5 stars (14)

Childminder in Southend

Babysitter in Southend

Female Non-smoker Member since May 2009 Last Updated Aug 2017 Last Login 24 Sep 2017 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
Evening Babysitter
Weekend Babysitter
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare

About Me

**AVAILABILITY FROM SEPTEMBER 2017 ** My name is Melanie Pierce and I am an Ofsted Registered, Accredited, Marvellous Minder. I have been childminding in my home since 2007.

I live with my husband Dave and daughter Grace who is 13 years old.

I have a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management of Health & Social Care in Children and Young People's Services, an NVQ Level 3 in Children's Learning and Development. I am First Aid/Epi-pen and Level 4 Safeguarding Trained.

My Experience

Before becoming a Childminder I worked as a Special Educational Needs Assistant 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.

10 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 28 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 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 toddler groups, the library, park, beach, sealife centre, soft play, farm and local areas of interest. In September I will be attending Talking Tots -which is a group designed for speech, language, listening and turn taking skills.

I have lots of educational toys and resources which help to encourage childrens play and development within my setting. I have a secure garden to keep the children safe.

My Qualifications


Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management of Health & Social Care in Children and Young People's Services
Level 3 in Childrens Learning and Development
Diploma in Home Based Childcare
Accreditation in Speech and Language
Level 2 in Food Safety and Hygiene
NVQ Level 2 in Information Technology
City and Guilds (Numeracy/Literacy)


Keep Them Safe - Protecting Children from Child Exploitation
Safeguarding (refresher)
The Prevent Duty in an Early Years Environment
FGM Awareness (refresher)
An Introduction to Child Expliotation
British Values
Supporting Early Language Development
Safe Sleeping for Babies (Reducing The Risks of Sudden Infant Death)
First Aid Essentials (refresher)
Food Hygiene & Safety
Reflective Practice in Early Years
Child Protection (Refresher)
Promoting Positive Behaviour
Child Accident Prevention
Health and Safety
Prevent Bullying
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse
Hidden Harm
Communication and the EYFS
Early Years Nutrition
Child Protection
Outdoor Play
Partnership With Parents
The Prevent Duty
Effective First Aid Management
Equality and Inclusion in Early Years (refresher)
Improving Children's Learning Through Play
Speech/Language and Communication
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)
Child Neglect
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
Allergy Awareness
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
Makaton Training
Anaphylaxis Training
First Aid (refresher)
Child Protection Awareness
Personal Safety (online)
Food Hygiene (refresher)
Data Protection
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)
Safeguarding (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
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 Training - St Johns Ambulance
Training in Early Years Foundation Stage
Hidden Harm
Behaviour Training
First Aid Training
Fire Safety Management Training
Diploma in Home-based Childcare CACHE Level 3
City and Guilds in Speech and Language - Classroom based and working with the under 5’s
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.

My Availability

At present I offer before and after school care and I currently do nursery pick ups/drop offs from Trinket Box.

My current hours are 7.30am till 5.30pm Monday to Friday term time.

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After School yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Evening yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Overnight yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Last Updated: 30/08/2017

My Fees

  • Babysitting from £8.00 per hour
  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

Please feel free to come and visit me in my setting to discuss fees.

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Below are the latest reviews for Mel P. 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.

Mel currently has our little boy, he settled very well and seems very happy with her, as are we! She genuinely cares for him and you really feel that she is doing it because she wants to rather than it just being a business. We are so pleased that we have found her.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Mel P on 11/09/2016

Response by Mel P on 13/09/2016:

Thank you Chrissy - its a joy being Samuels childminder xx

Mel is amazing. She is so friendly and caring. My daughter loves going to her house before pre school. Mel keeps a journal of my daughters day and always keeps me up to date on what she has been up to. Mel's house is spacious and clean and there are lots of things for the children to do. I had to get pre school childcare so I could get to work earlier and Mel was so accommodating and helpful. I am very confident leaving my daughter with Mel.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about Mel P on 09/05/2016

Response by Mel P on 09/05/2016:

Thank you Ally - I am going to miss you when you move x

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 :)

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Mel P on 28/09/2015

Response by Mel P 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

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Mel P on 23/04/2015

Response by Mel P 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.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Mel P on 03/10/2013

Response by Mel P on 03/10/2013:

Thank you Nicky, Peter, Rory and Finlay x

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