Hello my name is Sally Dawes and I share my home with my husband and my three children aged 13, 11 and 7.
I am a fully qualified Childcare practitioner at NVQ level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development, both myself and my staff have paediatric first aid certificates and certificates in safeguarding children.
I have worked with children for 13 years, and I have worked as a Childminder, and owned Firsthand Childcare for nearly 8 years. I am Ofsted registered and have had an Ofsted inspection to ensure that my home is a safe environment for children. I am a non smoker and I do not allow anyone to smoke within my home. I live in a 4 bedroom terrace house with plenty of space to play and rest, I have a designated play room and a fully enclosed back garden. We are close to the town centre and live on a bus route. We are on the same road as Sir Donald Bailey Academy (Formerly Bowbridge School) and have several shops and parks close by, that I visit with the children regularly.
I have also worked as a chef in a professional kitchen for 3 years and so understand the importance of good quality, freshly produced, home cooked food and how to deliver nutritional, well-balanced meals, including any dietary requirements that may be needed.
My house is clean and central heated, so even in the cold winter mornings your child will be nice and snug inside (exceptions may be made for snowmen). I offer a warm friendly, enjoyable family environment, this helps the transition from home to home run more smoothly. With only a small group of children it gives each child the chance to shine and grow strongly bonded friendships. This aids their social skills and allows their personalities to really shine through.