Little Explorers's Reviews
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Average Rating: (4.5 from 10 reviews)
When I was searching for a childminder I was pleasant imprest about the previous reviews here. Now my daughter goes 5 days per week and I can confirm everything is written in here is expressing just a small part from what this wonderful lady is doing for my child. My daughter is enjoying her time there and Taz is making sure she is getting quality time indoor and outdoor, introducing games and activities which are stimulating her creativity and imagination. My main concern in the past was about the infections she used to get every month from the nursery, infections that required almost every time treatment and time spent in hospitals, now are already 5 months from when my daughter starts with Taz and I can happily say not even one infection. I highly recommend Taz for everyone who is looking for a trustful childcare!
I would love to recommend the Little Explorers as a childminder. Momtaz was kind, loyal, loving and fun. I am currently looking for another childminder as I am moving out of the area and I am gutted that I cannot use the services of Little Explorers. I know that anyone who uses this childminder will not regret it and will instantly feel at ease with Momtaz caring nature and wonderful family. We found her to be reliable, trustworthy and would go beyond the call of duty on many occasions.
My daughter has been with Momtaz just over a year and I am very pleased with the care she has been given. She is now 3 years old.
Momtaz has been very kind and friendly from the beginning. She made my daughter feel very comfortable and really learnt to know her to ensure she could respond well to her needs - as simple as what she likes playing with, doing to what her learning needs are. Every couple of weeks, Momtaz has introduced new games or activities, which means that my daughter loves going over and doesn't get bored. Every week, my little one brings home lots of little boxes/keepsakes/cards/paintings/pictures etc.
Twice a week they go to the children centre play and stay, every couple of weeks they go to the library. I really value the magic of books so for me it is very a bonus. I believe children learn so much through books.
The children also play in the garden in which they have plenty of toys and activities, also when the weather is better they garden (courgettes/spinach/pumpkins and others).
What I really value is the fact that she is very professional and knows how to support my child learning needs. Having been a Teacher Assistant, Momtaz excels with building the key foundation skills towards reading and writing - which is crucial for me. Within a couple of months my daughter's skills significantly improved in term of recognising letters. She was just over 2 years old when she arrived and could read all the letters of her name within few months.
I have also been showed my daughter's learning journey. I was also given little tips and activities to continue to support her development in line with what she does when she is with Momtaz.
Communication has always gone well (drop off/collection time/holidays/unplanned unavailability) and when I needed to be informed of an incident (once only), procedure had been followed and I was satisfied that there wasn't any issue, it was easily resolved, I didn't have any further concern.
I know that if I had any concern I could openly approach her to discuss - which crucial.
Momtaz is accommodating and flexible - on many occasions she has helped us when we needed childcare.
She is clean, organised. she communicates well, whenever my daughter doesn't fancy the food I gave her or wants something else, she has always gone out of her way to offer her some options (from her own kitchen).
We had just moved to the area and felt we were lucky to have her.
My daughter has been going to Taz for around 7 months after recommendation from my sister whose daughter also attends. I have been very happy with the care she has received and feel that she has progressed greatly from the interaction with other children and attending stay and play, the local libary and learning activities within the setting. Taz has a caring and understanding approach and i would highly recommend her.
I have been sending my 2 year old son to taz, my child has been going to taz for the last 2 years now . Since been under the care of taz I have seen significant postive changes in my child's educational needs more importantly I have seen my child excel in his social interaction as I had concerns about his confidence and his social skills . Taz has been very consistent in making sure my child was happy and felt safe and settled in her care . I have also noticed my child is vocally more expressive and is able to communicate with me by using sentences which was one of my other concern . My child had his two year old development check up by the health visitors and is meeting all his milestones . As a parent and as a professional who works very closely with children's I would like to take this opportunity to thank taz for all her hard work , support , consistency and her passion in what she does because the outcome of my child's time in taz's care has had a postive impact on my child's well being as well as his learning and development . As a first time parent it is very daunting to have to put ur child in the care of someone who you don't know but taz has made this transition very easy and comforting for both me and my child . Taz's sense of sincerity and passion in what she does shine's through the moment you walk into her settings , the environment , the aura and presence of her setting attracted me to have taz as my childminder . Am sure every parent who visits taz will feel the same and understand what I say ! Am due my second child !! And feel very at ease knowing that taz will be looking after my child very soon . Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank taz for been such a postive role model in my child's life .
I highly recommend taz she is brilliant and very friendly my daughter been going to taz since September and my daughter fully enjoys going.
My daughter goes every day and I'm happy with the experience taz has.
My daughter always telling how much she enjoys going there. I've had a lot of childminders but taz is far the best.
Worse childminder my son has had. She didnt look after him correctly or responsibly at all . She ignored all requests and instructions i gave her when it.came.to my sons care . He fell and hit his head whilst in her care causing it.to bleed and bruise and she told me that she and her assistant decided not to tell me until the end of the day as that is what nurseries do. Ive had several proffessionals confirm nurseries alert you straight away. She didnt like that I told her she should have alerted me sooner. 2 days later she then ended our contract with immediate effect with no warning telling me she was no longer looking after my son as he wasnt walking. She then told his new nursery that she ended it because he is a clingy baby who cried all the time and wouldnt let her leave him and even they have said its a lie. She never fed my son at the times i asked and didnt feed him what i asked her to at those times. She stopped giving him his milk when i requested he was given it as she and her assistant decided he didnt need it. She placed him in a bouncer to sleep unattended and unstrapped at the age of 10 months. Ive never known a childminder to be so disgraceful in her actions in front of other children . She shouted at me and called me a bad mom telling me I knew nothing as i was a first time parent where she wasnt and this was in front of my son and other children . I will never use her services again and I definetly will never reccommend her ever . She is a neglectful career !!
Response by Little Explorers on 05/02/2018:
Many allegations have been made against me which are unjust and false which I feel I need to respond to.
The child was with me for just over a month and he was still on his two month trial period which Mum signed in her contract.
With regards to the child hitting his head, this was a slight bump whilst he was playing. I followed the necessary procedure by applying a cold compress and logging an incident report. I tried to ring Mum but as I couldn’t get hold of her I text her – therefore I have the text as evidence of this. I was then subjected to a barrage of angry messages from Mum until he was picked up. II did NOT choose to wait until the end of the day to let Mum know of this. After having seen the slight bump herself, was happy to return the child back to me the next day to look after.
Mum has stated that I did not feed her son at the times she requested and chose to stop giving him milk. Once again this is not the case. Mum told me to feed her son a full bottle of milk after breakfast, however sometimes he chose not to drink it. I tried to explain this to mum however she chose not accept that the child did not want his milk. I therefore liaised with sandwell safeguarding and welfare officer Anne Pritchard who advised that if a child refuses to drink the milk then I shouldn’t force him. When relaying this information back to mum she was defensive stating that as the mother she knows best. As a childcare professional I feel it is my job to give advice if necessary.
Mum has accused me of placing the baby unstrapped in the bouncer. The times I placed the baby in the bouncer was during the day whilst Mum was at work, so once again this an unfounded false allegation. Under no circumstances was the child ever left unattended or unstrapped and I also have an assistant so there is always someone to watch the children at all times.
On several occasions I found Mum to be extremely rude to me over very insignificant circumstances. For example, the child had a nappy leak therefore I had to change his clothes. Mum was extremely angry about this, even though I explained that this is a simple matter which can happen to any baby. However, she continued to shout at me and became quite abusive in front of the other children who were there,
threatening to report me to Ofsted. It was at this point I decided that it would be best not to continue the contract and this was completely unacceptable particularly as she was raising her voice to me in front of the other children. I then gave Mum her one months notice – once again I have evidence of this. However, Mum did not return with the child and I received a phone call from a nursery to confirm he would not be returning to me.
Under no circumstances were their any occasions of neglect whilst this child was under my care. If Mum had felt that any of the allegations above were true, I would ask the question why did she not choose to report me to the relevant people? And, why if she was so unhappy with how I chose to look after her child did she continue to return him back to me to look after for a whole month? My only answer would be that she has no evidence as they are all unjust. I have been a childminder for nearly three years, and as per my profile I have many relevant qualifications to enable me to provide the best possible care to any child I look after. I have many happy parents who have been sending their children to me and have left many positive reviews to reflect this and I have never had any complaints. I would ask anyone who is considering me as their childminder to please take this into account.
My daughter has been going to litte expolorers for a while now and she has been very happy. Taz is very attentive and caring with my daughter. She is also flexible and accomodating with my schedule. She follows all the learning recommendations and provides fun and educational activities for the children. My daughter has quickly developed in her speech and her confidence since going there. Her home is lovely and clean and well equipped.
Taz is approachable and easy to talk to. Leaving my daughter with her has been a lot easier than expected because i know she is in good hands and being well looked after. I would definitely recommend her to others.
She is a so lovely and caring to my 2 kids who are 7 and 4yrs old. The kids are also looking forward to being at little explorers. She has enough toys for the lids to play with, reading, painting, gardening, fun at the park and some many other activities the kids enjoy. She also picks my kids from school to look after them. I recommend her to anyone looking for a Childminder.
We highly reccommend Taz as a childminder. She looks after our 16 month old son. Taz is very kind and caring towards our baby and we know he is very well looked after when he is in her care. She is flexible and works around my shift pattern. She has been absolutley fantastic looking after our baby. She has lots of activities to offer both in her house and outside. Taz makes our baby feel very welcome and comfortable each and everytime he goes to her. She is very reliable and very attentive. Me and my wife both know that our child is safe with her. We could not ask for a better childminder then Taz. Our baby is very happy and has already picked up new development skills which is brilliant!
Her house is very spacious with lots of toys, play area and different activities that she prepares for him daily. We would most definatley recommend Taz to other parents who are looking for a childminder as we know how important and how difficult it is to find a kind, reliable, flexible and loving childminder as we have found with Taz.
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