5 stars (4)

Childminder in Plymouth

Usually responds within 12 hours

Female Non-smoker Member since Feb 2017 Last Updated Jun 2019 Last Login 01 Dec 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours

About Me

I have been a nanny for most of my working life - some 22 years of nanny experience. Also been Childminding now for over a year. I have twins experience.
Before having my own two beautiful kids I considered myself a career nanny.
I have nannied all over the world, including Sydney in Australia, Los Angeles and New York in the United States, and London and Bristol, and South Wales here in the UK.
I've enjoyed the pleasure of caring for all ages of children from newborns in their very first hours of life up to secondary school age.
I'm fun, energetic and very happy person, who always looks for the positives in life.
I like to be led in play, am great at improvisation and there's nothing I enjoy more than getting mucky with the kids, whether it be cooking, painting, play dough, collages or jumping in puddles.
I'm organised, and great at forward planning but I also like to have spontaneous fun with the children in my care.
In my spare time I like exercising at the gym, spending quality time with my kids, reading and meeting up with my friends.
I moved to Devon in the Summer a few years ago and I am loving our new way of life exploring the beaches and moors. I've been a regular visitor here for the last 20 + years since my best friend moved here.
I can only offer school runs to Stuart Road Primary School. Thank you.

My Experience

I have excellent references from all my families I have worked with, I have 20 years experience. From newborns and up to early teens.

My Qualifications

Cache Level 3 in Childcare
Paediatric first aid trained
GCSEs Maths,English & Child Development.

My Availability

Spaces available from September

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Before School yes yes yes yes no no no
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Afternoon yes yes yes yes no no no
After School yes yes yes yes no no no
Evening no no no no no no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 13/06/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

Fees on Request.

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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  • First Aid Certificate: Paediatric First Aid (added 01/04/2018)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 01/04/2018)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 02/10/2017)
  • Reference: Reference from Maxine Bushell (added 19/04/2017)
  • Training Certificate: Cache Childcare Level 3 (added 07/03/2017)
  • First Aid Certificate (added 07/03/2017)
  • Reference: Reference from Clare Rendle (added 07/03/2017)
  • Full CV (added 07/03/2017)
  • DBS Check (added 03/03/2017)
  • UK Passport (added 24/02/2017)

Reviews

Below are the latest reviews for Melanie. 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.

We have known Mel as both nanny and as a childcare provider for our twins since finishing maternity when they were just 9 months old.
She is very caring towards the children, and quickly bonded with them which reassured us at quite a scary time.

Mel is great at taking the kids out on daily adventures, whether it be local playgroups, the park, aquarium or playdates, but is also great at recognising if the kids need a home day and has a house full of kids activities for learning , role play and general child led play. She is also great at updating us with photos and stories of what they have been up to across the day.

Both my children are happy in her company, and she has been very helpful with providing care when we have been really stuck.

Both kids look forward to a day at Mel's house, and love their time with her and the other kids in her care. They love Mel's children and their interactions with them .

I appreciate Mel's open approach and her personalised approach to the children in her care. I would certainly be happy to recommend her, and leave my own children in her care with great confidence.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Melanie on 27/06/2019

Well.... Where do I start!

If you are reading this you maybe thinking of taking the scary steps in trusting someone else to care and love your little one. It's such a hard decision for any parent to make!!!

I met Mel in 2018 on a visit when I was having a complete melt down about childcare for my 10 month old. I had viewed several nurseries, childminders and Nannies and I just felt at this point my expectations and ideas on what I wanted for my daughter were perhaps unrealistic.

I felt I wanted her to be cared for in a home from home environment, listened too, loved and nurtured by someone who would treat them as part of their own family.

When I met Mel in her lovley home, I was surrounded by child let toys, activities and a setting that made me feel so welcome. She explained thoroughly about her vast experience and offered her credentials. We spoke in length about my fears, expectations and concerns, and Mel reasurred me in every way about how I was feeling and how normal this was!!!

We spoke in great detail about my daughter's allergy which is extremely severe and her understanding and compassion towards this really made me feel at ease.

We had several conversations following our meeting and I decided she was for our family!!!!

She is a credit to the industry and my daughter absolutly loves her! Now, at 17 months old , She's reaching all her milestones and exceeding them! Her language and social skills are incredible for her age and she absolutly loves spending time with the other children in Mels care! They have so many adventures together all around Plymouth and I often get craft cards and plates that they make together ... She even made a father's Day card this year which was extraordinary!!!

She is safe, loved, nurtured and a member of their family!

I am so happy we met Mel and that she is such an integral part of our daughters early development

Thankyou

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Melanie on 18/06/2019

Mel covered a transitional period of 6 months between a full-time nanny and taking on an au pair. She is very professional and also very loving, friendly and caring. Her home is spotless and is a lovely large well-laid out home from home. Her kids are also wonderful kids (which tells you something). Mel is on the ball with all the professional side of being a childminder and is attentive to developmental needs and progress. A great childminder and we were lucky to have her.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
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by about Melanie on 13/09/2018


Response by Melanie on 13/06/2019:

Thank you for my lovely review, I very much enjoyed looking after your boys, and my two often still ask after them.

We were in the area for a close family funeral and wanted to ensure we got the right person to mind our two children (4 and 2 years). Melanie was prepared to meet us the day before and fit in with our schedule. She has many years of experience plus two children of her own. She came across as a very calm and caring person and on the day of looking after them, my daughter had a temperature and I quickly texted her as forgot my thermometer, she brought this plus calpol at short notice which greatly put my mind at rest. My children enjoyed her company and I felt very comfortable leaving them with her. I would recommend Melanie and would definitely be in touch with her if in the area again and we need childcare. Thank you.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Melanie on 18/06/2017

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