My name is ‘Michelle’ & i’m an Ofsted registered childminder, fully insured by Morton Michel, with paediatric first aid, also qualified to degree level.
We are a family ran business and focus on making children feel at home, happy & settled with us.
I work alongside my two assistants:- Leila my daughter whom has just started an apprenticeship for level 3 qualified nursery nurse/early years educator) & my nearly qualified apprentice ‘Jodie’ whom is also working towards her level 3 childcare. Last but not least is ‘Jay’ my partner who helps with school runs & general maintenance. All the children love Jay and his happy go lucky personality. I feel we all work well together to offer the best care possible.
We’re all fully dbs checked with first aid & relevant ongoing training. Safeguarding is a priority in our setting as is cleanliness & antibacterial cleaning daily.
Most importantly all have a passion for working with children, enjoy to keep them stimulated & busy, whilst keeping it fun & engaging.
We offer a welcoming & homely environment, in which each child gets full care & individual attention, in order to be happy & settled. Many parents have commented on what a calming atmosphere we have which also helps children settle.
I have over 25 years of varied experience working with children, I have worked in nurseries & schools, as well as some voluntary work with Childline over the years. Due to my vast experience, & also having three children of my own, I feel that I have a natural affinity and also a depth of understanding how to help children develop & learn, whilst offering fun & exciting activites, in a stimulating environment, through research & play. Together we offer structured activities with lots of open ended ones, to allow development to flow, & child to lead the way at their own pace.
We have three daughters, Leila 17, Lexia 7 & lily-Mae 6. They love to be around other children, and are always kind & helpful, whilst being very welcoming. They see other children as ‘friends’ coming to play.
We also go for days out in the school holidays, such as parks, farms, picnics, playcentres etc. One example of a day(pre COVID) out was for an adventure in the forest, we made dens & then went berry picking. In the afternoon we make a blackberry crumble together. The children throrougly enjoyed this & learnt whilst having lots of fun!
We always get parents permission & days out are inclusive in our fees. We have a seven seater with all relevant car seats to suit ages & stages, but try to walk when we are able to promote health & well being.
We also include food, snacks & wipes in our hourly fee so no hidden extras. We provide funding but then meals are chargeable or can bring your own. We’re also big on sanitising & deep clean daily.
We can accommodate a child with allergies or special dietary requirements. We will work with the parent to provide the best care, to suit each individual child such as food preferences and settling in sessions.
Development is recorded through an electronic diary called ‘babysdays’ which is sent via email daily to you. You can also access photographs, or anything new development wise, through this form of communication, as well as daily verbal updates & crafts to take home.
We have a large, purpose built, heated log cabin in our garden, which has a wide variety of toys/resources & activities, to stimulate & learn, whilst following the EYFS. There are also a good range of outdoor toys, ride ons & garden equipment, including sand & water tables, a mud kitchen, a helter skelter slide with swings, and a den which they all enjoy, whilst learning through play & most importantly have lots of fun!
We live in a lovely, quiet part of Wilmslow, which is central to all schools & close to the police & emergency services. We cover before & after school sessions for Ashdene, Lindow, & Gorsey bank school at present, also midday/afternoon nursery drops to any within the area as well as full & half day care.
I have over 25 years experience & have been told I have a gift with children. I love all children equally & treat as my own, whilst working to achieve the best for each individual child. I have lots of varied experience in early years settings, nurseries, playcentres & schools, as well as counselling at Childline.
Cache diploma in childcare & education ( nursery nurse/ nanny qualification.)
Teaching assistant level 5
Level 3 CYPOP childminding registration course.
Health, food & Hygiene.
Childline counselling course.
Working towards B A honours childhood & youth studies.
Paediatric first aid ( renewed 3 yearly.)
I keep up with all the latest safeguarding & relevant online courses.
I am available Monday-Thursday and can offer some weekend & overnight stays if available. I can be flexible where possible & help with unsociable hours. Please enquire for more information.
|Last Updated: 23/06/2021|
- Babysitting from £8.00 per hour
- Childminding from £5.50 per hour
£5.50 per hour daytime from my home.
£10 from your home. Overnight negotiable.
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Wilmslow Preparatory School
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Pownall Hall School
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Lindow Community Primary School
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Ashdene Primary School
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at St Anne's Fulshaw C of E Primary School
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Alderley Edge School for Girls
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Gorsey Bank Primary School
- Ofsted Certificate (added 19/07/2018)
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I recently moved to Cheshire from Surrey and I was really nervous about my two year old starting however it’s been brilliant she is always happy and excited after I’ve picked her up showing me what she did with michelle and has learnt so many new words already. Built her confidence massively - michelle also has her at weekends for me if I’m busy I know she is safe all the children get along well and fergie is very happy there I wouldn’t go anywhere else! I can now delete the app :) ❤️👍🏼
My son has been going to Michelle since March this year when he was around 9 months old. Michelle and her husband are like the sweetest people you could ever meet. They are both extremely friendly and have been taking care of my little man like if he was their own son. He always gets extremely excited when he recognises their house and he hasn't had a single meltdown in all the months he has been going there. It's all smiles and cuddles 😊
I'm very happy with the room they have for the kids aswell. It's an outside building in their back garden which is extremely well maintained with plenty of activities to do inside. There is far enough to entertain the kids for hours. It's also very secure which for me is extremely important. Would recommend them 100% 😊
Response by Steppingstones on 24/06/2019:
Thanks so much for your lovely review Fabienne xx We love little Tristan as if he were part of the family. It’s great to have parents like you to work with too! Many thanks xx
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