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Nicola

Childminder in Maidstone

5 stars
(6)

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Female Member since Feb 2012 Last Updated Jan 2022 Last Login 26 May 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Full Driving Licence
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
Outstanding Rated
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

Hi i am an Ofsted registered childminder and graded Outstanding. I am married with 2 Children A daughter aged 22 years just finished studying at Uni and a son 19 years at Uni.

I am level 3 qualified and have all relevant checks plus paediatric first aided. In October 2017 i had my Ofsted inspection and was graded Outstanding. I was very proud.
I work with an apprentice and also I have my niece who recently finished her level 3 with me and my mum who both help out throughout the week cooking meals and helping generally with the care of the little 1s. All are registered with Ofsted, have dbs and paediatric 1st aid.

We have 2 Golden Retrievers who absolutely love watching the children they stay in the kitchen diner whilst i am minding.

I live in Maidstone in an area with lots of woodland walks around us including play areas and we also have a large secluded garden. We work outside in a totally safe child friendly cabin with lots of opportunities to learn through play
I previously worked in a day nursery both in the baby unit and toddler area and pre school for many years and am a mummy of 2 children so I have gained many years experience in childcare to help me entertain, stimulate and care for your little ones.

I use the baby days application so you will have a unique number for your little one and will be able to log on and see what your child has been up to whenever you want to.
I really enjoy my job and seeing the children achieve.

I find a good way of learning is through fun so this is a high priority in my setting.

I offer lots of activities in my home inc playdough, painting using lots of materials sensory and textures, shaving foam, sand and water.
We also have a wide range of toys for all ages.
All the activities i plan follow and link in with the EYFS.

My Experience

Firstly and most importantly i am a mum who has brought my children up to be polite caring and happy children.
I have been a childminder for over 20
years working with children from age 6 months to 14.
I enjoy taking the children out to new environments around us to help them gain experience in different surroundings as well as following the eyfs.

I love my job and enjoy seeing a child smile for what they can achieve and watching them believe in themselves.

My Qualifications

Happy Fun and mad !!!!

GCSEs English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined Science, RE, Home Economics, French.

Higher Education

• NVQ 3 Childcare and Development.
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• First Aid Certificate held.
• KCC Letters and Sounds training..
• The Unique Story training undertaken.
• KCC Early Years Foundation Stage course attended and trained.
• Level 2 Food Safety.
• Child Protection Course attended.
. Safeguarding training undertaken
I have completed my Jolly Phonics training.

My Availability

I work Mon-Thurs 7.30-5.30
TERM TIME ONLY ( not school holidays)
Please contact me for details

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After School no no no no no no no
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Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 30/01/2022

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.60 per hour

I am now an eligible provider and offer 3for2 spaces for 2 year olds and 3/4 year old funding including 30 hrs funding.
I DO NOT DO ANY PRESCHOOL OR SCHOOL RUNS, SORRY

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 Outstanding Provider Logo
Outstanding
31 October 2017
10 October 2014 - 2
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Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Nicola. 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.

Nicola has been absolutely amazing with Eva, we get regular updates on food naps and pictures! Eva came home last night from her first day and slept the whole night from 7pm - 6.30am which she hasn’t done ever since she was born. I am just very happy with her service and will continue using Nicola for all my future children! X

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Rexhina Rexhina about Avatar for Nicola Nicola on 07/06/2019


Response by Avatar for Nicola Nicola on 07/06/2019:

Wow thank you so much😊😊 i am so glad Eva has settled so well and you both are happy too.
Fab news a whole nights sleep bonus !!!

My youngest son has just started school and as much as he was so ready and happy to go we were all so sad for him to leave Nicola. For just over 2 years Nicola has looked after my second son and during the school holidays has also helped out with my eldest son. I can’t praise Nicola and the care that she provides enough . Her home is warm and friendly and both my children have always felt comfortable spending the time there.

Nicola offers a fun filled, structured environment for young children and my son has thrived in her care.

I always received feedback about his day and Nicola’s honest approach worked well.

Nicola and her family have become good friends over the last 2 years and I would 100% recommend her to anyone I know.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Neiland Neiland about Avatar for Nicola Nicola on 11/09/2018


Response by Avatar for Nicola Nicola on 11/09/2018:

Awwwww thank you so much, i have really enjoyed looking after both your children and will miss little mans fun character .
Im so glad that he has settled so well in school and hopefully we will see you all soon x

My son went to Nicola when he was almost a year old and stayed until he was 3.5 - I cannot recommend Nicola enough. Wonderful setting and Nicola is so caring and thoughtful. Nothing was a problem, Nicola would always bend over backwards to help me. :-) xx

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Sally P Sally P about Avatar for Nicola Nicola on 18/04/2017

My daughter's have been with Nicola since August 2014 and I can't praise her enough. She treats my children as her own and my children have really excelled since being with her. My youngest was having serious pant-wetting episodes at her last provider as she was so unhappy, and it stopped almost instantly with Nicola!

Nicola has become a big part of our family and I will be heartbroken when we no longer need to use her services, and I'm sure my daughters will be too!!

Nicola is always out and about with the kids, lots of exercise and learning. I could not wish for a better childminder. She provides the highest level of child care, provides healthy meals/snacks and as a parent I am kept up to date with all my child's developments via Baby Days App.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for KatRoche KatRoche about Avatar for Nicola Nicola on 13/03/2015

My little girl has only been with Nicola for a couple of weeks but she has already been to the farm and the seaside. Nicola has a lovely house and lots of space for kiddies to run round.
Nicola looks after all the children as if they were her own and the whole family love having my little girl there.
Nicola was more than accommodating as I work shifts and is flexible around shift changes.
I always feel confident that my little girl is being left in safe hands when I go to work but most importantly has lots of fun at the same time!!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Sarahsta Sarahsta about Avatar for Nicola Nicola on 16/09/2014

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