Hi i am Amanda and have been in childcare for 23 years. I live in Worthing and only 400 metres from the beach and close to the parks, I cover Chesswood Junior School and Lyndhurst Infant School, supplying care before and after school as well as having day care children.
I work with my husband who has had the relevant training and we are both fully CRB checked
I provide a safe caring environment in my home, coupled with a lot of stimulating activities during the day..
I live in a four bedroom house, with my husband, 11 year old daughter and our dog Ruby. The garden has been transformed into an all weather playground for the children enabling them to play outside all year round. .
In my 24 years I have worked in 3 day nurseries and prior to the birth of my baby was deputy manager in one of them. I have also worked as a nanny
After my own child was born i decided to use all my experience and become a childminder..
I currently care for children aged between 6 months and 10 years.
I hold current and up to date certificates in child protection, first aid, food hygiene, childcare practise [homebased] and NVQ level 3 in early years care and education. I am Otsted registered and am a member of the PACEY
I had my latest Ofsted Inspection in December 2018 and was rated OUTSTANDING.
A copy of the Ofsted report can be seen on the Ofsted web site.
I am accredited, which means i am able to claim funding for 3-4 year olds for up to 30 hours a week for those that qualify or the statutory 15 hours for those that don't and the special 15 hours per week funding for eligible 2 year olds.
In January 2012 i attended a two day course called, INCLUDING ALL CHILDREN, which is to do with providing care for children with special educational needs,
I have recently been awarded a foundation degree in education and learning, level 4. This is to do with special educational needs.
In May 2012 i attended a one day course, run by West Sussex County Council, cocerning safegaurding children.
I have a level 3 diploma in playwork..
Recently I have been awarded a certificate of excellence by Childcare.co.uk
The number of vacant spaces I have does vary so please contact me for details of current vacancies. I work Monday to Fridays 7.15 am till 5.30 pm but will be flexible to meet parents needs if a later pick up is wanted.
I can collect children from their own homes, if transport is a problem and return them in the evening if required. There is no charge for this service. i fully appreciate parents need for unsociable hours care and i always endevour to cater for all situations.
|Last Updated: 26/04/2020|
- Childminding from £4.20 per hour
My standard rate is £4-50 per hour per child and this includes drop offs and pick ups where required. There are discounts when i look after 2 children from the same family and my rates do vary depending on the length of time the children are here..i.e if i look after a child for 8 hours or more, in one session, then the fee is £4.20 per hour.
I take children who qualify for the 2, 3 and 4 year old funding .THERE ARE NO TOP UP FEES FOR CHILDREN ON FUNDING. I ALSO OFFER THE 30 HOURS FUNDING TO THOSE WHO QUALIFY.
Unlike a lot of settings I do not charge for bank holidays, as i do not work on these days, neither are there any charges for when i am on holiday.
I offer breakfast for the early starters, mid morning and afternoon snacks, lunch is supplied and a cooked meal is provided for all children being collected after 5.pm. All meals,snacks, trips and treats are included in the hourly fee. THERE ARE NO HIDDEN EXTRA CHARGES.
I do not ask for a deposit or charge retainers for spaces booked in the future. If a space is booked and then cancelled at a later date then one months average fees are payable.
Again, unlike a lot of settings i do not ask for fees to be paid in advance but expect all outstanding amounts to be paid by the7th of the following month.
Several parents have placed reviews on this site which will give you an insight into the kind of activities that the children get involved in..
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Below are the latest reviews for Amanda Childminding. 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.
Amanda and her team genuinely care about the children, their welfare and their development. The first thing I noticed when we went to look round is just how happy, comfortable and confident all of the children were.
It didn’t take long for the warmth and kindness of the setting to settle and calm my own daughter. She’d not got on too well at nursery for a variety of reasons and we switched to a childminder hoping that we’d see some improvement, but we were nervous. Amanda and her team put our minds at rest immediately. It only took a couple of settling in sessions before it felt like our daughter had always been going there.
Amanda’s service is really reasonably priced and extremely flexible. Nothing is ever too much for her and her family and they go to great lengths to accommodate your bespoke childcare requirement.
I cannot recommend her highly enough. You won’t regret it!
Response by Amanda Childminding on 22/05/2020:
Thank you for the review it is very much appreciated. I am looking forward to Siena coming back once things resemble some sense of normality. It has given me a great deal of pleasure watching her develop in the months she has been here.
My daughter has been with Amanda since she was 10 months and is now nearly 2 and a half, she loves it and always full of excitement when I pick her up. My work means the amount of care my daughters needs over the year can change and I was concerned about finding a childcare provider that could accommodate that, but Amanda has been incredible. I’m now pregnant with my second child and I will most definitely be sending them to Amanda, it’s a relief to know you have a childcare provider you trust to take care of your child and provide them with a fun and educational day.
Response by Amanda Childminding on 18/03/2020:
Thank you for the review it is very much appreciated. It does not seem possible that Eva has been with me for nearly two years and has developed into a very articulate toddler. I am looking forward to looking after your latest edition later in the year.
Both Amanda and Peter are so good with my daughter, she absolutely loves it and gets excited the minute she sees your door. Sasha is also an absolute gem and my daughter adores her. I don't think we could have placed our daughter in a better setting.
We all understand parent guilt of leaving your child so you can work, but it's not so bad when you find childminders who are just so brilliant. You understand our parenting mindset and it all works really well together. Thank you for being amazing all the time!! Here's to a few years working together. Thank you
Response by Amanda Childminding on 24/01/2020:
Thanks Katy for the review. Looking after your daughter is a lot of fun, she settled in so well very quickly. Although she has only been with us since September it feels like she has always been here.
I cannot recommend Amanda & Peter highly enough, they are simply amazing!!
My son has been with them since he was 16 months old, he is now over 8 years old, and he has loved every single day and school holiday he has spent with them, Victoria & Ruby.
The children are always out and about enjoying new activities, drop ins and parks. There are also plenty of activities for them to do on rainy days too, never a dull moment :)
I am heartbroken that we are moving away from the area, I wish I could take them with me.
Not only has my son had the best childminders but I have also gained the greatest friends in them and will miss them all hugely.
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, finding childcare can be a minefield but I knew the moment I met you both that Charlie would be in the best hands and over the years that has been proven time and time again, we love you guys xxxx
Response by Amanda Childminding on 07/08/2019:
Thank you Donna for those kind words. We shall miss you both when you move but we will keep in touch. Both you and Charlie have become good friends and we have loved our times out together. Here's to many more.
I am so happy I moved my son to Amanda and Peters. He did go to a pre school but I wasn't that happy with it and was looking for something more personal. They certainly provide this. I love the fact the children are taken out so much - really they only stay in when it's raining. Lots of different activities are done when indoors as well (including the lovely garden in the summer) my son will go to big school this September but I will definitely be using Amanda for any childcare I need in school holidays etc.
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