Hi, my name is Claire, I'm an OFSTED registered Childminder. I'm a married mother of 3 boys aged 17, 14 and 12 years old. I've lived in Sandy for 20 years. I started childminding 12 years ago after the birth of my youngest son, previously I worked in the insurance industry for 10 years.
My First Aid qualification in Paediatric Childcare is valid and I have just completed Designated Lead Safeguarding training.
I am currently updating to Babydays, which is all completed via my IPad, so no reems of paper to complete and Childs progress photos etc can be accessed daily by you.
My main aim for the children is to have fun and feel safe whilst in my care, we go out and about as much as possible both locally & further afield. During holiday time we'll make good use of the local cycle track, whether it be on foot or bike, picnicing by the Lock or bouncing at The Danish Camp, making Sandcastles at Willington Beach or Waresley Garden Centre. Moggerhanger Park is a great play area with beautiful flowers & baby lambs, treasure hunts & nature walks. During the sch holidays we've enjoyed trips to the Cinema following on from our successful outing in the half term hols (movies for juniors my treat to my mindees). Our Christmas film this yr was Gremlins. I try and find as many free outdoor activities as possible as having 3 children myself, I know how expensive it can be! The woods, local parks, Roxton Maze, a fav at Waresley Garden Centre to stock up on seeds, have a play in the sandpit or play area or the seasonal activity search. Jungle Jims is a nice place for the smaller ones to meet up & burn off some energy, as we try and keep in contact with the many friends made whilst in my care.
We also see both sets of grandparents regularly and as such all ages get to mix together and get the odd treat or two.
I'm always trying out new arts & crafts for the children to make things to take home, having lovingly made parent presents for Mother's Day, Fathers Day and Easter presents we aim to make fantastic gifts & keepsakes for Halloween and Christmas. My children are always suggesting things that the younger ones will enjoy doing and look forward to spending more time with them in the school hols.
I am building towards being a Forest Association provider. We are growing flowers, peas, beans, peppers, carrots, sweet corn, potatoes, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Sunflowers competition is always popular the children are all very much involved to ensure they are all doing well. Fingers crossed we will have pumpkins ready for Halloween. All the children play a part in gardening depending on their ages, it's lovely to see them wonder in awe as things start to grow from seeds they planted :0) Blackberry picking and crumble making are a favourite end of summer activity, there were bumper crops last year we made the best apple & blackberry crumbles that the children took home to share with their families.
We have loads of outdoor and indoor activities, toys and equipment for all ages and abilities, far too many to mention!
Two other much loved family members are our 2 lovely Labradoodle dogs who we walk daily be it rain, shine or snow.... So clothes for all weathers are a must. One of which is a 3 year old puppy, she's settled really well and teaching the children lots about respect and responsibility. My children embrace having minded children around and are often miffed at the weekend that no-ones coming over to play, as they do not see my work merely their friends. We have enjoyed a fantastic Summer hols , Autumn outings & Halloween crafts a great success. We are now busy using our pumpkins as giant poppies whilst learning about remembrance with the Christmas crafts which have started creeping in too!
Lots of experience of being a mum, an Auntie of 4 and a Godmother to three families! I have been registered with Ofsted as a childminder for the last 12 years. My car is fully insured for Childminding outings.
Last yr we raised £85 by doing 2 Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Walks for Save the Children. We had a fantastic time, we got soaked & raised money for a very worth while cause. We are currently saving milk bottle lids for the British Heart Foundation & crisp packets & biscuit wrappers for Sandy Christmas Lights. We are also supporting operation Christmas child with 3 shoe boxes, Little boxes for Tesco appeal and a total package for the homeless. The children are learning all about the world and different peoples circumstances.
I have been on the relevant Childminding course, I hold a current First Aid For Early Years Certificate and all of my training courses are up to date. I have a full clean driving licence and have my own car, with full insurance to take the children out and about. I also have a BA Hons Degree in Business.
I have great references which I am more than happy to share and I have already booked my annual leave for the entire year, so I am very organised!
I only work Monday to Friday. Working hours are usually 7.00 am to 6 pm, most of the children come for brekki. I can offer School holiday places or short term contracts. I do drop off and collecting from Maple Tree Primary School including Nursery.
If your enquiry is for sometime in the future, I am happy to keep your details if you would like to be added to my waiting list.
|Last Updated: 31/05/2020|
- Childminding from £4.00 per hour
£4.00 per hour, discount given if 2 or more siblings :0) attend
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Maple Tree Lower School
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