Precious Peanuts - Registered childminder, Chatham, Kent.  Ofsted graded "good."
About the Service
  • About the service
My working hours are 7am until 6pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).  Hours can be negotiated if you require times slightly outside of these.  Weekends are not available. 
  • The hourly rate is £4.80 which includes snacks (to be reviewed in January 2020)
  • Meals are charged at £1 for under 2 years old, £1.50 for under 5 years old, £2 for over 5 years old. (prices valid until 1st January 2020).  All meals can be provided.  All food is stored correctly and prepared fresh.
  • Retaining fee - if you wish to reserve a place at Precious Peanuts then you will be expected to pay a holding fee of 50% of the anticipated weekly fee.  This is non-refundable as a place is being held open, hence reducing the amount of children I can accept.
  • Holiday pay - if you are planning a holiday then full fees are payable because the service is still available.  I will be unavailable for 4 weeks of the year due to holidays in which case, no fee is payable. I am also unavailable on Tuesdays during school holidays. You will be given as much notice as possible as to when my holidays are booked for (minimum of one months notice).
  • School drop off’s and picks up’s
  • Schools and nurseries visited:    
    • St. Andrews Pre-School, Rochester
    • St. Andrews School, Rochester (Watts Avenue site)      
    • Settling in
     Precious Peanuts operates a settling in scheme to enable your child to feel at ease and make the transition from home life to the childminders as plain sailing as possible.
    I suggest that parents visit for a 2 hour period with their child and then on a subsequent day, leave the child with me for an hour.  These will not be charged visits and it will allow you to see whether your child enjoys being in the environment.  There will also be a settling in period after signing the contract which means that either party (myself or the parents) can end the contract without notice within the first four weeks.
    • Activities
     All of the activities organised at Precious Peanuts are designed to aid the 5 stages of development. 
    • Social – activities will include team games, domestic duties, attending childminding groups and activities involving turn taking.
    • Physical – activities will include a variety of indoor and outdoor games to develop both gross and fine motor skills.  These will include football, climbing frames, throwing and catching as well as using building blocks, painting, threading and shape sorting.
    • Intellectual – activities will build on attention span and concentration.  For example, playing memory games, feely boxes (to engage senses as well as the use of imagination and communication).  Basic concepts of maths and science will be taught and correct English will be spoken.
    •  Communication – children will be encouraged to voice opinions, ask questions and actively engage in group discussions with other children.  Books will be read to teach young children to listen and an analysis of stories will take place afterwards.  Bi-lingual resources will be used for those children who speak another language.
    • Emotional – promoting good self image, self-esteem and self-confidence will be of paramount importance.  Praise will be given in all areas that a child does well.  Children’s work will be displayed and rewards are given for good work and behaviour.  Role plays are used to cope with new situations and children are encouraged to talk about how they feel.
    Aprons will be supplied for messy activities but parents are welcome to provide old clothing if they wish.  
    Planned outings will be discussed with parents in advance.  Parents will be expected to pay the cost of entry if applicable.
    Free places visited:
    • Capstone Country Park
    • The Strand
    • Local parks
    • Aylesford Priory
    • Riverside Country Park
    Outings further afield are organised in advance and generally there is no cost to the parent as we choose places of interest that are free to visit.
    • Facilities
     All children will play in the downstairs area of the house and small children will sleep in travel cots upstairs.  The toilet is also located on the ground level.  A child's toilet seat and step are available.  Outdoor activities will take place in the top garden and local parks and play centres.
    Computers and television will be used for educational purposes as well as some minimal TV time being set aside each day for calm time.
    Parents will be expected to provide nappy changing products for their children including:
    • Nappies
    • Baby wipes
    • Antiseptic cream (i.e Sudocream)
    • Nappy sacks
    • Pets
     I have 5 cats who are used to children.  They are still very young and like to be petted.   They are treated for fleas and worms regularly.  Proof of latest purchase is available on request.  The cats food/toilet facility is kept in the kitchen where access is restricted by a gate.  When planned activities are taking place in the kitchen (i.e cooking) these items will be removed.  I also have 2 guinea pigs, fish and a tortoise.  All the children love spending time petting and looking after these animals.
    • Communicating with parents
     This is done via means of a contact sheet.  This will be used for daily information regarding food intake, toilet frequency and reports on behaviour or any issues that have arisen during the day.  It will also include an overview of activities that your child has done throughout the day.  An online learning journal is used for your child's learning journal which will include pictures and video's of what your child has been achieving whilst in the setting.  You are able to access this independently and add your own observations and comments too.
    • Child protection
     Under the Children’s Act 1989, as a registered childminder I have a duty to Child Protection.  Physical marks and changes in behaviour will be recorded if they are causing concern.  All records are kept confidential.  Please see child protection policy for further details.
    (a selection can be viewed here, please contact me for the full list of policies in detail
    Sick children Policy
    If a child becomes significantly sick in my care, the child’s parent/s will be informed.  Parent/s will be expected to collect their child or request that an emergency contact be called to collect the child.
    A First Aid kit is on site for minor injuries which will be dealt with in house but the parent/s will always be informed of any injuries no matter how small.  Written permission will be sought for your child to receive medical attention in the case of an emergency in the future.
    All health problems or illnesses relating to a child will be kept confidential.
    If your child is ill at home with any infectious problem, you must inform the childminder.  Certain illnesses will require the child to remain in the parents care.  The childminder will make the decision depending on what is wrong with your child.  If your child is sick and is not able to attend the childminders, then 50% of the fees will be charged.  If the childminder or her own child is ill resulting in your child not being able to attend, then no fee is charged.
    If your child has head lice, the childminder must be informed.  Your child will not be excluded and all parents will be sent a letter informing them that head lice are present in the group.
    Emergency Plan Policy
    In the event of a fire an evacuation procedure is in place and is practised regularly with all children.  Please see notice board by front door for details of evacuation procedure.
    In case of emergency where a child needs to go to hospital, the other children in the group will be left with another registered childminder or a responsible, close relative of the childminder, if those children are to be collected within a two hour slot.  This is permitted under childminding practices in the event of an emergency.  If the children are not due to be collected for longer than two hours then they will accompany the childminder to the hospital.  This is not ideal but the only solution.  Parents will be informed and will be permitted to collect their children or send any emergency contact to collect them from the childminders location.
    Children’s Departure Policy
    Children will only be released to their parents or an emergency contact, provided by the child’s parents at the time of commencing a contract.  Parents must inform the childminder if anyone else other than themselves is to collect their child on any given day.
    The childminder will need to meet all emergency contacts or at least see a recent photograph that can be copied and kept on file.  In the event of both the parents and emergency contacts not being available to collect the child, the parents must inform the childminder who will be collecting the child and must set up a password for that person to collect their child.  This is only for extreme circumstances.
    Any court orders detailing people who are not to be in contact with the child, must been seen as soon as they are issued and will be photocopied to be kept on file.
    Uncollected children – if the person responsible for collecting the child on any given day has not arrived half an hour after the agreed time and has not contacted the childminder, other emergency contacts will be contacted to collect the child.
    Equal Opportunities Policy
    Each child will be treated as an individual and with equal concern.  All children have the right to learn and develop.  Precious Peanuts will encourage every child’s development and respect the pace that the child sets. 
    Inappropriate language, racist and discriminatory remarks will be challenged from children and adults.
    Cultural and dietary needs will be respected and catered for.
    All children will be taught to respect themselves and others using different multi-cultural and diverse media.
    Child Protection Policy
    All children are under the direct supervision of the childminder at all times.  The protection and safety of children is of paramount concern.  Having completed a course in child protection delivered by CCPAS, signs and symptoms of abuse will be recognised.  If there are any concerns, it will be the childminders discretion as to whether to discuss these concerns with the parents. 
    Advice will be sought from Social Services and following this advice, reports of concerns will be documented.  Social Services then take over this matter.
    Behaviour Management Policy
    Children benefit most where their behaviour is managed positively and consistently.  When clear and realistic boundaries are set, children know what is expected of them.
    Children’s behaviour will be managed by means of rewards for good behaviour.  This will take the form of a star chart.  When a child earns a set amount of stars, they will enjoy a privilege.  Good behaviour will also be orally praised, whilst negative behaviour will be challenged by means of communicating the reasons that this behaviour is not acceptable.
    Children will NEVER be subject to physical behaviour management or any form of humiliation.
    • House rules
     There are 4 main house rules that all children are expected to adhere to.  Time will be given for them to understand and adapt to these.
    1.  We should all be nice to one another.
    2.  We should be gentle with the animals.
    3.  We should listen when others are speaking.
    4.  We should all tidy up at the end of the day.
    Complaints Procedure
    If you have a complaint regarding my practice then please speak to me to resolve the issue.
    If you feel you are unable to discuss the issue with me then please contact Ofsted on: 0300 123 1231.
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