The whole of the downstairs of our house is dedicated to childminding including a playroom and living room. We have a back garden which is secure and childfriendly - it also has a great wildlife area.During the spring and summer months we will be planting vegetables and fruits in the garden to make into delicious treat to eat at the end of the summer.
I have been childminding since 2001. Before becoming a childminder I was a SNCO Statistical Analyst in the Royal Air Force for 17 years. On both my last 2 Ofsted inspections, the quality and standardsof care that I provide merited an award of Outstanding. I am insured with Michel Morton with whom I have my Public Liability and Legal Expenses Insurances. I regularly complete child orientated First Aid and Specialist Safeguarding Children courses and are CRB checked as required by Ofsted.
I have used a childminder myself for a few years whilst working as a teacher and I understand how important it is for parents to know that their child is safe and happy while they go to work. I wasvery lucky with my childminder and I am aiming to provide such a safe and happy place for the children in my care. I feel that continuity and routine is one of the most important things for children to feel safe. Communication with parents is the key to provide this continuity and routine.
The courtyard is a privately owned pre school and is owned by Sarah Boucher who has worked in childcare for 13 years and is fully qualified. The Preschool has been running for over 33 years and isregistered by Ofsted and is also registered under the Children's Act providing places for children between the ages of 2 until they start school at 5 years. The Courtyard Preschool aims to provide all children with a welcoming, safe and happy environment in which to learn through play.
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