Childminder in Bradford

Female Non-smoker Member since Jan 2009 Last Updated Apr 2020 Last Login 31 May 2020 Email

My Summary

Ofsted Registered
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
Tax-Free Childcare
Key Worker Childcare

About Me


I am a mother of two children who are 21 (DBS cleared) and 16 years old, both of my children are very good with and mix well with other children. Before I began working as a childminder I worked at Dixon's technology college preparing meals in the kitchen. Even though I like to cook a lot of varied meals and healthy, homemade meals I also let the children I care for have treats. We have things like chicken dippers, nuggets and smiley face waffles as I feel that children need to have fun foods too. Good quality options of these foods are sourced to make sure they are trying fun but healthy options. I involve children in making and choosing meal options as much as possible in age safe and appropriate activities to develop their confidence and independence skills. I provide daily information for parents (pre school children) concerning details such as nappy changes, meals, allergens, food groups, how much they have eaten and drank each day plus times of sleep and activities they have enjoyed.

I provide fun, stimulating activities for the children in my care but my overall view is to make sure all the children's play is base around them having fun. My setting has a designated play room and sleeping room (both have cameras to monitor children constantly), allowing children to rest and play in equal measure. The play room offers a direct flow to the back garden so whenever the weather is suitable, garden play can be enjoyed. I stress that children are not allowed independent access to the garden, as the free-flow play for preschool is always fully supervised by myself. Once a day full time children will access the garden or enjoy and outdoor activity such as a walk, library visit or play gym visit.

If you look at my photo above I and my husband have put a lot of effort into my setting to make sure it is an enjoyable place for children to play and learn. At present due to the high winds (04/03/20) and snow these toys have been packed away to avoid damage.

The top section which is paved and has a sandpit and water play area, chalk boards, wipe boards and sitting area to eat outdoors, enjoy small world play or drawing. The bottom section is astroturf and decking with chairs and seating to allow for free play.

Indoor activities can be enjoyed outdoors when the weather is suitable for home corner play, small world play, board games, jigsaws, Magna doodles, role play clothes, painting, drawing, coloring, reading and building blocks.

All these elements have been put into place to help the children learn whilst at play; along with my philosophy of lots of small steps to equal the larger milestones. All learning is based through making links between the new knowledge and the understanding of how to use this knowledge. There is lots of labelling, modelling and repartition; not of the same activities but of key themes. For example colours, a set of colours would be chosen, most likely following the child's interests. These would be repeated until the little one can repeat and label the colours, then I would move on to a new set of colours. There will be a blend of focused (specially designed with an aimed learning result) and incidental (observing a potential learning goal and in the moment using the present play theme to support the child's learning) activities. Free play is a large part of each child's day, all toys suitable for their age are accessible to play with.

My Experience

I have worked as an ofsted registered childminder for over thirteen years and I am based in Wibsey. I love my job, it is the best job you can have working with children, they are so comical and funny. You also have the huge sense of achievement when a child is happy at your setting and enjoys being here. I have completed all the relevant courses and exams need to become a childminder. I also have undertaken courses in food hygiene and healthy eating and I have just passed the Early years degree (Ba Hons) 2.1. I have excellent references from parents, past and present and provide a warm, caring environment for the children to enjoy.

We also have just had fitted a downstairs toilet for ease of potty training and so full time pre-school children can brush their teeth whilst at my setting to practice good dental hygiene. Tooth brushes and age appropriate toothpaste should be provided by parents.

We have just completed a loft conversion which has allowed us to turn our small bedroom into a sleeping and changing room for the children in my care, allowing them to have the sleep time they need, undisturbed. All spare clothes, nappies and accessories are all stored here too.

When vacancies are available I am eligible to provide early years funding for 2-3 and 3-4 year old.

Please ignore the response time frame, I often reply to parents directly via my phone which is not always acknowledged through the system. I always replay to parents, even if I cannot support their needs, I let them know through the messaging system or via the number they have shared with me in communications.

My Qualifications

I have completed all the necessary exams to become a childminder and renew these when the period expires. I am always looking at new courses to see what is valid to my practice and to improve my practice. Any parent is welcome to give me a ring and I will prepare a welcome pack which gives you extra details about "Me as your childminder", policies relevant to my setting and lots of other details about the care I will provide your child.

Food glorious food.

Paediatric first aid (this has to be renewed every three years and has been renewed June 2015).

Early years foundation stage (all levels appropriate).

Dental hygiene award ( gold ).

Learning picture (to enable me to assess and observe the children I care for development effectively).

Child protection.


Prevent Duty.

Inclusive practice in your setting.

Food hygiene (must be renewed every three and was renewed in October 2015).

Childcare Diploma - Working with Children and Young People - passed July 2012 - Leeds City College.

# Child psychology - level four - distinction - July 2014.

# Early years degree - year one - level four - Developing practice in Early years - passed - July 2014.

# Early years degree - year two - level four - Reflective practice in Early years - passed - September 2015.

# Early years degree - year three - Level five - Psychology in Childhood and Youth - passed - July 2016.

# Early years degree year four - Level five - Extending practice in the Early Years - passed - July 2017.

# Early years degree year five (BA Hons) - Level six - Working Together for Children - passed - July 2018.

BA Hons - Early years - 2.1.


Awareness of the impact of abuse in children and young people (passed July 2012).

Faith and belief (passed Oct 2012).

Legislation and the law.(passed Oct 2012).

Health and safety (passed Oct 2012).

English - B - Gcse.

Maths - 4 - Gcse.

I also have a full, clean, driving license and business class insurance. I am able to pick up and drop off children this dependent on the school requested and the children I am presently collecting.

Plus lots of other certificates, courses that are relevant to my practice are available to see in my welcome pack for parents.

I had my Ofsted inspection in 20/11/19 and received a "Good" which I am very pleased with. The report is available to view online or alternatively at my setting.

My Availability

Before and after school vacancies for Wibsey Primary school available and holiday placements. I have two early years (birth to five years old) placements, these can be funded placements if a parent meets the funding requirements. Please message me for further details.

My hourly rate is listed as £3.75 but there are various discounts available to reduce payments such as sibling and full-time discount to create affordable payments for parents.

If a parent needs further information please contact me either by phone or send a message requesting details. I will then put together a welcome pack for new clients to help you understand all aspects of the care I will provide for your child including policies, premises and permissions.

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Last Updated: 16/04/2020

My Fees

  • Childminding from £3.75 per hour

I pay for all playgroup, local outings so that is not an additional cost. If you want to give me a ring to discuss your childcare needs further my number is included in the childcare plus section or you can e-mail me and I will forward you my telephone number. I will discuss with you payment options and rates upon first contact so we can decide which options suit your needs best. I have an answering machine so if I am unable to answer the phone just leave me message and I will ring you back as soon as I am free.

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

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Below are the latest reviews for Alison Mckniff. Please note that reviews represent the subjective opinions of other users and not of 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 girls (Age 6 & 1) have been going to Alison’s for the last 7 months and absolutely love it!

Choosing a childcare setting when going back to work after maternity leave felt like an impossible task, I was nervous, scared and dreading going back to work!
From the first contact with Alison she put my mind at ease, she spent time getting to know my girls before they started and made the transition into her setting smooth and problem free, the girls settled straight away and I returned to work knowing my girls were happy, safe and very well looked after.

Over recent months Alison has continued to amaze us, she really does go above and beyond for the children in her care.
My girls always come home happy and full of stores of all the fun things they have done! From the fantastic activities and wonderful creations they make to the wildlife spotting in the woods.

We are always kept up to date - the level of communication from Alison is excellent, not only do we receive daily updates regarding the children but Alison makes sure we are kept updated and informed about policies/procedures and changes to legislation.

As parents we truly could not ask for more, I can not rate Alison highly enough

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

by about Alison Mckniff on 10/11/2019

Our little boy attended Alison from the age of 1 right up till school, she is absolutely brill, there was only one place our daughter was going to attend when she came along and has now been with Alison for almost a year and settled very quickly.

Never let us down in 5 years highly recommend

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Alison Mckniff on 08/11/2019

I have recently placed my daughter Edith in Alison's childcare setting. Edith goes in school holidays and always looks forward to going. Alison is very professional and always keeps in contact. Alison sends me pictures of what Edith is doing and always explains the activities to me. Alison always keeps me up to date with polices and procedures also and I feel has a great communication with me as a parent. Edith has so much fun when she goes and I would absolutely recommend her as a childminder and caregiver xx

  • 5 stars Overall
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by about Alison Mckniff on 07/11/2019

Alison is amazing my little girl loves going too her. As soon as we pull up outside the house she is all giddy, Alison makes sure Hollie eats a different range off foods. I would definitely recommend.

  • 5 stars Overall
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  • 5 stars Cleanliness
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by about Alison Mckniff on 06/06/2017

My little boy currently attends Alison's setting and in the 6 months that he has attended so far we have been over the moon with the care he has received.

We originally had him in the care of a very good rated nursery but this only lasted a week as although these places are rated fantastic the attention to detail and overall care we found to pale into insignificance compared to Alison.

We was so lucky that we found Alison and knew right from our first meeting that she really is something special.

Her setting is fantastic and our little man settled from day 1, we get regular updates and pictures of him having so much fun with the other children in Alison's care the level of detail we get on his day is superb.

We couldn't recommend Alison enough to anyone looking for the perfect child-minder.

  • 5 stars Overall

by about Alison Mckniff on 01/07/2015

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