Testimonial 1 – Siobhan M
Thank you for helping me with the transition of sending the twins out into the world and into the hands of another caregiver. You know how nervous I was about it and the fact that I feel so comfortable and relaxed when they are with you is a testament to you both.
Their language and social skills have come on in leaps and bounds and Bramble Bugs has been a wonderful setting for them to play and communicate outside of their little twosome.
Having you there Toby as a caregiver too is so important to me as it is rare that little ones get to meet men outside their friends and family in a caregiving role and Fionn and Orlagh (especially Orlagh!!) are so very fond of you. Your names come up often in their ‘best friends’ lists!!
As they have settled so well, next term I would really like to book one more morning a week and for the children to use this morning on alternate weeks to come on their own for a session. I feel confident enough to do this now and I think it is important for them to spend a little time in the world without the other and it will allow me to spend quality one on one time with each of them once a week.
It is very comforting to know that if I am having any developmental or behavioural issues with the twins I can discuss this with you and we can come up with a plan together as to how to tackle it – again ensuring continuity. The advice about Fionn and his nightmares was spot on and making one simple change stopped them completely.
So, thank you again for taking care of us as a family so well!
Testimonial 2 – Jenny L
In Yuta’s care they have laughed, cried and had their tears softly wiped from their cheeks, and be tucked under duvets and read stories when the winter tiredness came near. They have made beautiful keep sakes, met new friends, and most of all, developed a deep love of Yuta- she is a very important person in their lives. The importance is a product of the care she has shown them and the fun they have had whilst being at Bramble Bugs.
I am lucky enough to now call Yuta a friend, and despite my children not attending Bramble Bugs anymore, simply due to the fact that they no longer need childcare, Yuta is still a very big presence in our lives. They simply have loved their time at Bramble Bugs and regularly ask if they can return. The other day my daughter drew a beautiful picture of a sunny bright house with a rainbow in the garden and a beautiful lady with a very happy face in it, when I asked my daughter who she was and where that place is, Heidi looked at me and said, ‘It’s Yuta and Bramble Bugs of course!’- of course it is darling, of course it is. Her picture kind of sums it all up’.
Testimonial 3 – Carolyn Bond
(Head of Kindergarten – The Hereford Steiner Academy)
Yuta works collaboratively with all four practitioners in our Early Years department to provide strong and steady rhythms in support of the work we do in Kindergarten and collaborates regularly to develop strategies for improving the behaviour of specific children in order that they receive a consistent level of support between the two settings attended by them.
Yuta provides a calm and nourishing home-from-home environment for the children and they are always very happy to go home with her at pick-up time. She can also be relied upon to pass on messages from me to the parents of children in her care and to act with complete discretion at all times.
Carolyn Bond (Head of Kindergarten – The Hereford Steiner Academy).
Testimonial 4 – Laura H
Testimonial 5 – Charlie G
About a year later, I found out that Bramble Bugs were offering morning sessions and I felt that it would be a good time to get my son gently used to being away from me before going to school later on in the year. I had absolutely no hesitation in sending him to Bramble Bugs and so we registered for him to start after Easter, 2017.
We had a settling in session, where Teddy just confidently left my side and got stuck straight into the beautiful play environments that Bramble Bugs offer. It was obvious that he was going to be happy! We then had a short talk with Yuta who explained how the sessions would run, and what a lovely calm environment they like to provide for the children and I was so excited for Teddy to start.
From day one, Teddy has been very happy. He leaves my side with a quick hug and gets straight into play without a worry about me leaving. He is always happy and content when I pick him up and loves to tell me about what a lovely time he has had. He looks forward to his sessions and often on days that he isn’t attending Bramble Bugs he asks if he can go there!
The communication we receive is excellent – the updates after each session, the Tapestry updates where we can see what our son has done during his sessions as well as the general checking of his wellbeing at the start of each session, and the email updates that we receive if there is anything additional that they feel they need to tell us. It is also lovely how Yuta and Toby are always so warm and caring towards my older son when we drop Teddy off in the morning.
I was always adamant that I wouldn’t send my children to a childminder as I had always had negative associations with ones I had met before, never finding one that seemed to really be enthusiastic about the care that they give. However, after meeting Yuta and Toby and seeing their beautiful setting, they completely changed that for me. I have absolute trust in the care that they give to my son and I feel very blessed that Teddy has such a warm and caring environment as a gentle introduction to being separated from me. It is a really special place. I also particularly like that my son has a male and female caregiver and think it’s a unique and wonderful offering for a child care setting. Toby and Yuta absolutely complement each other in the way they provide their care and we really are grateful to have found such a wonderful place for our son to be.
In conclusion, I would not hesitate in recommending Bramble Bugs for anyone looking for childcare. I honestly believe you couldn’t find a more calm, caring and wonderful environment than Bramble Bugs.
Testimonial 6 – Anna JR
Testimonial 7 – Paul & Anita F
The love and attention she receives through the day is transparent when she comes back in the evening. Last Friday, her enthusiasm of saying ‘happy father’s day’ while handing me a bookmark she had made at childcare was one of the most touching experiences I have had as a parent. Her improvements in arts and crafts is evidence that she is progressing creatively & practically and is receiving the necessary adult input to encourage this.
The freedom of both the environment at the centre and the relationship that Yuta and Toby have nurtured with our daughter has facilitated in Tara a development in both spirit, intellect and enthusiasm for play.
It is our upmost ambition as parents that we engender the values in our child that will produce an adult whose self-esteem and value system will not be easily shaken by the vicissitudes of life. Entrusting her development to another adult at this early age was a monumental decision for us. Yuta and Toby have executed their roles as our daughter’s guardians with the upmost professionalism and I have the most profound gratitude for their care and attention.
It is with this sentiment that I cannot rate Bramble bugs highly enough. We would whole heartedly recommend Bramble Bugs on the back of our experiences with it.
Paul & Anita F.
Testimonial 8 – Claire C
Sukhi feels safe and happy at Yuta’s following a busy day of learning at school and I feel confident that my child is receiving an excellent standard of care, attention and safeguarding. Bramble Bugs manages the balance between engaging educational activities and the opportunity for the children to exhale and play after their day in their formal school setting.
My daughter has a loving relationship with Yuta, her own children and the other children who attend Bramble Bugs. Bramble Bugs operates a consistent daily rhythm and a clear behaviour code that the children understand and are comfortable adhering to.
Yuta and Toby treat the children with compassion and respect, recognising all their differing personalities and needs whilst maintaining a calm, happy and play-centred environment. It is very impressive to behold. I would not hesitate to recommend Bramble Bugs to parents seeking excellent childcare provision.