Chase Close



01268 752315

07814 423477




7.00am - 5.30pm

Flexible days or out of hours care available upon request.


Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted


Opportunities to explore new things

It is important that before I start to care for your child the planning of your child’s routine is discussed with you so that I am able to provide continuity on all aspects of your child’s care and incorporate their individual needs by adjusting my daily routine accordingly, if appropriate. By following the same pattern that has been established by you this will in turn help your child feel emotionally safe and secure in my care.

As a parent, you will regularly be provided with a timetable of activities.  Each day is planned in advance and activities such as arts and crafts are prepared for the evening before. A variety of activities will be carried out during the day, depending on the ages of the children in my care, the time of year and the weather.  Parents will be given details of the weekly routine together with any planned activities in advance so that the child arrives appropriately dressed for each day.

I offer homework support and am happy to help children where needed.  The dining room is used as a quiet homework area and the children also have access to reference books and a computer with (supervised) internet access.  I am willing to escort the children to the library if additional resources are required.

I also take the children on regular outings which include Forest School sessions, feeding the ducks, shopping for ingredients at the local supermarket, nature trails, the beach, the park, bowling, swimming, indoor activity centres (Cheeky Monkey, Kids Place, Monkey Buziness), Sealife Centre, Colchester Zoo, Tropical Wings and Marsh Farm. Written parental consent is required for trips and outings and I will ask that a consent form is signed and any entry fees for more expensive activities be paid prior to the date of the outing.


Activities - Emma Durrant - Childminder - Benfleet - Essex

In the morning the children are generally having breakfast, followed by the school run.

For those children not attending school, this is the time when we will visit local toddler groups, book & toy libraries, childminders drop-in centres and shops around the village.

For those on a full day or after school I have many and varied activities. I have books, toys, equipment, resources and theme-based activities to stimulate development in all age groups.

I will try to vary the activities so that the children will have the opportunity to explore many new and different things, whilst also giving them time to learn to play with others and by themselves.  For example, I am aware of the many cultural festivals throughout the year. I discuss and explore these festivals with the children.

At meal times, I will ask children to help set and clear the table. Hopefully this will teach them that to have fun whist also having chores to be done. This will also include clearing away following any activities around the house.

Activities the children love to use include: playing with toys (for all ages), painting & drawing, baking, reading, puzzles, singing, using the PC for games, learning or homework, music & movement, crafts, learning numbers, letters & colours, playing board games, dressing up, paddle pool in summer (fully supervised), TV/video watching (limited period only), outdoor playhouse, trampoline and sandpit.


• Always do what we are asked to do

• Be kind to each other and also to the animals in the house

• Be polite and don’t use rude words

• Never climb, jump or stand on the furniture

• Never open the front door unless there is a grown-up with you

• Never undo your seatbelt when we are in the car

• Always cross the road safely

• Stay close to an adult and work as part of a group

• Treat the toys and other play equipment with respect

Activities 2 - Emma Durrant - Childminder - Benfleet - Essex