Childcare in Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset.
My name is Jill Rickard. I am an Advanced Accredited, Registered, Quality Assured Network Childminder based in the Canford Heath area of Poole in Dorset. I am a member of the National Childminding Association (NCMA) and have been registered as a childminder since July 1996. I am registered to look after six children under eight. We are a non-smoking household.
I undergo regular training to keep my standards to a high level and have completed an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development. For a full list of my qualifications and courses I have attended, please see my qualifications page.
As well as being professional, I am a very caring person who really loves her job! All the children in my care know that they are valued. I regularly praise them and feel it's important for a childminder to be a good role model and to value each child’s individuality. I think social skills are very important and encourage the children to take turns and say “please" and "thank you”. I have always enjoyed good, open and honest relationships with all parents.
I engage in a wide variety of activities with the children in my care as I think that it very important that the children have fun! Through these activities they also get to know other Childminders quite well, which has the advantage of providing reassuring back up cover, available to parents during their normal Childminders holiday and sickness. I provide healthy snacks for the children as required.
My normal working week is Monday to Friday from 6.30am - 6.30pm, but am very flexible and, should the need arise to work outside these times, I will do my best to accommodate you.