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Portfolio of childminder Little Sunshines, based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire.


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  • Little Sunshines is run by Anna and Kelly both registered by Ofsted.

    The setting is run from Annas home located in the Hallam Fields area of Ilkeston. Anna is a mum of 6 and also has a level 3 NVQ in Childrens Care Learning and Development. She is currently studying for her Early Years Professional Status at Derby University. Having started

    the business in the summer of 2008 Little Sunshines was graded as Good by Ofsted in

    October of the same year.

    Kelly joined Anna in June of 2010 as the business grew. In addition to having gained a Level

    3 NVQ childcare qualification, Kelly spent four years working at Children First Day Nursery in

    Long Eaton and so came with a wealth of relevant experience. Although initially Kelly was

    Annas assistant she has now registered as a childminder in her own right.

    In January 2011 Rachel began working for Little Sunshines as an assistant to ensure that we

    continued to deliver the highest levels of care as we grew. Rachel is a mum of 2 and has

    previously worked as a deputy manager at Paper Moons Nursery. She is Level 3 qualified.

    Following a successful application to Ofsted she is allowed to work for short periods alone with

    the children.

    Finally after 18 months of placements with us with college and then university, Jemma joined

    our team as an assistant in July 2012. Although still at university Jemma is a regular face and

    much loved by the children.

    All About Little Sunshines

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  • All members of staff are trained in paediatric first aid.

    As a setting we strive to provide high quality resources

    and experiences that benefit all the children in our care.

    We essentially believe that childhood is precious and as

    such we aim to ensure that time spent with us is positive

    and enjoyable and contributes to the overall development

    of the children. We believe that all aspects of

    development are equally important but our main priority

    is to ensure that the children enjoy coming to us. To

    achieve these aims we provide a vast range of activities,

    a small taste of which are listed on the next page.

    We are also big believers in offering children as many

    interesting and exciting experiences as it

    hunting for the Gruffalo in the woods or water fights in

    the garden. Believing that children learn best when they are happy and playing means we

    have a good excuse to play lots!!

    Please forgive us if this portfolio seems a bit formal but we feel its important that everyone knows where they stand from the beginning.

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  • Below are listed a sample of some of the activities we have enjoyed over

    the last few months to give you an idea of how we spend our time. Of

    course some of the activities are more suited to certain age groups than

    others but we always ensure that something is on offer for all ages and

    activities are altered accordingly. We do however, try and encourage all

    the children to interact and play together at times as we feel this

    promotes positive relationships within the group.

    Personal, Social and Emotional

    Portrait drawings of each other as part of our activities based

    around anti-bullying week

    Encouragement to play together and look out for each other Childrens involvement in choosing activities, outings and topics


    Olympic day where we took our Olympic equipment (javelin,

    discuss, shot put) down to the park for a mini competition

    Access to scooters, trikes, bikes, roller skates, skate boards, didi

    cars, bucket stilts, hoops, skipping ropes etc

    Sand and soil areas

    Water play


    Creation of obstacle course

    Tree climbing

    Tap and nail boards

    Lace threading cards

    Communication and Language

    Stories and Rhymes

    Song bag

    Story sacks


    Circle time

    Visits to the library

    Constant access to a book basket (the contents of which are

    changed regularly


    Access to white boards, chalk boards and pens, crayons and paper

    Outside chalking on the fences and patio

    Access to specific programmes on the computer (ie Textease for

    older children and the Vtech motion for younger children)

    Writing and posting a letter

    Magnetic letters



    Hamma beads


    Science experiments (ie foaming dragon, paper aeroplane


    Bingo, card games etc

    Discovery trays full of things like rice, pasta etc to fill, empty, pour


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  • Understanding the World

    Creation of a tadpole habitat

    Vege patch planting and upkeep

    Small world toys such as cars, little people or the farmyard

    Access to various ICT resources such as walkie talkies,

    megaphone, torches, camera as well as a couple of computer


    Construction toys such as meccano, lego, scalectrix and train sets

    Participation and encouragement in recycling and composting

    Making clay divas for Divali

    Healthy eating and living projects such as smoothie

    Making & slip, slap, slop worksheets

    Making a rain measurer

    Expressive arts and design

    Giant wall collages based on our weekly themes

    Marble run paintings

    Cotton wool sheep

    Paper mache balloon heads

    Paper plate animal masks

    Wood and wool threading dream catchers

    Pebble painting to create an outside sensory mural

    Life size portraits

    Musical instruments (both childrens toys and real instruments) Gloop, play dough, slime etc

    Dressing up clothes and toys

    Outings we have been on

    Nottingham Castle and Brewers Yard Museum

    Beach at Nottingham Slab Square


    Matlock Bath and Matlock Park

    WestMidlands Safari Park

    Erewash Museum

    Birmingham Sealife Centre

    Derby Museum and Art Gallery


    Markeaton Park

    Wollaton Hall and Park



    Crazy Crocs

    Leicester Space Centre

    Twycross zoo

    And many more!!!!

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  • In recognition of the special levels of care needed by babies we have

    prepared a special care sheet identifying all the different areas of care

    and the way in which we will deliver them.


    We will attempt to follow any sleep routines established by parents

    wherever possible. However,

    we will remind parents that we have other commitments, for

    example school runs, that may mean there has to be an element of


    We will always provide a suitable sleeping area, be it a pram or crib,

    for your baby to sleep in

    Babies will have their own bedding

    We will check your baby at regular intervals and use a baby monitor

    Even if not wanting to sleep we will do our best to ensure that your

    baby gets quiet or calm time if required

    If your baby uses dummies please could you send us a couple of

    spares because its inevitable some end up on the floor

    If your baby has a comforter to get to sleep please remember it!


    We will store bottles appropriately be it breast or formula milk

    We will endeavour to always hold your baby whilst feeding them

    We will endeavour to work alongside parents with regards to any

    feeding routines they may have


    We would request that parents ensure they supply us with adequate


    We will note when and how much your baby drank


    We will take direction from the parents as to how and when they

    want to wean

    We will supply appropriate cutlery and seating equipment

    We will feed your baby the food chosen by you, be it food cooked at

    home, jars or food we have supplied

    We will note any particular likes and dislikes expressed by your


    We will note when and how much your baby ate

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    We will ensure we change nappies as and when required, and we will

    note when they where changed

    We are prepared to use any type of nappy, including eco friendly ones

    We would ask parents to ensure an adequate supply is sent with the


    If creams are needed parents need to provide them


    We will ensure we supply plenty of appropriate toys both in and out of

    the house

    We will spend time with your baby interacting and playing with the


    We will try to ensure your baby regularly hears music and that we

    sing songs and nursery rhymes

    We will read appropriate books with your baby

    When doing activities with older children we will make sure your baby

    can see us and feels involved and where possible adapt the activity so

    that they can join in, for example finger painting

    We will expose your baby to different sorts of play environments, for

    example water play, play on the grass or noisy play

    We will make sure your baby has lots of varied physical contact