Hi, my name is Jessica, and I'm a childminder based in Easthampstead, Bracknell.
I have been working with children for 17 years, since leaving school. I hold an NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Childcare and Development (CACHE), and I also have a qualification in Home-based Childcare and Business Studies. I have an up-to-date DBS, First Aid and food hygiene certificate and was rated 5 /5 on my last hygiene inspection, I also have an up-to-date safeguarding certificate as well as many other relevant training certificates.
OFSTED recently awarded me a “Good” grade after my inspection in January 2022, I have since moved house and I live in a lovely area close to Millpond. My home is a 2 bed with a separate downstairs playroom, the children have full use of the house with toys and resources throughout. The spare room is used as a sleeping room with a children's world map and animal theme. The playroom has just been redecorated and a new enclosed outdoor space was added for the children. The french doors open out onto a free-flow patio area with a roof for all weather. I provide a fun, safe and welcoming childcare setting with a home-from-home feel. I'm yet to have a child who struggles to settle in and feel comfortable in my home. I care for some really lovely children who all get on so well. My partner Kim is my holiday assistant and the children enjoy spending time with her too. Kim works as a Senco teacher and a year leader at a school in Hayes. We have a cocker spaniel called Lola who the children enjoy taking for walks. We attend various playgroups, three times a week and go on regular trips, outings and playdates. I currently care for children under 5 during term time but offer holiday care to older children when needed. I am not presently offering school-run services but holiday and inset daycare are available. I provide all meals and snacks for the children included in the hourly rate, this also includes playgroups and some local outings.
I recently started to introduce the HYGGE approach to my curriculum which basically means that I support children's well-being and development by using the hygge ethos of living in the moment and embracing life's simple pleasures. I live right next to a park, so as well as outdoor play, we go to the park almost every day. My curriculum takes children's interests and choices into consideration and we go with the flow of what they are interested in at the time. I also follow the EYFS in encouraging and tracking milestones and development. We recently tried to reduce plastic toys and too many bright colours and opted for calm colours and more wooden and natural toys. This has really helped children who struggle with sensory overload.
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Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Jessica Alder
Where to go
- Jessica’s Childminding
Parking is available close to my home, and buggy storage is available. I live a few mins walk from St Micheals C oF E Primary school, The school house and Wildridings school.
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £6 Per Hour
- I accept all childcare vouchers and also funding. I charge £6 ph which includes all meals and snacks and also playgroup entry.
- Has Provision
- Has Provision
- Wednesday - One space for a child over 1 year Thursday - Two spaces for any age range Friday - Two spaces for any age range
- Date updated
- 3 & 4 year old funding
- 2 year old funding
Opening Times & Facilities
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 07.30 18.00 Tuesday 07.30 18.00 Wednesday 07.30 18.00 Thursday 07.30 18.00 Friday 07.30 18.00
no smoking household
Visits & Outings
Variety of sports
Children work to the early years foundation stage
Visits To The Lookout
Outings in summer
Computer Learning/video games
Visits & Outings (Local)
Visits To Coral Reef
Visits to local Parent & Toddler Groups
Visits To The Library
Daily organised activities
Parent & Toddler Groups
Detailed report of childs day and meal plan.
Educational games & activities
Garden Play, planting and watching plants grow.
Sand and Water Play
Sand and water play area
Safe enclosed play area
Have a car
Home cooked food
Access to school facilities and grounds
Indoor Play Area
Hot meals provided
Access to computer and internet
Songs & Rhymes
Access to public library
Arts & Crafts
Attend weekly Childminders Drop-ins
Large & Small construction toys
Supervised indoor & outdoor games
Tea & coffee, squash & biscuits
Learning about nature
Learning through play
Themes and Topics
Literacy & Numeracy activities
Leisure Centre Visits
Toys & equipment
Local visits & outings
Bottle Warming Facilities
Chalk and colouring board
- Offers pickups
- Occasional pick up from Wildridings or St Micheals school
- Ofsted URN
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Inspection History Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 14/01/2022 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Junior (7-11 years) Local Offer Description
1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?
I have previous experience when it comes to caring for children with SEN and additional needs.
Every child is different as is the support they need but i am able to adapt routines and activities to suit all children.
Unfortunately, the house is not designed for wheelchair access.
2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
As well as involving parents in their child's care and development, I use the Kinderly app.
This is designed to enable observations to be recorded digitally so that parents can access this information at all times, they can add information about their child's weekend or share their achievements and make suggestions.
It is also great for reports, planning the next steps and tracking children's milestones and achievements.
I email parents a copy of the planning and welcome suggestions and comments.
Parents are consulted and permission and opinions are sought when there is any change in routine or planning.
3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?
All children are unique with different likes and interests as well as learning paces.
I always incorporate children's interests into planning and activities which encourages their confidence and sense of belonging.
I will also use the EYFS guidelines to enable me to monitor each child's milestones and areas of development. This will then help me to plan the next steps and areas that need monitoring and encouragement.
4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
As all children's needs will vary, it's important to find ways to support each individual child.
Some strategies that I try to implement are -
-sensory toys and activities
-heuristic play (letting children explore and learn without intervention)
-offering a range of different level reading books
-Fine and gross motor activities
-ICT / online activities to encourage the development
-Multi-sensory presentation of information
We also follow the HYGGE approach to encourage and support children's well-being. We often do meditation and yoga which really helps to calm the children and reduces their anxiety when they aren't having the best day.
5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
-Take children to various classes and activities
-Working closely with other professionals and parents to discuss the child's needs
-One-to-one support when possible
6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
-With the use of the kindly app
-Access to the child's progress file
-Regular invites to discuss your child's progress
7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
This should never be a problem and all children will be included at all times.
There may be some children who have limitations and restrictions but measures will be taken to include them.
I may need to involve an assistant for more support on trips and activities.
8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties/wheelchair users?
Unfortunately, the house is not designed to allow wheelchair access
9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
Some children will settle in quicker than others but I offer the below opportunities -
-First meeting with parents and children
-Second visit where the child is left with me for an hour or so
- A shorter day the first day they attend
-Hand over book
-Asking parents/children to come in with their favourite toy or book
-Introducing new children to other children and talking to them about the new child's interests ect
-Planning activities that incorporate the new child's interests
-All about me forms
-Child's favourite meal or lunch on their first day
10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents/carers take part in this evaluation?
I don't currently have any SEN children in my care if I were to, however, I would always keep parents informed and ensure that we information share.
I will make a plan with parents to ensure that their child's needs are being met, this can be reviewed every few months and changes made to their routine or care plan if needed.
11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?
Myself Jessica Alder, please feel free to drop me an email and I can send over some more information.
12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents/carers, including compliments and complaints?
-I display my Ofsted poster with contact information should parents want to praise me or place a complaint.
-parents can approach me at all times to discuss their child's care.
- I use the Kinderly app which allows parents to comment on observations and reports
-I send out a three-monthly and then a six-monthly report, this is sent via the Kinderly app with a copy emailed to parents, parents can comment on this and send it back.
-I email copies of the planning to all parents each month and always welcome comments and suggestions.
- Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Junior (7-11 years)