Hello there, my name is Nicky Castille and I am a OFSTED registered childminder from Stoke-on-Trent, based in Heron cross on the border of Fenton. I have been a registered childminder for 28 years (since 1987). I began Childminding after the birth of my first son and have never looked back since then.
I take on preschoolers, and my schools I take children on from are our ladys primary and Heron cross primary
I have two grown up sons who have now left home and both have there own places.
I have always enjoyed working with children and am very much a practical childminder, preferring to get the children involved in many activities whether it be growing strawberries or pond dipping, i believe there's much more to keeping children happy than letting them just watch TV until home time.
Its not uncommon for children to come back and visit years after leaving my provision, and I stay in touch with many ex-parents who become friends. I believe alot of this is down to the fact that my home becomes more like a second family home to these children.
I offer places to all children from birth to 12 years, however I can only offer school runs to Our ladys and Heron Cross Primary.
I take on all ages from as young as three months old, right up to 14 year olds in high school.
Over the years I have cared for in excess of 200 children who have massively varied in age, race, culture and disability. Including a child currently in my care whom suffers from tetrasomy X disorder of which there are less than 100 people with this condition world wide. I have strived to get the child the assistance she so dearly needed, including supporting her parents.
I have worked voluntarily with children over the years and supported organisations with fundraising. These include previously being vice chair of the P.T.F.A at Our Ladys Primary School, a beaver leader for many years and have organised countless fundraising events.
I was also the founder of the Our ladys after school's care club.
I believe as being a childminder it is important to build a relationship with not only the child but also the parents. A bond like this creates a much better environment for everyone involved. An example of this is I attended the wedding of one my childrens parents at the weekend ,followed by visiting another one of my childs birthday parties the day after.
I am OFSTED registered and while I do not have any academic qualifications, i feel i more than make up for this with 24 years experience as not only a mother but also a professional childminder.
I believe many skills and attributes that a good childminder needs can not be taught from a classroom nor out of a text book, they must be experienced as part of one of life's lessons.
With over 200 children whom have passed through my doors, my reputation and recommendations from parents speak volumes for me where letters after my name do not.
I offer care for children 5 days a week from 7:30am until 6pm
If your schedule does not meet these hours then please feel free to contact me and discuss it however a higher fee may factor in with this.
|Last Updated: 16/07/2019|
- Childminding from £3.00 per hour
Please contact me to discuss my fee's.
These are extremely competitive and as a result I prefer not to list them publicly due to competition.
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.
- Ofsted Certificate (added 16/07/2019)
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My son started going to Nickys house at 10 months old and he is now 19 months old. Nicky takes amazing care of my son and also keeps me well updated on his wellbeing. More importantly his progress is monitored constantly and me and dad are updated often! Nickys care is nothing short of fantastic! Nickys pricing is also very reasonable for the time and effort that she puts into her work!
Thank you for your care and support so far with our son!
I have been using Nicky for over 13 years I wouldn't entrust the care of my children to anyone else. Children are looked after in a caring and kind environment and Nicky always puts their needs first. She is definitely one of a kind!!
Response by NickyCas on 20/07/2019:
Thanks for a lovely review 💕
My son has been going to nickys for over a year now. He enjoys being picked up from school and then relaxing at nickys.
He has never complained or has said he doesn’t want to go.
He always has a warm tea and likes it that he has friends he can play with from school there.
Response by NickyCas on 19/07/2019:
Thank you for the review 😊
My boys are real home boys and used to always hate going to the local nursery two days a week. So I switched to Nickys childminders with advice from a friend. I was going full time at work and It wasn't an easy decision, but the prices were competitive and I didn't realise it until the last minute but Nicky also provides a before school club too (at very competitive rates) which fits in so well with my work place and gives me so much more flexibility than ever before. I've never looked back.
It used to be a real battle to get the boys to go to the previous place but now the boys are happy to just head off in the morning without hassle and go there after school until I can collect them.
I've never had any issues with Nicky, and always find her really accommodating. She's well known with the local school and has a few children from there so my boys are happy to go there to play.
Thanks for everything so far Nicky :)
Response by NickyCas on 18/07/2019:
Thanks Lisa for a lovely review 😊
Nicky Is the 3rd childminder I have used. After moving from 2 previous local ones, I found a real star with nicky
Response by NickyCas on 16/07/2019:
Thank you for your kind words.
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