Childminder in Southend On Sea

Babysitter in Southend On Sea

  • Age: 47
  • Gender: Female
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Smoker: No
  • No. of own Children: 4
  • Join Date: 23 May 09
  • Last Login: 27 June 14
  • Location: Southend On Sea, Essex
  • Rating: 5 stars from 10 reviews

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My Summary

Ofsted Registered Hover for information CRB Check Hover for information
Special Needs Experience Overnight Care
First Aid Training Full Driving Licence
Own Car Evening Babysitter
Weekend Babysitter Childcare Qualifications
Newborn Experience School Pickups

About Me

Hello my name is Melanie and I am an Accredited, Ofsted Registered Childminder in the Southend on Sea area. I live in the Thorpe Greenways School catchment area.

I offer before and after school care and I can do nursery pick ups/drop offs.

I also offer flexible hours at reasonable rates.

I have been childminding in my home for 7 years.

My Experience

Before becoming a Childminder I worked with children with Special Needs - alongside the SENCo in a school. I have experience of working with children with ADHD , dyslexia and severe challenging behaviour.

I have fostered a child through Social Services and I have my own childcare experience of being a mum to my 4 children for the last 25 years.

I regularly attend training courses in line with my job and a copy of my 'Personal Development/Training File' and certificates are available upon request.

I attend various toddler groups during the week and I also attend a group called 'Talking Tots' which helps with speech and language development.

I carry out assessments and observations on the under 5's and record the child's development in their learning journey. I pride myself on working in parnership with parents and we meet regularly to discuss their child's progress in order to help them achieve their early years goals.

I take the children to the park, beach, sealife centre, farm and local areas of interest, I also arrange outings to the zoo/ball pits/butterfly park...etc

I have lots of educational toys and resouces which help to encourage childrens play and development within my setting. I have a secure garden with various outdoor toys/games and activities.

At my last Ofsted inspection I was graded Good with Outstanding features.

My Qualifications

Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care
NVQ Level 3 in Childrens Learning and Development (A Level)
Diploma in Home Based Childcare
Accreditation in Speech and Language (classroom based) and working with under 5's
Level 2 in Food Safety and Hygiene


First Aid
Introduction to Child Development
Allergy Awareness
Fire Safety Management
Advanced Child Protection/Safeguarding
Safeguarding Children - and Safeguaring Children with Disabilities
Manual Handling - and Manual Handing Children with Disabilities
Behaviour Management
Speech and Language Classrom Based - and Speech and Language for the under 5's
Social and Emotional Development
Risk Assessments
Playing Together
Equal Opportunities and English as an Additional Language
Working with Autistic children
Literacy in the Early Years

I am a member of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) and an Ofsted registered Network childminder.

I am also a Marvellous Minder which means I may be needed to help out with Special needs children for respite care.

I am an accredited childminder - which means I can take funded children from the age of 2 to 4 years.

I am the Secretary to the Chair person of Southend Borough Childminding Association.

My Availability

I am available from Monday to Friday. I also offer a weekend babysitting evening service.

I am very flexible and will try and accommodate you and your child/ren to the best of my ability.

I have 2 childminding assistants and 3 local backup childminders which I can call on if need be.

My Fees

My fees for Childminding and Babysitting can be discussed when we have our first initial meeting.


Below are the latest reviews for Melanie .. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other users and not of Parents must carry out their own checks and references on childcare providers to ensure that they are completely happy before enaging in the use of their services.

5 stars
Brilliant childminder

My two boys have been in Mel's care since September 2013 when I returned to work from maternity leave. Her natural caring instincts coupled with a loving child friendly/fun environment made it an easy transition for all! My 9 month baby happily goes to Mel and is thriving in her full time care, my 4 year old is eager to share his news with her before & after school. Recently it was Mel's birthday and my 4 year old in the middle of his chatter requested "Can we buy cake for Mel because she is lovely" I couldn't have been happier as it showed my boys were secure and happy in Mel's care. Super childminder loved by all.

by on 03/10/2013

Response by Melanie . on 03/10/2013:

Thank you Nicky, Peter, Rory and Finlay x

5 stars
Loving Childminder, Recommended

Mel has been my twin daughters child minder for 5 months now. I find her loving, caring, friendly and calming towards my children. My children feel at home in Mel's setting and it is personal to allow them to feel welcome which is brilliant as you can be reassured that the children are happy while they are not in the care of their parents and it has a home from home presence. Mel runs varied activities including activities relating to occasions as well she lets the children have free play. Mel provides each child with a diary of what they have been up to in her care and put pictures of them in it as well. I think it is great as a keepsake. She encourages my children to overcome challenges, which is brilliant. My children have never left Mel's house unhappy and are always pleased when they are told they are going there and I wish she was available for more hours. I would recommend Melanie Pierce, Mini Treasures to anybody searching for a child minder. xx

by on 17/07/2013

Response by Melanie . on 18/07/2013:

Thanks Lisa x

5 stars
Fantastic child care provider !!

I couldn't ask for better child care. Mel is exceptional! My daughter finds it hard to attach herself with other adults but she has absolutely fallen for Mel's warm, funny, empathetic and caring personality. My child is growing into a rounded, contented, happy little girl thanks to Mel. Mel is thorough in her application of the early years curriculum in conjunction with my daughter's social,emotional and moral up bringing. My daughter loves going to her and I know I have left her in the best possible hands. Mel goes out of her way to accommodate any difficulties we have had and has shown great support to both ourselves as well as our daughter. If anyone asked for a recommendation, it would be Mel every time. X

by on 17/07/2013

Response by Melanie . on 17/07/2013:

Thank you Ciara x

5 stars
Wonderful childminder

My son was with Mel about 5 years ago when he was about 10 months old. Mel provided outstanding care for my son and he loved being with her. She took much of the stress away from going to work as I didn't ever worry about Connor.

I would definitely recommend Mel for any childcare needs. She is a wonderful person and fantastic with children.

by on 11/03/2013

Response by Melanie . on 26/03/2013:

Thank you x

5 stars
Excellent role model

Mel is the most caring and patient person I' be had the pleasure of knowing. She has been great with my daughter since the age of 2/half up to now at the age of 3/ half. My daughter loves seeing her and always comes home a happy bunny. Your child will be well cared for by this lady. Big love! Xxx

by on 02/03/2013

Response by Melanie . on 04/03/2013:

Thank you Amanda x

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