Sophies Den house

Welcome!

At Sophie’s Den, I provide children with a safe, happy and stimulating environment that encourages them to develop as individuals in a friendly, homely atmosphere.

I provide care for children from 3 months to 8+ years, and support the early learning and development of all children, working closely with parents to provide bespoke childcare.

About Sophie & the Den

Hi, I'm Sophie...

From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to work with children, I started out when leaving school, studying for my BTEC National Diploma in Care. During this time, I worked in various nurseries and schools as a nursery nurse and lunchtime assistant in a secondary school. In 2014 I decided to take a break and return to education, I completed my Foundation Degree in Education and then went on to obtain my BA Honours in Education.

After this time, I decided to return to work in a nursery where I worked my way up to become a manager, during this time I gained various experiences and got to meet lots of new people. I decided it was then that I needed a new challenge, I love teaching and watching children learn, childminding combines both.

Having worked in a nursery and with parents for many years I understand it can be an emotional rollercoaster finding the right person to look after your little ones. Having come from a nursery teaching background I have a great understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage to teach and help them to develop and grow into happy confident children. In a safe and caring environment.

Let's have a look at the Den!

My husband, son and I live in a lovely 2-bedroom home in the quiet village of Trispen. We have an enclosed private garden and space for the children to explore and learn.

The children have the use of the following rooms:

The Living Room

This is the main play room which has toys, books and other exciting things, children will have the use of the tv and books at lunch for quiet time if they are not sleeping and for looking at books in the cosy area.

The Kitchen

This is where all arts and crafts take place as well as baking and lots of other lovely activities, the children will also sit at the table to eat snacks and meals.

The Garden

The children will have lots of time to play and explore outside in the garden, we have outdoor games and resources including sand and water trays, we will also be growing our own fruit and vegetables.

The Bedroom

The bedroom space will be used for those children who require a rest during the day, there are travel cots for younger children and sleeping mats for the older children.

The Living Room

This is the main play room which has toys, books and other exciting things, children will have the use of the tv and books at lunch for quiet time if they are not sleeping and for looking at books in the cosy area.

The Kitchen

This is where all arts and crafts take place as well as baking and lots of other lovely activities, the children will also sit at the table to eat snacks and meals.

The Garden

The children will have lots of time to play and explore outside in the garden, we have outdoor games and resources including sand and water trays, we will also be growing our own fruit and vegetables.

The Bedroom

The bedroom space will be used for those children who require a rest during the day, there are travel cots for younger children and sleeping mats for the older children.

Activities

There’s lots of fun to be had at Sophie’s Den!

The Early Years Foundation Stage

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. When parents choose to use early years services, they want to know that provisions will keep they children safe and help them thrive. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework which provides this assurance.

It is based on 4 important principles

  • Unique Child– every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning
  • Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key person
  • Learning and Development – children learn and develop in different ways at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected.

Our favourite things to do at Sophie's Den

A typical day

Our normal working hours are 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.

  • 08:0008:00Hello!

    We open the doors, welcome our children and are excited to get going for the day ahead.

  • 08:3008:30Breakfast

    But first, breakfast!

    If your child joins us for breakfast, we offer a selection of cereals, toast, bagels, fruit and yoghurt.  There's always something delicious on offer!

  • 09:0009:00Messy Play

    Everyone's favourite time!  We use a variety of delightfully messy activities to help children to develop their creativity and imagination.

  • 10:4510:45Snack time

    All that creativity builds up an appetite!  I wonder what it's going to be today? Malt loaf, fresh fruit & yoghurt, rice cakes or yummy mackerel spread...

  • 11:0011:00Heuristic Play

    We love outdoor learning so this could be a trip to the beach, a visit to the park or a garden mooch.  Our absolute favourite is going to the farm.

  • 12:0012:00Lunch

    If we're out on a trip, we may have a picnic lunch but if not, your children will be offered a freshly prepared, nutritious meal, such as tuna pasta bake, roast dinner or sausage hot pot.

    We just ask that you let us know of any allergies or dietary requirements in advance, so we can provide alternatives where necessary.

  • 12:4512:45Story time

    Let's allow our tummies to digest the yummy food and enjoy a story.  This is an essential part of the day as it supports your child's early language development.

  • 13:4513:45Let's get cooking!

    By providing real life learning activities, such as cooking, the children have a real sense of achievement by doing something themselves.

  • 15:0015:00Hello & Goodbye

    Usually some changeovers take place now, with the after-school children joining us and some little ones going back home.

  • 18:0018:00Time to go home

    After a busy day, it's time to shut our doors and get ready to do it all again tomorrow!

Let's have a chat

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