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Little Ladybirds 12

Childminder in Hollinswood

5 stars

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Female Member since Aug 2012 Last Updated Jun 2021 Last Login 23 May 2022

My Summary

Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

My name is Sharon Cresswell, I am a energetic and enthusiastic 50 year old. I have 2 children who live with me, my 21 year old son and a 9 year old daughter. my 24 year old son moved to Sweden to work.

We live at Hollinswood in a 4 bed roomed property where i have a separate play room for my childminding business with a door that leads onto a decking area of the garden. This area is fenced off so our pet dog can also go outside without disturbing the children.

I am registered with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years ( PACEY) and Ofsted. I had my first Ofsted inspection in January 2013 and was graded a GOOD then my 2nd inspection November 2016 and was graded GOOD. I am also an accredited childminder with the local authority.

My aim is quite simply that every child is happy and safe and through this creating happy memories.

I provide a fun, home from home environment where children are offered a variety of opportunities to explore their world through play. sand, water, music, story time and singing and much more. These opportunities will encourage children's independence, gain in confidence, social skills and physical skills, but allowing them to develop at their own pace.

I encourage a healthy lifestyle through role play, cooking, gardening by growing our own vegetables and I give children outside experiences every day by going to the park and woodland walks. we visit play groups and other childminders, to help develop social skills.

As parents you know your child better than anyone. Therefore through good communication and building trusting relationships between us , i aim to provide the kind of care you and your child are happy with.

I follow the guide lines of the Early Years Foundation Stage and plan activities using a child's interests to suit each individual child to promote their natural development.

I also offer government funding for children.

My Experience

I have been working with children since 2000, when I became a dinner lady at a local Hollinswood school. I then trained to gain my qualifications and worked voluntary at the same school in reception and year one.

I became a qualified Nursery Nurse in 2005 and started work in a Nursery working with children 3 months - 3 years. Here i had the opportunity to plan activities and gain knowledge and understanding of the early years.

I then progressed to a more challenging job working as a Teaching Assistant with children who have severe and profound learning disabilities. I supported these children with their special educational needs and learning through play.
I also have experience with allergies such as egg, milk, coeliac,asthma and eczema.

My Qualifications

Paediatric First Aid
Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Pre School Practice
NVQ Level 2 in Children's Care, Learning and Development
Certificate in Child Protection
Certificate in Early Years Foundation Stage 1 and 2
Certificate in revised Early Years Foundation Stage
Level 3 CYPOP 5, in Setting up a Home Based Childcare
NCFE initial training for classroom assistant certificate
City & Guilds in Learning Support
ASD training
short module in child protection
infection control
food hygiene
and more

My Availability

I work from

7.00am - 5.30pm monday to friday

I do not work weekends as this is the time I spend with my family.

However please contact me to discuss your child's childcare needs.

I provide before school, after school and all day care, I will pick up from hollinswood nursery or school.

I do pick up and drop offs at Hollinswood Nursery and Schools.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 24/03/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.00 per hour

Please contact me to discuss your childcare needs. I will do my best to accommodate your requirements.

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Below are the latest reviews for Little Ladybirds 12. 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.

Sharon has collected my daughter from school 3 nights a week since September. Unfortunately due to maternity leave we are having to finish our arrangement.
Sharon provides a friendly and safe environment for the children & My 4 year old loves going to her house.
Before Christmas she came home with a beautiful bag of Christmas crafts they had been busy making throughout December.
We will be sad to leave her.

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

by Avatar for Ltyrer Ltyrer about Avatar for Little Ladybirds 12 Little Ladybirds 12 on 30/01/2018

My son has attended Ladybirds for 2 and a half years. He is just about to leave due to starting pre school and both my son and I will be very sad to leave.

My son has had a fantastic time with Sharon and has come on leaps and bounds. Sharon always has fun activities planned for the children and they learn through play and various other activities. My son has always been happy with Sharon as she creates a loving, warm environment and is a genuinely caring person.
Sharon has always been extremely accommodating to my ever changing work pattern and is someone whom I feel I can talk to and confide in.

I have regular updates about my son and what he has been learning/doing. Sharon has played a big part in my sons progress and growing as he started with little ladybirds from 8 months old. She has provided support and help for my son with everything from potty training to getting himself dressed.

Overall I am extremely pleased with the level of care provided by Sharon at little ladybirds. Once again we are very sad to be leaving and would recommend little ladybirds to anyone :))

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Kerri1 Kerri1 about Avatar for Little Ladybirds 12 Little Ladybirds 12 on 18/08/2015

Sharon has been my sons childminder for around 2 1/2 years now. Sharon collects my son from school and also looks after him for some of the days during the school holidays. I have always found her to be very accomodating, flexible and will do anything possible to ensure his time there is the very best. She is always great at keeping me on track knowing I have a hectic work schedule. Sharon is really approachable and is always on hand to talk to.

Since my son started, I have had a second child who now also goes to Little Ladybirds. Arranging my maternity leave and therefore childcare for my eldest and my new baby was made very easy especially when I was already feeling a little apprehensive about returning to work after having 10 months off.

Both of my children love being at Sharon's. Sharon collects my eldest from school, while my youngest, now 16 months stays with her during the day. The day is structured and they get involved in so many activities, while learning all of the time, including day trips and playbarns.
I'm always informed of the kind of day my son has had, the food he has eaten, sleeps and activities he's done. I love the pictures and photos that I get when he reaches another milestone.
Sharon has encouraged him to walk and I was so proud the afternoon I collected him and Sharon showed me him walking from one end of the playroom to the other!

I'm so pleased that both of my boys go to Littlebirds. Sharon plays a huge part in their learning and development. I could not ask for anything better. Highly recommended.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for sarah300 sarah300 about Avatar for Little Ladybirds 12 Little Ladybirds 12 on 08/07/2015

I first met Sharon in 2012, when my boy was 15months old, Sharon was very welcoming, friendly and professional, I felt very comfortable leaving my son in her care.
My son will be 4 very soon and attended little ladybirds until last year, which is when he started nursery. Whilst at Little Ladybirds he learnt so much, Sharon does a range of activities and always had the day planned. He wasn't just playing, he was learning and developing his social skills and it was a lovely environment for him to do that in.
Sharon is very supportive and welcoming, which why I have enlisted her childminding services again, only for one morning a week but my son gets so excited when that morning comes around and he gets to go to Sharon's :)
I would highly recommend Little Ladybirds.

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Stacy Stacy about Avatar for Little Ladybirds 12 Little Ladybirds 12 on 06/07/2015

Sharon has been our childminder for 11 months now. She looks after our 2 boys, who are 4 and 6 years old. From the start we have found Sharon to be professional, reliable, accommodating and approachable. Our boys love being with Sharon, her home environment is secure, comfortable, and well equipped. Our boys are collected from their school and nursery environments and we have never been let down. Messages and letters from school are always passed onto us.
There is a wide range of activities offered to suit all age ranges, which are not only fun, but also educational. One of the boys favourite days was when Sharon arranged for a member of the fire service to come and give a safety talk. The children were able to look at equipment, try on helmets, and learn valuable safety information.
Sharon is very approachable and has worked really hard to accommodate our required hours, with a flexible and open attitude.

Whenever I see Sharon the children in her care are always happy, safe, and well behaved, (I wish my son was as good for me as he is for Sharon!)

Our required hours are increasing in September, meaning our children will be spending much more time at little ladybirds. This is not a decision that we as parents have taken lightly, and if it were not for the fantastic care provided by Sharon then we probably would have changed our plans to avoid this, but we know that the children are happy and safe when with her, and we do not need to worry.

Fantastic, friendly, and honest childminder who always has a smile on her face. A true star!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Jules180 Jules180 about Avatar for Little Ladybirds 12 Little Ladybirds 12 on 01/07/2015

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