5 stars (4)

Childminder in Southwark

Babysitter in Southwark

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Female Non-smoker Member since Oct 2013 Last Updated Apr 2020 Last Login 02 Jun 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
DBS Check
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
Evening Babysitter
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
Tax-Free Childcare

About Me

Hi my name is Diane Brandford-Hinds, I am a married mother of two; aged 21 and 17... I am an OFSTED registered childminder since 2005; (OUTSTANDING CHILDMINDER). I live 4 minutes walk from Nunhead train station; with free parking outside my house. I provide a warm, stimulating and inviting home from home care, where children will be loved, supported and feel comfortable to learn, play and explore. I have a child friendly garden and a sheltered decking area that maximise outdoor play whatever the weather. The activities I provide will be stimulating and age appropriate. I take the children out to local play groups, parks, libraries and other planned trips so they can access the wider community and socialise with other children. I love looking after children and always have their best wellbeing in mind as I support each child to be their best self.

At my last inspection (June 2016 ) I was awarded an OUTSTANDING OFSTED rating which I am very proud off. All training, qualifications and my OFSTED report are available for viewing on request.
I am an experienced driver with a clean driving licence, and I am insured to transport minded children in my car.
Checkable references are avalabe upon request. Please do not heasitate to give me a call to discuss your childcare requirements.
Thanks for taking the time to read my profile.

My Experience

I have cared for children since the age of 16 ( as a baby-sitter wish lead me to realise caring for young children is what I love doing best) I have two polite individuals of my own that gave me invaluable life experience as a mother. I have also worked in nurseries prior to becoming a childminder, which also gave me a lot of experience from different personalities, and scenarios with little children.

My Qualifications

I have achieved a Level 2 and 3 National Vocation Qualification ( NVQ ) in children care and learning, a Level 3 in home based childminding... I have also completed all the relevant training in line with registration required by OFSTED.

My Availability

I am available Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. I am open during school holidays; NOT Bank holidays. I am also available for babysitting.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening yes yes yes yes yes no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 08/04/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £12.00 per hour
  • Babysitting from £10.00 per hour

My fee is £70 per day which includes all meals.

My Local Schools

This childminder has not yet informed us whether or not they provide any drop off or pick up services at local schools.

My Documents

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  • Training Certificate (added 06/07/2019)
  • First Aid Certificate (added 06/07/2019)
  • UK Passport (added 06/07/2019)
  • DBS Check (added 06/07/2019)


Below are the latest reviews for Diane H. 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.

I found it really hard when I started looking at who I’d feel comfortable leaving my child with when I returned to work. I saw quite a few childminders, visited nurseries, spoke with friends. I just didn’t feel all that sure and wondered if I was just being too picky and protective. But when I met Diane I just knew that I’d held out for the right reasons. She was everything we were looking for. Our now 6 year old son went to Diane from the age of 10 months until he was 3 years old. Our second boy, now coming up for 3 years old has been with Diane since he too was 10 months old. We didn’t even question for a moment our second son going to Diane’s . In fact I think we signed him up ridiculously early so we didn’t miss out! Not only does Diane have a genuine affection for the children in her care she’s proactive in how she cares for them. She has a great setting, fantastic outdoor play space, she takes them to groups and play dates. They have a brilliant time. Her home cooking surpasses mine as they both ate everything there, which they definitely don’t do at home... Also she’s always reading and researching and learning about childcare, she has a passion for it and has definitely helped us learn how to parent. She’s the best. We all love Diane and I’m sure you will too.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Diane H on 05/02/2020

I chose Diane as our childminder as our daughter (8mos at the time) felt perfectly at ease upon arriving. She even went into her arms and gave her a cuddle, and this was not usual practice for our little one who was generally shy with strangers. When we arrived at Diane's, after visiting many a childminder in the area, you could immediately tell she was concerned with children's' developments. There were all sorts of toys to stimulate their attention and minds but it always felt clean and tidy. In short, Diane was our only childminder for the last 2.5 years and she was the only one we would even consider to look after our daughter. She has helped raise our daughter who is now 3yrs old and a confident, joyful child. Thank you Diane for all your effort and dedication.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Diane H on 09/08/2014

Diane has looked after our son for the last two years and we could not have been happier. Diane is a caring and very supportive childminder who really focuses on the individual needs of each child and their development. Diane puts a great deal of effort into providing stimulating activities for the children, both in her house and out and about (at the park, groups, etc). Diane also puts a lot of effort into providing a diverse range of tasty and nutritious meals for the children. Diane is also great at communicating with parents.

I cannot recommend Diane highly enough.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Diane H on 29/06/2014

As the Gruffalo would say 'Astounding'. If you don't know the Gruffalo, you soon will! I would hazard a guess that Diana is in the top 10% of child minders, in terms of all round quality. Diane speaks to children with respect and patience. She cares and has plenty of love to give. She is flexible, accommodating and a pleasure to work with. She has over 10 years experience. Great Cook, enough though she has never let me try her curry goat. One of Mia's favourites is Diana's Mackerel with couscous. The television is rarely on. Diane provides plenty of nourishing activities which facilitate great development. Work with her if you can!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Diane H on 19/06/2014

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