My name is Anna and I have been working as a childminder for 12 years. I have always loved working with children, and I especially enjoy being able to give every child plenty of individual attention, and to see them progressing through the different stages of development.
I am studying towards a Foundation Degree in Early Years, having completed several of the courses towards this, as well as having attained an NVQ Level 3 qualification. Alongside my Degree, I also ensure that I keep up to date with various other courses throughout the year, including keeping fully informed of any changes within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculm (EYFS), which encompases all the learning and development expectations of children from birth up until the end of Reception year at school. Once your Child goes into Year 1, I continue to follow their development in their own Learning Journal.
We are happy to care for home educated children, offering them the freedom to follow their own interests during the day time, or consolidate any educational projects they are pursuing at home. We currently care for several home educated children of varying ages.
I am married to Gary, who worked for many years as a Driving Instructor, and is currently taking time out of his work to join me as my registered assistant. Gary and I have four children, George who is 12, Arla who is 7, Noah who is 3 and Sky aged 14 months. Between us we also home-educate George and Arla. Both myself and Gary have full enhanced Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks, giving you the security to know that your children are being left in safe hands.
I have an up to date First Aid qualification from Aberfal training, this is renewed every 3 years.
We have a dedicated playroom, child-friendly garden, including a wet play area and a grassed area and we go on regular outings to local parks, toddler groups, the beach and other attractions. We will always try to accomodate any individually requested activities. Our home is surrounded by amazing countryside, children enjoy the large park just down the lane from our home and exploring the wonderful area we live in.
I believe that children thrive best when allowed the freedom to develop their own character and express their feelings. As a childminder, for me this means gently encouraging but not insisting a child participates in a wide variety of activities. Most importantly children are shown genuine love and care, like joining a part of the family. I don't insist on set nap times, or allow children to cry it out, instead little ones are cuddled, rocked, sung to if they need help getting to sleep, a secure child is a happy well developed one, and if you have a clingy baby at home I am happy to carry them in a sling if they feel the need for extra support.