5 stars (7)

Childminder in Brookwood

Female Non-smoker Member since Sep 2011 Last Updated Jan 2020 Last Login 02 Jun 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare

About Me

Hi my name is Val, I live in Brookwood and have been a GOOD Ofsted registered Childminder for
19 years and have a wealth of experience in looking after under 5's.
I have have a beautiful 23 year old daughter who works with me as my assistant & I also have a very lovable cocker spaniel
who is 11 years old, he has been brought up around children since he was 8 weeks old, one
guinea pig and 2 cats.
I offer a very nurturing home from home environment for the children to play and develop. I
believe that babies and toddlers need this foundation, it is imperative for their emotional well
being knowing that they are safe and valued.
I offer a wide range of toys and equipment to suit the ages of the children I care for. I have a
safe and secure outdoor area with a wide selection of ride on toys, trikes, prams, dolls and
a lovely children's playhouse.
During the week we visit toddler groups, childminding groups and soft play where the children
can socialise with their peers, sing songs, play musical instruments and run around to keep
active. I celebrate the children's birthdays, Christmas, Easter and other religious festivals.
At home I do lots of reading stories with the children, simple number and letter books for early
recognition. I also have a large collection of arts and crafts for the children to enjoy.
I follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and will track your child's progress at each stage of
their development. I will provide a Learning Journey folder for your child with photos showing
their progress and also a photo album showing a variety of fun and activities they have shared
whilst in my care.

My Experience

I have looked after many children of all ages with some as young as 5 months.
I help them develop into happy, social and independent little people under my care.
I have some amazing reviews from parents some whom I have become great friends
with, I you would care to read them please click on the above link.

My Qualifications

My main qualification is experience. I have my first aid certificate,and have completed my safeguarding children certificate and the majority of my work has come from recommendation over the years.

My Availability

My availability is between 8.00and 6.00 Monday to Friday. I also provide 2,3 and 4 year old government funded places.

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Last Updated: 10/12/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.00 per hour

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

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Below are the latest reviews for Val Smith. 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 have no hesitation in recommending Val as a childminder and her wonderful daughter Lauren.
Val has been looking after my son since he was 1 years and I have seen such progress with him socially now he is nearly 2. Knowing that I could go to work and he would be in a safe and happy home made me feel at ease and able to do my job well.
He is always happy when he gets to Val’s and I know he has such a good time with them.
I get lots of correspondence and know exactly what they have been doing throughout the day, how much he has eaten etc.
Val and Lauren go above and beyond to make my son feel at ease and happy, and seeing him grow up in this environment is wonderful.
I have another baby on the way and she will also join Val for childminding.

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by about Val Smith on 08/01/2020

I was panicking when it was time to go back to work almost 2 years ago now and I can honestly say Val came to our rescue.

My son (who was 11 months at the time) took to her straight away and Val was so reassuring and attentive to my own needs as well as his that it really made the transition so much easier than I expected.

Now Namory is almost 3 and he loves Val like she is family. Every night when he goes to bed he asks me if he is going to see her the next day. They do so many varied activities together and she (and her wonderful daughter Lauren) have really helped him to learn and grow. I honestly couldn't imagine our lives without Val now and I even send my 6 year old to her in the school holidays because she wants to spend time there too. She is so patient and consistent, which is so lovely and part of what makes her setting so brilliant.

If you have any doubt it your mind about whether Val would be right for your child, I can honestly say that she is absolutely perfect for us.

Thank you for everything you do Val!

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by about Val Smith on 31/12/2019

Response by Val Smith on 31/12/2019:

Thankyou Laurie for such lovely comments Namory is very special to me and Lauren, it has been so rewarding seeing him growing up we love him dearly.

It’s very hard to find the words to describe Val as a childminder. This is probably due to the fact that we have become more like family over the last two years.

The care and compassion that Val has shown my three children has been similar to that of an additional grandparent. They love going to Val’s so much so, I get told off if I collect them early.

I knew that Val was the right person for us, as all my children were at ease as soon as they visited, which is unusual as they are normally very shy.

As any parent its hard to leave your child with someone else whilst you work, then feel guilty about missing those important years. Val has been amazing at helping me feel like I’m not missing out, we regularly go through Amelias learning journey, and Val has given me an amazing photo album of her time with each other. It’s lovely to have that personal touch.

My youngest is such a confident, independent little lady and I feel Val had a huge impact on this. Her attention to each child as in individual and allowing them the space to blossom is amazing.

Amelia’s social life is better than my own, Val takes them out everyday and gives them the opportunity to experience new settings, and meet new friends.

Unfortunately, we are moving and will no longer be able to continue with Val. I know this will be hard on all of us as we have built such an amazing bond. But particularly Amelia as she has been going since she was 11 months. Val is a big part of her life and I hope we continue to see each other in the future.

I can not recommend Val enough, her care for the children is second to none, her home feels like a second home to my children, so welcoming and a safe place for them. If you are looking for someone to become part of your family rather than just any childminder, then she is the one.

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by about Val Smith on 14/05/2019

Response by Val Smith on 14/05/2019:

Thank you Donna for such a lovely review. It has been wonderful building up such a special relationship with you all over the last 2 years especially Amelia who I have such a lovely bond with. I will miss you all very much when you move away but will keep in touch and hopefully see you on your visits to Woking. Xx

I simply cannot recommend Val highly enough. Over the last 3 years she has become a fantastic friend to our family, and my two daughters couldn’t have been happier during the time she has looked after them.

Val initially looked after Willow my oldest daughter from the age of 2, and then Penelope from 7 months, with me back at work almost full time. In writing this I have been trying to think what makes them quite so happy with her - it’s a very long list! I have just asked Willow that very question to which she said ‘she’s kind’ which I agree with entirely - Val puts the children first every minute of the day. She has a lovely bond with all the children and would do anything for them, constantly praising and supporting them in their development.

The fact they are growing up to be such well-rounded and confident little people I feel I owe in part to Val, who has given them the most wonderful few years. They have such fun going out to toddler group, the park, soft play, the farm – albeit I think their favourite way to spend the day is playing at Val’s house with the endless supply of toys and crafts, or outside in the garden. There is usually a small group of children who spend their time together and my two have made some fantastic friendships as a result. It’s testament to how happy they were that even when not feeling quite 100%, they still wanted to go to Val’s – knowing they would get a cuddle and tucked up on the sofa and made to feel better. I always felt guilty (as most mum’s do) going back to work but now wonder whether they would have had as happy a few years had I not have done. Val’s house is now home from home – and despite the fact we now live 170 miles away, we still go back to visit regularly.

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by about Val Smith on 10/04/2017

Response by Val Smith on 10/04/2017:

Thank you Helen for a wonderful review I have such a special bond with the girls and really look forward to seeing you and the girls whenever you can visit xx

Val has looked after my son Jacob since he was 10 months old he is now 4 and she is absolutely wonderful and couldn't ask for a better person to look after my son.
I chose the childminder route as I wanted a more home from home upbringing for Jacob. I'd known Val for a couple of years before I had Jacob and knew from the moment I decided on what childcare route to go that Val was the person I wanted to look after him and luckily she had a space.
She is an amazing woman who will do anything for your child. Her house is very clean and welcoming and has loads of indoor and outdoor toys for them to learn and have fun with. Jacob loves going to her and never wants to leave when I pick him up!! He comes home quite regularly with pictures and things he has made especially for special occasions.
Val always updates me on how Jacob is doing and concerns she may have. She is very flexible and has helped me out last minute when needed.
I couldn't ask for a better lady to look after my child. She is lovely, kind, caring, thoughtful and very understanding. Jacob has been so happy there and I will be very sad when he has to start school. Val has been part of our lives for nearly 4 years and is not just a childminder but a lovely friend too. She is amazing! ? xx

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by about Val Smith on 30/03/2017

Response by Val Smith on 31/03/2017:

Thank you so much Michelle that is so lovely needless to say it made me cry. Jacob is such a wonderful boy it's been a pleasure to look after him and going to school is just another journey in his life. Xx

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