I would wholeheartedly recommend Tracy to anyone. Our little boy couldn’t be happier when he goes to ‘Tracy’s ’ and asks every day, even at weekends, if today he’s going to go. He always comes back and says what he has been up to or if we can go and visit the same places he’ s visited with Tracy. She is such a positive influence on our son. He listens more and he’s a lot calmer than he used to be. She knows how to ‘read’ him and what activities to incorporate that catch his attention and progress his development. She is always available to us, even coming to our home and discussing our son’s progress and further steps in more depth. She’s always given us very good advice and I feel we can trust her completely.
Tracy has been a truly wonderful childminder, who consistently manages to balance everyone’s needs – not just my children’s, but those of the other children she minds, alongside my need for reassurance and flexibility!
The first time I left my children with Tracy, I was really pleased that she told me honestly how upset my 11 month old had been. Every time I’ve left either of my daughters with other people before, the feedback has been “oh, they were fine!” which was hard to believe! Tracy told me that my baby had cried about half a dozen times, for periods of less than two minutes. It strengthened the trust that my partner and I had placed in her.
She has also shown enthusiasm in making the transition for my daughters as easy as possible – she bought the same baby car seat that I use, to make car journeys easier. She has happily used cloth nappies and offered breastmilk in a cup to my baby. She sends pictures and updates promptly whenever requested, which has done wonders for my peace of mind!
Tracy has furthermore helped out when I’ve told her about problems that the children are having at home – when we shared our concerns with her about our older child’s diet, she introduced a low pressure reward system for everyone who ate all their meals. I really feel like she has put in a lot of effort with my children, and knows them – their likes, dislikes, quirks – really well. I was dreading going back to work and leaving my children, and Tracy has made this a lot easier for me.
Tracy’s home has a wonderful outdoor space which both my children love. I think it’s amazing that the menu planning incorporates fruit and vegetables grown in her own garden.
For me, knowing what developmental stage my children are at isn’t particularly important – I know they’re healthy and happy and strong – but Tracy’s records and observations are detailed, and display good knowledge of both my children and of early childcare assessment guidelines. If I did have concerns, I’d feel very comfortable using Tracy’s notes to either reassure or as evidence when seeking further help.
On his first days, Tracy messaged me, ensured that I knew my son was fine and happy and, when I picked him up, invited me in to have tea and talk - so I could hear al l about their day, and gently extract him from the play, instead of a hurried pick up. I thought that was very considerate and I appreciated that.
My son is learning al l the time in Tracy’s care: the world around him, navigating relationships with other children in Tracy’s care, how things grow in the garden, the cycle of the seasons, amongst other things. The preparation of food together is really lovely too – teaching my son what is nutritious and how to look after his body and fuel it. I absolutely love Tracy’s approach, and my son comes home excited about what he’s done, about the adventures he’s had with other children and the things he’s learned throughout the day.
There are so many things I value about the care Tracy provides. I think the most important thing is the happiness she radiates in her home: The fun things, the friendship, and the gentle approach to navigating any behaviour that needs addressing. The outside time, the exploring, the fact that Tracy doesn’t have any aversion to mud! My son is 5, and the activities are completely age appropriate.
Tracy and I talk often about her plans for the children, the garden and home. About the menu and making it accessible to children with dietary requirements, to ensure it’s a place where children will thrive. I also know that Tracy reads up on different subjects, studies and attends courses. We talk about the interesting things she’s learned, and I feel a real sense of the pride Tracy takes and energy she gives in ensuring her childminding practice is the best it can be.
Tracy provides a safe environment for our children to practice free play and participate in structured learning in their own time. As she uses a Steiner approach we can relax knowing that it’s a gentle, caring home from home environment with lots of opportunity for outdoor play. Tracy has an amazing home with great facilities and a very calming warm atmosphere- it’s somewhere I would love to spend my day!
It's hard to find someone like Tracy that understands child led learning, Steiner philosophy and is genuinely interested in your child 's development. it's the faith that I have in her as an individual. That she cares for him and teaches him in a way that fits with us as a family and that fits with the way I believe children learn best. We like the Steiner philosophy and Tracy’s gentle approach. I have 100% trust in her. She has a lovely setting and carefully selected toys that fit with her beliefs. We avoid too many plastic noisy toys at home and I was relieved to find Tracy and her set up was very calming. Tracy often takes my son out and I feel this is very important. She provides a homely care and often bakes with the children.
Tracy allowed us to visit the setting with our son on a day when his friends from Kindergarten were attending this was in the summer to view the setting and discuss the care that she offers. She then arranged for him to go for tea after Kindergarten on a number of afternoons leading up to him attending for half term. On his first visit she sent me a text to confirm that he had been ok on the journey to her house and was settled and enjoying his tea. It is this attention to detail and understanding the small things that parents appreciate that sets her apart in our minds.
Tracy provides care that is a home away from home. With a variety of activities and experience. They have made marmalade, explored the local forest and Bolsover castle. She provides an enriching environment where he has lots of fun. The activities are varied and it is this variety that helps him enjoy going to spend time there. It is the high quality of care and loving environment that make it significantly easier to leave our son with her while we are a work.
The care she provides is exceptional and her home welcoming. You really feel like an extended family. The principles and gentle rhythm of the day complement the educational choices that we have chosen for our son. He has had the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of activities in the home and garden. He is also always happy to go and after saying good bye rushes off for breakfast. When I pick him up in the evening he often does not want to go or needs to show me exactly what he has been building, join him for pudding (which are delicious as well as nutritious) Using a childminder was a change for us however the positives and development and growth we have seen in our son even after spending half term and the odd few days there have been noticeable.
Tracy is supportive and thoughtful but remains firm and fair. She is consistent between children. Tracy is supportive with education and embraces the still vital needs of children for imaginative play and creativity. Her garden is wonderful, especially in summer, and her knowledge of gardening provides a wealth of fun and knowledge for the children in her care. My daughter never wants to leave which I think is a good testament to the time she has with Tracy.
She has been extremely supportive with supporting my daughter through her growth and development. Tracy has experience of working with children with anxiety and challenging learning needs and this has supported our daughter with her transition from one school to another and the challenges this has created. Tracy is committed and focused on the education of my daughter. She is trustworthy and professional. Her home is warm and inviting with organic and creative toys.
Tracy is a wonderful person and children love her. Different types of activities, interesting tasks, outdoor time, all this means that there was no issue whatsoever with settling into Tracy’s care. She is kind and at the same time she has kids’ respect and is able to keep the environment interesting and safe for all of them.
Tracy is a caring, steady, warm person who provides individualised care for each child and is genuinely interested in the children and their progress. Provides a warm loving home from home environment, in fact my kids often have said they feel more homely in her house than our own! Is flexible and responsive to needs. Trustworthy, honest, has integrity and warmth. Very organised yet still motherly and flexible. Ensures child’s and parents needs are met. Feel confident she cares for my children very well. And most importantly my children are very happy to go there!
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