As an Ofsted registered childminder, I am restricted to the number and ages of children that I can care for at any one time. These details are within the statutory guidance of the EYFS which I have available for you to view.
In total I am registered to care for 6 children under 8 years old:
3 child under 5 years of which 1 maybe under 12 months
3 children between 5 & 8 years
I also take children over 8 years, but numbers are not regulated by OFSTED, however children in this age range will only be accepted by me if they will not affect the care of children under 8. I will provide them with age appropriate resources and a quiet area for studying if required. I do expect them to be an excellent role model for the other children in by care, being polite, saying pleases and thank you etc. I would never ask an older child to care or look after another minded child. I am fully responsible for all the children whilst they are in my care.
I am happy to take any baby/child within my registered numbers and will not discriminate against children or families for reasons such as race, religion, sex or ability.
I currently don’t drop off/collect from any preschools, or nurserys due to minding pre-school children only.
I am happy to take children with additional needs providing I feel I can provide them with the care they need. If your child has additional needs pleases discus them with me first as I do not want to raise your expectations.
All children are welcomed into my home and I will encourage the other children in my care to support me with this I require a four-week settling in period on our contract so if you, your child or I am not happy with the arrangement it can be terminated easily. When taking on additional children we must take into consideration the children already in our care who are happy and settled. It would be very unfair to introduce a child who was disruptive.
Settling in Policy
I understand how difficult it is for parents to leave their child when they return to work. I will work with you to ensure your child is settled and that you are happy with the care that I am providing.
I like to organise settling in sessions for the parents and child. This gives you the opportunity to provide me with lots of information about your child, their likes and dislikes, routines, favourite activities, how to comfort them if they become upset and how they have reacted when left before. It gives me the opportunity to start to build a relationship with you and your child and to understand your needs and wishes. There is a charge for this service.
Some children do take longer than others to settle and some settle quickly and then become distressed a few weeks into the placement. I will work with you to support your child through this transition period and make it as easy as possible. It is important that you and your child are relaxed and happy in my home and with the care I provide.
Some parents find it helpful to call me during the day to find out how their child is. I am happy to take your calls, but I am sometimes not able to talk for long, or even to answer the telephone if I am attending to a child’s personal needs, for example changing a nappy. So please do not panic if you call and there is no answer. You can also text and I will reply when I can.