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Childminder in Blackheath

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Female Non-smoker Member since Mar 2013 Last Updated Aug 2020 Last Login 30 Oct 2020 Email

My Summary

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About Me

Bonjour les parents!
I am a French childminder in Blackheath, Ofsted outstanding and good with outstanding features, loving what I do! You can find out what Ofsted think of me by googling "Ofsted report Estelle Biancelli"

I look after young children on a full-day basis, they generally are between 10 months and 3.5 years of age. In addition to speaking only French to the children, I offer completely cooked-from-scratch food, daily outings to local places of interest, structured pre-planned activities at home, no TV but piano and guitar, singing and books, and lots of fun and laughter! I am based 7 min walk from Blackheath station, in my house (with garden) in a quiet cul-de-sac from which we walk everywhere, with easy parking for you to drop off/pick up your children.
I am looking forward to getting to know your little one and to spending some quality time with them! I believe it is great for children to be with other children their age that they can truly build relationships with, and to do so in a homely environment. We make a happy little group. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and pay us a visit... Merci!

My Experience

I have a four-year degree in French literature, specialising in teaching French as a foreign language. Until 8 years ago that is what I was doing: giving one-to-one tuitions to adults locally. I am still teaching, but a different kind of students: young children! The fastest learners maybe!!
I have been working as a childminder for 8 years now, enjoying every minute of it. I also have two children, two girls aged 13 and 15, so it all fits together.
As a childminder, I go out every day with the children, walking to our local library (the Age Exchange in Blackheath), to the French playgroup that I led for 7 years, the softplay at the Greenwich Centre, to The Beach at the Conservatoire or the deer enclosure at Greenwich Park, or sometimes we just go to the station to see the trains, to the pond to feed the ducks, or on nature walks to stop and observe our environment, talk to the cats, try to catch the pigeons... We are so incredibly lucky to have such a choice of outings, all within walking distance.
I have a positive, fun, encouraging attitude as well as excellent planning and a good routine. That means that the children feel secure and happy, which best allows them to learn and develop. We alternate between spending time at home doing pre-planned, structured activities (no TV no screens), time in stimulating environments such as the French playgroup learning around other children, and some family time when my "big girls" are back from school and we gather around the table for a nice dinner - or a picnic in the garden.
Every day, I offer breakfast, lunch, a snack mid-afternoon, and a full dinner. Healthy food is an absolute priority for me, and I never use any processed or ready-made dishes. We even make our own playdough! I cook everything from scratch, with plenty of fruit and veg for happy, healthy children.

My Qualifications

I have all the required training to be an Ofsted-registered childminder including first aid, food safety, and safeguarding. I am a member of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (ex National Childminding Association), I have access to their training and 24/7 helplines and I follow their directives. I accept childcare vouchers.
I also hold a 4-year degree in French literature specialising in teaching French as a foreign language, plus a few more qualifications... and: much love of children!
The main added-value I provide is that I always speak French to the children. I have raised my own children bilingual (actually "2.5-lingual" as my husband is Italian) and their French is absolutely superb. I use the same resources with my "minded" children, actively teaching them new words, making sure they get many opportunities to re-hear and repeat... I am passionate about teaching French, passionate about giving children a loving, positive, exciting environment, and very keen to create a good relationship with you the parents!
I will look after children whose home language is English, French, or any other language, that is perfectly fine and feasible. Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss any question.

My Availability

I have spaces opening up 24 August 2020! Please do get in touch to discuss xxx
I have a very flexible settling-in procedure: you spend with us as much time as you like : ) Typically families pay me an initial visit at my house, to see if they like the feel of the setting and if they feel their child could be happy with us. I then visit you one evening to show the documents I use, explain how I plan for the children’s development, track their progress, and we discuss any questions you might have. After that, you are welcome to spend as much or as little time with us as you feel is necessary, joining into our activities and sharing our meals. I really want to make it a happy and easy transition for your child!

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My Fees

  • Childminding from £11.50 per hour

£120 a day (7.30am to 6pm), which includes breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner, as well as all outings, activities, and resources. I cook everything from scratch and I am always happy to buy nice new resources for the children's learning and development.

My Local Schools

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Below are the latest reviews for FrenchChildminder. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other Childcare.co.uk users and not of Childcare.co.uk. Parents must carry out their own checks and references on childcare providers to ensure that they are completely happy before enaging in the use of their services.

I first met Estelle at the playgroup she used to run and she was so warm and welcoming that she instantly put me and my little boy at ease. She is so engaging and brilliant at story telling and singing that my little boy instantly adored her. I also observed how attentive and caring she was to the children in her care. During lockdown, she ran wonderful story telling and song sessions on Zoom which were such a treat and we so enjoyed taking part. I think any child would be incredibly lucky to have her as their childminder.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Communication

by Catriona about FrenchChildminder on 09/09/2020

Estelle gave our daughter an amazing first experience of being away from her parents in the day. She is very approachable, outdoorsy and always doing lovely things with the children. She is relaxed and a calming person for Henrietta. Her daughters helped Henrietta sleep. She was always very well fed and looked after. She also did things to help our family like collect Henrietta when my wife had a bad back. I can’t recommend her highly enough.! I hope Henrietta can continue to see her.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by Gareth about FrenchChildminder on 07/08/2020

We have really enjoyed the Zoom sessions that Estelle has been doing since the beginning of lockdown! My son is usually distracted when trying to attend virtual events, but every time Estelle appears on screen he's hooked. She's an excellent story-teller and makes all the nice gestures and sounds to keep the little ones involved. I'm not sure who enjoys her songs more, me or my 2 year old? :-)

We'd be delighted to have her look after him and would not hesitate recommending her to any parent out there.

Merci beaucoup, Estelle!

Irina & Lucas

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Food
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by irrrina about FrenchChildminder on 03/08/2020

The Zoom sessions organised by Estelle have been such a joy and relief during these challenging times. My daughter, who is just under 2 years old, enjoys them so much. We look forward to them every week!

  • 5 stars Overall

by MAB about FrenchChildminder on 01/06/2020

Estelle has been a wonderful support to so many parents during the covid-19 pandemic.
Offering online story time and singing time every day, doing it with positivity, gusto and smiles for the little ones.
My little one learnt to make actions to one of his favourite songs thanks to Estelle!
Big thank you to her : )

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Leilah about FrenchChildminder on 23/05/2020

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