Team Green Childminders

We are enthusiastic childminding team covering Bedgrove Infant & Junior Schools. We love working with children & have various qualifications & experience.

Hi

I am Chrissie, mum of 3 lovely children. I am a fun loving Ofsted Registered Childminder based in Aylesbury, covering Bedgrove Infant and Junior schools where my children go. We offer a family run home from home learning environment providing care for your child or children. I love working with children and have wanted to for as long as I can remember. My career path of teaching has been postp

Operating as usual

Photos from Team Green Childminders's post 11/10/2021

We play, we play everyday. But whilst we play we learn. Conker loose parts exploration :-) getting conkers to fly down tubes, counting, sizing, it is a Fab activity. These conkers then will be used to explore mark making in paint, food for the animals that live in the arc, and finally threading caterpillars. A natural and wonderful resource with never ending possibilities. What else could you make with them? #eyfs #learning #counting #turntaking #exploring

16/06/2021

That’s the garden all packed away ready for the incoming thunderstorms after a lovely week playing and enjoying the fresh air, with 5 umbrellas up for shade ⛱ ride ons away, high chairs and toys back in their places in the playroom and living room.
It’s amazing what a week off over half term let us do for the garden - we laid a patio - changed the rear area from bark to play bark - made a large sandpit behind the table - and then are able to have different activity areas on the grass. Still finishing touches to do such as new displays after fence is painted #outdoors #childminder #ey #changearound #redone #happyplace #eyfs #outdoorlearning #nowcomestherain

That’s the garden all packed away ready for the incoming thunderstorms after a lovely week playing and enjoying the fresh air, with 5 umbrellas up for shade ⛱ ride ons away, high chairs and toys back in their places in the playroom and living room.
It’s amazing what a week off over half term let us do for the garden - we laid a patio - changed the rear area from bark to play bark - made a large sandpit behind the table - and then are able to have different activity areas on the grass. Still finishing touches to do such as new displays after fence is painted #outdoors #childminder #ey #changearound #redone #happyplace #eyfs #outdoorlearning #nowcomestherain

Child viral infections on the increase in Aylesbury warn Buckinghamshire NHS 04/06/2021

Child viral infections on the increase in Aylesbury warn Buckinghamshire NHS

This is what we have had over the last couple of months. Please get tests then get treatment as needed. We have seen some very poorly children xx

Child viral infections on the increase in Aylesbury warn Buckinghamshire NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group have sent a warning to Aylesbury's parents that viral infections are on the rise in our area.

Paeds A&E New Build Feedback - 0 to 8 years 03/06/2021

Paeds A&E New Build Feedback - 0 to 8 years

Hey we know this page has been quite quiet recently that is because we have been super busy having fun with the little ones; no time for social media 🙈🤣 but please could those with youngsters fill this in to help our local hospital and in particular the nurses of whom we have some good friends. Thank you kindly ###

Paeds A&E New Build Feedback - 0 to 8 years Online survey BOS

23/10/2020

Very thought provoking into the thoughts of some children at school.

Meet Max. He's a y5 pupil in primary school.

This morning, Max had to come a different way to school because they were digging up the road.
Because the road was closed, by the time they'd gone round the diversion, Max was late for school.

Max hates being late. He hates to walk into class when all the other children are milling about. So he waits in the cloakroom until they've all gone in. Mrs White said it's ok for him to do that.

When Max steps into class, Mrs White isn't there.
There's a stranger standing at the front with the Head teacher. Mrs White has gone on a course today and they have a substitute teacher Mrs Grey. But Max doesn't know this because he came in late. He sits down when the Head teacher tells him to, and wonders when Mrs White will be in.

Mrs Grey announces that the class spelling test will be first. Max has been trying really hard with his spellings. He has practised them at home. Mrs Grey starts to read them out, but they're not in the right order. Max can feel a knot in his stomach and writes out the spelling test he has learnt in the right order. Two out of ten and told he will have to try harder. He didn't even get a smiley face and Max likes stickers.

At break time, Max goes out into the playground. He's got an apple for snack, but as he is eating it, a girl playing chase bumps into him and it drops on the floor. One of the boys shouts "football" and kicks it across the playground... It ends up in a puddle and Max goes to get it and gets his feet wet. He hates being wet, so he goes back into class and takes his shoes and socks off.

Mrs Grey almost trips over Max, who is sitting right in the doorway of the classroom. She tells Max to either put his wet things back on or to put his pumps on. He tells Mrs Grey that it is not P.E yet it's literacy next.

Mrs Grey glares at Max and suggests that perhaps Max would prefer to sit outside the Head's office. Max is quite relieved about this; it's nice and quiet in the corridor. He puts his pumps on but they don't feel right without socks, and all he can think about is how scratchy they are on his feet.

On the way out of the classroom, he sees the girl that bumped into him in the playground. He pushes her back and she tells the teacher that he pushed her for no reason. Mrs Grey walks over to Max. She's wearing really strong perfume and he wants to wretch. When she asks him why he is pulling faces, he says it's because she smells.

Mrs Grey marches Max down the corridor and tells the Head that Max is being naughty and very rude. Max tells her she is lying. The Head tells Max to sit there until he feels he can behave.

After half an hour outside the Head's office, Max is feeling much calmer so he decides to go back to his classroom. Still no Mrs White. He looks round to see what he is supposed to do and sees some boys spinning their pens so he goes and watches them cause it looks interesting.

When the bell goes for lunch, Max puts his hands over his ears and runs to the classroom door to be first. Mrs Grey tells him off for pushing and makes him wait at the end of the queue. When he goes to get his lunchbox he can't find it, it's not with his coat where he left it.

When the Mid-day Assistant manages to calm him down, she arranges for him to have a school dinner instead. He has to sit on a different table in the hall and the smell of other peoples dinners makes him feel ill. He looks down and notices that the beans are touching the potatoes so he can't eat that now. Dry food shouldn't touch wet foods. Everyone is talking and the noise of cutlery and scraping of chairs is overwhelming even the playground is better than this.

Max goes back to the cloak room and lies on the floor with his coat over his head. The floor is nice and cool and he starts to feel calmer. He makes the Mid-day Assistant jump when she walks past him, and she chastises him saying " you scared me to death Max!"

Max is really worried about this because he really likes her and doesn't want her to die, but she carries on walking as though she was ok. He follows her round the playground just to make sure.

After lunch Mrs Grey tells the class to get into pairs. Max sits on a table with two other children, and they've already paired up. He doesn't know what to do... Mrs Grey asks for anyone who's not sitting with someone to put up their hand. Max doesn't realise she's talking to him - he's sitting with two people, so he doesn't put his hand up... When Mrs Grey raises her voice and asks why he wasn't paying attention, it all becomes a bit of a blur...and Max has no idea why he is being told off again. He wonders if it is because he made the Mid-day Assistant die. He really can't remember what happens after that.....

The bell goes at the end of the day, and Max goes out to find his Mum.

" Did you have a good day at school Max?" asks his Mum.

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Max has spent all day masking and 'holding it all in'. Think of Max child as a bottle of pop. As he goes through the day the bottle gets shaken each time there is a trigger, with the pressure building up as their stress and anxiety increase.

Max managed to hold it all together whilst at school but when Mum picked him up, he had a meltdown - the pop was released from the bottle in one go.

Many parents will be familiar with the Pop Bottle effect - the delayed meltdown which follows a day of triggers and masking.

16/09/2020

Great pre writing shapes to practice :-)

This is my most widely shared post. And rightly so, it’s an important one. These are “prewriting patterns”, with the average (not prescribed) age at which children are developmentally ready to achieve these patterns listed below them in years and months. Being able to process visual information and produce a movement in response (e.g. copying these prewriting patterns or letter formations), is known as “visual motor integration”. ⠀

Note that an X is not typically achieved until 4 years 11 months, and a triangle at 5 years 3 months. If a child can’t form these basic shapes...then they probably won’t be able to form letters. ⠀

It is quite concerning then that there are 3 year 7 month olds starting formal schooling, where they’re expected to write. Not only are their visual motor integration skills not developed enough, their hands are also physically under-developed. In addition, recognising letters, understanding phonics and beginning to read are all needed in order for a child to write meaningfully, skills which children starting kindy typically don’t have. We also know that when a child learns something that doesn’t hold meaning, it‘s unlikely to stick. ⠀

So if you have a 3-4 year old who spontaneously asks or attempts to write letters, that’s great; otherwise, there is no need to initiate or worry about this. Unfortunately there is a misconception, particularly with the way that the current curriculum stands, that earlier is better. Earlier is not always better.⠀

Source: Beery Buktenica Test of Visual Motor Integration, 6th Edition


#visualmotorintegration #vmi #letterformations #prewriting #writing #kindy #schoolreadiness #earlierisnotbetter #toomuchtoosoon #letthembelittle #letthemplay #prewritingskills #foundationskills #phonics #phonologicalawareness #earlyliteracyskills #literacy #earlyreaders #reading #occupationaltherapy #paediatrics #paediatricot #kidsofperth #perthkids #schoolbasedtherapy #teacher #teachersofinstagram #australiancurriculum #schoolholidays #knowledgeispower

03/08/2020

A little update to our little lockdown crew. They have grown a lot and we ended up with 12 little chicks. Moved to outside now 🙂 enjoying their new enclosure. Animals have so many benefits to children. Their learning opportunities are vast. So great to be close with nature. Here’s to some fresh eggs for our baking :-)

15/06/2020

Our ethos here is learning through play; we as parents are having the daily battle of trying to get our 5 year old to do her school work. Yes she is doing some; but she is loving being able to play; to do the things that she would normally miss out on by being at school. This week we have released butterflies after watching 38 erupt from their chrysalides. Learning all about this and their process; tally charts; sizes; science and food processes; pollenation; diagram writing and sentences. It is of course encouraging to let children draw and write if they want to; but we won’t force them to. We aim to provide exciting opportunities to add the learning in with the play. Let’s all join in for funky fingers 🙂 and this week get things ready for our new chick hatchlings next week all being well. What will you find in the egg???

02/06/2020

Covid won’t stop us learning 🙂 fresh eggs ready to hatch... 21 days until we find out if it will work this year #learning

21/05/2020

Our mud kitchen all set up for pouring and capacity play today, the children learn without even knowing they are 🙂 love this weather to be outside and very lucky that we have our garden with lots of exciting things to explore... what is your favourite thing to explore??

[05/15/20]   Team Green Childminders are open to care for key workers children during the current crisis following the current guidelines - we are fully flexible and used to providing both day and night care within our home from home childminding setting.

We are also part of Buckinghamshire Community Childminding Network and have experience with children of all ages and abilities as well as some very vulnerable families; this includes settling children with little notice to the setting.

We have spaces coming up for non Key worker or vulnerable children from 1st June providing the timeline stays the same.

If you would like any more information please feel free to contact us.

15/05/2020

Never underestimate the effect of play :-)

06/05/2020

Some fab ideas x

To keep your kids busy with toilet paper rolls 😍😍😍!

[04/24/20]   Team Green Childminders are open to care for key workers children during the current crisis following the current guidelines - we are fully flexible and used to providing both day and night care within our home from home childminding setting.
We are also part of Buckinghamshire Community Childminding Network and have experience with children of all ages and abilities as well as some very vulnerable families; this includes settling children with little notice to the setting.
If you would like any more information please feel free to contact us.

pacey.org.uk 23/04/2020

Local authorities can divert entitlement funding in exceptional case

This is going to be the end of many childminders nurseries and pre schools. 20% of childminders had closed their doors permanently at the end of March. Imagine the figures now. The funding, which for many is lower paid than a private funded child, so already a pay cut, was for many a guaranteed source of income where for many no income was coming in. Nurseries charging full fees are painted as bad people in the media as the parents don’t like paying for a space they aren’t using; which I get; however many of these parents (not all granted) will be furloughed with 80% if not 100% of their wages, or their full universal credit monies including the amount set aside for childcare by the government. Paying for your space is the different between that childcare being in place when this is over or fighting 20 other families for it as so many quality providers are closed. Childcare providers and many of their expenses don’t change whether there is 1 child or 10 in the setting; they are still paying staff; same set of bills insurances etc; the countless resources needed and used to provide a varied curriculum and a positive learning environment. The government have never shown how they value childcare in the UK and this u turn of now local authorities being able to claw back funding is quite frankly a kick in the teeth. We are privileged to work with county to provide care to children and families that are vulnerable or need extra support, yet they could loose these exceptional people willing to go the extra mile. I really hope that those that struggle through these tough times to support the key workers of the country are supported by the parents they are there for the rest of the year. We are very lucky to have a fab set of parents who are doing what they can whilst trying to struggle through themselves but we like many others have lost most of our income. We have our own children to feed; the same set of bills whether the children are here or not and the same ethos we have had since we started that we are there 100% for our families. We really hope the government stand by what they said at the onset of the crisis and understand that for childcarers we don’t do the job for the money but we need the money support from them to survive. The self employed grant will not overly help many childminders whose income is heavily used for expenses to provide quality childcare for the children, maintaining healthy meals, days out, resources, and all the other eyfs related costs to provide a home from home setting. We don’t get access to other funding routes like nurseries and pre schools so it comes out of our pocket and we do it because we love the job we do. It was the best thing we did starting the business working together and I really hope we can get through it. This isn’t a poor us post so sorry if you think it but this is a very frustrating subject to us.

pacey.org.uk In England the DfE has announced changes to how local authorities can distribute free entitlement funding while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

16/04/2020

Good luck to all our little ones and the other little ones that are finding out their school places today. You are growing so quickly and it is a pleasure to be part of your journey. Wherever your next step is you got this and you can do this :D xx

04/04/2020

We have all had to make changes please celebrate our little ones and their sacrifices.

23/03/2020

Department for Education

Please share with other parents.

If your work is not critical in the response to Coronavirus then please keep your child at home.

#StayHomeSaveLives #coronavirus

https://gov.uk/coronavirus

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Our Story

Hi
We are Adam and Chrissie a fun loving duo comprising of a Good rated Ofsted Registered Childminder and assistant based in Aylesbury, covering Bedgrove Infant and Junior schools where our 3 of our 4 children go to.

We offer a family run home from home learning environment providing care for your child or children.

We love working with children and Chrissie has wanted to for as long as she can remember. Her career path of teaching has been postponed due to our babies needing her but she has a degree in Education studies and Human Geography. She is also chair of a local infant school, so able to keep up to date with educational changes.

We are part of Buckinghamshire Community Childminding Network (BCCN) and we work hard for the privilege to help vulnerable and children and families who need it.

We also have all the relevant childminder qualifications such as award in home based childcare as well as my Level 3 NVQ in Childcare Learning and Development. Chrissie has worked in various Early Years settings including other childminders and at Bedgrove Infant School and gained experience and knowledge that is input into the setting.

We have both cats and dogs which will get children used to animals and how to care for other members of the environment.

Please feel free if we can help you with your childcare needs to drop us a message.

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Eaton Road,
Aylesbury
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Unique points: -Term time and holiday childcare available -Flexible and unsociable hours catered for -Large Garden for outdoor play with range of equipment -Driveway = safe space for bikes on concrete - Wide range of toys and equipment - Safe space for children to sleep - Walking distance to train and bus station - Offer Saturday care - Seven seater carrier
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