Maria's Childminding Service Maidstone

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I am  Mum of 3 children aged between 9-14  and have been married to my husband now for 18 years, after all my children are now at school so i now have time to spend on doing somthing i want to do and enjoy doing Childminding is more than a role for me, I am very passionate about providing every child in my care the opportunity to not only reach his or her potential, but to also provide a warm, welcoming and loving home based environment. 


I also have 2 assistants who work with me at our setting 


What a job!

My Registration allows me to care for a maximum of six children under the age of eight, of whom only three children can be aged under five.  Of these only one maybe under the age of one but I also have 2 assistants who both can care for the same amount of children . 
I may also care for  children over 8 as long as it does not adversely affect the care of the younger children.

My normal opening hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 PM
I offer both full and part time care, before and after school care, term time only or holidays only and can also cater for shift workers.

I provide 2 healthy snacks and a healthy, homemade cooked lunch.  Breakfast and evening meal may also be provided at extra cost and by prior agreement.  I can cater for different dietry requirements

My home is child orientated with safety gates, plug covers etc. and meets OFSTED and Fire Services regulations. 
It is a non-smoking household.
My garden is fully enclosed with a lockable gate and we have Artifical grass so we can play all year round and have a large under cover area with large Blackboards and all has been safety approved.  
I have a covered sand-pit,  paddling poolin the summer, large wooden playhouse, ride on cars and trikes, prams, pushchairs and child-sized chairs and table.and lots of other garden games and toys.
We also make full use of a number of parks and play areas that are close by.

There are many play and learning activities to suit all needs, ages and stages of development  for both indoor and outdoor play.
 These include Lego, K'nex, Brio Train Set, Puzzles, Games, Craft Materials, Drawing, Dressing Up Clothes, Educational Activities, Dolls, Cars and Garage, Dolls House and Musical Instruments.  I have a wide range of Books. 
 For younger children and babies there are   play gyms, shape sorters and many other things.

Whilst your child is here we do so many things:

We play with Playdough, Clay and with sand and water.  We get messy with cornflour and water, Gloop, shaving foam and mud.

We look at books.  We learn about different people and cultures.  We learn to recognise letters and numbers and words.  We copy the stories in our play and best of all we love to cuddle up together and listen to stories.

We paint, draw, pretend to write, cut out and glue.  We make collages and prints.  We learn to use scissors and to be creative.

We sing songs and make music, we listen to music from different countries, we dance and learn new songs.
We make instruments and make music with them.

We make friends and learn about sharing, taking turns and respecting people, we learn to mix with children who may be older or younger than us.  We learn about the rules and how to say "Sorry" if we upset someone.

We go to the Parks and local Play Centre.  We visit the Library, Toddler Groups and Messy Play Groups.  We find out about our local environment and to be safe when we cross the roads.  We go on Nature Walks and learn about the seasons.

We go to the shops to buy fresh vegetables for our lunch which we can help to prepare.   We share meals together and try foods from different cultures.  We celebrate Birthdays and Festivals from around the world. We learn about eating healthy food and keeping our bodies healthy.  We learn about hygiene and how to wash our hands after using the toilet and before touching food.

We play outside.  We run and jump and climb and ride and explore.  We grow things in the garden and learn how to care for them, we dig and find all kinds of animals and insects in the garden.  We use our imaginations and make pretend.
we work with the local childrens centres they run lots of groups that we go to.

We learn that after we have done all this our bodies will need a rest to recover!