I have been a Registered Childminder since 1988. I hold NVQ2 & NVQ3 qualifications in childcare, learning & education.
It is an incredibly important job & children are precious. I take my job very seriously & strive to provide a home from home with learning & exploration & caring, nurturing & of course safety at the heart of it.
It is most certainly not a baby sitting job, I strive to give the same experiences provided by a nursery but on a much smaller scale of numbers to meet the growing needs of the early years of your child. I wish to work with you as parent/s carer/s to provide continuity of care & learning.
I believe outdoor play & experiences are very important in childhood.
I provide a wide range of activities/resources in line with what is required by Ofsted & following the EYFS for children as is expected of me.
Music, dancing, singing with ribbons, scarves or the parachute promote a fun way to move & socially interact & learn language.
Puzzles, story CDs & reading to the children regularly. Rhyming & playing with words is encouraged for a love of language & learning.
Our days are flexible , following the childrens interests where ever possible & adapting activities so everyone is included.
I do plan around each childs development but also take onboard their interests & use these to provide activities & resources that will stimulate them to play & join in as they are interested in them.
I encourage looking at books ,reading, a love & care of books. Books are always available to access on their own or for them to chose, for me to read to the children.
All resources are developmentally appropriate for stage of each child.
I welcome all & here we treat all with fairness & equality & care & I encourage the children to grow with this attitude, encouraging kindness and empathy whilst helping them manage their own feelings & understand others. Listening is as important as learning to talk so we do listening walks & a range of activities that promote this in fun ways.
I constantly look for new and varied ways to introduce differing play experiences using the childrens interests & lay out a range of resources daily so they can explore & choose their own play. I change around the resources so they get a mix of play ideas & if they particularly enjoy a resource it will stay for as long as they wish to explore it.
I always find time to do painting & crafts in many forms dependant on ages with me, we adapt to suit all who wish to join in. Playdough, threading, collage, clay, weaving are some of the choices. The children are helping make a water wall on our mesh fence & contributing with plastic bottles at present. I believe in encouraging & teaching recycling from an early age.
Each child chooses what they wish to take part in with activities , I do find most wish to join in when they see what is happening with the others. No one has to do so & the end products are their own creations using their choices, colours and ideas, whilst practicing skills to develop fine motor skills and using tools such as scissors, cutters when ready to do so. Drawing & mark making is available all the time.
All activities are based around play & having fun, freedom to play on own or together, all within having a few neccessary boundaries for safety & social behaviour. They are learning & time is given to support this.
Interacting with the children is important through speech and supporting when appropriate or requested by the child or in organised activities. We talk lots here & everyone is included & gets the chance to have a say & their wishes respected.
Outdoor garden play is part of our setting, Play tents, pretend world activities , trikes, scooters, sride ons, slides , small climbing toys, water & sand play, basket ball swing tennis all based on each child's interests at any given time, encouraging learning and fun learning by what stimulates them, adapting play to fit round these interests. We play ball games & running, chasing bubbles , bug hunts, looking at the seasons, in the park or Millenium Garden close by. The Millenium Garden is wonderful for young children having a paved area & lots of grass & a snaking path to ride trikes scooters on & run all enclosed within a gates & a fence. It has trees & picnic benches & so we eat out up there in Spring to Autumn & play all year. Nature is close to hand for them & the experience is always enjoyed.
Play is linked with learning about themselves, learning how to be independant as they reach stages to learn how to, the weather, all aspects of our world around us & further field , colours & mixing to make new ones, shapes, numbers/letters & anything they wish to find out about that crops up in conversation & play.
The resources are planned for children to develop their play alongside learning at the stage of development they have reached with some challenges added to help them move on to the next stages.
This is their own personal levels of development as no child is the same, all individual or expected to be the same as anyone else ever. The activities will also have some challenge to them suitable for each individual child. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations in pretend play in various ways.
I believe in periods of free play where I interact if they ask me, supported by activities we do together in a more planned way, whilst they still a have choice in what they do . Praise & encouragement & age apropriate explanation is very much part of every day to promote well being & good behaviours as they grow old enough to understand.
Formal learning is not part of EYFS, it is based on play and children’s interests, the main achievement is to have fun in learning and socially interact with others in the group & as they learn & develop. The children seek out the resources to further their knowledge from this I provide what they like to play with & we interact to learn about everything we see, hear & do. Speaking, communciation skills, listening, social skills and their physical play is concentrated on, whilst bringing in the other areas of EYFS in activities.
Children learn when playing & interacting, talking, asking questions & being nurtured & their emotional well being is being looked after.
I like to work with a small group of children, as it gives me the time to work one to one or with the small group as can still do group activities but taylor activities to really match what each likes to participate in.
I get to know the children very well and we build very good relationships of trust & care & respect between myself & the children between each other. I also strive to build good relationships to support the parent/s, carer/s so consistent care is given both with me & at home.
We attend toddler groups so all can mix in wider circles & be around larger groups of people and children so this helps them be prepare & be ready for moving on towards school socially & emotionally.
Physical play indoors & outside and walking is a daily part of our day, healthy eating is encouraged, with treats for special occasions depndant on parents wishes.
I love the outdoors & encourage the children to enjoy it as well. I have all in one rain clothes to protect & even spare wellies if you forget your childs, it happens, none of us are perfect.
I have 3 grown up children and 4 cats, safety with animals is paramount and has never been an issue, all the children over the years have gained from such interactions learning to take care of and be kind to them & respect them.
Working with you the parent/parents/carers is very important & flexibiltiy where possible to help you out , as juggling work load & family is often complex & can be stressful. If I can help I will, I try to assist as best I can so your child & you have the easiest journey back into work & once back at work you feel secure in leaving your child.
I arrange a settling in period before you start if you decide to come to me. This benefits us all, as we build a relationship, getting to know one another, especially your child with me as it helps the first day if he/she knows me a little & I them. From there on we build on this & it works well.
To finish I would like to say that the welfare and safety of all in my care comes first at all times. I encourage taking care of each other & being resilient too. I do my best to make each day a settled happy interesting one, with lots of laughing. Working around the childs routines as they develop at home, meeting all needs both physical & emotionally as both as important as one another.