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Desford Daycare

Childminder in Desford

5 stars

Female Member since Sep 2013 Last Updated Jun 2020 Last Login 30 Jun 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare

About Me


My name is Donna,

I have been together with Steve for over 20 years and happily married for many of those. We have a son Oliver who is in senior school and a daughter Jessica who is still at the primary school. Over the years I have developed a passion for working with children and now run my own well established childminding business.

We live in a large detached house with its own corner plot in a quiet cul-de-sac, which means the children have plenty of play space.

A ten minute walk from the local primary school where I offer before school care and drop off as well as after school collection and care.

This is also advantageous for my full time children as they get to meet lots of new friends and reception teachers at the school in readiness for when they attend later, I pride myself on the relationship I have with the school and all of my full timers get very good preparation for when they start at Desford primary. I have well established, close links with the school and its teaching staff.

I am a previous member of the 'Friends of Desford Primary' (previously the pta) until the demands of my business ment I could no longer offer the time required which I do miss. This helps greatly with the children's social skills and development. I have found this has really helped some of my shy children for example thrive and developed into well balanced pleasant children to be in the company of.

Here at Desford DayCare we offer a home from home environment which is very well received by my current clients as can be seen by the lovely reviews I have, we spend lots of time out of the setting exploring the local area and learning new things by experience and having lots of fun, whilst also providing for the children's social and educational needs at a very competitive, fair price.

I cover Desford and the surrounding areas.

My Experience

I started my career with children working as a children's custody officer, as mentor to the children and teaching assistant in the educational wing of a youth detainment centre. Often with children that had learning difficulties, including social and speech problems. As this job was very demanding on my time I decided to seek alternative employment in a nursery. This fit much better around my children and taught me a lot through working in a different environment with young people, including such things as food preparation and working with children with allergies.

My family then relocated to Leicester with my husbands job and that's where my journey as a childminder began. I have now owned my own childcare business for a number of years and we are thriving. Though we do love to introduce new children into the setting and help them to grow and develop

My Qualifications

I am a fully qualified and Ofsted registered childminder recently graded by Ofsted as 'Good'.
I have experience of working with children with learning and social difficulties.
Paediatric first aid.
Risk assessment.
Data protection.
Food hygiene.
Safeguarding children.

My Availability

My working hours are 7.30am - 6pm Monday to Friday, with care available on an ad-hoc basis some Friday and Saturday nights to enable parents to have a night out on occasion, other hours are negotiable at an additional cost.

We now offer 30 hours a week free funding for children that qualify, unlike many other settings we offer this on consecutive full days, this means that you can have three fulldays care and the only extra cost would be the food supplement of £2 a day if you should choose it and the initial holding deposit of £50, this is extremely competitive compared to other full day care providers.
Please contact us to discuss your needs further we are more than happy to chat about your requirements.

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Overnight no no no no yes yes no
Last Updated: 05/09/2017

My Fees

  • Childminding from £3.80 per hour

Please contact me to discuss your requirements, which will then enable me to notify you of applicable fees, you will find us very competitive compared to other providers in the area enabling you to choose where you spend the money saved. Perhaps on a family holiday instead of it all going on childcare.....

I except payment in the form of cash or bank transfer.

I also except childcare vouchers from lots of different schemes please contact me for more information and to discuss your requirements.

I also except government funding where applicable and we do this in such a way that it involves no on-going additional costs to the parent unless you opt for the £2 a day food supplement.

My Local Schools

My Ofsted Inspections

The inspection grades below have been obtained from the Ofsted website based upon the registration number the childminder has provided to us. You should verify this information yourself prior to using the childminder.

Ofsted Good Provider Logo
7 September 2016

My Documents

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  • Reference: Reference 1 (added 20/09/2016)
  • DBS Check (added 20/09/2016)
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Below are the latest reviews for Desford Daycare. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other Childcare.co.uk users and not of Childcare.co.uk. 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.

My little boy has been going to desford day care for the last 7 months and he absolutely loves going there.

Donna and her team are just so friendly and welcoming and always make the time to talk to you, and inform you of your child’s day.

My little one comes back with new words all the time and isn’t quite 2 yet and is saying short sentences, and his Please & Thank you’s are on point, he’s counting to 10 and singing songs and eats lovely on his own with a fork and spoon and has become very independent for his age.

Donna is very passionate about her business and is a very caring lady, as well as her assistants and her family.

I can’t thank Donna and her team enough for looking after my little boy whilst I work he’s coming along in leaps and bounds and continues to love coming to desford day care! Fantastic team and recommend them 110%!!

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by Avatar for Colleen Colleen about Avatar for Desford Daycare Desford Daycare on 25/04/2019

Donna provides childcare for my daughter before & after school. Despite being quiet & nervous around new people she quickly settled in at Donna's with no issues & enjoys going. Care provided is second to none.

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by Avatar for Leanne Leanne about Avatar for Desford Daycare Desford Daycare on 12/10/2016

Donna has been my childminder for a couple of years, i cant speak highly enough of her, she is caring, reliable, trustworthy and if you need help she will go out of her way to help,. Donna is a great lady, her home is fab, the atmosphere is fab and she is always thinking of fun ideas and things to do with the kids, I certainly would not use any other form of childcare, my son gets on great with Donna and the other children I have never had one complaint from him, and that can be rare from a boy,lol, ? 10/10 x

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Ginette Ginette about Avatar for Desford Daycare Desford Daycare on 20/09/2016

Outstanding childcare, kind, loving, attentive, she stimulates my baby with lots of activities and outings. Desford Day Care is the real home from home experience and I highly recommend. My daughter has advanced in so many ways, she's so happy with Donna, I feel very fortunate she has a place with her.

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by Avatar for Victoria Victoria about Avatar for Desford Daycare Desford Daycare on 20/09/2016

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