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Childminder in St Albans

5 stars

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Male Member since Feb 2009 Last Updated Feb 2022 Last Login 22 May 2022

My Summary

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

About Me

From Mid July 2020, there may be up to 2 spaces available. The current Covid-19 situation makes it difficult to know, with Government and local authority directives changing regularly. It's probably best just to contact me to get an idea of what is available. Thank you.(Updated Jul '20)

OfSTED graded as Outstanding (from 2008, through various inspections, the latest on 16 February 2022), I am accredited to accept the 2,3 and 4 Year-Old local authority funding and use the 30 Hours Government funding towards childcare .

I qualified as a registered childminder in November 2004 (and subsequently passed an NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning & Development in 2009). Having a male – female partnership (my wife used to be a childminder, but has developed MS) with regular, long-term assistants, gives the children a more balanced social environment from which we believe they can benefit. Most of all, I really enjoy my work and feel that this reflects in the setting.

This is a friendly, family-orientated childminding setting from a three-bedroom detached house in St Albans. It is set in a quiet cul-de-sac, close to local schools, shops and parks. It is shared with my two daughters, who are able (and registered) assistants, although both are currently at University. There is a fully enclosed garden, with plenty to occupy active minds and bodies.

The environment is friendly and fun, according to most of the parents and children!!

My Experience

I have an NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning & Development. I have also passed the Introduction to Childminding Practice, the basic Child Protection courses (latest course: May 2019), paediatric first aid (8 November 2019), food hygiene (August 2019) and have attended various training days, workshops and seminars. These include courses on Autism and the Autistic Spectrum, Allergies and Infant Feeding, as well as various Activity- and child development-based courses.

My Qualifications

NVQ L3 in Children's Care, Learning and Developmen
Paediatric First Aid
The Revised EYFS
Safeguarding Children
Regional Forum on 2 yr Funding and Assessment
Food Safety in Catering (Level2 )
How To Create and Deliver 2 yr old Places

My Availability

I take children from aged 12 months upwards.
I offer funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, as well as working with virtually all of the Childcare voucher companies.
I can drop off and collect from Prae Wood School, occasionally St Columba's, as well as some local nurseries.

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Last Updated: 21/02/2022

My Fees

  • Childminding from £7.25 per hour

Competitive! There is a minimum charge for before- and after-school.

My Local Schools

My Ofsted Inspections

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Ofsted Outstanding Provider Logo
16 February 2022
20 April 2016 - Outstanding
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My Documents

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Below are the latest reviews for Stephen. 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.

If you are lucky enough to secure a spot with Stephen, you will have struck gold. I genuinely think Stephen (with wife Jean and a few assistants) are probably the best childminders in the country and we are only leaving them because we are emigrating! But we are incredibly sad to be leaving them. Stephen embraces a respectful childminding approach, which we love. He’s fabulous with our twin daughters (currently aged 2.5 yrs). He encourages and supports their different talents, challenges them, encourages play and is phenomenally generous with the amount of arts and crafts that they do. He also goes above and beyond to be flexible if I need to change days, which is something that most other childminders and nurseries do not do!

I trusted him with the two most important things in the world to me, and this has paid back dividends. I cannot recommend Stephen (and Jean) enough! You will be very lucky if your child goes here. I hope we can stay in touch with them for many more years to come, even from Singapore!

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by Avatar for Cathy Cathy about Avatar for Stephen Stephen on 09/11/2018

Both of my children attended Stephen's childminding services from the very first day he set it up with his wife Jean. I can't imagine anyone else being more dedicated and nurturing than him. The children always looked forward to going there and would always come back happy and full of excitement about what they did that day at their house. To this day I treasure some of the pieces of art and crafts they made together as well as lots of ideas I use myself at work being a primary teacher. Above all Stephen is an extremely responsible and reliable person that one could count on. The happiness and safety of the children is always at the front of his mind. I would recommend his services to anyone who is looking for a stimulating and caring environment for their children.

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by Avatar for gosia br gosia br about Avatar for Stephen Stephen on 18/03/2016

Very lucky to have had Stephen (and his wife Jean) looking after my youngest from one year until starting school. They provide such a warm and caring environment. Stephen is kind, great at really getting down and playing with the children, and has the amazing ability to create a home environment that's calm, despite having several children in it!

Stephen will often take the children out on adventures (fire station, woods, the zoo, walks etc) and does lots of creative play too.

I've seen how he encourages older ones to show care and consideration towards little ones, and in doing so, creates a compassionate family environment for the children to thrive in.

Stephen and Jean are two very special people. We were so lucky to have had them in our son's life.

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by Avatar for Rosie Ro Rosie Ro about Avatar for Stephen Stephen on 17/03/2016

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