5 stars (23)

Childminder in Westcliff On Sea

Female Non-smoker Member since Feb 2010 Last Updated Mar 2019 Last Login 17 Jul 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered

About Me

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.

My Experience

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.

My Qualifications

Ofsted registered childminder
Certificate in forest childcare
Quality assured network childminder - can take funded children
level 1 in home based childcare.
Accredited childminder.
level 3 diploma in childhood studies
crb checked.
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

My Availability

i am available from 7:00am until 6:15 Monday to Thursday

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning no no no no no no no
Afternoon yes no no yes no no no
After School yes yes yes yes no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 30/03/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.00 per hour

£6 per hour

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 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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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 !!

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by about maria on 26/02/2019

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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by about maria on 28/01/2019

Maria is well worth sitting on a waiting list for, along with her beautiful mother and daughter team.

The home environment is a well-equipped chaos of fun, learning and love.... but most of the time the kids are out and about anyway, in the park, woods, local care home or at a day trip to an educational venue such as a dentist, optician or even the AIRPORT (all arranged by this fantastic team). You get great pictorial updates throughout the day which is lovely to see and share as the children run around like a happy pack. My 2YO daughter has a group of friends that greet her at the door and take her in by the hand.... my heart melts every time. As far as learning goes, my daughter has learnt all her basic colours, can count to 15 and has more words in her vocabulary than most teenagers... so Maria must be doing something right :)

All food is prepared by Maria... some of the ingredients are picked by the kids in her allotment. It's fresh. It's healthy. The kids tend to eat a lot better there than at home!

In short, I could not recommend Maria enough.

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by about maria on 16/11/2018

As soon as we met Maria, we knew we didn't want our daughter to go anywhere else. Maria is such a lovely warm person and the biggest compliment is how much the children and parents love her.
Our daughter has been with Maria for over a year now and she loves going to Maria's. Maria makes sure the children's days are packed with activities and learning and keeps us informed of our daughter's progress towards milestones. We love getting pictures throughout the day and looking at our daughters book in the evening to see what they have been up to.
Maria lets us know what the activities and themes are for the week and I love that the children have plenty of outdoor activities as well as indoor, they go to the allotment, beach, park, library, and even the fire station. They also regularly visit the local care home and it is so nice to see the children interacting with the residents and having all these different experiences.

Our little one is so happy, confident and chatty and Maria is such a big part of that. I don't know how she does it!

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by about maria on 19/09/2018

We are so pleased we found Maria! Whilst we waited for a place in her setting we had to send our son to a nursery for 6 months, but since being with Maria he has been happier, confident and literally bursting with energy. If he could talk he would be telling us so much about his day. But we are part of it through Maria's updates throughout the day and it makes us smile to see how much he is doing and learning, and taking such a keen interest in all the new things he is taking part in.
Maria does so much with the kids and with so much passion,enthusiasm, creativity and energy, he has experienced so much more than the nursery could ever give him. One of the reasons we had wanted him to be with Maria is because of all the outdoor learning, and he really is getting that and exploring so much with all the toys in the garden, the beach, the woods, the allotment and transferring all this back to the house with displays and cooking. It is a great environment for him to be in and he loves Maria and the dogs so much!
If we can't be with him every day then we are very glad he is with Maria exploring the world and learning so much, he is a very happy, busy boy.

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by about maria on 17/09/2018

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