My name is Nic and I’m an Ofsted Registered Childminder. I live with my husband Andrew, two children Elizabeth and Joshua and our dog Eric. We live on Mowbray road, Hartlepool in a lovely laid back, family friendly home with a well equipped secure garden. The estate is quiet despite being on a main road, with lots of green areas only a short walk away and we have a car for further afield trips.
I love children of all ages and helping them to learn and grow as individuals is extremely rewarding; I, alongside my assistant Katie aim to offer a ‘home from home’, warm, friendly environment with lots of opportunity for fun and learning with stimulating activities, outings and experiences. Our home is full of fun, we enjoy being outdoors, in the garden or parks, farms. We equally enjoy chill out days, baking, song times, reading and crafts – all creations are valued equally, even ours! We attend a number of play groups that I have attended since my own children were babies and always have children to go out and about with, or have round to play so children learn to socialise with all different children of all ages.
I have experience of caring for all ages of children from babies right through to teenagers through family and friends. Katie has also worked in the childcare sector since leaving school and even before has had lots of experience of young children as her own mum is a well respected childminder.
Before my move into childcare I specialised in learning disabilities, complex physical needs, challenging behaviours, and Progressive end of life care, all of which has equipped me with a lot of skills, patience and importantly, a sense of humour. Unfortunately the responsibility I had within the role was almost impossible to commit to alongside having children so I appreciate the importance of flexible, reliable childcare.
Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Child care
Paediatric Infant & Child First Aid Level 3
Introduction to Safeguarding Children V5
FGM: recognising and preventing FGM V3
Food Standard Agency: Food Allergy Online Training.
I.A.B.A - Positive Practices in Behavioural Support
Supporting Children with speech language and communication needs
Effective Partnership working with fathers
Safeguarding Children (Pacey)
Raising Developmental concerns with parents
Home Office - Prevent
Delivering the EYFS
Expectations of Behaviour
Supporting children's emotional well-being
I am available 7.30 til 5.30 Monday to Friday
|Last Updated: 07/07/2019|
- Childminding from £4.50 per hour
7.30-5.30 - £35.00
£5 per hour either side of these times.
Includes all meals, snacks, activities.
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Fens Primary School
- Ofsted Certificate (added 07/07/2019)
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My Son has been with Nicola since day one and the service she offers is second to none. Shes made me feel able to leave my son with her without any concerns from the very beginning. She goes above and beyond in every aspect of his care and her communication is excellent. Highly recommended.
Nic is a genuinely caring childminder who always has the children’s best interests has her priority.
Our daughter has been with Nic since 9 month old and is now nearly 3. She has progressed amazingly well since she started childcare with Nic, days with Nic are always engaging with interesting activities and trips out.
All of Nic’s kids are polite, well mannered and enjoy their time in Nics setting. We highly highly recommend childcare with Nic.
My son has been going to Nicolas for one and half years. Before that he was in a nursery setting and didn’t settle very well and would often cry when I left him which was very upsetting. The change in him once he started with Nicola and Katie’s was amazing. I would leave him there without feeling guilty as I had often done in the previous nursery.
Throughout his time with Nicola and Katie, he has made some lovely friends and has a great time. He learns and his imagination play has really improved. I am regularly kept up to date with what they get up to and it really feels like a home from home setting.
Nicola and Katie really care for all the children and go above and beyond to make sure that they are all looked after well. The children often get involved in activities for special occasions such as Christmas and Easter activities, they have special days for their birthdays.
It was the best decision I made to change his childcare to Nicola’s setting and I can honestly say that he has enjoyed his time there throughly and has lots of happy and fun memories. I would recommend Nicola 100%.
Response by NicSwan on 12/05/2020:
Thank you Laura, it has been a pleasure to look after T and we know he will do amazing at school. We will hopefully continue to see him during school holidays and look forward to hearing all about it !
My little boy has been with Nicola and Katie since he was 6 months old, he’s now two. They have been nothing but amazing, he is with them 4/5 time’s a week and he’s always going some where, they and doing activities, no day is the same.
I have updates and photos the days he is there and the kids are always doing something fun and educational.
Even with the lockdown happening they are in constant contact, they do online stories and even dropped off Easter crafts outside our door.
I couldn’t be any more happier with Nicola and Katie, they both go above and beyond.. it’s not just a job to them I know they adore my little boy and I couldn’t think of having him anywhere else.
Nicola has been my daughters child minder from her being 1 years old and now she is nearly 3. She is amazing and my daughter has learnt and developed soo much from being in her care. Nicola is very knowledgable and approachable and great to go to for advice. My daughter loves Nicola, Katie and all the children there and developed some lovely friendships that she will attend Fens school with. I originally had my daughter in a private nursery setting and took the decision for her to be with Nicola instead and it was the best decision I ever made. Nicola takes the children to lots of places such as play areas, parks, sport, shows, forest school, farms, role play places and much more. She has lovely room for the children and garden which the children love, she has regular topics and themes and hosts Little parties for Christmas, halloween and birthdays. Sadie regularly comes home with crafts and special gifts she has made during the day and I receive regular photos and videos of all the fun things she has done during her day. My daughter is so happy and loved and a part of the child minding family. Would highly recommend Nicola to anyone.
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