about us

TOTS ARE US are a bespoke Ofsted registered childcare provider based in Brunswick Green, Wideopen. We say 'childcare provider' but we are more like an extension of your family. Every child is treated as if they are our own and are all loved as equally.

Our number one priority is ensuring that every child finishes their day with a smile on their face, telling their parents about the good day they have had with their friends. Second to this is their learning which may sound strange, but if a child is having fun and enjoying what they are doing, they are learning so much more as they are fully engaged, if they don't like it, everything you say just goes over their head.

 

You can track your child's progress through our app where you get real time updates on what they are doing throughout the day, you can also input your own photos and videos showing milestones or achievements your child has done when at home too.

TOTS ARE US believe you should be continually developing yourself to become the best person you can be and invest in our staff to benefit them as individuals as well as the children in our care. We also offer apprenticeship programmes and work experience to those looking to embark on a career in the Early Years, we really are a one stop shop.

See below to MEET THE TEAM and have a look at the various SERVICES we can offer.

 

Meet the team

Claire

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Claire began working with children voluntarily alongside her fulltime job in 2012 at her local Church every Sunday morning and then progressed to working with the Church and local school to prepare children for making their First Holy Communion on a weekend. It was during this time that she found her passion in teaching and began taking steps to work with children on a fulltime basis. Claire completed her training with the local council to become a childminder and set up TOTS ARE US. Not only does she have a passion for teaching children but also for giving others wishing to work in the childcare sector an opportunity to do so by offering apprenticeships and work experience.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Computing - University of Sunderland

  • Graduate Diploma in Law - Northumbria University

  • Early Years Level 3

  • Enhanced DBS

  • Paediatric First Aid

  • Safeguarding

OWNER / MANAGER

Courtney was our very first apprentice at TOTS ARE US completing her level 2 in Early Years before moving on to study her Early Years Level 3. When she joined the team, it was evident that she had a real love for children and for the job which led to the decision to retain her as a member of staff on completion of her first apprenticeship and gave us the confidence to roll out an apprenticeship programme for others.

Qualifications

  • Early Years Level 2

  • Enhanced DBS

  • Paediatric First Aid

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COURTNEY

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Hannah

Hannah is our latest apprentice! Having completed her Early Years Level 2 at Newcastle College she knew that she wanted to work with children and to gain some valuable work experience. Hannah has a real passion for working with children and is proving to be a perfect fit with the team. Hannah is now studying towards her Early Years Level 3 with Tots Are Us.

Qualifications​

  • Early Years Level 2

  • Enhanced DBS

  • Paediatric First Aid

Dudley is an integral part of TOTS ARE US and possibly the loudest member of the team (although others would disagree). The most important thing about Dudley is that he is a Bichon Frisé and is hypoallergenic so rest assured, those with allergies will be fine around him. He sets his own working hours depending on his mood before taking himself off to the office to do some admin work and popping back down for some more interaction when he feels like it. Dudley plays an important role in the team, he teaches the TOTS how to care for animals, the correct way to approach dogs, how much and what to feed him and at what time of the day.

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DUDLEY

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OUR SERVICES

FLEXIBLE CHILDCARE

What makes us unique is that we can offer flexible childcare for those working shifts enabling you to change the days you require childcare from week to week. We regularly work with doctors, nurses and police officers to accommodate childcare around their shifts

GOVERNMENT FUNDED HOURS

We accept both 15 and 30 Government funded hours. You can choose to use all of your hours with Tots Are Us or split them between us and a nursery. To check your eligibility click the link below which will take you to the Government website

SCHOOL DROP OFF/PICK UP

We currently offer these services at St Oswalds RC (Gosforth), Brunton Park Primary (Great Park) and Hazelwood (Wideopen)

If your school is not listed above, please contact us to see if we can accommodate you elsewhere

HOLIDAY CARE

Do you need childcare purely for the school holidays? Tots Are Us can help!

BABYSITTING

We appreciate that not all parents have a support structure that enables you to have a night out. Tots Are Us can look after your children in your home until the early hours. To arrange, contact us on the number below

TERM TIME CHILDCARE

Ideal childcare for teachers as you pay for the childcare you need during term time and then 25% of those fees during school holidays to secure your place for the next term

APPRENTICESHIPS

If you are looking to work in the Early Years and gain your level 2 or 3, Tots Are Us offer paid apprenticeships.

As a 'Childcare Apprentice' you will complete your qualification alongside working as a member of the team.

Support will be given throughout on both a personal and professional level

WORK EXPERIENCE

Already studying at College or University? Come and complete your on the job hours with Tots Are Us

You will gain valuable experience working alongside us and build some lasting friendships

 

Tots Are Us will support you with your studies wherever possible

Interested? Hit the button below

 

PARENT TESTIMONIALS

" Remy has been with Tots Are Us for three years now, since he was only 9 months old and it's safe to say Claire, Courtney and Rose are some of his favourite people, and of course our's too! By Tots Are Us providing our childcare it has meant we have never needed to worry about how we would have Remy looked after when we work even during lockdown and Claire is so flexible and easy to communicate with too. We definitely couldn't do our jobs as hassle free as we do without them. Remy loves learning, playing games, doing fun activities and seeing his friends there, he happily runs in in the morning and always has done. Tots Are Us really feel like a big extended family now and we are so lucky to have found them! "

Esme (Mum) and Remy