My family and I moved into our home in Bicester in 2018 from Oxford. It is in a lovely location just 10 minutes walk to Bure Park Primary. We are within walking distance of many parks, toddler groups and Bure Park nature reserve.
I know how important it is to provide a home from home environment for your child, therefore I work in partnership with parents to create a stable, nurturing setting for all children in my care. I focus on all areas of learning through both free play and structured play. Children are encouraged to join in with themed activities, however participation is not essential as free play is strongly encouraged. We particularly enjoy creative play, painting, drawing, reading, nursery rhymes, collecting outdoor treasures, visiting the library, having fun at the park, and lots of outdoor play in the garden.
I take the children to the local toddler groups regularly so they get the chance to play with others, whilst still getting the individual care they need from me. I work towards meeting their next steps ensuring they reach their milestones in a way tailored to them as an individual, to help prepare them for school.
I use an app called Baby's Days, which is a secure online diary system so you can follow your child’s progress and view photos from their day as they happen. It also contains contracts, policies, progress, next steps, invoices and everything we need all in one place, accessible on your phone.
Children are encouraged to play outside every day regardless of the weather. Therefore it is important they are sent in weather appropriate clothes.
I am open from 7.00am - 6:00pm Monday - Friday, both term time and during school holidays. Please ensure your child is collected at the agreed collection time so that I can stick to the usual routines for the rest of the children in my care.
Occasional extensions to these hours can be accommodated if agreed in advance.
I am closed during bank holidays and will not charge on these days. However I may work bank holidays on request.
I charge £4.50 per hour.
Invoices will be issued around the 15th of each month prior to being due, and will need to be paid before the 1st. Payment is required monthly (or weekly) in advance. If paying by childcare vouchers payment is required by the 25th to ensure it reaches my account by 1st. A bank transfer is preferable, however cash and cheques are accepted.
If you would like to hold a space for the future a 50% retainer fee or deposit may be charged.
Please send your child with hot of cold food for lunch. I can provide afternoon meals if required for an additional cost.
I will take up to 5 weeks holiday a year. You will be informed of these dates at least 4 weeks in advance. When I take a holiday no fee is charged.
Full fee is payable if you take your child out for a holiday. My service will still be available to you if required.
What to provide
You will need to provide:
Nappies, wipes and cream
Change of clothes in case of accidents
Sun hats/ sun cream
Appropriate footwear ie wellies if raining
Hat, scarf and gloves when cold
Baby formula/ breast milk and sterilised bottles
Comfort toy if required
Medication if required
Rain coat/ warm coat
There will be a 4 week settling in period, if within this time either of us feel unhappy for any reason then no notice period is required to leave.
If If I am unwell you will not be charged. If your child is unwell you will still be charged full fee.
Policies and Permissions
There are a list of policies and permissions you will need to read and sign, these include:
Accidents & Incidents
Alcohol and Drugs
Allegations of Abuse Against a Childminder
Care, Learning and Play
Data Protection and Confidentiality Policy
Fire and Emergency Evacuation Procedure
Garden Play and Equipment
Health and Safety
Late Payment of fees
Lost / Missing Child
Mobile Phone Usage
Over 8's Childminding
In the Setting
Garden Play and Equipment
Lanyard Children's Details
Nappy cream and wet wipes
Non prescription medication
Photographs and Videos
Sharing Information with Other Professionals
The following schedule is by no means strict, it is simply here to give you an idea of what your child will do on a typical day.
7:30–8:30 Children arrive, eat breakfast, get ready for school
08:30 School drop off to Bure Park Primary
9:00–11:30 Trip to park/ library/ toddler group/ messy play/ child led play/ garden play/ story time/ arts and crafts
10:30 Child led play/ continue activity
12:45 Nap / quiet time
1:30 Child led play
2:45 School collection
3:15 Snack/ child led play
4:30-5:00 Dinner time
6:00 Home time