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. One is enjoying her time in secondary school and the other attends Summercroft Primary. 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 is also a primary school teacher and he works with me and has his childminding registration as well. This gives us a unique opportunity to offer both a male and female childcare provider. 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 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 kitten named Eclipse.
We accept children who are 14 months and older.
We have space for a 3 year old on a Monday and Tuesday from 8:30-2:30 if anyone needs a shorter day. We may have full time vacancies in September subject to contracts being signed from current interested parties. We currently pick up from Summercroft Primary School. At this time we have no after school places but we do have some breakfast places from 7:30-school drop off at Summercroft. We also have some holiday only availability for school holidays. If anyone needs a short time contract for September we have some full-time space for that month only.
|Last Updated: 02/08/2018|
- Childminding from £5.50 per hour
Early years Children:
Please contact us for our most current prices. We charge £6.00 per hour for non-government funded children with everything included. We offer a sibling discount. If both children are in attendance, the sibling discount is £5.50 per hour.
Before and After school children:
Before school is a flat charge of £10
After school is a flat rate of £16
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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