Ofsted registered childminder based in Southend-on-Sea.
My name is Lisa and I run Rocking Horse Childcare. I am a wife and a mum of grown up girls. I have worked in early years for the past 27 years in various settings for health and education. In January 2020 I decided to set up as a childminder working from my own home. I am passionate about child development and encouraging children to learn from their environment in a fun and stimulating way. I like to always welcome children with a smile, building relationships so they feel comfortable and secure, I am also keen to support you as parents. I pride myself in being highly qualified and am constantly looking at ways to improve and update my knowledge. I am a member of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) and hold an enhanced DBS. My current qualifications are listed below:
I am located a short walk from Southend Airport train station and a 25-minute walk or short bus ride from Southend Central Station. I am close to Southend Hospital, the A127 and A13, so convenient for those working locally or commuting into London.
Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments - EYFS 2012
A day at Rocking Horse childcare will consist of child-led and adult-led play and your child’s day will be filled with exploration and creativity.
On arriving at Rocking Horse Childcare your child will be asked to find their picture for the self-registration board, this supports children to develop a sense of belonging, recognise peers and build relationships. Children will then come into the main playroom which leads on the outdoor play space. Children will have the choice of inside or outside play where learning opportunities provided will support their development in all areas. Some areas will be part prepared such as sand or water, however, children will be encouraged to make choices and select the toys they want to explore, developing their cognitive skills.
Circle times will be a focused adult led time, this will develop with the children’s interest, building on their communication and language, personal, social and emotional skills.
Home cooked meals will be provided each day, including breakfast, lunch and tea with healthy snacks morning and afternoon.
I like to take children to explore what the local area has to offer, including beaches, woods, parks and farms. I will take them to the airport to see the planes, visit the ambulance or fire stations. I ensure children experience lots of new things all which will reflect the 7 areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Prime areas consist of; Communication and Language; Physical Development and Personal; Social and Emotional Development. The prime areas are most vital healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in specific areas, which are; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design.
We use Kinderly Together, which is an online learning journey of your child’s time at Rocking Horse Childcare. This system is used to log observations, wow moments, daily diaries, and the development of your child. Kinderly Together includes a parent portal which allows parents to access their child’s progress with access to a daily diary, timeline, milestones, and postcard moments.
Lisa comes highly recommended as a dedicated early years worker. With substantial knowledge of early childhood and incredible adaptability to suit each child, Lisa is well loved by my child who was previously her nursery teacher. Expect an array of activities and amazing meals for your children! MB (June 2020)
I am an Ofsted registered childminder, my URN is EY2585228.
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