About Me

Hello, my name is Tracie. I live with my partner Nigel, who is a builder and our 12 year old daughter Charlotte. We also have a 21 year old son Luke, who has his own home.item6

I have been a childminder for the past 17 years. Until 3 years ago we where also Solihull Council Foster Carers. But I have now given this up due to other commitments.

In 2016 I was graded "Outstanding" by Ofsted at my inspection. You can read my report here: Ofsted Inspection 2016

I love my profession, and feel very proud of my qualifications and achievements. I love to see the  stages of development of my mindees, and enjoy a close bond with all children in my care. I also build a  good working relationship with parents and always work in partnership with them. After such a long time as a childcare professional I have a wealth of experience of working with children from 0-8 years. I teach the children boundaries, we have house rules, and encourage sharing, good manners and empathy with others.  I always do my utmost to cater for each child's individual needs e.g if a child has a favourite super hero, cartoon character, special interest, song etc, I will plan and seek out activities that will be of interest to them.  Some ways I do this are by having reading, colouring, and puzzle books for each child, and, using the internet to download activities. I have recently joined an online website called "The school run" where I now download educational worksheets and resources individually for each child, to help with reading, maths and other forms of education.

I send texts and photos to parents throughout the day informing them where we are, and what we are doing. The feedback I have received from this is many of the parents use these pictures as a kind of diary of their child, and download them as a record of their child's  achievements.

I have also recently set up my own facebook page especially for childminding. It is called Castle Bromwich Childminder. This site has useful links to websites parents may be interested in, with free download printables, and photos, and information on our themes etc.  Please feel free to have a look at my site. I also have a private site which is just for Parents of children that attend my setting.  This face book site is only admissible to them.

In 2016 I was amongst the top 10 childminders in the UK for positive reviews on Childcare.co.uk, you can read more about it here in these two news articles:

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/birmingham-mum-named-top-10-11357684

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/best-childminder-country-revealed-provider-7997435

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