Located mid-way between Bamber Bridge and Hoghton, we are lucky to live in a large, detached house on Brindle Road, near the Hospital Inn (Preston PR5 6YN).With young children of our own, our house is naturally very child-friendly, safe and secure. Parents can park on our front drive, which makes dropping off and collecting children safe and hassle free. The house and gardens have been fully checked by Ofsted and risk assessments and public liability insurance are always kept up-to-date.
My setting comprises:
Porch - each child has their own hook for their coat and bag and we leave all outdoor shoes in the porch (children are welcome to bring or leave slippers). The front door is kept locked and all visitors are signed in and out.
Lounge - a large carpeted room for indoor play, with lots of floor space and ample low-level toy storage, which is easily accessed by the children themselves. My focus as a childminder is to offer a home-from-home setting and that’s what you will find – a calm environment with activities and resources changing daily to focus on each child’s particular interests and to support their current stage of development.
Kitchen – our indoor space for anything messy and unsuitable for the lounge! We have a large child-sized table for painting, drawing, writing, gluing and sticking. We enjoy playdough, water play and other sensory or messy activities in our tuff tray. Appropriate resources are kept at child height and the children can access these freely at any time. Items such as scissors and small parts are visible but out of reach to prevent any mishaps. We also enjoy baking in the kitchen and we access the back garden through the patio doors.
Dining Room – a quieter area for the older children for uninterrupted play or concentration. It contains a travel cot for nap-time. (Another travel cot is available in the utility room, which is used only for nap-time and if necessary, a third travel cot is erected in the lounge.)
Downstairs Cloakroom - the convenience of a downstairs cloakroom means that there is no need for myself or the children to go upstairs. This makes toileting and cleaning up after craft activities so much easier. We have a toilet, washbasin, step, potty and toilet seat (as required). Each minded child has their own towel, which is changed daily. Nappies are changed on a changing mat in the hall.
Back Garden – a large, fully enclosed back garden that is all on one level. There is a great lawn for lots of running around and an ample patio area for bikes, ride-ons etc. There is a Wendy house, sand pit, outdoor “messy” kitchen and lots of natural open-ended resources. I choose not to have lots of “playground” equipment (climbing frame, slides, swings etc.) because we are lucky to have several excellent playgrounds locally, which we visit all the time. We play outside daily. We wear suncream in the summer, waterproofs in the rain and plenty of layers in the cold. When it is dark, we play with torches. We observe the changes in the seasons and grow and care for plants each year.