I live in a family house, very near Hampstead Heath. I live with my husband Simon, my 15 Year old daughter and my 7 Year old son. My house has a garden which provides space for children to enjoy outdoor activities, and further their development of all areas of learning. I plan and deliver a range of educational learning experiences, offering fun, stimulating activities.
I have been childminding for 13 Years, and have experience of caring for, and nurturing babies to toddlers.
I use all the local resources which are excellent for children under 5 Years, including the Zoo, Camden Sq, the libraries for rhyme time and the Hampstead Heath Clock Club.
The children who are, and have been in my care thrive in a small intimate group where the care is personalized for each individual child's needs, this enables each child to develop confidence and self esteem.
I work together with parents, with daily diaries sharing information, which is important for the development of the child.
I follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, my practice follows all heath and safety guidelines, and i have up to date first aid.
my last inspection with Ofsted was a good. i have good working relations with parents, and families are made to feel welcome. i have lots of experience with babies and toddlers. I plan for each individual childs needs, by observing and planning their next stage of development, and implement the EYFS framework. I provide a full and part time service. i have recently become nvq 3 qualified, and i attend regular courses through camden to keep me up to date. and refreshed. At the moment i'm studying for an NVQ 4 in early years practice.
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My son has been with Frances and her assistants since he was 11 months old (now 19 months). As a first time Mum I was initially anxious about going back to work but Frances reassured me that everything would be okay. Starting gradually with just two hours, then building to three, five and then a full day really helped both me and my son with the transition. Now I don't even worry for a second after I hand over care to Frances. I know my son will have a great day with morning songs and actions, lots of themed activities, painting, storytime and also freedom to just play and run around. If he ever needs a cuddle Frances and her assistants are wonderful. My son always smiles when I mention their names. The daily reports and whatsapp group texts/photos also keep me up to date with his progress and genuinely demonstrates their interest in his development and wellbeing. It's wonderful to know he is being nurtured and loved surrounded by other children of varying ages (babies and toddlers).
Now that we are leaving London I will miss the support of Frances and her amazing team.
Frances provided a home from home for our daughter from the age of 14 months to 5 years when we moved away from the area. She was flexible, very reliable and provided a great start for our little girl’s schooling. We will all miss her!
My son and daughter were in Frances’ care from 2014 and 2016 respectively.
Frances and her team are caring, warm and welcoming and once my kids settled in, they would happily just leave me on the doorstep and follow Frances into her home.
They both really enjoyed themselves and made friends with local kids who they later attended nursery with.
I believe daily activities, songs, games and routines helped prepare them for nursery.
I really enjoyed receiving written updates informing me about what my kids did on a particular day, as well as regular newsletters explaining upcoming themes and activities.
I particularly loved sampling some of the biscuits and muffins kids helped to make!
Our son has had the best start with Frances. Sending our son to Frances was the best decision we made. We contemplated a nursery too but I’m so pleased we chose a childminder, the nurseries were quite overwhelming and our son seemed so ‘little’ (at just 7 months old)! This was the perfect balance and the care has been second to none.
When we first went to meet Frances, in her beautiful home, she was warm, friendly and welcoming and more importantly she listened to what we needed. As a new mum I was so anxious to leave my child with anyone but I knew from meeting Frances that she would care for our son the way any of our family would.
For the next two years our son attended Frances’ house three days a week and he was incredibly happy each day. He met lots of amazing friends and every day he would be entertained and encouraged by Frances and her incredible team of assistants. Every evening when we collected him they had detailed his day in a lovely diary book that included pictures, songs and core learning as well as his art/craft work. His speech, social skills and his all round confidence soared during his time there. He went from being a baby to a confident little boy!
Frances and her team are the most caring, nurturing and attentive team we could have wished for. Our son misses them so much and so do we!
Our son, now 20 months, has been really enjoying his time with Frances. The environment she has created is very warm, where children learn together and seem to really like each others' company. We particularly liked the way in which, because she has employed some (excellent) assistants, there is a good sized group of kids: it makes Frances's home have the group feel of a mini nursery, coupled with the close attention and homeliness of a childminder. Our son loves the outdoor space, and the children spend lots of time outside every day, as well as regular trips to the Heath etc. The daily diary is a lovely thing to read at the end of each day, and we really appreciate knowing how he's been progressing. Frances herself has been extremely accomodating, going out of her way to help with our arrangements and needs.
We feel very lucky to have found Frances, and highly recommend her and her team!
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