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Carolyn Marla Brooks

I have been caring for children for over 35 years. As a children's Nanny, then having 2 of my own children and then childminding once my children went to school.


I am OFSTED registered and have a current Safeguarding and child protection certificate and a current paediatric first aid certificate. I am CRB checked as are my other family members. I have a full, clean driving license. I have a food hygiene rating of 5 and I have public liability insurance.


We have fun, we play, we learn.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Carolyn Brooks
Contact Position
Childminder
Telephone
01233 640 091
E-mail
cmbrooks@talktalk.net

Where to go

Address
13
St. Marys Green
Kennington
ASHFORD
Kent
Postcode
TN24 9HP
Notes

I have a chocolate Lab called Woody and a cat called Buzz.
We also have 3 guinea pigs - Georgie, Pepper & Flash.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
0 year(s), 6 month(s) to 11 year(s), month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 17:30
Tuesday 07:30 17:00
Wednesday 07:30 17:00
Thursday 07:30 17:30
Friday 07:30 17:00

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.00 Per hour
ECD Type
Childminder
Offers pickups
Yes
Schools covered
Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School
Cost(s)
Cost details
Food can be provided at extra cost
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Total vacancies
0
Vacancies Details
No vacancies
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 0 1
1 5 3
0 5 3
5 7 6
Immediate vacancies?
No
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
No
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
29/11/2021
Facilities
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Toddler Groups, Paddling Pool, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Pets, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Parent and Toddler Group, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Water Play, Quiet Room, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Help With Homework, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Internet Connection, See-Saw, Kitchen, Car Parking, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Library - Children's Library, Climbing Frame, Library Visits, Stories, Library - Storytimes For Pre-School Children
Wheelchair Access
No

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY360662
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
03/06/2008CareGood
08/11/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
17/06/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
19/04/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Inadequate
06/09/2017Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
Yes
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)

I am registered to provide Free Early Education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

I am happy to offer term time or stretched funded places and be as flexible as possible up to the maximum of 30 hours per week for 38 weeks.

Maximum hours per day - 10 hours each day

Flexibly between 7.30am and 5.30pm.

Parents are not charged any fee on top of their child's free entitlement. Any additional hours are charged at my hourly rate. Additional charges are made for meals - £2 per meal. This is not compulsory, you can send a packed lunch from home if you prefer

Any additional activity courses like music classes are payable by the parents. I will pay for toddler groups.

Parents are able to share their entitlement between me and another provider if they want to.

 

Service status

Status
Open

Local Offer

Description

I offer an inclusive approach to all children in my care.

If I have any vacancies, please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss yours and your child's needs.

Special Needs Support

When a child starts at my setting I ask them to fill in an "All about Me" form - telling me what a child likes/dislikes and a Starting points sheet to tell me what a child is able to do/not do.

I offer a few settling in sessions so the child gets to know me and my setting. Once a child starts here I look at the starting points sheets, observe the child and assess their starting points here in line with the document Birth to 5 matters

I must complete a Statutory Progress Check when a child turns 2 which will help me identify any areas a child may be struggling in or is on target for his/her age range.

If I have a child here who may need extra support I will seek advice and training to help meet their needs. I work closely with other settings to ensure we're all working together to help the child.

I speak to parents on a daily basis and send home a contact book to pass on any information about what has happened during the day.

I send home  assessments to show how each child is progressing and these can be shared with any other setting the child may attend.

I also complete a monthly photo book to show parents what the children have been doing here and these are sent home every few months. 
If a child needs any extra support I will discuss with parents and other settings so that we are all doing the same things to help the child.

As I complete assessments and get to know your child, I will plan activities or outings that I believe your child will enjoy and benefit from.

The EYFS is an educational framework which covers all areas of learning and I offer activities to include all of these areas of learning. 
Children are supported through any changes at home/school. 

I'm happy to support a child with additional needs or learning difficulties. 

If needed I can do additional training to support the child in whichever area of disability or education they need.

If any outside agencies are involved I will discuss with them how to best support the child and if an Education Healthcare Plan is in place , I will work within the guidelines.

I am responsible for making sure the children at my setting feel safe and secure - both emotionally and physically. I help with transition to nursery/school.

I have a SEND policy which tells how I will support a child with any additional needs.

I have paediatric first aid training and this is updated regularly.

Any medication is stored appropriately and will only be given once a signed permission form is filled in  or verbal permission is given over the phone and a medication form is filled in and signed by a parent after the event.

My safeguarding and CRB are up to date.

I am able to access professional advice from PACEY, the local authority and other professionals.

I support each child at my setting and their family through observations, regular reviews of the children's development. I complete a 2 year check to see if a child is meeting milestones or if they are falling behind. This can be shared with their Health Visitor.

I use various activities to help the child reach their full potential 

I share information with parents - written & verbal. I ask for regular feedback from home about what they've been doing, what they've noticed child doing, what's happening at home.

Any concerns are shared and discussed with parents.

I aim for my setting to be all inclusive.

All outings and activities are risk assessed to ensure they are suitable for all children. I provide support to enable all children to access all activities 

I am happy to do any additional training which is specific to a child's individual needs and would work closely with any outside agencies to benefit the child.

I can help to accommodate any additional needs, which would need to be discussed at our first meeting.

There is a step up to my front door which I could place a ramp next to, if required. There is a downstairs toilet but it's quite small  and getting a wheelchair in would be difficult.

I complete a transition report for a child starting at school. We practice getting dressed and other things a child will need to be able to do for going to school - washing hands, using cutlery.

I share assessments with nurseries that the children attend.

I have permission from parents to share information 

Children in my care are familiar with the concept of going to school as I have older children we take and collect from school.

I assess the overall effectiveness of the SEN provision at my setting by talking to other childminders and listening to their ideas/opinions and if I have any opportunities to attend outside meetings with other outside agencies I will.

I will book onto any additional training if required. I would speak to parents regularly and check I'm meeting their child's needs

Carolyn Brooks - Childminder by phone or email.

I would arrange a visit for parents and /or child to come along to get a feeling for my setting. I would encourage settling in sessions with the parent for a couple of times and if required any other professionals could come along.
I would do any assessments that needed to be completed I.e. for additional funding such as SEN Inclusion Fund and apply for any funding under the Disability Access Fund (DAF) and put a plan in place on how this could be used.

I have an open working relationship with parents and would welcome any ideas they make have, any concerns, complaints or compliments 

I have a complaints procedure that parents are sent when they first sign contracts which has details of what I have to do if a complaint is received and also who parents can speak to and seek advice from.

I sent out a parental questionnaire annually to give parents the chance to give me any feedback on things I do, what they'd like to see at my setting, any changes/ideas they may have.

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