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5 stars (5)

Childminder in Spennymoor

Female Non-smoker Member since Jun 2012 Last Updated Aug 2017 Last Login Jul 2019 Email Website

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
CIW 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

About Me


“Your child’s memories will be treasured here!

MRS Rachel Anne Thirkell aged 38
Childminding business with assistants

Open 7-9am 3-5.30pm
Holiday care 7am-5.30pm

Our pledge to you "To work in partnership with parents, and to ensure each child reaches their potential in a safe and fun environment"

About me
I live with my husband James. We are the proud parents of twin boys Ben and Matt, aged 12 and our daughter Emmy 4 years old.
We used to foster so my children are very adaptable to sharing with other children and enjoy the social aspect of being around other children especially for games! We all offer a home from home experience!! we know our children well.

Our twin boys attended St Charles RC Primary in Spennymoor. They now attend St John RC Comprehensive.
A majority of the children we care for attended St Charles RC Primary School.

Your child we have fun here at the play house and develop their thirst for learning!

childminder/assistant Debra Carrick
Qualified and experienced staff that love what we do!
All staff have full medical, enhanced CRB, references, childcare qualifications are up to date on new EYFS standards, hold first aid certificates, food and hygiene and safeguarding qualifications.

OFSTED REGISTERED "GOOD" after been open 2 months

Before and After School St Charles RC School, 5 minute minute walk from home.

I accept contracts with local colleges and universities to care for children whilst parent study,

I have over 19 years experience working with children and families as a safeguarding specialist for children. I have numerous relevant qualifications including being an A1 assessor for candidates completing NVQ 3’s in Children and Young People for Durham County Council. Social work Dipsw, NVQ 4 Business and finance. I was a case manager for Looked After Children for 9 years and prior to that I was employed by DISC as a project manager for young people and families living in Chester Le street and Durham. I find it so rewarding working with children. My husband James loves children and he was a registered foster carer for FCA too. I have always loved working with children of all ages!

We have a pet Rabbit Snowy who lives outside!
We have two large play areas, toys and books are plentiful, a kitchen and dinning room, a football table and chill out area for the children, and garden with a range of activities,

We are a short walk away from parks library, woodland, grocery, bakers and butchers shops that we use for educational visits (visiting the wider community)
I have a people carrier and all staff have clean driving licences and business insurance. This enables us to visit museums, the beach, shildon railway, discovery, centre of life, and many other places of interest. We hold an annual memberships for Farms, wildlife trust and other play areas.
We are part of the childminding network and undergo refresher courses and have ongoing training for staffs personal development.

Certificates, photographs of activities and references are available on initial visit for parents / guardians to view

We care for children 4-12yrs Contact us today for an informal chat today !!!

My Experience

Sound early years foundation standard knowledge.
19 years experience working with children and families at Durham Local authority.
Dipsw social work
Level 5 management children and young people
Safeguarding specialist for children and young people.
Assessed candidates completing NVQ's level 3 who worked with children.
Fostered for FCA for 2 years.
I also have twin boys aged 12 and a daughter Emmy nearly 4 I love working with children and I have done throughout all my working career!

We make a great team working in partnership with parents!!
Give us a call for a friendly chat or pop in

My Qualifications

Rachel Thirkell childminder-
Level 5 management
A1 Assessor for NVQ's level 3 children.
NVQ 3 Children and Young People
Social work PT/Dipsw
Access to Higher Education
Business and Finance NVQ 3
First Aid
Food and Hygiene
Safeguarding Practitioners level 3
Ofsted regsitered
Numerous in house and day courses completed certificates gained
Food hygiene
CRB checked
Skills to foster -completed

My Availability

7.00am till 9.00am
3.00pm till 5.30pm Monday to Friday before and after school
Holiday Care 7.00am till 5.30
Term time only contracts available

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Before School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Morning no no no no no no no
Afternoon no no no no no no no
After School yes yes yes yes yes no no
Evening yes yes yes yes yes no no
Overnight no no no no no no no
Last Updated: 28/09/2016

My Fees

competitive rates.
Reduced rates for siblings

We can accommodate shifts patterns/ pay for what you use , and term time only contracts

we open 7.00am till 5.30pm

Thanks Rachel

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 PlayH. 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.

Rachel (and Deb) at Playhouse provide a truly excellent service and I really cannot recommend Playhouse highly enough!! Playhouse provide a happy, secure childcare environment for their children and take into account the individual needs of each child. I believe that Rachel and Deb care greatly about the welfare of the children at Playhouse and offer a "home away from home" yet educational environment.

I work challenging and ever changing hours and Playhouse team do their absolute best to accommodate even nursing shift patterns (wow)!!!!!! NHS/ care staff - look no further!!! Childminders of this quality are few and far between!!!

Rachel provides top quality childcare. My children look forward to going to Playhouse and I have peace of mind at work. My kids enjoy a safe and secure childminding service. I do not know where I would be without Rachel, Deb and Playhouse.

It can be difficult to find a childminder whom offers total peace of mind for both your children and yourself - give Playhouse a try, you will be amazed!!!

Thank you Rachel and Deb!!!

  • 5 stars Overall
  • 5 stars Setting
  • 5 stars Cleanliness
  • 5 stars Food
  • 5 stars Communication

by about PlayH on 08/02/2016

We're absolutely thrilled with the Play House! Rachel has amazing energy, enthusiasm and total commitment. Our son is very happy and content in Rachel's care and with Debra too. The Play House ensure the children are physically challenged and mentally stimulated and encourage and recognise personal achievement. The setting is tailor made; Rachel will do her uttermost to accommodate all reasonable requirements and personal needs. She really goes the extra mile to support families with practical help and advice. Book an appointment and see for yourself. I am happy to be contacted for further review.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about PlayH on 30/06/2014

My son came to playhouse Rachel and assistant provide lots of learning opportunities inside the home and at play groups farms and soft play which he loved the summaries and planning we did together using the tracker the tracker also helped me as a parent to know expectation at different stages of development. I am now on maternity leave but should I need childcqre again Rachel would be my first choice . Rachel works with assistants and makes sure they are qualified and meet ethos of her business. I would have no hesitation recommending the playhouse to anyone

  • 5 stars Overall

by about PlayH on 10/02/2014

Response by PlayH on 10/02/2014:

Thank you Lisa . I'm pleased you like the tracker, funny enough Im in the process of receiving feedback about this document. I hope your enjoying your maternity leave its a special time. Stay in touch and take care all of you Rachelx

My son has been going to the play house since august 2012, he had a great time in the summer holidays there and is already looking forward to october half term. He did attend before and after school club and holiday care at another setting but they were not able to offer the range of activities that Rachel and Hayley offer. My son loves sport and during the holidays the play house had an olympics day, football coaching and attended parks and museams plus a range of arts and crafts which my son previously never had an interest in. Amazing value for money giving there was no additional charge to the day rates. My husband and i are so grateful to of found the play house as my son loves going and has made lots of friends there.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about PlayH on 12/10/2012

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