We are Emma and David, Registered Childminders and Foster Carers offering a childminding and wrap around care service to children aged 0 to 12 years in Prestonpans and the East Lothian area. We live in a detached townhouse with our own children and our very child friendly cocker spaniel dog.
We have years of experience caring for children of all ages.
We are a member of the PVG Scheme (Protecting Vulnerable Groups).
We have both completed a HNC in Early Education and Childcare and are currently studying towards a BA in Childhood Studies. We both have undertaken extensive childcare training both related to Foster Caring and Childminding including Food hygiene, Child Protection and First Aid.
We both continue to develop our knowledge and skills through continual professional development. We are members of the Scottish Childminding Association, Play Scotland and the Forest Childcare Association who provide ongoing training opportunities and support with new developments and initiatives that we can use to enhance our service.
From our previous employment we have many years experience of Risk Management and Health and Safety, Emma has various Accountancy qualifications and we both have degrees in Business Management.
We are committed to continuing to develop our knowledge and skills related to Childcare and Child Protection and have developed Personal Development Training Plans for the coming year.
We aim to provide every child within our care a safe, happy, caring and secure environment which has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where parents can be confident that their child is happy, healthy and is developing in a stimulating learning environment.
About our Service
Our childcare service takes place in our family home which is a lovely detached 3-storey new build town house, within a quiet cul-de-sac in Prestonpans.
The whole ground floor is dedicated to our child care service, the upper floors are used for family accommodation.
Our Registration with the Care Inspectorate allows us to care for 12 children, 6 school age and 6 not attending school, inclusive of our own children.
Our usual working hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am – 6.00pm.
We are based in Prestonpans, East Lothian, however, are happy to care for children from any area if you are able to drop off and collect your children from our family home.
We have full, clean driving licenses and have a 9 seat minibus which allows us to offer a nursery/school drop off and collection service to and from Prestonpans and St Gabriel’s Nurseries and Prestonpans Infant and Primary Schools.
We use the minibus to offer children local outings; Vogrie Park, Yellowcraigs, Musselburgh Sand Park, beaches throughout East Lothian and local soft plays are all favourites! We also have regular trips to East Links Farm, the Museum of Flight, the Kelpies, the Seabird Centre in North Berwick and the National Museum.
We are happy to provide healthy option lunch, snacks and drinks for your children, alternatively if you prefer you can bring your own food which we will serve at meal times.
All checks on our property are up to date and approved by the Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Fire Brigade.
For children who require a day nap, we have a dedicated sleep room with cots.