5 stars (7)

Childminder in Sunbury On Thames

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jul 2009 Last Updated Nov 2019 Last Login 15 Nov 2019 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered

About Me

AVAILABILITY in JANUARY!
Hello, I am Ofsted registered, rated Outstanding and Quality Assured Childminder with a N.N.E.B/ N.V.Q level 4 in Childcare qualification, trained N.V.Q assessor. I have been working professionally in childcare for 28years.

I live in Sunbury with my husband of 16yrs, our daughter-15yrs & son-12yr and our two cats. We live in a mid-terraced house with a large garden.

I am highly experienced in childcare and offer a caring, friendly & loving home from home environment for all children in my care. I have a variety of good-quality toys such as: construction, role play/ small world toys, dressing up clothes, baby toys and equipment and multicultural instruments, cars, puzzles, books, story sacks, some Montessori practical life materials etc. as well as outdoor equipment, which supports the individual needs and abilities of the each child.

The children I care for will have the opportunity to go on local visits/ outings and participate in fun 'Forest school' activities, picnics, craft, cooking, gardening, arts/crafts, music & movement. I offer a relaxed home life environment where children can play in comfort and have the freedom of choice. A book area is set up daily for anyone wanting a quiet moment or cosy time :-)

I pride myself in having excellent relationships/ communication with all my childminding parents. To ensure parents feel part of their child's day, I complete a daily diary and often send photos via email/mobile of their own child - who may be engrossed in a messy activity or having fun with their friends. I am still in contact with parents/children who have since left and gone to school!!

My husband & I are non-smokers and live in a smoke-free environment. We are both in excellent health. I enjoy keeping fit, walking lots and generally keeping healthy.

Personal likes: I enjoy gardening, going to the theatre, drama, cooking, reading, singing , photography, running and country walks.

My Experience

I trained for my NNEB diploma between 1990-92. Whilst training, I had various work placements from nannying to a teaching assistant.

Since qualifying in 1992 - I have had full-time employment as a: Nursery Nurse, Deputy Manager, and Manager/Principal. I've worked as an NVQ assessor, which involved training, observing & supporting student Nursery Nurses level 2 & 3. I began childminding in 2010. The children I child mind have become part of the family.

Ofsted: Last inspection-December 2015 : I'm pleased to say that I have received an OUTSTANDING. I have recently become a Quality Assured Childminder by completing a Quality Assurance Award.

I occasionally lead and support local childminding forums which supports local childminders, all of which good friends now.

Last but not least my experience include.......being Mum to my two beautiful fun loving and very caring children! :-)

My Qualifications

NNEB diploma (1992)
NVQ level 4 CCLD (2008)
D32/D33 assessor qualification
first aid
Safeguarding
food hygiene certificate
CHIP certificate (2009)
Registered childminder 2009.
Quality Assurance Award 2015


I have also attended a number of surrey county courses which includes preparing for an ofsted inspection, Early Years Foundation Stage - planning and observation, various managerial courses such as capibility & time management, Play for under two's, heuristic play and treasure basket.

My Availability

3 days available in January 2020. Please contact me for details on days available.
Thank you.

Please note, You will need to be a gold member to contact.

(Term time only also accepted)

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested.
Thank you

NB: I do not do nursery/school drop off or pickups.

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Last Updated: 11/11/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.50 per hour

I look forward to hearing from you. Fees include Breakfast/Lunch/light tea included in fees. I have 30yrs professional experience.

Thank you :-)

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

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Crowley. 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 first contacted Sharon after a terrible experience with a different childminder. Having looked at various different child care options, we felt instantly comfortable with Sharon after our first visit. Our child Fin quickly settled with her. Fin had previously struggled with naps and Sharon worked with us and we quickly found a solution to this.

Sharons communication was excellent and we enjoyed seeing the daily pics of fin playing. Sharon has got a lovely setting and lots of different activities and toys for the children to play and learn with. Her house isn’t chaotic like some childminders we visited and is a nice calm environment for children.

Sharon has totally restored our faith in Childminder’s and we can’t thank her enough for doing such a wonderful job looking after our son.

Sadly we have had to find new childcare as we have moved away to a different area, but we would highly recommend Sharon to any parents looking for childcare for their children.

Thank you again x

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Crowley on 07/08/2019

Like any new parents who suddenly realise they need a child-minder, we were extremely naïve and very apprehensive about the whole situation. I still look back now and shudder at what could have happened had we not found Sharon. We visited a number of child-minders with no real understanding of what to look out for. Take our advice and do not engage with anyone who is not Ofsted rated as “excellent”. You might have to pay a small amount more but you will absolutely not regret it.

The minute we met Sharon we knew that she was far and above so much more experienced, organised and caring than many others we had met. Her house reflected her Ofsted rating, and was clean, tidy and clearly set up as a safe environment for children. Sharon has something about her and as soon as you meet with her, you instantly relax and know that this is right for your child. She calmly and professionally takes you through the process and what she offers, which being inexperienced, was invaluable. She has a lovely family home with children of her own which is an added bonus and extra playmates for our daughter.

Our daughter Rosie is now 2 ½ years old and she has been with Sharon of c. 1yr. I can’t even begin to tell you how well she has developed over this time. Sharon provides a well-structured development plan littered with loads of creative play initiatives, including crafts, days out, songs, games, music and so much more. As Rosie is now getting older, Sharon has introduced Phonics which Rosie can’t get enough of. She comes away full of excitement with stories about her day. She loves to show us what she has learnt and so proud of her achievements.

Sharon documents and provides a daily record of Rosie’s activities. This includes Rosie’s mood, feelings, how she interacted with other children, what she did, how long she slept for, what she ate and how much. We love to read about her day and we are amazed at the diversity of activities Sharon provides. On the odd occasion we receive photos of Rosie during her play which is another added benefit; especially at the beginning, as it helps calm any anxiety you may have.

Sharon and her family are a big part of Rosie’s childhood and will have a lasting effect on her future. I would be happy to say that Sharon is like extended family and has provided an environment we were just not able replicate. There is only once downside – how are we ever going to tell Rosie she can’t go anymore! We are having another child and logistically it won’t be possible for Rosie to continue. However – as soon as we are able to, we will be looking to once again engage Sharon’s services.

Without any hesitations we would highly recommend Sharon to any parents who require child-minder services.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Crowley on 29/03/2017

Sharon is a lovely and caring childminder. From day 1 of looking after my son she has cared for him as if he were an extension to her own family. He's a shy boy but she has nurtured him in a way that he is slowly but surely gaining so much confidence.
She keeps you reassured by sending you messages of your child participating in certain activities or if they do something of some significance to their development.
Her own children are lovely and have a great rapport with the children she looks after.
She feeds the children that she cares for very nutritious and balanced meals and snacks throughout the day and she keeps them entertained and stimulated with various activities and groups.
Therefore, it saddens me that my son will no longer be with Sharon because she is truly lovely. Honestly if it weren't for personal circumstances my son would be remaining in her care right up until he reached school age, as it is, my loss will be someone else's gain. Cannot fault her.
Thank you in advance Sharon.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Crowley on 31/01/2017

When I initially started looking for childcare, my first feeling was towards a nursery, but after looking around a few I struggled with the rigid times, the amount of personal attention and the potential high staff turnover. I decided to look around a few childminders before deciding... As soon as I arrived at Sharon's I instantly had a good feeling. Her house is a lovely, warm family home - it doesn't feel like a 'business premises' like some of the others I'd visited. Since that first visit and deciding that she was the childminder for us, she has far exceeded our expectations.
Sharon does a wide array of activities with the children, from messy play, play groups, baking, painting, excursions out and about to all sorts of other activities that I would never have even thought of doing. Along with the daily diary she fills in for us to take home (and eventually keep), which covers all the essentail info like what he's eaten, how much sleep, nappies etc, Sharon often sends us pictures or little video's of Jack's adventures - Playing dress-up, painting or the first time he climbed the slide on his own. We love these! Receiving those while I'm at work not only puts a big smile on my face but also makes me feel involved and reassured he's having a great time.

Sharons children have become surrogate big brother and sister to Jack. Often I'll come to pick Jack up at the end of the day to find him giving big hugs to one of them, or engrossed in a game of tag. It's plain to see that being around older children (even if it's just a few hours after school) as well as other toddlers has done his development a lot of good too.

I cannot speak highly or recommend Sharon enough, my little boy absolutely adores her (and her children) and she's been a pleasure to deal with, we're very sorry to leave her and her lovely family behind.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Crowley on 26/01/2014

I was very apprehensive and anxious when initially looking for a child minder. My daughter Lilia was just about to turn 2 yrs old and previously been looked after by my sister for the past year. How was I going to find someone who would love Lilia as much as my sister?

Then I met Sharon, who was the first of 6 child minders that I arranged to meet. The minute I met Sharon I knew I wanted her to look after Lilia. She is so knowledgeable about children's development and even though I am a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist who has worked with children for over 15yrs, I have asked her for advice on numerous occasions. Because she was a nursery manager she has a wealth of experience to call upon. Sharon follows the foundation stage curriculum and Lilia has completed so many brilliant creative activities. I have received homemade mother's day card, valentines biscuits, plants to grow in the garden, and many homemade cakes. Sharon also makes lovely, healthy home cooked meals which my daughter enjoyed. Everyday I would read in her link book, what Lilia had eaten, how long she had slept, what she liked playing with, and any funny anecdotes. As a part time working mum it was lovely to read and when we got home I would read it to my daughter so we could talk about her day together.

The most important thing is that Sharon and her family made my daughter and extended member of their family. If Lilia was a bit unwell, or tired or just in one of those moods I knew Sharon would instinctively give her cuddles on the sofa which is so important when you are worrying at work.

I had the privilege of Sharon caring and looking after my daughter for a year and the only reason she is not looking after her now is because I am currently on maternity leave for the next year with my son. Without any hesitation I can highly recommend Sharon and her family. Every morning my daughter was keen to go to Sharon's and often still talks about Sharon and her friends (two other children who were also looked after by Sharon). I'm desperately hoping that in a year's time she will have a space to look after my son.

Jo Hickey
February 2013

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Crowley on 25/04/2013

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