Childminder in Thames Ditton
Female Non-smoker Member since Jul 2009 Last Updated Oct 2019 Last Login 20 Nov 2019 Email
I'm Sam and I'm an Ofsted Registered Childminder (rated Outstanding in my recent inspection ) living in Thames Ditton. I'm married to Ian and we have 2 children of our own; a girl of 18yrs who is currently studying at Portsmouth University & a boy of 15yrs. We are very much an animal loving family who currently have a very friendly a 3yr old lab called Riley and are looking forward to welcoming our newest addition Margo (another lab) mid November! We have also adopted 2 lop eared bunnies, sisters called Holly & Stanley!! The children learn to be confident around animals, help to care for them and learn to empathise too.
I provide quality childcare in a relaxed, loving and stimulating environment. This allows your child to be cared for on a 1 -1 basis with a 'home from home' feel. I have a good selection of toys & resources for children of all ages both inside and out!
I use basic sign language (Makaton - like Mr Tumble!) to encourage communication and speech with my babies & toddlers as they can understand so much more than they can verbalise. This can also be a good way to minimise frustrations when trying to let the adult/others know what they want/feel.
I also encourage independence, choice & confidence building through free play whilst providing organised activities such as baking, painting, drawing, play dough and story time.
We visit playgroups, parks, soft play areas, Hobbledown, The Magic Gardens @ Hampton Court, walk the dogs & feed the ducks on a regular basis at local parks & Bushey Park meeting new people and making new friends.
I also provide a daily diary for each child so that you can catch up on what your child has been doing, how they've slept, eaten and general behaviour. This means you never need to miss out on their experiences and learning, even when you're not there!
I have 13 years worth of experience working in a school with Nursery/Reception children as an NNEB (Nursery Nurse).
After having my 2 children I decided to have a career change. I wanted to use the skills I had gained from teaching and my passion for helping children to develop and thrive, so childminding seemed the natural choice.
After being a parent myself I have experienced all aspects of looking after children, good & bad!!!!!
NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing
ICP Introduction to Childminding
Paediatric First Aid Certificate
Enhanced CRB Disclosure
Fully Insured through Childcare.co.uk (Public Liability)
Full Clean Driving Licence
I am constantly updating my knowledge through training courses including:
Safeguarding Children, Observation & Assessment and many others.
I currently have the following availability:
I do not have any spaces to offer. I am fully booked.
**** From September 2019 ****
The following spaces are available for drop off/collection at Hinchley Wood Primary School & Stepping Stones Nursery (Granchester House) :
4 x spaces on Monday am (drop off)
0 x spaces on Monday pm (pick up)
0 x spaces on Tuesday (drop off)
0 x spaces on Tuesday (pick up)
0 x spaces on Wednesday am (drop off)
0 x spaces on Wednesday pm (pick up)
0 x spaces on Thursday am (drop off)
0 x spaces on Thursday pm (pick up)
Unfortunately, I am UNABLE to collect from other local nurseries or schools ie, Stepping Stones (Lynwood site), Thames Ditton Infants/Junior school, Long Ditton Infants/St.Marys school or St. Paul's.
Please contact me to discuss...
*****I am happy to provide Term Time only care, but half fees will apply during the holidays in order to keep that place open*****
|Last Updated: 04/11/2019|
- Childminding from £8.00 per hour
£8.00 per hour for EYFS
£8.50 per hour for BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL/NURSERY CHILDREN
I am afraid I no longer supply meals, however, I'm happy to provide drinks & snacks (fruit, yoghurts, ice pops, biscuits, baking activities etc) during the day at no additional cost.
Parents are asked to provide their child's own meals which I am happy to store/heat accordingly.
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Hinchley Wood School
Below are the latest reviews for Sam Scott. 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.
Sam has a fantastic manner, and a genuine enthusiasm for looking after young children. I am amazed by her ability to provide each child with one to one attention, whilst also managing to ensure everything runs to time and everyone is kept organised. She makes it all seem so effortless, which we all know it isn't!
Response by Sam Scott on 26/06/2018:
Wow! What a fabulous compliment :) Thank you Sian, I really appreciate it.
Charlie has been an absolute poppet to care for and he has made some lovely friendships with the other children in my setting who he'll move up to big school with :)
It always puts a smile on my face watching the friendships form, coupled with all the laughter and giggles!!
Sam is an absolutely wonderful childminder and both my boys (aged 5 and 2) have enjoyed every second of their time with her. She is incredibly caring and the daily diary that she writes is one of my favourites reads, and a brilliant way to keep in touch with what your child has been up to while you're away. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sam and just hope that i can find someone like her when we move to our new home.
Response by Sam Scott on 26/06/2018:
This was such a lovely thing to read :) Thank you ever so much!
I hope you and the boys have settled well in your new home and they're enjoying their new school and have made some wonderful friendships...they were both an absolute pleasure to care for :)
Take care and all the best
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