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I have been a child practitioner for twenty four years, moving to London when I was 18 years old to work as a private nanny for four families over a period of twelve years.
I worked as a nursery teacher in a private school in Clapham before registering as a childminder eleven years ago.

Working as a childminder I have provided care for a diverse range of families and have welcomed over fifteen children into my home.

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About Family

My husband and I have three children of our own 4, 9 and 13 years of age. They have all grown up with minded children in their home, sharing toys, time their parents and their lives.

Last year we relocated to Lincoln to be close to my family.
We have settled very well into our local community and have enjoyed exploring our new area.

We are fortunate to have a lovely house in the beautiful Forest Park area of Lincoln. Our home is warm, safe and secure and all children are made to feel part of our family.


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Tapestry

Over the years I have produced a variety of learning and development journals in a variety of formats but always hand written.

Following a lot of research and online trials I now produce all my journals on line using a company called Tapestry.

This system is used by many early years’ practitioners across the country and can be downloaded for free onto many devices including phones and tablets etc. This enables you to have 24hr instant access to the account.

Each time I complete an observation an email is sent to the parents inviting them to view.

Parents are encouraged to add their comments and are also able to add their own observations.

Every term I will give parents a list of next steps that I will work towards with your child and I will send out termly reports.

Learning journals not only enable me to scaffold learning experiences for your child but they also develop into a lovely keepsake and a valuable document to take with you when your child moves onto nursery to start a new chapter in their learning.

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Secret Facebook Page

Secret FB pages have been a very popular way for groups of people to share information without the details being seen on their public time line.

I have constructed a secret FB group for my setting which enables me to share instant pictures of the experience’s and opportunities that the children are having.

I have sole responsibility for this group and only people I personally invite by email can join.

The group cannot be found through searching online; it will only appear on your list of groups if you are a member.

All parents and carers are given the opportunity to join this group, however as soon as a contract is ended they will be removed.

The group has been very popular with parents in my setting. Each parent likes the feeling of having a camera into their child’s day and it has helped many parents deal with the initial weeks of anxiety when leaving their child to return to work.

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Defibrillator

Earlier in the year I applied to The British Heart Foundation for a defibrillator to be installed at the Spar Garage on Skellingthorpe Road.

The unit has now been fully installed and is ready to be used in an emergency.

A defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of the public to help restart a heart when someone has a cardiac arrest. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and CPR chances of survival decrease by around 10%.

When dialling 999 you will be directed to your nearest defibrillator if needed.

The instructions are very easy and the unit will talk you through the whole process until a paramedic arrives to take over.

Those extra minutes save lives.

Please help keep this vital piece of equipment safe and in good working order by notifying myself or a member of staff at the Spar Garage should you notice any damage

Please also inform.us if the unit has been used so that we can replace the pads and get it back in place ready for the next emergency.

Thank you again to everyone at the Spar Garage for all their help and support in making this happen.

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Children of all ages can be an endless source of joy to the elderly and they often have striking similarities.

Through relationships with the elderly, children have a greater sense of who they are and where they come from.

They gain a sense of continuity and perspective.

Relationships with the elderly also help build a child’s self-esteem and can often lead to teacher, student relationships with either age taking the role of teacher.

I strongly believe that through visiting a care centre the children will continue to thrive developmentally whilst having fun.

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My Qualifications

 Throughout my career as a child practitioner I have always updated my childcare knowledge through training seminars and communicating with other child care professionals. This will ensure that I am aware of key changes within the child care industry and I then use this knowledge, to provide each child in my care with the help and support, they need to reach and exceed their individual developmental goals.
 
Main Qualifications
NVQ Level 3 Child Care and Education
Up to date paediatric first aid certificate
National Association for Maternal Child Welfare
City and Guilds Family and Community Care
Preventing Bullying
Child exploitation and online safety
Child protection
Child protection Level 3
Food allergy online training
Personal Safety training
Basic Food Hygiene
Equality and Diversity
Child Neglect
Health and Safety
Mental Capacity
First Aid Essentials
Safeguarding Vulnerable Young People
Fire Safety in the Home
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
Data Protection
Paediatric First Aid
Brain and finger gym
Introduce fire, water, earth and air into your outdoor environment.
Phase 1 phonics
EYFS Update
Trialling new approaches to the 2 year olds funded entitlement. Training and development programme
Saf guarding children
Paediatric First Aid.
Completing the EYFS self evaluation form.
Boyzone.
Problem solving reasoning and numeracy.
Observation ,assessment and planning.
Knowledge and understanding of the world.
Creative Development.
Early Years foundation stage
Making it better for boys
Getting Active
Developmental play and brain gym
Rules praise and ignore
Understanding children’s self esteem and promoting self-confidence in young children
Food safety level 1
Encouraging early language
Providing an anti discriminatory environment within the home.
Observing children within the home.
Promoting positive behaviour in children.
Short course. Working with children with HIV and Aids

My Setting

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Information on rooms.

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Information on play resources.

Guide to how children play.

Guide to how children play.

Statement of inclusion

Statement of inclusion.

Places we visit with childminding

Places we visit.

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Menu & allergies.

Availability & fees

  • Vacancies

    I have a changing range of vacancies available. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your childcare requirements and to arrange a visit.

  • Fees

    Please contact me to discuss my daily rates.


    Open Monday to Friday 07.00 - 18.00pm


    Flexibility on times available.

  • Schools and nurseries

    I can provide childcare for children aged six weeks to 11 years old. I am happy to provide care for a full day or before and after school. Currently I can provide drop off and collection to Leslie Manser Primary school only.Others may be considered depending on timings. Should you require holiday care only I am happy to accommodate if my numbers allow. I can also offer term time only contracts.

  • Attending my setting

    Before your child attends my setting we will have the opportunity to meet together to discuss your child’s routine, interests and other special requirements.
    We will also discuss their favourite things ie- foods and activities. Where ever possible I will respect your wishes by following the care routines you have already established. I will meet your child’s individual needs and will also discuss with you their ‘base line development starting point. We can then further develop their skills and plan for their next steps in learning.

    Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning, together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.
    As a registered childminder I follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS), which is mandatory for all early years providers. The EYFS sets the standards that all early years practitioners must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. The EYFS promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation, for good future progress through school and life.
     The EYFS explains, how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.  There are 7 areas of learning and development.
    Until a child reaches the age of three we concentrate on the prime areas of development.
    These are:
     •  Communication and language;
     •  Physical development; and
     •  Personal, social and emotional development.
    These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.
    These are:
     •  Literacy;
     •  Mathematics;
     •  Understanding the world;
     •  Expressive arts and design.
    Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. Play is essential for children’s development. It is how children learn and offers opportunities for children to explore, investigate, develop new skills and master and improve existing skills.
      It supports every area of development, intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. Through play children can explore, develop and represent   learning experiences.  These will help them to make sense of the world, practice and build up ideas, concepts and skills. They will also learn how to understand the need for rules, take risks and make mistakes, think creatively and imaginatively, communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems.

  • Testimonial 1

    Wonderful Lynn we miss you!
    5 stars

    I went back to work in October 2013 and Lynn looked after our 13 month old son. We moved house out of the area at the end of November and wished we could have taken her with us! James in that short time had a fantastic time. He became more talkative, started walking and learned to play with others.


    He went on trips to the park, farm, chessington and every day there was an activity whether it was painting, exploring shapes, colours, spaghetti and we had a book which was updated every day with his activities and a photo.


    James loved it so much there that he was dropped off in the morning with a smile on his face and went straight for the toys - Lynn made my transition back to work so much easier. Our move away happened far quicker than expected and we were very sad to say goodbye. I have no hesitation in recommending Lynn to anyone - she is just wonderful!


    by Amanda Weedon on 14 January 2014

  • Testimonial 2

    We will be sad to say goodbye
    5 stars

    Lynn began childminding for our little boy when he was 6 months old & I returned to work. I instantly knew that Lynn was the right person for the role as she was organised and had a warm professional & honest approach to childcare.


    Lynn has continuously supported the development of our sons learning skills and kept us informed of how his progressed over the time spent in her care.


    She offers a warm friendly environment in which children can play as well as learn, all the time ensuring that there is never a dull moment in her care with lots of activities planned for the days he spends there both in and away from her setting.I would therefore highly recommend Lynn.


    by Jasmin Daley on 12 May 2013

  • Testimonial 3

    fabulous childminder
    5 stars

    I chose Lynn to be the childminder to my 10 month old as I felt she was friendly, welcoming, highly experienced and approachable, and she didnt let me down.


    My son was there until he went off to nursery school and she was brilliant and he loved it. She did something different every day, trips out, art and craft, cooking and play dates.


    His social and communication skills thrived because of this. My son is now 5 and still asks to go over and play, her son and mine have become great friends. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Lynn and consider her a great person and friend.


    by Cheryl Bedding on 7 April 2013

  • Testimonial 4

    We have been using Lynn's childminding service for the past 8 months in Lincoln since our daughter was 10 months old. We have been very pleased with all of the opportunities and activities she has offered our daughter. She is professional, consistent and thorough.


    We regularly receive newsletters and photos of all of things our daughter gets up to (she particularly enjoys the sensory play!) and have been very happy with all of the work Lynn has put into making development plans and helping our girl to learn and make sense of the world!


    We are moving to Kent so no longer require childcare and we are very sad to say goodbye. Our daughter is really going to miss Lynn and her children as she really has become part of the family. Thank you for everything! Danny Smith xxx

  • Testimonial 5

    We could not have asked for better!

    Our son joined Lynn when he was just one year old. He has been with her for over two and a half years. We are extremely sad to see Lynn and her family go. Our son had the best time there. What made everything so special for him, and us as his parents, is that it did not feel like a professional setting but rather like a warm family. Our son built a very special bond with Lynn's daughter, who was the same age, as well as her other son and daughter.


    He learnt a lot in that period. English is not his first language but he picked it up very fast. He also did a lot of arts and crafts, stories, numbers, physical activities. Lynn was also very respectful of our different cultures and in fact celebrated them. The children celebrated Bastille Day, the Indian Holi festival and the Chinese new year. All these celebrations were done very creatively.


    Lynn was very easy to talk to and always ready to help with any concerns we may have, even if not linked to her setting. It felt like she advised us more as a friend than as a professional.


    She also worked alongside us to support our son's development, especially during potty training.


    We always felt we received excellent communication about the activities our son participated in, as well as his development. He regularly received a newsletter and daily updates with photos about the day.


    I could not recommend Lynn more. If you are looking for a warm, caring childminder then this is the right choice!!


    by Alex Thomas on 27 April 2014

  • Testimonial 6

    My little lady went to Lynn at about 10 months old when I returned to work after maternity leave and I am extremely happy with the care she provided. I found Lynn both professional and friendly and her home provided a warm, safe and welcoming environment where my daughter was always well cared for.


    Due to a change in circumstances I no longer need childcare, but if I should ever need it again I wouldn't hesitate to contact Lynn. Highly recommended!


    by Tinkon 14 March 2016

  • Testimonial 7

    My 21 old daughter been going to lynn since she 18 month old Dixie development is amazing lynn is a fantastic woman and i would recommend her to any off my friend i will be sad to see my daughter start nursery in September as she not just my daughter child minder she also become a friend she a friendly most caring person you will ever meet . kind regards kayleigh ( dixie mum )


    by Kayleigh on 16 March 2016

  • Testimonial 8

    "I feel very lucky to have found lynn"

    I feel very lucky to have found Lynn, not only is she a fantastic childminder but a wonderful person with a beautiful family. My little boy was with her for a year. He had a wonderful time and I truly felt like he was treated as part of their extended family. Lynn always went above and beyond and made his time there fun. Always lots of activities and trips, he was given the freedom to explore his inde-pendence in safe caring environment where his needs were met both educationally and psychologi-cally. I cannot recommend Lynn highly enough. Me and my son were privileged to have known her and her family. Thank you so much Laura & Xander.

  • Testimonial 9

    The best
    childminder!

    I feel so lucky that i found Lynn when i needed childcare for my daughter. It wasn’t easy going back to work but Lynn makes you feel good about leaving your child with her and she makes sure your child is safe and well. The things Lynn does with kids every day are amazing. She is very dedicated to her job and truly loves it and all the kids! Safe and clean environment, lovely spacious play area are also a big plus! Cant recommend her enough! She is truly amazing ;) thank you, Lynn! by Paula on 30 December 2016.


    by Kayleigh on 16 March 2016

  • Testimonial 10

    "Highly recommended"

    Lynn started looking after our little girl when she was 7 months old. I went back to work a little ealrier than I anticipated so I was anxious but within a few days of being with Lynn a few days, all my worries were gone. Lynn is enormously dedicated to her job, highly professional but most importantly extremely caring. Her setting is like an extended family and my daughter is always happy as we approach Lynn's front door each morning. The activities Lynn does with the children in her care are so imaginative and fun and regardless of how young she was, my daughter was always involved. I never imagined we would find such fantastic childcare, Lynn we will miss you! Gemma, Matthew and Maggie x by GGouldie on 22 February 2017

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