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Childminding


Vacancies



***NO VACANCIES AS OF 28th May 2019***



***NO VACANCIES FOR AFTER SCHOOL CHILDREN AT PRESENT (APRIL 2019)***





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Qualifications, Memberships, Insurance & Health & Safety

  • I have attended an Ofsted mandatory course, "Child-minder Pre Registration Course". I was awarded a Child-minder Level 3 qualification.

  • Both myself & my assistant have had paediactric first aid training. (Valid for three years until August 2019).

  • Both myself & my assistant have attended Safeguarding Children Courses. (Valid for three years until 2020). 
  • Both myself and my assistant have Public Liability Insurance. 
  • Both my husband and I have had CRB Checks & my assistant has had the more up-to-date DBS check.
  • The Environmental Health Agency inspected my property and found my Food Hygiene met the standard needed for me to be able to provide food.
  • Both myself and my assistant own our own cars, are fully insured for business use and carrying children, have breakdown cover, clean driving liciences. We also provide car seats for all stages from birth. 

Hours of Business, Charges and Holidays

 

Hours of Business

I am open Monday to Friday Core hours 8am to 6pm. Hours available outside the core hours. These hours incur additional charge.

 

I can open earlier usually from 7.30am and close later, usually 6.30pm, see additional charges for earlier/later times. I do not run session because I do not have funded spaces available.   

 

Charges

Costs will be calculated individually. I charge per hour where stated, and you pay a set monthly cost, based on your contracted hours. As a basic indicator I charge:
£6.25 per hour for a minimum of 4 hours per day.
£8.00 for the first/last hour if a child is dropped off before 8am or collected after 6pm.
£10.00 per hour for minimum of 4 hours a day for school holiday care and per hour for care on a casual basis.

Childcare vouchers are accepted and I am set up to recieve Tax Free Childcare payments. Payment is required in advance. Set monthly payment is preferred, but other timescales can be discussed to suit you.


Collection and Drop off fee from home can be discussed.


Funded Childcare Spaces NOT AVAILABLE

Unfortunately I do not provide funded childcare spaces.

 

What the cost includes

I do not charge extra for meals or snacks. 

I do not charge extra for event admission or group admission - BUT I will charge extra for "one off" trips and outings. For example if we took a trip to Legoland, I would only charge the child admission fee if any should apply.

I can provide basic toiletries e.g. Nappies, creams, soaps, sun cream etc.


Discounts NOT AVAILABLE


Deposits

A deposit will be required prior to the trial period. The deposit will be calculated for each individual and is non refundable.


Retaining Fees

If you are not starting immediately and you would like me to hold a space for more than 2 weeks, a retaining fee will apply. The fee is non-refundable and one month's set fee. 


If you only require Term-Time only care a retaining fee will apply over the school holidays to "hold" the space. 

 

Holiday

I do not charge when I am on holiday or when I am closed. I do not work on Public/Bank Holidays. I normally take between 20 & 25 days a year leave. I give notice in January of the holiday I have planned for the year, which is often taken in the school holidays. I take one week at Easter, two weeks at the end of the Summer Holidays, October Half-Term, plus other ad-hoc days throught out the year. I close between Christmas and New Year and class this is a Christmas Closure and do not include it in my annual leave allowance. The dates are subject to change and I will give as much notice as possible, a minimum of 2 weeks, but preferably 4 weeks if the dates should change or I take any additional days. 


I charge full rate if you should take any leave when I would otherwise be open. This would in effect be holding your childs place until your return. I ask that you give a minimum of 2 weeks notice, but preferably 4 weeks notice if possible when you plan to take leave. 

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Facilities and set up

 

Toiletries

Nappies (if needed)

Cream

Training Pants (if needed)

Potty x 2

Toilet training seat and step for use in bathroom

Their own flannel and hand towel

Sun-Cream


A range of UV sun suits and swim costumes from 6 months up to age 8.

A range of snow suits/pram coats up to age 12 months.

A range of puddle suits from 18 months to age 5.

A range of wellies from size 4 (the smallest I can find) to size 12.

I have a travel potty.


Set up

My home has a small entrance hall, off of which is a kitchen with access to the back garden through the kitchen. Also off the hall is access to a sitting room/dining room, leading to the conservatory which is used as a play room. The playroom also has access to the back garden via steps. The back garden is large and I have lots of outdoor games and toys. I clean regularly and always use antibacterial wipes and sprays. I make sure all the toys are clean, complete and safe to play with. I have a Vax Carpet Cleaner that I use to clean all the carpets once a month. 


Sitting Room - Space to play and TV with children's programmes available.

Dining Room - Access to books, games, arts and crafts and computer. Travel cots for babies and mats and clean bed covers are available for children to have naps. I use the downstairs of the house, as I do not have a dedicated room upstairs that I can use for naps. Food is served in the dining room. I can seat 10 children around the table comfortably. I have two booster seats, two travel high chairs that can be used as a booster seats and two stand alone high chairs.

Kitchen - Children will be accompanied and supervised when in the kitchen. We often do baking in the winter months. 

Bathroom - There is only one toilet in the house, which is in the upstairs bathroom. Children are accompanied and supervised when using the bathroom. There are two potties downstairs for those potty training, but we encourage using the toilet as soon as possible.

Playroom - there is a large variety of toys and games available in accessible shelves and toy boxes, suitable from newborn. I have an electric piano for my use, but allow the children to play along when I set it up. I have a flute that I play and several recorders that I am happy for the children to learn to use. I have toy music instruments too. 

Garden - I have a large garden and lots of outdoor toys including water table, sand pit, paddling pools, play house, ride in cars, see-saws, slides, parachute and a goal net. I have a pond and nature area. Made safe with a soild safety grid covering the pond that is able to hold an adult's weight. 


Toys and Activties

We prefer to be out and about during the school day at local children centres, groups and events around town.


I have lots of arts and craft materials and really enjoy this as a hobby myself.


Activties are themed and tailored to individual child's needs and age group.


There is a variety of age appropriate toys, games and books for children to play with. Toys are stored at a level where children can access them independently. 


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Location


Ideally located for families coming from East Reading, Earley, Lower Earley, Woodley, Winnersh & Wokingham areas on their way into Reading Town Centre. We live in a spacious house with a large garden & dedicated play-room. The No. 19 & 13 Bus route (Orange) pass the end of my road. I am very close to Palmer Park, the No. 17 bus route (Purple), the A329M, A4 & Earley Rail Station.

I think the area where I live is fantastic. There is a brilliant community with a great mix of cultures and every amenity like the parks, library, children centres, nurseries and schools, local shops and community centres all close at hand.


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Collection, Drop-off & Transport


Currently I Collect and Drop off Children to Alfred Sutton Primary School, Alfred Sutton Nursery School, Crescent Under Fives Pre-School and Earley Montesorri Pre-School. Collection only from Earley St Peters Primary School. 


I also collect and drop off children from their homes for an additional fee. 


I drive a Ford S-Max 7 seater. I can safely carry up to 6 children at any one time. My assistant has a 5-door Honda Jazz and is able to carry up to 4 children safely at any one time. 


My assistant enables me to not have to keep pre-crawling and pre-walking children in a pushchair all day when I do the school runs, which can be up to three times a day and in the past up-to four times a day. She also collects children from their home and helps collect children after school. 


Car Seats:
I have one rear facing baby car seat suitable up to 11kgs.

I have five booster seats, three with back rests and harnesses.

I have three harnessed and adjustable front facing car seats suitable up to 5 years.


I currently use the following other transport:

Triple tandem pushchair, adaptable to use from birth.

Double tandem pushchair - suitable from birth.

Two Strollers - one suitable from birth.

Baby-Bijorn baby carrier, suitable from birth.


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