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Average Rating: 5 stars (5 from 6 reviews)

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.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Chloe Chloe about Avatar for opal opal on 06/09/2021

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.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for NDRed NDRed about Avatar for opal opal on 20/08/2021

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
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by Avatar for AnnaSedg AnnaSedg about Avatar for opal opal 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 Avatar for David David about Avatar for opal opal 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 Avatar for mccreery mccreery about Avatar for opal opal 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 Avatar for David Ha David Ha about Avatar for opal opal on 19/06/2014

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