***** OFSTED say we're OUTSTANDING in ALL AREAS*****
***** FREE CHILDCARE PLACES AVAILABLE for 2, 3 & 4 year-olds. *****
***** CURRENTLY TAKING BOOKINGS FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES, ALL TYPES OF CARE *****
I am Ben, a registered childminder in Trowell, Nottingham. I am graded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. We had our latest inspection in November 2015, and are rated Outstanding in all areas. This follows our previous overall 'Outstanding' grade from May 2012.
I live with my wife, Gill who is approved by Ofsted as an assistant. I have two step-children and six grandchildren. We moved here from London in 2009 in order to provide childcare for my step-daughter, as she returned to training to pursue her chosen career as a midwife. The joy and challenge of looking after those lovely grandchildren inspired me to train and prepare to become a childminder.
For me, the most important single thing is that children are safe and happy here, and that parents feel confident about that. I work closely with parents to consider theirs and their childrens' views, in order to ensure that I consistently fulfil their individual needs. Communication and feedback are vital to what I do, enabling me to constantly reflect upon and review the way I work.
I provide a high standard of affordable childcare in my comfortable family home, which includes a secure rear garden. I offer a warm, stimulating and safe environment for your child to be cared in. I aim to make it a friendly and pleasant place for children to spend time, and where all are treated with respect and valued as an individual.
Children are encouraged to enjoy and achieve, through free play with a diverse range of toys, games, and books. As much as possible, I allow the children to access these directly, so they can make their own choices and initiate their own play and learning. I also plan activities, crafts, and games to support their development and offer new fun experiences.
A very brief sample of other home-based activities includes:
- sand/water/snow play
- dressing up and let's pretend (home corner)
- song, dance, rhyme time
- messy play
- construction toys
- staying safe with road safety games, fire drills, etc.
I encourage children to pursue healthy lifestyles by minimising the amount of TV/screen-time and by being active. Trowell's countryside provides a wealth of open spaces and safe walks away from traffic. I do not run a car, so we walk as much as possible and use public transport for any trips farther afield. I promote healthy eating, including fresh food (often from my own allotment) and the children take part in growing food in the garden, helping them to understand the cycles of life and growth.
We make use of nearby settings and real-life experiences to increase our enjoyment and learning beyond the home and into the wider community. We visit the local Surestart children's centre; libraries (including story time and singing activities); play parks; play centres; open farms; shops and market.
In response to parents' feedback, we now attend toddler groups each week. This allows the little ones to interact with other children at an early stage.
I do drop-offs and pick-ups at Trowell School and Trowell Pre-School.
As an Ofsted - registered childminder, and a full member of PACEY (Childminders’ Association) I am required to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which ensures that all children develop to their full potential. Ofsted regularly assess childminders' performance in this aspect of their provision. The same programme is used during your child's first year at school (reception class) and so it forms the basis not only of preparation for school, but is recognised as the foundation for lifelong learning and all-round growth.
Although sounding rather grand and official, the EYFS programme is really just about all-round development. I fully accept that I am not a teacher, and that very young children do not need to be taught in a formal manner. I certainly have no time for 'hot-housing' or denying a child their right to a childhood. My approach is to introduce children to a wide range of play and other experiences, led by their own interests and abilities, so that they can encounter learning opportunities for themselves.
I am a member of the Peace of Mind Childminders' Group, and know other professional childcare colleagues in Trowell, Stapleford, Sandiacre, and Long Eaton.
Choosing childcare is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. One of the most important parts of my job is to empower you to make that decision.
I was registered as a childminder in November 2011 and have been minding children continuously since January 2012.
Since March 2009 I have provided care for my step-daughter's five children, currently aged from 5 years (caring for grandchildren does not of itself require registration.) One thing that prompted me to become registered was that a number of parents who saw me caring for my grandchildren asked me to look after theirs too. I wanted to do it properly and legally, with the children's best interests being safeguarded, so that's why I trained and became registered with Ofsted.
I have been involved with children for much of my life, as a member then leader of uniformed organisations such as the Boys' Brigade and Girls' Brigade; training Duke of Edinburgh Award candidates; voluntary work with Riding for the Disabled Association; setting up and running a mother and toddler group; helping out with my two nephews and babysitting (including looking after a boy with Asperger's Syndrome.)
My previous jobs have involved working face-to-face with the public. First this was in retail, and then I spent twelve or so years with London Underground at Heathrow. That taught me how to remain calm and focused under pressure, and deal with all sorts of challenges, from helping a lost child to keeping an accident or heart-attack casualty alive.
Gill works part time in retail. She also has previous experience with children's groups and uniformed organisations.
I currently provide professional care for several children across different days of the week, and have numerous other 'occasional' clients who use our services as and when they need.
My comments book contains good feedback from parents and children alike, and we can obtain references from parents for whom we are currently working.
I hold the following qualifications, which are compulsory for all legally-registered childminders:
* Induction for Home-Based Practioners
* Paediatric First Aid certificate (renewed every three years)
* Child Safeguarding certificate (renewed every three years)
I also hold a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare, which is widely regarded as the 'industry standard' for childcarers.
I hold a Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (formerly known as the 'food hygiene certificate'). As well as being approved and passed safe by Ofsted and Prospects, my home is routinely inspected by Broxtowe Borough's Environmental Health Department. We are proud to have been awarded a perfect 5 rating with no faults for our food hygiene standards.
Before becoming a childminder I was educated to degree level BA (Honours). I also gained an introductory level NOCN qualification in British Sign Language for the Deaf (BSL.)
I am committed to ongoing professional development through training. I have completed numerous courses, including:
* Diploma Level 3 in Childcare (Children & Young People's Workforce)
* An introduction to Phonics
* Signs and Symbols
* Talking Matters - speech, language and communication
* Professional Standards workshop
* Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Childcare Practice
* Communication and Interaction with Children
* Safeguarding and 'Prevent' duty
As an additional compulsory element, all adults resident in my home (which are my wife and I) have undergone enhanced Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks. Gill has been vetted and accepted by Ofsted to act as an approved assistant. She holds a current paediatric first aid qualification.
As a 'data handler' I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office, which ensures that I comply with the Data Protection Act of 1998.
I carry full public liability insurance.
Please contact me for details.
The vacancy situation rarely seems static or straightforward: probably because we offer genuine part-time arrangements which take account of families’ real needs. When I came into childcare, I was shocked at how many settings want to dictate to parents based on the childminder or nursery’s needs and not the clients’. We understand that parents’ childcare needs are usually shaped by their work situation, and that the employment market has never been so uncertain.
I am delighted to offer day care (full or part time); before and/or after school care/drop-off/pick-up (at Trowell School and Trowell Pre-school); and some evening/weekend care by arrangement.
I am happy to help parents with whatever they need: all-year-round; term-time only; holiday only; ad-hoc; one-off; occasional or emergency care.
At present, I work between 7:00am and 6:00pm, but I am happy to consider work outside these hours.
I can provide an evening babysitting service for clients who have a childminding arrangement with me. My insurance policy covers this in my own home and the parents' home, subject to contract and risk assessment.
Please note that I am not licensed to provide overnight care.
All legally-registered childminders are restricted by Ofsted in terms of the number of children in each age-group which they are permitted to care for at any one time. As a husband and wife (childminder plus assistant) team working together, we are officially permitted to care for double the usual number of children (ie. up to twelve under-8's) but we firmly believe in putting the emphasis on quality and we purposefully choose not try to cram in the maximum number of children the law allows, but always consider the individual child and the overall mix so as to provide something closer to one-to-one care. As a result, some days/half-days may sometimes be fully booked, even where we still have ‘on paper’ spaces.
Also, the new school year tends to bring some changes each September, meaning there may be a few differences between the available slots before/after September. We then tend to review the situation in October, once the new little ones have settled in and parents' work patterns are clearer.
Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
|Last Updated: 11/12/2015|
I am delighted to offer FREE SESSIONS to eligible 2, 3 & 4 year-olds. This is often called "nursery funding" but is open to suitably qualified Outstanding-grade childminders. Free care is provided under terms set out by the government and local authorities; please ask for details.
We appreciate that every family's needs and circumstances are different. So we always work out fees with each family accordingly.
The most important thing is that your child(ren) are safe and happy here, and that you feel confident about that. Only once we're sure about that do we discuss money.
We offer a straightforward, inclusive price with no 'hidden extras' and aim to charge only for booked time. We often come across parents who have been disappointed by other settings which offer a deceptively low 'headline' rate, only to be charged extra for food, toddler groups, outings, holiday absence and even times when the setting is closed and childcare is not available.
We only ask parents to provide nappies, wipes and formula/expressed milk. This allows parents to choose their preferred brands, and avoids us raising fees for everyone, so parents of older children don’t end up unfairly subsidising the babies.
Our charges include all snacks, drinks and meals as required, whatever is normal to your child's time here. We are happy to discuss special diets, which we are used to since a member of our family has several food intolerances.
We accept childcare vouchers through a number of schemes. We are happy to look into any alternative childcare voucher schemes which your employer may be offering.
We can provide information on the money-saving options that you may wish to pursue, such as childcare vouchers and childcare tax credits.
*****If you are at all interested, please contact us to arrange an opportunity to view our premises. Have a look round and a chat over coffee to discuss your needs, with no obligations. *****
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Trowell CofE Primary School
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Ben looked after my daughter from the age of 3, from my first meeting with Ben and his wife Jill I was put at ease. Ben and Jill were very welcoming and professional.
My daughter loved her time with Ben, gardening, dressing up baking and going out on little adventures, all of which were logged in a little diary along with photos so that we could see what she had been doing that day. When you return to work you feel like you are missing out on these things but Ben made sure we didn't miss out by keeping the daily diary and we still have it to this day.
We can highly recommend Ben and his wife.
My Daughter is 10 months and has been going to Ben's for nearly 6 months now and she loves it! Her development has come on in leaps and bounds since attending and she is always happy and excited to arrive in the morning.Ben's wife Jill always provides fresh home cocked meals that are tasty and nutritious. Its a real comfort to me at work knowing that my angel is well looked after in a safe, fun environment.
Response by Ben42 on 23/10/2015:
Thank you. It is a joy and a privilege to look after her and see her grow and develop so happily.
Ben has been looking after my 3 year old daughter since she was 1 and I can't recommended him highly enough.
My daughter loves spending time with Ben and Gill and the other children he cares for. She is progressing really well and enjoys the activities they undertake.
Ben takes the children to a variety of different toddler groups and they also do lots of outdoor activities.
I would have no hesitation recommending Ben to other parents.
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