4.9 stars (10)

Childminder in South Ockendon

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Female Non-smoker Member since Feb 2013 Last Updated Aug 2017 Last Login Oct 2019 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

Level 3 Qualified 2015 (children and young persons workforce)

Hi My name is Kerry and I became a registered childminder as I love working with children and wanted to provide my experience, time and resources to dedicating quality flexible childcare to other families in a loving, warm and educational environment.

I have two grown up step children and one Grandson and a close family around me.

I was awarded with Outstanding in all areas with Ofsted on my inspection in 2013

I have have been nominated 2 years running for the education awards in Thurrock.

We live in South Ockendon on the Brandon Grove Estate in a 3-bedroomed house in a very quiet cul-de-sac. My whole house is registered for childminding. I have a conservatory that I also use as a Crafts area along with role play zones, this leads on to our garden which is grassed area which is secluded and secure. In the garden there is a variety of ride on vehicles, playhouse, water/sand table as well as other outdoor toys such as children gardening tools, stepping stones, balancing

We also have a fruit bearing pear tree in the garden and a small section of the garden is set aside for the children to grow their own seasonable fruit and vegetables which they can then harvest and use for snacks / cooking activities. Downstairs there is a large lounge / dining room area which is also used for play, kitchen / diner and a toilet and wash basin, I often like to get the children involved in preparing healthy home cooked meals.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a bathroom, for every child that will require rest, I also have a travel cot for the younger children to sleep in a quite area, fresh linen and monitor.

There is a wide choice of toys / activities to choose from in our home to suit all ages / stages of development. It is a strictly non-smoking household.

We have a large log cabin as a playroom for the children this is heated and full of exciting and educating toys for all ages.

We plan many activities out and about as often as we can as feel it's great for children to be out in the fresh air and learn about the environment while mixing with other children and having fun.

We work close with the EYFS in childrens development to ensure your child is developing within the statutory requirements needed to give them the best possible start in life.

I worked as a childminder for over 10 years many years ago and have enjoyed staying in touch with some of the children who are now adults. I decided after a career in learning and development for 13 years, to go back in to childcare as it was something I have a lot of passion for and enjoy very much.

My husband is a fully trained assistant and attends all training with Thurrock council, he supports with school runs days out and activities and any emergencies. He works full time as my assistant, and is registered through Ofsted he is CRB checked and is covered under my insurance.

My aim is not only to promote an extremely relaxing childcare atmosphere at all times, but also to offer the best possible start to the children's education.

You will be kept up to date on your child's development through meeting and a daily diary.

I have references that can also be seen below from parents.

I accept employers childcare vouchers

My Experience

I have a vast experience in all areas of baby care and childcare including: creative play, role-play, singing and dancing, story times, learning nursery rhymes, fine and gross motor skills, counting, alphabet recognition etc.. I have looked after children of friends and family and have experience in babysitting, Childminder with over 10 years experience
I am young at heart and like nothing more than walking through the parks, playing on the swings, a perfect day out for me is the Zoo
I developed my values I believe from my grandfather, he was a very proud man and said family bond was the most important thing in life and that you should always respect people are different and you should always show appreciation and gratitude, as this cost nothing.
I have spent years in Training and Development for a large company and decided I needed to follow my heart and passion, so I resigned and started my training a year ago.
I am still in touch with some of the children I cared for today and have references that you can follow up.
Offer children a happy and inspirational environment and watch them learn and grow
I have a real love of children,
An open-mind about the different ways of parenting,
A caring nature, with lots of patience and a sense of humour,
Flexibility,
Good communication skills

My Qualifications

Completed my CYPOP 5 2013 including:

- Current and Relevant Legislation
- Working with parents
- Business and Marketing
- Safeguarding
- Health & Safety
- Equal Opportunities
- Routines
- Promoting positive play

Level 3 Qualified ( children's and young persons workforce 2014)


Current Paediatric First Aid certificates
The completion of my pre registration
Full, clean driving licence
Past experience working as a childminder looking after many other children
Personal health check
Continuing professional development (CPD)
Worked in learning and development
Hygiene certificate grade 2
Coaching skills certificate
Member of Thurrock Childminding Association
Member of Michel Morton
Full liability insurance
Have had an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure — the most stringent available
Many years in training and development
Level 2 Award in Food Safety
Certificate in Freeflow play
Certificate in Meeting the needs of two year olds
Certificate in Basic awareness in Child Protection
Level 3 child protection
Certificate in Introduction to the EYFS
Certificate in coaching skills
Babbling Babies and Talking Toddlers
Letters and Sounds
Preparing for Ofsted
Self Evaluation
Single Equality Training
Prevent Training

My Availability

I work Monday - Thursday 7.45 - 17.30
No weekends
Please note we focus on under 4's and therefore don't do school drop offs or pick ups.

We will have a space available from March 2017 for Mon - Thur

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no 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 yes yes yes yes no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 13/06/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

Hourly Fee
Monday - Thursday (Between 7.30pm and 5.30pm )

I except both company vouchers and funded children.

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

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  • Training Certificate: Level 2 award in food safety for catering (added 20/01/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Cache Level 3 Diploma for children and young people's workforce (added 20/01/2017)
  • DBS Check (added 20/01/2017)
  • Ofsted Certificate (added 20/01/2017)
  • First Aid Certificate: First aid certificate (added 20/01/2017)
  • Inspection Report: Ofsted outstanding document (added 20/01/2017)

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Bubblegums. 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.

As a parent I first met Kerry and Dave at a playgroup. Our relationship grew as did my daughter. They care for the children they have like their own. They provide wholesome meals for the children ensuring they all sit down together wash hand before and sit together socially until everyone is finished. They always provide a variety of activities for the children they care for whether it's organised play groups or rhyme time, outdoor days in the woods or by the sea or planned days in doors with structure and creativity.
Their setting has a wonderful cabin heated and air conditioned where children can play in all weather's. Kerry and Dave have a fantastic strong partnership and the children including my own daughter love being around them.
Kerry and Dave ensure children's safety is paramount providing children in their care with hi visibility vests when out and work as a tag team co coordinating the child's needs.
As a first time mum I must say Kerry and Dave set examples and ideals of what being a good parent/carer is about. I have learnt so much from observing them and how they set foundations for their children and do much of this for my child. They are inspirational.
Also Kerry and Dave go beyond their remit. Often attending functions out of hours for the children they care for. They also help the children make gifts for their parents on special occasions such as mothers day Easter and Christmas. Not other childminders i have encountered take the time to do this. And these items are irreplaceable.
Fantastic service. Wonderful people. Excellent team.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Bubblegums on 28/08/2017

Kerry and Dave are next best thing to real parents for a child. We have been searching in close proximity as distance was not an option in our circumstance. It appears that our area restricted quest for baby care was a boon as we have located the Bubblegum. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any parent.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Bubblegums on 28/08/2017

I have found this lovely couple for over a year ago by their neighbours recomendations. From the first visit I knew that it was the right place for my son. It took ages for him to settle down. Kerry and Dave made him feel welcomed and loved so he would be more confident in their house. As my son's first language is not english they done a great job by teaching him how to speak in english. Now he wont stop speaking in english, making full sentences and very confident when speaking with neighbours and other kids what he hasnt done before. he even counting till ten, knows some letters, can get mixed up with colours but I am really happy for 23 months old boy.
I cant wish for better childcare as kids hardly ever stay indoors, they always out; at playgroup, park, farm, or even beach. They are never bored as Kerry and Dave have plans set up in advance.
This couple is really incredible beyond the words. You dont have to worry about kids meals as well as all prepared freshly in their home.
Would highly recommend to anyone looking for childminder, Kerry and Dave should be on your top list.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Bubblegums on 26/07/2015

My 2 daughters of 20 months and 9 months both attend Bubblegums and I couldn't have picked a better couple to take care of them. Finding childcare for my daughters was very daunting as they were both so young. Both Kerry and Dave made this as easy as they possible could. My girls are always happy when I pick them up and my eldest is always excited when we pull on the drive shouting "Kerry Kerry Kerry" I can honestly say I go to work knowing that both my girls are happy and enjoying there day with Kerry, Dave and there little friends they have made. They have days out to play group, parks the beach etc. They have lots of healthy meals and snacks. They will always do what they can to support you in anyway they can.
I honestly could not recommend Kerry and Dave enough!!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Bubblegums on 20/07/2015

I done my placement at bubblegums childminder for my course cypw level three childcare course. I have been supported very well by Kerry and Dave and find them very helpful. They have a close bond with the children and have a variety of different toys the children can play with. The setting is very homely and couldn't fault them at all , two very lovely people would highly recommend. Thanks again Kerry and Dave for all your support and hard work xxxx

  • 4 stars Overall

by about Bubblegums on 19/03/2015

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