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Childminder in Stevenage

5 stars

Female Non-smoker Member since May 2009 Last Updated Sep 2020 Last Login 29 Nov 2020 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

I am a NVQ level 3 qualified, CRB checked, Ofsted registered childminder, graded GOOD, with full public liability insurance, and all other relevant insurances.
Myself and all members of my household are CRB checked.

I have 3 grown up children and I have been registered as a Childminder for 25yrs, and previous to that worked as a playleader at a Playscheme for 5 to 14 yr olds. Also I have worked in a nursery setting for babies and children up to 5yrs.

I am based in central Stevenage, close to Six Hills Way, and a stones' throw away from Fairlands Valley park,

I offer a home from home loving environment for children and babies,with a safe enclosed garden, with various outdoor toys including, a sand table, water table, sit 'n' ride toys, a rocker, slides (toddler and larger sized) pushchairs etc.
I use the kitchen for messy play, painting / drawing, play dough etc, and my lounge for a variety of toys/games/books/puzzles/role play/construction music time etc.

We often walk to Fairland's Lakes to feed the ducks and play in the park,and on the swings/ slides etc. and weather permitting we use the splash park and enjoy a picnic.

We also attend various toddler groups, indoor soft play and Musical/Rhyme activity sessions and the library for their rhyme time session and/or choosing books, which enables the children to socialise with other children, and make new friends, and play with different toys and equipment.
Some days are busier than others, however I am mindful that babies and toddlers need to rest/sleep and recharge their batteries! and I plan the day accordingly, ensuring activities are age/development appropriate.

Other activities would include a visit to a local farm to see where fruit and vegetables grow and see animals in their natural environment, have a play in the outside play area, and enjoy walking in the countryside, then buy some of the produce to take home to eat/cook, we also visit/feed/pet animals at other local venues.
During the holidays,we sometimes travel further afield on planned trips.

I work to the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to ensure babies and young children reach their full potential through play.
I endeavour to support children with their early years education, and also later with homework.

I give the children a healthy balanced diet, in line with the Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings.
I encourage them to try/choose/eat a variety of fruit and veg. Water is always freely available.

At present I have limited availability ( Oct 2019 )

My Experience

I have over 35yrs experience in childcare, first with my own 3 children, who are all adults now and living independent lives, and as a S.B.C playscheme playleader.
I registered over 25 yrs ago (first with Social Services and now Ofsted.) as a childminder. I have also worked in a nursery school, so have experience and knowledge of young children in different settings.

I keep up to date with the latest legislation and knowledge, by attending regular training opportunities, in my own time at evenings and weekends.

I have cared for many babies/children over the years as a childminder, from as young as 6 weeks old, and have helped them grow from baby to confident child and then on to young adults, some of whom I am still in contact with, and it gives me great pleasure and pride to know I was part of their development.

My Qualifications

I hold a NVQ level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development,

I have a current Paediatric First Aid certificate, (12 hrs)
Safeguarding Children, (formally child protection),
Every child a talker, (ECAT)
Observation, Assessment and Planning,
And Basic food Hygiene Certificates,
also various other childcare orientated certs including

Eat Better Start Better, which is the Early Years code of practice for healthy food and drink.
And the latest (an all day training)
'My Baby's Brain', Attachment and Brain Development: Five to Thrive in childcare practice.
Which focused on how relationships with adults affects children's brain development and skills to promote healthy brain development, both physical and emotional, in babies and young children and beyond.


My Availability

l have a part time vacancy for 1 under 5yrs

My core hours are Mon to Thurs 8am till 6pm.

Earlier start / later finish times can be discussed/arranged.

I can offer full or part time hours.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning yes no yes yes no no no
Afternoon yes no yes yes no no no
After School no no no no no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 19/11/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

I have hourly rates ( depending on total hours and times required) but could
offer a daily rate for full time.
My rates are from £5.50ph within my core hours, and £7.75ph for unsocial hrs. (earlier than 8am)

All fees include home cooked, balanced and nutritious meals and snacks, where appropriate.

I accept childcare vouchers.

Please call/message for further info.

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My Local Schools

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Our daughter loved attending Sally's. The care and support Sally has given to our daughter has been excellent and invaluable in her learning and development. Sally is flexible to our needs, provides varied activities for the children and promotes health eating.
We would be lost without Sally and cannot praise her enough.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for clarewal clarewal about Avatar for sallys little stars sallys little stars on 15/09/2013

Sally has been a great help to me, by being understanding of both my situation and my child's needs, who is very happy in her care. I am always kept up to date with developments and activities etc. Sally is a caring and loving person to my child.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for porky porky about Avatar for sallys little stars sallys little stars on 12/02/2010

Response by Avatar for sallys little stars sallys little stars on 12/02/2010:

Thank you so much for your kind comments, it's nice to know your happy with my service, and even nicer to know that your child is happy!!!

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