Saturday 10th December 2016

iChild Childcare (Directory)

Katherine Joseph
Registered Childminder in London, SW15

As a member of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY), I am required to meet all the conditions of my registering authority Ofsted. Find out more here.

Childcare Offered:

  • Short Term

    Short Term
  • Long Term

    Long Term
  • Full Time

    Full Time
  • Part Time

    Part Time
  • Before School

    Before School
  • After School

    After School
  • Overnight

    Overnight
Me and My Home
ME AND MY HOME
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  • Garden with play equipment
    Garden with play equipment
  • Playroom
    Playroom
  • Parking
    Parking
  • Have a pet
    Have a pet
  • Cat
    Cat
  • Have children of my own
    Have children of my own
  • Close to transport links
    Close to transport links

About me: A WARM WELCOMING ‘HOME FROM HOME' WHERE EVERY CHILD CAN SMILE, LAUGH, FEEL IMPORTANT, AND FLOURISH.

• WELL EQUIPPED AND WELL ORGANISED PLAYROOM AND LIVING ROOM
• FULLY EQUIPPED ARTS AND CRAFTS/HOMEWORK ROOM
• GARDEN WITH SANDPIT AND GREEN WITH SPACE TO RUN AROUND.
• FREE OFF ROAD PARKING AVAILABLE ALL DAY FOR PARENTS
• DAILY OUTINGS TO LOCAL PLAYGROUPS, INDOOR PLAY, LIBRARIES
• FREQUENT VISITS TO WETLANDS CENTRE AND CHILDREN’S CENTRE'S
• LOWER ADULT:CHILD RATIO THAN WITHIN A NURSERY SETTING
• REGULAR ‘HEURISITC PLAY’ SESSIONS
• SCHOOL AND NURSERY PICK-UPS AVAILABLE IN THE LOCAL AREA
• FRESHLY PREPARED HOME COOKED NUTRITIOUS MEALS AND SNACKS
• EXPERIENCE WITH REFLUX BABIES, FOOD ALLERGIES, FUSSY EATERS
• MONTESSORI INSPIRED TEACHING METHODS

I am a 39 year old, well educated, reliable, caring mother with one daughter of two and a half years of age. I have been married for 5 years and love my job as a Childminder.

I was previously self employed for over 15 years as a Graphic Designer and always ran my business from home. I have converted my old studio into a fully equipped 'Arts and Crafts' room for the children I care for to enjoy 'getting creative'. This room is also available for older children to sit quietly in and complete homework after school if required.

I am passionate about providing Early Years Childcare of the highest standard and have gone to every effort to ensure that every child in my care receives the same care and attention as they would receive from their parent.

My home is a bright fun and friendly environment for children to relax and enjoy learning in. I have studied the importance of a child feeling at ease before they can learn effectively in a warm loving atmosphere, where they can look forward to each new day we spend together and the adventures we will have.

One of my main objectives is to ‘Always see things through the eyes of the child’ I have found this creates greater harmony with the children I care for. This is reinforced with the use of descriptive praise to encourage good behaviour and positive reinforcement to teach children that they will be rewarded for cooperating and listening. Patience, kindness, a listening ear, a friendly smile and a hug is what every child needs on a daily basis to help them feel valued and important.

Each day is structured to allow the most effective use of time. I forward plan to allow not only group activities but also each child in my care to ensure their individual needs are met. It is proven that children can thrive in an environment with a range of differing ages of children around them, where they are encouraged to lend support to the younger children, giving them confidence to help and share, and to look up to older children to inspire them to mature, just as they would do in a normal family setting.

Becoming a mother I met with the challenges of balancing a work life with parenthood and combining a career with spending quality time with family so I really do appreciate how hard that can sometimes be for working parents. I am committed to do my upmost to ensure that the parents I work for don’t miss out on what their children have been achieving and enjoying. This is done through text and email message updates throughout the day, frequent photographs, videos, as well as observations on their progress that I would expect to receive for my own daughter if she were in childcare.

Each child also has a ‘daily contact sheet’ completed to give to their parent on collection with a summary of what they ate and drank, how long they slept for and what activities they did that day. This is a valuable communication tool for parents at the end of a long day at work.

I take my role as a Childminder very seriously and offer a professional service where every effort has been taken to ensure that parents feel they are receiving value for money for the services I provide. I fully appreciate choosing to pay for your child to be cared for is often a big financial commitment for parents. I see this as a privileged responsibility with parents giving their full confidence in my abilities to care and nurture their child just as they would do themselves and I aim to deliver a service that will result in a long and happy working relationship.

I implement Policies and Procedures and am constantly risk-assessing to ensure that the safety of each child in my care is of the highest priority. I am rigorous about road safety and teaching children the importance of this skill and to keeping safe and aware for themselves and others in their daily lives.

I ensure that all the areas of learning of the EYFS are met through my planning and daily activities so that children feel confident and ready for when they start nursery or school.

I enjoy music and singing and dancing and have great enjoyment in seeing how much fun children have with expressing themselves through this medium.

I get so much job satisfaction from helping the future generation to learn and accomplish to their full potential. The ‘Every Child Matters’ framework is at the forefront of my mind during my working day .

My qualifications:

  • A-Level (Including AS Level)
    A-Level (Including AS Level)
  • Introduction to Childminding Practice
    Introduction to Childminding Practice
  • Degree
    Degree

qualifications & experience: MY CHILD CARE QUALIFICATIONS. . .
I have passed Unit 1 of Level 3 Diploma in Home-based Childcare through the NEC in December 2012. I have also completed the required Child Safety and Pediatric first aid course. My certificates are available to view on request.

I became an Ofsted registered childminder in May 2013, so have to wait until November 2013 to receive a grading from Ofsted for my provision.

I have also completed the following courses since November 2012. Please ask if you would like to see my coursework from these courses and I will be happy to share them with you:
SEAL: Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning: How emotions affect a child’s learning.
SHARE family learning: (accredited) How to make learning fun for preschool children.
STORY SACKS: (accredited) A practical course on teaching resources and learning outcomes.

I attended a 2 hour lecture and 2 hour workshop from ‘The Parent Practice’ in London in spring 2012. (www.theparentpractice.com). I found this to be a very interesting and thought provoking session for parenting and childminding alike and gained some valuable techniques in behaviour management and how to encourage a positive reaction in children of all ages.

In the future I plan to continue to study aspects of pre-school education and child development to help further my new career as a child minder and my parenting skills.

My Childminding Service
MY CHILDMINDING SERVICE
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Additional Services
ADDITIONAL SERVICES
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Fees and Charges
FEES AND CHARGES
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My Vacancies
MY VACANCIES
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Disclaimer
While PACEY has taken all reasonable steps to ensure the suitability of childminders using this service, you should still apply all necessary judgement and checks when choosing someone to care for your child.

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