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Hi! I'm Annabelle and I run a childminding service called NatureBuds Childminding, from my home near St Just-in-Penwith. I was inspired to start childminding last year after starting a craft-based parent and child group, also called NatureBuds.
I have a real passion for early years (0-5 years) and supporting children's childhood in general, and aim to do this by offering quality childcare. Please see below for more details.
As well as childminding, I'm also trained in BabyCalm, ToddlerCalm and Baby Massage.
About NatureBuds Childminding
If you're looking for quality, Ofsted registered childcare that focuses on the Early Years Foundation Stage, quality care for the older child, which involves lots of craft, nature-based play, song and story, then this is the setting for you.
Your child's wellbeing
Your child's wellbeing is my highest priority. My home is very safe with appropriate locks, safety gates and garden fencing. I follow my safeguarding training to ensure your child is safe at all times. I carry out risk assessments on my setting each day and for outings. I have a list of policies which I follow in order to keep your child safe and secure. These, along with additional information on childhood and early years, are available for you to see.
We follow a rhythm (a gentle routine) which aims to embrace and support children during their day. For younger children, I ease transition times using song eg. from play to snack to outside. I am aware of the importance of a gentle routine for children's well-being. When they feel safe, secure, loved and rested with a good diet, they are then free to develop well, play and interact well with others.
I offer a range of healthy snacks. I also offer lunch and dinner at an additional cost. There is an example menu available of the typical foods we eat. I am aware of the common allergens and am happy to cater for this. We do gardening and grow some simple foods to eat at our snack times.
Who to contact
Where to go
The house is a spacious, terraced cottage with wooden floors and views of the sea. It's a semi-rural setting on a bus route on the north coast road. We are surrounded by fields with animals including geese and cows.
We use three rooms in the house – the living room and playroom, also the bathroom upstairs
The living room contains the dining area and larger space for yoga and dancing. We can also pull out the double sofa and make a cosy space for quiet time for storytelling or reading a story.
The playroom is the main room in use. It is a dedicated playroom designed to be a nurturing and embracing home-from-home space for children. It aims to be a fun place to promote learning through play, covering the 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The playroom also caters for children aged 6 and above, with relevant books and crafts available.
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £5.00 per hour
- I accept children who are eligible for both 2 year old funding and 3 year old funding. This means that you get 15 hours of childcare that is paid for by the government. This money goes directly to me after completing the relevant paperwork.
£5.00 per hour is my private (non government funded) rate and it includes healthy snacks, often homemade like bread and muffins etc. Organic vegetables are sourced where possible.
I offer lunch and dinner for £1.50 and £2.50
Inclusion within our setting
- Has provision
- The setting is a terraced cottage with 5 steps up into the house, so access for wheelchairs is not possible unfortunately.
- Has provision
- Experience with
- Has provision
- Experience with
- All children are welcome in our home.
- All families are welcome at NatureBuds childminding. I endeavour to know as much about the culture a child is from and will learn a little of their language, especially if English is a second language. I lived in India for two years and have much knowledge of the culture, religions (especially Hinduism) and the country. Whilst there, I mixed with pilgrims from many different countries and walks of life. I studied and lived in various parts of London for 7 years, including the east, north and south, and therefore experienced a wonderful mix of race and culture there.
- Languages spoken
- Are there any pets at the setting?
- Immediate vacancies
- I currently have spaces for all age ranges however I fill up over the summer leading up to September, so book well in advance! I am open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 6pm.
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening times & facilities
- Opening times
Opening times Day Opening time Closing time Tuesday 8am 6pm Wednesday 8am 6pm Thursday 8am 6pm
- Offers pickups
- St Levan Community Primary School
- SENCo name
- Annabelle Wooldridge
Early Years Local Offer response
- Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support
I work closely with the Children's Ark nursery in Pendeen and have both volunteered and worked there and am on the committee. If a child has two settings, I offer to meet with the child's key person as I believe that working together really helps to support the child. I also offer to share the learning journal with them.
I am happy to liaise with providers and schools to support a child with SEND in my care. I will share any observations and the learning journal (with necessary permissions). If any further observations or different approaches in caring for a child are needed I am happy cater for this, within my and the setting's capacity.
I carry out two-year assessments and provide a copy of the progress report for the Health Visitor. I will consider suggestions arising from the appointment and carry out any recommendations for the child's progress.
I have a good working relationship with parents and believe that a two-way flow of regular information is key in order to support their child as much as possible. I use Orbit, an online learning journey platform where parents can also upload photos and information. I do regular observations in accordance with the EYFS and this keeps me aware of a child's progress in all 7 areas. I support where needed and promote areas of strength to help a child progress further. From these observations I can identify where additional support may be required.
Additionally, I have a good support network of experienced childminders in the area from which I can draw support. I have an excellent working relationship with the Children's Ark nursery in Pendeen and therefore have excellent source of early years practitioners.
I will also contact my local SENCO if needed.
- How we identify and support children's learning and development needs
I have regular communication with parents and I like to ensure that a good working relationship is nurtured. We share information verbally and through use of Orbit, an online learning journal platform which is really flexible and allows parents to contribute by uploading photos and notes about any activities etc. their child has done. This can be shared with other settings too, if a child also attends a nursery for example. I'm happy to meet with a child's keyperson or reception teacher if needed, to share information about a child's progress. I continually observe the child's development when in my care and relate it to the EYFS and their stage within it. I note next steps in their learning which I promote further. From the termly reports I write on each child, I can assess where a child is in their development and learning, and respond accordingly. I am keen to further my own learning in order to support children, and will attend regular CPD trainings. Additionally, I think that a positive environment and relationships are key to supporting children's learning and development. Children thrive on praise and encouragement. I try to maintain a well planned environment and this, combined with interested and encouraging parents and teachers who have time to give individual attention to the unique child, leads to children who are enthusiastic and open to learn. I foster positive relationships with the children and parents, and try to practise clear communication which builds trust.. For more information on positive relationships, please see my website www.naturebuds.co.uk
- Links we have to other agencies
I have access to SENCO Pippa Pyrah if needed for support and advice. As mentioned I'm on the committee for the Ark nursery and have access to all the early years staff there. I'm in regular contact with other childminders in the area and we meet for outings or playdates.
- How we support children transferring to school
I work with Pendeen Primary school. In order to prepare a child for school I think it's a good idea to share the learning journal (with parent permission) with the new teacher so they know as much about a child as possible. Therefore I offer to meet with the teacher to ensure we're working together to support the child. This can help identify any additional learning or well-being needs a child may have. I offer to meet the relevant teacher/s once per term.
Learning and development
- Specialist skills or training our staff have
Aside from qualifying in my Level 3 Developing a Childcare Business from Home which gives me many skills to professionally run, what is effectively, a small-scale nursery from home, I have undertaken ToddlerCalm and BabyCalm training which qualifies me to support parents of newborns and parents of toddlers.
I am qualified in Developmental Baby Massage, and trained with renowned Peter Walker. Accredited by FEDANT (Federation of Antenatal Educators), the course also covers massage for babies with developmental delay. For more information on Peter please visit Peter Walker
I love to learn new skills, therefore I am keen to undertake further training eg. Makaton, Communication and Language development.
- Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being
Apart from the developmental baby massage as mentioned, I promote healthy eating and have a Healthy Eating Policy and a menu displayed in my setting for parents to see. We talk about healthy eating and where food comes from and do some simple growing of food in the garden. Children sometimes help to make their snacks and I plan other food-based activities, like making bread and vegetable muffins, for example.
I weave mindfulness practise into our day and talk to children about being still, closing their eyes and concentrating on what they can hear. We talk about being-in-the-moment and describe what we are doing in the moment, like mixing, rolling, pressing out shapes, for example. It helps focus those who find it hard concentrate, or calm hectic behaviour! We also do yoga to Cosmic Kids yoga videos. I have a Promotion of Outdoor Activity policy available to parents. I am keen to continue in my development and training in supporting children’s health and well-being by keeping up-to-date with training offered and attending training when not held during my working hours.
- Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported
I believe in working in partnership with parents, as well as other agencies, to help support children. I have written a paper on this which I email to parents in an “Additional Information Pack” when their children start at my setting. This helps support parents to see the wider picture of how working together helps children in their learning and development.
I maintain regular verbal communication with parents and I provide termly reports on their child's development and stage in the EYFS. I talk to parents about their child's progress and how they can continue our activities at home. I use an online learning journal platform which parents can access at any time to see how their child is being supported. It also enables parents to actively take part in their child's experience. They can add photos and write about activities they've been doing at home. I will speak to parents before accessing our local SENCO if I think their child needs additional support.
- Our complaints policy
I have a complaints policy which is given to new parents whose children start with me.
- Alterations we have made to make our building accessible
I have made a wider path leading up to the front door. Their are several shallow steps leading up to the front door which leads into a spacious porch. Because the setting is a rented premises, I am unfortunately limited in physically altering it for access.
- Facilities we have for personal care
I have a large upstairs bathroom with the usual facilities for personal care. Privacy is of course respected which the children are using the facilities.
- Specialist resources we have
I have various resources available to cater for children with differing needs. For example, we do craft sessions with natural materials like sheep wool and felt. We use beeswax crayons and materials from nature like pressed flowers, crunchy leaves and clay. I believe these promote a connection to our environment and therefore have a relaxing quality to them. I have a CD player available for playing music. There is a treasure basket for young children to explore natural materials of different shapes and textures. I have a harp which the children can play. I also play it to them in our rest times. Harps are used therapeutically around the world because they have a unique resonance with the human body. Their music reduces recovery times from surgery and improves physiological effects such as relaxed muscle tension, increased oxygenation, slower heart rate, lowered blood pressure. More information on harp therapy here and here
- How we include all children in activities, such as trips
I carry out risk assessments to ensure all activities and trips away from the setting are suitable for the children in my care. I ensure the venue to be visited is suitable for all children. I consider all the children's needs when planning an activity or outing. I always inform parents of any special activities/trips that are outside of what we'd normally do. For example a special trip to the local National Trust gardens, or a forest school adventure to the woods.
Last updated: 02/07/2018