5 stars (58)

Childminder in London

Babysitter in London

Female 36 years old Non-smoker Member since May 2011 Last Updated Jan 2018 Last Login 19 Feb 2018 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Evening Babysitter
Weekend Babysitter
Daytime Babysitter
Registered in Northern Ireland
Newborn Experience
Montessori Trained
Full Driving Licence
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare

About Me

Welcome to our page and we hope you like what you read,

We were named 10th best childminders in the UK by the Daily Mirror!

My name is Lydia and I offer an Ofsted registered childminder service from my lovely home in Queen's Park, London W10. I have been a childminder since 2011 and working with children for 19 years.
I am joined each day by my two full-time assistants and two part-time assistants who I adore and the children do too. Together, we are ’A Home to Grow' and have been a setting for 7 years.

Each day children get to experience creative play amongst our many toys and enjoy group learning active to teach life skills, academics or about the world. We email you a log each day to show what the children have been doing and email photos each week. Children become very excited to see what we do each day! We enjoy lots of messy play and have daily story times, sing songs and trips to the park, play groups or library.

I am a fully registered OFSTED childminder and have recent First Aid, Food Hygiene and Child Protection training. I have many years experience of working in schools, nurseries and various children's charities and absolutely love working with children of all ages and believe we offer an environment that reflects this, full of fun, active and educational activities.

I have a Level 5 Diploma/Foundation Degree in Children's Studies, a Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant and a Level 3 distinction in Child Development and Education. We do many educational adult-led activities and child led free-play on a daily basis which develops areas of learning in literacy, communication, physical exercise, crawling and walking, pen control, numeracy, art and design, knowledge of the World, personal, social and emotional development.

My cosy Victorian home is adapted to contain a learning nursery room, separate baby sleep room, lounge for rest, dining area and a safe back garden. We have lots of resources for all age groups including a fully stocked nursery room, play house, activity sheets, toys, games and baby equipment.

I have two lovely, well-mannered daughters aged eighteen and fifteen years old and a very sweet miniature dog. My daughters are wonderful, sweet girls who play with the children when they are available. Lauryn is doing a Biochemistry Degree, achieved 12 A's on her GCSE's and has worked at Charing Cross Hospital. Tia is training to be a vet and already has a distinction in small Animal Care Level 3. I am a loving mum but I do adore academics and being productive! I also live with my partner who is a lawyer in the city and although he isn't home when children are here, he is DBS checked.

Open weekdays 8am - 6pm for children aged 3 months to 10 years.

We are very excited for you to come and visit us soon!!

My Experience

I have been running A Home to Grow since 2011 and before that I worked in various roles such as babysitter (for more than 20 years), Child Counsellor for Childline, Family Support Worker for Homestart, teaching assistant in schools, nursery worker and I have been a mother since 1999.

My Qualifications

Currently studying a BA Degree on the weekend (completed 3 of 5 years) and a Level 3-5 Education and Training so I can train other childminders and babysitters
Completed: (and many more training courses)
Level 5 Diploma\Foundation Degree in Children's Studies
Level 4 and 3 Higher Lever Teaching Assistant - Distinction
Level 3 Teaching Assistant - Distinction
Level 3 Childcare, Learning and Development
Level 2 Health and Social Care - Distinction
Counseling Diploma
Child Nutrition Diploma
Human Biology Diploma
Level 2 Numeracy
Level 2 Literacy - Distinction

My Availability

We offer a child minding service Monday - Friday 8am-6pm Babysitting is available by me or one of my four assistants any day or time and overnight care is available any night. Message me for more information or view our website.

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Last Updated: 30/01/2018

My Fees

  • Childminding from £9.00 per hour
  • Babysitting from £10.00 per hour

£70 per day includes 3 meals, 2 snacks and all bottled water and milk.
No extra charges. Childcare employee vouchers or 15 hour free education grants are accepted. We are open all year round except bank holidays and for 2 weeks over Christmas.
After school care is £30 per day including a meal.
Overnight care is £60 7pm-8am (at this address)
Babysitting £10 per hour (at your address)

My Local Schools

My Documents

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  • Training Certificate: Childcare Level 5 Diploma (added 17/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Working with Children with Disabilities (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Understanding Pathways to Extremism and Prevent (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Trafficking, Exploitation and Slavery (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Think Safe, Be Safe, Stay Safe (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: The Role of the Health and Social Care Worker (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Teenage Pregnancy (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Supervision and Appraisal (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Strategic Managers Integrated Working (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Short Breaks for Disabled Children (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Safe Sleeping for Babies (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Risk Taking Behaviour (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Risk Assessment in Safeguarding (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Personal Development in Health and Social Care (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Parental Mental Health (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Early Child Development - Foundation (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Communication in Health and Social Care (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Common Core of Skills and Knowledge (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Collaberative Working (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Awareness of Domestic Abuse and Violence (added 10/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Storytelling for Teachers (added 01/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Medication Awareness Training (added 01/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Keep Them Safe Training (added 01/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Understanding the Revised EYFS (added 29/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Self-evaluation (added 29/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Partnership with Parents (added 29/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Observing Children (added 29/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Managing Behaviour (added 29/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Fulfilling the Role of Key Person (added 29/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Child Development (added 29/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Babysitting (added 29/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: An Enabling Learning Environment (added 29/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Esafety Training (added 26/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Equality and Inclusion in Early Years (added 26/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Health and Safety Training (added 26/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Hate Crime Training (added 26/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Safeguarding Young People (added 22/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Being Safe - Effective First Aid Management in your Setting (added 20/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Equality and Inclusion in Early Years Settings (added 20/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Successful Budgeting in your Early Years Setting (added 19/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Setting up your Childminder Service (added 19/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Reflective Practise in the Early Years (added 19/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Promoting Positive Behaviour (added 19/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Preventing Bullying (added 19/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Improving Children's Learning Through Play (added 19/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Level 2 Health and Safety (added 19/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Supporting Early Language Development (added 16/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Fire Safety in Education (added 16/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Equality and Diversity (added 16/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Data Protection (added 16/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Child Protection in Sport and Active Leisure (added 16/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Child Neglect (added 16/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Characteristics of Effective Leaders (added 16/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: An Introduction to Child Exploitation (added 16/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Sustained Shared Thinking in Early Years (added 14/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: The Prevent Duty in an Early Years Environment (added 14/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Understanding Children's Rights (added 14/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Level 3 Child Protection (added 14/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Child Accident Prevention (added 14/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Basic Awareness of Child and Adult Sexual Exploitation (added 14/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect - Foundation (added 13/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Early Help Assessment Training (added 11/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: A New Approach to Child Poverty (added 11/03/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Awareness of FGM, Forced Marriage, Spirit Possession and Honour-based Violence (added 09/03/2017)
  • DBS Check (added 20/02/2017)
  • UK Passport (added 20/02/2017)
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  • Exam Certificate: Level 3 Teaching Assistant (added 17/02/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: Teaching Assistant Diploma (added 17/02/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: Level 3 Learning, Childcare and Development (added 17/02/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: Level 2 Numeracy (added 17/02/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: Level 2 Literacy (added 17/02/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: Childminding Practice Course (added 17/02/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: Counselling Diploma (added 17/02/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: Level 4 Higher Teaching Assistant (added 17/02/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: Higher Level Teaching Assistant Diploma (added 17/02/2017)
  • Ofsted Certificate (added 17/02/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Homestart (added 17/02/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Foster Care Training (added 17/02/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Childline 75 Hour Service (added 17/02/2017)
  • Exam Certificate: Childline 75 Hour Service (added 17/02/2017)
  • Reference (added 17/02/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Safeguarding Children (added 17/02/2017)
  • First Aid Certificate (added 17/02/2017)
  • Ofsted Certificate (added 17/02/2017)

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for A Home To Grow. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other Childcare.co.uk users and not of Childcare.co.uk. Parents must carry out their own checks and references on childcare providers to ensure that they are completely happy before enaging in the use of their services.

A caring and devoted person to our child and many others!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about A Home To Grow on 23/01/2018

We have known Lydia for many years now and she often comes to babysit, as do her lovely daughters. One night Lydia had my 2 kids and my sister's baby. She had them in bed asleep for 6.59 pm. If anyone can look after 3 crazy kids, it's Lydia!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about A Home To Grow on 23/01/2018

We have used Home to Grow for nearly a year. My 2 kids are very happy there and the staff are engaging and always working on the childrens learning and development

  • 5 stars Overall

by about A Home To Grow on 23/01/2018

Our son has been at A Home To Grow for the past year and we love the nurturing environment, passionate carers, and love watching our son thrive as a result. We highly recommend A Home to Grow for childminding and babysitting.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about A Home To Grow on 22/01/2018

Fantastic ' home from home' childcare in London

  • 5 stars Overall

by about A Home To Grow on 21/01/2018

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