I am Mum to two boys, who loves to bake, cook, craft and have fun outdoors. I have access to a local secure walled garden, love to attend the local allotments and messy play is a MUST! I live in Margate with my husband in our 3 bedroom house, a stones throw from Northdown Park and Palm Bay beach and on several local bus routes around Thanet. I have a courtyard garden with mud kitchen, chalkboard, climbing frame, water-table, vegetables and plants and more. I have a separate, well equipped playroom with cuddle corner, role play, arts and crafts, loose parts and more in the conservatory for children to enjoy all sorts of engaging play but a large kitchen and living space for them to feel part of the family, participating in all we do.
I have been registered since Feb 2017 and operating since Sept 2017. I received a Grading of GOOD in ALL AREAS in April 2019. Being Mum to a 11yr old and 8yr old boy I am always coming up with fun activities and food fun to keep them interested and active.
I am now lucky enough to have an assistant who is an experienced childminder and nursery practitioner, currently completing her Level 3.
I am an accomplished cook and endeavour to provide a wide variety of snacks and opportunities for the children to create, cook and bake.
I love to encourage communication, empowering children, by using Makaton (I have completed modules 1-4).I do this by signing regularly and getting the children to join in with songs and rhymes. I love spending time outside in the woods, on the beach and using many local services such as Quex Park, Wildwood, the beach & Monkton Nature Reserve. I also arrange trips throughout the year such as the Fire Station, English Heritage sites and trying to find new places to explore.
A big part of my approach and ethos is to encourage self independence, healthy eating and steps towards greener living.
I am currently undertaking my Hygge Accreditation and making the setting more nature based and making well-being a priority for everyone
During lockdown we fostered an amazing partnership with a Childminder in County Durham (The Country Crew) with whom we send and receive monthly parcels, postcards and interactions to show the children a different part of the country and how we live and play.
I had an Level 3 (Homebased Childcare Award) HBCA, Paediatric Certificate, Food hygiene Certificate, Safeguarding training, relevant certificates and registered member of Oftsed. Module 1-4 in Makaton. Member of PACEY and both husband and I hold current DBS certificates.
I undertake regular training and cpd in all areas.
I am operating a waiting list for Sept 2022 and a list for general vacancies
Please contact me regarding up to date availability
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|Last Updated: 25/11/2021|
- Childminding from £5.00 per hour
I charge £5 per hour
Lunch to be provided for from home
Snacks and drinks are included as well as cooking activities.
I do occasionally charge a small extra for additional outings e.g Cabbage Patch Kids, Half Term Activities, Fruit Picking, Train/Bus Ride £2-£3
Uniform is available £9 embroidered polo shirt £11 embroidered jumpers (I order directly from supplier)
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- DBS Check (added 19/08/2019)
- First Aid Certificate: Paediatric Anaphylaxis Training (added 20/11/2018)
- First Aid Certificate: Paediatric First Aid Cetificate (added 20/11/2018)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 24/08/2017)
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Rachael is a natural childminder and educator. Her enthusiasm, positivity and care radiate through everything she does. She takes such an interest in every child and meets their individual needs. We get regular updates and progress reports, and we feel she is meeting and exceeding all requirements. Our daughter absolutly loves going to Rachael's house and it really is a home from home. We appreciate all the extracurricular projects and outings Rachael runs and our daughter has come on leaps and bounds since starting there. Laura is a brilliant assistant and they make an outstanding team.
My little boy (now three) has attended the setting with Rachael for nearly a year and benefitted enormously in terms of his development and confidence.
It is a great home from home surrounding that has a family atmosphere about the house. This is one of the key reasons I chose Rachael, as child care is not her ‘job’, it’s a passion that she really invests in creatively with lots of indoor and outdoor activities and what child doesn’t love getting involved in some messy outdoor play!
My child Casper has been with Racheal since we relocated to the area around 6 months ago. We were recommended that he go to her by some friends who mentioned that she was basically like their friend and they baked cakes for each other! That sounded wonderful and we went to meet her...I was immediately sure that it would be the right environment for Casper.
Rachael is such a warm and friendly person who bursts with enthusiasm for her work with the children. She goes to so much effort to take them on varied trips to the beach, local adventure parks, animal parks, to see the horses etc and provides very much a home from home environment.
I would highly recommend Rachael to anyone looking for childcare locally, she enormously helped our transition to the area and has gone out of her way to help me and give Casper a wonderful time. Highly recommended!
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