3 stars (2)

Childminder in Southampton

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Female Non-smoker Member since Mar 2011 Last Updated Aug 2019 Last Login 20 Nov 2019 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered

About Me

Spots & Dots Childcare Service.
WE Have 1 space available 9-3 Monday Tuesday & Thursday



Hello there are 3 of us co-childminding, 2 of whom are Early Years Trained professionals working together to provide high quality care and learning for every child.

We provide Child Care in a bungalow and have a designated play room and a sensory room in addition to the children using the other rooms. We can care for up to 10 children under 8 yrs. We also offer half term and holiday care for children over 4 years as well as before and after school care. We can also provide care for parents who have flexible working hours and who work part time.

PLEASE NOTE for After School Club and half term holidays we only charge for the days/hours your child attends.(subject to a minimum of 5hrs)
We also provide free pre-school education for 3yr & 4yr old children for up to 30hrs per week. We can also offer 2yr old funding..

We like to take the children out and about the local parks to explore the changing environments, encourage the children to learn about natural colours.We also encourage them to splash about in muddy puddles and leaf fall. We go to the local library for story time and the children collect books whilst there as well. We also take the children to a local soft play group to help them develop their gross motor skills.
We also encourage the children to become as independent as possible and encourage each child to problem solve and take risks. We both have lots of experience working within the EYFS and all enjoy being outside in all weathers. We have a safe and secure garden that is great for children to explore as well as a covered area that they can access fresh air every day. Children are able to access the Sand Pit and Water Tray every day - all we ask is that you provide your child with a change of clothes. We also have some resident frogs and 2 friendly robins as well as a squirrel who visit our garden every day. This is in addition to having creative play such as glueing/ painting and playdough out each day.

We also have our own allotment and the children learn how to plant and grow vegetables, fruit and flowers. At the allotment we are blessed by slow worms, and thistle bushes which the children get to observe the life cycle of a ladybird. The children have planted their own wildflower patch to encourage the bees and butterflies and they have a willow den which they love to play in. The children get to use real tools to dig with and help to pick the fruit and vegetables which we then take back and they help to prepare dinner and puddings with.

During half terms and summer holidays we go to the New Forest and take part in Wild Wednesdays which can involve River Play, bug identification and forest walks. As we do not have school runs we tend to go further afield We are very passionate about working with children and enjoy helping them to acheive and develop to the best they can be whilst providing exciting, engaging and stimulating experiences relating to the childrens interests.

We are also able to drop off & pick up children from Sholing, St Patricks & Ludlow Schools. Other schools can be considered.

We have 1 small dog called Nana who is very friendly BUT she has her own separate space too.

We decided to start our own Childcare business as we couldn't find the childcare and learning environment we were looking for. We provide lots of educational based activities to enable children to learn and interact with the environment from a very early age. We actively promote independence in children and encourage them to be problem solvers!

Because we work together we are able to have a slightly bigger group of children which is great for developing their social skills as well as enabling them to work together as a team.

We believe we have managed to acheive the best of both worlds - a very homely environment with nursery quality toys and quality experiences which are built on the childrens interests.

My Experience

I have worked in the childcare sector for many years and gained my Early Years Professional Status in 2010 .
I have lots of experience working with all ages of children as well as Individual Needs Training & Portage/Speech & Language Training.

Amber has worked in childcare since 2004 she has been helping out with nurseries and pre-schools I have worked in and holds a diploma level 3, she has lots of experience working with children aged birth to 11 years and has worked in several nurseries and has completed 6 month placements in schools and nurseriesshe also has her own children.
Laura has worked with us for 3 1/2 years and has attended various training courses. Laura has three daughters. Laura is currently studying her Level 3 in Childcare.

My Qualifications

Early Years Professional (EYP) which is equivalent to a Level 6.
BA Hons in Education & Training
Foundation Degree in Working with Children, First Aid, Food Hygiene, Health & Safety, Fire Training, Risk Assessment, CRB Ofsted Registered
Have attended Makaton Training Levels 1-4 in 2012 and levels 5-8 in Nov 2015

Amba is a Level 3 qualified Nursery Nurse, has a CRB, First Aid, Ofsted Registered

Laura has attended childminding course has DRB, First aid, Ofsted registered and is currently studying her Level 3 in Childcare.

My Availability

We are able to provide care from 7am to 7pm Mon - Fri additional hours can be requested
We can pick up and drop off to local schools and can also offer before school and after school care as well as half term and holdiay care for all children.
We can also offer adhoc days to cover inset days but these are subject to availability.
Can also offer term time only care as well as flexible care for parents who work shifts however there may be a minimum number of days to secure the place on a permanent basis. - please contact us for further details.
Schools we pickup/drop off from are
Glenfield infants
Beechwood junior

Sholing
St pat ricks
Ludlow infants
Ludlow junior

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening yes yes yes yes yes no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 27/03/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £3.85 per hour

We accept all childcare vouchers
Hourly rates of £4.00 apply this includes meals and snacks
for more information or to arrange a visit please contact us

we encourage all propective parents to come and see us in action - we also tailor the settling visits to each child but there will normally be three especially for younger children

you can aso view testimonials from our current parents

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.

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I did not have a good experience with them. Three weeks before to start the setting they said that they couldn’t look after my little one anymore. This created to me and my husband a big problem.

  • 1 stars Overall

by about Clare Amber Laura on 24/08/2019

I would highly recommend Clare & Amba. They have been brilliant with my 2 daughters (3yrs & 9months). My girls have progressed so much in their care and were so happy with them. Unfortunately we no longer require a childminder due to working pattern changing but I would not hesitate to use them again if need be! They are absolutely fantastic women who pay so much attention to the children in their care and the children's needs are met without hesitation.
It's a sad day for us because we have to say goodbye :(

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Clare Amber Laura on 21/12/2012

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