Childcare Provider Details
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Childcare Provider Details
I am an Ofsted registered childminder, graded Good by Ofsted in my last inspection in July 2016. Please ask to see a copy of my registration certificate and my latest inspection report. We have enhanced CRB checks and are registered with Environmental Health as a food business and the Information Commissioners Office as data handlers.
I’m an experienced and qualified early childhood educator with Forest School training. I am registered to offer government funded sessions (15 hours a week for 2, 3 and 4 year olds). Please let me know if this is of interest to you. I am committed to offering an inclusive childcare provision and have written my SEND Local Offer. If parents have any specific requests, please let me know. All policies and procedures are stored securely online, if you wish to view these before viewing my setting please let me know.
I am a family centred, flexible, childcare professional offering a nurturing and educational environment for your child/ren. I'm passionate about offering exceptional childcare, with an emphasis on attachment and outdoor learning. I accept children from 2 years of age to 8 years of age and am experienced with home educated children. I follow a nature curriculum all year round tailored to current children’s interests and schemas and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Our family philosophy is that of free range childhood, allowing children to be children. We believe the chance to connect with the natural world, first hand experiences of life and growth, endless opportunities for creativity and imagination, improved fitness and physical development – the countless benefits of outdoor play have a real positive impact on children's lives. Using open space to fulfill basic childhood needs – jumping, running, climbing, swinging, racing, yelling, rolling, hiding, and making a big mess – is what childhood is all about.
Outside, children are more likely to invent games. As they do, they're able to express themselves and learn about the world in their own way. They feel safe and in control, which promotes autonomy, decision-making, and organizational skills. Inventing rules for games (as preschoolers like to do) promotes an understanding of why rules are necessary.
Although the children are only playing to have fun, they're learning
- communication skills and vocabulary (as they invent, modify, and enforce rules),
- number relationships (as they keep score and count),
- social customs (as they learn to play together and cooperate).
For these reasons we operate our setting mainly in the great outdoors, utilising National Trust membership to visit the miles of beautiful countryside available to us, take part in special events for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and allow children the freedom to be themselves.
Our ethos is natural and holistic, providing healthy, vegetarian and organic snacks and meals included in the hourly fee. Please ask if you ave specialised dietary requirements, I am experienced in exclusion diets. I'm fully experienced in using washable nappies and will be happy to use them with your child/ren.
Just like any other childminder or nursery, we sing songs, and listen to and tell stories every day – with the added bonus that much of the time we will be doing it under the trees. We ensure plenty of opportunities for the development of early literacy skills such as letter and word recognition.
Learning outdoors is also the perfect place to develop those early maths skills, whether it be through counting conkers, pacing out distances, or finding shapes we recognise in the world around.
We focus on using what we find for creative artwork, imaginative, exploratory play and for designing and building.
Research has shown that owning a pet or having regular access to a pet is beneficial to children's welfare. Brushing, patting, or stroking a furry creature can lower stress levels and even the youngest toddler can pick up a few pointers about responsibility, like the importance of being kind and gentle, teaching him/her valuable lessons about empathy and compassion. We have a friendly cat and a friendly bunny within our household that all children have regular contact with and help with feeding and topping up water.
Feel free to contact me to discuss details of your childcare needs. I charge £6 per hour per child between two and eight years of age which includes snacks, meals and trips out. A minimum of two sessions per week at a minimum of six hours per day, I am no longer able to offer half days or school collections due to the outdoor structure of our days.
Reviews and photos of examples of activities we do can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/freerangechildminding/reviews/?ref=page_internal
|Monday||From 06:00||To 20:00|
|Tuesday||From 06:00||To 20:00|
|Wednesday||From 06:00||To 20:00|
|Thursday||From 06:00||To 20:00|
|Friday||From 06:00||To 20:00|
Do you provide evening / overnight care?
Do you provide weekend care?
Do you have vacancies?
Please supply any further information about your vacancies
We have two full time vacancies for over two years of age.
What age ranges do you cater for?
|2 yrs||Per Hour: £6.00|
|3-5 yrs||Per Hour: £6.00|
|5-14 yrs||Per Hour: £6.00|
|After School Club||Per Hour: £6.00|
Further Cost Details
Able to provide the 15 or 30 funded hours per week termtime. Able to accept employer childcare voucher schemes. Hours needed outside of normal working hours are chargeable at £7.50 per hour.