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Childminder in Ilkeston

Babysitter in Ilkeston

5 stars

Female Member since Jan 2018 Last Updated Aug 2021 Last Login Nov 2021

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours
Free Smear-Test Childcare

About Me

**Availability as of August 2021 - I currently have no spaces available**

My name is Grace & I live with my husband, Tom, & our two daughters. We live in Ilkeston on the Shipley View estate and we have a small dog - Holly and two guinea pigs (which the children love fussing over!)

I'm available for drop offs & collection from Charlotte Infant & Nursery School and Granby Junior School ONLY. I don't currently drive so I don't have the capacity to get to any other schools. I cannot collect or drop off the Charlotte Nursery at lunch times.

We have a large garden with a range of outdoor toys, we also live near to the nature reserve and often venture out to explore. I would usually attend a couple of local toddler groups each week including a trip to the library and market, but these have obviously been cancelled due to Covid. Children have access to arts and crafts, messy play and lots and lots of free flow activities.

I am also actively promoting the curiosity approach and loose parts play. We are slowly replacing all single use resources with natural, imagination inspiring resources. It's been fascinating watching the children create a million different games out of the simplest of every day objects!

In August 2021 I began training for accreditation in the Wanderlust Early Years Nature Programme and Hygge in the Early Years.

I'm registered with Derbyshire County Council to deliver the 2, 3 & 4 year old funding and I am a member of PACEY.

My Experience

I am a qualified Level 3 nursery nurse and have worked in nurseries almost consistently since leaving school in 2008, aside from two maternity breaks and a gap when we moved to Ilkeston when I went to work in home care, due to a lack of childcare positions in the area. I really missed working with children though, so that is when we decided I should set my own business up so that I could go back to doing what I love. I've been childminding for almost 4 years now and I couldn't imagine doing anything else!

My Qualifications

Childminders Basic Induction & Registration Training

Paediatric First Aid

Derbyshire Safeguarding Training

Early Years Educator Level 3

My Availability

Availability as of August 2021 - no spaces available until September 2022. Feel free to get in touch though with your childcare needs as sometimes things can and do change so I can pop you on a waiting list for first refusal.

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Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes no no
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening yes yes yes yes yes no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 07/04/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.00 per hour
  • Babysitting from £10.00 per hour

£4 per hour between 7am-5.30pm, £4.50 6am-7am.

£37.50 for a full day 7am-5.30pm.

I can be flexible with my start & finish times depending on family needs. I understand that some workers can need to be at work for 7am so will need an earlier drop off time, and that some don't finish until 5pm so will need chance to get to their childcare to collect their children, so it can all be negotiable.

As a family we have had to try and juggle shift work around childcare, often with my husband & I just being passing ships in the hallway for weeks on end! So I understand how difficult it can really be. My start & finishing times are just a guide, I will do my best to help.


Dependant on hours, times and location, Please enquire for a price. I can’t always accommodate babysitting as I have two young children of my own but if my husband is home I can help.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately I'm not currently accepting any babysitting jobs due to the Covid pandemic. Even if cases in our area go down I don't see myself picking babysitting back up again any time soon as my priority is keeping my family and the children here safe x

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 Ofsted Inspections

The inspection grades below have been obtained from the Ofsted website based upon the registration number the childminder has provided to us. You should verify this information yourself prior to using the childminder.

Ofsted Good Provider Logo
21 July 2021

My Documents

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Below are the latest reviews for GraceW01. 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.

My child thoroughly enjoys going round to Grace's and always has a brilliant time there. Grace is very welcoming and friendly. Everytime I pick my child up she is informative and she will take the time to tell you about their day. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.

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by Avatar for Rhmsmith Rhmsmith about Avatar for GraceW01 GraceW01 on 09/07/2019

I would like to thank this lady for looking after my little boy I was so scared to leave him with anybody but I couldn’t ask for a better person to look after him. He always comes home happy and tells me what’s he’s been up to always does fun things and she’s such a lovely lady always there if you need her and always answers your questions. Couldn’t recommend this child minder anymore she is amazing.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Avatar for jade jade about Avatar for GraceW01 GraceW01 on 09/07/2019

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