Based in Highridge, Bristol, the aim of Trickey Tots is to provide a ‘home from home’ environment, that is safe and welcoming. A place in which children can feel secure, comfortable and valued, and enables them to learn, grow and have lots of fun.
Benefits of a childminder
Childminders provide a home-based childcare setting for people who find the idea of nurseries to impersonal. They can be more flexible, working around your commitments, and also provide more continued care once your child attends playgroup/nursery/school.
As childminders, not only do we provide all the opportunities to learn and develop that your child would get from a nursery, We have a greater ability to provide your child with opportunities to experience the outside world with trips and outings.
A home-based carer still provides your child with the opportunity to socialise with other children, yet it is a smaller quantity, giving your child a less overwhelming environment. The children can get more attention from the carer and their needs can be more fully met.
Most importantly however, having a childminder is, in the majority of cases, cheaper, and if you choose us, that decrease in cost will not mean a decrease in the quality of service you are provided.
Why Choose Trickey Tots?
- We are friendly, caring and approachable.
- Kelly has been training to work with children for 5 years and have experiences with all ages and stages of development.
- We are close to lots of primary schools.
- We can be more flexible. This means your needs are more sufficiently met. We can take your children for a little as an hour.
- We have lots of place to play Including a large garden.
- The environment is very stimulating with lots of colourful displays, toys and equipment.
- we love nature, animals and the outdoors. we love to go on woodland walks, attend forest school groups and are currently in the process of planting our own veggies. we are also observing our tadpoles grow and looking forward to the arrival of our chickens and ducks.
- We have a multicultural approach to childcare.
- We are competitively priced.
- We provide healthy, nutritious food that is included in the price.
- We provide lots of opportunities for children to socialise and experience the environment.
- We provide a safe and secure environment.
- term time/holiday only contracts with no retainer.
- fixed fees. We guarantee that once you start your fees will not increase (other than when your child starts school/enters another age bracket).
- and much more.....
As I childminder I follow the Early years foundation stage (EYFS) and this influences my planning and activities. The EYFS sets the standards for all childcare, nurseries, childminders and children of reception year and the principles are grouped into four themes.
1. A unique child.
Principle – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
2. Positive Relationships
Principle – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person
3. Enabling Environments
Principle – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning
4. Learning and Development
Principle – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
Learning Diaries/Feedback Books
In order to keep in contact with parents and keep them up to date on their child's learning and development, we have two procedures in place. The first is a feedback book. This is a book that details the child's day to day information. For example: sleep, accidents,nappy changing, what the have eaten and what they have done. This book is transferred from parent to childminder day to day and can also be used by parents to comment on progress/ask questions or write things about the child's development at home. This is done as parents are often busy and don't have a lot of time to speak to the childminder. It also helps the childminder to remember things that have gone on throughout the day.
The other procedure is the use of a learning diary. This documents the child's individual progress and achievements. Using observations, samples of work and photographs, the childminder can determine what the child is doing well and areas they may need more support. It can assist with planning or activities and adapting activities to suit the needs of the child. This is kept at the childminders home but can be viewed by the parent at any time.