Hi I'm Jo, a Childminder graded Outstanding in my last inspection by OFSTED in November 2019 and a member of PACEY.
I became a Childminder 15 years ago after having my first child. I am a fully qualified childcare practitioner and hold a BTEC National Diploma in Childcare with over 21 years of experience. I also have up to date training in Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and Safeguarding Children.
I live in Earlsdon with my husband who is registered as my assistant and my 3 children. We also have a Chocolate Labrador called Charlie and a bunny called Patch. We are within a short walk to the library, shops and the memorial park. We meet with other Childminders often allowing the children to socialise with children in larger groups. We love to explore and investigate the natural world around us and go on lots of walks in the woods and the park. The children really love putting on their wellies and going in search of puddles! During the school holidays we visit other places of interest such as farms, zoos, castles and soft play areas. I have my own transport, a clean driving licence and business insurance. All of my car seats are purchased new and every child has an age appropriate seat.
I strongly believe play is vital to a child's development of skills, independence and confidence and they need space and support to achieve this. Our house has a large through room which we use as our playroom, allowing the children to express themselves freely playing in a safe environment. We also have a large kitchen where we do cooking, art and messy play. We have a secure enclosed rear garden with a patio, lawn and raised flower beds so the children can grow their own vegetables and flowers. The garden also has lots of other play equipment such as a sand and water tray, small bikes, slide, see-saw, trampoline, rockers and ball games.
Our daily activities include singing and musical instruments, art and craft, story telling, role play, construction toys and puzzles. The children also have access to a huge range of age appropriate toys.
I cater for dietary requirements, and offer children a nutritious and well balanced diet. Meals are all fresh and home made.
I provide all the children in my care with a clean, safe, comfortable, loving and home-like environment where they can learn and play. I provide lots of activities and learning opportunities, to build on your child's self confidence, enabling them to develop to their full potential.
I feel that my retained Outstanding judgement I received from OFSTED since 2010, reflects my hard work and effort I put into my role as a Childminder each and every day.