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Finest c

Childminder in Shortstown

Babysitter in Shortstown

5 stars

Female Non-smoker Member since Jul 2011 Last Updated Nov 2018 Last Login 13 Oct 2021 Email

My Summary

DBS Check
Ofsted Registered

About Me

Hello my name is Emma and I am an Ofsted registered childminder in shortstown, Bedford. I have been childminding for 7 1/2 years and love my job, I had my last ofsted inspection in 2015 and got graded a good for the second time.
I am married with 2 children, a 12 year old boy and a 10 year old daughter who both attends Marston vale middle school. My husband is now working along side me as my assistant this is due to high demand and lack of male childcare providers and also great for all children to have both a male and female role model to look up to.
I have a very large semi detached 4 bedroom house (2132 square foot) with a fully enclosed rear garden (1600 square foot) and off road parking for five cars.
I am known for being a very caring, understanding and driven person I worked within retail for 12 years, but after having my own children and waiting for them to get to an age where they could understand they could share me I could follow my dreams of working with children. I have a bubbly personality and I also have a very good understanding of children at any age.
I am very near to the new Cardington development site where the new surestart opened September 2011, and the new larger school opened in 2013.
Some of the activities we do include the following; painting, craft, baking, exploring, measuring, outdoor/indoor play, educational needs for all ages that's just to name a few.
I also have my own transport (N cap 5 star cars) this enables me to cater for activities away from the setting i.e the library, farms, woodlands, parks and many more.

2 year funding accepted

3/4 year funding accepted which will increase from 15 hours to 30 hours September 2017.

All vouchers taken which will be issued by majority of employers this will help you save some money on your childcare costs.

I currently have some vacancies, please contact me to discuss further.

My Experience

I have 2 children of my own, also 7 nieces and 3 nephews. I am god mother to 5 children and have babysat since the age of 14.
I have been childminding for 7 1/2 years and have had the pleasure of caring from children as young as 4 months up to the 12 years old.
I attended dunstable college to achieve my level 1 in childcare when I left school in 1997 within that I would perform a week in college and a week in the school placement setting.
I passed my course within "getting started in a pre school setting" three years ago.

My Qualifications

I hold the following certificate in :-

Full CRB checked.
I have a valid child carer/paediatric first aid certificate
Level 1 "Getting started in a pre school setting".
Safeguarding awareness
EYFS observations and planning
CAF raising awareness
Helping support children who have experienced bereavement and loss.
EYFS level 3,
Children and young peoples deploma in home based childcare.

My Availability

My basic working hours are from 7:00am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday,although please contact me as im very flexible if needed.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 21/11/2018

My Fees

  • Babysitting from £5.00 per hour
  • Childminding from £4.75 per hour

I charge £4.75 per hour per child.


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I unfortunately had to go back to work full time when my daughter was 4.5 months old and we needed a childminder to look after her 2 days a week. With much trepidation I started looking for childcare and I'm forever grateful we found Emma and Nick.

They have looked after her from that tiny baby, bottle feeding, weaning, crawling, walking up to three years old running, singing, talking (always talking!) and we are only leaving as we have moved too far away to continue attending.

Emma is great, always doing fun activities with the children as well as learning. My daughter was always coming out at home time full of things she'd learned that day and with things she'd made. She's forever singing nursery rhymes, from story and rhyme time. Her speech has come on leaps and bounds and she's flourished under Emma & Nicks care.

I've felt like our daughter is with a family member when she's with Emma. She's very loving and brilliant and will be greatly missed.

I'd definitely wholeheartedly recommend

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by Avatar for Robyn82 Robyn82 about Avatar for Finest c Finest c on 28/10/2020

My son started at 8 months and took to Emma and her family very quickly! He is now 2 and asks me to go to Emma's on daily basis (even if he's been there that morning already). He tells me he had a good time and played and what's he's eaten that day. Emma is also great at organising festive days such as pumpkin carving and Christmas parties. She has also been great at working around my crazy work hours which has been a God send!

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by Avatar for Karolina Karolina about Avatar for Finest c Finest c on 30/07/2020

My daughter has made an enormous progress since started going to Emma.
New environments and people usually frighten her and it takes time for her to get adjusted.
She used to be very shy, closed in and quiet. My daughter required a lot of time, patience and attention. She was given all of that and more!
Gradually she has opened up and become happy, playful and talkative little girl.
My daughter has transformed to a completely different child!

I have always had my trust in Emma and felt that leaving my precious little girl in safe and caring hands.

I'm very grateful to Emma for all of the work she has done and would strongly recommend her to anyone.

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by Avatar for Jolanta Jolanta about Avatar for Finest c Finest c on 05/01/2017

I write this letter of recommendation with both joy and some sadness. Joy because Emma has been a fantastic childminder for our baby son, helping him blossom from a 6 month old staying away from parents for the first time till his first birthday. And I write with some sadness, because our son has to leave this setting at 1 year old simply – and only – because we have moved to a village a long way away from Shortstown and he could not cope with the daily commute.
Emma took our baby under her wing at 6 months old and has managed his transition beautifully from gummy smiles to two teeth, from breastmilk to mixed feeding to cows milk, from just milk to spoon feeding to independent eating. Under her care our son has blossomed physically, developmentally, socially and emotionally. Just a few particular points are especially important to note -
• Emma has helped shape him to be a very sociable child – we find he is so confident in his interactions. This is because she does rhymes, stories and activities with the children that help them communicate, learn and share.
• She has enabled him to learn to feed himself by offering a variety of food options alongside what we have provided and we now have a 1 year old who despite being fussy with food to start with is a curious and independent eater.
• In terms of his development, she has shaped his motor skills very well in terms of holding objects, clapping hands, standing up, waving goodbye, recognising faces and names.
• She has helped shape a well-adjusted and happy child by being there for him with lots of cuddles when teething has had him feeling grumpy, despite having other children to look after. This warmth and affection has helped our baby blossom.
• Emma has gently moulded our son into a routine – not by enforcing things on him – but rather working with him to develop a meal-play-nap routine that is individual to him and also flexible.
• And finally, we can clearly see that in all of this, she has met and exceeded the Early Years Foundational Stage recommendations for children, and has created a safe, happy, stimulating, inspiring and comfortable setting for our son and his little friends.
In all, my husband and I thoroughly recommend Emma to you. It’s the best feeling of relief when your child plunges into his chidminder’s arms happily and with a huge grin. That was our with Emma, so I have no reservations recommending her.

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by Avatar for Thought Thought about Avatar for Finest c Finest c on 23/10/2016

Emma has been looking after my daughters (8 and 4 years old) for the last three years now. My girls have a very good bond with the other children that Emma looks after. They are like an extended family.
She has got a beautifully clean and organized house. Emma is trustworthy, reliable, very kind and loving person. Her husband and children are also delightful and my girls love them as much as her.
Emma is great with children and all the children in her care are happy and enjoying time with her. Activities are always well thought out for the needs of the children she looks after. She gets the children involved in many different festivals such as Easter, Mother’s/Father’s day, Halloween and Christmas. My little girl loves cooking with her and our family loves the treats. English is my girls’ second language and the little one has learnt a lot from Emma.
Emma always keeps parents well-informed of developments with their child.
I consider myself very lucky to have found Emma and would absolutely recommend her to any parent who is looking for a reliable, honest and a very caring childminder.

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by Avatar for Anna Anna about Avatar for Finest c Finest c on 31/08/2016

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