aims, objectives and facilities

toys at childmindersA child’s happiness is paramount when we are caring for them. Through talking in detail with parents and making notes we find out as much information as we can to enable the child to feel secure and comfortable with us as their carer. We aim to provide high quality childcare in a happy, homely and stimulating environment in which the children can develop at their own level, the skills they will need to transfer to school when necessary. By working together, we will be able to provide your child with an early learning experience, which develops a level of independence and self-confidence.

The skills your child is encouraged to reach are set within the early years foundation stage framework. These skills are developed through first hand experience, exploring their environment, role-play and interaction with others, whilst engaged in learning opportunities. We discuss with parents, things that their individual child enjoys and provide challenging activities linked to these interests for their individual stage of development.  As we have a varied age range, the activities are set at differing levels within an activity so all children can participate, with older children sometimes helping younger children under our supervision. Children are encouraged to take part in activities and may work at their own pace or level to achieve their goal.

We take into account, times, feeding babies, and school trips when planning time for these activities. Time is also set aside for unplanned learning opportunities. This may be during a trip to school or the shops, but it can be both enjoyable and educational to all involved.

Each child will have their individual learning journey linked to the EYFS recorded in their file that is confidential and the property of the child. This is only shown to parents and Ofsted and is otherwise kept in a locked cabinet.

Through a good parent/childminder partnership, the child can become a confident and competent member of society.

LOCAL FASCILITIES USED TO ENHANCE OUR SERVICES

Listed below are the local facilities we use to enhance our childminding services. Because of the needs of individual children and the wide range of learning opportunities available, these are not used on a strict weekly programme, but when appropriate. Visits to these places help the children in all areas of their development.

HALL PARK RUSHDEN
Large play equipment
Large grassed areas for exercise, team games, ball skills etc

PLAYBARN NEEDLE AND AWL
Large play equipment, ball pool, food and drinks available. Toddler session’s term time only.

PAULS PIRATES
Large play centre, ball pool, separate area for under threes. Food and drinks available.

WELLINGBOROUGH SPLASH PARK
Embankment water fountains, picnic area, toilets.

CHILDMINDER SUPPORT GROUP
Sure start centre, Mondays, childminders and their minded children
Baby activity mat with sensory toys. Outside area, messy plays activities. Action song time. Activities vary weekly.

ROOKERY FARM WEST LODGE RURAL CENTRE AND THURLIEGH FARM
Large play areas, tractor rides, animal petting areas. Large farm animals. Indoor and outdoor play areas.  Seasonal activities.

SWIMMING RUSHDEN SPLASH POOL
Water flume walk in pool with children’s area

NENE CENTRE THRAPSTON
Swimming pool with separate area for under fives. Craft activities during holidays for under tens.

RUSHDEN LIBRARY
Books, DVDs, reference library, story time. Facilities for visually impaired. Activity days held regularly.

RUSHDEN TRAIN STATION AND HISTORICAL TRANSPORT MUSEUM
Signal box, steam trains, memorabilia from old stations, buses and Lorries, open days and themed weekends.

PEMBERTON CENTRE
Sports activities, jumping jacks for preschool children.

IRCHESTER PARK
Large play equipment, woodland walks, train museum, aerial walkway, toilets and restaurant.

Other facilities’ include
Northampton and Bedford museums.
Bedford Riverside Park and Russell park.
Stanwick lakes
Kettering leisure centre