Childminder - Clare Symonds

Childminder - Clare Symonds

Ofsted registered graded Outstanding 2016
First aid & highly trained
Fun & reliable, 21 years exper


Busy day visiting friends and enjoying the October sun ๐ŸŒž in the garden.
It was so warm!!

Leaf creativity today, just putting leaves and craft items out to see where imagination takes us.
Wonderful use of colour and great scissor practice.

Lots of stories read today and building with our den set

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Autumn walks and crafting ๐Ÿ˜Š

Lovely time of year ๐Ÿ‚

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I survived !!
Baking with 4 children ๐Ÿ˜œ
We had a great time talking about measurements, ingredients and safety.

Oh the mess that we made with eggs, the flour and icing sugar ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜‚

But they took turns amazingly, laughed, washed hands about 50 times and created lovely cakes for their mummies, daddies and siblings ๐Ÿ˜Š

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We all enjoyed the Nature tots group that I run this week.
All about Autumn
We read a story, hunted out well hidden autumn pictures, of what to expect to happen.
We made leaf monsters
And had fun pretending to build a camp fire and find interesting things, like conkers, leaves, sticks and feathers, that we all shared after our story.

Lovely to see children enjoying nature, interested in whatโ€™s around them and showing off their great imaginations ๐Ÿ˜Š


Thank you Maโ€™am ๐Ÿ’•

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We are saddened by the News of the passing of our Queen
We feel very lucky to have received a letter from her following our jubilee pictures this year and will treasure it.

Today we talked about her passing, what sheโ€™s done in her lifetime and our new King.

We paid our respects at the Town Hall laying flowers and I wrote in the condolences book.


Saddened to here the news.

Rest in peace Queen Elizabeth ll

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Sorry should of posted last night!

This weeks activities plus lots of heading out exploring


Back after a wonderful two weeks away ๐Ÿ˜Š all refreshed

Hope everyoneโ€™s well, looking forward to seeing all my little friends next week ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•


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Grateful of the cooler weather this week ๐Ÿ˜

Today we have made jelly fish, cut out interesting pictures from animal magazines to make a collage, played with lots of various toys and had a visit from a little (not so little now!!) friend ๐Ÿ˜Š


Reminder Iโ€™m closed tomorrow and as from Friday for two weeks

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This week I thought weโ€™d need lots of water play ๐Ÿฅต

so I thought we could have a sea creature ๐Ÿฌ theme ๐Ÿ’ฆ
With some firm favourites added in ๐Ÿ˜Š

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So proud


Reminder โ˜บ๏ธ
We will need this week:
* several changes of loose, thin, light coloured clothing
* a towel
* swimwear / water shoes or flip flop type / crocs
* sun hat and sun cream

Lots of shade, indoor play, ice pops, cool variety of drinks, fans and spray bottles at the ready!

A hose pipe ready if needed ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Lunches can just be sandwiches, fruit and yoghurts that will be put straight in the fridge as usual.
Iโ€™ve snacks in.

๐Ÿฅต๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฉด๐Ÿงข๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ โ˜บ๏ธ

Photos from Childminder - Clare Symonds's post 05/07/2022

A lovely stroll after the rain stopped, talking about the type of trees and shrubs at our local park, when the blackberries will be ready, brooks and how dangerous water is, what we shouldnโ€™t eat, where the birds build nests

We looked at road signs and what letters we recognised and why we have signs.
What type of houses we could see.
We learn always about crossing the road, stop, look and listen.

All the day to day important learning.

In the garden we looked at maths counting and matching patterns.
Built train tracks and bridges

We played with the mud kitchen and ride on vehicles

And much more!

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Lovely visit to Speke hall

Sparking all kinds of conversations about shadows / shade, rockets, planets and outer space and how fruit and vegetables grow.

We watched two bee hives, tried fresh blackberries, enjoyed looking at the vegetable growing garden and enjoyed seeing and smelling all the beautiful flowers.

We had a picnic lunch, played on the two play areas and completed the giant trail

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We went out this morning and came back to three out!!! ๐Ÿฆ‹
Always the same, very sneaky ๐Ÿ˜‚ !!

Weโ€™ve put in some sugar water and strawberries ๐Ÿ˜‹

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The colours of the wings are coming through on 3, ๐Ÿคž keeping a close eye on them today ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿฆ‹

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Roasting hot day!!
Plenty of water ๐Ÿ’ฆ play, paddling pool out, playing inside too, to keep us cool!

We have had a chill watching tv too as everyone was tired.

Summer house, two gazeboโ€™s and the house, fully used.

Love how the children help me to set up and move around the gazeboโ€™s as the sun moves ๐Ÿ˜Š perfect little helpers!

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Super exciting to watch the caterpillars and care for them at our homes!!
Not long to go ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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The weathers beautiful and weโ€™ve had lots of water play today and creativity

Plus so much more

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Enjoying the sunshine and our nature tots session about Spiders!!! ๐Ÿ•ท

Itโ€™s all about water play ๐Ÿ’ฆ this week to keep us cool, we have the large gazebo up to shade us ๐ŸŒž

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So much going on

Our caterpillars have arrived ๐Ÿ˜Š last Thursday and they are already very big!! ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹

We have a new water play feature that we made over the weekend, which is great fun !! ๐Ÿ’ฆ

We have been to Dunham Massey for a lovely walk, saw lots of fallow deer, ๐ŸฆŒ a few baby bunnies ๐Ÿฐ up close, watched a swan ๐Ÿฆข cross the park to swap ponds and rescued a ducking ๐Ÿฆ† by finding a park keeper and being observant.

And creating lots of craft for a special day coming up ๐Ÿคซ

We are really enjoying the warmer weather ๐ŸŒž


They are on their way ๐Ÿ™Œ
Very excited ๐Ÿ˜Š

Everyone will take turns, taking the caterpillars home to look after ๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿฆ‹


Every box and every item thoroughly explored today! Lots of outdoor fun.

We even fitted in a visit to the pet shop, bought food for the geckoโ€™s and enjoyed watching them eat their lunch ๐ŸฆŽ on return!!


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Busy Sunday after my holiday, preparing our new play places in my garden ๐Ÿ˜Š

My new little playroom and our club house with fancy dress and emotion exploration

They are a big hit โค๏ธ

Now to work on my home !!! Happy that my work / play place is up to scratch ๐Ÿ˜œ


Weโ€™ve had a fun few days and weโ€™ve not let the rain dampen it!!
Playing in the new outdoor playhouse which the children have named โ€œthe club houseโ€ ๐Ÿ˜Š

Playing baddies and police on the ride on vehicles and being mechanics!!

But today was one of our little friends last day ๐Ÿ˜ข
He is the most adorable little boy, charming, fun, chatty and he made us all smile ๐Ÿ˜ƒ we will all miss him lots.
Itโ€™s so hard when itโ€™s time to move on.
Thank you for choosing me and thank you for your lovely energy and enthusiasm every single day.
We all wish him and his family the very best ๐Ÿ’

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Last Thursday we enjoyed a story time session at the library involving lots of counting and subtraction.
In the afternoon a couple of the children made their Jubilee crowns ๐Ÿ˜Š

Friday we had a lovely stroll around the local l park, reflecting on our busy week

Hope everyoneโ€™s having a fabulous weekend.

Xx โค๏ธ

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Our nature tots session today was all about the beach ๐Ÿ–

On the way there we stopped to look at letters we recognised on a road sign, we knew A, R, E, N and H

What we see, how to keep safe, the RNLI, activities we can do there.

We had stones, that were collected from the beach, to paint. We looked at their size and shapes they looked like!
We looked at shellโ€™s from the beach, discussing how they felt and what shapes they are. Everyone chose one to take home!
We discussed safety at the beach such as staying with our adults and sun safety.
We shared stories of our beach visits and holidays we are going to take ๐Ÿ˜Š

We read a story โ€˜sharing a shellโ€™
Found hidden beach pictures.
Played hide and seek, had races running and hopping!!

A really busy active nature tots session ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’›

On the walk home we noted our legs were tired and our tummies rumbling ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Lovely few days ๐Ÿ˜Š
Visiting a garden centre. The one we went to was a childโ€™s choice, heโ€™d been to a good one with his Nana and Grandad, he told me โ€œeveryone will like it thereโ€ so we went and he was right, everyone had great fun!
We enjoyed buying plants for our large pots, looking at all the different colours, enjoyed the water features and the aquatic centre.

Today we have been to story time, all about moving things listening to stories and singing.


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Carrying on from our season theme, we have painted some flower pictures today.

We have had the tent out, our chalk boards and the usual ride on vehicles and mud kitchen.

The children have used their imagination well in play today, riding around on police motorbikes and car ambulances. Theyโ€™ve played doctors, helping each other when hurt, made me great cups of tea ๐Ÿ˜ and played hide and seek!



Flexible, supportive, happy environment.
Ofsted Graded Outstanding
A friendly home from home learning environment focusing on daily outdoor trips

Space part time coming up so please get in touch for details ๐Ÿ˜Š

Photos from Childminder - Clare Symonds's post 05/05/2022

We have had a lovely week playing with friends, our nature session in the rain and a lovely story time session.
Lots of garden play and making new scrap books for things we are learning daily.

Great fun ๐Ÿคฉ

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Sadly our weekly nature tots sessions with Cheshire wildlife trust are not in our area at the minute.
So Iโ€™ve devised my own !! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Our first session held today with two fellow childminders.

It was lovely to see everyone, see how engaged everyone was and how much fun we had.

Our first session was about trees ๐ŸŒณ
Held at our local park we:

Read a story (with help from Bodger the Badger!)
Discussed who needs trees and why we must protect them
Found hidden animal cards
Discussed tree sizes
Measured trees and measured ourselves against trees
We made a tree collage from what we found around us
Measured sticks
We discussed the roots, trunk and crown of a tree.

We sat and watched, listened, ran around and had lots of fun ๐Ÿ˜Š

Increase in hepatitis (liver inflammation) cases in children under investigation 27/04/2022

Increase in hepatitis (liver inflammation) cases in children under investigation

The UKSA has shared info on the recent cases of hepatitis in seen in children under 10.

The number of cases is low, but families are advised to be aware of the symptoms and to contact a healthcare professional if they are concerned.

Increase in hepatitis (liver inflammation) cases in children under investigation Regular UKHSA updates on the ongoing investigation into higher than usual rates of liver inflammation (hepatitis) in children across the UK.

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Lovely first day open in our new home and the gardens been a huge hit! The sun did help ๐Ÿ˜Š

Water play, a water fight (they were scarily accurate!! I was soaked ๐Ÿ˜‚)
Drawing, they loved their new individual clipboards, so we can draw anywhere in the garden or when out, one little one went off to draw a flower ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒบ
Riding on the push alongs motorbike car and tractor plus racing them.
Cars play
Mud kitchen play
Reading stories
Dinosaurs ๐Ÿฆ•
Counting, learning colours and lots of chatter!!

And generally having lots of fun with our friends ๐Ÿ˜Š

Learning through play


We have moved and finally settled in our new home ๐Ÿก ๐Ÿ˜Š

I have enjoyed seeing everyone for their little pre- visits and look forward to opening up on Thursday.

Lots of fun planned ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ


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We took our initial letters off the wall from our alphabet display and our favourite animal stickers from our tree display ๐Ÿ˜Š
Plus we said bye to our giant resident who scared me silly ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฑ


Well here we are, move week and Iโ€™m excited and scared !!
Iโ€™ve built my business at my current house, through rough and smooth, welcomed Ofsted in and worked hard.
But nothing compares to the memories, the children Iโ€™ve cared for here โค๏ธ the laughter and the tears. We built this business together.
I will miss this big garden and my summer house ๐Ÿ˜ข

Onwards and upwards to our new home, new memories ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thank you to everybody for your support as we make this big change and we will see you for your little visit before reopening. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Have a lovely break everybody ๐Ÿ’– xx

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