Happy, Healthy Kids
Information for parent's and carers
Sharing achievements, keeping safe and knowing which blanket is the snuggliest
Let's face it, qualifications are nice to have but YOU are the expert on your child and I look forward to learning what makes them really happy from nap time routines to bug obsessions!
I'll keep records of what your child has achieved, what learning may take place next and how we can support their growing independence together. You'll be able to access all this through a secure app. You'll also get plenty of pictures, a daily update on the noticeboard and a a book where we can share information so you can share the adventures!
Below you'll find more information on how I will keep your child safe, happy and secure.
Meals and snacks
Full and healthy tummies
Our menu changes seasonally so that children can enjoy warm, hearty soup on a cold day and homemade pure fruit smoothie ice lollies in the sunshine. Meal times should be fun and promote independence so little ones are offered food designed especially for little hands to hold as well as being spoon fed to ensure a varied, balanced diet. We enjoy regular trips to shops and farm shops around Lymm to see where our food comes from. I hold a Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate.
Growing and learning through fun experiences
Through extensive training and experience I have learned how to make each day full of fun and learning through varied activities tailored to your child's individual changing interests. As a small setting I can really personalise your child's experiences just like you might do at home.
As a childminder it's great that children can form a close bond with me and each other but we also attend groups so your child can meet lots of other children too. We enjoy outings in all weather to lots of interesting places.
Scroll down and you'll find an example of our daily routine.
Our daily routine
Good Morning Sunshine
7:30-8am Children begin to arrive, hang their coats on their very own peg and breakfast is served around the big oak table or in the garden. There's porridge, cereal or toast and children are encouraged to help themselves.
8:30am Wellies or sunhats on and it's time to take our older friends to school with a stop at the park on the way home.
9:30am Time for some songs, stories and a chat about what we're doing today. We might be going out for the whole day, the morning or just after lunch.
10am Off we go to meet new friends at a group or a little visit to the shop or library. If we're out in the afternoon we'll stay at home and do planned, fun and challenging activities in the morning and vice versa- either way there'll be a delicious snack at 10:30am!
12 noon Unless we're out for a whole day adventure, we all eat lunch together around the big table or in the garden. Older children are encouraged to serve themselves and use child size cutlery and all children enjoy a social lunch with their friends.
12:45pm If we've been out in the morning we'll have stories and a relax for a little while before a fun activity such as building a den, making nature collages or playing in the role play area.
2:30 pm Snack is offered. Some children may nap in the cosy, quiet and safe front room where they'll be watched on the video monitor and checked every 15 minutes. Each child has their own bedding and favourite teddies are very welcome!
2:45 pm Time to collect our older friends from school and feed the ducks or visit the park on the way home.
3:45 pm Time for free choice play with the musical instruments, sand or water play, cars or construction toys. Our toy collection is always growing and I follow each child's individual interests when thinking what to buy next. We also have themed weeks if all of the children show particular interest in a subject. This might be a trip to the farm which inspires a role play area milking shed, a sand pit farm model and animal inspired art for the rest of the week!
Bye-Bye For Now
5 pm Afternoon tea is served in the garden or around the big table. Older children are asked to help lay the table and everyone enjoys chatting about their day over a meal. Children are not asked to finish everything on their plates but are offered plenty of healthy alternatives if there is something served that they dislike.
As parents and carers begin to arrive they can share in what we've been doing that day through photos, artwork and records of eating, naps and nappy changes. We'll say goodbye for now and look forward to another busy, fun-filled day together soon.