The Kinderly Ambassador Club aims to provide even greater support to the Kinderly community and wider early years sector. By having a dedicated team of childcare professionals to help us share news, information and inspiration to their childcare networks, contacts and groups we can collectively help connect people and support them to be at their best.
The qualities we look for in an Ambassador are:
- Avid supporters of Kinderly
- Passionate about the early years sector
- Willing and able to help others
- An active member in early years groups and social media
- Share useful content, provided by Kinderly, like upcoming webinars, news and blogs via your social media accounts, early years groups
and community networks.
- Write posts, blogs, comments that will be useful to the Kinderly community for us to upload and share across our network. E.g
childminders Vikkie Murray and Karen McDermot have written blogs about Kinderly which have appeared on the PACEY website.
- Take part in webinars or forums, with other Ambassadors and the Kinderly team, to share your ideas and views.
- Help shape the future of Kinderly by sharing your future requirements
- Be the first to review and test new Kinderly products and features.
- Share your ideas, views and support to the Kinderly community online
I've been a qualified teacher for 15 years and have had a wide and varied career. As well being a childminder, I've also been a primary school early years teacher, SENDCo, early years specialist teacher for a national daycare company and done basic Mandarin teaching training in Beijing, China. I'm passionate about child-led and family-centred learning, and base my practice around this.
My name is Rachael (Rach, RaRa or RayRay!). I have been a Childminder since September 2017 and I am in LOVE with my job! I get to play, feed and cuddle lots of lovely children and be a special person in their lives. I'm currently studying for my Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation as I love to be outside. I love cake so much I have it for breakfast at least once a week! I was a cake decorator in a previous life, even hosting a pop-up Depressed Cake Shop to help reduce stigma of mental health issues.
My name is Karen McDermott and I am a 46-year-old childminder based in the beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
My setting is run from our pretty and character-filled 200-year-old cottage, with the added bonus of our frequent adventures into our "extended back garden" as we affectionately call the forest. I take huge pride in providing a high-quality childcare service which allows children to learn and develop through play in a fun, safe and caring environment.
My name is Jo Morris and I am a mum to three grown-up children. I live in the heart of the Wye Valley in Ross on Wye. I have been childminding since 2007 so feel by now I am settling into the role!!!! I have seen many changes over the years and my business has evolved over time to what it is today. One thing that hasn't changed is my passion for early years and ensuring children have lots of fun while learning. Fun fact. I lived and worked in Jersey in my twenties. Nowadays I can be found on weekends in the Paddocks at motorbike road races!!!!
I’m Melanie Halliday and I am the manager of Winsley Acorns Preschool. I have been working in Early Years since I was 19 years old. I started off as an unqualified nursery assistant and now I have my Early Years Degree and Early Years Teacher Status. I also have my advanced training in Makaton and my level 3 in understanding Autism. I am particularly passionate about supporting children with additional needs and outdoor learning.
My name is Syrena, and I’m the Lead Childminder working with 2 other registered Childminders from my newly renovated property in the London/Essex borders. My educator journey started from my own childcare needs for my son as I was balancing a very demanding career as a Chartered Building Surveyor, but realised I was missing a large part of my son’s growth. So began the process to open my setting. We are passionate about providing the highest quality childcare, enriched experiences, and just plain old fun!
I am a qualified nursery nurse and team leader and have worked in childcare and education for over two decades. I have worked from pre-school through to secondary school as a HLTA, SEN TA and worked as part of a Nurture Team supporting infant school children. Childcare is my passion, I can’t imagine being in a role that isn’t rooted in childcare and education. I passionately believe in the benefits of childminding settings for children. When not working, my happiest place is walking with our family dog, particularly on my favourite beach!
My name is Chiara and I’m a mum of two boys based in Surrey, where I have opened up our home to our wonderful extended family of childminding children. I came over to the UK 15 years ago to complete my BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies, and have been working in childcare in various roles since. As well as being a childminder for the past 8 years, I have worked as a nanny, nursery practitioner, pre-school room leader and SENCO. I have always been passionate about working with children and truly believe there is no greater pleasure than being able to make a change in a child’s life. I am currently working towards my Hygge in the early years accreditation, and am always looking for new courses and training to take part in.
Fun Fact- although I am Italian, I was born in China Dan raised in Turkey.
My name is Jen, I have worked in the early years sector for just over 16 years. I set up as an Ofsted registered childminder in 2016 following the birth of my second child. I am passionate about taking the children's lead, nature and outdoor play and currently working towards my Hygge accreditation. Eating my bodyweight in chocolate is a special skill of mine!
I’m Danielle, I live with my husband and our son who was born in 2018. I’ve been working with children for over 14 years having started my childcare career in private day nurseries. After 8 years I started my degree in Early Childhood studies and Psychology which I completed in 2015. I decided to become a childminder so that I could provide high quality childcare in a smaller home based setting. I have experience of working with children with SEN and have SEN coordinator training as well as Makaton and baby Signing which is embedded in my practice. As a mum I know how hard it is to return to work and find childcare, Muddy Bears aims to make this transition easier by providing a safe, secure loving environment where children can develop and grow.
In these uncertain and strange times, we at Kinderly, feel more strongly than ever that we need to stick together as a community and support each other to give the children a great start! If you want to join our Ambassador Club, simply send us an email here at Kinderly HQ!
Since launching in 2015 Kinderly has gained awards and recognition throughout the early years sector and beyond.
"Kinderly has allowed me to consolidate all that's important when recording details about those in your care. Being able to link statements with observations helps track progress & allows parents to see where their child is developmentally."Show More Reviews
"Moving from paper records in 2017 to using the Kinderly platform was the best business decision I have ever made. It not only removed my initial burden of being snowed under with paperwork, but now makes staying on top so much easier, hugely improves methods of provider / parent communication, looks so professional and most importantly provides all the recording tools I need to plan, monitor and track each child's learning and development in order to help them reach their full potential."Show More Reviews
"I discovered kinderly after using a very complicated system and it was the best thing I ever did. It has made my business easier to run and is incredibly professional. The team are always there to help and to take on new ideas. I have helped out of the support Facebook group for a year and if I can't answer a query, I can point them in the right direction!!"Show More Reviews
"We Just LOVE Kinderly!! Having used other software before, Kinderly far exceeds our expectations. We have a high commitment to parent engagement and find that Kinderly allows us to do this in a really professional way. Our daily handovers are easy to compile, focus on what is important, and allow parents to have a record in an environmentally friendly way. Child progress is easy to record, and share with our parents. We have a much higher parent engagement because of this. Kinderly has been instrumental in us managing us sharing information, videos & pictures with our parents in a professional and safe way."Show More Reviews
Kinderly together has been hugely beneficial in developing our setting and I know my parents love it. The daily diaries are a lovely feature where parents may be working late shifts or are away, it’s a great way for them to feel connected to their child’s day.Show More Reviews
I have been using Kinderly since the beginning of my childminding journey, it is easy to use and the features such as daily diaries are much loved by parents. I love the accounting section (life-saver!) and the fact that there's a two-way flow of info between parents and practitioners. The customer support is second to none.Show More Reviews
Before I discovered Kinderly I used to have a massive folder for each child in my setting, there was so much typing, writing, cutting and sticking going on that it was driving me mad! My friend introduced me to Kinderly, and despite never having been able to get my head around online databases, I found Kinderly extremely easy, straight forward and quick to use. I can use it throughout the day without taking away from the activities I am doing with the children, finish bits off at the end of the day before they are emailed to the parents and I am not losing out on precious family time with my boys. The fact that everything is one place from invoices, income and register to trackers, observations and learning journals is absolutely fantastic and makes life so much easier!Show More Reviews