Hi I am an Ofsted registered childminder just been graded outstanding in all areas on my ofsted inspection carried out 2nd February 2017. specialising in forest childcare. Forest childcare gives children the opportunity to spend time in the great outdoors on a regular basis. Outdoor play and outings can contribute to children's confidence, learning and health and most importantly help children to appreciate the natural environment.
I became interested in working with children twenty years ago when teaching English as a foreign language in Taiwan. After that I worked for social services here and then worked at local schools for ten years and I am a qualified higher level teaching assistant. I live in Westcliff on sea sea in Westminster drive at the very top - London road end opposite chalkwell park. which is very close to Chalkwell School and Darlinghurst and the park and beach.
I love being outdoors with the children and spend lots of time at parks, woods, beach, swimming , cooking, arts and crafts and toddler groups. I have an allotment with another childminder which the children love and we regularly cook foods we have grown there. I work in partnership with Admiral Court care home visiting the residents with the children -. We take part in activities with them including celebrating special days like Chinese New Year, May Day, Easter activities, Christmas and joining in doing painting and cooking with the residents. I recently won an award for my work with the local community which I am very proud of. I live with my lovely husband and have one daughter aged 22 who is ofsted registered and my assistant. We have a gorgeous labrador named George and a tiny cavachon named Molly. I have a large garden with lots of garden toys. I have a nursery upstairs for the babies to sleep peacefully and a playroom for the children.
i have a level 3 nvq in children and young people and over ten years working with children of all different ages and abilities - i have a degree course in child development, mathematics and the social sciences and am a qualified higher lever teaching assistant. I also have a certificate in forest school learning. I have attended many courses on management, behaviour, role play, sign language , safeguarding children ....and am trained in paediatric first aid.
Ofsted registered childminder
Certificate in forest childcare
Quality assured network childminder - can take funded children
level 1 in home based childcare.
level 3 diploma in childhood studies
certificate in fire safety.
certificate in safeguarding children.
qualified first aider.
higher level teaching assistant
Worked in schools for ten years
Follow eyfs every child matters
Open university degree level passes in child development, social sciences, mathematics and specialised teaching assistant
i am available from 7:00am until 6pm Monday to Thursday
|Last Updated: 08/09/2019|
- Childminding from £6.00 per hour
£6 per hour
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- Training Certificate: level 4 safeguarding (added 26/04/2019)
- Inspection Report: inspection report (added 26/04/2019)
- UK Passport (added 26/04/2019)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 26/04/2019)
- Childminding Agency Certificate (added 26/04/2019)
- First Aid Certificate: first aid (added 26/04/2019)
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Our daughter has been going to Maria's since the beginning of 2019, and we are so thankful for all the care, education and fun times she provides.
As I work as a freelance and my schedule is never the same, but Maria has been so accommodating and flexible.
We love the fact that she sends up pictures through out the day, so that we know what our girl is up to!
We love her!!
Maria offers a loving home-from-home environment which our two children who are now 4 and 6 years old have been lucky to have benefitted from since they were babies. They absolutely love going to Maria's and regularly ask to go for extra days. She is extremely caring, enthusiastic and passionate about what she does and this is really evident in the quality care our children receive. Maria works really hard to ensure she offers the children brilliant opportunities to learn and develop all whilst having lots and lots of fun. She checks in regularly with parents to establish the children's current likes and interests so she can tailor child-led activities to each child's level or need. She provides lots of fun games to help them learn numbers, letters, colours, shapes, reading and writing, along with weighing/measuring, cooking, creative and messy play etc the list is endless really. We are always amazed by how much they learn each day when they are at Maria's.
The children spend a lot of time outdoors learning about the world, this could be anything from a treasure hunt in the park, putting on wellies and jumping in muddy puddles, trips to the beach, or growing vegetables at her allotment. She regularly organises trips to places such as the vets, fire station, optician etc, along with attending local children's groups. She also works closely with a local elderly care home which the children visit weekly and they get to do all sorts of activities, games and singing alongside the residents who they have developed lovely relationships with.
All this means she has been a fundamental part of getting our children ready for school, working with them on anything from counting or identifying letters to being able to do up their buttons independently. Additionally tools like circle time help the children develop in confidence, speak in front of their peers and to be able to sit and take turns and listen to others. To help them transition to school she suggested we bring a book bag each week (during the year they were due to start school) in which she puts a different storybook and related activity sheet to work on at home. She also suggests activities to try at home in line with the children's current learning needs.
Maria communicates with parents via a learning journal, which she fills in daily so you always know what has happened during the day, including what they have eaten (always healthy and homemade), whether they have napped, used the toilet, their activities and any observations. The aspect that we also love is the regular photos we receive during the day documenting exactly what the children have been up to, which really helps to know that they are happy and having a wonderful time.
Maria is awesome and we really can't recommend her highly enough.
From the moment my little girl started with Maria she loved it!
Maria collects my daughter from school and has her in the school holidays, she gets to experience so many different things whilst continuing her learning.
Maria caters for all weather's and the children are always out and about having fun, taking part in the community and learning skills.
I'm am kept up to date at all points throughout the day with photos of the fun my daughter is having.
I couldn't recommend her highly enough!
If you need a childminder Maria is your lady ! My child started with Maria after I came out of a relationship and needed childcare in order to go to work , Maria looked after my son whilst I went to work and my son (even though he’s at school now ) still asks to go see Maria . She has helped shape my child into the lovely little boy he is today . Maria is kind considerate ,caring ,understanding passionate , and just the most loveliest lady ever !! Maria takes the children on the most wonderful days out , does lots of fun activities with the children playgroups the list is endless !! I really recommend Maria she always has a smile on her face and has the biggest heart ever !! Your child will be nurtured with Maria what more could you ask for !!
Our daughter has been with Maria for a few months now. Wow she's come on leaps and bounds. She's only 21 months but everyday she suprises me. It can be tough leaving little ones when you are working but I couldn't fault Maria. She messages throughout the day with photos of my daughter and what she's up too which really helps when we miss her. We have a lovely diary to read when we get home too listing all her activities. From the moment we met Maria we knew she was the best of the best.
I love the fact the children are constantly doing activities and going out. Especially to care homes and interacting with the local community. Home cooked meals are fantastic too my little one loves Maria's cooking!
Such a lovely, caring and kind lady and great team with her mum and daughter.
Couldn't recommend enough :)
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