Based in Sedgefield, I have been a registered childminder since 2004, and have dedicated this time to being a professional child carer.
I have formed very close bonds with all my children, some of whom came to me as babies, and received wraparound care into their teens. The children are offered love, consistency, security, attention and plenty of opportunities to play, learn and be themselves.
I am married with two grown up daughters and have lived in Sedgefield since 2003 & prior to being a childminder I was a registered nurse with 13 years' experience.
I have looked after many children over this time, and always look forward to seeing how they have continued to develop after leaving my care.
One of the highlights of my childminding career was achieving Ofsted “Outstanding” status in 2015.
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Where children can freely access a large range of toys and activities. The playroom also has a sofa which allows me to sit and read with the children.
I do enjoy baking with the children and they enjoy making things they can eat and then take home to share with family.
I have a large garden at the rear where they can run around, play, have picnics and enjoy the freedom of being outside.
I grow fruit and vegetables and children are given the opportunity to help plant seeds, watch them grow, and then help pick them when they have grown.
We always enjoy spotting frogs, insects and other wildlife in the garden.
I have a wide range of interactive toys and toys for learning.
Older children can also choose to relax in my lounge, where they can also watch the TV, play on the Wii, or play with a selection of games.
Children enjoy playing with other children of varying ages, building friendships and doing things that they enjoy and make them happy.
Professional and dedicated to ensuring that our children are safe, respected and providing the right environment for them to develop and grow. Our children have both been with Melissa since babies.Mrs. W
Melissa is reliable and trustworthy and I am constantly reassured about her abilities, she treats children with respect and obviously wants the best for them.Mrs. G
So glad we chose a childminder and I know my children always loved time with you and felt safe and well cared for.Mrs. W
We are very lucky to have found you. Thankyou for everything you have taught and the loving care you gave her.Mrs. H
Thank you for helping my child grow to become the independent, hilarious and loving child they are. We will be forever thankful.”Mrs. A
Yes I do. Fees are paid in advance from a weekly, monthly or termly basis, cash, cheque or directly into bank accounts also accepted.
Snacks and meals for both preschool and school age children can be provided by myself. I liaise with parents as to likes and dietary requirements, providing a wide range of healthy options.
Yes, I am eligible to offer places to children under this scheme
Prior to commencing any new arrangements I take the time to understand the child’s current routine, likes and dislikes. For pre-school children I usually arrange 2 settling in sessions, over a short time period, so that the child gets to know me in the company of a parent and also on their own. Daily contact with parents is vital to discuss the child’s day and provides reassurance that they are settling in
Yes, school runs to the schools in Sedgefield or the school bus stop.
I look after children during term time and school holidays. I will also offer some flexibility if parents need to change their hours for any reason, depending upon my child ratios.