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Childminder in New Duston

Babysitter in New Duston

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2012 Last Updated Mar 2019 Last Login 16 May 2019 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
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About Me

I'm an Ofsted registered childminder with an honours degree in childhood and youth and have 20 years experience. I live in New Duston in Northampton with my husband and two of my children. My children are 21, 12 and 2 and have all been brought up with childminding children coming in and out of the house, building up healthy relationships with each one of them. I pride myself on providing a friendly service and being as flexible and helpful as possible. I have always specialised in the early years and prefer to concentrate on the under 5's within my setting so don't do school drop offs or pick ups.
Please read my reviews from previous parents to get a feel for my setting.

My Experience

I have 20 years of childminding experience and had a 'good' ofsted rating throughout. I was inspected in 2017 and have been graded 'good'. I was also a Homestart volunteer for 2 years, helping families within their own homes with children under the age of 5 in times of need. I have many excellent references from previous and current parents available to view.

My Qualifications

2001- British sign language, Stage 1
2001- Introducing childminding practice
2006- child protection awareness programme
2008- Understanding children course
2008- Introduction to the early years foundation stage for childminders
2008- Equality and inclusion training- level 2
2008- Safeguarding children
2010- Certificate in Health and Social care- level 4
2011- Adult health, social care and wellbeing
2011- Working with children, young people and families
2011- DIploma in Health and Social care
2012- Pathways to registration as a childminder
2012- Level 2 award in food safety in catering
2012- Understanding the autism spectrum
2012- First aid for child carers
2012- Early years common induction programme
2012- Training workshop about the revised EYFS
2012- Childhood course
2012- 5 rating for food hygiene
2013- Certificate in Early Years practice- level 4
2013- Diploma in childhood and youth studies
2014- Honours degree in childhood and youth studies
2015- paediatric first aid, Red Cross
2015- mental capacity, Educare
2015- first aid essentials, Educare
2015- data protection level 2, Educare
2015- child neglect, Educare
2015- Equality and diversity, Educare
2015- Child protection
2015- child protection level 3
2015- delivering the EYFS, Pacey
2015- Expectations of behaviour, Pacey
2015- Schemas, Pacey
2015- Prevent Duty, Educare
2015- Promoting positive behaviour, Educare
2016- Reflective practice in the early years.
2017- child protection refresher
2017- Supporting early language development
2017- Channel general awareness.
2017- Improving children’s learning through play.
2017- Understanding children’s rights.
2018- Paediatric first aid, Tiger lily
2018- Safeguarding children, childminding uk
2018- Nutrition course, childminding uk.

My Availability

I am available Monday to Friday between the hours of 7am to 6pm

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School no no no no no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 04/01/2019

My Fees

I charge £4.50 an hour.

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.

My Documents

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  • Marriage Certificate (added 23/02/2019)
  • Exam Certificate: The early years: developing practice level 4 (added 23/02/2019)
  • Exam Certificate: Degree in childhood and youth (added 23/02/2019)
  • DBS Check (added 23/02/2019)
  • Ofsted Certificate (added 12/01/2019)
  • First Aid Certificate: first aid (added 10/01/2019)
  • Training Certificate: anaphylaxis training (added 10/01/2019)
  • Inspection Report: ofsted report (added 10/01/2019)


Below are the latest reviews for Sarahs Sunbeams. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other Childcare.co.uk users and not of Childcare.co.uk. Parents must carry out their own checks and references on childcare providers to ensure that they are completely happy before enaging in the use of their services.

Sarah is such a wonderful person and I am so grateful we found her for my son. My son started with Sarah when he was 1 and had only just started walking, and the interaction and 1 on 1 support that Sarah could give him was second to none. His development is outstanding since being with Sarah. I would pick him up every day so excited to see what new things he had learnt, and without a doubt he’d surprise me with something! Sarah and her daughter have become like family to my little boy and he absolutely adores them and the rest of “the gang”. The messier the better in my eyes and I loved seeing how much fun my son had exploring the outdoors, especially the mud kitchen! Sarah has always kept up with great communication as well as using a brilliant app so I could see what my son had been getting up to throughout the day with pictures and notes etc.
I’m genuinely devastated that my son will be leaving Sarah, we are relocating and I just wish I could pick up Sarah’s sunbeams and take them with us!
Sarah is so professional as well as approachable and friendly. Categorically the best childminder out there and no childminder we find in the future will ever be able to fill those shoes.
Thank you for everything Mrs Sunbeams!

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food

by about Sarahs Sunbeams on 08/03/2019

Sarah is an absolutely fantastic childminder. Her house and garden are very stimulating for children and she has so many toys for them. She is also an excellent communicator and so approachable. She writes lovely diaries about what the children have done and been like and takes great photos too. I'd definitely recommend Sarah to others and use her whenever I needed to for childcare.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Sarahs Sunbeams on 09/08/2018

My son started going to Sarah a week ago and I can honestly say Sarah is fantastic. My son loves going there and always has a great time filled with lots of different activities and games. Sarah fills in a daily diary about my son each day which is brilliant. I cannot praise and thank Sarah enough for all that she has done and does for me and my son, as going back to work after 10 years of being a stay at home mum was very hard for me, but knowing that my son is happy in Sarah's care made the transition much easier.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Sarahs Sunbeams on 07/12/2015

Our son, who is a year and a half , loves his days at Sarah's house! He is always happy to go there and has a nice time. They do lots of nice activities together and he really enjoys being around the other children. Sarah is also really flexible and very willing to help which is great. She also is really good about keeping us up to date every day about what he's been doing and how the day has gone. we feel entirely confident leaving him there, and I would recommend her as a childminder to anyone.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Sarahs Sunbeams on 16/11/2015

Sarah is very approachable. The way she works ensures that she communicates effectively with both me and my son. she adapts well to the needs of my son and respects my wishes and she uses this to improve her environment and care. She always strives to improve the service she gives.
My son's settling in period worked well for me and my son. She was flexible and kept me informed on how he was settling and she used to this to inform his increase in hours when he was ready.
My son experiences a range of activities with Sarah. She provides activities such as gardening, visiting the pet shop, attending groups, and meeting up with other childminders. She takes him to a variety of play areas such as the riverside hub or wacky warehouse, and her garden has lots of stimulating large play and pretend play equipment. She is knowledgable about my son's interests and will plan her activities accordingly. The effective communication between us enhances her knowledge of my son's interests and stage of development. For example, he started to be interested in puzzles and keys at home so she obtained a puzzle that had locks with it. This is just one small example. She communicates really well and I know everything my son has done that day because she tells me when I collect him. She also uses baby days which gives me further information on, not only what he has been playing with that day, but the times he sleeps, eats and has his nappy changed. She also sends me photos and videos of my son at play.
I love Sarah's approach to behaviour management and this was part of the reason I engaged her services initially. She is able to use a variety of techniques in order to maintain boundaries for my son. Her ability to use positive reinforcement is brilliant. She will use distraction mainly but will also praise him frequently for his good behaviour and his efforts when he is learning. I have seen this in the videos she has sent of my child engaging in an activity.
My son's needs are very effectively met. As stated previously, she communicates well with me and my son but is also able to pick up on what he needs when he is with her. Even though his speech is still developing, she has a really good understanding of his needs.
I know that my son is respected by Sarah and that is reflected in her communications with me and when I see the lovely relationship they have.
I know my son is very happy with Sarah. It has been very hard for me to trust someone to care for my son every day but when she recently moved out of my area, I knew I couldn't lose her for his sake. Now I drive further each day to drop him to her. I would be very upset to lose her. My son loves being in her care.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Sarahs Sunbeams on 14/06/2015

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