Childminder in Berkhamsted
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|Overnight Care||First Aid Training|
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|Full Driving Licence||Own Car|
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I am an Ofsted registered childminder (graded Outstanding - July 2010) and I work in and around the village I live - Little Gaddesden, near Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead. I look after children from 0 months to 13 years old, mostly part-time children never seem to leave! I have 2 assistants who work full and part-time with me and 3 children of my own. If you would like to know more please visit my website
I have childminded children of all ages for 20 years, as my own have grown up. I did some emergency fostering in the past. I have help run / co-ordinate various toddler groups over the years, and still do.
One of my biggest assets is being in a small village with lots of outdoor space which I take full advantage of with walks every week, park visits almost daily and picnics in the summer, which the children thoroughly enjoy.
I am currently doing a degree in Early Years through Open University. As well as the following training courses:
a vocational childminding course, paediatric first aid, diversity, Ofsted SEF Writing, Safeguarding Children, Childcare practitioner in home-based setting, Childminders food safety, EYFS Next Steps, Assessment for Planning 0-5, Food Hygiene, Diversity in the workplace, Mind your Business: Price it right, Planning the future, Promoting business, Working with parents and many more
I try to fit children in whenever parents need it, as much as possible. I am VERY flexible starting at 6.30am and can finish at 8pm.
I do emergency cover i.e one-offs and holidays, part cover i.e half days.
Contact me to see if I have spaces available.
I collect from Little Gaddesden School and pre-school, Potten End School and pre-school and Kingfisher Montessori in Gaddesden Row.
I charge £5.30 and hour for all children, a sibling discount for the older child.
£2.00 per meal
No Holiday pay
Full, part-time and term-time available
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Childminder versus Nursery
My daughter had been in a very good nursery since she was 10 months old and my son since 6 months. When Grace started half day nursery classes at her primary school I needed to find an alternative and more flexible childcare solution. Sarah had been recommended to me by several people so I decided to move both the children to her (my son was 18 months and Grace was 3 1/2). It was the best move I could have made and I wished wholeheartedly that I had found her sooner.
Whilst I was very happy with nursery, Sarah has so much more to offer. When I used to pick the children up from nursery they were invariably 'frazzled' and tearful after a full on day. Sarah's is home from home and both children were noticeably more relaxed and rested being in a home environment with peaceful places to sleep or relax. Sarah also makes a real effort to take the children out to get fresh air and stimulation. Every day they go to different parks or playgroups and get lots of time outdoors in Sarah's really well equipped garden. Very importantly she can offer so much more flexibility than a nursery. If I am delayed on the train I no longer stress - she is always happy to hold on to them and will even bath them if I am really late. They love being together and I only have one pick-up.
There has never been a moment when I have regretted changing both children to Sarah's welcoming and loving home - I just wish I had used her from the beginnning!
My daughter recently started 'BIG' school and as a working Mum I was overly concerned about how we could juggle childcare and, more importantly, who I could trust and feel comfortable with to take on this role.
I spoke to many Mums about my worries and various sources including Childcare.co.uk led me to Sarahs door.
From the first time I contacted Sarah I have found her welcoming, unbelievably flexible, friendly, caring and my daughters happiness reassuring. The proof is in the pudding and upon Sarah's request I took my daughter for a visit to see whether she felt comfortable in Sarah's surroundings and company.
One thing I loved about Sarah's surroundings is that it provides a home from home environment, if the children are tired they can chill out on the sofa, if they want to draw or read they can and if they want to run around outside they can do that too. The surroundings provide the children with the autonomy of choice they have at home under excellent supervision.
My fears were totally unfounded, my daughter was at home immediately and the settling-in process was very smooth; so much so that when I did pick up on my day off my daughter asked me why I was doing it - she wanted Sarah!
Trust and flexibility in a caring, loving and thriving environment is all important and Sarah and her team provide this without question. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Sarah; holiday care is also on offer and the activities / outings Sarah offers the children is second to none.
One very happy and chilled out Mum!
My two have been with Sarah for 3 years and have a great time in a wonderful, supportive home environment where kids thrive and grow into well rounded, confident and loving individuals.
Sarah is helpful, thoughtful and consistent, providing a flexible childcare facility in a great area for kids. It makes managing work and family so much easier and the availability of early drop off and later pick up, dealing with train delays etc without having to panic is a Godsend!
My 21 month old has been with Sarah since the summer and although I was nervous about finding the right child care for him, I have been delighted with how he has settled in.
Sarah and her team are great with the kids and it's great to see how well all the children get on and behave so well.
The most important thing for me was finding somebody I could trust completely and secondly I needed flexibility and Sarah and her team have been amazing. The moment I walked into Sarah's house I felt comfortable and I knew that James would be safe in her hands. I haven't heard of any child minder that is as accommodating as Sarah in terms of flexibility, she is just great and I would highly recommend her to all parents.
Perfect for us
Our daughter has now been with Sarah for just under a year having joined when she was 11 months old.
As any parent will tell you looking for the right childcare can be hard work, thankfully after having visited a few other childcare establishments we were lucky enough to come across Sarah and the team. As soon as we first visited it just â€˜felt rightâ€™ and it is now sometimes hard to get our child to come home with us at the end of the day!
Sarah seems to have an innate understanding of the fact that not only is every child an individual but every parent has different needs too and these are all met with empathy and professionalism.
We would not be able to get the right balance for us were it not for the level of flexibility offered, Sarah makes our lives as parents that little bit easier and offers our little girl the continuity of care we wanted. Definitely to be recommended.
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