It is of paramount importance to me to provide an enabling setting; one which empowers children to become strong, self-assured, confident and well-rounded individuals who are secure in who they are and given every opportunity to grow and develop both in their areas of strength and any areas which need more practice.
I believe I offer a strong combination of love, care, nurture and acceptance alongside the ability to provide opportunities and create stepping stones for children to progress and develop in each area of their lives.
I have been living in Maidstone for 10 years and moved into our current home in 2010. Having two children of my own, my home is well catered for little people! We have a lounge/diner which includes a quiet/reading corner with comfy cushions and a selection of toys. It is also where arts and crafts occurs such as play dough, drawing, painting and creating (cutting and sticking).
My kitchen is closed off to children while I prepare and cook food for safety purposes, unless I am providing an activity involving the mealtime. My kitchen joins the lounge/diner and the play room/conservatory so I can see the whole of the downstairs area from this room while I prep.
The conservatory holds the majority of the toys I have within the home which includes a play kitchen, blackboard, work bench, small table and chairs and music station.
We have a back garden which has a patio area (ideal for winter so children can still play on bikes etc), an outside play house, a sand and water table, a little slide, a mud kitchen and a lawned section for ball play.
Children sleep upstairs in my back bedroom and I can accommodate children in the main bedroom too. There is a toddler bed, a cot and a travel cot available for children to sleep in. I check children regularly while they sleep.
I am situated close to the town centre so I can easily access many different parks, being 5m walk from Collis Millennium Park and 15min walk from Mote Park and South Park. I am also 10mins from the town centre, 10mins from the river, 15mins from Maidstone Library and 10mins from Sunshine Children’s Centre.
I attend a few mum and toddler play groups which I believe are very important for children as they learn social skills, have the opportunity to share space and toys with many different children and learn to navigate a larger group environment.