I aspire as a childminder to offer your child structure and routines to their day, provide resources, and to observe, access and monitor their progress. To develop your child's curiosity, develop their communication and model language. To set challenges for your child, help them solve problems, to explain things and demonstrate. To develop a 'have a go' attitude and concentration. I make sure we take full advantage of using the physical environments at home and on outings. I encourage independence, questioning; I facilitate, encourage and praise all efforts and successes. I develop perseverance and exploring. I show and model things. I help your child recall, learn cooperation and provide a narrative to their play and learning. I help your child take risks and manage their own risks. I take account of every child's interest. I help each child explore their ideas. I establish high expectations for their achievement and behaviour. I develop respect for people and property and I foster enjoyment.
I am passionate about 'planning in the moment'. It is learning through play in real time and is the most wonderful way to get to really know all the children in my care. It is about understanding each child's current interests and needs and knowing when and how to create an environment to support them as individuals, and how to intervene to help move each child's learning on. I incorporate teachable moments that I would like each child to learn during child-initiated play and during adult-led and guided activities, mindful of keeping the balance right. I offer the children the core elements of learning and then watch where they take the learning. Something will always spark something else and can lead to magical moments.
To deliver my vision of quality, I engage effectively with the wider early years sector, sharing good practice with other childminding colleagues. We come together as a big group allowing the children to make new friendships and enjoy a wide range of activities. For instance we hired the local Portfield Hall to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee and have our annual Christmas party there; we enjoy forest rambles, beach combing and local amenities. I am in regular contact with pre-schools and nurseries whom I share care with and together we work to provide best outcomes. I engage with the LA and outside agencies.
Good professional knowledge is key to my vision for Daisy Dolls, so I prioritise my continual professional development (CPD) and take the inspiration and motivation from training courses into my practice.
Fundamental to providing the highest levels of care is fostering my relationships with parents, and how I guide them to understand their child's development and share ideas for supporting their learning at home.