WELCOME TO LADYBIRD CHILDMINDING HOUSE!
Ladybird Childminding House has been registered by OFSTED since 2003. With authorisation from the Local Planning Department to care for children.
The Childminding House is situated in a two-floor house which consists of four rooms, a bathroom with toilet on each floor (one for adults and one for children) and outdoor play. Our mission at Ladybird Childminding House is to provide a quality childminding service in an environment which is safe, caring and stimulating which welcomes children from all backgrounds.
We plan activities that cover the seven areas of learning and characteristics of effective learning. The rooms are suitable for multi-cultural play, story time, cooking, art time, to get children ready to be independent for school, giving them the best start in life and future success. They will have access to musical instruments, learning folders, role play props and costumes. We introduce different occupations and people who help us in the community, special needs dolls, multicultural books.
We have resources to support special needs children and to play with. Children have space for physical activities, such as yoga, sport games, dance, arts and crafts, embroidery, gymnastics etc. We follow children’s interests and plan age-appropriate activities to try our best to find children’s potential and talents. We introduced the 7 minutes rule where the children will do different activity for 7 minutes before tidying away and getting out another activity. We will carry out a baseline assessment where we will list their starting point, from which we will be able to plan and keep track of children’s achievements.
The house has a garden where sports games and educational walks, care for plants and animals are done. We encourage risky play within the setting as it can help develop a child’s self-confidence, resilience, executive functioning abilities and even risk-management skills. We teach them how basic essential life lesson such as how to cross the road, basic first aid, basic sign language, how to tidy away toys and be organised. We have signs that will show numbers, short words for children to practice and our rules of playing and have a quiet corner for them to look at books. The garden area easily allows for all 7 areas of learning to be covered. The house is located near Upton Park Tube Station, to close to several primary schools, a library, a bookshop, children’s centre, Queens Market and some local shops. In the Childminding House is registered to look after children aged 0 to 18. We are insured and can offer 24 hours care.
Services We Provide
The house has a garden where sports games and educational walks, observation and care for plants and animals are done. The house is located near Upton Park-Tube Station, West-Ham football stadium, close to several schools, a library, a bookshop, Queens Market and some local shops.
All staff members are qualified, with a clear DBS checks and have been approved by Ofsted as suitable to work within the Childminding House. Staff have an up to date Safeguarding and Paediatric First Aid certificate. Children’s activities are planned out and make observations and monitor progress, we use the table of children’s interests at Ladybird document to do this. There are qualified staff that work individually and in groups with the children to plan, observe and correct and teach good manners, attitude and progress.
Appropriate educational environment and active studies, stimulating sharing, discussions, creative and critical thinking.
The staff attend regular meetings (in person or video call) where we discuss children’s interests, observations, achievements and we discuss which activities staff think and more affective and beneficial for children also which staff are best to carry out which activities. We recap First Aid training using St. John Ambulance videos, what topics are in the communication book and recap policies and procedures and health and safety issues etc. Staff make time to speak one to one with management to discuss each staff members strengths, how to better their weaknesses and improvements so they can provide the best for your children.
Staff members carry out Appraisal forms every six months and do an Assessment once a term to test their knowledge, see how staff are feeling and allow them to be motivated. Childminding staff have decided not to collect or drop off children to their home, this includes if we see them on the way to the setting as a precaution and safeguarding reasons. It is the staff’s duty to report any concerns they have for a child’s safety and wellbeing to the local authority. This will include neglect, children being absent for long amounts of time with no contact or children’s clothing/ belongings constantly smelling of smoke.The Childminding House offers a friendly, clean and safe environment, healthy food, fruit and drinks, homemade desserts and puree suitable for the respective children’s age. We follow the food hygiene regulation. Checking temperatures of rooms, fridge and freezer daily, filling in our food hygiene booklet daily and are certified with Food Hygiene certificates. We have policies that we follow and adhere to.
Opportunity for offering additional and various types of food in the following cases:
- if the child needs it due to allergies or other health reasons.
- if the child is unwilling to eat the food from the menu planned in advance, due to religious or other reasons (special needs, vegan)
The setting offers and provide milk in numerous way – drinking milk, adding to cereal, mixing in with desserts. We use The Nursery Milk Scheme which provides the recommended 189ml (1/3 pint) of milk for children under the age of 5 years old free of charge. Children have their own personalised drinking cup and have access to water inside and outside of the house.
We use food allergy badges for children who have a specific allergy, so all staff can see food allergies and food allergy posters hung in the kitchen. Please example of menu to see they type of food we provide.
We follow strict Fire regulations, carrying out monthly fire drills so children are confident if they ever needed to do an emergency exit. The assembly point in a fire emergency is 67 Walton Road (across the road). The childminding house have a contract with Morgan Fire company who checks our fire alarms and fire extinguishers annually.
The childminding house comply with our Health and Safety policy by carrying out daily risk assessments on the house before opening each day. All staff holds a valid Health and Safety certificate. Staff’s mobile phones are kept in a phone box while working.
We have a pest control contract with Catch-It, who we use in case of any pest problems. For the safety of children and staff, we have a CCTV surveillance system in place throughout our premises. Only authorised persons have access to recordings, the local authority or police have the right to request CCTV footage when footage can be used as evidence of a crime.
We have four stocked First Aid Kits, two for indoors, one for the garden and one to take with us on outings. They are all checked every Friday and restocked if anything has been used during the week.
Educational entertaining magazine for children.