Wednesday 18th January 2017

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Debbie Southern Chatterbox Childcare
Registered Childminder in Swindon, SN2

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

Me and My Home
  • Garden
  • Garden with play equipment
    Garden with play equipment
  • Playroom
  • Parking
  • Have a pet
    Have a pet
  • Fish
  • Have children of my own
    Have children of my own
  • Close to transport links
    Close to transport links

About me: Hello, my name is Debbie Southern and I have lived in Woodhall Park, Swindon with my husband Gary (also a registered childminder) and our daughter since 1997. Our home is detached, situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in which the children, when of age, can play in safety. Until then, the large back garden is kept in a secure and safe condition. The house has a non smoking environment and we do not have any pets.

I am a professional person and like to put the needs of your child first. I operate policies to enhance your child’s mind, behaviour and understanding and consider “Continuity of Care” a priority.

My aim is to provide a stimulating, happy environment with a family atmosphere and for children of all ages to grow and develop through play and by having fun. Children are involved and immersed in a home atmosphere where care and learning merge in a fun, loving and caring environment.

To ensure that activities are varied and interesting for all ages, which will enhance their development, I have a varied range of toys and equipment, both inside and outside that are designed for all ages. This is constantly reviewed and new ideas are introduced as required and to assist in this we have access to various Toy Libraries, Libraries and the Swindon Scrapstore.

The play area is not restricted to inside or outside and we operate a free flow system allowing children freedom to choose where they would like to play. Some of the equipment available and activities on offer are:

Army & Forts,
Arts and Crafts,
Board Games,
Books – Reading/Story Telling/Writing,
Cards & Domino’s,
Construction Toys – Bob the Builder/Duplo/Lego/Magnetics/Mobilo/Stickle Bricks/Tools,
Dance and Movement,
Dolls – Buggies/Food/Highchairs,
Hama Beads,
Junk Modelling,
Little People – Action Man/Bob the Building/Bratz/Happyland/Polly Pocket,
Messy play i.e. paint/playdough/gluing/gloop,
Music and Instruments,
Outside Play – Ball Pit/Bats & Balls/Climbing Equipment/Playhouse/Push a longs/Roller Blades/Skateboards/Slide,
Role Play & Dressing Up,
Sand & Water,
Tents & Tunnels,
Transport – Buses/Cars/Diggers/Large Machines/Mini Machines,

**Electrical – Computer/DVD/Game Boys/Playstation/Sky/TV/Wii/Xbox (note that the use of these are time restricted and supervised).

All toys are age appropriate, in good clean condition and checked regularly.

I have lots of trips out to shops, libraries, play groups, picnics, exploring parks, walks, farms, museums, cinema, soft play, beach, swimming (Gary holds an ASA Level 1 Swimming Teachers certificate) and lots more. I always involve the children to choose what they like to do and help us plan our week.

In the school holidays a planner is provided showing our plans for the weeks ahead, an option for hot and cold days is given, along with requirements from the parents to make them safe and successful.

I firmly believe that a contract will be successful when you, the parent, and I work closely together. I strive to make my business flexible and transparent with open and honest communication.

The service that I provide is based on what I would demand and expect should I be the one seeking childcare for my child. My aims are to be inclusive, understanding and professional and that my service is tailored to suit your needs.

All families are welcomed into the warm, fun atmosphere by everyone in my family.

I cover all ages from birth to teens.

My qualifications:

  • A-Level (Including AS Level)
    A-Level (Including AS Level)
  • Introduction to Childminding Practice
    Introduction to Childminding Practice
  • Certificate in Childminding Practice (all 3 units)
    Certificate in Childminding Practice (all 3 units)
  • CACHE Level 3
    CACHE Level 3

qualifications & experience: Betec Level 3 Advanced Award in Safeguarding Children
Birth-3 Matters & Senior Birth-3 Matters
Cache Level 3 Certificate in Childminding Practice - Accreditation that allows her to take the Government Nursery Grants for all 3 and 4 year olds and disadvantaged 2 year olds
Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Advanced Award for Safeguarding Children
First Aid
Food Safety
Introducing Childminding Practice/Developing Childminding Practice/
Extending Childminding Practice

Training courses that Debbie has attended are:

Behaviour Management for the Older Child
Car Seat Safety
Chalet School
Code of Practice
Counselling Skills
Developing Children’s Language Skills
Early Mathematics
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Epi Pens
Equality & Diversity
Equal Opportunities
Every Child a Talker
Forest Schools
Letters & Sounds
Play and Fun with Under 3’s
Play for the Older Child
Multicultural Play
Parents as Partners
Play & Language
Play Therapy
Positive Management Behaviour
Quality, Care & Education
Rights of the Child
Risk Assessment
See it, Feel it, Do it – Through My Eyes
Sensory Play
Special Education Needs
Speech Therapy
Supporting Children with Future Skills
The Great Outdoors

As a reflective practitioner my professional development is continued through training and I keep up to date with the latest information by committing to a minimum of 30 hours per year, both with and without certification.

My Childminding Service
Additional Services
Fees and Charges
My Vacancies

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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