For your peace of mind I am OFSTED registered and a member of the National Childminding Association. I am currently on the Intermediate phase of the Dorset Quality Improvement Scheme run by Dorset County Council and I am about to embark on an NVQ Level 3 award, Certificate and Diploma in Playwork. I regularly attend childcare courses run by Dorset County Council and my childcare qualifications to date include:
- Homebased Childcare Registration Course
- Paediatric First Aid
- Level 3 Safeguarding
- Learning and Development through Play
- Communication and Language
On the rare opportunities that I get any spare time; in between completing paperwork and updating Learning Journeys; I usually try to lose myself in a good book or treat myself to a well deserved pamper treatment!
My husband Chris currently works full-time as a Smoking Cessation Advisor for the Poole and Bournemouth Primary Care Trust. However, as his hours are slightly flexible he is able to offer assistance with the morning school run! Chris has completed the necessary Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding courses. In his spare time he can usually be found on a board somewhere in the sea between Mudeford Quay and Highcliffe beach!
Mum to Ben (aged 5), Belinda is an invaluable member of the team as she is available at short notice providing greater flexibility. She has a lovely manner with the babies and is a great help with the older children after school. As an added bonus she is a whizz with the hoover and doesn’t mind mucking in with the washing up!!!! Belinda has also completed the necessary Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding courses and is considering undertaking further childcare qualifications in the near future. Like me she doesn’t have much spare time but on a nice day can usually be spotted walking her dog Lizzie along the beach at Friars Cliff.