Hi my name is Diane Brandford-Hinds, I am a married mother of two; aged 22 and 18... I am an OFSTED registered childminder since 2005. My husband is also OFSTED registered and work along side me as my assistant.
We live 4 minutes walk from Nunhead train station; with free parking outside our house. We provide a warm, stimulating and inviting home from home care, where children will be loved, supported and feel comfortable to learn, play, develop and explore. We have a child friendly garden with a sheltered decking area that maximise outdoor play whatever the weather. The activities we provide will be stimulating and age appropriate. We take the children out to local parks, libraries and other planned trips so they can access the wider community and socialise with other children. We love looking after children and always have their best wellbeing in mind as we support each child to be their best self.
I am an OFSTED accredited OUTSTANDING provision; 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.
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/ care giver. 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.
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.
I am available Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. I am open during school holidays; NOT Bank holidays. I am also available for babysitting.
|Last Updated: 07/09/2021|
- Childminding from £15.00 per hour
- Babysitting from £11.00 per hour
My fee is £70 per day which includes all meals.
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- Ofsted Certificate (added 20/08/2021)
- 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)
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I cannot speak more highly of Diane and her husband Kevin. The environment they have created in their home is warm and loving and full of fun, the inviting atmosphere immediately puts everyone at ease.
My daughter (who had previously struggled in larger environments) was happy from day one in Diane's home and I was relieved to receive lovely pictures and videos and updates throughout the day.
Diane cooks delicious nutritious meals and even prepares picnics which she takes to the local parks. Diane and Kevin somehow manage to create new fun, engaging and educational activities every day, my daughter regularly comes home with wonderful art that she's made. Diane regularly takes the children out to local parks and groups and she meets up with other local childminders so there is so much variety. It has been lovely to see our daughter meet lots of other children and make new friends of all ages.
Diane and Kevins outdoor space is amazing too, the perfect playground and also a place of beauty with vegetable patch, plants, flowers and a big lawn.
Diane and Kevin have a wealth of experience and are incredibly professional, caring and reassuring. They have been unbelievably flexible with us when we needed during tricky covid times. We couldn't feel luckier to have found her.
To feel that your child is in the best possible care means everything, we cannot recommend enough.
Diane looked after our son from when he was 9/10 months old. We made the decision to switch from a nursery as we didn’t have a great experience there, and it was the best decision we made! Diane and Kevin are so warm and full of genuine affection for the children there. The environment is nurturing and full of opportunities for the children and our son blossomed there. The food was great and his allergies were catered for. They also went out on regular outings which was important to us. Diane also managed to build a great routine for him (as things were a bit chaotic before) which made my life easier as he regularly had a long afternoon nap with no trouble. We relocated out of London otherwise I would have kept him there for as long as I could. Definitely recommend.
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.
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.
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.
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