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Average Rating: (5 from 8 reviews)
My little boy started with Lisa and her team in July 2014, just before his 2nd birthday.She had been recommended by colleagues whose children already went to her. I had been quite anxious about this transition as he was very fond of his previous childminder, but it went more smoothly than I could have imagined. He clearly felt safe and content in his new setting very quickly and that is credit to Lisa and her team for the way they supported the transition and the nurturing environment they create.
Once starting his language skills very quickly developed and this was helped by the fact that he was playing with children of various ages. He is a very active little boy, so the fact that there is a large outdoor area, some with covering to allow outdoor play even when it is raining, has been really important. He has developed greatly in all areas but perhaps most importantly to me is the way social and emotional development is promoted. He has developed lovely friendships and it is clear that the children care about each other. They are helped to develop awareness of their feelings and those of other people. This has really helped him to verbalise some of his frustrations.
During the past 6 months my little boy has experienced some significant life events including the arrival of a sibling and starting preschool. Lisa has been a fantastic source of support not just to him but also to me during these transitions. i will be sending my little girl there and I would certainly recommend her to other parents.
My son Zack has been going to Lisa's 4 days a week since he was 13 months old, when I returned to work. I found the process of finding a childminder / nursery very stressful and difficult - it's such a huge thing to be giving someone your most precious possession to look after and nurture whilst you are out at work. HOWEVER, as soon as my husband and I came across Lisa, we both quickly agreed that she would be the ideal choice of childminder for us.
The facilities Lisa has at her home are fantastic and includes a purpose built out-house for the children, full of stimulating and varied toys, games and equipment and a sensory den, which they all love. She also has a good garden space and space at the side of the house for other creative activities, including planting vegetables and seeds.
It is clear when you talk to Lisa how experienced she is and that she has worked in a range of childcare settings over the years. I often ask her for advice and information and she has always been able to answer my questions and/or direct me to other useful information and resources. She will always take the time out to talk to you, despite how busy she is running her childminding business.
From day one, I could see the lovely bond she has with all the children there and this is such an important factor when considering a childminder. The children love giving her cuddles and clearly have great affection for her and it is obvious how much she enjoys the job she does. All of Lisa's assisstants are great as well and my son goes to all of them freely and easily and they also demonstrate good bonds with the children they care for. When I go and collect Zack, I always get feedback from one of the team about how he has been and they can always answer any questions I have.
Without doubt, my son has moved on developmentally so much since he has been going to Lisa's. Part of the reason I chose a childminder over a nursery is that I love the idea of the younger children all being mixed in with the older children so they can learn from them. All the children are taught to be very respectful to one another and the older ones know to be careful and look after the younger ones and it's lovely to see.
Lisa is understanding about any dietary requirments your child may have and always adheres to these. She makes nutritious and healthy meals and although my son can be very picky with food at home, I always get reports that he eats everything at Lisa's and wants seconds!
There are so many more positive things I could say on here about Lisa Newman. She is a fantastic childminder and very organised and committed to what she does and I am so pleased we have found her to help look after our son! Thanks Lisa and all your assisstants - you do a great job :)
Both of my sons (4 and 1) go to Lisa’s childcare setting. The fact that our second child had a place before he was even born, says it all. We are truly happy with the setting and never considered any other option. My 4-year old has felt at home at Lisa’s from a very young age and still goes there before and after school. Now his little brother spends three days of the week there too, it’s is so nice to see the boys have some brother-time together, despite not being at home.
Our second son (1) never had a problem settling in and seems to have a great time while he is there. Every night Lisa sends a short update on what they did throughout the day, together with some photos, which is such a nice and reassuring thing to read and look at. Lisa and her assistants are very creative in what they do each day, using natural materials, digging in soil, harvesting, playing with water and sand etc. Something that is vital to us are healthy meals, and even my little man shows me that he loves mealtimes with his friends by sitting down on his chair demanding toast as soon as we get through the door.
The fact that it has a family feel to the place, and that the whole family gets involved with the children, I like the most. Considering the time the children spend there, we wanted it to feel like a second home to them rather than a place where they have to go when Mummy and Daddy have to work – and it truly does to them.
When my second son came along, his brother showed no sign of jealousy and was so attentive towards him. I truly believe that he learned to be respectful to other children at Lisa’s and that mixing with children of different age groups spurred on his development and taught him consideration and patience.
I recently had a career change and needless to say things have been manic. However, I could focus on the new job as I was confident that our children are being cared for in a safe and caring environment, which was a tremendous help.
Lisa has been looking after Will (who is now 14 months old) since January 2012. Will goes for four days a week and genuinely seems to have a great time whilst he is there.
It took Will a few weeks to properly settle in but I think that is only natural and given he had periods when he wasnâ€™t well, is to be expected. However, although it was quite a difficult time it was made so much better thanks to Lisa, she helped us both through it. Whether it was good or bad, Lisa would keep me regularly updated on how Will was getting on, which was hugely reassuring. Her words of encouragement helped so much and made my return to work so much easier.
Will has come on leaps and bounds having been with Lisa. Itâ€™s great when he comes home having learnt the actions to a new song and performs them for/with us. He also seems very aware of other children and people generally and although he has always been quite a wilful little boy his confidence has grown. Will can be a fussy eater, but has dramatically improved and he is more willing to try things having spent time with Lisa.
The setting for childcare is excellent. Whenever I have had to go during the course of the day all the children seem happy and I am yet to see them doing the same activity! The variety of toys and range of activities is fantastic. Not only has one room been dedicated to the children in the house but there is also a purpose built outhouse. The garden is great and I love the idea that all the children get involved with growing vegetables. Lisa also has two registered assistants who are also brilliant and I very much get the sense that they really work as a team and all share the same ethos to childcare. Will also LOVES Harry the dog and Lisaâ€™s husband Rob â€“ Itâ€™s a tough call for whoâ€™s favourite!
I donâ€™t have a massive support network (most of my family live abroad) and as Will is my first child it can be quite daunting at times, I feel Lisa is always there for me to sound out ideas and get a different perspective which is invaluable.
Deciding who is to care for your child is a big deal but I can honestly say that we made the right choice when choosing Lisa. Her home is always clean and welcoming (I donâ€™t know how she does it). Having confidence that your child is being cared for in a safe and caring environment is priceless. Lisa is both kind and considerate. All the children seem to love Lisa and this simply speaks for itself.
Lisa has been a wonderful childminder to our little girl, aged 3. She picks her up after school for 2 days a week and looks after her for about two and a half hours. Our daughter has thoroughly enjoyed going to Lisa's, and has had an excellent range of toys to keep her occupied, both inside the house and outside. Lisa is an extremely caring and nurturing person, and we have felt very reassured that our little girl is well looked after. She has always ensured that she is well-fed and happy. Her house is beautiful, and she obviously has high standards of cleanliness. I was particularly touched and impressed by the fact that when I first contacted Lisa, she took the time and trouble to adjust her assistantsâ€™ timings so that she could accommodate by daughter, and also agreed to pick her up from a school she doesnâ€™t normally do pick-ups from. I am very grateful to her for her kindness and flexibility, and for the truly wonderful provision of care. I would highly recommend Lisa to anyone looking for a childminder in the area. KS, Eccles
Response by lisa new on 31/10/2011:
Thank you for your kind words, i thoroughly enjoy my work with all the children and receive lots of smiles and cuddles from the children daily which is reward in its self but i do welcome the reviews from parents.
Thanks again LIsa
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