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5 stars (2)

Childminder in Seaham

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Female Non-smoker Member since Sep 2009 Last Updated Nov 2019 Last Login 04 Aug 2020 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare

About Me

I am married to Steve and have 2 adult daughters, 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. I have been a registered childminder since1981 and have seen many changes over the years.I first registered with Social Services, saw the introduction of the Children Act and now am inspected by OFSTED. I was awarded a Good in my last inspection in June 2017. I am always willing to undertake any training offered to better my service which I do on a regular basis. I sit on the Local Advisory Board at Seaham Surestart, forging links with other childcare professionals in the area. I am very fit and active, walking everywhere and attending lots of different activities with the children in my care. I have a secure outdoor play area and local parks are within walking distance.

Find me in the yellow Pages business section under Gill Barnett.

My Experience

As I have said, I have been registered since 1981 and was the first childminder in Seaham. I am now caring for the children of people I have known since their own childhood ! I am a member of a childminding network and have regular training sessions with them at our local SureStart Children's Centre . I attend a drop in meeting with other childminders from Seaham at the same SureStart facility. It is very good for the children to get to know other childminders and their children, as it is useful for holiday or sickness cover. I run a Mums and Toddlers group 3 mornings a week, and attend 2 other toddler groups on a regular basis,giving my youngsters valuable play and socialising opportunities.

My Qualifications

I have 6 GCSE s in various subjects, including A* English, A Psychology and B Human Biology.
I have a NVQ level 3 Diploma in HomeBased Childcare.
I have a certificate in Playleading.
I am up to date with my First Aid for Children certificate and Safeguarding training.
I have numerous training certificates in many subjects such as Food Hygeine, Fire safety, Speech problems, Behaviour Management etc.
My premises have been successfully inspected by The Environmental Health Dept. Food Standards Agency.
I was invited to sit on the Local Advisory Board of SureStart Children's Centre alongside other childcare professionals and now enjoy this position.
Regular training in all aspects of childcare.

My Availability

I welcome any enquiries and may have waiting lists.

Check out my website

I offer my service Monday to Friday, 7.00am until 6.00pm.

Under Gill Barnett in the business section of the yellow pages.

I take 2 weeks summer holiday and sometimes another 2 weeks during the year. I will try to find alternative cover if required.

I pick up from Seaham Trinity School and Nursery as I am conveniently situated a 2 minute walk away.

I am approved by the local authority to provide Play and Learn places in the government early education scheme for 2 year olds.

I can offer the weekly 15 hour free 3 year nursery provision from third birthday until your child qualifies for a local authority nursery place. I am also registered to provide the 30 hours free childcare from September 2017, although I only intend to provide the extra 15 hours as wrap around care.

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Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 02/06/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £3.25 per hour

Up to 8 hours £28.00

9 hours £30

10 hours £32

11 hour day £34

Half days

Morning session available between 7.00-12.30 at £16.00 per session.

Afternoon session available between 12.30-6.00 at £16.00 per session.

(Charges for extra hours to be discussed.)

Breakfast session £6.00 (available between 7.00am-9.00am).

After school £8.00 (available between 3.15-6.00pm).

Discount offered to siblings.

All meals and snacks included in fees, except baby formulas.

(fees correct April 2017)

Vouchers, cash, tax free childcare, LA funding via free childcare, cheques and standing orders accepted.

My Local Schools

My Documents

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  • Exam Certificate (added 10/01/2019)
  • First Aid Certificate (added 10/01/2019)
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Below are the latest reviews for Gill Bar. 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.

I could not speak more highly of Gill. My son Archie has recently left her care due to his age. He attended Gills from the age of 1 years old and I chose her because my cousins child attended there previously and absolutely loved and still loves her even though he is now 7 years old. She also had an amazing OFSTED report.

It was a rocky start as Archie had not experienced being left with anybody other than close family members. He did the typical thing of crying when myself or anybody else dropped him off which pulled at the heart strings but I was always assured he stopped soon after I left and Gill was always warm and friendly and there to give him cuddles when he was upset. I was also sent pictures of him having great fun at playgroups, one of which Gill actually runs 3 x per week, painting, out for walks in buggy, soft play, reading books, eating and generally just playing with toys and making friends with other children in the setting which I think is lovely. He always looked so happy which resonated with the fact that once he had settled in the tears stopped on a morning and I could not get him back out of her door as he did not want to leave to come home!

Gill takes such pride in what she does and always sent Archie home with his diary of everything he had done that day including naps, diet, poops and wee's! I also wrote in the diary which I found useful to communicate through when Archie was going through toilet training, reducing naps etc. She really worked with us when we wanted to try and reduce his naps. Gill is a really energetic and pro-active childminder and I still see and speak to her when I see her out and about pushing and walking her other children she looks after. A file with Archie's learning and development milestones was also sent home throughout the year which was lovely to look through and must of taken ages to put together. It was much appreciated by us! I would not hesitate to ask Gill to childmind again in the future if I have anymore children as i know they will be safe, warm, fed, happy and entertained in a nurturing and learning environment which as a working parent is everything I need in a childminder! I am only sad that now Archie is in full time nursery we cant even visit her at her fantastic playgroup anymore on a morning!

Thank you Gill for helping to shape Archie's world.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by NewtonN about Gill Bar on 13/11/2019

Response by Gill Bar on 13/11/2019:

Thank you so much Natalie for taking the time to write this fabulous review, I feel very humbled and grateful. Archie was a pleasure to care for and I had many a laugh with him, he is such a character 🤭 I send all my best wishes to you and all of your lovely family 👍👨‍👩‍👧‍👦


  • 5 stars Overall

by redacted about Gill Bar on 27/01/2012

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