child's learning journey and how they have progressed during their time with us.
As busy mothers, we are well aware of the demands and responsibilities involved in caring for children. We have no doubt that the experiences that we have had already with bringing up our own children help us in our roles as childminders. We are very experienced with looking after young babies and multiple children and know how important a good routine is.
As part of our training we successfully completed a course in childminding approved by Ofsted. The course covered a wide range of subjects including child protection, health and safety, child development and behaviour management. During the course of this year we have refreshed our child protection training, and each obtained First Aid Certificates for babies and young children. We also make full use of the training workshops provided by the Early Years Team and by the local college as they become available covering a variety of areas from child development and special needs to play experiences and nutrition and hygiene. We believe it is vitally important to continue to further our training and refresh our skills in order for us to provide a good quality childcare service.
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and we look forward to hearing from you.
We are both qualified in home based childcare. We are both Paediatric First Aid trained and have also completed food hygiene training. We have full clean driving licences and have our own cars.
Our normal working hours are 7:30am-5:30pm, Monday to Friday.
|Last Updated: 28/07/2020|
- Childminding from £5.50 per hour
We charge from £5.50 Per hour. We accept Tax Free Childcare vouchers. Outings, meals, drinks and snacks are included.
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- First Aid Certificate: First Aid (added 01/03/2019)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 28/05/2017)
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Nikki and Dawn have been taking care of our little son for nearly 6 months.
It took a good 3 weeks for our little one to settle down. Nikki and Dawn showed great patience and understanding and soon enough he was talking it in his stride .
Throughout this 6 month our son became very independent, more sociable, learnt new songs and lots of words. They took walks to the woods, farms and park. Whenever it was warm they have been outside playing. He also brought home paintings, pictures and cakes they make on rainy days . We were always kept up to date with a daily diary and photos from days out .
Every day he was offered a new adventure and opportunities to learn new things. He was always encouraged to play and join in, in a wide array of activities.
We couldn’t recommend Nikki and Dawn highly enough.
My daughter has been going to Nikki and Dawn's since December 2016. I feel extremely lucky to have chosen these two lovely sisters to care for my child. They are both very warm and friendly and take very good care of the children. My daughter absolutely loves going there and I know she's very happy and safe there and has made very good friends with the other children there. The sisters have been very supportive and accommodating with my ever changing work schedule. I am very grateful for this.
I get daily written report of how she has been, what she has eaten, how much nap she's had, nappy changes and all activities she's been engaged in for the day. I love reading those notes very much as it gives me a clear picture of how my daughter's day has gone.
The home environment is always clean and tidy. The kids engage in different learning activities and have lots of toys to play with both indoors and out in the garden.
I'm very glad we found Nikki and Dawn and I will highly and happily recommend them to anyone looking for childminding services.
Firstly I would just like to say a massive thank you to Nikki & Dawn for helping me raise my well behaved and cleaver little boy.
Sonny has been in Nikki & Dawn’ setting for over 18 months now. He has dipped in and out due to my circumstances.
He settled in really well right from the beginning when we went to visit in the first instance. So much so he cried as we were leaving.
He has learnt so much in the setting from playing and sharing to counting and sing nursery rhymes. It was only yesterday I caugh him singing baa baa black sheep to himself in his bedroom while he was playing with his farm animals.
We are always talking about his day at Nikki & Dawns he enjoys playing in there garden a lot as we don’t have one.
I really enjoy reading Sonnys dairy, it helps me keep track of new foods he has eaten and enjoyed, and prevents me from giving him the same meal at dinner as to what he has eaten at lunch time.
I have no concerns about Sonny being at Nikki and Dawns setting. He is always so happy to go and they are the first people he wants to see or show them something new.
They are always there to help me at the drop of a hat. They offer advice and solutions to help me as a first time lone parent.
Our daughter has been with our childminder since January '17 and has settled in really well. Both sisters who run the service are really helpful and friendly and provide a short daily written report as to what she had been going on that day. We are very happy with the service they provide. Highly recommended.
Nikki and Dawn have been minding our daughter for about 4 months now. We couldn't be happier with everything they do for her.
They are always up to something fun and stimulating. From singing and dancing, to arts & crafts, nursery rhymes and more. They focus on her development and keep track of her progress, which is evident as we see our daughter learning new things daily!
When our daughter is with Nikki and Dawn we feel that we are leaving her in experienced and caring hands. It gives us peace of mind when we see how excited she becomes every time she sees them.
We feel so lucky to have found them and as far as we are concerned, Nikki and Dawn ARE the little treasures!
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