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Childminder in Potters Bar

5 stars

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Female Member since Jan 2012 Last Updated Jul 2022 Last Login 16 Aug 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

Ofsted rated Good with Outstanding in behaviour and attitudes and personal development in 2020, childminding is a vocation for me.I have 17 years experience and the children who come here thrive and grow with loving support from me, in an extremely educational and natural environment. The children plant fruit and vegetables in the summer, care for them and harvest them, love eating the berries and peas and beans we grow and plant flowers and vegetables in pots to take home. We have one dog Jessie who is 7 and is a delight all the children adore her. She came to me as a puppy and has been bought up with children so is extremely gentle with them. We feed the garden birds daily as well as goldfish and tropical fish, which gives the children a sense of their own importance in the world in that they can care for their environment. There is a large outside area, with a sandpit, grass area, patio and lots of outside toys. I provide a safe, healthy, happy environment for children to grow, learn and flourish. We have a brilliant playroom stuffed with educational toys, craft items and toys and books and where we do lots of crafts, playdough, dressing up, singing and other activities, all compatible with the EYFS. By the time children go to preschool or nursery they are usually very advanced and manage extremely well. My home is child friendly with lots of books and toys, we play indoors and outdoors, and the children learn to be independent and confident in their own abilities. We have fruit every day, make bread and do other cooking activities. I provide healthy balanced meals and I encourage a positive attitude towards healthy eating. The children soon feel part of the family and learn and play with happiness and confidence in a loving and protective home. I have two boys myself, the older 28 now married with his first baby, and my younger son who is 25 has done an open university degree and is still at home with me. They love the small children and are good role models, playing rugby, music and helping and playing with the children when they can and when my older one is visiting. Both are DBS checked. I want the children in my care to not only have happy, calm, interesting days, but to grow up loving the natural world around them, understanding it and interacting with it in as many ways as possible. The children also have computer time, and learn from a very young age as I believe that media will be so much part of their future. .

My Experience

I have been a childminder for 17 years, with many children passing through my home who are still in contact and come to visit me for Sue days. I am Ofsted registered EY307719, and was given Good with Outstanding areas on my last inspection, Jan 2020 the report available online with Ofsted and I am also a member of Pacey. I have had children from 6 months to 14 years old, and can offer references both from past and present parents. I love my job, and each child who comes to me is special and unique in my eyes.

My Qualifications

I have the necessary childcare qualification, as well as additional certificates for courses relevant to childcare. I try to do some form of training a few times a year. I hold a valid first aid certificate and keep my safeguarding training up to date. i am a member of Pacey and keep myself up to date with the latest findings and happenings in childcare. I have several magazine subscriptions that are also related and keep me informed.

Please note that I am taking every precaution I can to make sure that the children in my care are at very low risk of getting COVID19. I have been open during the lockdown with 2 children from different key worker families and we all stayed well and healthy. I can provide you with my COVID19 precautions when you contact me. We have to date never had an outbreak of COVID in my setting or any cases that arise from my setting.

My Availability

I work Monday - Friday from 7.15 - 6.00 each day. I am flexible about times so contact me if you have requirements outside my normal hours. I am open during school holidays. I have changed my working day since April 2016 and no longer collect children from school as I wanted the younger children to have days which are not disrupted by the afternoon collection. This has been very successful so I am only offering places to children who are not attending school or nursery.

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Last Updated: 08/07/2022

My Fees

  • Childminding from £8.50 per hour

My fees are £8.50 an hour, I supply up to 3 cooked meals a day using fresh vegetables and good quality products, fresh fruit and snacks. Other extras included in the price are nappy bags, nappy cream, wet wipes, tissues and lots and lots of craft.

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 Ofsted Inspections

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Ofsted Good Provider Logo
10 February 2020
9 October 2015 - Outstanding
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My Documents

  • Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination (added 11/02/2022)
  • Reference: Certificate of excellence (added 08/02/2022)
  • DBS Check (added 07/02/2022)
  • First Aid Certificate: First Aid (added 07/02/2022)
  • Training Certificate: Effective Health and Safety for Children with SEND and ASN (added 07/02/2022)
  • Training Certificate: Delivering the EYFS (added 07/02/2022)
  • Training Certificate: Food hygiene and Safety (added 07/02/2022)
  • Training Certificate: safeguarding children (added 07/02/2022)
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Below are the latest reviews for SueHale. 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 met Susan in 2020 to help with childcare for our 2 year old son, from the moment we met her she was friendly, helpful and her warm personality assured us that our little one would be well looked after. Our son loved seeing Susan and always talked about her, the environment is very homely and there are so many nice activities for the children to keep them occupied, Susan will keep you fully updated throughout the day and is always their as a helping hand for guidance and advice if ever needed (she has a LOT of expertise). We still keep in touch and would not hesitate to send our second child also, you really will have a great experience if you choose Susan!

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by Avatar for SP7 SP7 about Avatar for SueHale SueHale on 25/02/2022

Sue was the childminder to both our daughter and son for 5 years. We could not have asked for someone better. She is the perfect mix of being loving, nurturing and firm with little kids. We wanted our kids to be in a home environment where they learn the right habits. It was great getting pictures of the kids throughout the day too which Sue is very good at sending. We would be waiting on our phone to see what she would be sending next. Sue has a great setting with a stunning garden that is like an adventure playground for the kids. My daughter is now 6 and son 4 and they both still go back during the holidays. If you are looking for a childminder Sue is renowned for being one of the best in potters bar so if there is space grab it!

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by Avatar for tuffy tuffy about Avatar for SueHale SueHale on 08/02/2022

Sue first cared for my son from 2017 just before he turned one and she now provides the same outstanding care to my daughter.
From the moment I met Sue and visited her home I knew it was the right environment. The environment it’s a home away from home and the choice of toys and stimulation is fantastic. The commitment Sue has shown to my children has just surpassed my expectations she knows and understands their needs and also how to nurture their skills and interests. Both of my children have been advanced with their speech and I have no doubt Sue had a big part to play in this. My son transitioned first to nursery and then now into school and he is happy and confident in these environments due to the start he had with Sue. I also can’t tell you what a relief it is to know as a busy working parent that my child gets home made nutritious meals and I don’t have the additional stress of doing pack lunch or trying to feed her late when I get home. My daughter was premature and struggled with eating, Sue really understood her needs and my anxieties as her parent and was so patient and supportive. They go outside every single day and I love seeing the pictures of them in the sun and the snow having lots of fun and learning about the world! I get very regular picture and text updates throughout the day and in person chats if and when we need them. I work in child protection and safeguarding so am very selective about who cares for my children - the care Sue provides my children is outstanding. I’m struggling to write this as I don’t think I’m doing Sue justice but there is no one else I would want to care for my children I feel very lucky that we found her!

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by Avatar for Kate Kate about Avatar for SueHale SueHale on 08/02/2022

Sue provides unparalleled childcare, we were so lucky to have found her . A home from home for our daughter who benefitted enormously in terms of their development and who was always so willingly dropped off which speaks volumes. Sue is an extremely committed professional, always giving children her full attention, treating the children with such care. Sue is always so kind, calm and patient with the children. The environment is amazing with great outdoor space and an abundance of toys and so many arts and crafts, Sue has arts and crafts afternoons and my daughter would make some fabulous creations. Sue has her own vegetable patch in the garden and encourages the children to get involved with outdoor play. Sue is able to talk easily to the parents and pass on anything she knows will interest or concern them - a skill sometimes overlooked in childcare. I would get regular updates throughout the day via text message with photos which meant so much to me and I believe to any mum returning to work. My daughter is now of school age and has left Sue's care but they remain friends and Megan, my daughter, still visits Sue as do I - she will remain a very important part of our lives and family. I strongly believe that my daughter has grown into a very well balanced and caring individual and part of this is down to Sue. I cannot recommend her highly enough, I cannot fault her in any way Sue is a rare find. My daughter adores Sue and still talks about her home-made pea soup which I still haven't mastered!

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by Avatar for Amanda Amanda about Avatar for SueHale SueHale on 08/02/2022

As soon as I met Sue at her home I knew it was the right environment for my son. He was less than 12 months when he went to her. It is a happy home, full of love. She makes wonderful home cooked food for the kids which was important to us. Love the fruit they get for morning snack. Sue is the very epitome of love, patience and nurture. When we had our second son, he joined his brother. We love dogs and welcomed them being part of the household. We were SO lucky to find her.

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by Avatar for MummyMou MummyMou about Avatar for SueHale SueHale on 07/02/2022

Response by Avatar for SueHale SueHale on 07/02/2022:

Thank you - I miss them both so much ❤️

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