Hi, my name is Nico, I’m 37 and live with my wife Cherry and 27 month old son George in a large garden flat just 2 minutes walk from Surbiton station. I am a writer and published children’s author now taking some time out to help raise George and give him the best possible start in life that I can. I set up Golden Bear Childcare in January 2018 and feel privileged to be able to look after George and his new friends, enabling them to learn, develop and discover new things together in a safe, stimulating and caring environment.
I provide the children in my care with a wide variety of fun and educational toys to play with and entertaining activities to do. As an author (and being married to a primary school teacher) I am very aware of the importance of reading to children and so, of course, there will always be a wide range of books for them to enjoy and story time every day along with singing, music and the odd puppet show! It is my belief that children need a good balance of structure and freedom in order to thrive, so I work with parents to make sure children develop in line with the Early Years Framework growing their imagination and interest, literacy, language and social skills. All of this is served up with a varied and wholesome diet using homemade organic food.
As well as having a lovely garden with soft grass and a sandpit for the children to play in, we are really well positioned for local parks with play areas and the river where we are often found feeding the ducks and counting the boats going by, so no matter what the weather, the children are always guaranteed to get their daily dose of fresh air and exercise.
For more information or to arrange a meeting then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Please find below references from current and past parents. I am happy to provide original copies and contact details upon visiting my setting.
Reference from LJ:
My wife and I immediately felt so comfortable with Nico's guardianship and our daughter's learning was definitely accelerated with all of his fun activities. It was telling that she's always talking about Nico and his son, George, and it was clear that Nico worked hard and positively impacted her little life at such an important stage of her development.
Reference from AM:
We have been so very lucky to have Nico as our childminder. Golden Bear Childcare was our son's first childcare setting, and Nico gently settled him in, and reassured both him (and us) the whole time. He has since blossomed there, and runs through the door without looking back, and doesn't want to leave at the end of the day. His days have been filled with great stimulating and relevant activities, and we are kept in the loop with photos and his diary, so that we know what the day has involved. The menu at Golden Bear Childcare is also nutritious, and home-made, and has encouraged our son try a wide variety of healthy foods. We have been so fortunate to see Nico show the same care and attention to detail with our son, as he does with his own, and they have formed a great friendship because of it. I do believe that our son's gentle nature and curiosity has been nurtured with Nico, and we would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
Reference from GC:
We would whole heartedly recommend Nico, our son loves spending time with him and the other children in his care. Nico is very caring towards W and we feel he is looked after exceptionally well. W eats a varied, delicious sounding, homemade diet and engages in fun, creative activities involving a wide range of toys, dancing and paint! He gets lots of fresh air, with picnics in the garden, trips to the park and along the river. There’s also an occasional trip to a soft play. We love that Nico sends us photographs each day which show how happy and content our son is. Nico is wonderful and I would totally recommend him.
Reference from CM:
It is with great confidence that I would recommend Nico as the ideal childminder. I have known Nico for 11 years and regard him as one of the most positive, reliable and funny friends I have. Nico has spent a lot of time around children, from his niece and nephews who I know he is very close to, to friend’s children. Whenever I meet up with Nico he loves interacting with my daughter (23 months) and always gets her giggling. I have left my daughter in Nico’s care several times, confident that I will return to a happy and well-looked after baby. Nico is extremely competent, creative and caring and has a keen interest in children’s learning and development. I know he thoroughly enjoys visiting primary schools to do readings of his book and provide workshops to help the children with their creative writing. He also loves to cook, play sports and write music which I am certain will add to the all round education of children in his care. I have no doubt that any child cared for by Nico will develop excellent physical and mental skills by playing lots of games, getting out and about and enjoying creative activities such as making up games new games, cooking and painting. Most of all though, I believe the children will leave at the end of the day feeling happy and looking forward to returning.
(Original references and contact details available upon visit to setting)
NVQ Level 3 Childcare
TA in Villa Grimini International School (International) Italy (Reference available)
School literacy workshops KS1&2
Although only childminding in a professional capacity now, I have many years experience looking after children of all ages including newborns.
Childcare and character references available upon request.
Full DBS check and full clean driving license.
Member of Pacey
Cache Level 3 in home-based childcare
Paediatric First Aid
I have limited availability from September 2018 and endeavour to be as flexible as possible and available at short notice if cover is required.
|Last Updated: 24/01/2019|
- Babysitting from £16.00 per hour
- Childminding from £8.00 per hour
£8 per hour including all food.
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- DBS Check (added 07/01/2019)
- Reference: Reference from CM (added 10/08/2018)
- Reference: Reference from GC (added 10/08/2018)
- Reference: Reference from AM (added 10/08/2018)
- DBS Check (added 07/11/2017)
- First Aid Certificate (added 07/11/2017)
- Training Certificate: Childminding Qualification (added 07/11/2017)
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