I am a Professional Ofsted Registered Childminder with over twenty years experience working with children from birth to early teens inclusive with experience to Nursery Manager Level. I hold a B.A. Degree in Early Childhood Studies (Honours), Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy (Mont. Dip.), C.A.C.H.E Diploma in Nursery Nursing (N.N.E.B.), National Certificate in Childcare (equivalent to Level 3) and Advanced Forest School Leader. In addition, the current highest professional accreditation, ‘Early Years Professional Status’ (EYP) from the University of Kingston.
I consider myself to provide high quality childcare within a happy, nurturing, safe and stimulating home environment offering inclusive, well planned, resourced, challenging and engaging play opportunities for all children to develop positive relationships and to reach their full potential.
For children in the early years, the Early Years Foundation Stage is used to plan activities through observation and assessment to meet children’s individual needs and plan for the next steps in their learning and development. School Age Childcare is focused on learning through project work and individual interests and lots of outdoor play!
We focus on being active in the community attending Childminder groups, Forest School, library as well as local places of interest, as well as exploring the great outdoors in the use of the many beautiful parks and exciting day trips such as to the farm and zoo.
Huggie Bears Family Childcare is centrally located to local transport networks. Direct access for the A3 for Central London and Surrey. Southfields, East Putney Underground stations and Putney and Wandsworth Town Overground Stations are within a ten to fifteen minute walk. Buses: 39, 93, 156 and 170. Both the number 39 and 156 bus stops are located at the end of the road.
• Ofsted Registered and Approved
• Paediatric First Aid Qualified
• Fully Insured
• Dedicated Play Room
• Dedicated Sleep Room
• Large Secure Garden
• Friendly, Caring and Safe Environment
• 20 years + Experience
• Healthy Nutritious Home Cooked Meals
EYP - Early Years Professional Status
BA Degree Early Childhood Studies (Hons) (Level 6)
Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy (Mont. Dip.)
Diploma Nursery Nursing (N.N.E.B.)
Certificate in Childcare (Level 3)
Certificate in Home Based Childcare
Advanced Forest School Leaders
Paediatric First Aid
Numerous other Continuous Professional Development courses completed.
*Vacancy now available - 4/5 days per week.
Full days only - no half day sessions available.
If you require different to the availability above, please use the 'Contact Us' page of our website and state you wish to be added to our waiting list. Minimum of two days per week for children in the early years.
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 7:00am to 7:00pm
Overnight Care also available
Full day care for children aged from 6 weeks to 12 years in full-time or part-time placements.
Breakfast and After Schools Club – wraparound care for school children aged 4yrs upwards with drop off and collection service.
Bespoke Childcare packages
|Last Updated: 18/05/2021|
- Childminding from £10.00 per hour
Huggie Bears Family Childcare offers a fully inclusive service.
Fees include: meals, baby formula (up to twelve months old), nappies, wipes and creams. Please contact us for our current fee structure.
My Local Schools
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After a difficult first experience at a nursery, we knew we had found the right place when we came to Huggie Bears and I thank my lucky stars that Geraldine had a space for us! Our son has been at Huggie Bears for more than two years, since the age of ten months. We couldn't have been happier with his and our experience. The level of care is exceptional and he has thrived in this positive, nurturing environment. Geraldine's planning and communication is meticulous and the range of activities and opportunities that our son has enjoyed during his time at Huggie Bears has been wonderful - over and above what one could expect. The weekly forest school and trip to the library provide a perfect balance to time in the setting, where the children also enjoy activities in the garden daily. Geraldine fosters an excellent rapport with the children she cares for; our son has bounced in since his very first day and loves his time there. He has firm bonds with the other children at the setting and has benefitted considerably from the small but welcoming environment. As parents we have been thoroughly supported with any question with regards our son's development and we have kept up to date with his daily activities and mood through the daily diary and his tapestry online account, which we have found both useful and reassuring. I trust Geraldine completely, and can't recommend Huggie Bears highly enough.
Our daughter (20 months) has been at Huggie Bears for 6 months and it is a wonderful place for little ones. The only reason we are taking her out is because we are moving abroad. She has really flourished while there and I am sad to be taking her out! I feel that she has learned a great deal, she has been really well taken care of, she has done lots of activities pertinent to her age and has been cared for in a warm and loving environment. The actual setting is fantastic, with lots of spaces for learning, reading and an outdoor area for summer activities. The childminder takes amazing care of the kids - my daughter always came home well fed, clean and very happy! We even got little drawings and cards from her for different holidays. The communication between parents and childminder is excellent - so you know what they have done during the day, eaten and anything that is going on with them. I would highly recommend Huggie Bears to anyone and I would certainly put her back in if I had the chance.
Our 18 month old son has attended Huggie Bears for the last 8 months and we couldn't be happier with his progress in this time.
Geraldine's professionalism is matched by her enthusiasm for the personal development of our son, providing regular, comprehensive feedback on his progress.
Geraldine plans many developmental activities in the setting with visits to local playgroups and trips to the local parks however what is most encouraging for my wife and I, is seeing how happy our son is every morning on drop off and evening on collection from the setting.
I can highly recommend Geraldine and Huggie Bears.
Our 3 year old girl has been with Huggie Bears Family Childcare for over a year now and we think it is exceptional. Our little girl loves her days with Geraldine and has progressed considerably since she joined. The amount of support is over and above what is expected. We were even supported along the process of exploring if our daughter had delayed speech development. She has come on leaps and bounds and we are convinced that there isn't a better place for her to develop her social and life skills than at Huggie Bears. Safety standards and overall professionalism are relentless and we couldn't be happier.
We highly recommend Huggie Bears Family Childcare. We trusted our 1-year old son to the care of Geraldine for 3 days a week, and were extremely impressed with the happy, nurturing and safe environment she provided.
The activities on offer really helped with our son’s development, and we saw huge progress within a very short space of time in terms of his speech, memory recognition and confidence. We are especially pleased with the bond between our son and Geraldine, which can only be a result of the quality time she has spent with him. To add to this, daily reports about nutritional meals, activities undertaken and nap times have been a great help.
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