ABOUT THE SETTING
I first decided to become a childminder when my own children were young - they have since grown into adults and my business has evolved over this time into a high quality bespoke childminding service.
My setting is my 4 bedroomed semi-detached home, in Bury St Edmunds, where I live with my husband Craig. We have 2 grown up children. There is a very large purpose built playroom, leading onto a secure rear garden allowing children full access of free flow. The children have full access to all of the downstairs of the house and garden.
I offer a 'home from home' family setting. My husband Craig works with me as an assistant (having undertaken training including First Aid, Safeguarding and Food Hygiene) ensuring that we always provide a continuous and very flexible service and allowing us to offer a high quality childminding setting for parents including shift workers, those wanting occasional extra days or for baby siblings. Often requirements change for parents - the flexibility I can offer means continuity of care is guaranteed for each child.
I provide a flexible and personal childminding service that meets the needs of each individual child and their family circumstances, fitting around work schedules (including shift workers) and family commitments.
As a childminder I offer flexible working hours – full time, part time, ad hoc, weekend, term time only or school holiday only care. I am happy to offer care for shift workers on a flexible shift pattern as well as offering unsociable hours care (early mornings, late evenings, overnight, weekends). I am also able to offer extra hours as required including respite and emergency care at short notice (subject to availability). I am able to offer 15 hours funded care for 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds.
I provide regular monthly Newsletters, daily diaries for younger children and provide a comprehensive Learning Journey (Memory Book) for each child in my setting. I offer bi-annual ‘parents evenings’ (more often if required) to discuss each child and their learning/play progress in detail. I provide termly planning which I share with parents/carers to ensure that each child is being 'challenged' with their learning and play and enables us to work together.
I am fully compliant with Government legislation for childminders and have submitted my Local Offer in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability Legislation via the Suffolk County Council website.
I am committed to providing a high quality of care and an environment that is welcoming, stimulating, safe and challenging for each child.