Childminder in Southend On Sea

Babysitter in Southend On Sea

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23 May 09
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25 March 15
Southend On Sea
5 stars (10)

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My Summary

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

About Me

I'm Melanie and I am an Accredited, Ofsted Registered Childminder in Southend on Sea. I live in the Thorpe Greenways School catchment area.

I have been childminding in my home for almost 9 years.

My Experience

Before becoming a Childminder I worked with children with Special Educational Needs alongside the SENCo in a school. I have experience of working with children with ADHD , Dyslexia and Severe Challenging Behaviour.

Within school, I also worked with small groups of children with speech and language difficulties as I am Elklan trained.

7 years ago I fostered a child through Social Services. I have my own childcare experience of being a mum to my 4 children for the last 26 years.

I regularly attend training courses in line with my job and a copy of my 'Professional Development 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 partnership with parents and we meet regularly to discuss their child's progress in order to help them achieve their early years goals. The older children all have their own work books in which they put any artwork and photographs. I am available to help with reading and homework if required.

I take the children to the library, park, beach, sealife centre, farm and local areas of interest.

I have lots of educational toys and resources which help to encourage childrens play and development within my setting. I have a secure garden which we use for outdoor learning.

My Qualifications


Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care
Level 3 in Childrens Learning and Development
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
NVQ in Information Technology


Planning - Next Steps
Equality and Diversity (refresher)
English as an Additional Language (refresher)
How a Child’s Early Experiences Shape the Rest of Their Life
Allergy Awareness
The Revised EYFS
Starting Out – Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being
Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Expectations of Behaviour
Raising Development Concerns with Parents
Introduction to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Makaton training
Anaphylaxis Training
First Aid (refresher)
Child Protection Awareness
Personal Safety (online)
Food Hygiene (refresher)
Data Protection
Exploring Literacy in the EYFS
SELCA – Early Years Development Programme 1, 2 and 3
Keeping up with Ofsted Changes
Self Evaluation – Self Reflection
Equality and Diversity (refresher)
ECAT (Every Child a Talker)
First Aid (refresher)
Safeguarding (refresher)
Moving and Handling
Moving and Handling Children with Disabilities
Voice of the Child
Planning through Observation
Working with children with autism
SEAD - social and emotional development
Safeguarding Children with Disabilities
City and Guilds in Speech and Language - Classroom based and working with the under 5’s
Level 2 Certificate in Literacy/Numeracy – City and Guilds
Certificate in Equal Opportunities and English as an Additional Language Training
Certificate in Advanced Child Protection Training
Level 2 in Food Safety and Hygiene
Epi-pen trained - St Johns Ambulance Training
Training in Early Years Foundation Stage
Behaviour Training
First Aid Training
Fire Safety Management Training
Diploma in Home-based Childcare CACHE Level 3
Behaviour Management in Schools
Excel Intermediate to Advance computer training
CIPD Professional Qualification – Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
NVQ in Information Technology
Pitmans – Typing, speedwriting and Business Studies

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 children with special needs for respite care during the holidays.

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

At present, I work from Monday to Thursday between 7.30am - 6.00pm.
I also offer an evening and weekend babysitting service.

I offer flexible hours at reasonable rates.

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.

Brilliant childminder

5 stars

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 about Melanie on 03/10/2013

Response by Melanie on 03/10/2013:

Thank you Nicky, Peter, Rory and Finlay x

Loving Childminder, Recommended

5 stars

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 about Melanie on 17/07/2013

Response by Melanie on 18/07/2013:

Thanks Lisa x

Fantastic child care provider !!

5 stars

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 about Melanie on 17/07/2013

Response by Melanie on 17/07/2013:

Thank you Ciara x

Wonderful childminder

5 stars

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 about Melanie on 11/03/2013

Response by Melanie on 26/03/2013:

Thank you x

Excellent role model

5 stars

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 about Melanie on 02/03/2013

Response by Melanie on 04/03/2013:

Thank you Amanda x

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