My name is Tracy and I am mother of 1. We love to have fun as a family and take part in lots of activities outside the home. I live with my husband and son in a large smoke free house on a quiet road. My facility comprises of 2 dedicated play rooms and a bathroom and kitchen just for the children. I have a secure garden with grass and paved area. We are close to several parks. I am happy to spend time outside whatever the weather! I offer a relaxed atmosphere in a stimulating environment free from discrimination where children learn through play. Children feel safe and happy here and are valued as individuals. I have a variety of resources and art and craft corner with a blackwall, books and lots of toys and games. Activities include numeracy and literacy activities with an opportunity to do homework/reading music and dance, games and plenty of activities. I promote equal opportunities and inclusion for all. I am Ofsted registered with a GOOD grading and CRB Checked. I am fully insured and undertake further training in all aspects of childminding.
I have the experience of my own son and a large family with many young nieces and nephews from 6 months old to 18 years. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for 3 years in local primary schools. I have worked in all year groups at primary schools in the area. I have attended many courses relating to children during my 3 years in schools. I have experience of EAL children.
& Courses Attended/Completed
OFSTED Grading GOOD
Home Based Childcare
NVQ Level 2 Support Teaching & Learning CACHE
Paedriatric 1st Aid
Better Reading Partners and Supported Reading
Child Care and Development CSE
Positive Behavior Training
Muddle free maths
Confident Parents, Confident Children
Food Safety & Hygiene
Revised EYFS 2012
Monday to Friday
Other schools possible
I am available for school holidays, as a one off or on a regular basis
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|Last Updated: 01/07/2016|
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Tracy is a brilliant childminder and I feel completely reassured when I leave my son in her care. She is professional, but down to earth and genuinely interested in the development and safe keeping of the children. Tracy is always planning new activities for them and gets the balance between fun and learning just right. Tracy also undertakes training to develop her own skills.
The children spend their time in a purpose built space which Tracy has furnished and decorated to make a colourful, comfortable and creative environment.
Tracy encourages the children to talk about their family and home life, to share and take turns at things. My son looks forward to going and seeing the other children who have become his friends. He really has got some lovely memories from his time spent there, all of which Tracy has captured in his daily diary and the many photos she sends.
I really do feel lucky to have found Tracy and would recommend her to anyone.
My 8 year old daughter was with Tracy for over a year (before and after school) and she loved every single moment of her time there. Tracy always makes sure children in her care get on well, they play lots of games together (and Tracy joins them too!) and they become good friends. At the beginning I was a bit worried that my daughter would get bored (she was the oldest in the group and we had this problem with previous child-minders) but Tracy provided many age-appropriate games, puzzles and arts & crafts activities, or simply an interesting conversations. What I also loved about Tracy's approach is that she would sometimes sit with the children and practice things they did at school (maths, spellings etc.) but in a lovely playful way. It kept children busy, entertained and was educating at the same time! Kids watch TV occasionally, only at pick-up time or when they are very tired.
The setting itself is excellent, with child-friendly zone, consisting of two rooms, small kitchen and toilet separated from the rest of Tracy's house. The rooms are always clean and very inviting, with many toys and games for different age groups, reward charts and books. There is a garden at the back of the house as well.
Children eat at the table together; food is freshly prepared with lots of vegetables and fruit. Tracy keeps a journal for each child and gives parents a report about what the child eats and how much. She also e-mails out a lot of photos which is so nice!
Tracy is very professional, she has never been late and she communicates well with both children and parents. My daughter thinks about her as part of the family and asks me to go to Tracy's during school holidays.
I cannot recommend Tracy enough; she really is the best child-minder we have ever had!
Tracy has been looking after my 2 year old daughter for nearly a year now, and I cannot fault anything, my daughter has come on leaps and bounds since she has been with Tracy ie potty training , speech and general good manners !!! I would definitely recommend Tracy!
Tracy is a fantastic childminder. My son has been with her for over a year and is advancing extremely well socially and also from an educational aspect.
Tracy is passionate about her job and is kind, patient, caring and has a great personality.
Her new home has a purpose built annex for the children and is packed with lots of stimulating and fun toys, games and books for all ages. More importantly though it is a clean and safe environment for the children to progress and learn.
We are e-mailed a report daily detailing food eaten, sleep, activities undertaken and a plethora of other information.
There is always lots planned, parks, crafts, reading and other activities planned around the seasonal calendar for example making eggs at Easter which my son enjoyed greatly.
I would not hesitate to recommend her service.
My daughter is 4 and has been with Tracy for a year and was actually Tracys first child in the setting. We are extremely happy with her infact so much so we can't contemplate having to change childminders, I also believe Tracy should be awarded as outstanding rather than good. The systems in place are of the highest standard and I have comparables. Tracy gives a daily email report in detail of the activities eating and drinking. Tracy keeps a very well put together progress book that you get to keep once full. This has photos, events, stories of moments of progress or laughter etc. This is not only informative but a lovey keepsake as Tracy is so creative.
My daughter is always coming home with new art creations, even homemade jewellery! The progress our daughter has achieved has been very evident, Tracy teaches writing and reading and gives us updates regularly on 'landmark' achievements! They learn about so many varied things and it is always through fun conversation and relates back to a game or something engaging for the children. I believe this is the best way to Learn.
The food is good with lots of fresh fruit. The children always sit together to eat . The setting is made up of two rooms and there is so much for them to do.
The most important factor for me is that know what our child does every day and we are not left in the dark. Tracy's daily reports always match exactly to what our daughter tells us.
Tracy is extremely easy going we have never had a problem or disagreed on anything. She has also gone to extra lengths for us regularly which shows trust and we know we can rely on her. She is highly professional and very organised.
Myself and my husband praise Tracy highly and believe we were extremely lucky to have found her right at the begining because she will be very saught after in the coming years of her new business. do.
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