Hopscotch Childminding

Welcome to Hopscotch Childminding

"In the early years, children learn through play, listening and talking. They need to be given the opportunity to explore and find out about the world that surrounds them."

I endeavour to provide, promote and stimulate, through various activities and experiences, the all round development and learning of each individual child in my care at their own pace, in a safe and secure, loving environment.

Chris Lane

Playing in the garden

About us

About us

At Hopscotch Childminding we provide quality day care for children aged 4 months to 8 years in a warm, caring and secure home environment.

We offer a service that combines the individual care and attention provided by a childminder with the efficiency and of a nursery. Our excellent staff to children ratio means your child will thrive and grow in a safe, secure and nurturing environment.

Hopscotch Childminding is in North Baddesley, approximately three miles from Romsey and seven miles from the centre of Southampton. We have a large four bedroom detached house with garden and ample parking. Situated in a quiet road parallel to the A27 our location is excellent for parents working either in Southampton or Romsey.

Hopscotch Childminding is Ofsted registered and a member of the National Childminding Association.

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Services

Hopscotch Childminding is Ofsted registered and a member of NCMA

Hopscotch Childminding is in North Baddesley, approximately three miles from Romsey and seven miles from the centre of Southampton. We have a large four bedroom detached house with garden and ample parking. Situated in a quiet road parallel to the A27 our location is excellent for parents working either in Southampton or Romsey.

Our opening hours are 7.15am to 6.00pm weekdays. We close at Christmas for a week and the first two weeks of the school summer holidays.

We have a dedicated main playroom and art and craft room and the use of the main living room and kitchen for childminding. The dedicated rooms have a partition door which opens up to combine the two rooms into one large play room. The main living room is used as a sleeping area.

Nursery

The main playroom has access to the large play area outside. The garden area has a playhouse, swings, slide, see-saw, sand pit, trampoline etc and various ride-on toys and activities for the children. If the weather permits we have seasonal treats such as a bouncy castle, princess tent, motor car tent/garage and even a selection of junior sports equipment for our own ‘sports’ days.

Indoors we have a large selection of toys including a see-saw, ride-on cars, musical instruments, books, jigsaws, dolls, dressing up clothes, building blocks, shape sorters, toy cars and garage, farm and animals, happy land town, board games, brio play table with train set and an assortment of toys for the younger child.

We have an extensive stock of craft materials and encourage the children to make, draw and model as often as possible.

Arts and Crafts

Cots are provided in the sleeping area for the younger children’s afternoon nap.

Snacks are provided in the morning and afternoon; children usually bring a packed lunch for mid-day and/or a dinner for the late afternoon dinnertime. A variety of squash drinks or water is provided during the day.

We provide a school run service to the schools and playgroups within the village and can often be seen at the local Mother and Toddler group.

We take the children to the local parks walks around the village and indoor play centres and when numbers permit we like to include at least one visit per term to a local attraction.

Arts and Crafts

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Behaviour Policy

All children and adults are treated with equal concern and are made to feel welcome in my home. I aim to offer a quality childcare service for parents and children. I recognise the need to set out reasonable and appropriate limits to help manage the behaviour of children in my care.

By providing a happy, well-maintained environment, the children in my care will be encouraged to develop social skills to help them be accepted and welcome in society as they grow up.

I do not, and will not, administer physical punishment or any form of punishment with the intention of causing pain or discomfort, nor any kind of humiliating or hurtful treatment to any child in my care.

I endorse positive discipline as a more effective way of setting limits for children.

Procedure (how I put the statement into practice) I keep up to date with behaviour management issues and relevant legislation by taking regular training and by reading relevant publications, such as / Who Minds? and Nursery World .

All parents receive a copy of my Behaviour Policy

Wherever possible I try to meet parents' requests for the care of their children according to their values and practices. Records of these requirements are agreed and kept attached to the child record forms. These records are revisited and updated during regular reviews with parents.

I expect parents to inform me of any changes in the child's home circumstances, care arrangements or any other change which may affect the child's behaviour such as a new baby, parents' separation, divorce or any bereavement. All information shared will be kept confidential unless there appears to be a child protection issue.

I offer regular review meetings with parents to discuss their child's care and any issues or concerns, preferably when the child is not present.

I work together with parents to make sure there is consistency in the way the children are cared for. A consistent approach benefits the child's welfare and makes sure that the child is not confused.

I will only physically intervene, and possibly restrain, a child to prevent an accident, such as a child running into the road, or to prevent an injury or damage.

All significant incidents are recorded in an incident book and will be shared and discussed with the parents of the child concerned so that together we can work to resolve any behavioural issues.

From time to time children will have difficulty learning to deal with their emotions and feelings and this is a normal part of child development. I will acknowledge these feelings and try to help children to find constructive solutions in liaison with their parents.

Distracting and re-directing children's activities are used as a way of discouraging unwanted behaviour.

I encourage responsibility by talking to children about choices and possible consequences.

I aim to be firm and consistent so that children know and feel secure in the boundaries I set.

I will respond positively to children who constantly seek attention or are disruptive.

I will ensure children maintain their self esteem by showing I disapprove of the behaviour not the

Concerns that could identify a particular child are kept confidential and only shared with people who need to know this information.

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Policies

Below is a sample of our policies, the complete set of policy documents are only available to view in person.

Behaviour Policy

All children and adults are treated with equal concern and are made to feel welcome in my home. I aim to offer a quality childcare service for parents and children. I recognise the need to set out reasonable and appropriate limits to help manage the behaviour of children in my care.

By providing a happy, well-maintained environment, the children in my care will be encouraged to develop social skills to help them be accepted and welcome in society as they grow up.

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Confidentiality

All information on children, families and anyone working with me (if applicable) is kept securely and treated in confidence. Information will only be shared if the parents/carers/co-workers gives their permission or there appears to be a child protection issue. All details will be kept confidential and records are kept secure. The details are easily accessible if any information is required for inspection by Ofsted in England.

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Child protection

My first responsibility and priority is towards the children in my care. If I have any cause for concern I will report it, following the local Safeguarding Children Board procedures in England, .The relevant local procedures that are held by me are available on request. I understand that child abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, neglect or a mixture of these. I must notify Ofsted in England of any allegations of abuse, which are alleged to have taken place while the child is in my care.

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Accident and emergency policy

It is my absolute priority to keep children safe while they are in my care.

My premises have been checked and they meet the national standards for childminding outlined by Ofsted in England. I also regularly review, update and practice safety routines.

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Testimonials

"Chris has been caring for our daughter since she was five months old, she is now four. We will always be grateful for the care and kindness that Chris and her family have shown to her. Choosing the right childcare is very difficult. However, we know that deciding to leave our daughter with Chris was the best decision we could have made.

We decided we would rather use a childminder than a nursery as we wanted our daughter to be cared for in a home environment. Hopscotch has provided a very homely, comfortable environment for our daughter to be in and she has thrived there and made some lovely friends too.

Everyone involved at Hopscotch is very welcoming, thoughtful, caring and have gone beyond our expectations in their care of our daughter.

Chris offers the children so much from craft play and cooking, to garden activities and even day trips during the holidays. Our daughter has been given the best of starts by a childminder who always gives that little bit extra.

We have no hesitation in recommending Hopscotch to anyone."

Louise and Neil Thorpe

"Our children are the most important part of our life. We want them to be safe, supported and nurtured.

We feel that Chris and her team provide the most perfect environment for children to grow and develop. The warmth that we feel from knowing our children are happy is down to Chris.

It is a huge responsibility to look after children and we are extremely grateful to the wonderful care our children both receive.
Always grateful and appreciative."

Naomi and Luke Lyons

"Both my girls are at Hopscotch. Charlotte started at 6 months old and is now 5 and Eva at 7 months and is now 2. Chris and Marie and Chris’ family are so welcoming. I had no hesitation when I first went back to work after having Charlotte which is vital during this anxious time.

Both girls are very happy at Hopscotch and are always excited when I drop them off. It is a caring friendly environment and both girls have made good friends.
I have been impressed with the activities Hopscotch covers including a wide range of creative activities ranging from art to cooking. They have organised Easter, Halloween and Christmas parties and sports days, the girls have also been on a number of trips including Marwell Zoo and the Sea Life Centre. It is so assuring the children are having fun!

My husband and I are very grateful for the help, care and vital contribution Chris and Marie have provided towards my girls having a very happy upbringing, which has also been appreciated by other family members."

Rachel Collings

"My 2 children (6 & 10 years) have been going to Chris for 4 years and are always keen to go. I’ve had 5 previous childminders and have enjoyed the stability with Chris. She is flexible and easy going which helps me as a parent.
The children are always behaving well and are very fond of Chris."

Helen Phillips

Contact us

Address:
15 Middle Road
North Baddesley
Southampton
Hampshire
SO52 9HY

Tel: 023 8073 8900

Email: chris@hopscotchchildminding.co.uk

Meeting by appointment only.

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