Dave has upcyled our old decking into our fancy new Coupe Car Garages. These are both fun and functional as they are somewhere for the cars to keep dry and also fun for the children to play.
31 Jan 2019 - GULP! Our son James is 40 today!
Where did those 40 years go! Is this even possible? Are we now going to have a sharp reality check as life catches up with us? Maybe even a mid-life crisis perhaps? Nah! We have 13 amazing grandchildren and all our lovely mindies to keep us young, albeit permanantly exhausted LOL!.
29 Jun 2018 - Our thirteenth grandchild is born!
We are very pleased and extremely proud that our thirteenth grandchild (a baby girl ‘Iyla’) has been born to our son and his partner. All are doing well.
19 Jan 2018 - Environmental Health Inspection
Today we were inspected by Environmental Health for our Food Handling and have been given an Excellent in all categories by the inspector.
15 Jan 2018 - Data Protection is Changing!
Dave completed online training on The Essentials of GDPR today. In May 2018 the UK is adopting the EU wide General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR). This means that our Data Protection procedures, regulations and requirements will have to be updated, for our childminding business before that date to comply with these new regulations.
07 Dec 2017 - We wish you all a Happy Christmas
Have a very Happy Christmas for 2017
07 Jun 2017 - Thank you for collecting Active Kids
WOW! Thank you so much for all those who so kindly collected Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers. This is what we managed to acquire with the vouchers you donated to us.
13 Apr 2017 - JJ16 BUS our new i800
The old white i800 ‘bus’ was beginning to show its age after 7 years of sterling service so we decided to update the bus a for a shiny new one. We even added our own cherished number plate JJ16 BUS.
02 Mar 2017 - We are collecting Sainsbury’s Vouchers
We are are now registered to collect Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers.
15 Feb 2017 - Childcare Expo London
We are booked for this year’s ChildCare Expo in London
04 Oct 2016 - 30h Free Provision
Dave was one of 20 selected Early Years Providers from Childminding, Pre Schools, Nurseries and Schools. who attended the Hampshire County Council (HCC) Focus Working Group meeting to consider and discus the concerns Childcarers face with the forthcoming prospective increase of free provision from 15 hours to 30 hours per week. The meeting raised as many questions as it answered. HCC do not yet know the rate they will be able to offer to pay for a child within this new scheme. HCC do not know how popular the uptake will prove to be. They also do not know how much the scheme may change between now and September 2017, when it is due to be implemented. The focus group debated many concerns childcarers have regarding this new scheme and thought about what models of provision could be employed to cope with the prospective changes. The meeting was split into four sub-groups who each considered the impact of this proposal. Dave’s group were quite sceptical about the prospect of this facility being initially workable.
14 Aug 2016 - Back from our Summer Cruise
We had a fabulous summer 10-night cruise sailing from Rome on Celebrity Reflection and visiting Sicily, Turkey, Athens and three Greek Islands. So relaxing and superb. The ship was lovely, the staff fantastic, the food amazing, the shows enjoyable and the visits incredible!
23 May 2016 - Dave Celebrates his 60th Birthday
Today Dave is 21,915 days old and also celebrates his 60th birthday!
20 May 2016 - Lost Kingdom Open
Yesterday, we visited Paultons Park to try out the newly opened Lost Kingdom (dinosaur world). Two years in the making and very well worth the wait. You will not be disappointed, the children loved the anamatronic dinosaurs. Well done Paultons. Another excellent addition to your amazing park.
19 May 2016 - Ann’s PACEY membership and Ofsted
Ann has renewed her annual PACEY membership (plus Business Insurances) and Ofsted registration for the coming year.
04 May 2016 - War of the Worlds
We enjoyed the West End of London Dominion Theatre’s Production of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds last Saturday night. An amazing spectacular show with Jeff Wayne conducting - superb stuff.
06 March 2016 - Childcare Expo London 2016
What a brilliant, but long, day out to London Olympia for the Childcare Expo 2016. Great venue, excellent exhibitors, amazing Seminars, fantastic workshops. If you were not there you don’t realise what you missed. Look out for next year’s expo and go along. You will not be disappointed.
03 March 2016 - Our 12th grandchild is born
WOW! Our 12th grandchild (7th granddaughter) - Olivia Linzi - 7lb 2oz was born at 10 pm this evening.
25 February 2016 - Fareham College Students Talk
Dave has been invited by Fareham College to talk to two groups of Early Years Students on 7th and 11th March 2016 about his background and Early Years Experience.
25 February 2016 - Childcare Expo London 2016
We have booked ourselves to attend the Childcare Expo London 2016 (Where Early Years means Business) on Saturday 5th March 2016 10am to 4pm at Olympia Central, Hammersmith. We are attending three workshops ‘Developing Literacy Superheroes’, ‘Feed Children’s Growing Brains’ and ‘Effective ideas to Support the Development of Early Language and Communication’.
19 February 2016 - PACEY Top 10 Tips
PACEY have used some of Dave’s Inspection Tips to offer all childminders a Top 10 tips to reach Outstanding. You can check out their Blog entry here.
16 February 2016 - Dave’s top Inspection Tips
Having thought about our inspection I felt, perhaps, I should write down my reflections as a guide to completing the process. This may prove useful to others who are about to undertake an inspection soon. You can read my Top Tips here.
16 February 2016 - Thank you PACEY
Wow! We were very pleasantly surprised to receive two certificates from PACEY in recognition of our recent Inspection results. Thank you very much, your thoughtfulness was really appreciated.
12 February 2016 - Major Website Makeover!
Dave has completely revamped our website. If you were familiar with the previous version then you will know that this is a major update. Many of the previous pages have been dropped in preference for links to external (original) sources of information. This will help to prevent the data on our website becoming stale and also saves Dave from having to update the external information so much.We hope you like the new look and find the information you are seeking more easily than before.
11 February 2016 - Our latest Ofsted reports are
We are really pleased to be able to announce that we are again both graded ‘Outstanding’ in all categories by Ofsted. You can read our reports by clicking our registration numbers below.Dave Sheppard Ofsted Registration No EY380154Ann Sheppard Ofsted Registration No 151014
02 February 2016 - IMPORTANT - Tax-Free Childcare is
Today we were both Inspected by Ofsted. We will learn our gradings in a couple of weeks time when the reports are generated and published. Both of us are very happy with the inspection process and thoroughly enjoyed meeting such a lovely inspector - Eileen. We are so pleased all our dedication and hard work, for the children in our care, was recognised and appreciated. We look forward to reading the outcomes when they are forwarded. Until then, we would like to thank all our parents for the support, understanding and encouragement they have shown us.
17 January 2016 - Annual Policy Review
Today we have completed our annual Setting Policy Review and forwarded an email PDF attachment of the revised Policies to all our parents.
23 December 2015 - Christmas Party with a difference
Last night 58 children (and their Parents/Grandparents/Childminders) from Fareham had a brilliant time at Funkidories (ex Mobi’s) as the Fareham Childminders Group laid on a fun play session, Drinks and Snack, visit to Santa and a gift. Rather than the ‘traditional’ Christmas Party, we decided to offer something a bit different this year. Everyone had a great time as they chased, raced, climbed and played on the indoor play equipment for two hours between 6pm and 8pm. Judging by their sweaty, happy smiley faces all the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We suspect that all should have slept soundly afterwards!We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Fun Filled New Year.
We have booked Funkidories (ex Mobi’s) for a Christmas Party for all childminders in the group. You are able to book your own family members (children/grandchildren) and those of your parents and the minded children with us to attend. Set the date for your diary Tuesday 22nd December 2015 for 6pm to 8pm. Only those booked with us will be able to attend as a list will be on door and only those on the list will be able to enter. Book early to avoid disappointment.
08 September 2015 - WOW! We made it into The News!
16 August 2015 - Today, we celebrated our ‘RUBY’ 40th
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Parent’s Responses to our Inspection‘Amazing well done to both of you and well deserved!!! Congratulations.’ 11-02-16‘Fantastic Ann and Dave. That's great news and we are really pleased for you both. You both deserve it!’ 11-02-16‘Really great news ... and I can't say I'm surprised! Congratulations to both you and Ann.’ 11-02-16‘Congratulations I have to say I would never have doubted it for a second. You are both outstanding and the well deserved Ofsted recognition for what you both do is testament to this. Well done :-)’ 11-02-16‘Congratulations, thoroughly well deserved and no doubt a relief to have it out of the way for another few years!’ 11-02-16‘Well deserved congratulations to both of you.‘ 13-02-16
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