Welcome to Jewels Childcare,
My name is Julie Riggs and I am a fully qualified and accredited Ofsted registered childminder located close to Castlepoint shopping centre in Bournemouth.
My home is registered as my childminding setting. I currently have two assistants who are both fully qualified and one of which is working towards higher qualifications. We will also be taking on another assistant (who will also be level 3 qualified) in the next couple of months to enable us to provide care for more little Jewels. We pride ourselves on being a caring, friendly, family run childminding setting and that is the ethos: to provide children with a loving, caring, nurturing environment, where they feel comfortable to thrive and explore the world around them as they grow.
Our overall aim is to create a place that feels like a 'home away from home'. Where all children feel part of a family and whre they all feel that they're loved, valued, listened to, important and always appreciated. Many of our families, both past and present have expressed that these are values that they feel are key when it comes to finding the right childminder for them: and we have always made those elements key in our day to day practices. By installing these factors into our day to day, we ensure that we always keep the children's individual interests and needs at the heart of everything that we do. Every child has their own unique set of abilities and capabilities and we always ensure that they are nurtured in a way that best suits them, allowing them to explore, investigate and engage in the world around them in the way that suits them best.
We love to explore lots of fun, engaging activities, both within the home and garden, and also in the wider community. Once COVID restrictions allow, we will resume to spending time at many of our local parks, rivers, beaches, nature reserves and sea life and wildlife ventures. We feel that it is imperative to a child's development to experience the outdoors and all that it has to offer.
We also try to include one larger outing each year, normally in the summer months (this special outing would be at an additional cost and of is at the dependant on local COVID restrictions) In the past we have been to places such as Longdown Activity Farm, Adventure Wonderland and Peppa Pig world.
I have worked for a range of nursery settings throughout the years, and have over 10 years experience working with children aged 12 months to 5 years
I decided to open Jewels Childcare back in 2016, as I wanted provide a safe, nurturing environment for children in my own home, turning something that I have always been very passionate about into a reality.
I have been childminding in my own home now for nearly five years, caring from children 12 months through to 5 years old.
All our Little Jewels (under 5's) have now grown into Middle Jewels (they are now all at school ) and are starting their next exciting adventure in life. We are therefore excited to reopen our doors and are looking to welcome some new Little Jewels into our family. So they too can start their own new adventure.
Jewels also offers families placements for half term and holidays times only as we know a lot of childminders do not offer this service and parents do sometimes need help to keep their Jewels occupied which we can achieve with our days out.
I hold up to date certificates in the following:
NCFE CACHE Level 3
Early Years Registartion
Paediatric First Aid
Enhanced DBS Checked
Our standard hours are 08.00- 17.45
We are open Monday - Friday , for around 48 weeks of the year (we normally close for Easter and the Christmas/New Year period)
We currently have availability for children aged 2 years up to 5 years
|Last Updated: 24/03/2022|
- Childminding from £6.50 per hour
My Standard hourly rate for day care is currently £6.50 per hour. This includes entry to any groups we attend (COVID depending) and most of the outings we go on (also COVID depending).
We do not offer lunches therefore we require you to provide a pack lunch for your Little Jewel to bring with them.
We will provided a hot meal for tea which are prepared within the setting each day.
Breakfast, Snacks and Drinks are Free of Charge.
We are more than happy to accept the 15 hours a week early education funding for 2 year olds, as well as 30 hours extended funding offer for 3 and 4 year old and eligible 2 year olds.
We also accept childcare vouchers and/or Tax free Childcare.
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 Ofsted Inspections
The inspection grades below have been obtained from the Ofsted website based upon the registration number the childcare provider has provided to us. You should verify this information yourself prior to using the childcare provider.
- Training Certificate: Food Hygiene (added 24/01/2019)
- First Aid Certificate: 12 Hour Paediatric First Aid (added 24/01/2019)
- DBS Check (added 10/01/2017)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 10/01/2017)
Below are the latest reviews for Jewels C. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other Childcare.co.uk users and not of Childcare.co.uk. 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.
I found Jewels (Julie & Clive) on this website as I needed a childminder for my 11 month old daughter. I found them both trustworthy, energetic, positive and very easy going. I had only used a Childminder once before with my son but he was 2 so I was a little nervous to begin with, however they both made me feel at ease the moment i met with them.
They were very accommodating for my needs. I received a summary sheet of everything my daughter did for the day including sleep, eating and nappy changes. All information was clear and very thorough. They encouraged appropriate play was able to be fully adaptable to her energy levels. I felt very comfortable that my daughter was being looked after by an experienced child minder who had a genuine love and interest of children in there care.
I would not hesitate to recommend Jewels to anyone in need of a childminder in the Bournemouth area and I only wish I could have brought them back to Weymouth with me.
To say I was worried about sending our 14 month old to a childminder or a nursery would be an understatement. My husband says that I am incredibly fussy and I research everything meticulously. He isn't wrong!
I found a few places which I thought would fit the bill and began the laborious task of visiting and vetting. Well, what a waste of time that was! No sooner had I met Julie, Clive and Sue at Jewels Childcare I knew it would be the right place for our little boy and my, I wasn't wrong! Not only do they have all the qualifications needed and more, plus years of experience, the setting itself is excellent and the care and attention given to my son is fantastic. This is evident every time I collect him as he's more than happy and doesn't really want to leave! The same is said for when I drop him off; he happily trundles in and immediately starts playing without a backward glance or a care in the world. This for me says it all. He's so happy there; learning and exploring new things, interacting and sharing with other children and most importantly, he's safe, secure within himself and the environment and is coming on leaps and bounds. Jewels Childcare have the right balance of play and learning. The setting is the stepping stone and the right mix between a childminder and a nursery so will more than prepare my little boy for his first day at school as well. And they feed him without me having to do a pack lunch! Julie prepares all the meals and snacks daily and they are always varied and very healthy. I couldn't be happier or recommend them enough and I am sure if my little boy could talk, he would agree wholeheartedly. Thank you Julie, Clive and Sue for making by return to work massively less stressful.
Jewels looked after my 2 year old daughter. Friendly staff, excellent facilities. My daughter loved being there. They even worked closely with my daughters speech and language therapist to ensure they helped her in every way they could. Highly reccomend.
Their records of daily activities and food eaten etc was an excellent touch so I knew exactly what my daughter had been doing and what food she had eaten that day.
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