Allowing Children to Make Decision's in What we Do.

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfil their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important as it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. (taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage framework)

Welcome to Thornhill Childcare. My name is Elaine Patterson and I am an Ofsted registered childminder based in Thornhill, Dewsbury. I offer a warm welcome to all children aged from 0 - 12 years.

My aim is to provide a safe, caring, supportive, fun and a child lead (allowing children to make decisions in what we doenvironment for your child, providing many resources and  planned activities such as seasonal, cultural festival and various other arts & crafts, building and construction activities, puzzles, reading. role-play, cooking, outings and much more. I follow the Early Years Foundation Stage when planning the activities we do together to ensure each area of learning is covered.

 I encourage children to learn for themselves and encourage them  to make their own choices and decisions. 

Being a childminder means I can provide a homelike environment.  As I care for mixed ages your child will learn to be comfortable around older and younger children. I can offer care for your child from being a few months old right through to secondary school which means your child will have a great sense of security and continuity whilst with me.

Some of our 2012 activities and celebrations

Chinese New Year (children built a dragon)
Light and Dark themed activities
*Canon Hall
Pancake Day (children made pancakes)
Planted pumpkin seeds (in preparation for        
Made rain shakers 
*Visit to Emsworth Water Park
*Visit to St Leonards Farm
 Zoo animals at Crow Nest Park 
*Trip to Bridlington
*Thackery Medical Museum
*Diggerland  and many more....

Regular outings to playgyms, parks and country walks.

*All outings are risk assessed and require signed parental agreement