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Suzanne Elizabeth Bacon


Childminder

Who to contact

Contact Name
Suzanne Bacon
Contact Position
Childminder
Telephone
01843 846932
E-mail
suzanne@minikinschildcare.co.uk
Website
www.minikinschildcare.co.uk

Where to go

Address
23
Albion Road
Birchington
Kent
Postcode
CT7 9DN
Notes

Ofsted Registered Childminder – Central Birchington.
Registered to offer Government funded places for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds.

 

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 5 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 18:00
Tuesday 07:30 18:00
Wednesday 07:30 18:00
Thursday 07:30 18:00

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5:00 Per hour
£20:00 Per session
ECD Type
Childminder
Offers pickups
No
Cost(s)
Cost details
Normal working hours are Monday to Thursday excluding Bank Holidays.
Morning session: 8:00am – 1:00pm

Afternoon session: 1:00pm – 6:00pm.

20.00 per session* which includes all meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner)

snacks
drinks
nappies etc.

*Fees for sibling children

childminding not fitting with the above session times or outside normal working hours and/or weekly/monthly contracts by negotiation.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 0 2
1 5 6
0 5 6
5 7 12
Immediate vacancies?
Yes
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
11/02/2022
Facilities
Music, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Outdoor Activities, Tv/video/dvd, Play House, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Quiet Room, Games / Puzzles, Play Room, Garden, Walks, Help With Homework, Arts And Crafts, Healthy Living, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Kitchen, Car Parking, Sleeping Area, Slide, Library - Children's Library, Stories, Library - Storytimes For Pre-School Children
Languages Spoken:
English
Wheelchair Access
No

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY384788
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

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)

All 3 and 4-year-olds are eligible for up to 15 hours of free childcare each week for 38 weeks a year. In addition, If you are a working parent, you may be entitled to an extra 15 hours (a total of 30 hours) per week. 

 

However, I am able to ‘stretch’ this entitlement and offer fewer hours per week over more weeks up to a maximum of 570/1140 hours for the year. 

 

Furthermore, 2-year-old children who are confirmed as eligible will also be offered up to 15 hours free childcare which I can provide on the same basis.

 

In all cases I offer these as morning or afternoon blocks of five hours each.

 

My normal working hours are Monday to Thursday excluding Bank Holidays.

Morning session: 8:00am – 1:00pm, Afternoon session: 1:00pm – 6:00pm.

Breakfast, dinner (morning session) and tea are provided free, as are snacks, drinks, nappies etc.

 

Service status

Status
Open

Local Offer

Special Needs Support

As an Ofsted registered childminder I work according to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework. This is a formal document that includes the procedures and actions I must take whilst looking after your child, and indeed what I must do should I suspect your child requires additional needs or SEND.

 

However, I appreciate that for some it may be difficult to discuss any areas of concern you may have regarding your child but hope my friendly, non-judgemental approach will put you at ease and assist in obtaining the best help should this be the case.

 

It takes a while to fully get to know your child, so at the beginning I am more reliant on our initial discussions at that early stage of our relationship, together with any other diagnoses you may have had. As time progresses I am able to call upon my experience to identify potential issues and if unsure, I will usually consult the many professional resources that are available to me. When a child reaches the age of two years, a formal written assessment of your child’s progress is made which I will then share with you.

 

 

Should there be additional needs or SEND worries, as a parent you will always be consulted and I will help you as much as I can on that issue. 

 

Throughout their time here I keep all my parents up-to-date with their child’s progress, daily activities and the milestones that they achieve. I always try to make time for an informal chat at the end of each day, but if it concerns something that I feel requires more depth, or perhaps you would rather not talk in front of your child, I am happy to arrange a more convenient time, for example in the evening or at the weekend. 

 

 

The Early Years curriculum refers to the areas of learning and development which shape the activities and experiences that children have in my setting and my primary reference is the Department for Education publication ‘Development Matters’.

 

However, the actual learning of any young child is not so neat and orderly! Every child is individual and can make progress with the right support. Professional colleagues, like health visitors or speech and language therapists, are vital to this work. By monitoring a child’s progress closely, we can make the right decisions about what sort of adaption or extra help is needed. 

 

 

My teaching strategy is to gather all the information available for the child to get the best picture I can. I will reference any existing assessments and call upon any advice available to formulate the best teaching approach. Engaging a child will always be a matter of finding the right stimulus in order for me to become a catalyst for a child’s learning, regardless of ability.

 

 

There is a vast support network available to children with additional needs or SEND. We can discuss any concerns, identify solutions and formulate an action plan going forward. Furthermore, I already have a selection of stimulating, calming and sensory resources at my disposal.

 

 

Progress is monitored as an ongoing process and we will celebrate your child’s achievements together. It is always helpful and rewarding to hear feedback on any advancement made at home.

 

 

All children at my setting are part of my childminding family, aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, fears and areas of confidence – they are encouraged to show support, understanding and respect when working or playing together. 

 

In addition, my partner works as my registered assistant and we are therefore able to provide individual, personalised support for inclusion should it be required.

 

 

Unfortunately I believe wheelchair access would be difficult due to the design of my home and further impaired by steps to the rear garden.

 

 

I hope every child will leave my care with good personal skills, abilities and the confidence to cope with the next stage of their learning journey. Well before their transition I encourage get my children to ask questions and talk about (big) school and I am proud to say the feedback I get from parents and teachers is very positive.

 

Our local schools are aware of my childminding business and usually give me a call to chat about a child at the end of the preceding term.

 

 

For me, effectiveness is measured against progress. It is always rewarding to receive the thanks of parents and carers for my part in the development of a child and hear of progress identified by professionals involved in each particular child’s case. 

 

Parents and carers are obviously well placed to see progress on a daily basis and feedback on techniques that work are particularly helpful.

 

 

Please make any enquiries regarding my service by calling or messaging 

You will also be able to find me on the internet at www.minikinschildcare.co.uk 

 

 

I have a file of many letters of compliments and recommendations for my childminding business that you are welcome to browse should you desire, and I always feel honoured by the fact that a good proportion of new business comes from personal endorsement by my parents.

 

Of course I hope that you will be happy with the service that I provide, but if you find any part of my childminding service to be unsatisfactory in any way, I hope that you will feel able to discuss any concerns or issues that you may have with me directly. 

For serious issues, my Complaints Policy contains full details of the procedure I am required to follow.

 

 

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