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Childminder in Dunmow (also available for babysitting)

5 stars

Usually responds within 3 hours

Female Member since Mar 2023 Last Updated Apr 2024 Last Login 19 Jun 2024

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
DBS Check
First Aid Training
Evening Babysitter
Weekend Babysitter
Daytime Babysitter
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year old Funded Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Emergency Babysitter
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

0- 3 years setting - All year-round care
*Limited spaces available* inquire now.
Opening hours are 8am-6pm.

Hello, my name is Vera, I am 50 years old and reside in Flitch Green, nestled amidst the picturesque countryside of Dunmow and Felsted. Alongside my husband and two teenagers (in year 9 and year 11), I call this tranquil location my home.

As an Ofsted registered Early Years Educator (childminder), your child will be welcomed in my meticulously designed environment - the Annexe - which will provide your baby and toddler with a warm, stimulating, and inviting atmosphere that fosters inspiration, engagement, and support, enabling them to become creative, resilient, independent, and inquisitive learners.

My ultimate goal is to continuously develop and nurture all seven Areas of Learning outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. Moreover, I am committed to ensuring the safety, welfare, and development of your baby and toddler, while closely monitoring their progress.

Creativity Matters. Through the integration of song, rhyme, movement, play, exploration, physical activity, critical thinking, and creative expression, your child will embark on a comprehensive learning journey both indoors and outdoors. When planning for the week ahead, I always bear in mind the three crucial "I's":

Intent: Why do I teach what I teach?
Implementation: How do I teach what I teach?
Impact: How can I assess your baby and toddlers learning outcomes and the extent to which they have mastered the material?

My Experience

With nearly three decades of experience in the Early Years Foundation Stage (babies, toddlers, pre-school and reception children, and KS1 and KS2), I maintain an unwavering passion for Early Years development. My teaching qualification is specifically rooted in Early Years development, having obtained a teaching degree with a specialisation in Early Childhood Development.

Over the years, I have accumulated invaluable experience working in diverse educational settings, some of which posed significant challenges. During this time, I have cultivated a profound knowledge and understanding of the EYFS curriculum and the Early Learning Goals (ELGs), always striving for excellence across all domains of learning. I have earned recognition for my ability to revitalise struggling establishments, effecting positive change and rapid improvement in underperforming Early Years settings.

I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to care for your baby and toddler, fostering quality interaction within a nurturing environment. I firmly believe in affording every child every opportunity, every single day, embracing a holistic perspective that values the complete development of each individual and broadens their cultural awareness.

Calm, patient, and nurturing are traits that define my approach to caring for the children entrusted to me. I firmly believe that by attending to their personal, social, and emotional needs, children can effectively engage in learning and make optimal progress. I am fully committed to inclusivity, regardless of race, faith, ability, or starting point in life.

My aspiration for you and your family is to facilitate a seamless transition between home, childminding, nursery, and school, ensuring your little one's experience is positive and empowering. By instilling confidence in your child, they will be better equipped to face the challenges that await them in the future.

My Qualifications

*BA (Ed) Hons QTS - 4 Year Pre-Primary and Primary Teaching degree
(Bachelor's Degree in Education) 1996
*EYFS Teaching Diploma 2019

Compulsory Childminding courses
*Paediatric First Aid 2023 - 2026 (within the EYFS statutory framework - St Johns Ambulance)
*Designated Safeguarding Lead - Level 3 -2023-2025

Continuous Professional Development
*Behaviour Basics - Professional Studies – CPD 1
*EYFS: Theories of Child Development - Professional studies – CPD 2
*EYFS - Positive Relationships - Professional studies - CPD 3
*EYFS Inclusion - Professional Studies – CPD 3
*EYFS Assessment - Professional Studies – CPD 3
*EYFS: Enabling Environments - Professional Studies – CPD 3
*From Mark-making to Handwriting - Professional studies – CPD 7
*Positive Behaviour Management - Professional studies – CPD 1
*Phonics: Introduction to SSP - Professional studies – CPD 1
*Phonics: RWI training Sept 2022- Professional Studies
*Reflective Practice - Professional studies – CPD 1
*Structures and Routines - Professional Studies – CPD 1
*Curriculum and Ofsted Inspection – Professional Studies – CPD 2
*Teaching and Ofsted Inspection – Professional Studies - CPD 2
*Teaching the Curriculum - Professional studied - CPD 2
*Ofsted and recording children's learning - Professional studies CPD 2
*Baby Training - Professional studies - CPD 2
*Small Group time - Professional studies - CPD 2
*Seven P's of Outstanding - Professional Studies - CPD 2
*Growth mindset - Professional studies - CPD 2
*Parents and the Pandemic - Professional studies - CPD 2
*Answering Ofsted Questions - Professional studies CPD 2
*Ofsted Communication and Language focus - Professional studies - CPD 2
*Introduction to self-regulation - Professional studies - CPD 2
*Curriculum for self-regulation - Professional studies - CPD 2
*Childcare register and safeguarding - Professional studies CPD 2
*Curriculum Foundations - Professional studies CPD2
*Teaching the Prime areas - CPD2
*Keeping Parents informed -CPD2

*Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – Safeguarding – CPD 2
*Advanced Child Protection – Safeguarding – CPD 9
*ADHD Awareness – Safeguarding – CPD 1
*Basic First Aid Level 2 – Safeguarding
*Child on Child Sexual Violence and Harassment – Safeguarding – CPD 2
*Child Protection in Education– Safeguarding – CPD 5
*Child Protection (Refresher 2022) – Safeguarding – CPD 4
*Child Protection Awareness – Safeguarding
*Child Neglect – Safeguarding – CPD 3
*Equality and Diversity – Safeguarding – CPD 1
*First Aid Essentials – Safeguarding – CPD 3
*Manual Handling: Safe Lifting of Adults and Children Level 2 – Safeguarding
*Positive Handing – Safeguarding
*Risk Assessment in Educational Settings – Safeguarding – CPD 1
*Slips, Trips and Falls - Level 1 - Safeguarding
*SEND Code of Practice – Safeguarding – CPD 4
*The Prevent Duty – Safeguarding – CPD 1
*Designated Safeguarding Lead - Level 3 -2023-2025

DUTY OF CARE (2022/23)
*A Guide to UK Data Protection: Education - Duty of Care – CPD 2
*Administration of Medication in Schools - Duty of Care – CPD 2
*COSHH - Control of substance Hazardous to Health) Level 1 - Duty of Care
*Data Protection and GDPR Level 2 - Duty of Care
*DSE (Display Screen Equipment) Level 1- Duty of Care
*Effective Health and Safety for Children with SEND - Duty of Care – CPD 1
*Food Hygiene and Safety - Duty of Care – CPD 4
*Food Hygiene Level 2 - Duty of Care
*Fire Safety in Education - Duty of Care – CPD 4
*Fire Safety for Fire Wardens Level 2 - Duty of Care
*Health and Safety in Education: Staff Awareness - Duty of Care -CPD 4
*Health and Safety Introduction Level 1 - Duty of Care

My Availability

All year-round care - 0 to 36 months setting (0-3 years)
Childminding: 8am-6pm
Evening and Weekend Babysitting

I do not offer after school care, collections or drop-offs.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no yes yes yes yes no no
Morning no yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon no yes yes yes yes no no
After School no yes yes yes yes no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 27/04/2024

My Fees

  • Childminding from £8.00 per hour
  • Babysitting from £12.00 per hour

Childminding: 0 - 3 years setting.

My opening hours are 8am-6pm.
My hourly childminding rate is £8 per hour.

I do not offer half day care and require a minimum of 8 hours per day and offer a maximum 10 hours per day care.

Babysitting from
£12 per hour (1 Child)
£15 per hour (2-3 children)

Weekend babysitting rate £15 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

  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 12/07/2023)
  • DBS Check (added 20/04/2023)
  • Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination (added 28/03/2023)
  • Exam Certificate: Designated Safeguarding Lead - Level 3 (added 28/03/2023)
  • Training Certificate: EYFS Teaching Diploma (added 28/03/2023)
  • Training Certificate: BA (Ed) Hons QTS - 4 Year Pre-Primary and Primary Teaching degree (Bachelor's Degree in Education) 1996 (added 28/03/2023)
  • First Aid Certificate: St John Ambulance - paediatric first aid within the Early Years foundation stage statutory framework. (added 28/03/2023)
  • UK Passport (added 28/03/2023)
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Below are the latest reviews for Vera. 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.

We are absolutely delighted with our experience with Vera. She is extremely professional, kind, and caring, offering the best experience for babies and toddlers. Her setting is immaculate and is always set up in new, creative ways for the children to learn, explore, and have fun.

Vera provides regular updates, including photos, which allow us to see our child's activities throughout the day. We receive a daily update on our child's day, as well as a comprehensive weekly report on their learning and development.

We feel confident and happy knowing that our little one is in the very best hands with Vera. Her dedication and attention to detail have made us feel at ease and assured that our child is receiving the highest standard of care.

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

by Avatar for Tiffany Tiffany about Avatar for Vera Vera on 18/06/2024

Response by Avatar for Vera Vera on 18/06/2024:

Thank you so much for your beautiful message. Highly appreciated. 🌟

Vera looked after my little girl after we had recently moved to the area and we were waiting to start a nursery prep. My daughter spent a couple of days a week with Vera for a couple of months and seemed to very much enjoy it. Vera did what she could to help us at short notice as well. Vera has a brilliant set-up with a lot of activities and toys. Vera herself is friendly and my daughter warmed to her quickly. Vera also gave very thorough updates of the daily activities with images which I loved seeing, and I also really enjoyed receiving the art/craft activities, Vera approaches this with enthusiasm and humour! My daughter is nearly 3 now and settled at nursery prep but we'll definitely call Vera for future babysitting help if required. Overall a great service and lovely person.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Avatar for Pip Pip about Avatar for Vera Vera on 26/04/2024

Response by Avatar for Vera Vera on 26/04/2024:

Thank you kindly for you review ✅

Vera helped me with childcare for my 2 children when I had to attend a funeral. We all live out of county and so finding someone as professional and caring as Vera took a huge weight off my mind. She had great communication before the day as well and on the day too. She thoughtfully sent photos while the children were in her care to show me what they were up to and to reassure me they had settled. My children had a great time with her in her amazing setting! Would highly recommend.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
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by Avatar for Laura Laura about Avatar for Vera Vera on 18/11/2023

Response by Avatar for Vera Vera on 18/11/2023:

Thank you kindly for your review. You are most welcome.

Vera has been working with my family for the last two years. From nannying, emergency call outs and ad hoc babysitting, Vera has become a part of the family! Our boys were only 10 weeks old and 2 when she started with us. She was a great support to myself and our family. She is excellent with the children; patient, nurturing and always coming up with great educational ideas to keep them entertained and engaged, while helping to develop their fine motor skills and cognitive development. Her setting is lovely and I wpuld highly recommend her services!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Tasha Tasha about Avatar for Vera Vera on 23/08/2023

Response by Avatar for Vera Vera on 29/08/2023:

Thank you so much for your review 👌

The moment we met Vera we knew she’d be brilliant, she’s got a very warm and welcoming personality and our daughter immediately took to her. We used her for lots of ad hoc baby sitting and nannying days and she was always very flexible and accommodating. She was brilliant at communicating with us, sending lots of photos and updates and our daughter clearly had a great time with her. Her home is set up to be a child’s heaven for her childminding. Would highly recommend Vera!

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

by Avatar for OliviaG OliviaG about Avatar for Vera Vera on 18/08/2023

Response by Avatar for Vera Vera on 18/08/2023:

Thank you so much for your review 💛

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