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Childminder in Lower Kingswood

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Female Non-smoker Member since Jan 2013 Last Updated Sep 2019 Last Login 15 Feb 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

Ofsted registered childminder, rated Good at last inspection, 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, 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 only provide care for pre-schoolers (under 5's) so I really get to focus on their needs and routines.
I’m also 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

Qualified primary school teacher since 2005

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

My Availability

Current spaces available: Wednesday & Friday

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

Vacancies available now or to book from Sept 2020.

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 or Little Green Hut in Tadworth.

Available for babysitting.

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Last Updated: 27/09/2019

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.

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.

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by 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

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by about Nutkins on 23/04/2019

I use Jo for ad hoc childminding for my 6 year old and 4 year old. They adore spending time with her, and tell me all about the amazing activities they’ve done and the things they’ve learnt with such enthusiasm, you can see how children thrive under her care. She is very knowledgeable about everything regarding little ones, and is lovely to be able to ask advice from. Knowing my children are in loving, safe hands means everything.

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by about Nutkins on 26/11/2018

Our son, Sam, has been going to Jo's two days a week since September 2016. Jo provides a great 'home from home' and has really helped Sam settle in well. I spoke with and looked round many childminders and Jo stood out as someone very caring who goes the extra mile. Looking after under 5s only, means that the children get more attention, and avoiding lots of school runs allows flexibility when deciding what to do each day, to meet the children's needs. Jo's house is set up really well with a playroom, great garden space and so many activities and toys that are ever-changing. She also knows all the best places/groups to take the little ones. Jo is really organised and a great communicator via whatsapp, a daily diary and a journal with photos tracking each child's learning and development. Above all, the children in her care seem really happy and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her!

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by about Nutkins on 10/01/2017

Jo is really warm, caring and child-centred in her approach. She has a lovely way with the children and went that extra mile for our daughter. Jo’s house is such a fun and stimulating environment for children to play in! We looked into other childcare providers in the area but found nothing as good as the provision that Jo offers and we’re so glad that we chose her! Both indoor and outdoor areas have a fantastic range of toys and activities that promote learning, though the children have so much fun with Jo, they wouldn’t know they’re also learning!

We were also really impressed with the range of activities and trips that Jo takes the children on. Some childminders spend a lot of time at home, whereas Jo plans great outings and our daughter absolutely loved them - trips to the woods, seaside, farm, soft play places and a play centre where children can wear costume and enjoy pretend play as a shop assistant, hairdresser, fire fighter etc!

Jo’s EYFS provision is excellent. I've worked as a teacher and senior leader in education for years and I can honestly say that Jo's provision is outstanding. She promotes children’s learning in everything they do and tailors her approach to meet the needs of every child individually.

Jo sends photos and updates about your child, which we loved receiving and found really reassuring. Jo has lovely children and our daughter warmed to them quickly. She loved playing with them and talk about them for the rest of the week! We felt part of the family and always felt so welcome. I can’t recommend Jo highly enough.

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by about Nutkins on 20/11/2016

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