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Childminder in Poole

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jan 2012 Last Updated Aug 2020 Last Login 01 Oct 2020 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare

About Me

I have been a registered childminder for many years, located mid-way between Poole and Bournemouth ideal for main routes to both towns, with ample parking. I am married with two adult children and completed an Early Years Degree in 2012. I can offer the free 2, 3 and 4 year old entitlement funding. I strongly believe that a home based Childcare setting is the best possible start to a child's life, providing them with individual care, learning and attention that every child deserves. I work alongside my husband who is also an Ofsted Outstanding registered Childminder and is qualified to NVQ level 3 in Childcare and Development. Having a male, as well as the more traditional female carer, allows us to provide 'balanced' care. This is really beneficial and our families are delighted to confirm the positive impact it has had. Together we offer a warm, friendly, professional, safe and playful environment for children to learn and develop in. I am out and about to parks, the beach, toddler and play groups, soft play areas and many others, meeting other children in the community, by following Covid-19 industry guidance. I have a secure garden with varied play equipment as well as indoor toys and activities to suit all ages. I provide nutritious and healthy snacks and have separate sleeping areas for the children. Working in partnership with parents is a priority and I can offer a wrap-around service including school drop- offs/pick-ups and pre-school drop-offs/pick-ups when possible. If you are looking for a safe, fun and stimulating 'home from home' environment for your child as well as a reliable and flexible service for yourself, then please don't hesitate to give us a call for an informal chat.

My Experience

I have experience in looking after children, many starting as babies continuing for several years. I have practice in supporting emotional needs, I have working knowledge of social development impairment. I have experience with Dyslexia, Asthma, hearing difficulties, and a variety of allergy and dietary needs including Vegetarian, Diabetic, sugar free, lactose free and gluten free requirements.

My Qualifications

In addition to having all the relevant Ofsted required qualifications, Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding I am DBS checked, and have a Degree in Early Years. I hold certificates in SENCO, Behaviour Management, risk assessment, observation and planning amongst others. My husband holds a Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene Diploma and is qualified to NVQ level 3 in Childcare and Development.

My Availability

I have full day vacancies available
I have no availability for drop-offs and collections from pre-schools or schools for the foreseeable future.

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Before School no no no no no no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School no no no no no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 20/08/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.60 per hour

I am able to offer the government funding – for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. I am open all year round except for taking a total of five weeks holiday throughout the year with appropriate notice. My rates are in line with other providers in the local area. Please enquire for rates. I can provide term time only contracts. Please message, e-mail, text or call me with the days and times you require.

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

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  • DBS Check (added 21/07/2020)
  • DBS Check (added 21/07/2020)
  • Exam Certificate: Bachelor of Arts in Early Years (added 21/07/2020)
  • UK Passport (added 21/07/2020)
  • Training Certificate: High Level Safeguarding Certificate (added 21/07/2020)
  • First Aid Certificate: Paediatric First Aid Certificate (added 21/07/2020)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 21/07/2020)

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Clair. 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 daughter attended Clair and Garry’s setting from 14 months old right up until starting school. Choosing the right childminder was a huge decision for me but from the moment I met Clair and Garry at their home I had a really good feeling and knew instantly these were the right childminders for my daughter.
It is a very well run, organised, reliable setting and is also like a home from home. It is a very friendly and happy home, where children are treated like one of the family and because there are two of them, they can have more children at their setting. The environment is caring and friendly and my daughter has enjoyed her time there. Clair and Garry like to be out and about and they plan lots of fun activities, such as farm visits, tank museum visits, trips to the beach and strawberry picking.
A lot of thought goes into planning the daily activities such as arts and crafts, make believe play, dress up, stories, songs and games. Clair and Garry also assist with skills such as independent dressing as well as encouraging good manners. I have also been kept up to date with what my daughter did each day with a diary and had photos too which was lovely. At the end of the term I got a folder of paperwork, so I could read in detail my daughter’s progress.
Clair and Garry have been a huge support and are always happy to offer their expertise and guidance on anything, such as food portions, potty training etc and are full of ideas and tips. They identify if my daughter found something a bit tricky and communicated with me, so I could practice at home with her.
One of the most priceless things for me personally was that I never had to worry about my daughter when she was at the setting, as their qualifications, patience and kindness and sheer love for their jobs meant I knew she was in safe hands. I could not recommend Clair and Garry highly enough for the care of your child.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by A_G about Clair on 02/08/2020

We entrusted our little one (LO) to Garry and Clair from the age of 7 months after a few unsuccessful settling sessions with local nurseries. And we are so happy that we did. They truly create a home from home environment with daily activities and outings at no additional cost. It has been so rewarding to see LO grow and development relationships with both Clair and Garry and the other children in their care. They provide great daily feedback as well as all the reporting on learning required by EYFS. It has been a joy to experience the love they show towards all those in their care and it was sad to say goodbye. The only reason we are moving our LO is due to relocation.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Xtrela about Clair on 27/12/2019

My son dylan joined clair and garrys setting from the age of 9 months old. Dylan is now 4 years old and starting school in september. That is the only reason he's leaving the setting at the end of august. Clair and garry have helped dylan advance so much during his time in their care. Both being very professional, caring and also keeping dylan safe. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done helping dylan grow into such a wonderful, helpful and well mannered little boy. Dylan has made so many lovely little friends during his time in your care. We shall miss you both so much. You have both been absolute stars. I highly recommend clair and garry!!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Gemma E about Clair on 08/08/2018

Our eldest has been with Clair &Garry since he was 16 months old and is now starting school. He has had an amazing time in this setting and they have supported him through some emotional times along with his natural growing and development for his age. He flourishes on their full schedule of forests, parks, groups and use of the beach along with their lovely garden.
He is very much at home with them and one of the main reasons in choosing them is the fact they are a couple who work together giving him the nurturing from both a male and female carer when we are not around.
Both highly qualified and worked well with us and alongside us with every step of his daily needs and development, very easy to communicate with and support us as parents. As he has now started school and our experience with Clair &Garry as both a setting and individuals, our youngest has and so started and has settled in beautifully.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by MScott about Clair on 10/09/2016

I am so thankful that we ever found Clair and Garry to care for our then 11 month old little girl. As an over cautious first time parent, you really helped both myself and our girl through that scary transition back to work. That little baby is now off to start school this Sept and I truly believe that her time spent with you both has been so beneficial to her learning and confidence. Your knowledge and professionalism coupled with loving and friendly personalities has been perfect for our family. I must add that the effort you both make to document our daughters developments has been oustanding and we've benefited/learnt so much through her extensive learning journal. Many friends and memories have been made and we will truly all miss you both so much.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Food
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by Nadine about Clair on 12/07/2016

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