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Louise Helen Dawkins

I live in Kennington with my 3 children, aged between 16 and 8years. We have a Labrador dog who is used to being around children and very good with them. We also have a guinea pig. 


I offer a fun, safe and caring environment for children. 


My house has a good sized secure garden with plenty of outdoor apparatus . I am able to offer a wide variety of toys a for indoor and outdoor play.


I take the children to local play groups, children centres, soft play, parks, castles, farms, zoos, beaches, museums, libraries etc


I am able to provide pick up/drop off service to Lady Joanna Thornhill School in Wye.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Louise Dawkins
Contact Position
Childminder
Telephone
07764 300 002
E-mail
louisedawkins@sky.com

Where to go

Address
23
St. Marys Green
Kennington
Ashford
Kent
APostcode
TN24 9HP
Notes

I have been working with children for over 20 years, initially as a teacher and now as a childminder. I have experience over a wide spectrum having taught primary and secondary children. I have experience of working with children with learning and behaviour difficulties.

I have a BA(QTS) teaching degree. I am OFSTED registered and have a current Safeguarding and child protection certificate. I have a paediatric first aid qualification and am CRB checked. I have a full, clean UK driving licence. I have a food hygiene rating of 5 and public liability insurance.

 

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Occasional Childminding, Open All Year, Flexible, School Holidays
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:00 19:00
Tuesday 07:00 19:00
Wednesday 07:00 19:00
Thursday 07:00 19:00
Friday 07:00 19:00
Other Availability
I do not work weekends or bank holidays.
My working hours are flexible. Please feel free to discuss with me.

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.50 Per hour
£2.00 Per lunch
ECD Type
Childminder
Offers pickups
Yes
Schools covered
Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School
Details
Currently i have no availability for this service.
Cost(s)
Cost details
Payment may be made by cash
cheque
bank transfer or childcare vouchers. Payment is charged in arrears and should be paid by the last working day of the month. Please allow extra time for cheques and childcare vouchers to clear.
I am also eligible to accept funding for 2

3
4 year olds.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
No
Total vacancies
1
Vacancies Details
I currently have a space available during school hours, 9.00 to 2.30. I have no availability for school collection and drop off at the moment.
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 0 1
1 5 3
0 5 3
5 7 6
Immediate vacancies?
Yes
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5yrs 1
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
17/03/2018
Facilities
Swing, Computers / It, Cookery, Toddler Groups, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Themed Sessions, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Trampoline, Water Play, Gym, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Help With Homework, Healthy Living, Library - Baby Bounce and Rhyme Under 3's, Internet Connection, Kitchen, Library Visits, Library - Storytimes For Children Aged 3-5 Yrs, Library - Storytimes For Pre-School Children, Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Messy Play Area, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Paddling Pool, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Pets, Play House, Parent and Toddler Group, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Play Room, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Baby Group, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Ball Pit, Sensory Room, Car Parking, Soft Play Area, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories
Other facilities information
I take the children out on a daily basis. They have access to facilities in my home and also at other venues we visit. I go to play groups, play centres, children centres, farms, zoos, park, beaches, museums, libraries, castles etc. This provides a rich variety of experiences for the children.
Notes

I can collect and drop home children who are in my locality. 

I am willing to attend additional training to enable me to care for a child with any additional needs and work closely with parents and health care professionals.

Languages Spoken:
English
Wheelchair Access
Yes
Wheelchair access details
Ramp for front door and a downstairs toilet

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY436889
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
14/05/2012Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
02/12/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

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 funded places as flexibly as possible up to a maximum of 30 hours per week for 38 weeks. 

Parents are able to share their entitlement between myself and other providers should they wish.

Entitlement: 30 hours a week over a minimum of 3 days

Length of offer: 38 weeks

Minimum hours per day:

Maximum hours per day: 10 hours in one day

Timings: flexibly between 7am and 7pm

Providers: 2 a day maximum

Additional Costs:

Parents are not charged any fee for their child’s free entitlement. However any additional hours are charged at my usual hourly rate. 

An additional charge is made for meals of £2 per meal. This is not compulsory, you are able to send a packed lunch for free should you prefer.

Any additional activity courses like music classes are payable by the parents.

Local Offer

Description

I offer an inclusive approach to all children in my care. Please feel free to contact me regarding your child’s care.

Contact Name
Louise Dawkins

Special Needs Support

All children attending my setting are monitored and observed in line with the EYFS. A 2 year old development check is carried out and shared with parents and any concerns regarding development will be discussed. The needs of children new to the setting are identified through discussions with their parents and any other professionals involved with the family. This enables me to identify the starting points in your child’s learning journey. A daily journal is sent home and there is time at the beginning and end of day for the parent to talk to me

Working alone, I provide continuous care to support your child whilst they are away from home. This helps build confidence and positive self-esteem, helping your child to feel secure emotionally and physically. I share each child’s learning journey with their parents, communicate regularly and answer queries. I offer reassurance and inform parents of their child’s progress and ensure that they are provided with all necessary information. On starting with my service each child receives an ‘All About me’ form which focuses on their strengths, areas for development, home life, interests and language which helps identify the types of activities or support that may be needed

The planning for each session is child led so that their learning is built around their own interests, with guidance from me for their next steps. I provide activities for your child to learn within their area of need. I use the EYFS curriculum as a guide for the child’s development.

 

Your child is a unique person. I allow them to explore and investigate in a rich environment, with support, ensuring safety and extension of experiences as well as offering fertile ground for developing potential. One to one support can be provided. Observations are taken on your child and an assessment is made which will highlight areas of development that may need to be focused on. Planning will be addressed within these areas of learning.

I will be happy to support a child with finding the right help and support for their individual needs and share progress with other agencies involved with the family’s permission.

I would be willing to take on additional training to help support in a specific area of disability or education.

I will liaise with any relevant outside agencies taking their professional advice on how to best support a child.

If an Education healthcare plan is in place I would work within its guidelines.

I am responsible for ensuring that your child is safe and secure both emotionally and physically whilst in my setting and during transition to nursery and/or school. I maintain an inclusive service and my provision is assessed daily for safety. I have appropriate specific paediatric first aid training and am happy to undertake any further training which is specific to a child’s individual needs. Medication will be stored appropriately in a secure place and will only be given with signed written permission or by verbal agreement over the phone in a necessary situation. My safeguarding and CRB are up to date.

I have trained as a teacher and taught in both primary and secondary schools and taught children with SEND. I have worked with professionals in relation to children that I have provided care for, including speech therapists, social workers and nursery/preschool staff. I follow any professional advice given to me that relates to a specific child and all paper work is copied and place in the child’s file. I am also able to access professional advice from my PACEY coordinator, the local authority and other professionals.

I support each child at my setting and their family through observations, regular reviews of development in the Childs trackers and use planned activities to help the child reach their full potential.

Sharing of information with parents and asking for regular feedback from home on progress and ideas of how to help with the next steps. Any concerns are shared and discussed with parents on a regular basis.

I will use the 2 year check to highlight if I feel a child may be falling behind any prime area of learning and/or not meeting milestones. This can be shared with the health visitor if parents wish.

I can access further support from my PACEY coordinator, the local authority or seek advice from other professionals.

I have a wide range of resources and work closely with other childminders sharing resources.

All trips/outings/activities are fully risk assessed and reviewed annually to ensure they are suitable for all children. I provide adequate support to enable all children to access all activities

Training is undertaken regularly to ensure necessary knowledge and to enhance my professional development. I am happy to do additional training which is specific to a child’s individual needs and to work closely with outside agencies to benefit the child.

I have a BA(QTS) teaching qualification and, paediatric first aid certificate, child protection and food hygiene certificates. I have completed courses on Autism awareness, supporting speech, language and communication, expectations of behaviour and raising developmental concerns.

I work from a home that is located in a residential close in Kennington. There is a small step up to the house at the front and rear of the property to which I would be able to add a ramp if required. The rear garden has been levelled and is mainly laid to lawn. The downstairs of the property is used for childminding and there is a downstairs toilet.

I carefully consider the needs of the children when planning indoor and outdoor space ensuring there is enough access any alterations do not limit my provision.

All trips/outings/activities are fully risk assessed and reviewed annually to ensure they are suitable for all children. I provide adequate support to enable all children to access all activities.

I will seek advice from parents and gain information on the child’s specific needs and how best to cater for these.

When a child starts a new early years setting or school I am happy to provide them with any relevant information, alongside a copy of the most up to date progress check. Children in my care are familiar with concept of school as I have older children that I care for that attend.

I support each child at my setting and their family through observations, regular reviews of development in the Childs trackers and use planned activities to help the child reach their full potential.

Sharing of information with parents and asking for regular feedback from home on progress and ideas of how to help with the next steps.

I will use the 2 year check to highlight if I feel a child may be falling behind any prime area of learning and/or not meeting milestones. This can be shared with the health visitor if parents wish.

Louise Dawkins

 

 

I request that parents complete a questionnaire annually to provide feedback on the service I provide. This enables me to identify areas that require improvement and what they particularly like.

I like to have an open working relationship with parents and welcome an open dialogue regarding concerns, complaints and compliments.

I have a complaints procedure that parents are provided with which details what I must do if I receive a complaint and who parents can speak to and seek advice from.

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