5 stars (1)

Childminder in Great Shelford

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Female Non-smoker Member since Sep 2012 Last Updated Jan 2020 Last Login 25 Mar 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Childminder Assistant Job

About Me

Hello, my name's Joanna Palmer,

I've lived in Cambridge most of my life & relocated to Great Shelford about 8 years ago. I am committed to providing a high quality, bespoke, tailored Shelford childcare, childminding service for local families in and around the Great Shelford & Surrounding areas. Registered with Ofsted. Last inspection grade 'Outstanding '.

I hold a BA Early Years Honours degree and have studied and completed numerous courses, qualifications and workshops to better support young children's development and learning, including research with Cambridge university faculty of education. I am trained as a Senco and in child protection as well as being a trainer for the childcare sector.

Mother to 3 boys (now grown).

I work with assistants so we are able to offer a high level of individual attention to each child. One has their level 3 Diploma, one has a related degree. I also have 3 cover staff registered as my assistants who are highly qualified as teachers/early years practitioners. We all hold paediatric first Aid and have DBS clearance.

I have an enclosed garden area for encouraging outdoor play as well as a little green in front of the setting. We also have an outdoor childminding room for all year round use and extra space with lighting, heating and air con. We visit the local parks and nature spots frequently. We go for walks locally such as to the allotments or to pick blackberries or see the wildlife or watch the trains pass by.

We offer funded places to 2 to 4 year olds as well as full daycare. We can do a term time only contract where a half fee retainer is charged for school holidays.

I also provide nutritious food and snacks and all staff have completed food hygiene training. (Hot home cooked fresh midday meals)

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

My Experience

Obviously being mother to 3 boys, although they are adults now, gave me a solid grounding. However I also have 28+ years experience including childminding. I am early years honours degree qualified, plus many years as an early years course tutor and as a support officer for home based child carers, helping individual settings develop quality and practice. I've also worked in and for several children's centres as well as in a nursery chain as deputy and quality development manager.

My Qualifications

BA Honours Early Years Care & Education
Designated person - Child protection, special educational needs (Senco), Equalities (Enco)
Numerous workshops/short courses
Cambridge University - C.IND.LE (independent learning in the early years)
Level 5 leadership & management award (ILM)
Early Years BA
Early Years Foundation Degree Early Years
Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice
NVQ level 3 childcare & education
7302 tutor qualification
Qualified assessor A1

My Availability

From Jan 2020 Wednesday 09.30-16.00. Thursday 08.00-11.30

I am currently looking for cover staff, DBS & Paediatric first aid, ideally with an early years qualification, subject to approval by Ofsted

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning no no yes yes no no no
Afternoon no no yes no no 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: 30/01/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £7.00 per hour

£7.00 per hour per child core hours 8am - 6pm (includes a cooked meal, snacks and most outings)
£8.00 per hour School Holidays only
£10.00 per hour prior to 8am and after 6pm

We can offer funded places for 2 year olds who meet the required criteria, plus early years education funded places for 3 and 4 year olds (15hrs per week for 38wks per year or 11.4hrs per week 50 weeks in both instances up to 570 hours per year) We are able to offer extended funded places (a further 15 hrs) in some instances.

My Local Schools

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My Documents

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  • Inspection Report (added 28/05/2019)


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My 2 boys both attend Joanna's childcare - the oldest actually just started school today after 3.5 years with Joanna, and the youngest has been attending Joanna since he was 5 months old (now 1.5). They LOVE going there. My son used to ask whether he could also go on weekends and was really disappointed every time I told him no Joanna isn't open at the weekends.
I can't praise her and her staff enough. They are genuinely caring, provide a safe and friendly setting with loads of activities and trips, give regular reports and updates to me on their progress. Every activity is both fun, but also educational and teaches the kids a new skill or practices something they were already taught. The snacks and meals are homecooked and healthy (and I'm quite jealous I can't stay for lunch actually!)
I've seen my boys flourish under Joanna's daily supervision - I would highly recommend her to other parents looking for a top quality childminder.

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

by about Shelford on 11/09/2019

Response by Shelford on 18/10/2019:

Thank you for such wonderful feedback and compliments.

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