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Garden/Ivy Arch

View from conservatory

Starseed Childcare: ‘Earth Skool’

Starseed Childcare embraces the Forest Schooling ethos and so  “Earth Skool’ was born where at least one day a week children learn from the outdoor environment, which is incredibly beneficial to their development on many levels. It is based on many of the principles of the Forest School and Steiner School ethos.

Starseed Childcare therefore provides an exciting and holistic learning experience for your child, combining a great balance of both indoor and outdoor environments. 

We are located in South Hornchurch within walking distance from the Hornchurch Country Park/Ingrebourne Hill and Brittons Farm (The Chase). 

We are also a short drive to the Rainham Marshes and surrounded by opportunities to engage and learn from the natural world. 

Below you can see one of my nearly grown up children continuing our pumpkin picking tradition locally.

Forest Childminding Click here for more information

Happy Pumpkin

Pumpkin Picking in Rainham

Table in conservatory

Where children eat and enjoy art activities

Starseed Childcare is 

Home from Home Based Childcare

My setting is a home from home environment with a dedicated play area for the children with a wide range of resources to encourage development in every area. Under 3’s are introduced to ‘Heuristic Play’ helping them to build on creative, imaginative and physical skills. We have a child-led routine with some simple structure. 

Food & Drink

I provide healthy snacks such as fruit and rice/corn-cakes, a well-balanced cold lunch and a nutritious hot dinner for each child that attends full days for a small charge. You may provide your own food if you prefer. All baby food and formula must be provided by parents.

• Snacks – 10am & 2.30pm

• Lunch – 11.30am/12.00pm

• Dinner – 4.30pm       


My car is fitted with age/stage appropriate car seats. We attend many local groups such as toddler groups, play groups, music and movement, and soft play. Occasionally we will organise larger trips to farms, the beach or museums. Parents will be asked to pay the admission fee for their child and provide a packed lunch.

Sleepy time

We have a separate living room just off the kitchen/diner where quiet time allows children to sleep, rest and recuperate when tired. Babies and young children can sleep peacefully away from the noise of the older children. There is a travel cot, mats and each child has their own bedding. Soothing music helps them sleep, and the children are checked regularly.

Sleepy Time

Play area in conservatory

One corner of the conservatory where imaginations can endlessly create

Starseed Childcare’s “Play Skool”

We have full use of the conservatory which opens up into the garden. There are a range of toys, cosy reading areas, role play and imagination .

Arts & Crafts

Art materials such as pencils, chalk and paint are always available, craft activities are  regularly set up for the children.


Our garden is a magical place full of fairy doors, resident robins and other birds, and the occasional visiting hedgehog. There is a decking area for sand and water trays and children get to enjoy the garden all year round, collecting leaves in autumn, jumping in muddy puddles in wet weather, splash pools in summer and the occasional snow ball fight!

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Conservatory Playroom /Library

Music and the Brain: The Benefits of Music

Music has been scientifically proven to positively impact the development and intellect of children. 

Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.

 Infants recognise the melody of a song long before they understand the words.

Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression, and

Quiet, background music can be soothing for infants.

 For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills. 

A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. According to the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM Foundation), learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning and even increase exam scores.

Academic achievement isn’t the only benefit of music education and exposure.

 Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, 

including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. 

It helps the body and the mind work together. 

In addition to the developmental benefits, music is fun.

Children of all ages express themselves through music. Toddlers sway, bounce, and move their hands in response to music. 

Many preschoolers make up songs and, with no self-consciousness, sing to themselves as they play.

 Children learn to sing together as a group and try various musical instruments. 

Older children dance to the music of their favorite bands, and often use music to form friendships and share feelings. 

School Holiday Childcare is available

Half-Term Childcare:

Spring: 17th February – 21st February 2020

Summer: 26th May – 29th May 2020

Autumn: 28th October – 1st November 2020


Easter Holiday Childcare:

6th April – 17th April 2020

Come and join our Easter fun! We will be doing themed crafts, Easter egg hunts and much more…

Summer Holiday Childcare:

Dates available from 23rd July 2020

Over the Summer we enjoy extra Forest School sessions, trips to parks, farms and even the beach!

Christmas Holiday Childcare

We will be doing some special things this Christmas including a trip to Santa’s Grotto and a walk around a Winter Wonderland!

Join us for Forest Skool sessions, musical experiences,

 trips out, arts & crafts and much more!

For more information or to book your child’s place click HERE


  • Do You Accept Childcare Vouchers?

Yes, I am in the process of becoming registered with most providers (June 2020).

 However if I am not on a list of providers under your scheme, please Contact Me 

and I will set myself up with your childcare voucher provider.

  • Do You Accept The Tax-Free Government Scheme?

Again, I am in the process of being set up. When this goes through, 

you will need to search my postcode and Ofsted number which will be provided. 

  • Can I Use My Free 15 Or 30 Hour Entitlement?

I am in the process of registering with Havering to accept both 15 and 30 hours funding, you will need to fill out an application form with your entitlement number on, before I can accept the free hours. There is a fee of £2 per hour for resources etc. for funded children.

  • Can I Spread My Free Entitlement Between More Than One Setting?

Yes, as long as each setting only claims the hours they are providing childcare more than one setting can use your free hours simultaneously. If you decide to move settings however, this can only be done termly.

  • What Is Forest Childminding/Earth Skool?

Forest schools are holistic learning experiences followed by many settings. Starseed Childminding Services has been heavily influenced by the Forest School ethos and the Rudlolf Steiner School ideals of nurturing the early inner early child. I am using these influences to create “Earth School for Starseeds.” The vision of Earth School is to enable and encourage children to go back to nature to learn to be creative, imaginative, and manage risks while building resilience and internal confidence to become their greatest potential. For more information Click Here

  • What Does Wrap Around Care Mean?

    Wrap around care is simply childcare before and after school/preschool/nursery.

    This often helps working parents to cover childcare during their own working hours.

  • What Does EYFS Mean?

EYFS stands for Early Years Foundation Stage – the statutory document for all early years settings to follow.

  • What Are The EYFS Prime Areas?

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Communication and Language (CL) & Physical Development (PD)

  • What Are The EYFS Specific Areas?

Literacy (L), Maths (M), Understanding the World (UW) & Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)

  • What Is Natural Learning?

Natural learning focuses on taking the lead from a child and allowing them to explore resources and environments at their own pace and in their own way.

  • How Do Children Learn Through Play?

Play itself is an important part of a young child, toddler, baby and pre-schoolers learning and development. 

By playing with objects children are learning vital skills such as fine motor, gross motor, 

social interaction, reasoning, communication, imagination, & cause and effect. 

They act out things that may have happened to them in play as a way of making sense of the world. 

Play underpins all other learning as a child grows, 

it is helping to build the foundations for a child’s whole development and future education.

  • How Will I Be Updated About My Child’s Progress?

I use an online secure system to share photos, achievements and next steps with parents. There are tools to track development and parents are regularly invited to discuss their child’s progress.

 Every child has a daily diary which contains day to day information on their child.

  • What Do I Do If I Need To Change My Session Times?

Please let me know if you need a session changed and I will accommodate as soon as I have the space.

  • How Do I Help Settle My Child In?

Settling in sessions are completed when your child first starts at the setting, I advise 2 but they are adapted to your child’s individual needs. Please refer to my Settling In Policy for further information.

  • How Will My Child Be Transitioned To School?

I work closely with Parents and can attend settling in visits, discuss information about the school and do activities around change. You will receive a transition development summary to pass onto your child’s new school.

  • Can I Just Register For School Holiday Care?

Yes, IF there are extra spaces available. Enquire Here

  • What Is The Two Year Old Progress Check?

This is a development summary between 24-27 months that you will be asked to keep in your child’s red book ready for their visit for an NHS Health Visitor. We will discuss if your child is on track to hit all their developmental milestones and if there are any areas they may need some extra support in.

  • How Are Activities Adapted For 1 Year Olds And Babies?

We encourage every age group in our care to participate in all activities, we will add sensory and visual stimulation for babies and toddlers. Toys will also be lower down and easily accessible, mats for babies to lie on comfortably will also be available. Infants explore objects with their mouths so small objects will be removed out of reach of little one’s hands. Staff will also observe young children’s play much closer to ensure their safety during every activity at the setting or on outings.

  • If you have any further questions or would like to visit please do not hesitate to Contact Carlene who will be happy to assist.


Opening Hours:

• Monday to Friday – 8:00am to 6:00pm

• Out of hours from 7am until 7pm on request with increased fee.

•Flexible hours for shift work negotiable

• We are closed all statutory bank holidays (negotiable for shift workers)

Food and Snacks:

I provide healthy snacks such as fruit and rice cakes with hummus, a well-balanced lunch and a nutritious hot dinner for each child that attends full days for a small charge.  You may provide your own food if you prefer. 

All baby food and formula must be provided by parents.

Please enquire for more information.



  • Children are charged hourly with sibling discounts. 
  • Prices are currently £6 per hour
  • There will be a small extra charge to provide nutritious meals throughout the day or parents can provide packed lunch.
  • I am in the process of registering with Havering Council and will be able to accept childcare vouchers, government tax schemes and free childcare entitlement.
  • For funded children, there will be a fee of £2 per hour to help towards resources, trips, nutritious snacks and meals throughout the day. This will be the only extra money asked for on top of the voucher.

To Enquire and/or arrange a visit

Contact Carlene


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