4.89 stars (9)

Childminder in Cambridge

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Female Non-smoker Member since May 2009 Last Updated May 2019 Last Login 19 Jan 2020 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare

About Me

I am an Ofsted registered child minder, who is also a member of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) . I provide a safe stimulating home from home environment for the children in my care, this provides a happy place to learn and play. I work closely within the EYFS to promote learning towards the early years goals and outcomes. I am also a registered network quality assured accredited child minder, which allows me to accept Government funding for Nursery Education for 2, 3 and 4 year old funding where eligible. I have a smoke free setting.
I have a large designated playroom fully equipped with age/stage appropriate toys and resources. I also have an all weather, child friendly, fully equipped outdoor play area with a play house, which the children enjoy using as a den, sand and water tables and a varied selection of out outdoor toys. I have a separate sleeping area away from the hustle and bustle of the play area.

My Experience

I have 34 years experience working with children and have been a child minder for over 9 years, I have four children of my own, and five grand children. I managed a pre-school for 10 years, and have worked in primary and secondary schools mainstream and additional needs, I worked for the organisation Mencap for 15 years with children and young adults with additional needs some with severe didibilities. I have experience with babies and children of all ages. Both myself and my assistant have current level 3 paediatric First Aid certificates.

My Qualifications


Pre-school playgroups Association Foundation Course
Pre-school playgroups Association Further Course
Social Services Managing A Community Organisation
Social Services Putting Equal Opportunit89ies into Practice
Waltham Forrest LEA East London Parent Link
L.B.W.F./Pre-school Playgroups Assoc. Food Hygiene & Health and Safety
L.B.W.F. Education Dept. Managing Behaviour
L.B.W.F. Education Dept. Stages 1-8 of Makaton
L.B.W.F. Education Dept. Early Verbal & Non-verbal Communication skills
L.B.W.F. Education Dept. Supporting Children with Hearing Impairment
L.B.W.F. Education Dept. Supporting Children with Visual Impairment
L.B.W.F. Education Dept. Special Needs The Role Of The 1-1 Worker
L.B.W.F. Education Dept. Classroom Assistant Course
L.B.W.F. Education Dept. P.S.L.A. Special Needs Course
L.B.W.F. Education Dept. Disability Equality Training
L.B.W.F. H.I.V. & Infectious Diseases
L.B.W.F. Sex & Health Education
MEC Whipps Cross Hospital: Understanding Autism
Mencap & Humara: Focus On Autism
Mencap & Humara: Administering Medication
I.S.L.T. A.D.H.D
I.S.L.T. Speech & Language Disorders in Children
Pre-school Learning Alliance: Nursery Learning Vouchers
Mencap: Handling & Restraint
V.T.I.: NVQ Playwork Theory & Practical Applications
V.T.I. NVQ Level II Playwork
Cache NVQ III Playwork
C.P.A. Child Protection
I.T.C. First Aid At Work
C.J.C.I.A. ICT Introductory Course
EduAction Personal Education Plans
EduAction DfES Induction Course For Teaching Assistants
EduAction DfES National Learning Mentor Training
NCMA Childminding Course
NCMA Pre-Ofsted Registration Course
Early Years & Childcare Service: Safeguarding Children
Early Years & Childcare Service Child Protection
Food Health & Safety : Additional +++ five star gold award
NCMA: Paediatric First Aid Course
Cache: Diploma in home based childcare. Grade A.
Elklan: Speech and Language
East of Anglia Paediatric First Aid
East Of England Training Level 3 in Paediatric First Aid
Ixion Holdings NVQ Level 2 - Customer Service
Food Standards Agency Food Allergy Training course includes Allergens
College Of Policing The Channel General Awareness Module
Educare Food Hygiene and Safety Level 2
Educare First Aid Essentials Level 2
Educare Characteristics of Effective Leaders
Educare Equality and Inclusion in Early Years Settings
Educare Being Safe: Effective First Aid Management in the Setting
Educare The Prevent Duty in an Early Years Environment

My Availability

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My hours of work are 07.45 to 18.00 Monday to Friday, but I am happy to be flexible so please feel free to contact me to discuss.

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Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 14/01/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.00 per hour

I charge £6.00 per hour for normal contracted hours including meals, healthy snacks and juices. I also offer a reduction for siblings.

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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  • DBS Check (added 17/05/2017)
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Below are the latest reviews for tinytots_cb4. 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.

Allyson and her husband Colin took care of our son for almost 2 years and we were sad to leave them. The care they provided was excellent and our son was always very happy with them and they really helped his personality come out as well as helping him to develop in the educational side of things. Tinytots always provided a regular update on his progress and we ended up with a very useful book showcasing all the things he achieved during his time there.

The setup of tinytots really is a best of both worlds as it is both a home and also quite nursery like with a playroom at the back of the house which is for the children full of toys, books and other games. It's always kept spotlessly clean and our son was a very keen tidier so he helped keep it that way! The playroom also leads onto a garden with a playhouse and enough room for a sand and water table as well as a big inflatable water slide in the summer. They keep the garden nice and shady and were in the process of renovating the space when our son left so it is no doubt even better now.

Allyson and Colin are very professional and experienced childminders and we were lucky to have found them. They provide excellent care in a safe, quiet and calm environment and also healthy meals for the children. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a childminder in Cambridge.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about tinytots_cb4 on 08/05/2019

We were extremely happy with the care provided at Tiny Tots while our daughter was there. We only moved minders because we moved house. Our daughter was with Allyson and Colin from 5 months old to 2yrs 5 months. She has been so happy there, often talking about them on days she is not with them and excited to arrive in the mornings. She has loved all the friends she has made at TT and they really helped her personality come out, while teaching her good manners and working on educational aspects too. This is all recorded in nicely presented end of term report books.

The setting is homely, with a playroom at the back of the house dedicated to the children. There is a vast selection of colourful toys, books and games. The playroom leads out onto the garden which is especially great in summer when Allyson and Colin get out sand and water play tables under a large parasol. They often go on walks by the river, trips to local shops and playgrounds.

We have always greatly appreciated the professionalism and flexibility. We always felt so lucky that we found childcare we were comfortable with and this made a highly valued difference to the "back-to-work experience".

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about tinytots_cb4 on 28/02/2018

Our son had a great childcare experience with Allyson and Colin for two months. The only reason we stopped going to them was because we moved away from Cambridge. Jack always came back happy from theirs. They were always very responsive and we felt reassured when he had a cold that Allyson was happy to give him Calpol [she asked us to sign a consent form for this, one of the many signs of a very high level of professionalism]. They always gave us a useful verbal report on how he had got on during the day, and any wet or solid nappies, and how he fared with his food. The space they have for children is very well-equipped. After some stressful childcare experiences, it was a huge relief for us to find Allyson and Colin and to simply not worry about childcare anymore, and know that Jack was in safe and capable hands. If only more childcare providers could be like Allyson and Colin!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about tinytots_cb4 on 20/12/2017

We have been blessed to have Allyson and Colin child minding our 2 sons for the past 16 months. They are reliable, professional, caring and hard working. They have helped our youngest go from a stumbling toddler to a running, chatting, happy little boy. They have helped build our older son’s confidence and writing and drawing skills.

The professionalism, organized and expert approach at Tiny Tots is a highlight. The extensive notes, the planning and the documentation of the children’s achievements has given us as parents a better understanding of their developments and what should happen next in their progression. We were kept informed and given advance notice of events and changes. Their forward planning and advance notice helped tremendously as we planned our own schedules. They are very welcome to speak to us about concerns and give advice.

Our sons both enjoyed spending time at Tiny Tots. They enjoyed the garden, the toys and the playhouse. The occasional swimming pool and the wet play time was a highlight of the summers. They enjoyed taking walks by the river and feeding the ducks. They easily made close friends with the other children also attending Tiny Tots. As parents, it was really nice to have so many pictures and crafts be brought home at the end of the day.

We would gladly recommend Allyson and Colin of Tiny Tots to any parent who is looking for a professional, development driven, loving and caring environment

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about tinytots_cb4 on 29/07/2017

We came to Allyson and Colin after some stressful experiences with unreliable Nanny's and childminders. [This review is only after a few days of our son being looked after them; we will post another review later on]. From our first contact they were responsive, knowledgeable and competent. When we visited we were struck by the calm, caring and organised atmosphere of their set up. Allyson and Colin are extremely qualified at looking after children and this is very evident from their formal qualifications but most of all how they have looked after our son. Like many other parents we were anxious about leaving him with people with didn't know. But he has returned from their care happy and contented and we now wish we had pursued this option earlier! It really makes a huge positive difference to his experience of being a small growing person and our experience as parents with full-time jobs. We would highly recommend them and would be happy to provide a more detailed reference.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
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by about tinytots_cb4 on 13/06/2017

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