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Childminder in Cardiff

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2017 Last Updated Aug 2018 Last Login Oct 2019 Email

My Summary

CIW Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Flexible Hours

About Me

Hi, my name is Donna Barlow and I am a registered Childminder in the Rhiwbina area, living very close to Llanishen Fach Primary School. I live in a non-smoking home with my husband, son and our very friendly pet dog Charlie. Charlie is a Cocker Spaniel and has his own space within the house, but the children can have as much or as little access to him as you like.
I have a spacious 4 bedroom home with 3 reception rooms, kitchen diner, down stairs toilet and a conservatory leading onto a private secure back garden. I have a large drive but also off road parking is available for parents to drop off and pick up.
I have always been passionate working with children of all ages and have been lucky enough to work in schools for over 10 years. I have developed my knowledge through lots of training and learning in a school environment. I love developing positive relationships with children and I am friendly, approachable and children trust me.
Being a mum I know how hard it can be leaving your child especially for the first time. I will welcome all children with a friendly face and make them feel they are a part of the Clever Tots family.
My family and I are English speaking with a little knowledge of the Welsh language. I have learnt some Welsh phrases and lots of words from working in a school and will promote this knowledge to the children.
My husband and I are fully DBS checked as both of our jobs require this.
I am a member of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) and I have public liability insurance with them.
My service will include full day care for your little ones, drop off/ pick-ups from schools and nursery drop off/ pick-ups in the Rhiwbina area. An example of a day at Clever Tots would be breakfast/free play, school drop off, play group for full time children, snack, activities/play in the home or garden, lunch time, quiet time/nap time, more play/craft activities, school pick up, snack/dinner and home time. Days will have lots of variation but will be filled with fun, educational activities to keep your little ones very busy.

My Experience

I have worked in the Education Sector for over 10 years and loved every minute of it. I previously worked in a Primary School as a Teaching Assistant and Special Needs Assistant. I have experience of working on a 1:1 basis, in small groups and large groups of children from nursery up to year 6. I have worked in breakfast and after school clubs so I also understand children’s needs at these times of the day.

My Qualifications

• I have completed 1 unit (4 credits) towards my Cache Level 3 Understanding how to set up a home based childcare service qualification.
• First Aid Certificate in Paediatric lifesaving specific to childminders.
• Certificate in Food Hygiene.
• 2:1 degree in Education and Disability Studies.

My Availability

My opening hours are Monday- Friday 7.30am- 5.30pm. I am flexible and can discuss specific needs for different children and parents on an individual bases.

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 no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 26/07/2017

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.50 per hour

Day Rate : £40.00 (9 hour day) £5.00 extra for 10 hour day
Before School- 7.30-8.45: £5.00
After School- 15.30-17.30: £10.00

Fess include -snacks/drinks/meals/ baby wipes/ play groups
Fees exclude- Formula milk/nappies/some day trips and activities.

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My two boys have been going to Donna for a year and they absolutely love her. My youngest is with her full time and my eldest has wrap around care during term time and then full-time care during the holidays.

Donna has a warm and friendly personality that makes children instantly feel at ease. Her years of experience as a teaching assistant clearly show as she knows exactly how to interact with both boys and has the patience of a saint when it comes to dealing with toddler tantrums.

Donna is constantly finding new and exciting ways to entertain them - whether that be a trip to soft play centres, the park (she takes them to many different parks) or by setting up activities in the house. Donna set up a CleverTots Christmas Grotto and carried out different (child-friendly) spooky activities at Halloween. Almost every day the boys come home with artwork that they have completed that day.

Donna prepares healthy food, every day and always goes above and beyond what I would imagine any childminder would do.

Both boys enjoy spending time at Donna's with her little boy as he is adorable. I regularly get photos sent to me showing what they are all getting up to, and they are always having fun! They also love Nick, (Donna's husband) as they have an amazing family environment, feeling like a home from home.

From day one, I was never worried about leaving the boys as it can be difficult leaving your children with a stranger. But because we took the boys to the house before-hand to meet Donna and sign contracts, they just accepted her straight away (I was very lucky). Even the teacher at school mentioned how Donna interacts with the boys and said that she clearly loves them - you can't get better feedback than that!

I couldn't be happier with the service that Donna provides at Clever Tots. I would highly recommend Donna as an amazing childminder and you won't be disappointed. Your kids will love her.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Kelly about Clever T on 10/08/2018

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