I am married to Tom for 31 years and we have 3 grown up men, 29 27 & 24 and we have a small friendly/gentle dog(who stays mostly in the kitchen). We are a very sociable, easy going, active household.
I have been childminding for 26 years. My husband Tom was registered in Sept 08, though he just helps out as and when needed, otherwise his full time job is a driving instructor. Our service complies with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and meets the individual needs of each child. Each child's learning and development is recorded through a Tapestry tracker. We like the children to have fun with us as they play and learn in a safe and loving home environment. I also have some availability for a nanny service odd hours/days. Our home is registered for over night childcare which I also do on an occasional basis.
Tom and myself are Network Ofsted Registered, CRB checked, fully insured and 1st Aid trained. We are both Level 3 qualified and are also accredited to offer the 30hrs free government funded childcare for ,2,3 & 4 year olds.
We are a lively household and do a variety of activities with the little ones, such as play-doh, puzzles, junk modelling, painting, crafts, baking, role play, boxed games and garden play and we also hold annual tickets to Portsmouth aquarium, Staunton Park, and Manor Farm. As well as those places, we also visit toddler groups, parks and the library.
85% of the children we care for, stay with us long term, having them from babies/toddlers through to school age, even secondary school age! In fact Tom has even taught a few of them to drive now!
I have experience of caring for children with autism, ADHD and dietary allergies.
We are also registered for over night care.
We are able to do school runs to Ranvilles, Wallisdean, St. Jude's, Meon Cross and Crofton schools, St. John the Baptist and also pre-schools.
CSE English, Geography, Chemistry, Religion Grade C. Maths Grade E.
2 years Kingsway College where I learnt secretarial/office skills.
15 years secretarial/office environment.
Various childcare qualifications and courses which include 1st Aid, Safeguarding/Child Protection, Level 3 Diploma in Home-Based Childcare, Health & Safety, Raising Boys, Skilled Playworker and ongoing training.
|Last Updated: 14/03/2021|
- Childminding from £4.75 per hour
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My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs at St Jude's Catholic Primary School
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We had to find another childminder quite quickly when ours was moving up north. Bernie was so accommodating and was happy to move things around so that our little girl could attend. They are ALWAYS out and about which I love and Freya is learning all about the rules of being safe near roads as well as days of the week and the weather - all at 2 years old! Bernie is a great cook and provides lovely home cooked meals for the children. Her husband Tom always makes our daughter feel very welcome as well and they have a lovely dog called Albert who is amazing with children. Only the worst rain will stop them all going out and even then there is a big playroom with lots of activities and arts and crafts to keep them entertained. Overall I would highly recommend Bernie and Tom if you are looking for a new childminder.
Response by BeTots Childminding on 04/07/2021:
Thank you Liv. We love our little Freya joining us x
We initially chose a childminder over a nursery as our son wasn’t very confident in meeting new people and we wanted a family like setting for him to grow in. Bernie arranged several sessions of various lengths for Toby to meet her and become familiar with her before starting. The time Bernie took shows how caring and kind she is and how important all the children in her care are to her. Toby has settled extremely well and has become much more confident in the 7 months he has been there. He enjoys the trips to the parks but also enjoys all the hands on sessions, painting, crafting and cooking. I would highly recommend Bernie especially if you are looking for someone who is kind and nurturing. Toby is very happy there.
Bernie’s husband Tom also takes our daughter to school three mornings a week which is great. Our daughter also goes to Bernie’s during half terms and loves her ‘craft days’ as she calls them.
My daughter has settled in really well with BeTots, communication is fantastic and my daughters SEND needs are fully met and understood. I feel that she has interaction with other children safely whilst receiving sufficient adult support.
Response by BeTots Childminding on 21/03/2021:
Thank you Kara. We love having Savannah on board with us!
My little boy has been with Bernie from September 2018 (14 months old). He has flourished in her care, learning so many new things.
He loves going to Bernies 2 days a week and is always excited to walk in. He loves seeing the other children in her care, and her dog Albert!
Bernie takes him to tots group, the aquarium, the park, Staunton and many many more! There are lots and lots of toys to play with, plus always something arty to do!
She always keeps a diary of naps, food, nappies etc and is such a genuine person.
She is flexible around timings and we do TTO because of my job.
We highly recommend Bernie and Tom, it has made my return to work so much smoother and less anxious :)
My two boys love Bernie and look forward to the time they spend with her. Each day spent there is an adventure as she does loads of different things with them. Like walks to the park, visits to the aquarium, Christmas display and meeting Santa. She keeps them busy with loads of different learning activities and encourages them to participate.
This is my first experience with childmilders but i am really happy I picked Bernie as she has made my kids feel so welcome. It puts my mind at easy knowing they in good hands!
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