My name is Linda Coleman, I've been an Ofsted registered Childminder based in Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse since 2008. I'm married to Paul and we have an 14 year old son called Joseph.
Why Childminding? - Whilst my maternity leave was coming to an end in 2007 I visited several childcare settings but failed to find the ideal place for our son. This is when I decided to become a Childminder and I have never looked back since!
Seeing the world through the eyes of my own child and the children I care for is an absolute joy, it still amazes me how children are so delighted in the most simplest of things. Having developed a real interest in child development and teaching and learning, I have been taken on a journey of professional development that has brought about numerous opportunities.
Me graduating from
the Open University
In 2011 I began studying towards a degree in Childhood and Youth Studies, at the same time I was approached by Calderdale Council to join the Childminder Support Team as a Childminding Mentor.
Then in 2014 I took the huge decision to have a break from Childminding and work for Calderdale full-time as an Early Years Quality Improvement and Support Officer. During which time I have supported numerous Childcare providers, from Childminders to Day Nurseries. Along the way I have developed my knowledge immensely and also finally graduated from the Open University.
In 2017 I returned to Childminding full-time as well as extending our home to create a larger, more accessible space.
BA Open Degree - June '16
Level 3 Award in Education and Training - Dec '15
Home-Start Preparatory Course - May '13
Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice - July '12
Level 3 Diploma for the Children's and Young People's Workforce - Aug '11
NVQ in Children's Care, Learning and Development - Dec '10
Child protection - Jan '21
Prevent Duty - June '20
Paediatric First Aid - Nov '20
Designated Safeguarding Lead - July '17