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Susan Atkinson

I have been a childminder since 1999 and in January 2016, received my third Outstanding Ofsted grade. My previous employment includes several years as a staff nurse in an Accident and Emergency dept and a Tumble Tots franchisee.


I maintain regular statutory training including first aid and safeguarding along with lots of other courses including working with children who have special needs and those who have communication difficulties.


I provide a high standard of care in a warm, friendly environment. We have lots of outdoor play and activities. Indoor activities include messy play, arts and crafts and a wide range of toys and resources to support children's learning and development.


Children enjoy a hot meal at lunchtime and drinks and snacks throughout the day.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sue Atkinson
Telephone
01634 686182
E-mail
sue.atkinson@fsmail.net

Where to go

Address
Blue Bell Hill
Chatham
Kent
Postcode
ME5
Notes

I have a large house with large private secure garden. The village in which I live has some beautiful places to explore and play in. I have a seven seater car to enable us to go out on trips.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
0 year(s), 0 month(s) to 0 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 17.30
Tuesday 07:30 17.30
Wednesday 07:30 17.30
Friday 07.30 17.30

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.50 Per hour
ECD Type
Childminder
Offers pickups
Yes
Schools covered
Burham CEP School
Details
I also drop off and collect from local pre-schools.
Cost(s)
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Total vacancies
1
Vacancies Details
I have a space on Tuesday and Friday
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 6
5 8 6
Immediate vacancies?
Yes
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 1
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
19/01/2022
Facilities
Arts And Crafts, Reading, Refreshments, Cookery, Messy Play Area, Books, Toys/dolls, Outdoor Activities, Kitchen, Environmental Area, Trike, Songs, Tv/video/dvd, Sleeping Area, Library - Children's Library, Parks/playgrounds, Library Visits, Stories, Water Play, Quiet Room, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks
Notes

I am happy to provide care for children with special needs if , after discussion with the parents, I feel that I can meet those needs.

Languages Spoken:
English
Wheelchair Access
Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
125128
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
07/03/2008CareOutstanding
19/10/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
27/01/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
Yes

Service status

Status
Open

Local Offer

Special Needs Support

I carefully monitor children's progress and if I have any concerns, I raise the subject with the parent/carer and discuss how best to proceed.

I send home a daily sheet outlining the days activities. There is also a verbal handover at the beginning and end of each day. For children of pre-school age, I maintain a learning journey which follows the child's progress. This is sent home at regular intervals so that parents can see how their child is developing.

I am happy to arrange a mutually convenient time outside of normal childcare hours  to meet parents to discuss any concerns that they may have.

Every child is a unique individual and I spend time getting to really know and understand each one. I can then use the child's interests to support and develop their learning.

I talk with the parents and also (with parental permission) any other professionals involved in the child's care. This may include other Early Years settings, SLT, OT etc

I undertake regular training to develop my own practice especially with regard to special needs.

I work with parents and other professionals to provide whatever support I can for each child. This is tailored and specific to the child's individual need.

Every child is observed while they are in my setting. Observations of note are recorded and each child's progress is tracked. Parents receive a regular written round up. Contribution from parents is welcomed and I am happy to meet to discuss any concerns with the parents.

All activities and trips out are risk assessed and considered for the suitability of the children in attendance that day. Whatever we are doing will be adapted so that everyone can join in equally.

There is one step at both the front and back doors. This can be easily managed however. There is a downstairs toilet.

When a child in my care starts a new setting such as a pre-school or primary school, I am happy to take them along for taster sessions etc and visits. We talk as a group about what will happen in a positive way in order to allay anxieties.

I constantly reflect on what I do in my setting and ways to improve. I send home a feedback form regularly and have a complaints policy that all parents are aware of.

Sue Atkinson 

Regular feedback form and parents are all aware of the complaints policy.

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