Hello, My name is Kellie Oakes and I provide a Hygge approach, Nature inspired Childcare service from my home in Brize Norton Village.
My family consists of my Daughter, who's 13 years old, and my other half, along with our two cats, Jack & Luna.
My aim is to create a nurturing and comfortable environment for children to learn, grow and play in. I believe that children thrive when they are given the opportunity to explore nature and be inspired by their surroundings. My Hygge approach is based on the Danish concept of creating a warm and cosy atmosphere, which helps children feel calm and relaxed.
With over 10 years of experience in childcare, I have developed a deep understanding of what children need to feel safe, happy and engaged. My home is a welcoming and friendly space where children can feel like they belong. I provide a range of activities that are designed to encourage learning and development, while also being fun and enjoyable.
If you are looking for a childcare service that is warm, nurturing and nature inspired, then please get in touch. I would love to talk to you about how I can help your child thrive.
Nature Inspired Childcare for Little Explorers
In recent years, there has been a rise in the popularity of childcare inspired by nature, and with good reason too!
This approach to childcare focuses on getting children outside and connected with the natural world around them. It is based on the belief that spending time in nature has numerous benefits for young children, including improved physical health, increased creativity and imagination, using natural resources around them to be anything their imagination wants it to be, a stick for example, isn’t just a stick, but rather a magic wand, or an aeroplane, flying through the sky.
Children have the opportunity to explore the natural world through a variety of activities, including hiking, gardening, learning to grow crops on our very own allotment, and nature-based crafts. They are encouraged to use their senses to observe and interact with the world around them, fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of nature.
Overall, childcare inspired by nature offers a unique and valuable approach to early childhood education. It encourages children to explore, learn, and grow in a natural and nurturing environment, setting them on a path towards a lifetime of appreciation for the natural world.
How does a childminder differ from a Nursery?
Childminders, like nursery settings and schools, are required to be regulated by a governing body, in my case, I'm regulated by Ofsted.
The role of a childminder is an important one, as we are responsible for the care and well-being of young children. Childminders provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn, play, and grow; as a childminder, I'm required to have a deep understanding of child development and be able to provide age-appropriate activities and experiences that promote learning and development.
In addition to providing care for children, I can also help with supporting parents and families. I may be able to offer advice and guidance on a range of issues, such as child development, behaviour management, and nutrition.
As a childminder, although working from home, rather than a bigger setting like a nursery, I also follow a set development framework known as The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a framework that sets standards for the learning, development, and care of children from birth to five years old. It emphasises the importance of creating a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow in.
What is my approach to Childcare & Teaching?
A combination of a HYGGE and Nature inspired approach, entwined with the EYFS
By incorporating elements of Hygge into early childhood education, I can create a warm and welcoming environment that promotes emotional well-being and creativity.
For example, using soft lighting, comfortable seating, and natural materials can help create a calming atmosphere that encourages children to feel relaxed and open to learning. Additionally, incorporating activities such as storytelling, nature walks, and art projects can foster creativity and imagination, while also promoting social and emotional development.
Overall, by entwining the Early Years Foundation Stage with Hygge principles, I can create a safe, nurturing, and engaging learning environment that sets children on a path towards lifelong learning and well-being.
Getting to Know You...
Picking a childminder can be a daunting task. As a parent I understand your concern for finding the right person. When we first meet we will talk in great detail about what you expect, and take time to discuss how your current routine and activities can be integrated into mine. I am always happy for suggestions - I would be happy to take your child to their favourite toddler group he or she currently goes to for example, if possible. Then it will be time for you and your child to get to know our family and my home. You will have a few 'settling in sessions', joining myself and the other children at our home, where you can stay with your child until they are confident enough for you to leave. I also like to work with a four week settling in period, during which either of us can opt out if we are not happy with the way things are working out.
How many children do I care for during the day?
Personally, I think great childcare is a balance between children getting enough social interaction with other children and getting enough direct adult attention and supervision to make sure they are safe and well.
I care for 3 children under 5 throughout the day, along with my daughter when she’s not at school.
In addition to the day care provided, I also offer before and after school care along with holiday cover for school age children.
I currently offer before and after school care from Brize Norton Primary School.
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