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Childminder in Birmingham

5 stars

Usually responds within 1 hour

Female Member since Jul 2020 Last Updated Nov 2021 Last Login 30 Nov 2021 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
Flexible Hours

About Me

Apple Drops Childcare and Tutoring - Your child at the heart!

*Able to accept 2 and 3 year old funding, and tax-free childcare.*

My name is Dorcas and I’m an Ofsted registered childminder and tutor (find out more about tutoring below). I’m a fully qualified teacher and have worked in many nursery and primary schools in and around Birmingham. In my childcare setting I work hard to provided a safe and stimulating environment where children are able to learn, grow and have fun. My learning environment has been specifically tailored to ignite curiosity and develop questioning and language skills.

I structure the learning environment following the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, and your child’s development is tracked through learning journals and Next Steps planning.

The outdoors is wonderful place to ignite curiosity! Children in my setting have the opportunity to explore the outdoors; through daily trips to local parks and nature reserves and weekly forest school activities. I also have a large garden with a 12ft trampoline, swings, a slide, a playhouse, a mud kitchen - providing lots of opportunities for messy play- and more.

My childcare provision covers Kings Norton and the surrounding areas and operates from 7am - 6.30pm Monday - Friday. I also offer wraparound care for children attending schools and nurseries in the local area.

Apple Drops Tutoring offers one-to-one Maths and English tuition for children aged 4-11. I also tutor children in year 4 and 5 for the 11 plus exams (in group sessions). If you are not entirely sure of your child’s area of need, I am able to offer an initial consultation and assessment followed by a bespoke programme of learning.

My Experience

I have a PGCE in Early Years Teaching and have worked as a teacher for several years, in nursery and primary schools around Birmingham. I have also gained a lot of experience dealing with children who have special needs; and I have extensive knowledge of providing for the needs of children with Type 1 diabetes. I am currently in the process of obtaining a level 1 certificate in Forest School training, as I incorporate forest school activities into my setting. Caring for your child is a partnership and I place a strong emphasis on working together with parents to provide a rich warm and loving environment for your child.

My Qualifications

PGCE Early Years Teaching
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Leading Learning in a Childcare setting
Leading Learning in Diverse settings
Safeguarding Level 3
Food Hygiene
Paediatric First Aid

My Availability

Apple Drops Childcare operates from 7am - 6.30pm Monday - Friday, with flexibility if required.

Apple Drops Tutoring operates weekdays after school and weekends.

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Last Updated: 11/11/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.40 per hour

Childcare - from £4.40 per hour (full time) or £45 per day. Different fees apply if attending part time, on the weekends or after 6pm.

Tutoring - from £15 per hour (group sessions), from £20 per hour (one-to-one session)

My Local Schools

This childminder has not yet informed us whether or not they provide any drop off or pick up services at local schools.

My Documents

  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 06/10/2020)
  • First Aid Certificate: Paediatric First Aid (added 03/10/2020)
  • Training Certificate: Childcare qualification (added 03/10/2020)
  • Exam Certificate (added 30/09/2020)
  • UK Passport (added 30/09/2020)
  • DBS Check (added 30/09/2020)
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Below are the latest reviews for Dorcas. 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.

I found this service to be fantastic. Dorcas was really good with my daughter and I felt at ease while I was at work. I will be using the service again! Thank you x

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Avatar for Emma Emma about Avatar for Dorcas Dorcas on 31/12/2020

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