Hello: We are Fiona and Robin, and have two beautiful girls, Maisie and Neave and a little boy, Oshien.
I grew up in Wimbledon, just up the road from the tennis courts.
My mother was a childminder during my school years.
Childminding has always been something I wanted to do, but I didn’t have the support to venture into it.
All my previous jobs have been in the retail trade in one form or another.
The birth of my second child (I have a grown up son, Lee), Maisie, and a very supportive partner, Robin, has meant that I/we can now open our home and look after other children as well as our own.
Maisie, Neave and I enjoy dancing and singing around the house, Maisie is picking up all my old moves!
I was born and bought up in London and attended a very unusual boarding school in Suffolk.
I have a degree in graphic design and spent 4 years at Art College getting it.
I spent over 30 years in the advertising / marketing industry.
I have a fair knowledge of a lot of things and I love to learn more and love to pass that on.
About the two of us
We love being together, so to be in business with each other is sheer joy.
We have no secret to the way we get on, it just happens.
We have worked together previously and we worked really well, we almost know what the other is thinking.
Although there is an age difference, to know us, you find that we both have similar tastes and likes in very many areas.
We are funny, or at least we try to be…..depending on your sense of humour…..sometimes very dry.
We always seem to have a conversation on the go, be it about a TV program or the world news.
Childminding is something we discussed as an alternative future, the year before our daughter Maisie was born. After she was born we decided it was the way we wanted to go with our lives.
Our learning and development
Both trained up to:- Paediatric First Aid HABC Level 3 (QCF).
CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to work in Home Based Child Care(QCF).
City of York and North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Boards, Basic Awareness in Child Protection.
We are both independently Ofsted registered.
Fiona has level 3 in speech and language, whilst Robin has level 3 in Understanding Autism, a diploma in ADHD, and has recently done some SENCo training.
It doesn’t stop here, we will be continuing our learning and development as and when suitable courses come up with a long term view to obtaining a degree or two each.
(Feel free to ask either of us for any information you may need, if we don’t know the answers, we will find them).
We are also looking more and more into Pedagogy - Frobel, Montessori, Pikler – and choosing the best bits!
We had our grading inspection within the first year of being registered and within six months of us actually minding any children. We were very happy to get GOOD, we were told this was very good to get having being in business for such a short time :)
We have been inspected since then and retained our ‘GOOD’.
What we can do for you
We try to be flexible for you and your children’s needs.
We can provide emergency childcare, for those times when 'things' don't go to plan.
We will take care and look after your children and try to push their boundaries on all levels, keep them interested and keen to learn.
Supporting parents in continued breastfeeding, weaning, baby lead weaning, potty and toilet training, and all aspects for your child’s development.
Encouraging and supporting a healthy life style.
What we can do for your children
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS is a statutory framework that all child care providers must work with if they care for children from birth to 5 years.
It covers the development of your child and has 6 key areas of learning, these are:
More information on the EYFS will be given should you decide you would like to start your child with us.
However, in the meantime if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.
For more information on the EYFS visit:-
Trips out and Groups
Recently, due to circumstances, we haven’t been taking the children to local playgroups, music groups etc. but we hope to get back to this in the future.
Any activities with entrance fees or fuel costs will incur an additional charge to fees, however we will notify you and seek your permission beforehand.
Where we do it
We live in a lovely 4 bed semi-detached house just off the main road by Peasholm Park bottom entrance
We have an enclosed rear yard with a summer house which is full of resources for the children to choose from and play with on the decking.
We have a playhouse, water tables etc...and a pirate ship!
£4.25 per hour Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm
£1.50 extra for school runs. Pick up or Drop Off's`
Double time per hour for:-
Bank Holidays / Saturdays if arranged and agreed. 9am - 5pm
Out of hours minding, can be arranged and fee discussed.
Meals available upon request - current charge is £2.00 per meal depending on age.
Snacks are included in our hourly rate.
Unauthorised overtime fee maybe charged.
Fees payable in cash or bank transfer weekly or monthly.
Fees may apply to outstanding payments.
Illness (us) full fees apply.
Illness (child/parent) full fees apply.
Holidays/occasional days off (us) full fees payable.
Holidays/occasional days off (children) full fees payable.
*Prices can be updated and may not represent what we have advertised on our website. Pricing changes once contracted will be given 4 weeks notice.