Hello. I am an OFSTED Registered childminder and achieved a GOOD grading in my recent inspection (Apr 2018), I live in Loudwater with my fiancé and our 3 children aged 6, 8 and 12. We live on a very safe and quiet no through road - in short walking distance to farmland, nature trails, woodland and outdoor adventure playground for ages pre-school to juniors. We are close to Carrington Pre-School, Infant and Junior school, which is where my children attend. We are 2 minutes from Junction 3 of the M40.
I set up my business ‘Joanne’s Little Sunflowers Childcare’ in January 2016. Since then I have been caring for children from the ages of 6 months to 11 years. I have attended many courses including Level 3 Preparing to work in Home Based Childcare, Paediatric First Aid (renewed in 2018), Level 2 Basic Food Hygiene and Safeguarding Children. I am a member of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years), DBS checked and registered with the Information Commissioner's Office. I have a full clean driving license and drive a 7 seat people carrier. I am on the Directory of Early Education Funding and can offer 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds up to 30 hours per week free childcare during term-time. I use a system called Baby’s Days - outstanding software for EYFS management. Parents can view all the features of the system via a mobile phone app or PC, including their child’s progress, daily notes and photos and it has a live feed function.
I am offering childcare in a safe, caring, friendly and homely environment and provide fun, educational toys for all ages in a creative and learning environment. Children have access to the whole downstairs open planned area which includes toy units with a variety of educational and fun toys, mark making and reading areas, play rugs, table for crafts/activities/meals and secure patio area accessed by patio doors that are kept open during warm days. The gated outside patio area leads down some steps to a 120’ garden. I provide upstairs travel cots for infants to sleep during the day.
I provide lots of fun activities such as arts and crafts (painting, play dough, themed craft for special events), role playing (dressing up, food shop, cook and tea party, small world animals and people, dolls house, cars, trains and garage), reading (including activity learning books), cooking, tent play and outdoor play. We frequently do themed tuff trays for adventure and sensory play inside and out. Outdoor activities also include garden play (sand and water table, sand pit and paddling pool, play house, swings and monkey rope), walks to my local farm to feed the shire horses and woodland walks to include learning about nature and tiny beasts, trips to the library, various parks and duck ponds/rivers. I attend regular local play groups, singing and rhyme groups and soft play centres.
I am a very honest, reliable and understanding person with a warm, approachable and friendly personality. I am extremely flexible and have lots of patience and time for children and adults. Having used childminders myself in the past, I can fully understand how important it is to leave your child with someone who prioritises their safety and well-being, supports their learning and development and encourages them to be the best that they can be.
Please get in touch and I can send you my Information Pack.