Childminder in Lower Kingswood

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jan 2013 Last Updated Jul 2020 Last Login 11 Aug 2020 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare

About Me

Vacancies available from September 2020

Ofsted registered childminder, rated Good at last inspection (2020), based in Lower Kingswood (top of Reigate Hill), providing easy access to the M25 at jct 8 and 2 minutes away from the Fidelity offices.

I provide a home from home environment that is warm, friendly and safe. My garden is securely enclosed and provides ample space for playing all year round. It's equipped with lots of outdoor toys, ride-ons and things to explore. There's also a 2 storey playhouse and a large activity wall for interactive learning. Inside I have a fully equipped playroom with lots of toys to meet the needs of both boys and girls of all ages. The children have free access to the toys and are encouraged to make their own choices and follow their interests.

I take the children out almost every day to ensure they are socialised, but equally we have enough time at home to explore what is available. We regularly attend local play groups, soft play, Little Street, playgrounds, various National Trusts and the local woodland. In the summer we often venture further afield to the seaside to do a spot of crabbing. Everything I do is child-centred, always following up on the child’s interests.

I have always enjoyed fantastic relationships with all my families (please see reviews), which bodes well for the child’s development. My priority is to ensure you have a happy & confident child who is physically able, emotionally stable & able to communicate their needs, even from a very young age.

I provide appropriate activities to develop the children's needs in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). I track progress and provide regular updates to parents via Tapestry (an online portal) and daily via WhatsApp. More importantly, you receive a photographic journal of your child’s journey at regular intervals. You are always part of your child’s day.

I’m available for interim and adhoc childcare as well as babysitting.

If you would like more information please do get in contact - I'm more than happy to answer any questions or for you to visit my home. Jo

My Experience

Childminding experience, working with children aged 5 months - 9 years.

Newborn experience, my own (twins) and many nieces and nephews.

Qualified primary school teacher, working with children aged 5 years -11years, and previously working in an outstanding OFSTED registered school.

I have twins, so first hand experience of multiples and limitless patience.

My Qualifications

Surrey County Council's Child Minding Introduction Programme

Hold a recent DBS (so does my husband)

Paediatric first aid certificate, updated Aug 2017, being updated summer 2020

Qualified primary school teacher since 2005

Completed numerous Early Years Development courses and continue to do so.

My Availability

VACANCIES AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER 2020

I work
Monday to Friday - all day
Open 730am-5.30pm, may be able to accommodate other hours by discussion.

I can provide care 'all year' round or 'Term time' only.

I am able to collect from the Little Acorns pre-school in Lower Kingswood.

Available for babysitting.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 22/07/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.50 per hour

I charge for sessions am / pm or a daily fee.

Ad hoc care can be provided at an hourly rate.

Happy to accept company childcare vouchers and the Government Tax-Free childcare payments.

Please call to discuss further.

Best wishes, Jo

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

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Nutkins. 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.

I cannot rate or recommend Jo highly enough. Her setting in her home is warm and welcoming and I felt completely at ease from the first visit, as did my son. She puts in so much effort with the children with varying activities day to day. She gives regular updates with photos and videos and communicates really well with parents from day one. She tracks and discusses progress and development wonderfully as well. My son had never been looked after by someone outside of the family until I took him to Jo and he settled in just a few sessions which I think is testament to how wonderful the environment is. All the other children seemed equally as happy and content that I saw. If you are local to the area and looking for a childminder I really wouldn't consider anyone else.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Rebeca about Nutkins on 19/07/2020

Jo has been a huge part of our life and family for nearly 4 years and I can not recommend her enough. She has looked after our son Harry since he was 10 months old and he’s starting school this September and she started looking after our little girl Daisy last September when she was 8 months.
Her childcare is absolutely amazing, both of our children always have the best time at Jo’s and it’s often a struggle to get them into the car at the end of the day as they just don’t want to leave her lovely home! She does a wide variety of activities, has loads of great toys and games, and lots of arts and crafts always come home with them. She also takes them out and about a lot locally as well as day trips which they love too. Both of our children have developed, grown and learnt so much with Jo and we can’t thank her enough. Jo sends pictures and videos throughout the day so we can see what our little ones are up to which is lovely.
We trust Jo implicitly and she had given us so much support and advice over the years that we will miss hugely. James and Bella her children are also absolutely amazing with all the kids Jo childminds, Harry and Daisy see them as their big brother and sister and love their company.
I wish the time hadn’t come where our children have to leave Jo’s as we have been absolutely delighted with her care but as our eldest Harry is starting school in September we are now taking on a nanny.
If you want a fantastic, trustworthy, fun, caring and supportive childminder, look no further!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Sophie D about Nutkins on 15/07/2020

My son has been attending Jo's since around 7/8 months old to him now almost 4 years old and adhoc childcare for my eldest during the holidays for me as well. My son loves spending time with Jo. The support given to his development is brilliant and recommendations on how I can support his development at home is really useful.

The updates via app/WhatsApp are good just so I can see how he is doing throughout the day/end of the day.

The range of activities and themes that Jo comes up with I find are really engaging and he seems to enjoy all the activities he gets to do. Lots of days out, groups, park visits and the woods which my son loves.

My daughter who started going adhoc at age 4 also loves spending the holidays with Jo. She helped her overcome some of her fears when she first started going like jumping/stepping off things and has so much more confidence when she is in her care and is much more willing to try new things.

Couldn't recommend highly enough, only leaving as son will be starting school nursery from September.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Rachel54 about Nutkins on 02/07/2020

Our son spent 3 years with Jo and her lovely family, starting with 2 days a week and going up to 3 days a week once he had turned 2, to fit in with work commitments. We have only positive things to say about Sam’s time with Jo and we will all miss her so much. The amount of energy Jo has with the children is astounding and they learn so much and visit such fun places. Jo has the knack of being a true professional but also making our son feel like part of the family. We never had any issues during our time with Jo. She is always so cheerful and calm. The children formed really close friendships which will continue despite our recent house move. Jo was great at suggesting next steps and very flexible when Sam started at a local pre-school one morning a week, once he was 3 1/4.

Sam has benefitted hugely from his time in Jo’s care and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Nutkins Childcare.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Kate about Nutkins on 24/09/2019

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the way you have cared and looked after our little one over the last few months.

Our little girl has developed really well under your supervision and been fortunate enough to experience such a wide range of activities. She particularly likes spending time at Fun in the Foam, alongside all the other various painting and play time activities you have introduced to her.

The level of detailed feedback including videos, pictures and progress reports is very comprehensive and informative.

We would happily recommend your services to any other parent contemplating childcare with you.

Thank you for all your support over the last few months.

She will really miss you and the experiences you create for the kids.

Tom and Nefi

  • 5 stars Overall
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by esther44 about Nutkins on 23/04/2019

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