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Helen Bussey

Childminder in Corsham

5 stars

Usually responds within 12 hours

Female Member since Mar 2010 Last Updated Aug 2021 Last Login 25 May 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
Key Worker Childcare
I'm Covid-19 Vaccinated

About Me

Hello! Thank you for reading my profile.
I am a full time Ofsted registered, Accredited, & Quality Assured, childminder.
I have been childminding for over 17 years,
I am an active member of the Corsham Childminding Group, which enables me to join in with all of their wonderful group activities (see below) with your child. I am also a member of the Professional Association for Childcare & Early Years.
I can offer a happy, warm, loving, consistant & secure relationship with you and your child.
I can bring all of my experience of delivering an Early Years education to children under the age of 5, giving them the life skills, firm foundation of knowledge, and social skills that they need to prepare them for school. This includes planning for learning experiences that will take us out and about and socialising with other children and adults on a daily basis.
I strive to be flexible, reliable and professional, and to always meet your families needs which can be discussed in detail should you wish to use me.
During normal times, we go out and about most days to local playgroups, community and childminding group events and activities, including Rhyme Time at the library, Little Nature Explorer sessions (Forest School style activites at a variety of local woodlands and parks), softplay, visits to the residents of 2 local care homes & Stay & Play sessions, the group allotment which is located on a local stud farm, National Tust properties, Westonbirt, Corsham Court and local parks.This will help to support your child's social skills amongst a larger group of familiar children and adults within their community, and about their community itself.
Access to outdoor activities on a daily basis, whether it be looking out for birds & insects on a walk to the park, visiting the allotment to look after the flowers & veg, bug hunting in the garden or collecting pine cones and sticks at the woods has so many wonderful benefits, that I am passionate about being outdoors as much as is possible.
We also make regular visits to the library, various local places of interest, Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock park and Abbey and Boomerang soft play centre, or go further afield, to places such as Bristol Zoo, Brokers Wood, Avon Valley Railway, Rocks East Woods, and Bradford on Avon park/canal walk. Although not all of these activities are accessible in the same way as they were due to co-vid, we still make the most of our lovely location by going out every day.
A truly unique service that will enable your child to play & learn without the confines of a nursery or preschool.
We have lots of fun at home doing activities such as cooking, junk modelling, sensory play, den building, singing & dancing, dressing up, arts & crafts, storytime, growing our own veg & flowers in the garden, sand and water play, block play and of course lots of free play where the children can use their imaginations to lead their play in the home corner, with the dressing up, cars, train sets, lights & sounds toys including toy laptops & cameras, musical instruments, tents, or using the resources on the 'invitation to play' or 'investigation' tables that have been set up. There is also easy access to lots of books for those little book worms that like to get lost in the world of their favourite characters or look at pictures of their latest interest such as dinosaurs, tractors, animals or diggers.
I have a wide range of age appropriate indoor and outdoor toys that I use whilst childminding and use any particular interests that the children may have to extend their learning whilst they play.
I encourage child-led play which allows the children to let their imaginations run wild & truly be themselves. I also work closely with parents to provide activities that incorporate each child's current interest so that they want to engage and ensure that their learning is fun.
I am knowledgeable about children's development and experienced in risk assessing & how to safeguard children.
I hope that this has given you a good idea of what I can offer your family as your childminder.
Co-vid restrictions mean that we cannot hold our normal childminding group activities at the moment but I am part of a work bubble with 3 other childminders. We meet outside most days, weather permitting, to provide the children with the same group activities but on a smaller scale, enabling them to continue socialising and learning with their peers.
By all means please get in touch if you have any questions x

My Experience

2 years in a local nursery
Over 16 years childminding
27 years being a mum!

My Qualifications

I attend many training courses to ensure that I remain up to date with my knowledge & skills. The courses are varied in subject matter & level of qualification, so that I can find new ideas for activities & ways in which to enhance the experiences that I an offer. My hope is that this will benefit the families & especially the children that I care for, as well as my own personal development. Here are just some of the courses I have attended:-

Introduction to Childminding Practice
Developing Childminding/Extending Childminding Practice (Level 3 Childcare)
Approved childminder on the “Quality Assuredâ€? Trio Network
Food Hygiene
Pedeatric First Aid for Child Carers
Birth to Three Matters
Safeguarding Children (Multi-Agency)/Child Protection Policies and Procedures
Foundation Child Protection (level 2)/Advanced Child Protection
Positive Behaviour Management
Communication and Negotiation Strategies with Older Children
Planning and Observations
Early Years Foundation Stage delivered by Wilts County Council
Accreditationn training
Equality & Diversity
Social & Emotional Development
Trio GEM – (Guidance, Experienced, Mentoring & Support)
Accredited Childminder – I can provide government funded places for 3 & 4 year olds
Supporting Children with Autism
Every Child a Talker
Learning through play in the woods
Prime Time – Enhancing practice, improving outcomes
What should ‘school readiness’ mean to a four year old
Prime Time for Communication & Language
Dig it, Grow it, Eat it
Green Fairy Puppet making
Health & Safety/Risk Assessment
Beginings Matter
Welfare Requirements
Early Maths
Early Years SENCO Training - Voice of a Child
Persona dolls
Beginnings Matter; Supporting the first three years
Asthma Awareness
Play Threapy
eSafety - Guidance for practitioners working with children
Communication & the great outdoors
Eating well for the under 5's/The Healthy Child
Makaton - to support storytelling & songs in Early Years

My Availability

I work Monday - Thursday,
I work through the school holidays, but not on Bank Holidays.

I can accept work incentive vouchers such as Kiddicare and Busybees
I can access the government entitlement for 2, 3 & 4 year olds as a childminder
I am happy to be as flexible as possible to help suit your needs, and to talk to you about your childcare requirements at any time.

I do not currently provide wraparound care for school aged children but can offer school holiday care.

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Last Updated: 23/08/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.50 per hour

My Local Schools

My Ofsted Inspections

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Ofsted Good Provider Logo
22 January 2019
8 December 2016 - Outstanding
1 March 2013 - 2
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My Documents

  • Training Certificate: SAFEGUARDING CERTIFICATE (added 24/08/2021)
  • First Aid Certificate: PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID (added 24/08/2021)
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Below are the latest reviews for Helen Bussey. 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.

When looking for a childminder to care for my son when I was returning to work there were a few points I was looking for. These included his emotional wellbeing and development and opportunities to explore and develop. My son was 11 months when I returned to work and any parent who has or is going through this, it is an emotional transition for the family.
Right from the first contact with Helen, she listened to our needs and took time to discuss any questions we had. When my son started she very quickly got to know him and meet his growing needs. He has developed so much in her care - his speech, gross and fine motor skills, social skills' only to mention a few and this is a recognition of the quality and high standard Helen has not just a person but as an Early Years Professional. They go out and explore nature, groups and have trips out which was key in finding a childminder as this was something I was not able to provide my son whilst I was at work.
Her planning and assessments are child led and focused and I have throughly enjoyed the play and learning diary.
It is not just myself and husband who highly recommends Helen but more importantly my son who adores her and loves going to spend time with her in such a nurturing and developing environment

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for Emz Emz about Avatar for Helen Bussey Helen Bussey on 14/01/2018

Helen has been looking after my son for 3 years. He has recently left her care as the time has come for him to start school.

I am still of the opinion that Helen is a wonderful childminder, all the children are happy and very well cared for. I have been really impressed with all the activities which have been carried out this year, especially with the vegetable growing!

I know that my son has had a really great start to life as he has been in Helen's care :) we are really going to miss her!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for NaomiM NaomiM about Avatar for Helen Bussey Helen Bussey on 30/08/2011

Helen has been looking after my little boy for nearly two years. She is not only very encouraging towards him as he moves on in eash stage of his development but she is very supportive of me. My son loves going to spend time with Helen and has been known to scream/cry if we walk past her house and don't go in.

In the time I have known Helen she has gone out of her way to help me and raise my confidence as a mum. I feel very lucky to have her in our lives, I don't know what we'd do without her- she is an absolute star, I cannot recommend Helen highly enough!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for NaomiM NaomiM about Avatar for Helen Bussey Helen Bussey on 17/05/2010

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