Hi, my name is Nickki and I am a Registered childminder with the Care Inspectorate.My Childminding business is called Twoshoes. I am married to Mike and we have two great children, Noah, aged 13 and Aoifé aged 9. We are a fun, happy home! We live near Musselburgh train station.We have an enclosed garden.We enjoy gardening - growing own vegetables,plenty of outdoor games, indoor games, dressing up, arts and crafts/messy play, books, musical instuments and baking-generally having fun!
Trips out are a regular occurance e.g. museum, library, play groups, Toddler groups etc.
I spend a lot of time out doors- whatever the weather-muddy puddles included!
I will include a parent/carers request where possible. Children always have their say also on what they are interested in and in what they like to do!
Meals provided on request.
Along with raising our two children, I have many years experience working with children aged from three months to sixteen years.I was an au-pair in Germany for six months looking after three children - ages 1-5.
I have worked with children in care for ten years and felt the time was right for a change. Before this I worked in Mental Health for five years. I have now been a Childminder for five years and have been enjoying each day, especially seeing the positive changes over time with the children I have been looking after. I can support parents/carers with their children, home from home.
I have recently had my Inspection at the end of July 2016,and I have received Grade 6, excellent, with no recommendations.
I have the following qualifications:
-Introduction to Child minding.
-Registered with the Scottish Care Commission.
-First-Aid for Children and Babies.
-Food Hygiene Certificate.
-Full Disclosure Scotland.
-Full Clean Driving licence.
-Diploma in Social Care.
-Child Protection Training
-Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC).
-Infection,Prevention and Control training.
-Building the Ambition.
-Tears and Tantrums.
Morning session: 8am-1pm.
Care over the school holidays is available by prior arrangement.
I have spaces available.
I can pick up/drop off to Campie and Stoniehill schools.
Please do not hesitate in getting in touch and I will do my best to help.
|Last Updated: 22/08/2016|
For details on fees, please contact me direct:)
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Can't fault the service with Twoshoes at all. We found it difficult settling our son into a nursery but Nickki was there to help every step of the way in supporting both our child, and us parents into her care. We can't thank Nickki enough for the progress our child made (and me) whilst in her care.
I cannot recommend Nickki highly enough. We couldn’t ask for anyone better to take care of our son. Our son is treated like a member of the family and I honestly feel like Nickki takes care of him and treats him as she would one of her own children. She goes above & beyond what I would have expected and our son loves going there every day. The kids experience a range of activities. Nickki takes them to morning playgroups, to the park, on walks, and there is a lovely selection of toys and games at her house. She also does a lot of arts and crafts with them, they read books, and play with musical instruments. It’s amazing to see how far our son has come on with his art, his speech and the things he is learning while being in Nickki’s care (he is only 1.5).
Nickki also gives lovely weekly updates by email about what our son has been up to during the week with her. We love receiving these and the amount of time and effort Nickki puts into them is incredible. All of our son’s grandparents live far away and they especially love reading the updates.
All in all, I think Nickki Is a fantastic childminder and I honestly feel as though I’m leaving my son with family. She really has found her calling!
My 5 year old daughter & 6 year old son have just finished up with Nickki after 2 fantastic years..not through choice but due to them starting school. I cannot recommend Nickki highly enough, she has become not just a childminder but a family friend too and my children will really miss spending time with her and her family.
She made them feel welcome from day one and her calm and fair nature has been a great influence on my boisterous pair!
Nickki is great at asking the children what they enjoy doing and nurturing this - my daughter especially loves arts and crafts which they do a lot of, but also balanced out with outdoor play and trips to the park or indoor fun in poor weather.
Nickki does great monthly updates by email for each child and always adds pictures of what they have been up to. She also celebrates their birthdays with cake and a wee party..something the kids always enjoy!
I have found the last 2 years to be a much better alternative to the private nursery we previously used, the kids have thrived in a caring family environment and from the brilliant one to one care Nickki gives.
We have used Nickki on a full-time basis as a childminder for our wee girl, Jasmine for three and a half years. We have been more than delighted with the care and nurturing that Nickki has provided. Jasmine has been a very shy baby and toddler and has always needed a lot of support, Nickki has given this support the entire time and now we are so pleased, Jasmine is a confident and happy little girl. I don't think we could have asked for a better beginning for her start in life. We will be eternally grateful to Nickki for everything she has done.
I feel I must mention the monthly updates you get too, these are brilliant and provide you with all the information on what your child has been up to that month. She marks milestones and lets you know of any problems or achievements. I've kept every one and will show Jasmine one day when she's bigger, they make lovely reading.
Jasmine was welcomed in to their home, I was confident in leaving her and Jazzy is now more like family. Nickki always has different activities planned and has taken them all to different groups over the years such as playgroup, bookbugs, etc. They have lots of fun with imaginative play which Jasmine loves and many crafts, puzzles, toys, etc. are always on hand. The kids are always out and about too, or in the garden, they discuss nature, colours, numbers, and also have heaps of fun.
Nickki throws a party for each tots Birthday with her kids and the other kids in her care, this is a big deal and makes the kids feel so special. I could rant on about many more positive attributes but my honest feeling to sum it up is that Nickki has found her calling and it's clear to all how much she loves it and just how good at it she is.
Our son Peter has been with Twoshoes for just over a year a half now. Thanks to Nickki's calm and loving approach he took very little time to settle in and seems to continue to enjoy coming there every morning.
There is a wide range of activities and toysâ€“ both indoors and outdoors for kids to play. Outings are a regular thing too and Peter thoroughly enjoys going to soft plays, parks, museums, beaches, shows, play groups and many many more.
Nickki's professionalism is outstanding - she has built an excellent relationship with both children and parents and there is no doubt sheâ€™s giving 100% into her work. She always goes the extra mile to ensure that Peter is entertained, stimulated and above all well cared for.
Weâ€™re very pleased with the level of care and professionalism and would definitely recommend Twoshoes to anyone who is looking for safe, loving and stimulating environment for their children.
Monika and Lukasz
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