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5 stars (4)

Childminder in Broughton Astley

Female Non-smoker Member since Sep 2009 Last Updated Jul 2018 Last Login 26 Oct 2020 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
Own Car
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications

About Me

Hi, my name is Rachel. I am an OFSTED registered childminder with an OUTSTANDING rating. I am happily married to Pete and we have two lovely boys, aged 10 and 12. We have been living in Broughton Astley for 13 years, and 6 years ago we moved across the village to a very spacious property allowing the opportunity for even better childminding opportunities. :o)

If you are considering contacting me about childcare, I would strongly recommend you read my Ofsted report. I have a valid Ofsted certificate and CRB / DBS check which I always show to new parents when they first come to meet me.

My Experience

I have been a childminder for 9 years to many satisfied families and achieved an Ofsted rating of 'Outstanding' on my first inspection, and also when I was last inspected in March 2014 - retaining my outstanding grade. My next inspection is due any time now!
I provide a quality and professional childcare service aimed to ensure complete satisfaction for you and your child. The children come first and foremost and their happiness is paramount to me. They will be able to participate in the same activities that my own children enjoy with me, and they will be treated as one of the family.
As a mum of two children (and having used both nursery and childminders myself) I can personally relate with you as a working parent, so please,
come and meet me and my family, view my childcare setting, and have a chat about your requirements. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

My Qualifications

I hold a level 6 childcare qualification: 'Early Years Professional Status' which I studied through the University of Northampton. I undertook this qualification with the aim to bring my childcare qualifications in line with my childcare experience, and further improve the service I am able to offer.

I also have a BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textiles Management, but more relevant to childminding I have completed and passed numerous courses - here is a small selection for your reference:

* Paediatric First Aid for Carers and Parents with Young Children
* Safeguarding Children
* CACHE Introduction to Childcare Practice (home-based)
* Educare - Basic Food Hygiene Programme
* Educare - Health & Safety
* Child Development and the EYFS
* Introduction to Observation, Assessment and Planning (EYFS)
* Progress from the start for EYFS Childminders.
* Schemas

I have attended and will continue to attend other courses in order to further my development on an on-going basis.

My Availability

I will have space 2 days a week (for a 0-4 year old) on a Wednesday and Thursday from September 2018.

My standard opening hours are 8am to 5.30pm (other times negotiable). I am happy to offer part-time contracts e.g. two regular days a week.

Please discuss your preferred days / hours with me and I will see if I can accommodate what you require.

I am currently operating on a term time only basis and I do not charge for school holidays. However please note I am willing to negotiate my availability during school holiday periods if necessary.

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements with me, as it could equate to considerable savings for you when compared to full time rates at a nursery or elsewhere.

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Last Updated: 20/02/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £4.00 per hour

Please contact me for more details.

My Local Schools

My Documents

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  • Inspection Report: Ofsted Outstanding recognition certificate (added 06/07/2018)
  • First Aid Certificate: Paediatric First Aid (added 06/07/2018)
  • Exam Certificate: Early Years Professional Status (added 06/07/2018)
  • DBS Check (added 06/07/2018)
  • image/svg+xml Ofsted Certificate (added 06/07/2018)


Below are the latest reviews for Rachel Nicholson. 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 Son who is now nearly 6 has been going to Rachel for before and after school care since September 2014. She has been absolutely great from the very start. Even before he started, I loved the very organised approach that Rachel had to making sure my needs as a parent and my son's were taken care of.
She has excellent indoor and outdoor space for kids to have fun in, in a safe environment, and her 2 boys, who are so well behaved and friendly, are a bonus! for other kids going in.
She has been great with my son's food allergies and is very accommodating in case we need an extra afternoon in on short notice!
My daughter, who is starting school in September this year can't wait to go to Rachel with her brother. She is already excited.
Did I mention, she does amazing home cooked dinner for kids after school which my son loves!
I can't recommend her enough!!!

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Ruchira about Rachel Nicholson on 18/04/2016

my middle son came to Rachel when he was 2.5years old, he loved going and Rachel always followed my routines I had in place, he loved going out on trips and after discovering my son had slight hearing problems which lead to speech problems she was great with helping him bring on his speech, we then moved to another village and Oscar left Rachel's to attend Playschool as I fell pregnant with my 3rd

Returning back to work there was no doubts alfie was going to Rachel's regardless that we lived in a different village she is worth the extra travel,
Alfie settled in with Rachel and again had a routine which was followed, he enjoyed going and loved all the fun adventures they visited,
I got a diary of what he had eaten how long nap and where he had been that day it was lovely coming home and seeing what fun they had,

I would recommend Rachel 100% she is a kind, caring and just really good with the children,
Both my boys always came home smiling and content

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Jemma about Rachel Nicholson on 21/01/2016

Rachel has been childminding my daughter since September 2012 until January 2016, Rachel has always worked very hard to be flexible to suit our childcare needs. I have been extremely happy with the level of care My child has received, and the great progress she has made whilst in Rachel’s care. Rachel’s home is always welcoming, clean and well organised with the addition of Rachel’s family members always making Holly feel at home and encouraged to join in with their family activities. My child has had great fun playing with all the toys available and with the other children in Rachel’s care. Beyond all this though, it is Rachel’s warm and friendly but professional approach which sets her apart from other childminders we have experienced.

She provides a wide, fun range of activities including plenty of outdoor exercise. I know My child frequently enjoys sand and water play, drawing and sticking, reading and puzzles as well as outings to the park, trips to feed the ducks and walks in the woods. Rachel’s activities have allowed My child to explore new things as well as develop keen interests in particular activities. When my child started with Rachel, Rachel worked hard to ensure her routine, likes and dislikes were understood and carried out in her care to provide an easy transition for me to return to work and for my child to feel immediately settled in Rachel’s care. Rachel completed a diary detailing what My child had done each day. From this I had a complete picture of her whole day including what she had eaten, how long she had slept for and all her activities.

Rachel works very well with you as the parent in discussing the needs of your child and has the ability to adapt as your child grows and needs alter. She has been heavily involved in encouraging healthy eating, potty training and discipline. She has worked very hard with us as parents to ensure that she is encouraging My child the way that we have done at home.

I would absolutely recommend Rachel as a great and reliable childminder. Finding someone to look after your child is one of the biggest decisions I have had to make and generally feel that Rachel has gone above and beyond my expectations in the level of care that she has provided to my child. She is a childminder that goes the extra mile and has a genuine desire to look after children to a high standard and this comes across.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Laurajon about Rachel Nicholson on 19/01/2016

Having used Rachel for over three years I wish to highly recommend her as a child minder to any child you have.

I first started using Rachel for my eldest daughter for before and after school care. She always ensured she was on time for school, fed her good nutritious meals and ensured she was happy and content. Rachel was also there as a source of advice and experience when it was needed. My daughter was always happy to attend Rachel's setting. She enjoyed the trips organised and all activities. When asked my daughter said she "loves going to Rachel's".

When I was poorly whilst pregnant with my youngest Rachel was happy to support our family with flexible care for my daughter whilst I was in hospital.

The time came for me to return to work and of course there was no question that my little one of 8 months would attend Rachel's setting . Rachel put together a learning journey to catalogue and evaluate little ones progress. Which is an item which is treasured.

I have used a few child minders for my older daughter and none were even comparable to the standard of care both of my children received whilst with Rachel.

If you are looking for a trustworthy, caring, professional, loving, well trained, very experienced, excellent child minder then look no further Rachel is for you.

  • 5 stars Overall
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by Izzellni about Rachel Nicholson on 11/01/2016

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