I have been married for 36 years, have two grown up daughters, one grandaughter one grandson I love the company of children.I am honest reliable and loyal.
My experience includes childminding at home while my children were small, Working at a full day care Nursery and private nanny work.I have now returned to Child minding in my home and have experience with all ages but specialise in babies. I am registered with Ofsted and have been graded outstanding in all areas. eI particularly enjoy caring for babies and provide a calm nurturing environment for them while offering plenty of stimulation.
Cache NVQ level 3 Nursery Nurse
First Aid trained
Food hygiene certificate
If you are looking for a friendly homely setting with a caring person with lots of experience please contact me to check availability. I can provide excellent references.
|Last Updated: 01/05/2019|
- Babysitting from £10.00 per hour
- Childminding from £6.50 per hour
Available on request. My fees are dependant upon full or part time and include home cooked meals, fresh fruit and vegetables and healthy snacks.
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- Ofsted Certificate (added 14/11/2017)
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We have just celebrated our first year of Dawn being our 20 month old son's childminder and I can safely say it is one of the best decisions we have made. I was very anxious at going back to work and finding a suitable childminder to look after our then nearly 8 month old on a full time basis as he seemed so tiny but from the word go it has only been a success. I can honestly say I have never ever worried whether my son will 'be alright' and it is such a relief to head off to work without worrying about him in the slightest knowing he is in the safest of hands.
Dawn has made every effort to provide a caring, supportive and loving environment for the children. Our son has never been reluctant to go to Dawn's house in the mornings, I am so lucky that we have never had any tears when I say goodbye, he races up to her front door and in fact now he is starting to talk even asks about Dawn at the weekends. It eases the 'mum guilt' of needing to work full time as he clearly has a whale of a time with Dawn and is extremely fond of her, yet is still happy to come home - truly the best of both worlds.
Our little boy has a Cow's Milk Protein Allergy and Dawn and I have worked very closely together on this. We are currently attempting the milk ladder challenge and Dawn has been extremely understanding and supportive of these tricky circumstances, working in tandem with us at home. Our son is always catered for with the most delicious sounding meals and Dawn has always been willing to accommodate his allergy with no fuss or bother.
Our son is an energetic toddler and enjoys his time outside but Dawn takes the children for a walk just about every day and has the perfect safe enclosed garden for the little ones to play in with lots to keep them busy so he has a chance to let off some steam. There are plenty of different toys and books to keep little hands and minds occupied. Dawn keeps her house in lovely order and it is a wonderfully clean space for the children to play in.
One of the best things personally is the chance to have a quick chat every morning - we have worked through the first hints of toddler 'tantrums' together, teething, crawling and learning to walk, the aforementioned allergy and many other stages and challenges of being a first time parent. Dawn offers fantastic support to us as parents and I truly feel we work together to bring our son up with a fair and consistent yet loving approach. With all her experience Dawn has plenty of hints and tips, all of which seem to magically work and I would have never have thought of! With no grandparents or close family nearby Dawn provides this type of friendly and caring support yet backed up with her professional experience which is invaluable to us.
I would not hesitate to recommend Dawn to anyone who is looking for a childminder or babysitter, you really can't go wrong!
We have used Dawn a few times to babysit our 3 years old and our 1 year old. She's very responsive, communication is always straightforward. And the children very quickly warmed up to her. We could tell right away that she has a lot of experience and is very comfortable around little ones.
I first met Dawn when she babysat for us just over a year ago, and she came armed with a folder brimming with her qualifications, [outstanding] Ofsted report, and references galore, but very quickly I think I said to her ‘I don’t need to see all that!’. I could just tell that my little angels had shone down on me that day, and we’d very fortunately met someone who’d become a big part of our lives - particularly my 18 month daughter (who was 6-7 months at the time).
I am self-employed, so whilst my hours are somewhat flexible, I do end up working (ad-hoc) very different hours each week, and Dawn has been a true blessing in providing us with flexible childcare and babysitting, and in supporting myself and my husband in the day-to-day ups and downs of first-time parenthood!
First and foremost I guess (in my head anyway!), is that we don’t have any family nearby, and whilst I grew up spending lots of time with family/grandparents, Beatrice doesn’t have that luxury, so I was keen to find a childcare solution that’d give us as close to that kind of nurturing, loving environment as possible, especially as Bea was so young. Dawn provides SUCH a lovely environment, and more importantly, she’s such a lovely lady through and through - and a caring, loving, patient, good humoured and consistent ‘rock’ in Bea’s life.
Beatrice loves her time with Dawn and the other children that Dawn cares for. It’s such a calm environment there, with lots of encouragement to learn through constructive play, but also upon learning/developing important social skills which I am extremely keen that Bea has firmly instilled in her, not just at home, but by anyone who looks after her now/in the future....good manners/politeness, sharing, kindness and consideration, calmness, good humour, and good behaviour in a nutshell (excusing the odd tantrum of course!). Dawn is firm when she needs to be (which I appreciate and wholeheartedly support) but always fair and consistent. That in itself is important to me - that we are both singing from the same hymn sheet as it were.
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise when I say that Dawn (and her husband Michael) have become very good friends/surrogate members of our family - which I never imagined, but feel so blessed to have that relationship. I honestly never worry whether Bea will ‘be alright’ with Dawn, as she treats each child that she has under her wing as if he/she was her own family member. She’s a true asset and our own real-life angel.
Dawn provided truly wonderful care for my daughter Holly (now nearly 6 years old) from her baby days, through toddlerhood & preschool and I count my blessings that Dawn has been able to continue taking care of Holly during the school holidays and as a much valued and reliable babysitter.
During our time with Dawn, our family circumstances have changed and she has been a wonderfully supportive constant for both Holly and myself during these difficult times. We have felt welcomed into her family and feel she is part of ours. I trust her implicitly.
Dawn is warm, open, approachable and incredibly knowledgeable. Her home is beautiful, clean and welcoming. Resources for the children are plentiful and constantly updated. She is a wonderful cook and Holly really enjoys having her meals there. Holly loves spending time with Dawn, is always excited to see her and is sad to leave at the end of the day.
I would urge any family to place their children with Dawn - you will not be disappointed!
I would highly recommend Dawn Spearing as a child-minder. Dawn has been looking after my two daughters, aged 4 years and 19 months, since they were both nine months old. Over the past three years Dawn has taken exceptional care of my children and been a pleasure to deal with on a daily basis due to her friendly-manner and professionalism.
Dawn is a very caring and loving person and always puts the needs of the children above everything else. Her home is a lovely, clean, caring and stimulating environment where my daughters have always settled quickly and been very happy. Dawn provides a great variety of toys and activities to ensure the girls are engaged and feel challenged to learn and develop. Dawn has gone out of her way on several occasions to provide games and activities that my daughters have shown a particular interest in, often buying new resources to add to her already impressive collection.
The girls have enjoyed walks around the lake which is close to Dawn’s house along with their regular visits to the playground. Dawn provides very healthy and varied home-cooked meals for my daughters and my eldest daughter already knows the importance of getting fresh air and a balanced diet due to the great example set by Dawn.
Along with her excellent care of my children, Dawn has been a great source of advice and knowledge to me and my husband when facing different challenges with the girls. Whether it is difficulty sleeping, fussy eating habits or just pushing the boundaries behaviorally, Dawn has given us very practical and effective tips drawn from her extensive experience in childcare.
I am very sorry to be losing the services of Dawn due only to a change in my work circumstances and the girls will miss her as well.
I know Dawn will be a very welcome addition of her new family.
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