Hi, my name is Laura Dibble. I live with my husband (Gary) and our two children (Archie and Eden) in the beautiful village of Mells, Frome.
I have been a childminder for 11 years and prior to that worked in a nursery. I have an NVQ 3 and regularly attend training courses and hold certificates in first aid, child protection, food hygiene, healthy eating and more.
I provide a safe, secure, stimulating and fun environment. I have open ended toys and equipment (including a sand and water tray, a mud kitchen, a vegetable patch, messy play trays, a heuristic basket, natural, open ended materials, building blocks, puzzles, books and dressing up.
We do messy play, cooking activities and spend lots of time outside. I don’t interrupt children at work (playing) and our routine is set up to reflect this. I scaffold the children’s play offering additional elements and extending their vocabulary.
I use a blended curriculum taking (what I believe to be) the best aspects of Reggio, Montessori, Froebel, Steiner, the Curiosity Approach and Forest school.
I work in partnership with parents so as to provide the best possible care for your child and I will respect your opinions and wishes.
I've been an OFSTED registered childminder for 11 years and I worked in a nursery for 2.
I have an NVQ 3 in childcare, learning and development and a CACHE level 3 Certificate in Childminding practice. I hold a Herts Quality Standards award and have attended the following courses:
- CACHE level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development,
- CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childminding Practice,
- Full paediatric first aid course (12 hours)
- Food hygiene level 2
- Assessment for planning,
- Inside out (encouraging learning through play)
- Boys, boys, boys (raising boys’ attainment),
- SEF writing workshop,
- Progress matters,
- The coolest café in town (learning through play),
- Every child a talker,
- Children’s voice,
- Childminder conference,
- Two year old check training,
- The revised EYFS,
- Steps to recognising learning,
- Linking learning journals to next steps and planning,
- Safeguarding everyone – protecting children, young people and adults,
- Where have they gone? (supporting children with grief),
- Characteristics of effective learning,
- English as an additional language,
- Letters and sounds,
- Making it real (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy),
- Building Behaviour for Learning in Early Years,
- Business support day,
- Starting out (supporting children’s emotional well-being),
- Delivering the EYFS,
- Level 2 prevent duty,
- Keep them safe – protecting children from child sexual exploitation
- Female genital mutilation: recognisng and preventing FGM
- Introduction to development matters 2020
- Concerns about developments matters 2020
- Teaching in 2021
- Compare development matters 2012 and 2020
- Curriculum in 2021
- Child development
- Child development part 2
- Core experiences in the early years
|Last Updated: 11/11/2021|
- Childminding from £5.50 per hour
- Babysitting from £8.00 per hour
£5.50 per hour which includes all meals and snacks
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.
- DBS Check (added 28/03/2021)
- Ofsted Certificate (added 14/02/2021)
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Our little boy has been with Laura for 6 months now and we feel really lucky to have found her. We were very pleased when Laura and Martha have learn a few Lithuanian words to welcome our son and to make his settling in smoother. He is 1 ½ years now and experiencing wonderful time each day there. His confidence and social skills are growing each day. Laura sends us photos of him playing and laughing and it makes us feel happy. Laura is a real professional and devoted to her job a lot. We feel confident leaving our son with her and Martha as we know that our little boy will have another unique day there.
Laura (and Marta) are absolutely perfect. My daughter (now 2) has been at Marlins Munckins for 10 months and simply adores it. I'm keen on educational play and in sending her to childcare I worried that she'd be wandering around a nursery playing by herself and feeling sad. We initially tried nursery and my worst fears were confirmed as that's exactly what she was doing. She was miserable and changed in just 3 weeks from a happy confident child to being tearful and clingy. Thank heavens I found Laura and signed our daughter up immediately. She obviously knew I was an overprotective first time mum and without even mentioning it she eased us in by sending pictures of her happily playing, letting us know she was napping and eating well and just generally making the settling in period exactly what we needed. Since her first day there she has been so happy, she can't wait to go there in the mornings and is usually the one bringing her shoes in to me, asking to go! She seems to learn something new every day, her language is ridiculously good for a child her age, as is Laura's own son's and it's certainly no coincidence as Laura makes learning so fun for them that they don't even realise they're doing it. Within a week of starting there my daughter no longer wanted to be fed and was using utensils. 10 months at Laura's at the age of just turned 2, she can sing full songs, count to 12, sing the alphabet song and the other day told me "that's not a flamingo mummy! That's a parrot".
To summarise I can't recommend Marlins Munchkins highly enough!
Laura is amazing at what she does and I am in awe of her.
At Marlin Munchkins Laura has created a warm, loving, fun atmosphere. She is constantly looking up new things/activities to do with the children to stimulate them and for them to learn. She also gives me ideas of what to do with my son.
The children learn through a variety of things- play, going outside, singing, dancing, reading, art and more. These are all so important and my son has so much fun!
Laura is caring and passionate about her work and the children she looks after and that reads all over her when you meet her.
My son loves going to Marklin Munchkins because of all of the above. I love hearing about the things he's has done having photos of the activities.
My daughter has been with Little Munchkins now for quite a while and I couldn't imagine using anyone else.
If it's a positive, fun environment that you know is safe then this is the childminder for you!!
Deserves more than 5*'s as They are brilliant all rounders and even got my daughter to eat Spicy Chicken :)!!!!!
My 7 year old daughter has been with Laura for a couple of years now and I couldn't ask for a better childminder. Laura is very kind and caring and always puts the children's needs first, she is constantly thinking of fun activities for the children and she takes them outside whenever possible which I love.
My daughter and I are always greeted with a friendly smile and her home is a very warm, welcoming and fun place to be. Laura has a wide age range of children which I think is great and my daughter enjoys helping the younger children to learn through playtime.
I wouldn't know what I would do without Laura and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a friendly, caring lady to look after their child.
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