Aunt Bethy's Childminding
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My journey in childcare began in September 2011 when I started out as a Nanny for my sister's 6 month old twins. In July 2013 I registered as a childminder and went on to receive a GOOD grading from Ofsted in January 2014. On 30th October 2017 I went on to receive an OUTSTANDING grade from Ofsted. A copy of all the reports can be accessed via the Ofsted website or a copy can be provided on request. https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/17/EY463820
I offer 2, 3 and 4 year old funding and I accept childcare vouchers. I am also registered for the HMRC Tax Free Childcare.
I provide a wide range of activities; based around each child's individual interests to spark curiosity and to encourage them to take their next steps. The activities I provide are exciting, fun, open-ended and multisensory. Children learn through play and at my setting we do lots of it!
I feel it is important for children to spend as much time outside as possible. I am a National Trust member and frequently visit their different houses and gardens providing a day trip come rain or shine. I also have Eden Project membership and this is another of our favourite places to visit. We also like to visit our lovely local parks, the moors, the farm shop to buy fruit and vegetables, Siblyback Lake and Goliatha Falls as well as many other exciting and interesting places. We also frequently visit our local beaches, woods and rivers.
I meet once a week with the other local childminders and their minded children at Callington Family Hub. We visit various groups for example; Forest School, Pensilva Playgroup, Little Spanish Stars, Hartbeeps, Football and more throughout the week to provide lots of opportunities for socialising and making friends.
In my home we have a Bearded Dragon, a cat and a friendly Jack Russell.
I live with my partner who is a full-time electrician. And our two sons who were born the beginning of October 2015 and the beginning of December 2018.
We are joined regularly by my Mum who is registered as my assistant to help on our busier days. My mum, Sue, has got many years of experience of working with children and young people with a focus on animal husbandry and horticulture which she taught to children with additional needs. She has a wealth of knowledge and is an absolute asset to my childminding and life. Sue also has a level 3 Paediatric First Aid certificate (July 2018) which is refreshed yearly.
I have a Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce and a level 2 Certificate in Children's Learning, Care & Development, a Certificate in How to Set up a Home-based Childcare Service, Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene (Catering) which I will be updating by June 2019 and various other specialist training such as Emotion Coaching and Five To Thrive. I am continuously seeking and attending new training opportunities to enrich my learning and knowledge and to keep up to date. A portfolio of my certificates can be seen on request and will be shown on an initial visit to my setting.
Some of my most recent training:E-Safety and Technology in Early Years, Level 3 Multi-Agency Child Protection: Parental Mental Illness – 1 Day, Promoting the Physical Development of Children Aged Two to Five Years, Eating Well for Under Fives, Learning Environments for Two Year Olds, Outdoor Learning and Nature-Based Play in the Early Years, Paediatric First Aid and Peaceful Parenting.
Myself, my partner and my assistant have Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Certificates.
Who to contact
Where to go
We live in a two bedroom bungalow situated in a small, quiet estate in Pensilva. The living room is situated at the back of the house and has a lovely balcony attached which provides continuous free flow between the living room and the balcony. The balcony is our growing area with fruit trees and veggies that we grow, care for, harvest and eat together.
Our front garden has a fully enclosed grass lawn and wildlife area. Currently we have a sandpit, football goal, child-sized picnic table and stepping logs. This area is very new and I will be adding to it gradually as I learn the children's individual interests. We also frequently visit our local areas such as beaches, woods and rivers.
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £4.50 Per Hour £4.50 Per Child
- I charge a half fee retainer for any holiday booked in advance by the parent/carers.
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- There are steps down to my front garden and steps up to my front door so unfortunately I cannot provide wheelchair access. This may be something I can look into in the future.
- Has provision
- Experience with
- If needed I would do everything possible to meet the needs of any dietary requirements provided I am given all information needed and this information is kept up to date by the parents/carers. I myself am vegan and majority of the food I provide is also vegan which eliminates most of the common allergens.
- Experience with
- All children are welcome in our home.
- If a child from a different culture was to join my setting I would dedicate my time to educate myself about that culture in order for that child to feel welcomed and valued in my home. I solely believe we are all equals and should be treated with respect.
- Languages spoken
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- List of pets
- Immediate vacancies
- I am returning to work from maternity leave on June 3rd, please contact me ASAP to book your child's place.
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Monday 8am 6pm Tuesday 8am 6pm Wednesday 8am 5pm Thursday 8am 6pm Friday 8am 6pm
- Offers pickups
- Pensilva Primary School
- I will pick up from Pensilva Primary School. Please contact me for more information.
- SENCo name
- Bethan Anderson
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
I track and monitor the children's development continuously. If I am concerned about a child I monitor them more closely, tracking their development more regularly which will depend on the individual child and their needs. I will then form a plan of action if needed, for example contacting the Speech and Language Therapy team and make a referral. I have completed 2 SECO induction training days - May 2017.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
I work closely with the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Development Matters Framework. I also regularly attend training sessions to keep my own knowledge of supporting children's learning and development needs up to date. Through monitoring children's development regularly and working in close partnerships with parents/carers I can identify and support children's learning and development needs. I know how to make the appropriate referrals to other childcare professionals.
- Links we have to other agencies
I have worked closely with Harrowbarrow Preschool and I was a member of the committee, as their secretary. I have also worked closely with our local Speech and Language Therapist. I am in regular contact with and work closely with Children Centre staff in Callington. I work closely with the staff at Pensilva preschool and have a very good professional relationship with them and visit there, with the children, most weeks.
- How we support children transferring to school
I provide all children with individual book bags which they use to borrow resources. I give children time and encouragement to do things for themselves for example getting their shoes on. We spend a great deal of time outdoors practicing our listening skills from a very young age. I work very closely with Pensilva Preschool.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
Level 3 Multi-Agency Child protection Training - 1 day (November 2017), Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (July 2018), Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene (March 2016), Modern Aspects of Child Sexual Abuse, Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent, Celebrating British Values: Diversity and Inclusion working in the Early Years, Improving Outcomes for vulnerable and Disadvantaged Groups, e-safety, Child protection, FGM, Forced Marriage Awareness, Domestic Abuse.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
In January 2017 I attended 'Healthy Early Years' training. From this training I was able to share the information that I'd learnt with the other local childminders and it also refreshed my knowledge of the importance of children being outside. Following on from this training I went on to attend 'Eating Well for Under 5s' training. The meals and snacks I prepare for the children in my care are very healthy, balanced and nutritious. We spend the majority of our time outside on a daily basis.
In 2013 I attended training called Getting Active for the under 5s from this training I learnt just how active children need to be. Following this training I have since become a National Trust member and I have been more aware of how much physical exercise the children in my care are getting. The children and I get out and about a lot.
Some of our favourite places nearby include: our local parks, the moors, The Eden Project, Siblyback Lake and Golaith Falls to name a few. I walk whenever I can and encourage children to get plenty of exercise.
I use the nearby National Trust places such as Cotehele, Buckland Abbey, Saltrum and Landhydrock. We visit these places regularly as they provide countless opportunities and learning experiences and of course lots of physical activity.
We often go for local walks which involve walking on the road for part of it, this provides the perfect opportunity to talk about road safety and to practice it.
Our balcony is our growing area; we will grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruits that the children are able to plant, care for, harvest and eat. Providing them with a good knowledge of where food comes from which I feel is very important.
Through cooking we talk about the different food groups and why it is important to have a balanced diet daily.
I provide snacks for the children that are made up from a wide array of locally grown organic fruit and vegetables.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
In the past I have provided each child is given a daily diary on joining my setting. This tool is very useful for information sharing. Each child is given a learning journey, here I document the different activities the child has done while in my care. It also provides parents/carers with ideas of activities they could try at home with their children. I also keep in here any summary and tracking sheets that I have completed on the child to show the parents/carers how their child is progressing and what I'm doing to support this.
- Our complaints policy
In my complaints policy I request them to firstly bring up any issues they may have with myself verbally. If they would like to make a formal complaint it has to be in writing either in form of a letter or an email which I will then make a record of along with the outcome. I advise parents/carers that if they do not wish to make the complaint directly to me but wish to take the matter further then they can ring Ofsted, the telephone number is displayed in my setting.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
Children and adults of all abilities are welcome in my setting and I am more than happy to provide any assistance needed. However, there are steps down to my front garden and up to my front door. I have looked into changing this but unfortunately it isn't possible.
- Facilities we have for personal care
As my setting is a bungalow everything is on the ground floor, including the bathroom. This means children can be independent when attending to toileting needs, which I encourage from a young age, but still within my earshot so they can easily ask for help and I can ask if they are managing by themselves without losing their privacy. I provide a step for the toilet and sink. There is always a potty available and the taps are very easy to turn on and off.
- Specialist resources we have
I have a stairgate fitted to keep children out of the kitchen when appropriate.
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
All children are included in trips. I tell parents/carers prior to the trip and they have all signed permission slips to state whether they are happy for their child/ren to attend special trips with myself. I also invite parents along to trips when I am not looking after their children to help build relationships. I find this especially useful when a child has spent a long period of time away from my setting or if a child is due to join my setting, I use this as an opportunity to help settle the child in and to help form an attachment with me.
Last updated: 12/05/2019