My name is Helen, i am an Ofsted Registered Childminder living in Stockton on tees. I live with my husband Ben and our two beautiful children Jessica aged 13 and Ryan aged 10.
We live in a mid terrace house with a dedicated playroom, providing a wide range of resources that offer endless learning opportunities, with a new focus on loose parts play and the curiosity approach, which is proving to be a great hit with the children letting their creativity and imagination shine.
The play and learning also extends into the garden with a wide range of resources for fun in all weathers; endless opportunities to explore, investigate and create with sand, water play, mark making, a mud kitchen with a curiosity twist, a mini beast hotel and much more!
We are also within walking distance of the local park; Ropner Park, where we regularly go on walks, feed the ducks, lunch in the cafe, picnics, explore all the treasure nature has to offer through all the seasons and the best of all; Going on a Bear Hunt!
I am a driver with my own car and a clean driving licence, so trips out further a field are planned, including playgroups, fun areas, soft play, other parks and the beach.
I am registered by Ofsted, and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines and standards. I aim to provide a safe, secure and homely environment where the children can learn and develop through hands on play that is fun, exciting and challenging.
We enjoy cooking and baking, ensuring the children learn and are engaged in healthy eating whilst having hands on fun to create their mini master chef pieces!
Outdoor Play is key in our house and the children will always have the option to play outside in all weathers, splashing in puddles, singing in the rain, getting creative with snow, plus many many more!
Overall I offer fun, exciting experiences consistently, putting the children's individual needs first at all times in a homely environment, with the added extras of creating individual personal journals, recording and capturing all their magical moments through learning, growing and developing, ensuring their learning is observed and enhanced through planned activities, resources and an exciting learning environment.
I have my own personal experience with being a mother to my two beautiful children. As a parent I feel that I can offer excellent care to other children and ensure parents are confident and assured that their children are in the best possible care, having endless fun in a happy, safe and homely environment.
I have 19 years experience in child care from a variety of roles, looking after all ages of children, from running a toddler room, running an after school club and being a deputy manager in a private day nursery with experience working with families.
I have strong knowledge and experience with the Early Years Foundation Stage, planning, creating and engaging in a wide range of learning experiences for children, ensuring everyday is different, offering fun and highly exciting experiences!
I have graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Children and Early Childhood and have acquired skills, knowledge and experiences through working alongside studying to ensure that I can offer a high standard of care for every child that attends my setting.
I cherish every moment with my children and always endeavour to make sure they have the best opportunities to thrive and develop in a safe environment and all children in my care will be treated in this exact same way.
Currently working towards Hygge in the Early Years accreditation.
Paediatric First Aid (2021)
Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health (2020)
Infection Prevention and Control (2020)
Prevent Covid-19 (2020)
Food Safety and Hygiene (2020)
Food and Drink in the EYFS (2020)
Safeguarding Children (2020)
Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (2019)
Trafficking, Exploitation and Modern Slavery (2019)
Paediatric first aid (2018)
Prevent Duty (2018)
123 magic ( behaviour management 2014)
Baskets of fun (2013)
Empathy dolls training course (2013)
HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (2012)
Behaviour Management (2012)
2012 Early Years Statutory Framework Briefing Session (2012)
First Response Training Paediatric First Aid (2012)
BA (Hons) degree in Children and Early Childhood (2011)
Certificate of participation in Designated Safeguarding Children Officer’s Role (2011)
Early Years Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree (2009/2010)
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Infection Control (2008)
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Nutrition and Health (2006)
BTEC National Diploma in early years (2003) .
8.00am to 5.15pm Monday to Thursday
(Flexibility on hours is available on discussion)
After School Club
Closed Bank Holidays , Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day.
If any other requests are needed please just ask and I will ensure to meet your needs as best I can.
|Last Updated: 09/09/2021|
- Childminding from £6.00 per hour
Fees available on request.
I offer competitive prices and regularly provide special offers.
Please contact me for further details.
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- Ofsted Certificate (added 13/05/2021)
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My daughter loves going to Helens. She calls her Helen mama because she is like a second mum to my daughter. I love the fact my daughter is in a safe, secure, warm environment. With Roper Park at its door step is a bonus. Mia has gone to Helens since she was 6 months old- she's now 3 years old. When I leave Mia at Helens I know without a doubt I have nothing to worry about because Mia will have so much fun with the fun activities that Helen has planned. I love the fact the setting is in Helens home so it doesn't feel clinical and more homey. I feel Mia thrives in this environment and gets more one to one attention. Best place for a child to grow, learn and have fun.
My little boy has been a honeybee since December 2019, it’s the best choice we have ever made. Helen doesn’t only look after our boy she loves him, cares for him and goes above and beyond for him. This isn’t a job to Helen this is her heart and sole. Helen and her family Ben Jess & Ryan have made Henry part of their family. He walks into their house like it’s his own, they all welcome him with hugs and smiles and play with him without a second thought. Helen keeps us updated daily with Hens progression and goes out of her way to set up play areas in each child’s interests for that day. All the honeybees have such a good relationship with each other and are a little family. Most days we don’t get a goodbye as he walks in Helen’s door never mind a kiss or a cuddle. If we see Helen in the park with other honeybees or on school runs they will both run into each other’s arms and it’s heart warming to see the bond they have, you really couldn’t ask for anything better than this setting for your little one. We will be keeping Henry a honeybee instead of sending him to school nursery in the new year as we know he won’t get the love care or attention at nursery he does with Helen. Nothing is ever to much trouble for Helen and we can’t thank her enough for all that she does for our boy. Including leaving her home and family on a Friday evening to help with a medical emergency for my boy. You really won’t find a better childminder.
My little girl was born in lockdown and therefore she is scared of anyone and anything new. She started with Helen two days a week, by the second week she went to Helen without hesitate, in fact she waved me off saying bye and giggling.
Helen is the most wonderful, gentle, kind and caring person. She absolutely adores all of her little Honeybees AND IT SHOWS, they all love her too.
Helen is very flexible in her approach to her work and will do what best suits the needs of her Honeybees. She adapts play on a daily basis but is always lead by the children. Their interests are fully focused on and encouraged by Helen.
Helen sends home a daily journal which myself and my husband love to read, it is great to hear about what our little girl has been doing and her development. Helen also sends messages throughout the day with pictures of what she is doing and this brightens my day up no end at work. The communication from Helen is second to none.
Ben, Jess and Ryan are also great with my little girl too. I love that she loves them and is happy and confident to go to them.
I cannot recommend this setting enough, your child becomes part of their family, what more could you want.
Well returning to work following 12 months off work was very daunting however Helen could not have been more understanding. I would highly recommend her 1. Because my daughter has come on amazingly since she started 2. My daughter worships not only Helen but all her family as well.
Helen offers a home from home childcare and my daughter looks forward to going every week.
I would not have anyone else look after my little girl.
My son has come on leaps and bounds being under this superwomans care! He was apprehensive about leaving me when he started his longer hours at nursery!.. helen treats my son like her own and he often tells me how much he misses her when he is off for long lengths of time. She is a very helpful lovely woman with a lovely family of her own who have taken my son on :-)...
He has made lots of friends whilst playing and learning at honeybees... her dedicated playroom and learning environment is better than any ive seen! I love the fact that i get a little book to send mesaages between myself and helen about what my son has been upto whilst with her other nurseries i have not had this which is a pet hate of mine as i like to know what hes eaten etc so i can keep and eye on him. Helen provides lovely meal choices to although my son is a fussy eater she helps in every way she can!
She has got him ready for school in september and i dont want him to ever leave honeybees he loves helen!
Helen has helped my son with his writing and spelling his name ready for school! I honestly cannot reccomend this lady enough i couldnt get my son in a first as she was so busy, but when one came available i snapped her hand off!
Would give 5000 stars to this lady hats off to her she is definatley passionate about her job as it shows through the love and care she gives the children thank you helen! X
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