Ofsted judged me to be an "Outstanding "childminder at my last inspection and im so proud of this judgement.
My husband and i live in a central location with acces to the city but also with the countryside and river within a five minute walk. I enjoy it when our children are here visiting and we can all take advantage of our great garden to grow flowers, shrubs and vegetables together. I love to cook and particularly enjoy using a different cook book each week. Over the years I must have baked hundreds of novelty birthday cakes, and cakes for other occasions. I love baking! We like to cycle and I like to take regular walks with the family. In the past year we have been discovering footpaths to waterfalls, along rivers and up many hills in this beautiful rural county and beyond.
I have been a Brown Owl Brownie leader for 20 years and enjoy creating opportunites for the girls to gain badges, strengthen friendships and learn new skills. As a group we are confident singers and performers. Every 2 years I write and direct a gang show that the girls and parents participate in and fun is had by all with an Entertainers badge at the end as a reward.
I have a strong interest in Early Years education, and have put this into use as a Governor of my local primary school and as a volunteer helper at the primary school.
My experience started in Bristol where I trained at the Clifton Nursery Nurses College. I first worked as a live in nanny and later as a live out nanny, until I got married and had my own children. 15 years ago I decided to use my experiences, knowledge and love of working with children to become a registered childminder. I have been working continually with families and sometimes have had 2 and 3 siblings from a family. My relationship with some families has started with babies of 5 months, when the mother has returned to work after maternity leave. Most of them have stayed until they go to school. It is a real privilege to contribute to a child's development and to work with their family to achieve this.
As a childminder I like to take opportunities to go out into the world on walks and discover nature, and of course the various bugs that are to be found under logs. We have grown potatoes in tubs and the best bit is always the watering and then digging them up to eat later. We use reference books to recognise trees, wild flowers and birds. I have a vast supply of books, games and equipment for every age. Playmobil always seems to be a favourite toy as the children set up their own small world and enter into an adventure of their own. All of these activities are full of language opportunities for all ages.
My last Ofsted inspection was in November 2015 and I was graded Outstanding, I am thrilled with this. Ofsted said" Mary is forward thinking and inspirational. She is very conscientious, dedicated and determined to provide a high quality learning environment.this has an extremely postive impact on chikdrens learning".
I can provide a safe, healthy and happy environment with a large and safe garden in the centre of Hereford.
NNEB I trained as a nursery nurse at Clifton Nursery nurses College, Bristol
First Aid certificate, renewed every 3 years.
Adult leaders warrant in Girlguiding, I have been running a Brownie unit for 20 years
Please feel free to ring or email me to discuss my availability and your needs. I am also available to discuss other chilcare options generally, as I know that finding and committing to childcare can be a worrying decision at times but i am here to support you in your decisions.
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Mary is quite simply the best childminder I have ever come across or even heard of. We feel so lucky to have found her and she provided an outstanding environment for our son for two years. She provides a very warm, welcoming and nurturing environment in which he thrived. Mary planned engaging and exciting activities tailored to each child to support their interests based on the development goals. Every time I popped into her house I saw engaged, well behaved and very happy children. Her home is always clean and well equipped with a variety of toys and her garden is a generous size for the children to play and explore nature. Mary bakes, crafts, creates, explores the outside world, introduces phonics when the time is right, sings, plays the piano and so much more. It is a home from home and she is everything I would hope to be able to give my son, and so much more.
Mary is reliable and happy to be flexible when possible. Her house is a central location with large driveway making drop offs and pick ups a pleasant experience.
On our first visit I bumped into Mary's next door neighbour who told me that Mary was one in a million and we had been lucky to find her. Never has a truer word been said.
My son has now started school but he still loves visiting in the holidays and invites Mary to his school productions. She will always be a valued member of our extended family.
Mary has been Theo’s childminder from the age of 6 months and we were very sad to hear her moving. Mary is a very warm and friendly person who is enthusiastic to provide children with the best possible opportunity to achieve their full potential in all of the 7 Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS).
In the time Theo was with Mary, he learned to make friends, he developed self-confidence and self-awareness. He learned to share and how to treat people with friendliness and good manners. Mary encouraged him to move in all dimensions (crawling, standing, walking, climbing and sliding!) With English being Theo’s second language, Mary made sure she talks slowly and clearly and Theo quickly picked up the English language, pointing to pictures and objects when asked in both languages.
Mary has quality and well thought off toys and books which made playing and active learning fun. She encouraged creativity and exploring. Theo loved the walks in the woods and trips to the farms and enjoyed playing doctor while he dressed up in a white coat and listened to the teddy’s heartbeat.
We were kept up to date with what Theo did in a daily diary and regular got photos of him being very happy in everything he did. Theo still gets out the photo album regularly and talks fondly of Mary and all the activities.
Mary provided a rich learning environment with stimulating resources in a neat and welcoming home with so much love and care. We would recommend Mary to any parent for the best child care, based on our and Theo’s experience with her!
Mary was my sons childminder for nearly a year.
When my son started attending Marys he was just over a year, as soon as i met Mary i felt like my son was part of her family,Mary is a natural with children and you can see this when you drop your children off for their time with her.
Mary is excellent at encouraging all the skills children need on a daily basis.
I felt confident in leaving my son with her knowing he was in safe hands and was going to have lots of fun doing lots of activities, which he thrived at in the environment Mary provides.
The only reason my son had to stop attending Marys was that she moved from our area,which means myelf and George will miss her greatly,Mary not only made my son feel part of her family but myself aswell,being able to feel like this takes a special person when your entrusting them with your child.
We are still in contact with Mary and will remain so for years to come.
I cannot recommend anyone better to choose as a childminder.
Mary was our childminder for our 3 children for around 5 years, for my eldest son from age 3 until he started school, for my middle son from 6 months until he went to school and my youngest daughter from a baby until she was three,when we left Bristol and moved to Devon. I was very upset to leave Mary then! I can only reiterate the comments above, in that Mary is an excellent childminder, and became a good family friend whom we still keep in touch with after 2 1/2 years since we left Bristol.
All my children loved going to hers for the day, they did lots of fun activities together from nature walks in the woods, visits to the park, picnics etc. I think what all my children loved the most was playing at Mary's house with her youngest daughter (and the elder ones when they were home) and the wide variety of toys, playmobile being the most popular! They would more often than not be out in the garden when I arrived to collect them, and have arm fulls of art and craft things they had completed earlier in the day. Mary provided a safe, secure, caring environment where they all had fun, it would always take me quite a while to extract my children as they never wanted to leave!
I think the best comment I can make for you, if you are looking at Mary as a potential childminder for your children, is that my daughter, who was only just over 3 when we left Bristol and is now nearly 6, still talks about Mary and her youngest daughter a lot. Whenever we do any baking or cooking she wants to ring Mary up to tell her all about it, (especially when it's mince pies!) and knows all about how to grow potatoes 'because we did that with Mary'!
I was always 100% confident my children were getting the best care and attention all throughout the day.
Response by Mary T P on 29/08/2013:
Thank you justine for taking time to do this for me thats fabulous. Xx
I was so lucky to have Mary as my children's childminder for 4 fantastic years and I would highly recommend her services. Mary is a complete natural with babies and preschool age children. She gave my 2 children (who both started with her when they were about 6 months old) the most incredible experiences when they were with her 3 days a week.
I particularly liked the activities (often outdoor and often cooking) that Mary undertook with the children, almost always instigated by the children themselves. One of my boys might arrive at her house with a favourite train toy, for example, and they would then spend the day visiting the local train station, building tracks at home and role-playing journeys. Or bringing in a tiger toy resulted in reading the story of 'The tiger who came to tea', making cakes and having a tea party! Mary has the ability to plan activities brilliantly and also adapt them quickly with the children's needs. Mary has a fantastic knowledge of Early Years education and a huge amount of books, games and toys which means that she is able to pull out relevant resources that the children are interested in, and can use resources and play to promote learning.
The relationships that Mary has formed with the children in her care are lovely and very strong. Mary is incredibly patient and teaches them great behaviour through this approach. She always puts the needs of the children first so will never have too many children attending the same day and is careful when introducing new children to ensure that they mix well with existing children.
I only stopped using Mary as a childminder because she moved out of our area and know that we will not find another childminder like her. However, the relationship between her and the children is so close that we shall definitely be still seeing her. The children really enjoyed their time at her house and miss her lots which is the most important aspect of childminding and the highest recommendation I can give.
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