I am an outstanding Ofsted registered childminder in Bishops Stortford. I was born in America and lived and taught there until I met my husband. I am a qualified teacher with a master's degree in education. I have taught in Hertfordshire primary schools for five years and in American primary schools for three years. When I began to have children of my own, I wanted them to enjoy everyday and have as many positive experiences as possible. I have two gorgeous girls. They are both now enjoying their time in secondary school. I gave up teaching to be with my children, but found that I missed the buzz of the classroom. I love children and wanted to continue working with them. Childminding allows me to be at home with my girls, teach and nurture children, and have a career. My husband Graeme was also a primary school teacher and he works with me and has his childminding registration as well. He has now had an Ofsted inspection in his own right and also got an outstanding rating. This gives us a unique opportunity to offer both a male and female childcare provider with outstanding ratings. We have the added safety and fun of having two highly qualified practitioners in the setting to care for and play with the children.
We live near Summercroft school and have a very large play area and a large, child friendly garden as well as a smaller room called the snug if children want to rest or for us to snuggle up and read stories together. It is a fantastic space so please come for a visit to see it for yourself. We plan based on the children's interests and work closely with parents to meet the children's needs. We also have a cat named Eclipse.
We currently have a full-time space on a Thursday as well as a space on a Friday from 8:00-4:00 for a child from 18 months of age.
I have taught in primary schools for 7 years and have been childminding for 6 years. I have received an outstanding rating at all of my Ofsted inspections. I am also in the process of raising my own two girls. I have run gifted and talented workshops in America and have experience with special needs.
Graeme has been a primary school teacher for over ten years and has now been working with Soar Childcare and Education for over three years. He just received outstanding at his first graded inspection (March 2019.) We keep up to date with training and base our training needs on the needs of the children in our setting at the time. Recently, we have done training on speech and language progression, letters and sounds, fine motor skills, English as an additional language and others. We continuously strive to improve our service and stay update with the latest research and strategies to help young children achieve through play.
What some of our parents have said about our service:
"We feel Marion and Graeme provide a fantastic environment that is both highly nurturing and stimulating for our little girl. They provide a unique environment that is both homely but with all the developmental benefits that a nursery could offer. Marion and Graeme always provide developmentally appropriate activities for the children to explore both indoors and outdoors that are sensory, playful and usually with a theme, guided by the children. We feel that it is both unique and a benefit having both a male and female carer. Marion and Graeme always provide lovely meals and snacks for the children and we have observed significant improvement our little girls' eating since she has been there.
We feel that our children flourished in the time spent with Marion and Graeme."
-Hannah and Seb 2019
Marion and Graeme have always helped celebrate the diversity of the setting and it is great to hear our daughter talk about how "we are all different" in her general monologues at home. Marion and Graeme is kind enough to ask us whether there are specific areas of learning we would like to focus on for our child and has really helped in the development of her "road sense." We also really admire Marion and Graeme's inequity and imagination with the setting and their ability to turn a large box into a pirate ship for the children. We believe that their setting is the best that our kids can get at this stage in their development.
-Liyung and Chris 2019
Our kids have been with Marion and Graeme for three and half years now and it feels like home from home for us all now. The level of care and attention exceeds our expectations and is of an exceptionally high standard. The children are respected and encouraged to express their views and share their experiences. We have seen their confidence grow in the time they have been with Marion and Graeme and we can honestly say that they have helped to mould them into the wonderful people they are.
The setting is comfortable, bright, clean and energising. Both our children are always fascinated to see how the room has been setup when topic change and enjoy taking part in shaping changes to the room. They are eager to get involved and explore as soon as they arrive...We feel incredibly lucky to find something that fits in with our lives and yet is the best environment for our children.
- Tanvi and Jonathan 2019
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I have my Qualified Teacher Status in the UK and America. I also have a masters degree in special education and an undergraduate degree in theatre. I have my childminding qualification as well as paediatric first aid, safeguarding and food hygiene. We regularly attend training to keep up to date as well. Some of the courses we have taken include outside learning, sensory learning, funky fingers training for fine motor skills and many more. My husband also has his qualified teacher status, paediatric first aid, safeguarding children and food hygiene.
We were rated Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2009, August 2015 and March 2019.
Starting in September 2019, we have one full time space Monday-Thursday and we have a full time space on a Thursday and a space on a Friday from 8:00-4:00 for children at least 18 months old.
We are doing school pick ups and drop offs from Summercroft Primary School in Bishop's Stortford. We have one after school space Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for a child in nursery or reception.
We are happy to work with children who are nursery age but may not be quite ready for a school setting. You can use your funded government hours at our setting and with our teaching degrees we can tailor the curriculum to their needs.
We accept the15 hours three and four year old funding from the government.
We accept the 30 hours three and four year old funding from the government for those that quality.
We also accept 15 hours two year old funding and 30 hours funding for those that qualify.
|Last Updated: 22/08/2019|
- Childminding from £6.20 per hour
Early years Children:
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We accept government funding for 2,3,4 year olds but meals and consumables are not included in the funding price. Please contact us for more details.
We accept childcare vouchers and tax free childcare.
My Local Schools
- I provide drop offs and pick ups at Summercroft Primary School
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As any mum would do, I want my baby to have the best child care there is. Hence, I have tried nurseries and met up with quite a few childminders. I stopped my search when I met Marion and Graeme, because I found the best of the best. They were both primary school teachers before becoming childminders, and therefore they are both very knowledgeable. I love the way they encourage children to develop the right value, to be more independent, compassionate, outspoken, creative and friendly. As the result, all the children I have met at theirs are extremely well behaved, pleasant, have great personalities, caring, polite, lovely and confident.
They truly compassionate about what they are doing, they absolutely love and care about the children in their care. When I first start to leave my baby with Marion for a few hours, I was so nervous. Marion texted me the whole time to keep me posted on how my baby is doing, even sent me photos as well! I then receive a very detailed diary of my baby’s day together with even more photos and detailed observations. Even though I was not there, I could share almost everything my baby’s doing! This has definitely put my mind at ease. I feel that Marion and Graeme have gone extra mile to make both my baby and myself feel cared and loved.
Marion and Graeme are extremely great at communicating with us. They provide us with detailed activity plans each week and monthly newsletter to keep us posted on the things they are doing. I feel extremely confident that my child is stimulate both physically and mentally during her time there. Also, it is so unique to have both male and female carers, which in my opinion is a truly balanced setting. My baby has developed a special bond with both of them in a very short time. Another added benefit is that since there are two of them, my baby has a lot more children to play with, which is no doubt great for her social skills.
They have a beautiful home to care for the children, a few dedicated rooms full of toys, fun games. They are always tidy, organised, comfy and homey. There is also a lovely big garden full of child friendly features. The diet they provide is very healthy with great varieties.
We have registered our younger daughter with Marion, and we can't wait for her to have tones of fun from this Sept too!
Response by Marion Walker on 29/04/2018:
Ahhh, Thanks. We love having Maisie. We are so glad she loves it here. She is so much fun and we can't wait for Millie to join us too. Thanks for the amazing review.
Our daughter has been coming to Marion for a year now and has enjoyed herself very much, her confidence has grown and she loves the different activities provided each week.
She has always felt safe and secure, she does have a few wobbly moments but Marion is there to help her settle and calm her down. As a working parent, it is really important, I know my child is happy and I am more than happy to leave my daughter in the care of Marion as I know she is very well looked after.
Communication is great, I know exactly what she has done all day, with lists and descriptions of what she ate, what she has done, played with or made and pictiures to show me at the end of the day. The setting is brilliant and always clean and my daughter loves eating lots while there.
Would recommend to anyone !!
Response by Marion Walker on 05/02/2017:
Thanks Dani. We love having your little one here. we are so glad she is so happy here!
Marion and Greame are everything you could ever want and even more. They are incredible. If you want your child/ren to be developed and nurtured and not just 'looked after' then these are the people to trust. Every week there are plans with various activities and we receive details of everything they have done with pictures etc. I love that they are a team and that my boys are looked after by both a female and male and our children have flourished by being with them. They have been given an ofsted rating of excellent for a reason and it is well deserved. The thought and detail that goes into each days activities really blows me away: with lots of creative, outdoor and messy play whatever the weather. I would not hesitate to recommend them.
Response by Marion Walker on 05/02/2017:
Thanks so much for the lovely review. We love having the boys. If you could freeze time so they didn't grow up that would be helpful.
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