5 stars (4)

Childminder in Knaphill

Female Non-smoker Member since Oct 2011 Last Updated Aug 2019 Last Login 16 Sep 2019 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
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

I have worked with children all my working life, starting with being a live in nanny at the age of 17 to being a childminder. I have seven children of my own aged 31, 23 (both now married and left home ),21,19, 9 year old twins and a 5 year old. I also have three grandsons aged 5 and a half, 3 and 7 months and a grandaughter aged 16 months .I am used to juggling children of various ages.My husband works night shifts so is around in the early morning and late afternoon to help with our own children.

I thoroughly enjoy my job and work with the parents of any child cared for to ensure the parents wishes for their child are carried out. I provide a daily diary for the younger children and I actively engage the children in learning through their play experiences. I attend toddler groups, baby gym and soft play as well as parks and woodland walks to help the children learn to play alongside and with other children in a child friendly environment.

I use the Tapestry website to log the childrens development for parents to see and join in with.

I take regular photos of the children and will give the child their album to take when they leave my care.

I feel that continuity of care is extremely important for children and it is vital for them to make strong secure bonds with both myself and the other children in my care so that they will grow to be happy secure young people in the future with the ability to form good attachments to others.

I encourage the children to fully participate in activities which sometimes means lots of mess...paint, playdoh, muddy puddles.

We currently have two cats a hamster and two goldfish who the children have really taken to and this enhances their learning about animals and how to care gently for them.

I have special needs experience of dyslexia and aspergers. I also have childminding special needs experience of global developmental delay.

I am happy to cook for the children I care for and offer healthy food and snacks and will take any allergies and dietary needs into consideration. I am also happy to accommodate parents who would prefer to bring their child's food with them.

My fee includes all meals, snacks and childrens activities eg soft play, baby gym.

Update to my account

My youngest child has now started at school full time.

My daughter Harriet is now working alongside me as an assistant three days a week (will be working 5 days a week from January 2019) and brings her daughter Niamh with her to work. Niamh is a very sociable ,friendly little girl. Harriet worked in a day care nursery before becoming a nanny. She has worked for 2 families, the first with a 3 month old and a 4 year old and her last family who have 1 year old twins and a five year old.
Harriet is dbs checked, holds a first aid certificate, safeguarding and is nanny ofsted registered. She is undergoing the ofsted registration process herself too for childminding.

The maximum amount of children under 5 we will care for is 6 including Harriets daughter.



My Experience

I have looked after children from aged 12 weeks to 12 years and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of the job. I have also helped childminder friends with their little ones. As a live in nanny I formed a strong relationship with the child in my care and also with his parent which I feel is vitally important so as to be able to offer continuity of care to any children cared for.

My Qualifications

7 O levels
first aid
child protection
Diploma in Home Based Childcare level 3

My Availability

My working hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm.

I offer term time only contracts with no fee in the school holidays if required as well as full time contracts.

I accept childcare vouchers and am registered for the government tax free childcare.

I offer the funded 15 free hours and the funded 30 free hours if parents are eligible.

I take and pick up from The Knaphill Lower and middle school and the nursery attached to the school.
I am happy to take and pick up from Holy Trinity playschool.

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Last Updated: 05/08/2019

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.00 per hour

£6 per hour .

I offer a sibling discount

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


Below are the latest reviews for Nickie W. 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 2 & half year old daughter has been with Nickie since she was 7 months old, she settled in very quickly & still loves to go to Nickie’s where she has fun, learns lots & is treated like one of the family. I sometimes think she’d rather stay there than come home with me when I go to pick her up 😊
Nickie has always been very accommodating & flexible, I feel very lucky to have her as my childminder.
My Daughter also loves Nickie’s daughter, so I’m pleased to learn they will soon be working together.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Nickie W on 01/05/2018

If you are looking for an excellent caring and dedicated childminder for your children then look no further. My daughter has been with Nickie since 10months old and absolutely loves going. She has learnt so much and so have i. She gives 100% dedication to the children in her care and teaches them soo much as they grow. She has treat my daughter Reya like one of her own and as a first time mum also made me feel at ease to leave her. Nickie takes them to softplay, days out, park trips etc they always doing something lovely and fun. I cannot recommend Nickie enough shes is an excellent experienced childminder. My daughter is now coming up 2 in august and still loves to go..... she doesnt even notice when i leave she has that much fun. I look forward to reading her daily dairy to see wjat my daufhter has been up to that day and it always makes me smile. I could not manage without Nickie and would recommend to anyone ☺

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Nickie W on 19/04/2018

Nickie looked after my boy since he was 4 months old. He is now 8 years and still wants to go there in the holidays and spend time with her and her children. (which speaks for itself!!).

I could not have found a better surrogate Mum whilst I was at work knowing my son was in such brilliant care and being treated like another member of the family whilst incorporating any needs I may have had for him.

I respected Nickie's advise and experience on most of my son's different stages of development and still do!! She has become a great friend and can't thank her enough for all she has done to assist my son in being the well-rounded boy that he is today!!!

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Nickie W on 09/07/2012

Nickie Wakeford has been my childminder for over two years and I cannot recommend her highly enough (she was recommended to me by a friend).
Nickie is an excellent childminder - my daughter loves going to her and really enjoys the time she spends there.

Nickie is very loving to my daughter, and treats her like one of the family. Nickie spends a lot of time with my daughter and the other children she looks after, taking them out to numerous activities (e.g. the park, playgroups, activity centres) and reads and plays with the children. She makes sure that appropriate and educational games are played - which are fun too of course! She writes a diary for me each week on my daughter's behaviour and ensures that my requirements are met (for example we discuss how my daughter should be treated when she is rude and naughty, and Nickie follows my approaches).

My daughter really enjoys playing with Nickie's own children and with the other children that Nickie looks after. I could not manage without Nickie, she is a brilliant childminder.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Nickie W on 04/07/2012

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