My primary aim is to work in partnership with you to provide continuity of care in a safe, caring, home from home environment for your child. I encourage explorative play and offer a variety of activities for each stage of your child’s development.
I track your child’s progress through continuous developmental assessments completed whilst your child plays and interacts in my care. I use a secure online learning platform that you will have daily access to so that you can see what your child is up to during the day. I’m a great believer in making memories and that’s why each child has a treasure scrapbook which contains lots of photos and art work to eventually take home and treasure the memories they make.
My setting is not only equipt for young children but right up to secondary school age. We have computers accessible for home work support and have a range of equiptment and toys for all ages and stages of development. My garden is generously equipped with climbing frames, play houses, ride along toys, balls sand and water and many more educational equipment.
I offer over 10 years expertise in both a nursery, after school clubs and a home based childcare settings and have 3 children of my own, ranging from 12yrs to 2yrs. I employ 6 assistants and 1 co childminder allowing for a reliable service. I am contuniously adapting my skills and knowledge to keep up with best practise and I pride myself on the face that I am always looking to improve so I can offer your family the best care and opportunities I can.
I offer childcare places for children from age ranges 0yrs to secondary school age and have experience in special needs. My fees are inclusive of meals and trips and we offer breakfast and snacks for school age children.
Flexible government funded places available for 2, 3 &4 year olds for 15hr and 30hr term time and stretched offers available (Funded places can only be claimed for between 8am till 6pm Monday to Friday).
Open 5 days a week and operate from 6am till 8pm (but we are not limited to these times). I am registered for over night care. Pick up and drop offs for the Newquay and surrounding area available, but this service is based on a first come first serve basis so please enquire.
I welcome you to come along to a stay and play session (free of charge). Please contact me to arrange a suitable time.
CCTV in operation 24hrs per day.
Our team has more than 10 years experience, please come along and see our qualifications and recommendations!
Paediatric First Aid
Multi agency level 3 Safeguarding Children
Safeguarding children with disabilities
SENCO (Special educational needs and disabilities training)
Common Assessment Framework incl TAC(Team around the child)
Early Years Foundation Stage into practice
Understanding the characteristics of effective learning
Celebrating British Values
Food Hygiene certificate
Planning & Observation
ICP CASHE Level 3 Diploma Homebased Childcare
Enhanced DBS (ofsted clearance checks for all assistants also)
Pacey Registered with all insurances
Full clean UK Driving License
Fully registered Childminder with OFSTED and British Forces Early Years
ICS Diploma in Child Psychology
6 Ofsted CRB checked Assistants whom hold full 12hr paedriatric first aid certificates and range from trainee level to Full level 5 childcare and education
Full references availible for all my assistants and myself.
CCTV in operation 24hrs
WRAP (Workshop to raise awareness of prevent)
Available for Childminding Monday to Friday 6am till 8pm. I am registered for overnight care. My team comprises of 5 assistents and 2 Childminders. Arrangements can be made for pickup-and drop off. We're very flexible on timings
|Last Updated: 02/04/2019|
- Childminding from £4.00 per hour
- Babysitting from £8.00 per hour
Please call or email for rates and availability. I offer an all inclusive rate (nappies, meals, day trips etc). Minimum charge is for one hour and we offer a discount for full time childcare . Rates increase for overnight childcare.
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.
- Ofsted Certificate (added 04/11/2019)
Below are the latest reviews for LucyApplewhite. 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.
Our daughter Isabella began her journey outside the comfort of her family home at Lucy's childminding & was there part time for nearly 2 years. In that time there was never a day that Isabella didn't want to go 😊
There is an undeniable positive aura about this setting, the children are clearly comfortable & content & this is largely as a result of Lucy's honesty & warmth & standard of work ethics.
The menu here is also great, varied & interesting & encourages the children to try new & healthy foods.
Isabella's personality & confidence has flourished during her time here & along with a decent dose of discipline chucked in she is also now very happy at Lucy's preschool at St Columb Minor, which also comes very highly recommended!
I have used Lucy over the past 10 years with both my child with special educational needs (autism) and my youngest , now 8. I still use Lucy for ad hoc childcare as necessary as she now feels like sort of the family. She always coped amazingly well with my autistic son and the quality of care provided is exceptional. My children have always enjoyed their time there and in fact, my autistic son was sad when he became too old as a ore teen ! He still looks forward to seeing her now and then when we collect his bro tho! It’s a very calm and nurturing environment and Lucy has such a lovely way woth the children. Highly recommended
Response by LucyApplewhite on 01/01/2019:
Thank you for my review!
I have thoroughly enjoyed caring for your boys and can not believe where the time has gone! I still can’t believe that Mal is as tall as me, and Eli is catching up fast!
Happy new year to you all, looking forward to seeing you you all soon!
I have been using Lucy's childminding service since 2010, when my child was only 4yrs old and we class Lucy and her family as extended family of ours.
As we have no family close by Lucy has supported me with my childcare requirements for years, its a home from home setting and Lucy has impeccable standards when it comes to safety and well-being of children in her care.
I have often discussed sensitive family related matters with Lucy and she has always been honest, upfront, supportive and she has always remained confidential. I am so glad that Lucy has been part of my sons journey in helping him to become a more confident child.
I have highly recommend Lucy many times and I know lots of people whom bring their children to both of Lucys settings who also speak highly of Lucy and her staff.
Well done for the hard work and dedication you put into the service you provide, its such an amazingly warm, friendly and cosy environment for the children.
Well done and keep up the outstanding and fantastic work that you all do and still do for my child!
Response by LucyApplewhite on 01/01/2019:
I am thrilled to hear such good feedback, and I’m proud to be your childminder!
Lucy and her staff have cared for my son since he was five months old at the childminding setting and he has now moved up to her preschool. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching my child flourish in Lucy's home and seeing all the lovely things they do, Lucy and her staff have always been warm and welcoming and they are all supportive.
Lucy is always updating the setting and always has such lovely toys and equipment, the garden is beautiful, my son absolutely loves his time here, I never need to worry as I know hes in good hands.
I love the fact that Lucy offers an inclusive fee that accommodates meals and trips it makes life a little easier and gives us peace of mind even with our fussy eater!
We wouldn't take our child anywhere else, thank you for providing such a beautiful settings and caring for my child.
Response by LucyApplewhite on 17/09/2018:
Thank you for you lovely review, it mean so much too our team!
This was our first time leaving our 1 year old with a childminder and we'd like to offer our deepest gratitude to the lovely girls VickI, Aimee and Esme for always being so welcoming, helpful and for handling any 'first-time parent' anxieties/questions with such grace and empathy. We were really happy with the facilities available to our child at Lucy Applewhites and as our son is now thriving in his new nursery we thankyou for settling him in to a similar environment. In our personal experience the communication could have been better and we came to learn that a nursery environment which isn't so close to the childminders home is more suited to our requirements . Emails were unresponded to, the organisation seemed slightly complacent, we never got to see our boys learning progress, photos, any artwork etc as they failed to set us up on their online system and the team didnt seem to care enough to resolve the issue. In the end, as we'd already handed our notice in, we told them not to worry. It had been an ongoing issue and we were constantly waiting for a new link to be sent to us whilst being told by the owner to 'try logging in' (slightly difficult without the actual link...) This was a shame as we were excited about seeing our little boy in his first experience of socialising and learning away from home. We made the decision to stop our son's sessions a week or two early after a very dissapointing phone conversation with the owner Lucy. We'd merely called to ask why our boy hadn't had his usual twice daily bottles of milk that day which was usually recorded by the staff in a notepad. Considering our boy was recovering from hand, foot and mouth and hadn't been eating a great deal, we'd been advised by the doctor to ensure he was getting his milk supply. It appeared the team had forgotten to give him his milk that day. Instead of an apology or any type of reason which would have been completely acceptable (as we're only human), we were quite disgruntled at the reaction of Lucy who immediately went on to accuse me (Mum) of being defensive and asking if there was a bigger problem. Her response was completely irrational and in the words of my father in law (ex social-worker for 30 years)who heard the whole conversation as she was on loud speaker, 'As an owner of an organisation such as a childminding service she must learn to be a bit more diplomatic when speaking to parents'. He actually thought the response was disgusting considering I was just a mum asking if there was a reason my son didn't have his milk that day. A simple, 'he didn't want it' would have sufficed - not a personal attack about me being defensive. I had nothing to defend so perhaps a mis-use of words? There was also a mention of 'over-feeding' our child, which baffled us all as our boy gets the recommended 480-600ml a day. The general consensus was that Lucy had realised they had forgotten and was trying to protect her team unbeknown to her that this was totally unnecessary. We just wanted to know why... This wasn't the only occasion when Lucy seemed to react unnecessarily when we simply asked for and tried to understand her policies etc After a polite email asking for holiday ts &cs to be emailed so that we could read and decipher them ourselves, (bearing in mind I also advised that I was busy and unable to call so an email was preferable for me to deal with later that day) Lucy insisted on calling and always seemed herself quite defensive and impatient, quite flappable
As new parents, trying to understand how organisations such as this work, we would have welcomed a more empathic response, especially from the owner. That said, I did receive a sincere apology from Vicki about 'Milk gate' and her duty of care and sensitivity was certainly noticed and very much appreciated. We were sorry to take Bear out of the care of Vicki etc early but to re-iterate, we really valued their professional approach to taking care of our little one.
Response by LucyApplewhite on 01/01/2019:
Hi Becki and Christopher Crispin,
Thank you for providing me with your feedback and letting me know about your issue.
I apologise that my service did not satisfy your expectations. I set very high standards and I pride myself on the honesty of my service. I’m deeply regretful if you found it too direct and for that I am truly sorry to hear that standards was not met in your interaction with my business.
I can assure you that Bears needs and security was my number one priority but in no way was I meant to make you feel let down or offended, it’s my job to discuss anything that can potentially adversely effect a childs development and as my team and I were under the impression that as Bear was 16 months old, we thought 24oz of milk over 12hrs was probably a little much with 3 main meals and 2 snacks in between. Sometimes babies vary the amount from day to day that they eat/drink and there’s nothing to worry about when that happens, I know on this particular day Bear was recovering from a double ear infection (amoxicillin was administered, Christopher came in to complete paperwork) and just simply didn’t want his milk as his snack was sufficient. It would have been clearer if it your childs key person had discussed this with you or written this on Bears daily sheet but it was hectic that day as we were setting in a new family and we missed it off the sheet.
As a solution I suggested that it was a good idea to pop to see your health visitor for advice on feeding because you seemed very angry and panicky with me on the phone (and I remember that you said if you tell me to do something you want it done) I merely meant to try to reassure you that your child was thriving but could probably drop a few bottles during the day as he shouldn’t be bottle dependant anymore at 16 months old, however, I’m glad you took my advice in dropping 2 bottles but sorry you felt that I was too direct.
Our entire team apologise for the miscommunication that took place when we tried to send your log in as it was down to security settings. I’m not a great IT whizz. We experienced a technical issue with our software, which caused it to deleted parts of your email address information in transit, due to the GDPR changes, I guess it’s good that we still have paper journals as a back up.
I truly apologise for the inconvenience this has caused you. We have since resolved the technical issue, thankfully. I hope to have the opportunity to discuss your issues directly as it’s difficult to talk in detail over a review platform and things can become misconstrued. I have policies in place to follow if you want to raise a formal complaint, I’d be happy to send you a copy as it’s really not the place to
I truly wish you all the best and we miss Bear very much. I have Bears learning progress in paper format as discussed with you before you left but we are unable to send it to you as we have no forwarding address for your new home in Plymouth.
Please feel free to call or email me directly if you wish to discuss things in more detail.
All the best, hope you are all settled in your family home.
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