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About Jo's Childminding

About me


My name is Jo, I am an Ofsted registered childminder and a qualified Early Years Teacher. I live in a semi-detached house in the Ore area of Hastings, with my partner, and our five children. My family and I are all non-smokers and vegetarian, I therefore am able to offer a 100% vegetarian service.


My experience


I have been childminding since 2011, however my interest in working with children began when I had my first child in 1998. Before I became a childminder I worked as a teaching assistant in a primary school. I have since gained Early Years Teacher status and managed a nursery.


My Service and Training


I offer childcare for children from birth up to 5 years. I aim to provide a family atmosphere where children feel valued within a warm, safe and friendly home environment. My role is to plan activities and experiences based around the children’s interests, needs and abilities, through a variety of age and stage appropriate toys, activities and outings in my home and local area. I want children to have fun whilst they are in my care. I provide activities and experiences that are fun and stimulating, and appropriate to their individual needs. I incorporate visits to a variety of toddler groups, local shops, library, parks, woods and farms. I follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework to observe, plan and assess children’s progress. 


I believe my own professional development is important in providing the best service I can and I enjoy learning new skills. Over the last few years I have attended some short courses and have gained a number of qualifications, which I have detailed below:


My Qualifications


Early Years Teacher Status - Outstanding

BA (Hons) 2:1 in Early Years

Foundation Degree in Early Years
Certificate in Early Years Practice

Certificate in Working Together for Children

Certificate in Equality and Diversity NCFE Level 2
NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education
Working with Children with Complex Speech , Language and Communication Difficulties

Level 3 Elklan Speech and Language Support for Verbal Children with ASD

I have also attended various training courses including:


Early Years Foundation Stage

Letters and Sounds

Paediatric First Aid

Child Protection Level 1 & 2

Designated Safeguarding Leader for Early Years

Food Safety Level 2

Health and Safety Level 2

Inclusion training for childminders

Introduction to the Montessori Approach for Childminders

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