Hello! Thank you for taking the time to visit my website, hopefully I can answer some questions you may have about the services I offer.
My name is Clemmie and I live in Sholden with my husband Dan and our two primary school-aged children. Before training as a childminder, I was a teacher, in local primary and secondary schools for almost ten years. I loved my time in teaching but found that I needed more flexible childcare when my daughter started school.
This was the lightbulb moment that inspired me to retrain and start my own childcare business. I have always loved working with children, from helping out with local drama groups and summer schools while I was at secondary school, to regularly babysitting my young cousins.
Teaching, and now childminding have seemed like a natural progression. My main priority as a childminder is to promote a caring, family environment, it is hugely important to me that the children in my care feel relaxed and happy in my setting, which is, after all, my home.
My training and qualifications
- GCSEs and A levels
- Ba (Hons) Degree
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education
- Qualified Teacher Status – registered with the General Teaching Council
- Level 3 Home Based Childcare Award - awarded by PACEY (Professional Association of childcare and Early Years)
- Full Paediatric first Aid Certificate
- Safeguarding Children Certificate - awarded by PACEY
- Fully DBS checked, as is my husband.
- Registered with Ofsted to provide childcare
What makes my services unique?
As a qualified teacher, I’m very happy to offer guidance with homework for older children and to work with primary school teachers and parents in helping children to overcome any hurdles they may be facing
Having taught Food technology, I’m passionate about the food that I offer. The children in my care eat the same food as my own children, and as such, the food I offer is always nutritious, high quality and where possible locally sourced. I cook from scratch every day and offer a range of foods to suit specific dietary needs
I offer both Early Years and before & after school care, dropping off and collecting from Sholden Primary School. Having looked at lots of local primary schools, I felt that the breakfast and after school clubs were too much like ‘school’ and I wanted my children to have as long as possible in a family environment, so that’s what I set out to offer.
We eat together, around the table, children have time to play, both inside and in our safe, sunny garden, they are encouraged to join in with crafts, or simply given time to sit quietly and read after a busy day at school. We aim to walk and from school as much as possible, in all weathers, but if your child attends any after school clubs, I’m happy to discuss these arrangements.
Extended hours – I know how difficult it is to align your working day with the opening hours at nursery or at school, so for this reason, children can be dropped to me from 7am and collected up until 6pm.
Early Years & The EYFS
I provide care for babies and children from birth through to starting school at around age 5, we follow the EYFS, or Early Years Foundation Stage, which is a play-based curriculum, followed by all childcare settings in the UK. Your child will learn and be assessed with me in exactly the same way as a nursery or preschool.
The EYFS covers seven areas of learning, they are the three prime areas:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
and the four specific areas:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
These are taught implicitly through every activity that we do, and the children’s learning is through play and games. The EYFS promotes the value of the whole, unique child and aims to provide a secure foundation for learning, as well as promoting the safety and well-being of every child.
This booklet is an excellent guide for parents on the different stages of learning and development
How is my child assessed?
At this young age, there are obviously no formal ‘assessments’ as such. I get to know each child in my care very well and I observe them at play and interacting with others. After they have been with me for around 6 weeks, I will complete a baseline assessment and share with you my thoughts as to their areas of strength, any areas to focus on, or any concerns I may have regarding developments. We talk through how I will be helping them to move on and make their ‘next steps, in learning.
I then aim to keep you regularly updated, with WhatsApp messages showing any ‘WOW’ moments in our day, as well as photos. Once a term (every 12 weeks or so) I complete a ‘tracker’ to show you the progress your child has made. This asks for your feedback & suggestions as well. As with everything I do, I aim to make this a collaborative process.
The Two Year Progress Check
The EYFS specifies that practitioners must provide parents with a short, written summary of a child’s development between the ages of 2 & 3. Obviously it depends when a child starts with me, as to when I will complete this, as it’s important that I know them well and can give examples of how they have developed across each of the areas of learning. We will arrange a time when you are able to come in and go through this with me, and ensure you are happy with your child’s progress. I am happy to provide a copy of this for you to pass to your health visitor at your child’s 2-year health check.
Services and Fees
I charge £5 per hour.
Early Years Children
I am usually full for children under 5, but please do contact me for up to date availability. My opening hours are 7am-6pm and my fee includes nappies, all food, snacks and outings. Although I am flexible with hours, and can offer care at the times you need, I charge to a full hour. For example, if you would like your child to be with me from 7-2.30, you would pay for 8 hours.
Wrap around care
Before and after school for children aged from 4-11. This includes:
- Drop off any time from 7am, breakfast and care until school starts. We walk to school in all weathers so please ensure your child has sturdy footwear and a coat!
- Collection from school, all activities at home, after school snacks and a ‘proper’ tea and pudding (See my sample menu page). Any trips and extra transport is also included. Collection by 6pm although occasional later pick-ups can be negotiated for £5 per extra half hour.
I offer a similar service in the half term, Christmas and Easter holiday, as well as certain days throughout the summer. I try to keep the numbers lower at these times though, as I have my own two children to factor in as well! I am happy to book days in with parents in advance to ensure that your childcare is organised well ahead of time. A full day runs from 7am-6pm and includes breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks, as well as any trips or activities that we do.
I am very happy to offer evening babysitting in your own home, the cost for this is £10 an hour.
I started my childcare business to be able to offer the flexible childcare that I couldn’t find locally for my own children, so if you have specific requirements that don’t fit in with the above, please do contact me to see if I can offer a slightly different service.
I accept children who receive the free early education entitlement, this includes 15 hours a week for some 2-year-olds, 15 hours a week for all 3&4-year-olds plus an extra 15 hours for eligible 3&4-year-olds. The web link below can help you to check what you may be eligible for.
My childcare ‘setting’ simply refers to my home and it is very important to me that this is a welcoming as possible. You will have chosen to look at childminders because you want your child to be cared for in a home environment rather than in a larger nursery or breakfast and after school club and I like to think that I offer a friendly, welcoming and fun environment for the children in my care. The photo gallery shows the different areas of my home, but there is a brief description below.
The main living room – this is where we spend a lot of our time, the toys and games are based in here, and there is plenty of floorspace to play, do puzzles, set out games and be creative. All resources are available to children at all times, so they can choose how they structure their play. While I might set up an activity for them, I am led by their interests and will follow their lead.
The dining room – we eat meals together in the dining room, but it also offers a craft/creative space. Children who want to draw, paint, read quietly, or do homework can sit in here, away from the noise of the main living room, but still close by.
The garden – our garden has been landscaped specifically with children in mind. We have a small play house with kitchen, this can be used in all weathers as it has AstroTurf around it. We also have a grassy area and a large patio. We grow herbs, fruit and vegetables in the garden, and children are encouraged to join in and learn about this. In warmer weather, the doors are open to the garden all day, to allow free-play inside and out.
I would be very happy to meet you and show you around my home if you are considering using my services to care for your child or children. Please contact me to arrange a time.
We get outside every day, often it’s a walk around the village, through the woods or up to the fields. Sometimes it might just be playing in the garden. We visit a number of baby & toddler groups during the week as these are a lovely way for children to socialise and become confident in other play settings as well. I also have English Heritage membership and we regularly visit our lovely local castles and gardens. We regularly visit parks such as Wingham Wildlife Park, our local library and the beach as well.
I usually structure our day so that we have an outing in the morning, then are home for lunch and either naps or quiet play in the afternoon. This is a mixture of set up activities such as painting or play-doh, and child-initiated play with the available toys and resources.
The food that I offer changes on a weekly basis and often reflects the season. Below is an example of the sort of food offered to children at my setting. Fruit and yoghurt are always available as alternative puddings. We have water with our meals, although sugar-free squash is available too.
Children can choose their breakfast from the following:
- Cereals (Weetabix, malt wheats, cornflakes) with milk
- Toast, with proper butter, and honey, peanut butter, or homemade jam.
- Crumpets or muffins.
- Children can also choose a hot breakfast such as scrambled egg on toast.
- Fresh fruit juice
|After school snack
|Tea and pudding
|Monday||Salad sticks, pitta chips & humus||Beef lasagne, served with green beans and garlic bread
Apple crumble and custard
|Tuesday||Bagels with soft cheese, cherry tomatoes||Teriyaki Chicken, sticky rice, peas and baby corn.
Lemon cake with yoghurt
|Wednesday||Apple, with cheese and crackers||Tuna and cheese pasta bake with broccoli
Fruit and chocolate flapjack with custard
|Thursday||Pancakes with banana||Jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings – cheese, beans, roast vegetable ratatouille,
Bakewell Tart with fresh raspberries
|Friday||Cheese on toast, cucumber sticks||Mild Chilli con Carne with rice
Seasonal fruit sponge with cream.
I am always happy to cater for specific dietary requirements and am happy to plan meals for children with their own needs in mind, as ever, contact me to discuss.
Feedback from parents
The following comments are from parents of current or past early years children.
“I am really proud of how F is progressing and am very happy with the help and support he gets from Clemmie”
“Clemmie sends me comments and pictures throughout the day if I have any concerns and I really appreciate this…I know she has had a huge impact on his development, he has even called her Aunty Clemmie”
“We are really happy with how M has settled in and it is lovely to see how her confidence has developed since being with you. She often talks about the other children she meets and loves to discuss the things she has done. Thank you so much for everything you have done for M so far, we can’t wait to watch her continually grow and develop whilst in your care”
“G has made amazing progress since being with Clemmie, we have noticed how much her listening skills have improved…We are extremely happy with how G is doing and very grateful to Clemmie for all her help and support”