5 stars (5)

Childminder in Ipswich

Female Non-smoker Member since Jan 2009 Last Updated Mar 2019 Last Login 17 May 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Childminding Agency Registered
Tax-Free Childcare

About Me

Giggles and fun childcare is a professional, home based chhildcare business, set up by myself mrs Mandy Harvey, and im located in Ipswich, suffolk.
My aim is to provide a warm and relaxed 'home from home' environment for your children, where they will feel safe, valued and respected, in a caring atmosphere. I will help your child to learn, grow and develop to their full potential, according to their individual needs and requirements.
I will always encourage your child to have the confidence to become independent and able to make their own decisions. We plan weekly outings and activities to a variety of local places including the local park, community centre, Birch Farm, Needham lake, Felixstowe beach and multiple organised trips throughout the summer holidays.
I promise to work closely with you, in order to gain knowledge about your child, their experiences, and their likes and dislikes so as to provide a happy environment at all times.

My Experience

I am an OFSTED registered childminder, member and Fully insured through PACEY.
I have been working in childcare for 11 years and was the pre-school room leader at a local nursery and have ran a sucessful home based childcare service for 10 years.
I hold an up to date peadiatric first aid certificate, food hygeine certificate, and child protection certificate. I am SENCO trained, quality assured and a champion of children. I have a full driving licence and run fully insured vehicles.
I have 2 members of staff that work closely with both the parents and children all of which are DBS checked, and have paediatric first aid, amongst other qualifications.

My Qualifications

I am accredited, and can recieve government funding for both 2 ,3 & 4 year old childcare.

I hold current certificates in peadiatric first aid, Safe guarding, food hygeine and a clear DBS check.
I am SENCO trained, and hold a level 3 NVQ in childcare.
I am quality assured
I am registered with care to learn, amongst other organisations that can recieve funding.

My Availability

I currently have space for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday sessions from 8am - 6pm however I can be felxible and other days may become availble. Please contact to enquire even if the days you require dont show as available.
I do offer an early start service at an additional cost of £6 per hour rather that the normal rate of £4 per hour.
If you require any further infomation please feel free to request a prospectus by either email or phone.

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Last Updated: 23/04/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.50 per hour

My fees are £40.00 per day which is 8-6
Before and after school is £4.50 p/h
Before 8 (Early Start Service) is £6.00 p/h

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

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  • Ofsted Certificate (added 20/09/2017)
  • DBS Check (added 20/09/2017)


Below are the latest reviews for giggles and fun. 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.

Absolutely fantastic! Twice my children have gone here for a period of time and both times they were very sad to leave! So caring and attentive that I plan to use them again!

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by about giggles and fun on 21/03/2019

Mandy and her team are absolutely fantastic. I cannot praise them highly enough. Our son was with Giggles and Fun for a pretty long time, since he was very little he has enjoyed every visit. He came on leaps and bounds thanks to the care and effort put in by the whole team. I highly recommend these amazing wonderful people.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about giggles and fun on 13/02/2019

My daughter, now 11, was the 2nd child that Mandy took on when she set up by herself. She started at 16 months old and from the word go, settled in beautifully. She used to cry when she had to come home! My son, 4, now goes there too and absolutely loves it. He has some learning difficulties which were picked up by Mandy before anyone else, which meant we got help sooner. Mandy works with the school to provide continuity for my boy, which has helped no end.
My favourite thing about giggles and fun though is the school holidays. They are never ‘home’! Mandy always has a full itinerary through the holidays, trips to the park, the beach or the forest. Cinema trips on rainy days or splashing through puddles, even trips to the theatre!
I can’t recommend Mandy and her team highly enough!

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by about giggles and fun on 02/07/2018

I’ve been lucky enough to use the services of Mandy and her staff for over 5 years now.

My eldest has some additional needs which the ladies were able to help me with from an early age. They helped support my daughter and the rest of the family in securing the specialist help she needed.

Recently my daughter had an Education Psychologist appointment around whether she had dyslexia. The specialists exact words were “whoever taught your daughter her phonics deserves a medal, her grounding is fantastic and they have clearly worked amazingly hard in teaching her a brilliant foundation pre school”. I honestly believe the early support my daughter was able to receive from Mandy and her team has incredibly helped her in achieving what she has been able to achieve.

Both my kids adore going to Mandy’s. They know they will have fun, be well cared for, respected and have their achievements celebrated.

As a parent I can’t thank Mandy enough from supporting my children from babies through to school age children. She is genuinely one of the most caring, empathetic, considerate, professional and kind people I have ever had the pleasure to know. I couldn’t wish for a better person to care for my children.

I would recommend in a heartbeat.

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by about giggles and fun on 14/05/2018

My children have been going to Giggles and Fun for a few months now and they have progressed so much. My daughter has trouble with her speech and since she has been there she has come on leaps and bounds.

Being at Mandy's is like having a second home for my children, they are doing a fantastic job and I wouldn't want my children to go to anyone else.

They have both settled in really well there and don't want to leave when I pick them up, which is a good sign and lovely to see as a mother. They even push me out the door when I drop them off. They are very keen to go there every day and miss Mandy at weekends.

She is fantastic childminder and I couldn't wish for a lovelier person to look after my children when I am at work. She goes the extra mile and treats each child as her own.

Definately recommend :)

  • 5 stars Overall

by about giggles and fun on 19/03/2013

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