My name is Geraldine Kennefick and I am a graduate qualified Level 6 Ofsted Registered Childminder. I operate Huggie Bears Family Child Care; a privately owned Childcare establishment situated on the borders of Southfields, Putney and Wandsworth area of South West London. I am Registered with Ofsted as a Childminder and Nanny and I offer a quality childcare service in a loving home where all children are welcomed and valued. I provide a professionally monitored service in correlation with the Early Years Foundation Stage (Government Statutory Framework for children aged from birth to five years old) and Ofsted. We offer excellence in childcare and education with organised, safe stimulating play and learning environments for children aged from 6 weeks to 12 years of age inclusive.
I have been working in childcare since 1998 with experience spanning no less than three countries - England, Ireland and Germany. Over the years I have cared for many children varying in age from birth to early teens; Children of different nationalities, ages, learning difficulties and special needs from the level of Nursery Nurse to Nursery Manager Level.
My professional knowledge and experience allows me to provide the best a nursery can offer within a more relaxed and homely environment. With a focus on Early Years Learning for the under 5’s and Project Learning and fun for those in Reception Class and above.
Huggie Bears Family Child Care is based on a professional home away from home environment and is maintained and run to meticulous standards.
At Huggie Bears Family Childcare we aim to provide the future generation with the skills and confidence to help them to grow to their full potential by providing them with the opportunity to learn and have fun.
Our interior is designed in a bright, attractive, clean, warm and welcoming way, to make everyone feel comfortable and at home. Our furniture and equipment have been carefully chosen to be of high quality and age appropriate, allowing children to learn through the freedom of play with the importance of safety in mind.
Our outside area has been fully designed with our ethos ‘childcare in harmony with nature’ and equipped to allow the children the freedom to play, using a mixture of imagination and physical dexterity. In order to achieve this we aim to encourage the physical, intellectual, linguistic, emotional and social skills that children need to develop their self-esteem and confidence. This enables them to become happy, fun loving children with the enthusiasm to learn and make friends, feeling independent and respected.
Children are offered a wide range of activities, both outdoor and indoor, using a variety of materials and resources in a safe secure environment. Providing a well balanced diet we promote healthy eating and exercise on a daily basis. We encourage the development of social, emotional and physical needs of all children, working closely with parents to provide a level of care that meets the highest of standards – building a trusting and confident relationship from the very first day.
Throughout my training and experience, it was my dream to put the best of everything I learned into my very own setting. As such, at Huggie Bears Family Child Care, I insist on the highest standard of care, the best quality staff, the warmest surroundings and a service to match.