Childminder in Berkhamsted
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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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My children (ages 2 and 4) have been going to Sarah's for the last year and love it.
From my point of view I just don't know how I'd manage without her, Mark and Ali. I work shifts so need to be flexible around days and hours. Sarah could not be more flexible with this and if we are late due to delayed trains etc. this is never a problem and makes life just a little bit less stressful. I often drop my children off in their Pyjamas and she takes care of the rest. As a commuter, this flexibility either side of the day makes such a difference compared to strict nursery times as getting back on time is often not something you are always able to control.
Both my children attend the local preschool (also fantastic) and Sarah has an excellent relationship with the staff there so I know that any issues will be communicated back and she is happy to pick up and drop off (and there is no charge whilst they are there)
The children love it and both mine have grown in confidence whilst being with Sarah and have a really lovely group of little friends. Because there are quite a lot of children there there is pretty much always a child the same age to play with. The older ones are encouraged to look out for the younger ones and seeing them all play so nicely together is just lovely. There are loads of kids but it just seems to work and whilst busy, never seems chaotic.
Sarah and Mark have pretty much dedicated her house to the kids and the garden especially is great.
Most days there are outings to a toddler group/ Mead farm/ Zoo/ soft play and then they will go out to the park after school too. The children spend a great deal of time outdoors.
I was initially quite hesitant about trying a childminder but having used both a nursery and a nanny, there is no way I would consider anything else now. It's a pretty unique setup but it really does work and my children are so happy and settled there.
We have been sending our son, Alfie, to Sarah since he was 7 months old (he is now 2 years old). As he was our first child, the decision on which childcare setting to use was a huge one - and we are so, so glad that we made the choice we did.
Although Sarah is a childminder, she is like no other in that her setting provides interaction with many more children than other childminders (akin to a nursery), because of the addition of Mark and Ali as assistants. This for us was a major factor in deciding to send Alfie to Sarah, as the main benefit for us in sending him to childcare is that he would develop social skills through interacting with other children. The variety of ages and number of children Sarah looks after means that he gets this ten-fold, and has made so many little friends during his time with Sarah. I am also certain that his advanced language and communication skills are a result of him interacting with all the children (and three lovely adults!) on a daily basis. This is also very different to the care provided at nursery, where often the younger children are kept separate from the older ones - something Alfie would struggle with as I know he adores the older children and learns an awful lot from them.
Another thing we love about Sarah's facility is the fact that she works with Mark and Ali. It is really unusual to find childcare with a male influence, and Alfie absolutely adores Mark. His relationship with all three carers is fabulous, and we couldn't think of three better individuals to look after our children. We also believe that having three adults to interact with has again contributed to his social skill development in that he is happy talking to other adults outside of this setting, and is a very friendly, happy-go-lucky child.
Throughout his time with Sarah, Alfie has also attended a nursery (for a week whilst Sarah was on holiday), and many of his friends are sent to nursery full-time. Whilst I am sure this works for lots of children (and Alfie enjoyed his week there), we feel that Sarah's home setting offers the best of both worlds, in that Alfie gets the interaction with lots of children and three adults, but it also offers a homely environment, with daily outings versus being cooped up in one room all day, every day as happens in most nurseries. Sarah's daily trips to toddler groups, the zoo, local farms, etc again is a real draw for us. Alfie has always been super interested in animals, and again his vocabulary in this area is way beyond his age - for the reason, I am sure, that he is taken on trips to see so many lovely animals each week and gets to talk about them with the other children and his carers. Similarly his visits to toddler groups and soft play allows him the opportunity to interact in a public situation, so again he now knows how to behave around children and adults he doesn't know.
The children at Sarah's are also taken on school runs daily - which prepares them mentally for going to pre-school and school later on. This leaves me in a really positive frame of mind for the future, as again Alfie is fully prepared for the next stage and is used to seeing the older children go to and from school each day. (It has also made his transition to going to pre-school two mornings a week much easier as he has been exposed to it since he was tiny and knows so many of the other children there from Sarah's).
In terms of setting, Sarah provides everything a child needs (and could ever want!) from daily play. Her play room and garden are a credit to her passion and devotion to her role, and the huge kitchen-diner is another bonus as it allows all the children to eat together in a very communal manner. Again I am sure all this contributes to the positive development of all the children in her care.
Finally, communication at Sarah's is absolutely fantastic. We get to speak to her or Ali every day, and I feel absolutely at ease with how we interact. I also love the addition of her Instagram account as a way of seeing what fun the little ones get up to each day. It brings a smile to my face, and allows me to feel more involved with what Alfie (and now Rocco - our second son, who has been going full-time for the past 8 weeks, since he was 7 months old) get up to on a daily basis (especially helpful when my husband does the pick-up and forgets to ask what the children did that day, as I can still talk to Alfie about what he did that day, based on what I've seen on Instagram).
Overall I couldn't speak highly enough of Sarah, Ali and Mark and would not hesitate in recommending them to any parent looking at childcare options. She and her team are such an important part of our lives, that I couldn't imagine how we would cope without them, and only hope that she continues to childmind for years to come so that both our boys (and any future additions!) can benefit from her fabulous facility.
Sarah has cared for my three children since my youngest was 16 months old and we hold her very dearly as part of our family. Sarah now has them before and after school/pre-school for us.
We love the flexibility and the fact that the children feel part of the family. We trust Sarah, Ali and Mark with our children because we know they'll always do their best for them and put their safety and wellbeing first. Sarah goes beyond her role and is always there to offer advice. They have a great variety of things to do with lots of adventures. Sarah shares our values of plenty of fresh air, fun and exercise, home cooked meals and no nonsense! Days out and picnics in the park on the long summer days are the best. It's even better when the children come home after managing to do a bit of reading or homework, so that we get to spend some quality time with them.
Sarah always make special events such as Christmas so magical for the children with elf on the shelf, trips to Santa and lots of craft.
I took my son out of nursery a few months ago so that he could go to Sarah's when I went back to work full time. I used to leave my son balling his eyes out every time I dropped him off at nursery and since going to Sarah's he's a happier, more talkative child who hasn't once protested about me leaving him for the day. In turn that makes me a much happier Mum, I have total peace of mind when I'm at work.
Sarah has an amazing set up and have dedicated their house to the children. It's a kids wonderland with amazing toys and a great garden. Together with the lovely Ali and Mark they run a tight ship organising the children for the school drop offs. They're outside a lot, walking through the village and spend a lot of time at the zoo and farm. The children all seem to love Sarah, Ali and Mark and whenever I see the kids they are all happy and playing cheerfully.
I can't recommend Sarah and her team highly enough.
Sarah has been an integral part of our support network for over 6 years now. She doesn't just help look after our children, she takes a keen interest in and makes an active contribution to their development. Sarah is a source of great advice and her knowledge is second to none. She goes out of her way to help when we need it and is 100% reliable.
Our children love going to Sarah's and always enjoy the activities and trips she lays on - especially summer picnics in the park!
All in all,we couldn't manage without Sarah, Ali & Mark.
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