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Arlene H
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Childminder in Leigh On Sea

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Female Member since Feb 2012 Last Updated Sep 2021 Last Login 26 Jan 2022

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
Childcare Qualifications
2 Year Old Free Childcare
3 and 4 Year Old Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare
Outstanding Rated

About Me


Hello! I am an experienced childminder living in a large terraced family home in Leigham Court Drive, Leigh on Sea so approximately 12 minutes walk from Chalkwell Station. I am married to Kevin and we have two grown up children. I am a qualified teacher with 10 years infant teaching experience and also have been childminding for more than 13 years. I provide a home from home service as I believe that babies and young children are happiest when placed in a homely, loving and stimulating environment.
I am a calm, patient, honest and caring person with a passion for working with babies and young children. It is my priority to keep the children I care for safe and happy and provide them with fun and exciting learning opportunities and plenty of cuddles when needed!

Unlike most childminders, my service specialises in the care of babies and preschool aged children only. (Under 5's) I believe that by keeping my numbers low I can provide the best possible quality care and meet individual needs in a child led environment.

We have plenty of space for children to play and have a large well resourced summerhouse in the garden which we use all year as a play area. I encourage children to learn through play and provide them with a range of resources to explore at their own pace. I give the children opportunities to become involved in creative activities including arts and crafts, construction and baking regularly. The children who come to my setting also enjoy taking part in singing and instrument playing through our fun music sessions when I play the piano to familiar songs and rhymes. We often visit local toddler groups, parks and libraries as well as the beach, Sea Life Centre and Hadleigh farm to broaden the children's experiences and give them opportunities to socialise with others. We visit a local care home regularly where the children interact with the residents and enjoy sharing stories and songs. I have an allotment nearby where the children are involved in growing their own fruit and vegetables which we then use for our meals. The food I provide is always healthy and nutritious with a range of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

I share photographs of children during the day with individual parents and record milestones. I track development using the EYFS and share next steps with parents so we can work towards new goals for their child together.

I welcome parents to come and discuss their child's progress at any time and aim to build a friendly and relaxed relationship in order to work in partnership. I have many positive references available, an OUTSTANDING inspection report and current policies for prospective parents to view.


Amazingly wonderful!
By Stewart Read
Our son has had the priveledge of being under Arlene's care for coming up to a year. We cannot fault her in any way and we have the immense satisfaction that he is not only in safe hands but also has the benefit of being involved in a wide range of fun and educational activities.

Arlene is very professional and crucially, extremely flexible when she can be.

5 Stars and highly recommended.
Great Childminder
By Kelly
Arlene has looked after my 2 boys since they were 1 years old. They feel fully secure, safe and happy when they are with Arlene. As working parents, we also feel content that our children are in a fantastic environment when we are working. Arlene seems to have a magic touch, and all the children in her care always seem calm and happy. Arlene is always willing to help and is as flexible as possible. She also makes sure she conducts a variety of actvities to ensure the children are always experiencing new things and constantly learning.
First Class Childminder!
By Jane Starkey
Arlene looked after my son part time from 6 months until he went to school at 4 years old. She is a first class childminder and there was never a day when he didn't want to go as he always had so much fun there.

Arlene is fantastic with children and I would have no doubt in recommending her to anyone.
Home From Home
By Jane Rose
My daughter had never been to a chidminder before. I had spotted Arlene in the playground and always admired how calm and happy the children/babies appeared. It was no easy decision to increase my working hours and seek help with childcare. However, this turned out to be one of the best decisions I had made which was 100% down to Arlene and her family.

My daughter was welcomed into the family home; again the calmness and happiness of the children was clear.

Arlene has a gift with children and she clearly loves children/babies. She goes the extra mile. My daughter was very happy there so much so that even after leaving we have all remained good friends.
Fantastic childminding service
By Kate
Ever since my little girl started 2 years ago, I have been amazed at what a wonderful service Arlene provides. Both of my children (1 and 3 years old) are now with Arlene for regular childminding.

Both children adore Arlene (and her family!) and love spending time with her and the other children. They do a lot of different activities and always have a story to tell when they get home.

I especially love that they have developed their interest in music and song, as Arlene regularly plays the piano and sings with them.

Arlene has a calm and confident manner with children, and as a result they are happy and content in her setting, enabling me to work knowing they are brilliantly taken care of.
Lovely welcoming stimulating environment
By Jenny Carver
My 2 year old always looks forward to her time at Arlenes. She is happy and content in a warm and loving environment. They are always busy either with days out, toddler groups, or playing in the garden, and she often comes home clutching her latest artwork masterpiece.

Arlene is friendly, reliable and flexible (some thing that i have not always experienced with previous child minders) she will always send at least one picture each day either via email or text, and it is these little things that make my time away from my daughter bearable.
We miss you!
By David and Lois Watt
Arlene was childminder for our first daughter, and had we not moved out of the area, would hopefully have cared for our second child

Our daughter (Evie) thoroughly enjoyed her time with Arlene and the family (Kevin, Cerys and Kyle), and misses them and asks after them. Evie felt part of their family, just as Arlene felt part of ours.

It was great to see our Evie growing up, especially through the daily reports which we'd always discuss as a family - especially visits to toddler group, outings to the park, to the beach and lots of play learning. Arlene helped Evie to grow in confidence and was able to make suggestions that were useful for us at home.

5 stars does not fully reflect the value and appreciation we have for Arlene (and her family) and would recommend her wholeheartedly, without reservation, to other parents.
Highly Recommended
By Suzanne Barnes
It is always difficult to leave your child when you go to work however, leaving my son in Arlene's care was the best decision I could have made. Arlene is a caring, competent and all round lovely lady. Nothing is too much trouble and the children in her care are always happy. The children are fully entertained with outings to the beach, park, woods, playgroups and when at Alrene's house they are always doing an activity. My son would always be very tired after a day at Arlene's! It has been a pleasure having Arlene as my sons childminder and I would happily recommend her to other families. Thank you Arlene for your 5 star care for Casper.
Exceptional Care
By Helen
I cannot recommend Arlene enough. Our son received exceptional care from her during the 1.5 years he spent there (only left due to relocation) She is incredibly knowledgeable, calm, kind and patient with the children and creates such a fun environment for learning. Our little boy excelled under her care. Our son particularly enjoyed the trips out which were a daily occurrence and the wonderful meals. I cannot fault the service Arlene provides!============================================
Temporary Care by Denise Bevan

I cannot recommend Arlene more highly. She is so kind and caring, and creates a warm and nurturing environment for children to grow and develop. I loved receiving regular photos of my son playing and having fun!

My Experience

I have vast experience of working with children stretching over 30 years. I have taught at a local infant school for 10 years and have a B.Ed (Hons) degree in education. Through my teaching experience I have a clear understanding of how to equip children for school and can help children through school readiness activities. I also have over thirteen years experience as a childminder. I have had two wonderful children of my own and therefore have lots of experience through being a mum!

My Qualifications

I have a B.Ed(Hons) degree and hold certificates for first aid, food and hygiene, and child protection as well as many others.I am fully registered and insured. I also am a network childminder and am accredited which means I am able to accept government 2-4 year old childcare funding as well as workplace childcare vouchers. In my last inspection I was graded by Ofsted as Outstanding in all areas.

My Availability

I have no spaces available at the moment.

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Last Updated: 10/09/2021

My Fees

  • Childminding from £6.50 per hour

I offer a no obligation visit for you to view my premises and documents and to discuss your requirements. I have many glowing references available for you to view as well as an information pack which can be sent to you on request via email. A verbal reference from a current parent can also be arranged.
My fees include all food and snacks, outings and memberships.

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 Outstanding Provider Logo
1 October 2015

My Documents

  • Exam Certificate: BEd degree certificate (added 23/05/2020)
  • DBS Check (added 23/05/2020)
  • Marriage Certificate (added 23/05/2020)
  • UK Passport (added 23/05/2020)
  • Reference: Parent reference (added 23/05/2020)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 23/05/2020)
  • Exam Certificate: First aid certificate (added 23/05/2020)
  • Inspection Report: Arlene Haffie Inspection Report (added 06/03/2017)
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