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Nature and Nurture Childcare - Upton St Leonards


Quality home based childcare with exceptional outings, activities, low child-adult ratios & an outstanding childminder who's like an extension of the family.

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Nature and Nurture Childcare - Upton St Leonards


Quality home based childcare with exceptional outings, activities, low child-adult ratios & an outstanding childminder who's like an extension of the family.

At Nature and Nurture Childcare, I set out to create a homely, family orientated environment with very low child to adult ratios to allow me to offer exceptional care and attention for each and every child.

I have two children of my own and so typically only take 1-2 minded children per day meaning each child I care for is truly like an extension of the family.

I aim to offer a unique experience for each and every child's early years with us. By maintaining such an intimate group we are able to offer outings and experiences that just aren't possible elsewhere.

We are so lucky to live within gorgeous natural surroundings. We have some amazing wildlife right outside the house and have close links locally so children can have contact with farm animals and horses in the local area too.

I hope you like what we have to offer and I'd love to hear from you. Please don't hesitate to call or request a call back so we can discuss your and your child's requirements in more depth.

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Photos


Photos


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What others say about us


What others say about us


Jodie is warm, caring and enthusiastic and clearly loves her work; providing a very professional service.

I feel very fortunate to have found a childminder that I can trust and who provides my child with such an excellent level of care.
— Parent
Children benefit from a supportive, homely environment. They form strong, caring relationships with the childminder and her family

The routine includes regular trips, which help children to learn about the world around them
— Ofsted Inspection 11/13
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Background


Background


My inspiration for establishing the service came from our first born son. I believe (and research suggests) that it is far more beneficial for a child to spend their first few years in a home based environment. We've really taken advantage of this and have always done lots of activities together, including regular outings throughout the week to give him different experiences and opportunities.

After looking into other childcare options, we couldn't find a service that could offer the same level of care and attention, with the same quality of activities and outings that we had enjoyed together. So rather than compromise, I decided to do it myself and share that special upbringing with a small number of children through my childminding service, and so Nature and Nurture was born.

Since then, I've continued my professional development and now hold an NVQ Level 3 in childcare. I've cared for a number of wonderful children over the last few years and have even had another child of my own. Offering such a small, select number of places has really created a unique, family atmosphere and it's wonderful to share those special early years with them and to build relationships with the child and their families.

I open 48 weeks a year and offer childcare hours that are flexible to suit you and your family.

 

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The Area


The Area


 

Tucked away on the stunning Upton Hill between Upton Saint Leonards and Painswick, Nature and Nurture Childcare is conveniently located for anyone from those areas, surrounding villages or who travel between Stroud and Gloucester, or Cheltenham on their daily commute. 

School Collection & Drop off Available from The Croft School in Painswick

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The Property


The Property


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Early Years Foundation Stage


Early Years Foundation Stage


As part of my childcare service I follow the EYFS standard. The EYFS is the national standard for pre-school child development. The curriculum is formed based on the 4 themes detailed to the right. The resultant theme, Learning and Development, is broken down into 7 measurable areas:

Prime 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

Specific

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

 
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Delivery


Delivery


I deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage during childcare through the most natural way of embracing child led learning, by observing them at play. With little intervention a lot can be learned about the current development of a child and similarly these observations can help establish and build ideas for supporting their progress to the next stage.

I actively monitor the children’s interests and embrace them. We will create and regularly review an individual learning plan for each child focused around the child’s interests and how these can be incorporated into the Development Framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

I plan activities based on interests and development needs that have arisen through nursery activities, outings or discussions with the children and identify areas where extra support is required to help ensure that each child is reaching their own development milestones.

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Example Scenario


Example Scenario


This is an example of how a simple "play" situation can tell us so much about a child's development and help us to work towards their next stage of development during childcare.

Observation

A child playing in the nursery with a toy kitchen and pretending to prepare and serve up food for their friends might link to a number of prime and specific areas of learning and development such as:

  • Speaking – as they are using basic language to communicate with their friends    

  • Moving and Handling – as they are interacting with the items in the toy kitchen

  • Being Imaginative – as they are role playing

Future Development

This one “play” activity gives us information about at least 4 areas of the child’s development and we can even use it to expand upon the activity to help their development further. For instance we could plan to bake fairy cakes with the children which will introduce them to real cooking. This could bring in:

  • New textures and items to interact with like flour, eggs, icing etc. – Supporting exploring and using media and materials

  • Weighing out mixture and using shapes to cut the icing – Supporting Shape, Space and Measure

  • They will learn new words – Supporting Speaking

It’s all learning and development, but through play and fun.

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Outings


Outings


One of the best things about being a childminder for a small group of children is that I am able to take them out and about to explore the area and offer them additional experiences I couldn't provide at home. These tend to be local outings, but every so often we go that extra mile for something really special...

 

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Activities


Activities


I work to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and offer a wide variety of activities that help children to achieve their full potential whilst having fun!

 

This is always adapting and adding new ones based on the individual interests of the children in our childcare at that time. Some examples include:

 
  • Painting
  • Quiz
  • Board games
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music and Dancing
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Cooking
  • Reading and Writing
  • Sports
  • Selection of DVD's
  • Seasonal Activities (Christmas, Valentines, Easter etc.)
  • Hopscotch
  • Role Plays
  • Games
  • Household tasks
  • Gardening
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    Contact Us


    Contact Us


    I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions about childcare or childminding. Please contact me by completing the contact form below, by telephone or through one of our social networks:

    Telephone:

    01452 372531

    Gloucester Childcare