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Carmela Coady Childcare

Babysitter in Bournemouth

5 stars

Usually responds within 4 hours

Member since Jul 2010 Last Updated Mar 2022 Last Login 14 May 2022

Our Summary

DBS Check
Special Needs Experience
Ofsted Registered
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Free Smear-Test Childcare
Key Worker Childcare

About Us

We have evolved from a childminding setting into a small nursery and are keen to ensure we stay true to our roots and maintain our flexibility and home from home feel. For this reason we charge by the 15 minutes, allowing parents to choose booking patterns that suit them rather than daily or sessional fees that mean they end up paying for hours they don't need. We also continue to mix across the age groups, especially at meal times where we feel that the babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers can all socialise and learn from each other, making it an ideal setting for siblings. We do have lots of space to split into interest groups when necessary and we provide a quieter, more homely space for the younger children, along with a separate sleep room and sensory room. We also see the value in getting out into the community and ensure that small groups have the opportunity to go on regular outings as well as welcoming educational visits to the setting.

Our vision is to create a place that feels like home, where children feel part of the family and know that they are loved, cared for, listened to and valued. Families feel comfortable and welcomed into a safe and non-judgemental environment and understand that their views and personal perspectives are not only respected but celebrated and included in our practice.

Our passionate, enthusiastic and qualified team plan responsively, in the moment, keeping the children’s unique interests at the heart of everything they do, expanding their play experiences and uplifting them to reach their full potential in all developmental areas.

We know that each child is an individual with a unique set of capabilities and we aim to nurture their instinctive drive to explore, investigate and discover the world around them by providing an engaging environment that sparks curiosity and ignites a sense of wonder. We understand that, within a safe environment, challenges and opportunities to fail are excellent ways for children to develop their self confidence, independence and resilience and these are the magic ingredients to creating the empowered learners of the future.

To enquire, please send details of your childcare requirements and we will reply to arrange a visit.

Our Availability

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 no no no no no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 19/03/2022

Our Fees

  • Childcare from £20.00 per day
  • Babysitting from £5.80 per hour

Our standard hourly rate is £5.80 per hour. We are flexible with booking patterns and enable parents to book the hours they need rather than full sessions or days. We do, however, recommend a minimum of two days a week to provide consistency for the child.

All snacks and meals are freshly prepared on site and provided for a small additional charge. Breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch and mid-afternoon snack are all included in the £2.75 per day meal charge and an optional hot evening meal can also be added for a further £2.75.

We offer a sibling discount of 10% and happily accept childcare vouchers or tax free childcare.

We also accept the 15 hours a week early education funding and 30 hours extended offer for 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds.

Our Documents

  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 04/12/2021)
  • DBS Check (added 13/02/2020)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 05/01/2017)
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Below are the latest reviews for Carmelac. 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 little one has been going to Carmela's for over a year now and we are so pleased we found you.
The effort and attention that everyone puts in is exceptional! I never worry about leaving little one as I know he will be looked after to a high standard and have an amazing day. Little one is always so excited to go and see his friends and bubbly when he gets home.
Carmela provides such a vast range of activities for them to do and get involved in, little one has learnt and developed so much from going here.
You get given a diary which tells you everything about their day which is great to see and read what little one has enjoyed and been up to.
Carmela and her team are just so caring and loving I wouldn't go anywhere else.

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by Avatar for Megan Megan about Avatar for Carmelac Carmelac on 18/08/2021

If you are looking for a thoughtful and caring home from home environment then look no further. Carmela and Simon have looked after my little boy since he was a year old and I can not recommend them highly enough. My second child will be starting in September at only 6 months old. Carmela provides a fun learning environment for all the children. My little boy loves going here and will be sad to leave to start school in September.
Carmela and Simon always go the extra mile hosting firework nights and Halloween parties for the children. They really are like an extension of our family.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Emily Emily about Avatar for Carmelac Carmelac on 08/06/2020

Carmela has been an absolute godsend!
She has been looking after both of our children for the past 6.5 years. My son (now seven and at school) still absolutely loves going to see her, which is testament to her inspired approach to childcare. Still caring for my daughter, aged four, she provides an amazing welcoming environment where nothing is too much trouble, the children are allowed to play as they wish and are shown as much love and compassion as though they were her own children.
Together with her husband Simon, she encourages the children to try new things by learning through play, including cooking, dancing, learning about road safety, reading and writing, painting, messy play, singing and generally having lots of fun! Particular highlights for both my children have been the regular trips out and about, down to the river to learn about nature, and to other group activities including beach visits, Monkey Gym and Twinkletoes. The trips involving bus rides are the best!
We are so grateful to Carmela for the love and care she has shown our children, and could not have picked, nor wished for, a better person to have looked after our babies for all of these years.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for nickgibs nickgibs about Avatar for Carmelac Carmelac on 23/06/2019

If you are looking for a childminder in the area, then look no further than Carmella. She is simply amazing. She has cared for my two children (now 3 and 5) for the past 4 years and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is calm and organised and instantly puts the children at ease. She has always put their best interests first and some how manages to strike a balance between offering them a fun and relaxing environment, whilst at the same time, always being in control of the situation. She provides a loving, homely environment, cooking nutritious meals and providing relaxation and play so they can get the most out of their day.
Carmela follows the EYFS curriculum and comes up with so many fantastic new ideas of how to make learning fun and part of the children's everyday lives, she also gives us parents great tips on how we can carry this on at home. I'm so amazed at how well my girls have progressed and she really put in so much extra time and effort getting my eldest ready to start school with confidence.
During the holidays, no day was the same and she takes them on the most amazing trips, either for long walks, picnics at the beach or visits to places such as Alice in wonderland and Honeybrook Farm and that's on top of the usual weekly outings to the library, local parks, children's centre and nature tots.

The girls absolutely adore being with Carmela and feel part of her extended ‘family’, they are more than happy to go to her house because they know it will be jam-packed full of activities. Since moving house, we do a 1 hour round trip so our youngest can still continue at Carmela's, with no thoughts of moving her. To us it's 100% worth while to keep her somewhere she's so happy, comfortable and loves to be.

From my side, nothing is ever too much trouble for Carmela – she is always flexible to fit around my work schedule and would extend her hours to look after the children at short notice. She is always willing to help and go the extra mile. She is very good at communicating with parents, uploading pictures to the parents secure Facebook page, telling us all about the things they've been up to during the day and also through there personal daily diary's.
Carmela is a true star and I cannot thank her enough for the love and compassion that she shows to my children. Thank you Carmela x

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for Tarahjan Tarahjan about Avatar for Carmelac Carmelac on 03/01/2017

My little one has been with Carmela since he was one year of age. He loves spending time there! She offers a happy, safe, and stimulating environment. She's always positive, creative and full of ideas for a variety of activities indoors and outdoors. They enjoy reading, cooking, playing instruments, painting, arts and crafts... they even grow vegetables and flowers! They are often out in the garden, or walk to the park or children centre.
I couldn't be happier with my choice and would definitely recommend Carmela to anybody looking for the best care for their little ones!

  • 5 stars Overall

by Avatar for annix annix about Avatar for Carmelac Carmelac on 29/07/2012

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