Hello, my name is Laura and I live in Blackshots, Grays, Essex. I am married to my husband Luke and we have a beautiful son called Charlie who was born in September 2010 and a gorgeous daughter Emilia Rae who was born in April 2013. We have a pet dog who is a Cockapoo called Jessie.
I love the career I have chosen as an Ofsted registered childminder. I have the perfect job which is full of fun and smiles. I look forward to it everyday.
I have been working as an Ofsted registered childminder since November 2011 and have had the opportunity to work with lots of different amazing families and beautiful children of different ages.
We love doing all different types of indoor and outdoor activities such as story time, rhyme time, music & dance, building & creating structures using all different types of materials, water play, sand play, messy play, baking, Arts & crafts, mark making and so much more. We have so much fun outdoors and in the garden and experiment in all types of weather conditions. We regularly visit local playgroups, parks, libraries and other amenities. We celebrate different festivals & celebrations. I really enjoy seeing children learn new skills and excitedly using their achievements as they develop and grow.
I believe that working in close partnership with parents has a positive impact on children's happiness, learning and development. I am always willing to listen to parents concerns and share in their child's achievements both at home and in my setting. I keep parents regularly informed about my daily routines and childcare practices and share information about the children with parents using a daily diary or their prefered method of communication. I send weekly photographs to my parents so they are able to share their child's experiences whilst in my care.
For all children aged birth – 5 years (who are not in full time education) I cover the Early Years foundation stage (EYFS). I will create a learning journal for your child which you will have access to at any time and I will send this home regularly for you to look at.
I can send you via email or post my parent information pack upon request which contains full information about me, my family and my setting. Any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
I have been an ofsted registered childminder since November 2011 and I have cared for children from a range of different ages between 4 months - 11 years which has provided me with knowledge and positive experiences through the different ages and stages of development, individual needs and behaviours.
I have a son and daughter of my own which provides me with continuous first hand experiences in childcare.
I have completed “Cache Level 3 Understand how to set up a home based childcare service. I attend all relevant child protection training courses. I hold a valid Paediatric First Aid certificate and I am registered for Food Business for Childminders. I regularly attend childcare training courses in order to further my knowledge and I am a member of Pacey.
I am graded "OUTSTANDING" by ofsted. My Ofsted inspection report is available to view online and I can also show you a copy upon request.
I have achieved my Level 3 Diploma in Children's and Young people's workforce.
My childminding service is available Monday – Friday from 0800am until 17.30pm. Any hours required outside of these would need to be discussed.
I currently do school/nursery drop off's and pick up's at Sifford Clays school/nursery.
|Last Updated: 03/05/2019|
Hourly rate - please contact me to discuss.
Discounts offered for sibblings.
Half fee payable for up to 4 weeks annual holiday to retain the placement. For any further holiday taken or occasional days off/sickness the full fee will be payable. No charge for childminder holiday/days off.
Special days out may be charged extra.
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Stifford Clays Primary School
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We were really keen for our son to have some experience of being cared for outside the home for socialisation, and this has been a fantastic experience for him. I have noticed an enormous difference in how much more confident he is around other children and adults. At home, he regularly talks about Laura, Clair and his friends and activities he has done with them. He has become much more confident about playing independently, something he rarely didn't before starting with Laura. We have also seen significant improvements in his communication: listening, understanding and speaking. He is much more able to express himself effectively, developing narratives and explanations for his actions or intentions.
Laura has been adaptable to our needs and worked with us to make the placement just right for him. We began with one five hour session a week, but increased this to two sessions a week to help our son become accustomed more quickly to the environment. This has worked really well and most days when I ask him what he wants to do, he says 'Go to Laura's house'.
Laura has been excellent at providing feedback and also suggestions for how we could help his progress at home. The use of technology to provide rapid information about our son's activities and progress in the day is impressive and gives us confidence he is both happy and challenged. I found it very useful that Laura shared the language and strategies she uses if he becomes upset at drop off and how I can talk to him at home to prepare him for the day. It was also very useful the advice she gave about regularly talking to him about the other children and making up stories together about going to Laura's house.
We've been very impressed with the way Laura has considered our son's needs, interests and development. He is clearly challenged by new activities and enjoys his time with her. We have been really impressed at the strong relationship she has built with our son even though he is only there for a short time each week. He clearly feels very secure and confident with her and she was excellent at very quickly understanding his needs, interests and strategies that he responds to best.
I came across Laura, Clair & her little lovelies while on a visit with my daughter to our nearest Country Park.
They caught my eye mainly as the children had fluorescent jackets and The way they engaged with the children in such a lovely tone. Stopping and talking to them about the leaves etc.
Anyway coming back they were in the woods making things and thought right I must find them!
And When I did Laura was just great!
We had to go on the waiting list but as soon as a place came up I knew Evelyn would love it. Ofcourse I was worried she’s only 2 and my 1st child and leaving her with only immediate family~ but after a few settling in sessions she walked in waved me goodbye and had the best time. Laura sent pictures throughout the day and she was smiling in every one and laughing.
She has since settled in lovely~ and talks about what they have done in which the list is endless.
Both Laura and Clair are down to earth and passionate. They have the best interests in the children and Evelyn now naps while Clair sings to her.
It really is the best place for Evelyn to learn, grow and play.
Our nearly two year old has just started with Laura and we have been really happy with the friendliness and professionalism of Laura and Clair.
Laura responded to our initial enquiry within a few hours and organised a visit soon after. She provided lots of clear information about her services and policies. Our son suffers from a number of allergies and carries an Epipen and I have felt confident with Laura’s approach, organisation and questions about his needs.
On my visit I thought that the setting was lovely and all the children were so happy. I was impressed how Laura and Clair integrated numbers and language so well into the children’s natural play. The free flow environment between the inside and outside worked really well and there are clearly loving bonds between Laura, Clair and all the children.
I have felt very reassured that even though our son is only doing one day a week with Laura we have had three settling in sessions. He has never been looked after by anyone except for immediate family so we were unsure how he would respond to being left, but he was more than happy to wave me off and didn’t want to come home when I came to pick him up. I feel Laura has put the same effort into his one day a week as a child starting full time, which has been much appreciated.
Our son who is 3 started with Laura & Clair in January. He is a little shy of new surroundings and people so I was anxious about the big change of him going from family looking after him to a childminder whilst I am at work. I had no need to worry as Laura and Clair have made him feel very welcome and he loves being with them and all of the other children and has settled in lovely. He has lots of fun playing, doing activities, going on outings and making friends with other children and he is learning whilst he is doing it. I have noticed how much confidence he is gaining. Laura is excellent at keeping learning fun.
Communication from Laura is fantastic and I am updated everyday with a daily diary. Laura sends pictures of the adventures the children have been on, It’s nice to see them and what they have been doing. It’s great piece of mind knowing he is happy and having a lovely time. Laura and Clair cater for every child’s individual needs. I know my son is being taken very good care of being with them both and he adores them. I really appreciate everything they do for him and wouldn’t want him to be anywhere else. Thank you both Laura & Clair for everything you do for our little boy xxx
Very apprehensive about finding childcare due to the previous setting my daughter was in not being great. But I shouldn’t have worried! Laura’s is the perfect place for my daughter to be while I’m at work. It’s a second home for my baby and She loves going. She sometimes asks to go at the weekend! Their days are filled with fun learning and making good friendships.
My daughters speech and knowledge since starting have progressed so well. She surprises me with new words/skills every single day (the most recent one being counting to 22! My daughter isn’t even 3 yet!)
I can’t recommend Laura enough!
And to add, Clair is equally as amazing! My daughter takes a little while to warm to people but Clair wasn’t fazed at all. My daughter absolutely loves her now!
Thankyou to you both for welcoming my baby and taking good care of her (even on her mega sassy days)
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