I am a registered (2012) Childminder, Graded as outstanding by ofsted in 2018, based in Leighton Buzzard. I live at home in Harrow Road LU74UQ with my husband John and the youngest of our four children, Olivia and Greg (Greg is attending uni and lives between uni and home)
I have thoroughly enjoyed raising my own four children. I have also enjoyed my roles as Chair Person of Southcott Toddler Group and as a supervisor at Southcott Playgroup. I have volunteered extensively at my children's schools and before becoming a childminder I worked as a Teaching Assistant at Southcott Lower School.
During my employment at school I was privileged to receive a lot of in house training in reading skills and literacy, using "Sounds Write" and "Letters and Sounds", Numeracy and Behaviour management. I was permitted to liaise with outside agencies in order to facilitate appropriate support to pupils who required it and I found providing this support hugely rewarding.
I hold quallifications in:
CACDP Sign Language.
CYPOP5 (with a view to obtaining the full "Children and Young People in the Workplace Diploma")
Plus an extensive array of cpd certificates covering many childcare related topics.
As a registered childminder I have vacancies in the
0-1 age group x 0
Early Years age group x 1
Under Eights age group x 2
I also have places available for pre and post school care, for Over Eights.
|Last Updated: 11/06/2018|
- Childminding from £5.00 per hour
In keeping with the local going rate.
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.
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No matter what I write here I don't think I will be able to do Clare the justice she deserves. I can tell you that Outstandings at Ofsted are now so rarely given out, it really means something that she deservedly was awarded this status last year. She is the legend that keeps our family glued together.
Clare is not only the best childminder in the world (or at the very least the South of England), she is also the best Mum which you can tell from her fantastic grown up children. Her experience and knowledge of children seems endless. If you want your child to have the best start in life, and to be the best versions of themselves - here it is. She looked after my gorgeous, mischievous, incredibly active, determined little girl and brought out the very awesome best in her. Orla was made to feel truly valued and loved, and she was prepared so well for school - teaching manners, fairness, kindness and educating her, pushing her inquisitive side and acquisition of knowledge. So many trips to exciting places (I now have had to buy annual passes to the zoo because we have to see the butterflies still), every day is so much fun for the kids. Clare also speaks to the children so well, the clarity of Orla's speech is not down to us!!
We have three children, are both teachers and a wealth of experience of childcare/providers. Clare is the best.
If looking for a childminder in the leighton buzzard area, the search is over ...
Our daughter Sofia was with Clare on a full time basis from when she was 9 months until she began school in September this year.
We chose Clare due to her warm and caring nature snd strong family values and never looked back.
Clare regularly took her mindees on exciting outings to the local area such as Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable Downs and Rushmere Country Park to name a few. Regular play dates and weekly toddler groups also ensured that Sofia made friends outside of the family too.
There were always lots of fun activities at Clare's home too like cooking and crafts. Special occasions and celebrations were noted to often contribution to the themes.
Clare's meals were always healthy and delicious with a few occasional treats too.
Clare background in education and further studying has helped prepare Sofia for school. She has helped mould a happy confident, well mannered child who knows through Clare's guidance that she can achieve her dreams.
As a family Clare has always been there in times of need and we have worked together when issues such as behaviour, fussy eating etc has arisen to secure a solution.
As happy as we are to see Sofia growing and off to school, it was with real sadness that we had to say goodbye to Clare but we know she will be in our lives for many years to come.
Clare is the most amazing childminder, she is warm, engaging, loving and incredibly bright- she does not miss a thing! She creates a stimulating, home-from-home environment for the children and is very encouraging, always praising their good behaviour. Clare always seems to be thinking about each child she cares for as an individual and how to make the time spent with her as interesting as possible. Clare worries about those in her care as if they were her own and her kind heart shines through (when I was struggling at my work she used to send me emails about my babies day called 'lifeboats' to help me). We honestly could not recommend Clare highly enough.
Response by Mychildm on 28/02/2017:
Thank you for your lovely review, it has been my pleasure knowing you all. Caring for E has been an absolute joy and although you are leaving me, I know that we'll bump into each other from time to time. Thank you for always being so supportive of my strategies, for respecting my choices and for letting me be a part of your lives.
I'm going to really miss E xxx
Clare was my childminder for nearly 2 years and my children loved being in her care. Clare is very flexible and reliable and I cannot thank her enough for all she did for my children and me. I would recommend her highly.
Response by Mychildm on 28/02/2017:
Thank you so much for your review, you are all much missed. It's always a sad time when children have to move on, but progress is what we strive for and I'm glad to see that you are all advancing well. Thank you x
My wife and I relocated to Leighton Buzzard in September 2014 and at the top of our list was finding a suitable childminder for our 1 year old daughter. From the start Clare showed what a caring, and thoughtful childminder she was, by turning up at our new home with a birthday present for our little girl, who she hadn't even started minding yet!
Well that set the tone for what has been an amazing partnership with Clare, and she really has become a friend. Our daughter has grown, developed, and progressed beyond our expectations while being with Clare. The insightful day trips, combined with constant fun and excitement have contributed to our daughter becoming a delightful toddler.
Clare is always willing to go the extra mile, and has helped us out on many occasions. Her flexibility and understanding makes our relationship with her less like business, and more like pleasure. Her own family is testament to her abilities as a mother and home maker, with each of them being as delightful and friendly as her.
We cannot wait (if space permits) to send our baby son to join our daughter in childcare with Clare. Having the both of them with her will certainly leave us feeling confident in their growth, development, and social interaction. A great, professional, and extremely experienced childminder, and now also, friend.
Response by Mychildm on 11/05/2016:
Oh my goodness, now I'm blushing! What a lovely review. It has been my pleasure to care for your daughter, and provide support and care to the family when flexibility has been required.
You are such a lovely family to work with, always considerate and supportive of my plans for your child, making our working partnership a pleasure, which in turn promotes a confidence within your child.
Happily for me, my job is a joy, as is looking after the children entrusted to my care. I aim to do my best for them always, as their progress and contentment is my is my goal, providing me with great satisfaction and pride.
Thank you. XXX
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