HOW WE STARTED
Michelle Levene launched Jollytots, child minding group in 1990 as she was keen for her toddler, “Charly”, to mix with other children in a homely environment. Years later, Jollytots has gone from strength to strength and now we are starting to see the next generation of Jolly Tots which is extremely exciting .
This group runs from a large detached house off Theobald Street, Borehamwood (the road leading out towards Radlett).
This group is licensed to have nine children under the age of five, with the proviso that no more than three can be under one year old under our childminding licence and we can have up to 15 with our childcare on domestic licence. For many years we have specialised in working with very young children, where the parents are looking to go back to work after maternity leave, or have a bit of time off for themselves, or feel that their child would benefit from socialising with others. They usually move on to a nursery up to the age of three.- some children do morning nursery and then come back at lunchtime to spend the afternoon with us. We also do school runs in the area for all aged children. At the moment this includes, Manor Lodge, HJPS, Habs and Radlett Prep. The children in our care do not go on the school runs.
At Jolly Tots, we are very aware that leaving a child to go back to work, can be a very daunting experience. Our extensive settling in period ensures that both the parents and child is at ease before being left. It is our responsibility to provide high quality childcare within the guidelines of the Statutory Framework/ Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). In order to achieve this it is essential that our programmes develop under the headings of:
- A unique child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and development
- This is achieved by getting to know the family before the child is left and then carefully planning a curriculum that enriches the child’s learning and works on development according to ability. Each child is designated their own learning journal and keepsake photos and observations are regularly added to it. Parents are encouraged regularly to look at it and share with us their child’s development by completing a three month development check. Our outstanding practise relies on our outstanding children and parents offering us the partnership that is required for a child to fully develop. Our childminders/assistants/early years practitioners are all very enthusiastic and know how to boost the child’s confidence in a nurturing environment, encouraging the children to experiment with a variety of resources and experiences throughout their time with us. Each term, the groups work on a theme that supports and enhances the child’s learning. Parents are sent a broadcast every week as to what is going on within the group – also please take notice of our “word of the week” and practise this at home. Each day we contact our parents through “whats apps”, with action pictures of their child having fun. We also communicate with each parent at the end of the day, or a time to suit themselves.
- Most of our clientele comes through recommendation and we encourage prospective parents to speak to present/past parents about their anxieties and experiences whilst their child has been left in our care.
We expect to work in partnership with the parents at all times.
All staff that are left with the children are Ofsted inspected/registered and have to carry out a First Aid Course and child protection every three years. (You are welcome to call us in connection with any individual inspection). Two of the registered staff have a Childcare qualification, and the other staff member is working towards her level 3. Three of the staff that are being registered have qualifications, aoll have level two and two are about to complete their level 3 (June 19).Our current staff are:
Michelle Levene BA Hons EYPS
Sandra White Level 5
Sharn Stachini – Level 2 – currently on maternity leave
Chelsea Beer – studying for her level 3
We are in the process of registering four members of staff, two who have come from a local nursery and are just completing their level 3, but by coincidence have had ex Jolly Tots children as their key children so have come with glowing references from the parents, one member of staff who has come from another nursery and has just completed her level 2 and will be completing her level 3 with us, who was personally recommended to me by a colleague who is working with her at present. She is trilingual and speaks, English, Hungarian and Hebrew. We are also registering a lovely lady who spent many years running her own childminding group as well as Nannying and now does ad hoc Maternity cover.
We are always willing to interview anyone who is looking for a position in childcare.