Childminder in Southend On Sea
Babysitter in Southend On Sea
I'm Melanie and I am an Ofsted Registered, Accredited, Marvellous Minder in Southend on Sea. I live in the Thorpe Greenways School catchment area and have been childminding in my home since 2007.
I have a Level 5 Diploma in Heath and Social Care and an NVQ Level 3 in Children's Learning and Development. I am First Aid/Epi-pen and Level 4 Safeguarding Trained.
Before becoming a Childminder I worked with children with Special Educational Needs alongside the SENCo in a school. I have experience of working with children with ADHD , Dyslexia and Severe Challenging Behaviour. Within the school, I also worked with small groups of children with speech and language difficulties.
8 years ago, I fostered a child for 6 months through Social Services and I have my own childcare experience of being a mum to my 4 children for the last 26 years.
I regularly attend training courses in line with my job and a copy of my 'Professional Development File' and certificates are available upon request.
I attend various toddler groups during the week and I also attend a group called 'Talking Tots' which helps with speech and language development.
I carry out assessments and observations on the under 5's and record the child's development in their learning journey. I pride myself on working in partnership with parents and we meet to discuss their child's progress in order to help them achieve their early years goals. The older children all have their own work books in which they put any artwork and photographs. I am available to help with reading and homework if required.
I take the children to the library, park, beach, sealife centre, farm and local areas of interest.
I have lots of educational toys and resources which help to encourage childrens play and development within my setting. I have a secure garden which we use for outdoor learning where the children have access to our construction area, mud kitchen area, water wall area, digging and planting area, den area, mark making area and numeracy/literacy resource area.
Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care
Level 3 in Childrens Learning and Development
Diploma in Home Based Childcare
Accreditation in Speech and Language (classroom based) and (working with under 5's)
Level 2 in Food Safety and Hygiene
NVQ Level 2 in Information Technology
City and Guilds (Numeracy/Literacy)
New Ofsted Requirements
Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People's Settings
Five to thrive : Promoting Optimal Brain Development for all Children
Managing your Ofsted Inspection
Safeguarding - Awareness of Forced Marriage
Safeguarding - FGM
Channelling General Awareness
Managing Safeguarding (Level 4)
Introduction to Safeguarding (Level 3)
Child Protection (Level 3)
First Time Leadership (Level 4)
Managing People (Level 4)
Building a Team (Level 4)
Food Hygiene Level 2 (refresher)
Understanding the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (Level 2)
Fulfilling The Role of Key Person (Level 3)
Child Exploitation & Online Safety for Education
Introduction to Nannying
Self Evaluation (Level 3)
Managing Behaviour (Level 3)
Partnership With Parents (Level 3)
Health & Safety (Level 4)
Supervision (Level 4)
Understanding Leadership and Management (Level 4)
Inclusion (Level 3)
Child Development (Level 3)
Cultural Awareness (Level 3)
Key Elements of Effective Practice - KEEP (Level 3)
Continuous Professional Development (Level 4)
Recognising and Supporting Children with SEN (Level 3)
Observing Children (Level 3)
An Enabling Learning Environment (Level 3)
Planning - Next Steps
Equality and Diversity (refresher)
English as an Additional Language (refresher)
How a Child’s Early Experiences Shape the Rest of Their Life
The Revised EYFS
Starting Out – Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being
Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Expectations of Behaviour
Raising Development Concerns with Parents
Introduction to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
First Aid (refresher)
Child Protection Awareness
Personal Safety (online)
Food Hygiene (refresher)
Exploring Literacy in the EYFS
SELCA – Early Years Development Programme 1, 2 and 3
Keeping up with Ofsted Changes
Self Evaluation – Self Reflection
Equality and Diversity (refresher)
ECAT (Every Child a Talker)
First Aid (refresher)
Moving and Handling
Moving and Handling Children with Disabilities
Voice of the Child
Planning through Observation
Working with children with autism
SEAD - social and emotional development
Safeguarding Children with Disabilities
City and Guilds in Speech and Language - Classroom based and working with the under 5’s
Certificate in Equal Opportunities and English as an Additional Language
Certificate in Advanced Child Protection Training
Level 2 in Food Safety and Hygiene
Epi-pen trained - St Johns Ambulance Training
Training in Early Years Foundation Stage
First Aid Training
Fire Safety Management Training
Diploma in Home-based Childcare CACHE Level 3
Behaviour Management in Schools
Excel Intermediate to Advance computer training
CIPD Professional Qualification – Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
NVQ in Information Technology
Pitmans – Typing, speedwriting and Business Studies
I am a member of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) and an Ofsted registered Network Plus Childminder.
I am also a Marvellous Minder which means I may be needed to help out with children with special needs for respite care during the holidays.
I am an accredited childminder - which means I can take government funded children from the age of 2 to 4 years.
I am the Secretary to the Chair person of Southend Borough Childminding Association.
I offer before and after school care and I can do nursery pick ups/drop offs from Trinket Box.
My hours are 7.30am till 5.30pm Monday to Friday (term time only.)
|Last Updated: 04/12/2015|
- Babysitting from £7.00 per hour
- Childminding from £4.50 per hour
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Melanie is such a friendly and kind lady, my daughter and me instantly felt so comfortable around her. Melanie is so easy to get on with, her kind and fun personality makes it so easy for you to feel so comfortable. Melanie has helped me out at such short notice, and even collected and dropped my daughter home. It was such an amazing feeling knowing that my daughter was safe and happy, as Melanie sent me updates throughout the day. My daughter was so chatty when Melanie dropped her home, she told me all about her time. I am so glad to have met Melanie, so grateful for your help at such short notice, Poppy absolutely loves you! Highly recommended :)
Response by Melanie on 08/10/2015:
Thank you - hope you and Pops are well x
Mel has been looking after my two children ages 4 and 6 for the last few years . I could not ask for anything more; she is kind, loving , nurturing , and an absolutely lovely lady . From the moment I walked into her home 3 years ago , I knew I could never leave my children anywhere else . My children absolutely love her , to the point that they are disappointed when they ask " are we going to Mel Mels today "? And it's not a day they go !! Mel is also very respectful in any delicate situations and has been very caring and considerate during recent difficult times and a period of change within my family .
Mel goes above and beyond the call of duty , and lots of little things like following the children's interests , remembering special occasions and dates , giving lots of cuddles and attention , and generally being lovely.... Make her the most fantastic childminder and we feel very lucky to have her .
Thank you Mel, Dave and Grace for sharing your home and I am personally very grateful to have found you x
Response by Melanie on 29/06/2015:
Thank you Emma xx
My two boys have been in Mel's care since September 2013 when I returned to work from maternity leave. Her natural caring instincts coupled with a loving child friendly/fun environment made it an easy transition for all! My 9 month baby happily goes to Mel and is thriving in her full time care, my 4 year old is eager to share his news with her before & after school. Recently it was Mel's birthday and my 4 year old in the middle of his chatter requested "Can we buy cake for Mel because she is lovely" I couldn't have been happier as it showed my boys were secure and happy in Mel's care. Super childminder loved by all.
Response by Melanie on 03/10/2013:
Thank you Nicky, Peter, Rory and Finlay x
Mel has been my twin daughters child minder for 5 months now. I find her loving, caring, friendly and calming towards my children. My children feel at home in Mel's setting and it is personal to allow them to feel welcome which is brilliant as you can be reassured that the children are happy while they are not in the care of their parents and it has a home from home presence. Mel runs varied activities including activities relating to occasions as well she lets the children have free play. Mel provides each child with a diary of what they have been up to in her care and put pictures of them in it as well. I think it is great as a keepsake. She encourages my children to overcome challenges, which is brilliant. My children have never left Mel's house unhappy and are always pleased when they are told they are going there and I wish she was available for more hours. I would recommend Melanie Pierce, Mini Treasures to anybody searching for a child minder. xx
Response by Melanie on 18/07/2013:
Thanks Lisa x
I couldn't ask for better child care. Mel is exceptional! My daughter finds it hard to attach herself with other adults but she has absolutely fallen for Mel's warm, funny, empathetic and caring personality. My child is growing into a rounded, contented, happy little girl thanks to Mel. Mel is thorough in her application of the early years curriculum in conjunction with my daughter's social,emotional and moral up bringing. My daughter loves going to her and I know I have left her in the best possible hands. Mel goes out of her way to accommodate any difficulties we have had and has shown great support to both ourselves as well as our daughter. If anyone asked for a recommendation, it would be Mel every time. X
Response by Melanie on 17/07/2013:
Thank you Ciara x
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