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Childminder in Farnborough

Babysitter in Farnborough

5 stars

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Female Member since Jul 2009 Last Updated Mar 2022 Last Login 17 May 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Evening Babysitter
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Emergency Babysitter
Flexible Hours
Key Worker Childcare
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

Sharon's Little Shadows......

Hi everyone and thank you for taking the time to view my profile.

Firstly, having been in the same situation as you, searching for childcare, I can so appreciate how difficult it is for you finding the right person as I've been there myself! Leaving your most precious little baby with a stranger is the hardest and biggest decision to make and let me tell you, no one was good enough to look after my child when i was looking, but, I did find someone eventually and now 27yrs later I'm still in contact with her and she's probably one of my best friends now !!

So, to help you feel at ease and get to know me a little better, here's a little introduction about myself along with the services that I will provide for you and your child along with my policies & procedures guide, my qualifications and experiences.

I am an 'OUTSTANDING' Ofsted Registered ACCREDITED NETWORK Childminder with 24 years experience and immense training, whichnis ongoing and also qualified to Degree Level in many areas.

I provide a warm, safe & secure, friendly & family orientated environment in which your child can have fun learning and exploring the world around them. I am very loving towards the children and treat all the children within my care as if they were my own. We have lots of hugs and cuddles as I feel this reassures the children with a sense of belonging; it also encourages them to learn to love and be affectionate and show their emotions. I always give praise and encouragement where it is needed as children thrive on this and helps develop them further.

I provide many activities and lots n lots of outings. We go to toddler groups, farms, cinemas, theatres, the seaside, parks, big adventures in the woods, theme parks and water splash parks to name but a few! But, most importantly, your child will have a huge amount of fun here to experience and learn from at his/her own pace with guidance. From these experiences your child will learn how to have fun whilst learning and mastering new skills from the wide range of experiences I provide for them. They will develop at a faster rate as majority of your childs learning is based on 'hands-on' experiences taking our 'indoor' learning outside. I even take the children into a restaurant to reinforce different environments and encourage appropriate behaviour.

Currently I am working in partnership with SIGNATURE CARE HOMES providing the DIMENTIA residents with toddler groups to enhance their memories and build special bonds between them and the children. Having provided this service over the last 5 years the benefits to both residents and the children in my care is second to none. It overwhelms me! The families in my care are also encouraged to attend when they are able to. We all look forward to our weekly visits and the residents are now embracing their sessions and are even remembering us and talk about us to their families. We have made a huge impact into their lives and even received a huge recognitionit in the local newspapers.

As a result of the services I provide, your child will also learn how to socialise with other children and adults and have respect for others.

With the ever changing Ofsted curriculum, Observations are key to assessing your childs development with the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' and this will be shared with yourselves and will be discussed with you in depth .. I will plan yr child's next stage of development to enable yr child to grow, enhance their learning and become an independent and confident little person ready for school. Working in partnership with parents is the key here, to enable your child to see the bond we all have which in turns gains trust in each other and builds upon a lovely friendship and a happy nurturing environment for yr child to thrive on.

I'm also a Support Childminder, training the new Childminders in the local area. I am a member of the National Childminding Association now known as 'PACEY', Farnborough Childminding Association and Yateley Childminding Association and the Hampshire Cluster Network. Im now a Committee member for the Farnborough Childminding Association, which enables me to help deliver more activities, arts & crafts, and social events for the children at the toddler groups.

I hold a full Public Liability Insurance and hold Fully Comprehensive Childminding Insurance on my vehicle. I also hold an Enhanced CRB Police check.

I do work on recommendation, so I do encourage parents to liase with me if ever a problem arises. I am very approachable and work well with all families

Please contact me for further details and to discuss your requirements. I am extremely flexible to accommodate shifts and varying hours so please feel free to contact me to discuss this further. We can then make arrangements for you to pop over, view my setting and have a cuppa.

OFSTED have registered me with overnight care so please feel free to use this facility if required.

I also offer Night Nannying services, so u can grab a good night's sleep whilst I take care of your little newborn or children in the early years. if this is something that would interest you then please contact me. I'm here to help take your pressures away.

My daughter is also registered with Ofsted as my Assistant and also helps families with babysitting duties when the need arises.

Hope this has helped you in making a decision

Hope to hear from you soon.

Many thanks

Sharon Richards. .. xxx

Feel free to contact me

My Experience

I truly believe that I give the children in my care lots of experiences ensuring they have the best possible start in life.

I provide a high quality of childcare

My improvements within my setting are ongoing

Working in partnership with parents

Listening to needs of the children

Evidence of working practise

Ongoing training & commitment

Every child deserves the best start in life

"it is apparent that the children's welfare and safety is first & foremost within the setting"

"I go above and beyond the duties of a childminder"

"encourages the children to be independent with a can-do attitude"

"a beautiful setting and wonderful atmosphere"

My Qualifications

I have gained Certificates in the following areas:

Early Years Foundation Degree - level 5/6 @ Oxford University 5yrs

Child Psychology @ Oxford Uni Level 4

Certificate in Early Years @ Reading University 2yrs Level 4

NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Childrens Care, Learning & Development @ Farnborough Technology College 1yr

Teaching so Children Remember Training

Curiosity Approach Training

Re-thinking Childrens Behaviour Training
part 1 & part 2

Inclusive Environment & Send Training

OFSTED & the curriculum

Reinforcing Parent Partnerships

EYFS Tracking Childrens Progress

Leadership in the time of COVID19

Sequencing the Early Years Curriculum

Driving your Business Forward

Revisiting Child Protection & Safeguarding level 4

CAF Awareness Training

CPD training

Infection Prevention & Control

Prevent COVID19

MENTAL Health & WELLBEING training

LEVEL 4 Safeguarsing

Covid19 Awareness and Implementation

EBOLA training

EYE provider training

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

Fully qualified Early Years First Aider

SEN Trained

Inclusion Workshop

Experienced Early Years Educator

Health & Safety in the workplace

Primary Hygiene & Food Handling.

Introducing Childminding Practise

Developing Childminding Practise

Environmental Health Checked

Managing Childrens Behaviour

Birth to Three Matters Framework

Equal Opportunities

Child Development

Advanced Child Protection & Procedures

NSPCC Child Protection

Child Observation

Fire Safety & Procedures

Boys Will Be Boys Training

Schema Training

First stage Makaton

Working with Adolescents and challenging behaviour

Mark making awarenese certificated


FGM certification

Child Abuse & Neglect

Child Sexual Exploitation

FORESTRY childcare provider.



Understanding Children Rights

Early Language & Development

Self Regulation

EYFS Made Easy

My Availability



Aged 0-5yrs / Monday - Thursday




Aged 0-5yrs / Monday - Thursday


Please note I no longer work Fridays.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes no no no
Morning yes yes yes yes no no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes no no no
After School yes yes yes yes no no no
Evening yes yes yes yes no no no
Overnight yes yes yes yes no no no
Last Updated: 05/09/2018

My Fees

  • Babysitting from £10.00 per hour
  • Childminding from £57.50 per hour

Please contact me with regards to fees.
Daily rates will apply to all families depending on hours u require

Thank You x

My Local Schools

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My Ofsted Inspections

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Ofsted Good Provider Logo
29 January 2020
12 July 2016 - Outstanding
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My Documents

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Below are the latest reviews for Sharons. 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.

My 23 month old daughter Faith has been going to Sharon 5 days a week for 7 months now and she absolutely loves it there (so much so I don't even get a good bye when I drop her off!)

Sharon is very hands on with all the children and every week has lots of fun activities planned for them including trips to the play centres, park, walks in the woods, trips to the farm and many more (even a trip to the pantomime Peter Pan at Christmas!)

When they are not out and about she carry's out many educational activities with the children at home such as number recognition, shape sorting, pizza making and faiths favourite...cake making :)

Faith has learnt so much since she has been going to Sharon her speech has improved immensely, she can count to 10 and knows all the basic shapes and most days she comes home and suprises me with something new she has learnt (last month she came home and sang happy birthday to me!)

Sharon runs a private group for the parents of the children she looks after where most days she will upload photos of what fun the children have had that day and since Faith can't yet tell me herself what she has been doing it is very reassuring and great to get to see what she has been up to and how happy she is there.

Sharon goes above and beyond any expectations I had for a child minder and I would 100% recommend her.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Loz604 Loz604 about Avatar for Sharons Sharons on 21/03/2013

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