My name is Svetlana Sinderson, I am a mother of 3 which gives me the best possible experience at caring for your child. I am an OFSTED registered child minder, registration number EY451372. I have attended a 4 day pre-registration child minding course (25th June 2012), and a 2 day Early Years First Aid course (30th June 2012), and Children’s Safeguarding Training course for childminders on 24th November 2012.
I am a member of the NCMA (membership number 00122367) and have a full insurance policy through them.
I have completed a Food Standards Agency Safer Food, Better Business for Child Minders pack which you welcome to view.
I am registered with the Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) which covers the data protection act.
I am available all year round, for evenings, weekends and I am registered for overnight care. I work during term and holiday periods to be as flexible for working parents as possible.
I charge competitive hourly rates and offer sibling discount. I accept all forms of payment (except credit cards) and childcare vouchers.
I advise all parents to have 3 settling in sessions for younger children to get them used to me and my home. It will be during the 1st session that all the paperwork will be completed and also allow the child to adjust to the new environment and be confident that the parent is still around during these early hours.
I provide home-made and freshly prepared simple nutritious meals suitable for all ages and dietary requirements of children as I am keenly aware of allergy and other cultural limitations and personal tastes.
I drop off and collect from Oakfield Primary and all local schools in Dartford and Crayford. I attend Surestart play groups in Dartford.
I offer an extensive library of books, educational materials up to 11+, messy play, crafts and games/toys. As a rule I would advise a spare set of clothes just in case, but provide protective aprons to keep their clothes clean. I provide lots of stimulating toys for young children to discover and enjoy.
I make attending play groups, play centres, library and parks a regular part of my daily routine and given the location all of these can be accessed by walking. Where venues are further afield we go by car. I have strict policies regarding travel by car, and ask all parents to read and sign where necessary.
School runs in the morning and afternoon occur during term times. I will always schedule time for naps and learning. Part of their time with me is spent working on developing their foundation skills in readiness for their next level of education whether its nursery or reception. I cover all the 3 Prime and 4 Specific areas of development. It is during this time that observations are made and planning is done for the next session. All of these are recorded and shared with parents.
I like to share the progress and achievements of all the children I care for, and as such provide photographic evidence of this along with work completed.
The designated areas for play are the lounge (indoors) and covered decking in the rear garden which means no matter what the weather they can play outside. The back door is open and there are no restrictions regarding playing in the decking area. The decking area is fenced off with a lockable gate meaning they are safe. There are extensive toys and activities in the decking. The activity area in the dining room is for crafts, homework and study. The use of upstairs is only by way of the toilet and nappy changing areas.
My policy on TV is that while children do enjoy TV shows designed for them, I provide sufficient activities and toys to ensure they don’t feel a need to watch television. I normally allow roughly no more than 30-45 minutes a day. While I use multimedia educational programs on a laptop or iPad, I do not allow any child to use an internet connected device without supervision. I am aware children see both computer and TV as a reward for good behaviour, but work with parents to ensure that restrictions and limitations are not unbalanced.
Although I mainly work alone, I do employ an assistant as well as the support of several childminders who share resources and also act as emergency contacts.
I do not own any pets as these can be the source of children’s allergies. Neither my husband or myself smokes.
My husband works full time, but I do encourage him to play with all the children when he is present. He has an Enhanced CRB Check and DBS full check, he has also attended an OfSTED recognised 12 hour paediatric first aid course, and is registered with OfSTED as a Childminders assistant.
I work in conjunction with parents to ensure I deliver the best possible service tailored to their child. I produce a daily diary which is shared to the parents logging food eaten, naps taken and nappies used. I also use this form to detail activities and free play undertaken. There is sufficient room for parents to give feedback.
I would remind all parents that under the Children Act 1989/2004, as a Registered Childminder I have a duty to Safeguard children, and as such will ask about all bumps and bruises seen on a child and these will be recorded. I will also record other details such as a change in behaviour that gives me any cause for concern. I will inform all parents who I share this information with and reassure you about the confidentiality of these records.
There is a separate form for parents to sign which gives their permission for children to be left with my childminding assistant for limited periods of time.
All children who attend my setting that are subject to EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) will be observed by myself and notes taken on these. Again these are all shared with interested parties and are also confidential.
I hope this statement gives you a good overview of the service I offer. Please see my policies for a more detailed breakdown of my individual internal policies. If you would like more information, please contact me on 07907 578987 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.