My name is Nicky , I am 53 years old and have been an Ofsted Registered Childminder for the last 21 years. I am married to Neil and we have 2 daughters age 22 and 17. We live on Paxcroft Mead, on the Hilperton side of Trowbridge.
We have a small Yorkshire Terrier dog, who is a big softie and very good around small children. He's getting old now so tends to just sleep in his bed out of the way in the living room throughout the day. We also have 1 × Leopard Gecko, 1 × Day Gecko , 1 × Rankins Dragon and 1 × Syrian hamster.
My main hobby is Photography but I also have a great love of all wildlife and enjoy going for walks. So weather permitting, myself and the children in my care will often spend a lot of quality time outside playing and exploring. Some of our favourite outings include Green Lane Woods, Biss Meadows, Avebury and the canal at BOA.
I am very passionate about my work and love working with children. I ensure that every child is made to feel safe in my home and fully enjoys their time spent with myself & my family.
All activities and resources offered to children are linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage and I ensure that I cover all 7 areas of learning every day in some form. The specific activities and play opportunities that are offered are tailored to the children who are attending each day and developed entirely from their interests. Each child in my care has a "Learning Journey" file to show their learning and progress throughout their time with myself. These provide a useful tool for evidencing where each child is with their learning and development as well as being a lovely memento for parents to keep forever.
I feel that it is very important to work alongside the parents and will always respect their needs/requirements, faith/religions etc.
WE ARE A SMOKE - FREE HOME
As a self-employed Childminder I have obtained many business skills and also offer a professional service to parents. This includes caring for children, caring for myself and my family, managing children, time, money, home, educating children, educating myself, organising, planning and reviewing, negotiating with both children and parents, communicating and co-operating with my family, parents, statutory visitors and the wider community. I have also had to keep records of the children in my care, devised and implemented various policies, attendance records, also kept records of all of my income and expenditure.
As a Childminder I have provided a loving, comfortable home environment for the children in my care, and have ensured that the children's physical, emotional, recreational development and educational needs are met. This has been achieved by offering love, security, food, time, warmth, attention, outings, routine, stimulation and protection and by sharing in play and providing appropriate materials and toys for play and learning activities.
I have an understanding of children's rights and needs, I also recognise and respect their individual characters, regardless of race, gender, religion or social class.
I have gained a good knowledge of a child's dietary requirements and hygiene in food preparation and storage.
It is very important to work in partnership with parents and share information about their children, working together is of the utmost importance.
NVQ Early Years Care & Education Level 3
First Aid for Child Carers (Paediatric First Aid)
Basic Food Hygiene
Foundation Plus Child Protection
Tues - Thursday
8.00am - 5.00pm
ALL YEAR ROUND
Sorry I no longer care for children who are attending school.
References available on request
|Last Updated: 11/04/2022|
- Childminding from £5.00 per hour
£5.00 per hour (7 hours +) which includes a lunch, snacks and drinks.
£6.00 per hour for under 7 hours per day.
Cow's milk will also be provided free of charge.
CHILDCARE VOUCHERS ACCEPTED.
I AM ALSO REGISTERED FOR THE TAX FREE CHILDCARE.
My Local Schools
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My Ofsted Inspections
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- First Aid Certificate (added 08/03/2022)
- Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination (added 09/06/2021)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 11/01/2019)
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Nicky was fantastic with myself and my son from the word go. As a first time mum I found it quite a daunting task looking into childcare and didn't know where to start.
Nickys great ofstead report was the first thing that attracted me to her on this site. However after contacting her (along with other childminders) she was the first to offer help and guide me through the process and show me her set up even though at that time she had no space.
Nicky has been fantastic with my son taking him in at just 9 months until 3years old. She has helped me care for him and teach him all he knows and I am so grateful for her support she has given us both.
I cannot recommend Nicky more highly, her set up is fantastic a great space for the kids but also set up in a way that makes a transition easier to a pre school with a separate area for the kids away from the rest of the house (yet it still feels a homely place). I have received so many lovely things that my son has made over the last few years. Each of which put a smile on my face with the thoughtfulness and care that Nicky clearly puts into her work.
Our daughter went to Nicky for three full days a week when I went back to work, from the age of 8 months to 3 & a half.
Nicky helped me to feel at ease with the transition back to work and I never once worried about leaving my daughter.
Nicky provides a home from home with extras. We were always amazed by the things our daughter was learning. She loved it with Nicky and still talks all the time about what she did at Nickys even 7 months later.
Nicky provides a range of wonderful experiences from walks in the local area, to visits to town on the bus, outdoor play & fantastic arts & crafts, but also allows for down time when needed too.
Nicky is an extremely reliable childminder and will never let you down. Your child will learn lots and be very happy in her care. I would highly recommend her.
My son has been going to Nicky for just over a year now and he really has come on so much. Nicky is always happy to go the extra mile ( have my son extra hours, change days if numbers will allow) Freddie loves going to Nickys and loves seeing his friends and tells me what he has been up to during the day. I really cannot fault Nicky in anyway! Any issues you may face she will always address them quickly. Top Class Childminder. Will be sad to leave her care once Freddie moves on.
Nicky is a wonderful childminder. My daughter has been going to Nicky's for 18 months now and has absolutely thrived in her care. When my daughter first started at Nicky's she was quite shy and quiet and I was nervous of course leaving my first baby and going back to work, Nicky made the transition as smooth as possible and did everything she could to make sure myself and my daughter were happy. My daughter loves going to Nicky's and has no trouble saying goodbye to me! They are always out and about or doing activities at home so I can go to work safe in the knowledge my daughter is happy and is being stimulated. I would highly recommend Nicky, she is lovely, caring and great fun!
Nicky is quite simply a fantastic child minder. Nicky goes above and beyond her duties in every respect. Nicky has been caring for our identical twin girls for some time now and for a time also our four year old son. They all adore her. Every time they visit her she provides a stimulating, happy environment for them. In fact, she treats them like there her own. A rare quality that Nicky has is that she focuses on the individual child and makes them feel special and with having identical twins this was vital for us. She is so professional and even though she is already outstanding she is always looking for different ways to engage our two year olds further. It was with heavy heart and much regret that we had to end our time with Nicky because our circumstances changed. The girls will miss her terribly. She is quite simply first class and we would highly recommend her.
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