5 stars (4)

Childminder in Middleton

Female Non-smoker Member since Jan 2014 Last Updated Sep 2019 Last Login 20 Jan 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare

About Me

My name is Donna, I live in Middleton, Manchester close to Middleton Shopping Centre
I am Ofsted registered and I live with my husband David ( also DBS checked ) and our 2 children Aged 9 and 4 , We have 2 Cats and a small dog (pug)

I have recently (November 2017) been rated "Good" by Ofsted

For children ages 0-4 that do not yet go to School, I use a diary app where parents can keep on touch during the day, I use this to upload photos of their child’s day , what they have eaten , nappy changes etc , parents feedback is they love the use of the app and seeing what their little one is doing , it’s great peace of mind and nice to see while you’re at work.

School collections :

Parkfield Primary school is the only primary school I collect from.

I offer holiday care for parents who need to work whilst school is closed- feel free to drop me a message with your requirements.

I can on occasion offer evening/ weekend baby sitting at the child's home please contact me to discuss.

My Experience

At Little Sparklers we have lots of fun together doing crafts, messy play, baking, painting, sensory play, indoor and outdoor play and going to local parks and play centres .
We have plenty of toys and activities for child led play as well as structured activities
I like to involve the children in deciding activities for the day and following interests of the younger children to help them with their learning and development.

My Qualifications

Childminding Course - Rochdale Council
Paediatric First Aid
DBS Checked ( disclosure and barring service )
Advanced Safeguarding
Level 2 Food Hygiene
Ofsted Registered

My Availability

I currently have a space on Monday- Thursday available 7.30-6pm full time or term time only

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes no no no
Morning yes yes yes yes no no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes no no no
After School yes yes yes yes no no no
Evening yes yes yes yes no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 20/01/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.50 per hour

Hours of Work 7.30-6pm Monday-Thursday
Minimum of 5 hours per day & 2 days a week
Full day Rate £37
School holiday day rate ( full time school attendance only ) £25
School collection including evening meal £8 Before school including breakfast £4

My Local Schools

My Documents

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  • DBS Check (added 27/07/2019)


Below are the latest reviews for Little Sparklers. 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.

Donna and her family are all so welcoming, and Little Sparklers has been a great place for our daughter for the past two and a half years. Leaving her during the day when I went back to work after maternity leave was that bit less difficult, as Donna kept in touch with messages and photos - it was lovely to see our daughter enjoying herself and getting involved in such a range of activities.

Donna also tailored activities to the different ages and interests of the children she was looking after on each particular day, and often tied in with the seasons - from planting and looking after seeds / plants in spring and summer through to playing with snow and food colouring to learn about colours and melting in winter.

Our daughter has always been so happy at Donna's, and Donna has helped her to learn so much. We would highly recommend Little Sparklers!

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by about Little Sparklers on 11/09/2019

My daughter was with Donna from January 2016 till January 2018 and the care she received was second to none!

Every day Donna organised different games and activities, even creating games that would help with my little girls development. She kept me updated all throughout the days with pictures and messages ensuring I never felt out of touch with what my daughter was up too.

I never had to worry about food as Donna prepares homemade meals and snacks and my little girl never went hungry!!

Donna looked after my little girl at the last minute when I went into labour with my second- it’s such a personal setting that it always felt like I was dropping my girl off at a friends!

I would highly recommend Little Sparklers!!!!

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by about Little Sparklers on 07/02/2018

My son has been going to Donna for well over a year now, from the second we get out of the car he's reaching for the door, he adores Donna, she has taught him so much, she has always kept me updated as to what he's doing and when, sending photos throughout the day, shes very focused and clearly loves what she does, he goes out to play centres and does plenty of sensory & activity things back at her home on a daily basis, she's very creative and welcoming. Couldn't recommend her enough.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Little Sparklers on 18/01/2017

Donna collects my 5 year old daughter from school and provides after school care twice a week. My little girl loves going to Donna's and enjoys the varied activities on offer like baking, painting and making dens. Donna is great with the children and always keeps them entertained, she is friendly and professional and I feel at ease knowing my daughter can relax and have fun after school whilst being cared for in a safe and happy home environment. Very happy and would highly recommend.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Little Sparklers on 26/09/2015

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