5 stars (2)

Childminder in Horsham

Female Non-smoker Member since Sep 2015 Last Updated Jun 2019 Last Login 24 Feb 2020 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications

About Me


Secret Garden' is a 'nursery at home' and Forest Childcare setting
situated on the A29 near Slinfold, in between Billingshurst and Horsham.

Owned and managed by Lucinda (a qualified Early Years Montessori teacher), Secret Garden looks after children from 3 months to 5 years.

• 5 acres of private outdoor space including secure play area
• Homely, nurturing environment
• Montessori learning resources
• Ofsted approved
• Open all year round!

At Secret Garden, we are passionate about the great outdoors! We have designed many of our literacy and numeracy activities around our outdoor facilities.

Lucinda comments: "As a mother of three school-age children I understand the importance of pre-school education in preparing children for big school. Rest assured the development of your child will be my top priority".

To find out more or arrange a visit, please contact me.

My Experience

Lucinda is a qualified Early Years Montessori Teacher and Forest Childcare Practitioner, with over 10 years early years' experience.

Lucinda has a wide range of experience in early years education from managing a Montessori nursery in Surrey to working as a nursery practitioner at an independent school in West Sussex.

My Qualifications

Lucinda's qualifications include

- BA Hons
- Montessori International Diploma
- Paediatric First Aid
- Home Based Childcare Award
- Food Hygiene Certificate
- Forest Childcare Award
- Safeguarding Children

Many early years courses attended.

Certificates for all staff are on display.

My Availability

We are open all year round, from 07.30 - 18.00 with core hours of 08.00-17.00.

• All year care available
• Term time only available
• Ad hoc care available

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School no no no no no no no
Morning no no no no no no no
Afternoon no no no no no 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: 30/06/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

Our all-inclusive fee structure makes life simple for busy parents.

Full day 9 hours (08.00-17.00): £62 per day

Full time place 9 hours/5 days (08.00-17.00): £280 per week

Unsociable/extra hours:

Early drop-off (07.30-08.00): £5 per half hour
Late pick-up 17.00-18.00: £3 per half hour

Fees include the following:

• Freshly cooked home cooked meals and snacks
• All nappies and wipes
• Organic milk or your choice of infant formula milk
• Forest School Outdoor Clothing & Secret Garden uniform
• Complimentary settling-in visit(s)

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.

My Documents


Below are the latest reviews for Secret G. 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.

Lucinda is fantastic at providing a nurturing and stimulating learning environment for little ones.
She has an impressive knowledge of child development and has always been extremely helpful and approachable with issues such as weaning and potty training.
If you are looking for childcare with excellent facilities and a homely environment Secret Garden would be the perfect choice.

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Secret G on 23/02/2016

Lucinda is an absolute natural with children.
She is an incredibly warm and caring person with many years experience of educating, and caring for, young children.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Lucinda to any parent searching for childcare and I am confident that under her management Secret Garden will become one of the top childcare establishments in the Horsham area.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Secret G on 06/10/2015

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