I am married with 4 children - 2 boys, 2 girls and we live in a 4 bedroom house near Brynmawr.
I teach the piano and have been teaching children music for a number of years. As you can imagine, over this time I have enjoyed spending time with a great number of children of varying ages and personalities.
I registered as a childminder in September 2006. I am registered by CSSIW which means my operation is inspected once every 2 years. This ensures my operation is professionally monitored and meets the required standards. I also provide training for Pacey - the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, which I find very rewarding. Working along with Pacey allows me to access further training myself and support other childminders.
I have acheived the following qualifications:
I have attended to following Training/Workshops:
I aim to ensure I am up to date with current practices as part of my professional development and attend as much training as I am able. I am registered to care for 6 children, 3 of which may be under 5, of those 3, 2 may be under 18months.
|The structure of a day is determined by the age of children I am looking after. |
If I have a baby in the house then they dictate their own schedule of events! (sleeping, feeding, nappy changing etc.)
If I am looking after older toddlers then we try and undertake activites, which drive their development while at the same time having fun. Be warned we sometimes get messy! ( I ask that you send a change of clothes - just in case!!)
For older children we have a mix of education and fun. I can also provide a good working environment for homework to be completed (and help, if my brain can keep up!)
I will of course feed your children - if they are with me all day I will ask you to provide the food, I will provide healthy snacks (usually fruit, yogurt, or rice cakes) mid morning and afternoon, and drinks as required including milk.
We sometimes go for outings during the day - mother and toddler groups, bouncy play, the community farm, and the library. I like to encourage plenty of outdoor play in my garden or the park, weather permitting.
I have a wide ranging selection of policies and procedures which govern the way I work, some of which are listed below.
I have a parent pack which gives parents details of my policies and procedures in full which you will have a copy of when you visit me with your child.
I feel it is very important that parents are informed of what we have been up to and any particular activities I have planned. I use a journal to record our activities and future planning. I am of course available at the end of every day for regular chats when you pick up your child.
I currently have spaces on a Wednesday and Thursday.