When Michelle decided to become a childminder in Dagenham East with Koru Kids, her previous experience was an important factor. She has worked as a childminding assistant, and in a primary school.

Michelle is a Koru Kids Early Educator / childminder in Dagenham East. The image shows a smiling woman in a bright, inviting living room, with educational toys for little ones in the background.

“I worked as a childminding assistant on and off for a year with a neighbour. It gave me the inspiration to become a childminder myself. I currently work in a primary school with breakfast club, and as a midday assistant. I’m working with children from reception to Year 2.”

Having professional childcare experience is great. And many Koru Kids Early Educators do. But it’s not a requirement. Just being a parent can be enough, if you love working with children. Michelle is no exception!

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A supportive family

Michelle has four children of her own, all grown. Her eldest uses a wheelchair, but her supportive parenting has helped him gain a great deal of independence. Her boys are really excited that she’s decided become a childminder and care for other kids.

When Michelle became a childminder in Dagenham East, her home was a factor by itself. To become a childminder you need a child-friendly home. The image shows Michelle's living room and garden, with a lovely, open flow, secured with baby-gates to help zone off the area and make it even more safe for little explorers.
Michelle’s bungalow keeps everything at child-friendly floor level

“I have raised 4 boys myself, all over 16 now. My oldest has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, but he’s very independent with his wheelchair. My sons are extremely supportive. I have looked after them all their lives, and now they are just as supportive of me as I have been of them.”

Michelle has a lot of experience supporting her own son’s disabilities. She’ll apply that experience to her home nursery setting, when she looks after other people’s children. With such a caring persona, we’re not surprised that her children are supportive of her childminding venture.

The Chase: outdoor adventures for children

For this childminder in Dagenham East, getting out and about every day will be easy. The Chase is a huge nature reserve with plenty for little explorers to do. The image shows a white horse drinking from one of the many ponds and lakes in the nature reserve. Image credit: https://www.landofthefannslearning.org/listing/chase-nature-reserve/
A magical moment from the Chase in Dagenham. Image credit: Land of the Fanns

Michelle’s home is ideally located for parents that need a childminder in Dagenham. There are so many parks and green areas close by. The Chase opens up a world of opportunities for little explorers. It’s a popular area for bird-watchers, and has lots of different areas to explore, so no two days will be the same.

“I live in Dagenham East, a 10-minute walk from the tube–easy to get to for parents. The Chase, a lovely nature reserve, is at the bottom of my road. I live on the doorstep of such lovely greenery, and a lake. There’s also Pondfield park, and the library at Dagenham Heath. And several other parks within walking distance.”

Reading, baking, and messy play

Although Koru Kids Early Educators get out and about with the children every day, childminders need to be prepared for nasty weather. And Michelle has a plan. Or ten!

“I live in a bungalow. I have a big garden—30 feet across. That will be a lot of fun for the kids. I’ve got tires, one for small world play, and then more of an obstacle course. There’s a tuff tray that we can fill with conkers, a blackboard, a play-tent… There’s a lot out there! Indoors, we’re going to do messy arts and crafts, baking yummy cookies, role play, we’ve got Duplo, wooden blocks, cars… And I love to read. ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, and ‘The Gruffalo’ are favourites.”

Children will love reading with Michelle. And parents will love the school readiness she nurtures. Learning through play is the best way to prepare children for the future.

Yummy for little tummies

Cooking together with children is a lovely activity. And Michelle is really looking forward to the messy bits! But she also has a plan for making meals healthy.

One of the things that Michelle is the most excited about with becoming a childminder in Dagenham East is getting to bake with the children. She also has a great meal plan set up for healthy, tasty dinners. The image shows a low table with chairs and child-friendly dishes, perfect for children to get stuck in as a family.
Can we come for tea?

“I like making things like a beef curry in the slow cooker. Or a shepherd’s pie. Things you can make from scratch with all-natural ingredients. For veggie dishes we use Quorn and other replacements. When mine were little I used to blend the veggies and hide them in the spag bol and shepherd’s pie, so they never knew any different!”

A childminder that listens

Children need a safe space. Above all, they need to know they are heard, and loved. And these are important pillars in the Koru Ethos. So for Michelle, letting children feel what they need to feel is a big deal.

“I want children to know that I’m there for them whatever their emotions are. If they’re sad, give them a hug. If they’re happy, smiling and laughing with them. Being there with them through all their emotions. And telling them that there is no right or wrong emotion. It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to be happy.”

When you set up your home for childminding, you need a safe sleep space. Keep it dark and age appropriate, with cots or mats depending on the children you look after. Michelle's cosy nap-room will be perfect for small snoozers.
Children need a safe space to be themselves

Adults need to respond to children’s emotions and acknowledge them. It’s crucial for confidence. And Michelle has found a lovely balance. She knows how to let kids be kids. But what she looks forward to most is the impact she will have on their development.

A positive influence

For many childminders and Early Educators, making a difference makes all the difference. It’s clear Michelle feels the same way.

“I’m really excited to be making a positive change in children’s lives. One day, they will hopefully look back and remember me, and maybe even tell stories to their own children.”

We’re sure they will remember you, Michelle. And we can’t wait for you to put your supportive nature and years of experience into practice. If you’re a parent looking for a childminder in Dagenham East, you can read more about Michelle’s Home Nursery and enquire here.

If you want to spend your days reading, baking, and exploring the outdoors, why not become a Koru Kids Early Educator like Michelle?

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