Claire Ward: Lemondrop Kids

About Claire: 

  • Values-based childcare e.g. teaching children respect, kindess through fun activities 
  • Lemondrop bear is a ‘mascot’ playmate for children 
  • Great location: close to parks and woodland areas
  • Large fully enclosed garden

About me

Hello parents & carers, I am so happy to introduce my home-based childcare service, Lemondrop Kids!

I have 16 years experiences of being an Ofsted registered nanny to children from birth to 13 years of age, including twins. I get great satisfaction from seeing children grow, learn and having fun at the same time. This is what keeps me working in childcare!

Lemondrop was born out of my hobby business where I hand-make accessories for babies and children. Lemondrop is the mascot, a pale-yellow bear who pops up in all kinds of places where children are.

Over the years, I have realised children of all ages love Lemondrop. They enjoy caring for him e.g. tucking Lemondrop into bed, going on outings to parks and playing in the garden. They especially love imaginary play with Lemondrop e.g. getting him dressed to go outdoors or playing hide and seek. The bear is really a stimulus for imaginative, creative play through which children can learn human values such as sharing, respect, kindness, politeness, listening etc.

I am well organised, friendly trustworthy person who has lots of patience and understanding.  I like to give children a sense of belonging.  I enjoy encouraging children to be independent by allowing children to have a voice and make their own choices. This helps them to reach their development milestones and build confidence in everyday tasks and life skills, whilst preparing them for school. I always encourage children to ‘have a go’ with new things and to learn that everyone is different. As a craft enthusiastic, expect your children to go home feeling proud of their arty-crafty masterpieces!

7.30am - 6pm
3 children to 1 adult
Joined us in 2021
Packed lunch or hot meal
From £6.75 per hour


I am fortunate to live in an area with lots of green spaces to enjoy so children will have daily opportunities for woodlands (Shipley Park) and canal walks, as well as visiting local forest schools. We will also have regular visits to the local organised children’s play groups at libraries, music clubs and soft play.

Eastwood has good transport networks including buses to Derby and Nottingham. The M1 motorway (junctions 26 & 27) is also nearby.

Claire Front of House

About my home setting

My dining room has been transformed into a dedicated homely place for children to enjoy and learn in.  I have a good range of stimulating toys and other resources for my children.  There is also a reading corner with cushions and bean bags to make it comfy for little ones.

My garden is a safe, fully enclosed space for children to be. To enjoy various different toys outside, I have a tent and tunnel in which they can play on the grass in, as well as a paddling pool which can be used as a ball pit too. Planting, digging and growing is something I like to encourage in the garden.

I live with my partner and 2 cats, Pepper and Patch. 

A word from @Home Childcare

Claire’s Lemondrop Kids is a nurturing home setting where children can learn at their own pace. Parents will gravitate to Claire’s ethos of teaching children positive human qualities such as honesty, respect and kindness, which she uses to form a base of their learning and development.

Services offered

Food offer: Nutritious meals on a daily basis is provided. Packed lunch is given to children when we are out and about. 

Available for: Full day care, before/after school care & holiday care

Examples of activities:  imaginary play, arty crafty, baking & lots of outdoor woodland play/adventures 

Driver: Yes! I also enjoy walking with children in local areas.

Language spoken: English. Happy to care for children with different home languages 

School runs to/from: Florence Nightingale Academy & Greasley Beauvale Primary 

Claire's unique features

  • Extensive experience as a private nanny working with children of all ages 
  • Passionate about healthy living for children
  • Encouraging children to have their own voice and to be happy
  • Level 3 qualified 

Claire's Coronavirus Safety Precautions

I have carried out a full Covid-19 risk assessment on my setting. Regular hands-washing is part of our routine, as well as wiping down all toys/ books, surfaces etc .  I follow the government’s Covid-19 guidelines for my setting.

Lemondrop, my soft fabric bear mascot, is kept hygienically clean with regular washing and he has safety eyes. 

Claire's inspection reports

Claire is due to be registered in October 2021. Her first inspection will take place one year after her registration. 

@Home Childcare’s Quality Pledge

Our registered educators provide the very best care and education to children because they are trained to the highest standards and regularly supported to ensure quality continually improves. 

Our quality pledge is our quality guarantee to parents. You can be assured that all of our educators have the following:  

  • Ofsted approved childcare
  • DBS checked
  • References & Ofsted checked
  • Household members, if any, are fully vetted
  • Health approved by a GP
  • Fully insured
  • Paediatric First Aid certified
  • Safeguarding children certified
  • Complies with the mandatory childcare standards
  • Regular outdoor learning for children
  • Safe & clean house regularly risk assessed
  • Appropriate and safe toys/equipment
  • Sufficient space for numbers of children allowed
  • Inspected every year to check quality
  • Regular monitored and supported by specialist inspectors
  • Regularly updates specialist knowledge & skills with on-going training
  • Accepts childcare vouchers, tax-free childcare, student finance etc
  • Transparent invoicing & easy payment methods

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