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Mrs Serena Somerville Cert EYP

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Offering Government funded Early Education as well as Great Quality Personal Home from Home Childcare!

Not ‘just’ a Childminder Serena is a certified Early Years Practitioner delivering the Governments Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to 0 - 5 year olds.

Serena is a qualified Early Years Practitioner who works closely with Dorset County Council and other Early Years providers.

As a professional early years practitioner, it is extremely important to me that I maintain good practice in sharing information with you the parents and that you share information back with me.



The method I use to track your child’s progress within the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), is through observation. Observation allows me to follow their progress, create and monitor their ‘next steps’ and ensure that they are through my setting, obtaining the best possible start in life and having opportunity to fulfil their full potential (as stated by the government in the EYFS framework, p2). There are a number of methods that I use in order to do this, and at no point is your child under any stress at all.

  1. Visually - where I simply ‘watch’ what is happening and make notes
  2. Video - where I film what I am observing
  3. Photographically - where I take photos
  4. Audio - where I record the speech of what I am observing

My level of participation is also varied:

  1. Complete participant - where I am fully participating and part of what is going on
  2. Participant-as-observer - where I am involved in what is going on but not completely, I sit back a little bit
  3. Observer-as-participant - where I am not directly involved in what is going on, but may engage with the children from time to time.
  4. Complete observer - where I am not involved in what is going on at all.  There is no interaction.


Any video, photographs or audio files will be shared with you in your child’s private Google Drive file.


Google Drive

Serena’s Babies is environmentally friendly & now ‘paper free’.

This also gives you the benefit of being able to access your child’s daily diary and developmental information etc, where ever you may be in the world, when ever you wish.

The child’s file can be shared with anyone you give your written permission to be. This can be helpful if one parent works away, families are separated, or if you wish extended family to share in your child’s early years experience and development.

You have the ability to leave comments on the files shared (daily contact, observations etc) via the ‘comments’ tab. I strongly encourage you to do so as it ensures that we have a good ‘Working Partnership

I will never share your child’s file with anyone without your written consent. Privacy is paramount here at Serena’s Babies.


This is taken from Google themselves:

Keeping your account secure

At Google, we take account security very seriously. To ensure that your computer and account remain safe, we strongly recommend following these steps regularly:

  1. Check for viruses and malware. Run a scan on your computer with a trusted anti-virus software. If the scan detects any suspicious programs or applications, remove them immediately. Read more.
  2. Regularly update your account recovery options. Make sure to update your account recovery options to check that they are always up-to-date.
  3. Enroll in 2-step verification. 2-step verification adds an extra layer of security to your account by requiring you to sign in with something you know (your password) and something you have (a code sent to your phone).
  4. Perform regular operating system and browser updates. Whether you use Windows or Mac OS, we recommend enabling your automatic update setting, and updating when you get a notification. To check for browser updates in Internet Explorer, select the Tools tab and click Windows Update. In Firefox, just click the Help tab and selectCheck for Updates. Note that Google Chrome automatically updates to a newer version when one is released.
  5. Never use your Google Account password on another website. If you enter your password in an external website and it's compromised, someone could try to sign in to your Google Account with the same information.
  6. Protect your password. Never enter your password after following a link in an email from an untrusted site. Always go directly to or Also, never send your password via email. Google will never email you to ask for your password or other sensitive information.

If you use Gmail:

  • Update your recovery email address and your security question. This will help you recover your account if you ever lose access to it. Make sure that you have access to the email address listed as your recovery, and the answer to your security question is easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.
  • Use a secure connection when signing in. In your Gmail settings, select 'Always use HTTPS.' This setting protects your information from being stolen when you're signing in to Gmail on a public wireless network, like at a cafe or hotel.

You should also be sure to:

  • Never tell anyone your password; if you do tell someone, change it as soon as possible.
  • Use a strong password, and don't write it down or send it via email.
  • Run scans and change your password immediately after noticing any changes in your account that you didn't initiate.
  • Always sign out of your account when you're using public computers. Just click your name or email address at the top of the page, and select Sign out.
  • Clear forms, passwords, cache, and cookies in your browser on a regular basis, especially on a public computer.

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