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Andrea Darlington

I am an OFSTED registered, and inclusive childminder. I have 3 children of my own, twin boys aged 20 who are off at uni, and a 10 year old boy.

I was graded outstanding again by OFSTED in all areas again at my most recent OFSTED inspection.

I offer a fun, healthy, learning environment for all the children in my care, with the emphasis being on play based learning. We love to get outdoors, and have a little club house in the garden which assists in offering year round outdoor play. It is fully equipped with toys specifically chosen for their enriching abilities that the children are very welcome to take into the garden to support their play and learning. We have a playroom indoors which has a similar range of toys designed for playing with indoors. We have resources appropriate for all age groups.

We have a bright and well stocked garden that the children will take a large part in working. With flowers, small world and vegetables patches, and a couple of greenhouses for the more delicate plants. There are bird feeders and wild animal habitats to take care of too.

We have a number of pets, some of which the children are invited to help care for, others the children are able to view. These include rabbits, cats, reptiles and aquatic snails.

The children eat well here, with good quality, healthy food served daily. The children also have access to some cooking and baking activities most weeks.

The older children can access some tech after school and during the holidays, although rules must be followed for this privilege. We like to get out and about when possible, to the different local amenities.

Please message me for any more information or a visit.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Andrea Darlington
Contact Position
Meet me.

Where to go


I have a level 3 NVQ in child care learning and development. I have taken a level 3 diploma in home based child care, for which I received an A grade. I hold a level 2 certificate in food hygiene, have taken safeguarding children courses, SEN courses and hold a pediatric first aid qualification, as well as many other courses which I would be happy to chat with you about.
I am a leading childminder, and am able to provide funded places for upcoming vacancies for 2, and 3-4year olds.

I have over 20 years experience working with young children, both in my own home, in the children's own home and in nursery settings, and play work settings.

I have a large packet of childcare and education related qualifications available to view on visit.

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.00 Per Hour
£30.00 Per Day
£6.00 Before School
£8.00 After School
£30.00 Holiday Club - Full Day
Daily and session rates are available


Age Ranges
From 0 years to 16 years

Key Information

Special Educational Needs

Relevant Special Needs experience
Details of SEND experience and training
I will happily work with a parent to provide care for each child as needed

Childcare Information

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)
Working in partnership with other providers.

Opening Times & Facilities

Outdoor Play
Imaginative Play
Computer Child Use
Baking Cooking
Video's DVD's
Messy Play
Physical Play
Role Play
Sleeping Area
Homework Help
Quiet Activities
Baby Signing
Social activities
Games Consoles
Construction Play
Visits & Outings
Creative Play
When is childcare available?
Evenings (after 6.00pm)
School Holidays
Emergencies / Short Notice
School Holidays (for school age children)
Early Mornings (before 7.00am)
Other Availability
Usual opening times are Monday to Friday 07:30am until 17:30pm

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Hallcroft Infant and Nursery School
Carr Hill Primary and Nursery School

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
02/11/2011Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
01/02/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
24/01/2020Inspection (Early Years Register)Met

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Record Last Updated On: 13/11/2020

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