childminding
My name is Lisa Finley.  I am an OFSTED Registered Childminder who is fully insured through the National Childminding Association (N.C.M.A.) of which I am also a member.   I have had medical checks and the whole family has been cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau.  I live in the Westwood area of Peterborough, close to Highlees Primary School and Ravensthorpe Primary School.

I live with my two daughters, Brogan, 19, who is away most of the time studying Biomedical Science at University and Paige, 17, who is studying A Levels at Jack Hunt School.   We have just had a new addition to our family - a Chocolate Cocker Spaniel puppy called Minouche.  She was born on 29th April 2009.

I have been a Registered Childminder for 9 years, but have worked with young children for a number of years.  I was a Live-in Nanny in Houston and Boston in the USA, and worked both as an assistant and then Leader of my local Pre-school in Peterborough.

I was  awarded an overall OFSTED rating of 'Good' at my
Inspection in November 2007.   The grades for each of the five outcomes we are inspected on were:

          • Helping children to be healthy
      
     Good - This aspect of the provision is strong
          • Protecting children from harm or neglect and helping them stay safe
            
Good - This aspect of the provision is strong
          • Helping children achieve well and enjoy what they do
            
Outstanding - This aspect of the provision is of exceptionally high quality
          • Helping children make a positive contribution
            
Good - This aspect of the provision is strong
          • Organisation
            
Good - This aspect of the provision is strong

Why Choose a Childminder?

• Registered Childminders offer flexible home-based childcare in a family environment rather than the more institutional environment of a nursery.

• They are inspected regularly to ensure they meet or exceed The National Standards and are fully insured.

• Childminders and family members aged 16+ are checked by the Criminal Records Bureau.

• Small numbers of children with a childminder means each child can receive the individual care and attention that they need and children can thrive in a small group usually of two or three children - a ratio that nurseries can not hope to achieve.

• Parents have the satisfaction of knowing that both they and their child will be forming a relationship with just one carer.  Recent research has shown that children benefit from care in a “family” style environment, where they can bond with a regular caregiver. 

• Brothers and Sisters of all ages can be looked after together.  Childminders can look after children from babies to teenagers offering an unrivalled continuity of care.

• More flexibility around meal times, sleep times and planned activities.  Hours can also be far more flexible than those of a nursery, especially valuable when parents work part-time or unusual hours.

• All childminders are different, and parents can choose the one they find most suitable for themselves and their child.  Many parents prefer their children to be in the less institutionalised setting of a childminder's home, rather than a nursery.

• Childminders offer greater flexibility because they work at home.  If you have unusual hours, special needs or irregular work patterns, childminders are often the best option. Some childminders are registered to provide overnight care, although this is not a service that I offer at this moment.

• The Families, Children and Child Care study (FCCC) says that Childminders are the next best thing to being at home with Mother.  A Registered Childminder has the advantage of being able to offer good quality care for children in a secure, loving, home environment. 

Dr Penelope Leach, the NCMA president says:

     "I believe that for babies and toddlers, childminding alone is probably the best kind of daycare we’ve yet dreamed up. It does potentially better for children, families and for society." 

Should you wish to find out more about becoming a Registered Childminder download
this document from the Ofsted website.
Copyright © 2003-2009 Lisa Finley
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