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Sarahs Sunbeams
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Childminder in New Duston

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Female Member since Jun 2012 Last Updated May 2022 Last Login 23 May 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

I'm an Ofsted registered childminder with an honours degree in childhood and youth and have over 20 years experience. I live in New Duston in Northampton with my husband and two of my children. My children are 24, 16 and 5 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 over 20 years of childminding experience and have 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.
2018- Data Protection GDPR, childminding uk
2018- Recording children's development, childminding uk
2018- Understanding behaviour, childminding uk
2018- Characterisitics of effective learning, childcare.co.uk
2019- Food Allergy training, Food standards agency
2019- Recognising and preventing FGM, Home Office
2019- Theories Underpinning the EYFS, Educare
2019- Supporting Early Language Development, Educare
2019- Understanding Asthma, Educare
2019- Promoting Positive behaviour, Educare
2019- Training workshop on the EIF, childminding uk
2019- Cultural Capital, childminding uk
2019- Teaching and learning in the early years (Pedagogy), childminding uk
2020- understanding and addressing behaviour, Educare.
2020- What children’s perspectives tell us about inclusion, OpenLearn.
2020- Prevent Covid-19, Virtual College.
2020- Treasure Baskets, Childminding UK
2020- Transitions and settling in, Pacey.
2020- An introduction to attachment theory, Pacey.
2020- Transitions and parents, Pacey.
2020- An introduction to supporting children through trauma, Pacey.
2020- Safeguarding Children, Childminding UK.
2021- Safeguarding Children, Childminding UK
2021- Prevent Duty and Fundamental British values, Childminding UK.
2021-Paediatric First Aid, TigerLily.
2021- Child development part 1, Childcare webinar.
2021- Curriculum in 2021, Childcare webinar.
2021- Child development part2, Childcare webinar.
2021- SEND Early indicators, Childminding UK.
2021- An introduction to mathematical development in the early years, Pacey.
2021- An introduction to speech, language and communication in the early years, Pacey.
2021- Inspection and you, Education Inspection Framework Jargon Busting, Pacey.
2021- Focus on…cultural capital, Pacey.
2021- supporting children’s emotional well-being, Pacey.
2021- Starting points, Childcare.
2021- Webinar for childminders: Ofsted update, Ofsted.
2021- EYFS and development matters reforms, Childminding UK.
2021- 30 days wild, The Wildlife Trusts.
2021- An introduction to mathematical development in the early years, Pacey.
2021- strategies to support families under pressure, Pacey.
2021- Water play…and the characteristics of effective learning, Pacey.
2021- Families under pressure; understanding factors which may adversely affect family relationships, Pacey.
2021- The seven key features of effective practice, Pacey.
2021- Strategies to support and promote mathematical development in the early years, Pacey.
2021- An introduction to supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Pacey.
2021- Supporting the development of self-regulation skills, Pacey.
2021- The language of feelings; supporting the development of emotional literacy, Pacey.
2021- Quick Assessment Checks, Childcare webinar.
2021- Oral Health, Childcare webinar.
2021- Keep Them Safe- Protecting children from Child Sexual Exploitation, Virtual college.
2021- Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM, Virtual college.
2021- Gang Relates Issues and County Lines, Virtual College.
2021- Breast Ironing, Noodle now!
2021- Anti- Racism in Early Years, Noodle Now!
2021- Children’s Character, Interests and Talents, Childcare webinar.
2021- Core books for Early Years, Childcare webinar.
2021- Make time for Maths, Childcare webinar.
2021- Gender in the Early Years, Childcare webinar.
2022- An introduction to physical development in the early years, Pacey.
2022- Food and drink in the EYFS, Pacey.
2022- Supporting disadvantaged families in the promotion of physical development, Pacey.
2022- Supporting and promoting physical development in the early years, Pacey.
2022- Stories and safeguarding, Pacey.
2022- Promoting and supporting hand washing in your setting, Pacey.
2022- Dental hygiene and oral health in the early years, Pacey.
2022- Mealtimes and the EIF, Pacey.

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: 06/05/2022

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.80 per hour

I charge £4.80 per 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 Ofsted Inspections

The inspection grades below have been obtained from the Ofsted website based upon the registration number the childminder has provided to us. You should verify this information yourself prior to using the childminder.

Ofsted Good Provider Logo
21 February 2017
13 December 2012 - 2
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My Documents

  • First Aid Certificate: First Aid 2021 (added 13/02/2022)
  • image/svg+xml UK Driving Licence (added 19/01/2020)
  • 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)
  • image/svg+xml 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)
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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 the best childminder we had, very caring, warm and professional. Sarah provides an excellent learning environment also provides loads of stimulating activities for each child.
If you are looking for an outstanding childminder, we would recommend her anytime.

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

by Avatar for Kat Kat about Avatar for Sarahs Sunbeams Sarahs Sunbeams on 13/03/2022

We have been using Sarah for over two years now and can honestly say she is incredible! My daughter absolutely adores her and is always excited to go. Everyday our little girl comes home and has learnt something new and it’s so wonderful to see what she gets up to whilst she is there. Sarah treats her like she is one of her own and we couldn’t ask for anything else!

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

by Avatar for Jhaugh Jhaugh about Avatar for Sarahs Sunbeams Sarahs Sunbeams on 21/02/2020

We have been sending our little girl to Sarah for nearly two years now, since she was 4 months old. Cannot recommend her enough! Sarah cares for all of the children she has as if they were one of her own and we love to see what they have all been up to when we collect at the end of the day. Sarah’s communication through her app is amazing so it makes the worry and guilt of being at work all day that little bit easier to know our girl is in such good hands. The bond our little girl has with Sarahs youngest is so so lovely also. We will be very sad when the day comes that we are no longer able to send her.

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

by Avatar for VBudd VBudd about Avatar for Sarahs Sunbeams Sarahs Sunbeams on 21/01/2020

Don’t really know we’re to start to say how amazing sarah is. The last year she has looked after my son and she has just been great, the things he has learnt and confidence he has he’s now ready for school. She has been through all stages with me and got me threw it!! Motherhood is hard but when I drop my son off and see Sarah in the mornings she makes me feel it’s okay and then reassures me!! My son adores her and the family,
I’ll be very sad the day we have to leave for our next chapter in life with school!! Thankyou so much sarah for all the support and love you give us!! Lost without you!! 😘💜

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 2 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Avatar for Ursh1989 Ursh1989 about Avatar for Sarahs Sunbeams Sarahs Sunbeams on 18/01/2020

My little girl was with Sarah for just under 4 months until we unfortunately moved away from the area. If I could have taken Sarah with me I would have!
In such a short time she bonded with my little one making drop offs incredibly easy as it was a challenge with other childminders. She is caring, honest and there was no doubt in my mind I chose the right childminder when I found her. Thank you for everything Sarah.

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

by Avatar for Sophie T Sophie T about Avatar for Sarahs Sunbeams Sarahs Sunbeams on 18/01/2020

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