5 stars (19)

Childminder in Amber Valley

Babysitter in Amber Valley

Female Non-smoker Member since Oct 2009 Last Updated Dec 2018 Last Login 16 Dec 2018 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
Special Needs Experience
Overnight Care
First Aid Training
DBS Check
Newborn Experience
Full Driving Licence
School Pickups
Childcare Qualifications
Tax-Free Childcare
Flexible Hours

About Me

Ofsted Registered Qualified Nanny/ Childminder

Available for:

Breakfast Clubs/After School Care

Term Time/School Holiday Cover

School Dropoff/Pickups


Overnight Care


Emergency Cover

Wrap around Childcare with other Childminders

*Open Mon-Sun

My Home

Is a spacious 3 storey lovely Victorian house over 3 floors.

There is a specious garden for play/exploring i.e mini-beasts under rocks/stones for those inquisitive young minds. There is a variety of colourful flowers in the Spring/Summer time that attract bees, bug houses for butterflies/insects, bird house's for nesting & bird feeders so the children can observe nature :)

Outside play equipment include:

Step 2 Picnic-bench/parasol, sand & water tables, bicycle,scooter,car,swing-ball,tent/tunnel,hoops & balls to aid the children's physical (gross-motor skills) intellectual,social & emotional development.

I have a patio area with a large table/chairs and parasol where there are plant pots for children to do gardening.

I also have a summer house which include deck chairs, toys & a tv to use for playtimes during Spring/Summer.

In the setting I have a large nursery/play room for different ages with resourses for babies,toddlers/pre-school & older. children that inc

Day bed for napping/Travel cot

Babies hexagon ball-pool/toys, activity-garden with slide, multi-cultural dolls, soft play, musical toys & books

There is also rollplay toys work-bench, country kitchen, large dolls house/furniture, small world play, Play-Doh/clay & painting for creative minds:)

There is also a range of books, dvd's memory-games,jigsaws, dance and music cd's for all ages.

Dining Room area for eating, messy play & baking where the toddlers have their own size table/chairs for the budding enthusiasts so watch out Jamie Oliver :)

I have a downstairs cloakroom (toilet & sink) I also help parents with the potty training etc when the child is ready for this transition. Parents would need to provide a potty for their child due to hygienic reasons.

Babies/Pre-school aged chidren have toys suitable for their ages which include train sets/cars, building equipment,soft toys, rattles,musical-toys in the main play room to

Lounge is where older children can chill out with tv etc for quiet time after school or sleep time for babies in a travel cot

My aim is to provide an exciting and stimulating space for your child to explore and grow, where independence and active learning is given high priority :)

My Family

Married to Alan & a proud mum of 4 children(from my 1st husband Paul)

Sarah 31 Promoted as trainer & then persued her career to Management & is now manager(Oct 14)In Retail (food) :)

Lee 28 graduated(Jul15)with a Science Degree in Gaming Technology.Now a games designer:)

Stephanie 24 Left Retail to travel Lived in South Korea(July16) now returned home (Aug 17) :)

Christopher 21 trained at Clarringdon College gained a Diploma in Professional cookery(Jul14)Works as a Chef. Leaving to travel Europe & America (Dec18)

Step Daughters

Rachael 33 Left Retail. Lived/worked in Thailand (Aug13)Teaching returned home after 4yrs(Jul 17)to be with boyfriend Jamie. Announced engagement July 18 :)

Alison 30 Left Bristol went to live/work in Kuwait(Jun14)as a Veternary Nurse now moved to Dubai (Feb 18) Announced her engagement Aug16 to Ali:)

We have 2 Cocker Spaniel dog's Lady 10 & Tiger-Lilly 9.They are very loving & have been use to children since being puppies. They are fully up to date with their vacs, flea/worming.They have their own rooms of the house when i am working & do not go where children play or eat.

My Hobbies

Holidays abroad or our caravan in South Devon day's out to our sailing boat at Carsington Water, horse-riding, going on walks, listening to music, concerts, theatre + ongoing training with courses :)

I am also a qualified Interior Designer i trained at Nottingham Trent.

My Work

I have been Ofsted registered for (17 yrs) and have a full DBS check updated Feb 2018

I like to work in close partnership with parents/carers & have an open door policy. I do not just simply comply with the Statutory Framework requirements- I thrive to provide an excellent service that meets parents needs. I aim to privide a stimulating challenging environment which is warm, safe, clean, caring, loving and enjoyable for the children where they feel secure & develop confidence to explore, have fun, play, talk & learn together whilst in my care :)

A place where parents can safely leave their children with the knowledge that their child's well being is paramount :)

I do baby signing with the children to assist in their communication and development &child led weaning.

I teach the children Spanish as little ones learn a 2nd language very quickly & enjoy it which can benefit them later on in life :)

The children also have their own enclosed garden space when playing outdoors that is safe & secure

I also send parents updates of their children via pho

My Experience

I have been a Ofsted registered childminder for the past 17 years & a Ofsted registered Home Childcarer (Nanny) for 5 years now.

I have looked after alot of children of all ages within this time, i have 31yrs experience from having my own :) and i have worked in 2 day nurseries, i was a Special Needs Co-Ordinator in one of them.

I have 4 children of my own & 2 Step children that are now grown up and independant ages and have now left home & have their own places :(

I have a clear focus on equal opportunities (Equality & Diversity) & Inclusion for all children and try always to promote a respectful understanding of all levels of disability. Over the years in childcare i have cared for a number of children with varying degrees of disabilities & also with mild developmental challenges behavioural problems etc, i am an experienced carer of children with special needs (ADHD, Autism and conditions such as Asthma). I have experience with children with restricted dietary/intolerance needs (Lactose, Diary & Gluton) & premature baby experience. I have confidently supported these children and their parents/carers during their time with me :)

I have experience in providing support for bilingual children and their parents. I provide a range of resources to help support children where English is their second language. I understand that bilingualism is an asset and the first language has a continuing and significant role of identity, learning and the acquisition of additional languages :)

I have experience in cultural differences by enjoying sharing and learning about different cultures with the children and famillies, through cultural differences, language, food and experiences. We have tasted and cooked some exciting foods from different continents, i also celabrate different religious festivals with the children (St George, St Patrick, St Andrews, St David, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentines Day Diwali, Chinese New Year, Christmas Day etc) and share them in a fun way making cards etc with the children :)

My experience which i am probably best known for is my halloween decorations where the house turns into a decorated den of skeletons and spiders which all children get enthusiastically involved (making cakes, cards & dress up in costumes sharing a party 'scary' tea) with emphasis being on fun and creativity :)

I have lots of referances of satisfied parents upon request whose children i have cared for + excellant reviews on my profile :)

please read all my reviews of satisfied parents :)

My Qualifications

I am proud to be awarded the highest 'FOOD RATING' a perfect '5 Very Good' for my food hygiene standards by Broxtowe Borough's Environmental Health before my house move which now i am living under the Amber Valley Borough of Derbyshire and the rating has now ceased for childminders.

Ofsted Registered Childminder

Ofsted Registered Home Childcarer (Nanny)

(City & Guilds) Level 2 NVQ in Care

(CACHE) Level 3 NVQ in Early Years Care and Education

(Open University) Level 4 in Early Years Practice + Degree

Special Educational Needs (S.E.N) Level 4 Advanced Diploma

(Skills Active) Introduction Introducing Playwork

(CACHE) Level 2 in Playwork

(CACHE) Level 3 Award in Playwork for Early Years and Child Care Workers

(NOCN) Level 2 Introduction to Child Development

(NOCN) Level 2 Understanding Children with Additional Educational Needs

(NOCN) Level 2 Helping in Schools

(NOCN) Level 2 Child's Play

(NOCN) Level 1 You and Your Child

(NOCN) Level 1 Making Storysacks

(NOCN) Entry Level Learning Together

(Triangular Training) 12 hr Paediatric First Aid (Meeting Early Years Foundation Stage Requirements) Undertaken 25/02/2017 & 04/03/2017

(EduCare) Level 2 First Aid Essentials

(PSLA) Effective First Aid Management in Your Setting

Level 2 Health & Safety in the Workplace

(EduCare) Level 2 Fire Safety in Education (Undertaken 04/04/2017)

(NCFE) Level 2 Infection Control & Prevention in a Healthcare Setting

(NCFE) Level 2 Understanding Nutrition & Health

(CACHE) Level 3 Nutrition in the Early Years

(EduCare) Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety (Undertaken 21/02/2017)

(Food Standards Agency) Food Allergy

(Food Standards Agency) Food Labelling

(Food Standards Agency) Food Vacuum Packing

(Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board) Introduction to Safeguarding
(Undertaken 03/11/2016)

(EduCare) Level 2 NSPCC Child Protection Awareness

(EduCare) Level 3 Child Protection

(EduCare) Level 2 Child Neglect

(EduCare) Level 2 Preventing Bullying

(EduCare) Level 2 The Prevent Duty (Undertaken 21/02/2017)

(EduCare) Level 2 Personal Safety

(EduCare) Level 2 Child Exploitation & Online Safety for Education

(EduCare) Level 2 An Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation (Undertaken 22/02/2017)

(EduCare) Level 2 Online Safety (Undertaken 22/02/2017)

(EduCare) Level 2 Data Protection An Introduction

(EduCare) Level 2 Equality & Diversity An Introduction

(NCFE) Level 2 Equality & Diversity

(PSLA) Equality and Inclusion in Early Years Settings

(CACHE) Level 3 Inclusion

(CACHE) Level 3 Cultural-Awareness

(PSLA) Characteristics of Effective Leaders

(Laser Learning) Level 2 Introduction to Nannying

(Laser Learning) Level 2 Babysitting


Theraputic Playwork

Promoting Positive Behaviour

Managing Different and Challenging Behaviour

Health & Safety Risk Assessment

Beginning With Babies

Working with Babies in their First 12 Months

Using Movement and Exercise to Promote Early Holistic Development

Left -Handed Children-The Right Way to Help

Supporting your Child at School

Keeping up with the Children Literacy

Creating Anti-Discriminatory Environment's

In the process:

'Nutrition and Adolescents Diploma'

'Teaching English as a Second Language Diploma'

Plus i have attended lot's of other courses relevant to my business & update as and when necessary for my Professional Development.

My Availability

I try to offer availability and flexibility whenever i can having had experience of working with a wide range of families and professions (single parents, medical, education, business, travel etc)

My daily opening hours Mon-Fri are from 6am-7pm later if required due to babysitting hours up to 11pm I also work on a Saturday & Sunday's (earlier- later times if needed to suit parents needs) so no worries on times please get in touch with your requirements as i will be more than happy to help :)

I am available for your baby sitting need's in the evenings at my setting or parents home from 6pm onwards please see fee's below for details.

I am also available for overnight childcare in my setting or at parents please see fees below for details.

I work term times and school holidays. I provide full day care or half days from just a few hours a day to long term. I can provide Term-Time only care when required with no fees in school holidays. I can also provide childcare at short notice within the numbers of children I have in the setting at any one time.

I do school drop off/pick ups at The Coppice Primary (Marpool) Mon to Fri and also Corfield and Mundy school if you require this service please let me know

please call, message or e-mail me FREE for details on availability :)

Thankyou :)

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Afternoon yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
After School yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Evening yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Overnight yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Last Updated: 15/06/2018

My Fees

  • Babysitting from £7.00 per hour
  • Childminding from £5.00 per hour

Weekday fees are as follows per child which are very reasonable (to nurseries) due to the hrs worked :)

Bank Holiday Monday's are time and a half Sun rate


But balance will need to be cleared by the end of each week preferably but monthly otherwise by standing order.

*Half fees are payable for childcare when parents take their holidays or full fee if off sick or not in on an arranged day to keep their childs place, but no charge for any of my time off. No fees payable for school holidays if only Term-time childcare is required also.

* Before or After school £6.00 per hour per child upto 6.30pm (Breakfast/Tea and drinks provided) after 6.30pm £7.00 per hr.

(Discount for siblings)

* £6.00 per hour if just the odd hr required during week days during a work day Mon-Fri.

*6hrs between 7am-6pm £30.00 Mon-Fri

* 8hrs between 7am-6pm £40.00 Mon-Fri

*10hrs between 7am-6pm £45.00 Mon-Fri

*Full day care 12hrs £50..00 per child 7am 6pm Mon-Fri

*Discount for siblings.

If additional hours are required before 7am or after 6pm they can be arranged for an additional fee.

Weekend fees as follows:

Saturday (day time) Food, snacks & drinks inc in fee.

* £10.00 per hr each child (7.00am-6.00pm) Before 7.00am & after 6.00pm £11.00 per hr.

Special fee if block hrs required and for siblings.

Sunday (day time) Food, snacks & drinks inc in fee.

* £10.00 per hr each child (7.00am-6.00pm) Before 7.00am & after 6.00pm £11.00 per hr

Special fee if block hrs required and for siblings.

Also available for baby sitting (at my home) anytime to suit 7days a week. Evening snack and drinks inc in fee.

* Fees Mon-Fri £7.00 per hr, Sat £8.00 & Sun £10.00 from 6pm until 2am. Discount for siblings if block hrs required.

Nannying/Babysitting Mon/Fri (parents home) fees as follows:

*£9.00 per hr

*£75.00 full day

Overnight care parents home £65.00 any evening

Registered overnight care in my setting Mon-Sun (12hrs) times to suit additional hrs can also be booked aswel as full weekend care Fri-Sun (Food, snacks and drinks provided)

*Mon-Thur £45.00 per evening

* Fri £50.00

*Sat £55.00

*Sun £60.00

*Fri evening until Sun afternoon £130.00.

(Discount for sibblings)

*School holidays a packed lunch will need to be provided for each child for full day care bought in a cool bag with ice pack, breakfast, snacks, tea & drinks is provided inc in fees.

* I am very flexible on opening & closing times. Please get in touch with your requirements *

* I accept childcare vouchers from different childcare providers, cash, standing order, care to learn funding, direct payments from colleges, universities/job centres for childcare payments and tax free childcare.

I do not provide the 15 or 30 hour funding as state schools or certain nurseries do.

Day time/night fees inc the children's food, snacks & drinks with no extra fees but excludes baby formula/baby foods, full fat milk for toddlers, nappies and baby wipes as these need to be provided by parents.

* Breakfast, lunch, snacks, tea & drinks privided daily, (Term-Times, evenings, weekends and over night care) fresh produce from my local market, butcher, bakers + other organic foods used*

Full menu on request that is seasonal.

* Nappies, wipes, creams, baby foods/milk formula will need to be provided (day/night) for babies & full fat milk for toddlers up to the age of 2yrs.

* Additional costs payable for soft play centres/ Swimming or where a fee applies upon outings.

So if you are looking for childcare at short notice within my childcare numbers, or want to reserve a place for after maternity leave e.g a year in advance no problem.

please don't hesitate in getting in touch with your requirements you can message, text or e-mail me free & i will be more than happy to help :)

Looking forward hearing from you :)

Riggles & Giggles :)

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Dawn is very kind and caring person I can’t thanks her enough for taking on my 8 months old son for the first time at the last minutes. I would recommend to anyone

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by about Riggles on 10/12/2018

Dawn is an excellent child minder. Very professional and knows exactly what she's doing. My girls really enjoy going to dawn's as she keeps them nice and busy with lots to do.
Dawn is highly recommended by myself.

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by about Riggles on 02/08/2018

My lads had fun there. Really enjoyed it. Very understanding as my youngest son is undergoing diagnosis for adhd. Would recommend.

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by about Riggles on 02/04/2018

I needed to find childminder very quick as my previous one let me down due to my son not being able to settle. So i needed to find childminder at very short notice. I contacted Dawn through the childcare website, she was very friendly and took my son from the following week with no hesitation. The first few weeks my son cried when i dropped him of but i would say that is normal for a small child in a strange place, he has now been going to Dawn’s on Wednesday and Thursday for a few months and is now always very happy to go. She has lots of toys, books and cds that children can play and enjoy. She is flexible and if i need someone to look after him at short notice she is always very happy to take him if she is available.Dawn provides healthy food and my child is always ready when I go pick him up. She is sending pictures throughout the day and you always knows what your child doing and how they feeling.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Riggles on 24/01/2018

I can't recommend Dawn highly enough. Myself, my partner & my son were travelling from Chester
to visit the area for the weekend. We were looking for a childminder for the Sunday so we could participate
in a course. I contacted Dawn to see if she was available after being impressed by her profile. She said that she was on holiday & wouldn't be back until mid October. So I thanked her for her swift replies & proceeded to look for another childminder. We managed to find someone else but became disillusioned with the contact from this person. It turned out that the day before we needed the daycare we were having to look of another childminder. I messaged Dawn again on the off chance and she said yes she could look after him. I immediately stopped worrying as the contact from Dawn was fast & very organised. Everything was arranged perfectly & professionally. We arrived the next morning to sign all the relevant paperwork and our son was very happy to stay and play with Dawn. I received pictures via WhatsApp & I rang at lunchtime to have a check-in with how he was doing. When we came to collect him he didn't want to leave, he'd had such a good time. We felt confident & happy with having Dawn looking after our son. We were also sent a message with a list of food that he had during the day. Dawn helped us out with very short notice & managed it professionally & seamlessly. We will definitely be visiting Dawn again for childcare when we are in the area. If you're looking for childcare in this area Dawn is absolutely the person to come to.

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by about Riggles on 29/09/2017

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