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Zoe Smithies - Childminder

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Coronavirus status: OPEN

My name is Zoe. I am a very caring mum of 3 grown up children and 5 grand children. I am married to Alan for 37 years, who works with me as my assistant.

I have been a Ofsted registered childminder for 10 years and love every aspect of caring for children. I am highly qualified carer for children with disabilities and vulnerable older people.

I live in a 3 bedroom home with a playroom and a large back garden.

As a childminder I follow the early years foundation stage.

The children in my setting do all their learning through play and exploring, we have a large amount of arts and crafts and messy play that we do in the playroom or outside, all other play ie role play, puzzles, reading, construction, lego and duplo is played in our lounge.

Outside we have a large climbing frame and slides, play house, ride ons and cars, we have a construction area with diggers, bricks and cement mixer where the children have lots of role play fun.

We have an area for the children to grow their fruit and vegetables. We have sand and water play.

We spend a lot of time outside we go to Cliveden, Burnham Beeches, parks, Windsor. The children love to be soldiers, we have been on boat rides and public transport.

My opening hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6pm. I provide breakfast, lunch and evening meal. My fees are £6 per hr.

Who to contact

Zoe Smithies
07818 084506

Where to go

Zoe Smithies

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£6.00 Full time places
Payments to be made monthly in advance. Accepts childcare vouchers.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Learning difficulties
Hearing Difficulties
Physical impairment

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Experience with

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Experience with
Zoe treats each child according to their own needs.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Intending to provide 30 hours entitlement
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement

Tax Free Childcare

Signed up for tax free childcare?

Opening Times & Facilities

School Holidays
Full Time
Part Time
All Year
Term Times
Sleeping Area
Visit & Outings
Quiet Room
Parent & Toddler Groups
Out-door Play
Walks to local park etc

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Our Lady of Peace RC Infant and Nursery School
Our Lady of Peace RC Junior School
Our Lady of Peace Schools

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer

Contact Name
Zoe Smithies
Contact Telephone
Contact Email

Extended Local Offer Response

Special Educational Needs Policy

We follow the EYFS 2014 and provide an inclusive environment for all our children and their families. We offer a clean and friendly home environment so all the children feel valued, they can play, learn and develop. The children learn through play. We follow the Equality Act 2010 and SEND Code of Practice 2014.


Teaching and Learning

We use the EYFS as a guide to each child's development. We use each child's interests and preferences to stimulate and encourage their participation and interest.  We encourage the children in my setting to develop a healthy respect of each other's differences and to value everyone as an individual.

Identifying and Assessing Special Educational Needs

Before children start at our setting, we invite them to come and have a visit. we ask them questions about the child to assess their needs.  We do a starting points form that the parents fill in that helps us see where the child is, in the EYFS stage.

We monitor the child's development through the

  • EYFS
  • I Talk
  • 2 year progress check

If we identify any areas of learning that concerns me, we will ask consent from parents to contact outside agencies.

Involving Parents and Children and Young People in Planning and Reviewing Progress

We work closely with our parents as communication is very important to us. At our 1st meeting we talk about  the child's needs and ask if the parents have any concerns. We talk to parents each day as to what we have done that day and share any photos that have been taken.

We talk to parents regarding any changes, likes, dislikes on a daily basis.

We invite parents to view their child's learning and development folders.

Additional Support

We have the support from the SEN advisors from the Early Years Team.

Extra Activities

As a setting,  we try to go out most days to the woods, parks and National Trust to help the children to explore the environment.

We full risk assess all places that we visit.

Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Children and Young People with SEN

As part of the curriculum, all children's personal, social and emotional needs are assessed. When playing with the children, we build and support what the children can do and build on their confidence.

Keeping Up to Date with Knowledge and Skills

Myself and my assistant attend ongoing training as and when needed.


We encourage visits before a child starts our setting.

We do settling in sessions

We visit other settings with the children that they will be going to ie schools, nurseries to help with the transition.

Last Updated


This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Slough Family Information Service website and Slough Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations