My name is Leigh-Ann and I am a Ofsted registered chidminder in the Manor Park area of Epsom. I have a love for the outdoors and firmly believe that children should be outdoors as much as possible, actively learning through natural means and experiences. I aim to provide a wide range of opportunities in the form of interactive, fun and challenging activities to enable children of all backgrounds and abilities to develop and learn through play in a caring, supportive and happy environment. I am a Christian and regularly attend church.
I am a qualified Primary School Teacher (Bachelor of Education) and am Paediatric first aid trained. I have over 10 years teaching experience as a Reception co-ordinator. Some of my responsibilities included running the Reception Unit and over- seeing staff training and development as well as the planning, assessment and implementation of the EYFS across all classes.
I spent a number of years working in an Inner London school working with children from diverse backgrounds, cultures and beliefs which helped me in educating children to understand and embrace diversity and differences. I was the Physical Education co-ordinator which I thoroughly enjoyed and gained vital experience with regards to age appropriate childhood physical development / activities and the importance of regular exercise for children.
Bachelor of Education. I am a qualified Primary School Teacher (Bachelor of Education) and am Paediatric first aid trained
Full time and Term time only
|Last Updated: 27/01/2020|
- Childminding from £7.00 per hour
To be discussed on enquiry
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Stamford Green Primary School
- Inspection Report: Ofsted Report (added 27/01/2020)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 06/08/2017)
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Our son has been looked after by Leigh since he was just under 1 and he has always been happy and well cared for. We are moving away from Epsom and, unfortunately, will have to find new childcare but are very very reluctantly doing so.
Leigh is absolutely great with all of the kids in her care; she develops each of them individually and our son has come along leaps and bounds. She takes the safety of the kids seriously and I have never had any doubts about leaving him at Leigh's house. He settled in without a single day of tears and he's now excited when we arrive and beams when Leigh opens the door.
I love reading the diary that Leigh writes for the kids - they do lots of fantastic activities and spend lots of time outdoors. Leigh has also been great through a series of developments - changes in naps, change from formula to cows milk, reducing milk feeds etc. She's listened to what we're doing at home and offered helpful advice to first time parents when we've asked for it!
Leigh's house and garden is 100% set up for the benefit of the children that she cares for - there is even a mini-classroom :-)
We are leaving Leigh behind very reluctantly indeed and I think our son will genuinely miss her. We would not hesitate to recommend Leigh to anyone looking for loving, safe, fun and family based childcare
Our little boy has been with Leigh since he was 10 months old and I do not have enough words to express how wonderful his time with her has been. We are moving away from the area and leaving Leigh behind has been the single biggest decision that we have had to make as part of our move. I cannot recommend her highly enough but here are a few of the highlights:
- Lovely home and fantastic garden (climbing frame, sandpit, water play)
- Lots of outings (parks, farms, library, playgroups)
- Fun activities (baking, arts and crafts)
- Lots of cuddles and laughs
- As a teacher, Leigh is great at spotting the development areas for focus and finding ways to encourage the children in her care
- She has a lovely way when the children are playing up and is firm but fair
- Home cooked food full of fresh ingredients - the same as I'd give him at home (and the same as Leigh is feeding her own kids!)
- Great communication via daily diary and a catch up at drop off and pick up
- Flexible and accommodating to working parents
All of the children in Leigh's care seem happy and always like they are having fun. She has been like a second mum to our little boy and I genuinely believe her when she says that she loves him like one of her own.
Thank you to Leigh and to anyone looking for a childminder in the area, do not hesitate to consider Leigh
I started looking for a childminder in June to cover the summer break, as my regular childminder did not work term time. From the minute I got into Leigh's house I could feel she was the person I have always been looking for. She has been an absolute star with my twin boys, aged 8 months at the time of their first visit. She takes them out for walks in the park, takes them to feed the horses or ducks, plays with them at home with toys suited their age, cuddles them when sad, and most importantly, she knows that sticking to a routine is of upmost importance and she therefore ensures they have a proper morning and lunch nap. As she has my two young ones, Leigh's lovely mum is always there to help. When I go to pick up my boys, they are smiley chaps, are well rested and you can tell they have had a great time. In the end my boys stayed with Leigh after summer break and sadly their time is coming to an end as I go back to work and they'll go to nursery but I am grateful for her excellent care and the friendship we've build will not end here.
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