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Childminder in Haverstock Hill

5 stars

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jan 2013 Last Updated Aug 2021 Last Login 14 Sep 2021 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Outstanding Rated
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

Ofsted Outstanding Provider Logo

Small private inclusive Pre-School Childminding setting

I have a B.Ed and Montessori Diploma having obtained my Montessori Pre Primary Teaching Diploma and International Montessori Diploma in 1995. My Ofsted Outstanding Montessori setting is based in Queens Crescent, Haverstock in a ground floor flat, and also 2 days a week from Wendling Hall, NW5 4QY, with front and back small garden in the heart of Haverstock Hill and a five minute walk from Chalk Farm tube station. Please note l have a puppy french bulldog.

l have completed my B.Ed Degree at University College London in 2018 and l have started my Masters in Early Years in October 2018 part time. Through using the Montessori philosophy and EYFS Curriculum, our nurturing environment ensures a happy, calm, safe environment in which to learn in. An environment in which to flourish through self-discipline and self discovery in a family like atmosphere. Individual attention, love and security for each child. So that each child develops at their own pace to reach their full potential. A non discriminating attitude celebrating a rich diversity of cultures. With provisions for special needs. Creativity within a natural environment l currently only look after a maximum of four children. l also now work 2 days a week with another childminder.
Weekly activities and routine.
Weekly visit to Baby Gym at Rooftops Talacre
Weekly visits to London Zoo
Weekly City Farm visits
Monthly visits to the British Museum and other Galleries
Montessori activities/EYFS activities
Weekly Forest activity visits to Hampstead Heath/One O’clock club visits
Arts/Crafts/Messy Play/Cooking
Spanish rhyme time and language classes

My Experience

Masters in Early Years part time started in October 2018
Montessori Pre Primary teaching Diploma,
Montessori International Diploma
15 years Montessori Teacher
6 years Montessori Teacher/Childminder for over 40 children aged 9 months to 5 years
2 years Private Nanny child 10 months.
2 years Montessori Teacher in An Outstanding Camden Montessori Nursery
15 years Montessori Diploma and International Diploma
1 years experience as a play leader
20 years Management/Supervisory experience
1 son and over 20 Nieces and Nephews
lots of family experience with children 1 month -12 years
Speaks Spanish
Early Years foundation degree at University College London, completes in June 2017

My Qualifications

Montessori pre primary teaching diploma 15 years
Montessori International Diploma
Early Years foundation degree University College London (2015/2016/2017)
Camden Council child minder 6 years
Ofsted registered ( Outstanding Grade)
Pacey Local Camden Facilitator (Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years)
Paediatric first aid trained
Cache level three Award Supporting Children and Young peoples Speech, Language and Communication
Recruitment Manager Reed PLC
Royal Free- NHS Trust Co ordinator Patient Services
Worked in Private sector/Public sector
Current Chair for Montessori Association Childminders group
Proffesional Association of Childcare and Early years (Pacey) Camden facilitator

My Availability

Mon -Tues -Weds - Thurs - 08.00. 18.00

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes no no no
Morning yes yes yes yes no no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes 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: 17/08/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £9.50 per hour

my rate is rate is £9.50 per hour a minimum of 2 mornings or afternoons need to be booked please contact me for further information.

2 year and 3/4 year scheme accepted

My Local Schools

This childminder has not yet informed us whether or not they provide any drop off or pick up services at local schools.

My Documents

  • Exam Certificate: Montessori International Diploma (added 17/08/2021)
  • Exam Certificate: Montessori Pre-Primary Teaching Diploma (added 17/08/2021)
  • Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination (added 23/07/2021)
  • First Aid Certificate: Paediatric First Aid (added 23/07/2021)
  • Training Certificate: Food Hygiene Rating 5 stars (added 06/01/2021)
  • Inspection Report (added 29/10/2019)
  • First Aid Certificate: Paediatric First aid (added 29/10/2019)
  • Exam Certificate: Montessori Pre Primary Teaching Diploma (added 29/10/2019)
  • Exam Certificate: B.Ed (added 29/10/2019)
  • image/svg+xml UK Driving Licence (added 29/10/2019)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 29/10/2019)
  • DBS Check (added 06/10/2016)
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Below are the latest reviews for Dorothyb. 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.

We wholeheartedly recommend Dorothy to any parents looking for a caregiver for their children. Dorothy has looked after our son since he was 10 months old and under her care, we've seen his language and motor skills improve greatly. She is so thoughtful in how she prepares the environment for the children; she'll organize activities or set out learning materials that are specific to each child's current area of interest or development. For example, our son was crawling when he first started at Dorothy's; she would take him to baby gym weekly, set out soft play materials for him to climb on, taught him how to dismount from the sofa safely and confidently; in a short-span of time he started to walk confidently. In another instance, my son expressed an interest in water play; she planned different water play activities in her garden or took him to water fountains within walking distance. She also prepares nutritious hot meals for the children and balanced snacks which really stood out to me. I too have learned so much from Dorothy as a first time parent; for example, she suggested activities I could do with him to improve his use of eating utensils. I'm quite jealous of all the things my son gets to do! From mornings at Hampstead Heath or the Zoo, afternoons at the City Farm or water fountains, he comes home (& sleeps so well!) after a full day of fun. She is a warm and professional caregiver that puts so much effort into planning stimulating and engaging days for the children.

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by Avatar for Natalie Natalie about Avatar for Dorothyb Dorothyb on 15/07/2021

Our daughter, Aria, has been with Dorothy since she was 18mo and we couldn't be happier with our choice. Every day spent with Dorothy feels like a beautiful adventure. From exploring Hampstead Heath, learning about insects and flowers, enjoying the playgrounds, visiting London Zoo, to creative and educational play indoors, Dorothy has every aspect of a child's learning and development covered.

Dorothy's style of encouraging Aria to play and express her personality, to discover her surroundings freely and to learn staying focused, has influenced my way of keeping Aria engaged in activities at home and when we're out.
Dorothy inspires so much confidence, trust and care; qualities that translate into how she nurtures her pupils.

We receive lots of wonderful pictures and videos throughout the day of their activities, which makes us feel very present even when Aria is away. Dorothy's knowledge and passion for the Montessori method combined with a Forest Nursery approach is the ideal setting for our child.

I believe that any child who experiences Dorothy's "Magicland" (how I like to call it) will grow to be a confident, self-sufficient, curious, and content toddler.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Giorgi Giorgi about Avatar for Dorothyb Dorothyb on 18/01/2021

Response by Avatar for Dorothyb Dorothyb on 18/01/2021:

Thank you so much for the lovely review 😍

Our son was with Dorothy for four months from when he was ten months old. In that time his development progressed a lot and Dorothy was great at working with us to help him hit his milestones, for example she really helped to get him started with walking. The children always did lots of different activities including soft play, visiting the local farm, picnics in the park, baking, crafts etc. Dorothy was great at updating me during the day on what my son had been up to - I loved receiving photos and videos of him so that I could feel involved in their activities. Overall she is a very kind person who really cares about the children she looks after.

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by Avatar for MaddyP MaddyP about Avatar for Dorothyb Dorothyb on 03/01/2020

Response by Avatar for Dorothyb Dorothyb on 03/01/2020:

Thank you for the lovely review we will really miss out little M xx

Dorothy is an amazing childminder! She is super tuned into the kids she looks after. Whilst continually nurturing and loving them, she also finds specific activities to develop their own interests and grow. Her passion for the Montessori method shines through in everything she does, empowering the children to be themselves.

During the year and a half our son was with Dorothy we watched him grow from a quiet, shy, toddler to a confident, articulate, curious little boy. Our sons language developed incredibly fast and we were sure this was partly due to the words and vocabulary Dorothy introduced to him in a playful, fun way each day.

Dorothy shares lots of photos with the parents of what they do each day, this was wonderful! I would go through the photos each evening at dinner with my son and we would discuss what he’d done together, helping to keep me involved in his days.

Now our son has moved onto a local nursery but we all miss Dorothy so much. I will always be grateful for the huge impact she had on our sons life during those super crucial early years. Any child who gets to go to Dorothy’s wonderful setting will be lucky indeed.

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by Avatar for Lucy Lucy about Avatar for Dorothyb Dorothyb on 22/09/2019

Response by Avatar for Dorothyb Dorothyb on 23/09/2019:

Thank you Lucy we miss our little man very much and wish him every success at his new nursery

My 3 years old son was with Dorothy for 3 months while we stayed in London. It was more than amazing.
I struggled finding a place for such a short term, but luckily we got the best childminder.

Considering my son's shy character and not knowing much English, initially I was very worried. But on the day we met Dorothy and her team, all worries went away. She explained in detail how my son would spend time with her, and answered all my questions including very minor and silly ones. My son instantly loved the environment especially various toys and books.

Dorothy always mixed outdoor and indoor activities so the children never got bored. They went out for soft play, paddling pool and city farm visit, if the weather allowed. In the house, they did cooking, messy play, colouring, reading and played freely with toys. Her toy collection was amazing. She had almost every toy kids would love to have. She also focused educational aspects. My son learnt one alphabet each week and also a little bit of Spanish.
After 3 months, his English improved so much.

She was also good at reporting. Everyday I received photos of my son and his friends, so I could see how my son they play together. Weekly I received a journal focusing on developmental aspects.

I can not thank enough to Dorothy and her team. Having them as my son's childminder was one of the best things happened to us in London. They were very professional and always put children first. I highly recommend her!!

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by Avatar for Yoyo Yoyo about Avatar for Dorothyb Dorothyb on 15/08/2019

Response by Avatar for Dorothyb Dorothyb on 28/09/2019:

Thanks for your lovely review we will miss him very much safe journey back to Japan

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