My name is Helena and I am an Ofsted registered childminder based in Yeovil, Somerset. I am 47 years old, married to Paul who is a computer software engineer and a mum to my daughter Jessica who is 10. We live in the Mudford Road area of Yeovil. My husband and I are very fortunate to own a detached house with a play room which I use for childminding. We are also able to use the conservatory. There is a large garden with patio, grass area, pergola and decking area. At the bottom of the garden is a Summer house which doubles up as an extra play area in the Summer months. Behind our house is the Mudford Recreation Ground a two minute walk which is very convenient and lovely for the children. I pick up and drop off at Preston CofE Primary School.
We have a pedigree ragdoll cat called Gizmo and a Golden Retriever dog called Phoebe. The children love them and I think the feeling is mutual.
By way of background, I re-trained as a childminder after my daughter was born in order to be close at hand for my daughter during the week and also because I love being with children!
My previous employment has been as a legal secretary and also as a software trainer for schools. I understand that these roles are very different from childminding but I am able to bring both teaching experience and organisational skills to the table which is very important in childminding and especially when working with the new Early Years Framework Stage ("EYFS").
Bearing in mind the EYFS and the Characteristics of Effective Learning, I will always prepare activities which relate to one or more of these areas. I will vary the activities daily so every experience at Jexys Juniors is a new experience, an opportunity to have fun but also learn and develop skills at the same time. I also very much enjoy crafts and baking which you will see from my gallery.