My name is Nicky Sutherland. I live in the Salvington/Offington area of Worthing and I am a Registered Childminder regularly inspected by OFSTED. I have two teenage sons, Ben and Luke.
I have over 16 years experience. I am registered to care for 6 under 8 and also over 8's. At my last full Ofsted inspection in 2011 I received an overall "GOOD" grading including three Outstandings elements.
I take my chosen occupation very seriously and try to take any steps which I feel will increase my effectiveness as a Registered Childminder and improve the service I provide. Therefore, I am always keen to update and refresh my knowledge through relevant training courses. I have completed a Level 3 qualification "Certificate in Childminding Practice" by CACHE, a Level 3 Quality Assurance Scheme "Quality First" by NCMA and the Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice through the Open University. Please see my Qualifications page for further details of evening courses and workshops too.
I am a member of Magic Minders Childminding Group and various online forums which help keep me up-to-date with Childminding issues and gives support. You can be rest assured as I have Public Liability insurance run by Morton Michel. I also have home insurance and car insurance including business use.
Your child will be cared for in a home-like environment within a family atmosphere. They will receive individual attention whilst also enjoying interaction with children of various ages. I attend regular sessions at Toddler groups, soft play centres and visits to other friends and childminders with young children. When we can, we spend as much time out of the house as possible, visiting places such as the beach, library, park, zoo's, countryside, museums and other places of interest (weather permitting!) Please ask to see to see our photo folder of what we did when visiting!
With your authority I will share photos of your child regularly on a private Facebook group to keep you informed of what your child has done and important information to keep you updated. Also for the under fives, I provide a daily diary which details events that have gone on throughout the day, food eaten, nappy changes etc. A 'Learning Journey' folder will be completed during their time here which will include photographic evidence of the fun and learning. I also complete regular observations linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage and include samples of their work. For the under 5's each month may revolve around a loose focus point including the Celebrations or Seasons within the year or a particular child's interest and planning is linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage. We do activities and outings around that topic, ensuring the children get new and fun experiences each month!