At Bramble Bugs we adopt a Steiner-influenced approach to childcare which focuses on nurturing children in a natural way. We aim to create a place where children have fun, feel loved and are given a secure base from which they can grow into happy, free-thinking individuals.
This is done by:
• focusing on the needs of the whole child – academic, physical, emotional & spiritual
• developing a love of learning by engaging the imagination & promoting hands-on artistic activity
• creating a beautiful, tranquil environment where the rhythm of the day promotes calm & children can become totally absorbed in their play
• spending much of each day outdoors learning about the natural environment & it’s changing seasons
Bramble Bugs is an Ofsted registered childminding service committed to delivering high standards of childcare and learning. It is also a member of the ‘Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years’ (PACEY); an organisation which supports and promotes best practice amongst childcare professionals.
We are Yuta and Toby, a married couple who live in Hereford with our two lovely boys. We’re an outdoorsy family who enjoy walking, cycling, playing games, and hanging out together. We also love reading as a family, telling jokes or simply spending time catching up on each other’s day.
Being parents ourselves, we have a strong understanding of how crucial a child’s younger years are in terms of their ongoing personal development and wellbeing. In addition we have a range of complementary skills which enable us to offer a well-rounded childcare service that children really enjoy and benefit from.
A bit about Yuta…
Working with children and families has been my speciality for over 18 years. I trained as a nursery nurse in my late teens and spent several years working for the Child Protection Team in a Local Authority before becoming a lecturer in Childcare & Education. I’m also a qualified Yoga Teacher and have enjoyed teaching Mother & Baby yoga classes in the local community. Being a mum has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life so far – I love it! I’ve also adored working with children and have enjoyed the challenges and rewards this brings.
A bit about Toby…
I have benefited from a diverse career to date, but the roles I’ve enjoyed most have involved me working with young people. In my early years I worked as a Probation Officer, often supporting young offenders to build a better life for themselves. More recently, I have worked in health promotion – setting up child advocacy groups, designing educational resources and delivering health prevention workshops in schools. I now enjoy running Bramble Bugs with Yuta, helping to develop our wonderful setting as well as planning and running activities with the children.
We both feel very fortunate to be able to run a home-based childcare setting of our own. Bramble Bugs is where we focus our passions and apply all we’ve learnt to create a place where children have fun, feel loved and are supported to build a secure foundation for their future.