Hi, I am Lisa Lacy and I help Tracey at Cheeky Monkeys with cover for holidays, sickness etc.

I grew up in Surrey with 1 sister and had a good active childhood. My family and I moved to Kent when I was 15.

On leaving school in 1989 I decided not to go to college but straight in to work. I did several jobs happily over the years until the year 2000 when I realise my forte was working within the care industry and completed an NVQ level 2 in care for the elderly.

In 2005 I had a son and thoroughly enjoy being a mum. When my son started school I decided to help others less fortunate and joined the Home-Start Scheme as a volunteer to assist parents with under 5’s that couldn’t manage as well as others. I really enjoyed this role. At present I am also a relief dinner lady for Lunsford Primary School.

After knowing of Tracey from the school playground for quite sometime, during a conversation I mentioned I would like to work with children again and i would love it if she could bear me in mind should anybeen thing come up, a few months later she aproached me and the rest is history !!


I was welcomed into the family and have been with the team now for around 6 years :-) 

Who Am I ?? - Kayleigh

Who Am I ?? - Jenna

Who Am I ?? - Katie

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Who Am I ?? - Lisa

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Childminding Service


Hi, my name is Jenna and I am 29 years old and I live in Maidstone. I was born in Maidstone and have lived in and around the town for most of my life.

I share my home with a tortoiseshell kitten named Smudge.

I have one younger brother and one younger sister, and I am very close to them as I am the rest of my family. Since a young age I’ve helped my mum to take care of my younger brother, who is 10 years my junior, and from this I have always wanted to have a career in childcare.

I have been volunteering at a pre-school for children with special needs since the beginning of 2015. I loved working there as I very much enjoy helping others, especially children.

Previous to volunteering at the playschool, I have worked in caring jobs such as being a Nursing Assistant at Maidstone Hospital and caring for people in the community as well as in nursing homes.

I have been working at Cheeky Monkeys now since Sept 2016, I am trained in paediatric first aid, beginners Makaton, and Safeguarding.

I have completed my Level 3 Qualification in Childcare, and ensure I keep all of my qualifications and knowledge up to date through regular CPD.

I’m also registered as a Childminder with Ofsted and hold an enhanced DBS Certificate

I have a diploma in horticulture and have previously spent time volunteering at the Blackthorn Trust in Barming, Maidstone. I very much enjoy gardening and watching things grow and flourish, which I think transfers with my nurturing nature into helping children to develop and thrive.I love being a part of the Cheeky Monkeys family!

 

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Hello, my name is Kayleigh, I am 23 years old. I have lived in Larkfield all of my life and I am lucky enough to live just down the road from Cheeky Monkeys! 

I am currently living with my mum, dad and youngest brother along with my dog called Dexter, he is a 5 year old black lab. I also have an older brother who is married.

I completed my Level 1 Childcare Qualification and went on to complete a Level 2 Qualification in Health and Social care whilst attending MidKent College.

I found that I really enjoyed the idea of working in childcare and my journey began when I was employed as a nursery nurse with Bright Horizons, I worked for this company part-time for around 3 years, gaining some invaluable experience aswell as building on my existing knowledge of childrens care, Learning and Development through by completing additional training at any offered opportunity.

I started working for Cheeky Monkeys in October 2018. I felt it was time start looking for a more permanent full time position and I was eager to receive further training and progress in my chosen career. Since becoming part of the Cheeky Monkeys family I have been given the opportunity for further training and I am currently in the process of and almost completed a Level 3 Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development. I enjoy learning about and putting into practice the many different ways we can encourage children to thrive. I am registered with Ofsted, I hold a Paediatric First Aid Certificate, have completed Safeguarding a training, hold and enhanced DBS Certificate and ensure my training and knowledge is kept up to date through Continuous Professional Development.

 I am really enjoying being a part of the Cheeky Monkeys Family! 

Hi, my name is Katie and I am 23 years old and I live in Ditton so not too far away from Cheeky Monkeys. I live at home with my Mum, Dad, Younger Sister and the family cat Cilla but am in the process of buying my own house so I am very excited!

I have many hobbies but my main one is Scouting, I am Assistant Beaver Scout Leader for Ditton Monday Beavers. I have been with the Beavers for more than six years but only been an assistant leader for a couple years.

I was previously working at St Peter and St Pauls pre-school in Ditton, I began my journey as a placement student whilst studying for my Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and during my placement I was offered a permanent Position which helped me finish my qualification.

I originally started work for Cheeky Monkeys in Oct 2018 as a childcare assistant for adhoc and emergency cover whilst still assisting at the pre-school. I was thrilled to be offered a permanent position starting in January 2019 as from my first day I have really enjoyed working here and have built very strong bonds with all the children and remain super excited to be a part of the Cheeky Monkey family.

 I have two Level 3 qualifications in childcare, one of which I completed whilst attending college and the next I completed alongside building my experience my previous job. I feel completing this whilst working with children built on the knowledge I had already gained in the childcare industry and was useful in educating me further in what it takes to help and get the best out of children to ensure they learn what they need and how they need to enabling them the best possible start in there Learning Journey. I have also completed a further 2  level 3 qualifications alongside these, one of them in Health and Social Care and the other in Public Services.

I have completed Paediatric First aid and Safeguarding training as well taking part in regular CPD courses ensuring my qualifications and knowledge remain up to date.

I am registered with Ofsted and have an Enhanced DBS Certificate.I am super excited to be a part of the Cheeky Monkeys family.

All About Me !! - Tracey


I’ll start by telling you a little about my family and I as we’re the people you are going to be dealing with!!

I moved to Kent in June 2001 whilst awaiting the birth of my daughter Abby, who arrived on 5th September.
We soon had a new addition to our family; he is called Billy and was born on 8th June 2004.

Billy has a Diagnosis of ASD, at present he attends a specialized school full-time and enjoys it very much, as billy has grown I have learn a lot about autism and gained various training over the years to help identify and support him with the many challenges he faces daily, the experience of the condition I have gained over the years has been invaluable and has meant I have been able to care for many other  children with the condition over the years and at present, as well as supporting their families  where and if needed, and with that I have continued to gain experience with the many different traits that can presented throughout the spectrum. I grew up in Middlesex and before going on maternity leave was a recruitment consultant with Brook Street. I enjoyed this job very much but I enjoy looking after children more!

My Partners name is Craig. Craig is a Staff Sargeant with the Royal Engineers, and has been with the armed forces for almost 22 years. He is due to retire next year and so we are having lots of fun looking into future possible careers… Perhaps he will come and work with me ;-).

I have been looking after children since I was 13, starting with regular babysitting and moving on by the time I was 15 to looking after 2 children (aged 3&5) every other weekend from Fri.-sun, its always been something I’ve really enjoyed. I couldn’t wait to start my own family and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start Child minding and do what I enjoy most.

I grew up within a large family of 7 sisters and 4 brothers so I am used to lots of noise and children around me, and love that I have been able to create my own large crazy family, and thrive on a busy life J

We have a Dog called Oscar, he is a Weimeramer. He is the loveliest, gentlest most placid dog you could ever meet and loves nothing more than to be petted and fussed by the children and he will often be found either snoozing as he is getting quite old or right in the middle of all the(organised) chaos ;) We also 4 cats, a big fluffy cat called Pepper who only graces us with her presence in the evenings …. Once all the children have gone home for the day! Two black cats called Bella and Cookie… They are extremely gentle and friendly and love to lay and let the children of all age’s stroke them, and our newest addition, our white and grey cat called… Frog he was born in Aug 2018 and is very quickly growing…he seems to think he is a dog and that Oscar is his mummy… its very sweet and very funny to see! Not forgetting Bear our house rabbit, we adopted earlier this year, he is a giant cross and gets bigger everyday! and finally Moose ... My sons pet Royal Python :-D Please dont be alarmed ;-) snakes are actually gentle docile creatures, he mostly curls up asleep in his water bowl, he is completey harmless and the children love to visit him when Billy is home from school, even the parents warming to him, getting over any fear they had of snakes and realising what a great addition he has become to our ever growing Family ;-D 


The Monkeys really enjoy spending time with all of 'their' pets, interacting and learning how to care for them <3


Let me tell you a little bit about the service I will offer you…….

 I currently look after children of various ages mostly on a part-time basis, there ages range from 5months to 11 years. Some are year round, some are term time only and some are holidays only. I also look after children for holiday cover and emergency care, I am very flexible!

 The children I care for sometimes attend various courses and after–school clubs which include;- swimming lessons, dancing, football, brownies, computer club, sing along club, keep fit and dance, we also visit various toddler groups and other activities in the area including Teeny Boppers and Adventure time, Larkabout, Brewsters, Monkey Bizz , Kent Life and I am happy to take your child to any activity they would normally attend or you would like them to join, timetable permitting of course!

 We also enjoy occasional days out to the zoo and farms (as we are animal mad!) Diggerland, swimming, trips to the cinema as well as other activities and days out including regular trips to the park and lakes.  All activities and outings will only go ahead with your permission and there maybe an extra charge if an admission fee is required. I have my own fully insured car so transport is not a problem.

 We enjoy lots of creative play at home, which includes dressing up/role play, painting, play dough, baking, arts and crafts and music time.
We have a secure garden where we love to play when its not raining too much and have lots of things to do for all ages, i.e. A junior trampoline, ride on toys, bikes and scooters, Trampoline, a paddling pool and water play for the hot days and a ball pool for the cooler days. We also have lots of fun with the pop up tents and tunnels, football and basket ball.

I believe in children learning through play and always encourage it.

We also have quiet times where we may relax with a short film, TV program or story. (Even children need a break sometimes!)  

I use a very conprehensive Software system called BabysDays, which enables us to communicate and instantly share precious moments and memories with the parents of the children in our care. We are able to instantly share childrens progress in their Learning and Development, Acheivments, WOW moments, Daily updates and Dairy, Photos and Videos. Parents are able to stay updated via the live feed through an App on there phone or on a desk top site. Parents are able to interact and coment on there childs day. Babysdyas is a completely secure system allowing access for parents to veiw and contribute to their childs developent. 


Finally and most importantly….

I believe every child should be given the opportunity to achieve his or her potential in life. This starts from a very early age and I will do everything to facilitate as many experiences as possible within a warm and caring environment to lead to this achievement. If for ANY reason you have a problem, query, or a dispute that cannot be resolved, then you are more than welcome to contact either PACEY direct, on their free phone information line 0800 169 4486 (this is available to both parents and childminders).

Or contact OFSTED on 0300 123 1231.