'BABY FREE' Wrap-around before and after school, covering Tower College, St Ann's, and Rainhill Nursery. I live at the back of St Ann's school playing field in the heart of Rainhill Village,a few minutes walk from Rainhill Rail Station. There is free parking around the corner for Rail users. The children attend local schools and I give them their breakfast in the morning and then take them to school, pick them up in the afternoon and they come home with me for their evening meal. This means that the parents are not having to rush home to make their kids tea as they've already eaten at my home (I remember when my two boys were at school and as soon as we got home I didn't even have time to take off my coat and they wanted their tea!). The reason I choose not to look after babies is so that I can dedicate 100% of my time to my school children. The majority of the children I look after are from personal reference of parents whose children I have minded in the past or mind currently (please check out my many fantastic references added by the children's parents at the foot of this page) - Other parents views are obviously so very very important to someone looking for the right person to care for their child.
The children I care for range in ages from 4 years through to 14 years of age, and each one of them is very special to me. Some have been with me for nearly 9 years, some only a matter of months.
I have 33 fabulous "5 STAR" parental reviews at the foot of this page which have been volunteered by the parents of my children (currently making me the second highest rated child minder nationally on this site)- the reviews will give you some indication of how well I look after my special little people.
To leave your child with an almost complete stranger is possibly the most important decision you as a parent would ever have to make - that's why you need to be comfortable and 100% happy that your are leaving them with a fully registered/CRB checked/experienced/qualified person who will be like an Auntie to your child, who your child will be happy and content with.
I am confident that I can provide those requirements. When you've read my page and the many reviews at the bottom of the page written by parents of the children I look after, and if you decide you want to discuss further, please feel free to call me and I'll arrange for you to come and visit me in my home.
My business is primarily a school wrap-around facility. I do not provide daytime care except ad-hoc during the school holidays when I am available. I choose not to look after babies or toddlers so that I can devote all my attention to my school children. One month before any school holidays I will circulate, via email, a planner showing my availability, to the parents, who will advise whether they require any of these days. Obviously with so many children on my register, it is a ‘first come, first served’ basis with those in the under 8’s group. My contracts are 'term time only' and so no retainer is required.
I operate from between 7am to 6pm and am willing to cover other time for shift workers or emergencies. The majority of my clients are doctors who may sometimes be stuck in the operating theatre; my flexibility gives them the comfort that their child is being cared for properly until they are finished.
I am registered with OFSTED and my last inspection was September 2015. As I currently don't have any young children (under 5's) on my register I was rated as 'MET' which is the highest rating you can receive in an assessment where there are no children present. The inspector was particularly impressed with my proactive approach to training, especially in the "safeguarding" area.
Placed in the 'CORE' category by St Helens Council; this rating indicates that I provide a good contribution towards "my" children's development under the Early Years Foundation Stage (0-5yrs)
I can provide My OFSTED registration number and a copy of my inspection report at interview.
I currently provide cover for:
ANY LOCAL PRE-SCHOOL/NURSERY - Morning or afternoon childcare to wrap around the nursery sessions, from 07:30am or pick up from the morning session for afternoon childcare till 6pm.
TOWER COLLEGE, Mill lane Rainhill Morning & afternoon
ST ANN's View Road Rainhill Morning & Afternoon
I may be able to cover other schools in the area, (just don't know them all!!). If your school isn't listed, please send me a message or call me.
The children who attend my setting are in school full time and most of them attend KUMON lessons at weekends. As a result, my activities and observations will be centred around, but not entirely concerned with, their social skills, mostly incorporating the three EYFS prime areas of development with contribution to the four specific learning areas.
Each child is treated as an individual and during their first month with me I will evaluate their strengths and areas for development. Obviously the majority of my planning and observation with these children will be in social skills rather than literacy and numeracy, given that almost all attend KUMON classes or have private tutors.
I see my role predominantly to foster in these children a sense of well-being and confidence to face challenges ahead; indeed written feedback from parents is that when they have been in my care for a short time, they show more consideration for others and have improved manners.
Some children who are very shy and reserved at first soon join in with conversations, games etc and are settled in after a very short time which is very rewarding.
My childcare is focused on a 'home from home' basis rather than an after-school facility; the kids are treated as part of my family when they are here.
I live with my partner, Hugh (my two sons have recently left home) and my cat Suzie, in the centre of Rainhill Village, just a mile away from junction 7 of the M62 motorway and two miles from the M57. Rainhill Railway station is a few minutes away and there is a free 'rail user' car park 2 minutes away.
You may spot me round and about the Rainhill/St Helen's area in my big silver 8 seater "bus" which is covered in lots of colourful 'paint splats' and flower stickers - the children love it - they call it "the boogie bus"
I am 59 years old, and after taking (very!!!!) early retirement’ with over 31 years service as an IT Project Lead with Royal and Sun Alliance in Liverpool city centre, I began childminding in September 2006. I have now been caring for other parents children for 11 years.
When I retired, rather than do another job for the sake of it, I decided to something I wanted to do, which would be worthwhile and make a difference. My own childminder made such a difference to me when I was working that I was able to concentrate on my stressful job without worrying about the welfare of my children. As a result I decided that childminding would be the perfect way I could make a difference.
I have a fantastic relationship with the parents who appreciate my professionalism and flexibility plus I have great relationships with all of the children; one of them has even written a poem about me!!!! (which I have added to my feedback file!!) It's great when the children "sigh" and complain when their parents come early because they don't want to go home!
On days when I'm at school waiting for the other children, the ones who are going home with their parents that day will always come over to me and give me a big hug which is ace!!!!!! I even get hugs from the children I don't mind anymore when I see them out and about
I wasn't always there to collect my children on time because of my demanding job; however, my childminder was very flexible and very, very understanding which relieved me of a lot of worry whilst trying to drive home on the busy motorways after a busy day!
I aim to do just the same for the parents I have as clients, which include numerous doctors who too all have very important and demanding jobs in their respective hospitals which sometimes means that they have to stay to complete operations or clinics and they're then late collecting their children.
Because my boys are now adults, I can focus my attention on my "childminding" children whatever time their parents come to collect them. My Clients appreciate this flexibility as it relieves them of any added stress as they know their child is being well looked after.
I have been childminding since September 2006 and have cared for all ages of children from 3 months through to 14 years of age. I currently have 18 children on my books, all part-time: I type up my weekly schedule, for each term, in advance, for the regular children. Then I know at a glance whether I can fit in any 'ad-hoc' cover, good job I used to be a project manager in my previous role!!!!
I have a 'welcome' pack for new clients which shows my policies and procedures which parents can take home and read/refer at their leisure.
It's my impression from discussions I've had with other childminders who have their own small children that few of them, if any, are willing to care for children other than their own at weekends, as, they want to spend quality time with them given that they've had other children in their house all week. As my own two boys are 27 and 22 and no longer living with me, I can provide weekend childcare should it be required. If you need weekend childcare and are a distance away, but can't find a weekend child-minder in your vicinity, I can always come and collect your child from your home at a small mileage charge of 35p per mile (my big bus is a gas guzzler!!!)
My eldest Son, Thomas is 27 and is a time served mechanical engineer with a large multinational company and is doing very well in his chosen career path. Michael is 22 and is doing very well, currently on track for a first class honours degree in Languages at Sheffield.
Hugh is 63, a retired Station Commander with the Fire Service, who now runs his own Company which provides Health & Safety Consultancy and Health Safety & Social Care Training. This is also an advantage for me in my capacity as a child-carer; our house is very very health & safety aware!!!!!
My house has had a full fire risk assessment and I have smoke alarms installed on both levels; the children and I practice our emergency evacuations every three months; they know not to leave any shoes, bags etc in the hallway which could stop us leaving quickly if necessary - they all know why, which is great for their own personal knowledge of safety, although they don't like that they have to leave their shoes in the hall when we run out in our practices!
Before we both retired, Hugh and I were very active members of St John Ambulance and we were regularly out on duty in the ambulances, (I was the driver on the team) also providing support to the NHS as ambulance crew during their busiest times such as New Years Eve. This was very rewarding but also very demanding on our precious free time so we decided to leave in order to spend more time together as a family pursuing our other interests.
During my time with St John, however, I gained a lot of experience in a number of areas which are valuable in my work as a child-minder, namely First Aid at Work, of which I was a trainer/assessor, paediatric first aid, pre-hospital fracture management, manual handing and manual handling for carers, risk management, food hygiene, advanced driving, emergency driving and minibus driving. I have passed my tests in Response Driving, Advanced Driving (IAM) and Minibus Driving (MIDAS)
We are all avid golfers, Hugh and I are members of The Vale of Llangollen Golf Club, where we play as often as we can.
We are also avid gardeners and in our spare time we enjoy membership of the National Trust and English Heritage
Having brought up my own two children whilst working full time, I have experience of childminders from a parent's perspective which has proved invaluable to me as I can empathise with Parents and their concerns, whilst I aim to provide the best possible individual-focused care for those children that I mind.
EARLY/LATE PICK UPS
I totally understand when it's simply impossible to leave work on time or get out of a meeting that's overrunning, or being stuck on a motorway in a huge traffic jam!!! Having been in that situation, I can appreciate the stresses of getting to collect your children on time-there is no hurry as far as I'm concerned, so long as the children are happy and their parents are "de-stressed" whilst driving home from work!!
The children I currently care for are schoolchildren (between 5 yrs and 14 yrs of age) who attend Tower College in Rainhill, St Anne's & Oakdene Primary and Nutgrove. This works out very well as Tower College starts at 8:30 and doesn't finish till 3:30-3:45, which gives me time to cover the other schools.
For Rainhill Nursery I have availability to care for mornings or afternoons and take to/collect from nursery.
As my own children have now left home, I can easily accommodate weekend childminding. Alternate weekends I look after a little boy of 10 years, one of 7 years, and a little girl of 4 years; one of which has been with me since he was 2 years of age. They are all part of my extended family and the only children at their homes so for them it's like having siblings for the day.
I have lots of excellent feedback in my portfolio which includes personal recommendations from the children as well as the parents!! If you look at the foot of this page, 33 parents have added their own reviews to my profile. I could write any number of policies and procedures but personal recommendation from parents can't be beaten!!!
The best recommendation I can have is when the children complain to their parents when they come early to collect them!
The children who arrive before 7:45 AM can have breakfast at my home and likewise children who are here after 4.45 PM can have their evening meal with me and any of the other children who are with me. This has proved very successful where 'peer pressure' will encourage the younger children to eat and behave at the dinner table. I do not charge for meals.
Indeed, recent feedback from parents is that their children's' table manners have "dramatically improved" since being with me and they eat food here that they have refused to eat at home! One of my 5 year old girl usually reminds the others that "Sue says no joints (arms/hands!!) on the table when you are eating"
DIVERSITY IN MENUS
Several of the children I care for have very strict rules about what foods they can and can’t eat. I have hindu children who have rules about meat. I have one with a very bad nut allergy, one who is strict vegetarian and others who are generally 'faddy' eaters so I have to be very organised with meals and snacks!! I also have a child who has coeliac disease and so have to be very careful of cross contamination when preparing food for them all.
This doesn't present any problems though as I plan the week's menu (with the older children) for breakfast and their evening meal if required. the children call my menu 'the food list' and enjoy selecting their meals each week! We have special days when we experience a spectrum of foods from other lands, e.g. Chinese, Indian, Mexican, French, Italian - the children love the variety and it can only be good for their own social development.
THE GROUND RULES
The children themselves say that I am "quite strict" about manners and behaviour and caring for each other, but "very fair" and that I have rules because I care about them!!!! They have their own sheet on the wall which shows their ground rules that they have agreed and written between themselves. They add to this list when they feel it's necessary.
I often hear the children confirming that manners are important especially 'please' and 'thank-you' "because good manners cost nothing and mean everything" which is what I try to impress upon them all, and I'm chuffed when I hear them repeating my phrases!
The children are with me for school run every day, all part time; I have an 8 seater people carrier (thank goodness!!) and I prepare a schedule every week, which includes dropping off to dance classes in Rainhill Village, good job I used to be a planner in my previous role!!!!
Because we have such a busy schedule through the school week, we keep ourselves busy with activities in the house when we have time (craft, cooking, playing games on the wii, board games etc) but weekends and school holiday time we are outside most of the time, at the park, Knowsley safari Park, Walton Gardens, Acorn farm, Taylor Park, Formby Squirrel Reserve & Formby Point, Ice Cream Factory in Tattenhall, Southport, Nature trails, Delamere forest, Tatton Park, Dunham Massey, Quarry Bank Mill, Loggerheads adventure trail, for picnics and adventures, to name but a few! Sometimes we will venture as far as Halifax for EUREKA children's museum.
We also visit the local indoor play centres where the children can let off steam!! - some of the younger children have made new friends at these centres - definitely a social skill builder!!!
If we have a day off school and the weather is not too good, we'll jump a train to Liverpool and visit the Walker art Gallery, the museums, even have a trip on the Ferry!
CAR INSURANCE/PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE
My car, an eight seater, is insured for business use and I have public liability insurance. I'm also a qualified member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (I.A.M.) and have passed my driving test with MIDAS which is the Minibus Drivers Association.
As a 'gold' member of Childcare.co.uk I have access to all of their contract and support documentation which is invaluable to me and my clients. We will go through the documentation at interview and I will give you a copy of the contract documentation to take away and read at your leisure before committing to a child-minding contract with me.
PAYMENT BY CHILDCARE VOUCHERS
I also accept childcare vouchers in payment of fees and accept cheques, bank transfers or vouchers. I currently have accounts with EDENRED/ACCOR, COMPUTERSHARE and SODEXO and FIDELITI
I require a four week cash deposit when we start our contract which will be refunded at the end of the contract. As this will eventually be refunded it cannot be paid using childcare vouchers.
I am willing to set accounts with other voucher providers as required
I will also accept weekly payments from parents who are claiming child tax credits but require a four week cash deposit prior to giving my Ofsted registration number.
Invoices for the following month's fees are produced a week before the current month end, payable on the 1st working day.
Assessed in the 'CORE' category of childminders with St Helen's Council, the HIGHEST LEVEL ATTAINABLE
Member of The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years
First Aid Trainer/Assessor (with parental approval, emergency aid training will be given to over 5's - recovery position, cpr,control of bleeding).
Advanced Driver (Member of Institute of Advanced Motorists(IAM).
MIDAS driver (member of Minibus Driver's Association).
College of Policing “Channel General Awareness Module”
Educare “Child Exploitation & Online Safety for Education,
Educare “Child Neglect”
Educare “Child Protection”
Educare “Child protection Level 3”
Educare “Equality & Diversity”
Certificated by NSPCC in 'Safeguarding Young People',
Certificated by NSPCC in 'Someone to Turn To'
Certificated by NSPCC in 'Creating a Culture of Safety'.
Certified by CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health)in 'Health & Safety in the Workplace'.
Certified in 'Moving & Handling for Carers' .
Certified in Food Hygiene - I have been inspected by the Food Safety Officer for the Environmental Health Office and was Passed at the highest level
Certified in 'Principles of COSHH' (Control of Hazardous Sustances)
Certified in 'Principles of Risk Assessment'
Certified in CIEH to Level 2 in "Fire Safety"
Certificated in Moving & Handling for Children and Young People
I am currently covering school drop off/pick up as follows:-
FROM May 2017:
TOWER COLLEGE Monday to Friday - Morning & Afternoon
St ANNE'S Monday to Friday - Morning & Afternoon
Rainhill Nursery Monday to Friday - Morning & Afternoon
I am happy to do just the morning drop off or just the afternoon pick up to fit in with parents work schedules.
I AM HAPPY TO PROVIDE FOR SINGLE DAYS, JUST MORNING, JUST AFTERNOON, EMERGENCY CHILDCARE etc.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL ME AND WE CAN DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS.
PLACES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR PART TIME SCHOOL HOLIDAY PERIODS ONLY OR SCHOOL TERM TIME ONLY - THERE IS NO RETAINER REQUIRED DURING HOLIDAY PERIODS.
FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAYS I MAY BE ABLE TO COME AND COLLECT YOUR CHILD AND BRING THEM HOME, SUBJECT TO A SMALL MILEAGE CHARGE 35p per mile round trip for my gas guzzling bus)
I am available Monday-Friday 07:00 - 21:00 , Saturday/Sunday - 7:00-16:00;
I can be flexible for shift workers etc and provide extended care hours for emergencies etc.
Standard hours are 08:00-18:00 Monday to Friday and 09:00-16:00 Saturday/Sunday
Non-standard hours (for which there is a small increase in fees) are before 08:00 and after 18:00 Monday to Friday, and before 09:00 and after 16:00 Saturday/Sunday
Free breakfast is available for school children dropped off by 07:45
Free evening meal is available for school children cared for till after 16.45 (unless we go to the park in the nice weather, when I will provide the children with sandwiches, crisps etc).
I am also available on an ad-hoc basis for babysitting; please contact me for details.
|Last Updated: 05/07/2017|
- Childminding from £5.00 per hour
- Babysitting from £8.00 per hour
Payment by childcare vouchers are acceptable. I have an account with EDENRED/ACCOR, COMPUTERSHARE, SODHEXO and FIDELITI - I am willing to set accounts with other providers as required.
Fees must be paid monthly in advance, on 1st of the Month. At the start of our contract I require a four week deposit which should be paid in cash - this will be returned at the end of our contract, I prefer all other payments of fees to be made directly to my bank or via childcare vouchers rather than as cash if possible.
FEES ARE ONLY PAYABLE FOR OUR CONTRACTED HOURS (PLUS ANY BANK HOLIDAYS WHICH FALL ON SCHOOL DAYS, EG. MAY DAY, GOOD FRIDAY ETC AND SCHOOL 'INSET'/TRAINING DAYS - THERE IS NO RETAINER PAYABLE FOR SUMMER TIME AND I DO NOT REQUIRE HOLIDAY PAY.
My fees fluctuate depending on how many sessions are booked during the week, whether siblings attend, whether contracted hours extend the hours of 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs, whether weekend hours etc. A discount will be applied depending on the number of sessions taken throughout the week. These will be outlined when we meet and agree hours of care required.
Fees can be paid weekly by parents who are claiming child tax credits but I will only give my Ofsted number after receiving a four week cash deposit.
NB: I DO NOT charge a retainer during the school holidays or fees when I'm on holiday or sick, but I DO expect parents to pay my fees if they are on holiday, or the children aren't brought, during our agreed contracted hours (plus the bank holidays which fall on school weeks), Fees must be paid for inset days, when attending ad-hoc activities after school, or school is closed for any other reason during the school term (snow etc).
I can provide babysitting services and the fees for this will be discussed as appropriate to the individual requirements
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at St Ann's Church of England Primary School
- I provide drop offs at Rainhill Community Nursery
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Tower College
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Merchant Taylors' Boys' School
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Merchant Taylors Girls School
- I provide pick ups at Rainhill High School
Below are the latest reviews for Sue Cooke. 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.
Sue has been childminding my son for over a year.. my little boy is 7 and what a fantastic year it has been.. me and my partner moved over seas for his job.. we both work most weekends a lot off childminders do not accommodate weekends so I was over joyed that sue did. Sue is one in a million..my little boy adores her. When sue has my little boy his days are always packed with fun days out and always something different. When she has him she treats my son as family sue picks my son up in the morning
And gives him his breakfast lunch amd snacks and tea if he needs it.. he is really well looked after and I love the fact I can go to work with not a worry.. I would fully recommend sue to any parent.. I don't know how sue does it but she really is Wonder Woman and the best childminder around... if your looking for a super hero childminder who treats your
Child as her own this is the woman I'd pick over n over again..
Response by Sue Cooke on 05/05/2017:
Thank you so much Ashton, I always treat my childminded children as I would have liked my own two to be looked after when they were little
Your son is a pleasure to look after, always smiling, happy and adventurous
Look forward to having him with me for a long time x
I came to Sue with my shy 3 year old little girl who was worried to leave my side due to a big move from Australia back to England.
Sue offered morning care for my daughter and agreed to drop her at nursery every afternoon. Seren soon settled in and has been with Sue for just over 12 months now and is very very well cared for. I trust Sue and Hughy 100% when my daughter is under their care and she is always coming home telling me great stories of adventures she goes on with Sue.
Sue is always reminding the children on their manners which I think is just priceless and Seren is always well behaved both at home and in Sue's care. In the last 12 months Seren has become a very confident and funny, happy little girl, I truly believe that Sue's influence has assisted in this development. Sue is always very accommodating and has been flexible when I have needed her to be. I have developed a good friendship with Sue and I couldn't be more proud to call her my childminder and friend she is an asset to the profession of childcare.
Response by Sue Cooke on 09/04/2017:
Danielle, thank you SO much for this review - it has been an absolute pleasure looking after Seren this past year. Actually I think she's looked after me too!! I don't know what I'm going to do in July, as I won't have my little helper with me.
She is a very clever young lady and a credit to you. I know she will do well in school and make you proud (well, prouder!!)
My little one was going to the after school club when she started school and being a busy working mum I used to pick her by 5:30 from school. She used to be so tired which made me think about sending her to a childminder. I heard from one of our friends about Sue and decided to use her services. One of the best decisions I have ever taken! I have noticed a huge difference when she gets back home even if it is by 6 o'clock, she is a happy, well-fed child. Sue has always been so helpful, warm and she goes the extra mile to help out depending on our needs. She has looked after Neha many times for me when I was struggling with work and child sickness, she is an absolute angel! All the kids love her, at the same time she is fair and strict when need be. Neha had been going to her for the last 3 years. And she says to me " Mum, Sue is the best child minder in the whole world". Sadly we are leaving the area soon and I must say, we are going to miss her and her services a lot. Thanks a ton for all your help Sue and keep rocking!!!
My daughter and I have an hectic life, to start I do not drive and having to leave my house at 7am for work. Sue went out of her way to accommodate my needs, which no one else was prepared to do!
I was welcomed into her lovely home and shown exactly what an where my daughter would eat, brush her teeth and play.
To then add, from time to time I will work a weekend with very little notice, I can stay calm knowing Sue is there to help!
Not just that, but the very best part is, my daughter loves going to sue, meeting all the kids an spending time with everyone there, I know Poppy is always content, happy and looked after to a amazing standard.
And of course Poppy will tell everyone that 'zue says 'manners cost nothing'
Lovely lady who puts so much into being more than just a childminder.
I discovered Sue on Childcare.co.uk when we moved to the area and she has been an absolute godsend. As we were new to this area we have no friends or family close by and so we love that we can call on Sue for baby-sitting duties when we need a 'date night'. My little girl loves Sue coming to look after her and they have formed a great bond. My little girl will be starting local nursery in September and should we need wrap around care Sue will most definitely be who we call for help! Its lovely to be able to leave our little one in safe hands while we enjoy a few hours to ourselves. I can't speak highly enough of her!!!
Response by Sue Cooke on 05/02/2016:
Thank you so much for that review Cara, and you can call me anytime - I love spending time with my little friend A, and she is very entertaining. See you soon xx
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