I am a qualified Early Years Teacher, Registered Childminder and a Mum of two, offering a dedicated childminding service to families in Park Street, St Albans and beyond. I am OFSTED registered and am awaiting my first graded inspection.
I have always found children fascinating, and after doing my degree and then a Post Graduate course in Psychology I went on to become a Primary School teacher specialising in Early Years. Since having my two children with my partner Andy, I became especially interested in how the youngest of children learn, form attachments and develop and the impact we can have on these first, most important years of their lives.
Because the first years of a child's life are the most important! It is also really important that parents are happy because we also have lives beyond our children as well as dreams and passions and careers! When returning to work, it's essential that parents feel fully comfortable and able to leave their child with somebody they trust whilst they are able to fulfil their working lives.
I offer a home from home environment with a large playroom and large garden.
Learning through play
I offer a range of books, toys and equipment for the children to choose from and explore. I encourage them to make choices and become independent in their play whilst also modelling how certain activities to extend their learning.
I encourage being outside as much as possible and we dress for all weathers!
I have a range of resources for outside including a slide and swing set, a mud kitchen and a bouncy castle (used in the summer months).
Trips and Outings
We regularly visit all the local parks and local farms, including Willows Farm. We have trips to museums and we attend some playgroups.
Qualifications and Training
Early Years PGCE (Teaching Qualification) (2010)
Post Graduate Certificate in Psychology (2008)
Degree - Media and Cultural Studies BA Hons (2.1) (2005)
Fischer Family Trust Reading Intervention Programme (2013)
12 Hour Paediatric First Aid (Nov 2019)
Safeguarding (Nov 2019)
Building Your Childminding Business (2017)
Online Awareness (keeping children safe online) (Oct 2017)
In The Moment Planning (Nov 2018)