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Childminder in Colchester

5 stars

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Female Member since Jun 2018 Last Updated Sep 2021 Last Login 28 Nov 2021 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

My name is Raquel Loridana Da Maia-Hawkey, I am originally from South Africa and have both Portuguese and Italian in me, I am 36 years old.
I completed my Ofsted childminding registration September 2018.
I immigrated to the UK in 2015, I have lived in the UK before for a couple of years, I worked as a child carer for various families. I then moved back to South Africa where I married and had my kids.
I have 3 sons and a step son who lives with us.

Jayden my step son is 16 years, Tiago 9 years and twins 6 years.
I was a stay at home mom for a few years before starting my childminding business and before becoming a mom I worked for various families as a sole charge nanny.

Children have always been a great passion of mine, I enjoy stimulating their little minds with fun and creative activities while educating them on all stages of the early year’s foundation stage framework.
Watching them grow through every developmental stage is an amazing reward and achievement.
I encourage healthy eating and healthy choices when preparing meals, I also love to bake and allow children to participate while learning at the same time. Children are taught good manners through out the day and encouraged to share and be kind to one another.

I am a patient person with a calming attitude, I make each child feel comfortable and able to be them self while praising each child as an individual expressing diversity within my setting and when around others.
My setting is a very homely setting, which creates children to feel very loved and happy.

My setting is in a quiet residential area
The house is detached.

I have a spacious playroom situated at the front of the house filled with many toys for all children of different age groups, the playroom also has role play dress up costumes, puzzles, blocks, cogs, Lego, books, toys and lots lots more.
There is a lot of space downstairs in my home as well as a good size garden for outdoor play and the woods at the back for great adventures.

Garden area is completely secured, we have a swing set, toddler slides, many push car’s, play house and outside toys.
My setting will only take place down stairs and no child will be taken/allowed upstairs.

Few things that we will do:
play dough, magnetic sand, colouring and drawing, arts and craft, learning shapes, colours and numbers using fun methods (shaving cream, sand, finding objects)
Many toys to play with
Creative play
Garden play
Trips out to the animal farms, beach (in good weather), parks and playgrounds, forest walks, library, play groups and play centres and more.

Please contact me for any further information.

*one space available term time or full year round*

Please feel free to message be for further information, I am able to email through a welcome pack which will give you more information about my setting.

Thank you

My Experience

I am a mom of four boys, I have experience with twins as I have two amazing twin boys.

Before having my own children, I worked for various families as a nanny (child carer) sole charge on full time basis.

I have around years experience within child care.

My Qualifications

I have a paediatric first aid, NCFE CACHE level 3 award in home based child care and I have also done a safeguarding course through Pacey

My Availability

I am available Monday - Friday
Times: 7:30 - 17:30
Open all year round.

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Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 22/09/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

My Local Schools

My Documents

  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 26/09/2018)
  • Exam Certificate (added 26/09/2018)
  • First Aid Certificate (added 26/09/2018)
  • DBS Check (added 26/09/2018)
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Below are the latest reviews for Raquel. 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.

My daughter, Molly was 9 months old when we decided to take her to a childminder. I searched on this page and she was the very first one I found. Usually I look through all the recommendations but after reading her introduction I thought I shall look no further. I messaged her and in half an hour I’ve got response.
She helped me with literally everything. Being a first time mother she gave me the tools how to teach her for important matters. She walked by the age of 14 months, loves music, she is potty trained since she was about 24 months old, she counts to 10, knows all the colours, putting together sentences, and she’s not even 2 and a half. Molly loves Raquel so much, she calls her Mommy and I don’t mind at all, this means to me that she is in a good place when she’s at hers. Raquel takes them out to playgrounds, animal farms, at Christmas time to Santa’s grotto and the list is still going on. She is a genuinely lovely person, we are so happy and blessed having her in our lives. A truly God sent Angel, fully recommend.

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by Avatar for Orsh Orsh about Avatar for Raquel Raquel on 21/04/2021

Raquel has been looking after my little girl since she was 1 years old and she is fast approaching 4 now. Alice absolutely adores Raquel and her whole family! I can’t thank her enough for how much she has done for Alice, she has taught her soo much! Numbers, phonics and so much more, she always goes above and beyond. Trips to the beach, park ect it’s always a fun day with Raquel and her family. I feel so lucky that we found her, she really is the best! She is always flexible where she can be and helps out with extra days/hours if she can. 11 out of 10

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by Avatar for Helen Helen about Avatar for Raquel Raquel on 21/04/2021

My son has been going to Raquel’s since November 2018 and is treated as part of the family. He learns so much while there but also has so much fun and gets to go out to farms, parks, walks etc. Raquel’s whole family is so welcoming and I trust her 100% and never have to worry while he is there. I honestly couldn’t have asked for anyone better to be part of my sons life and so grateful I found her.

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by Avatar for Natalie Natalie about Avatar for Raquel Raquel on 21/04/2021

I can never thank Raquel enough for loving my baby, who is now a big and independent girl. Raquel looked after her for more than a year. Her whole family embraced her. My daughter always looked forward to going to Raquel's and I know she enjoyed every minute she was with her and the other kids.

Although I didn't really meet other childminders, I am pretty sure Raquel is the best one out there. She is loving, caring, fun, considerate and very flexible. She has a pure heart and she treated my daughter as her own. I'm so glad I met her and I know I couldn't have found a better childminder.

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by Avatar for Sofia Sofia about Avatar for Raquel Raquel on 09/09/2020

Raquel has been assisting me with my daughter who is now 5 years old. She has been looking after her for me for just under a year.

Raquel treats my daughter as her own and my child absolutely adores her! Raquel does my school pick ups, afternoon care, weekend care when needed and babysitting. She has become like my daughters second mother.

Our family adores Raquel. She is kind, patient, caring and dedicated to what she does. Her passion for children is evident from the moment you meet her.

As one of those very protective mothers I can highly recommend Raquel and can say that you will have absolute peace of mind when your children are in her care.

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by Avatar for Nats Nats about Avatar for Raquel Raquel on 08/10/2018

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