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Rachael West ( Childminder)

I am a 38 year old mum of 3 children aged 15, 10 and 9. Following the birth of my 3rd child I gave up my job in the NHS to become a 'stay at home mum'. I decided to take up childminding once my youngest son started nursery so I could continue to be around for my children as well as offering support to other parents who need childcare.

I offer a home-from-home environment working to the EYFS framework. I attend local playgroups, parks, nature reserves, farms and soft play areas. I offer full and part time places, term time only, school holidays or all year round.

I also offer funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and including the new 30 hours funded childcare. I deliver short breaks to disabled children providing them with enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers, thereby contributing to their personal and social development and reducing social isolation.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Rachael West

Where to go

53, Dovecote
South Yorkshire
S73 0LS

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.00 Childminder cost per hour
£35.00 Childminder cost per day

Childcare Information

Age Range

0 years,6 months
14 years,0 months


Immediate vacancies
2, 3 and 4 year Funded places available

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Wombwell Park Street Primary
Upperwood Primary Academy
Little Fishes Pre-School (Wombwell) Ltd
High View Primary Learning Centre
Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre
Nursery drop off / collection only in Wombwell School drop off / collection only at Upperwood Primary Academy.

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How do we offer support to children or young people with a special educational need or disability?

I use the EYFS framework to  assess development and plan next steps. Any cause for concern is raised with parents and I support them in seeking help from their health visitor or GP.

I work alongside parents and other professionals undertaking training when necessary to meet a childs specific needs.

Children's individual needs are met through observing, assessing and planning. Next steps are identified and activities are planned to support children in achieving these.

I use an online system to share information with parents. Progress trackers, daily diaries, medical and accident records are available for parents to view and contribute to 24/7. All pre-school children recieve a report once a term with a handover report completed once they start full time school.

Children are observed and assessed continually with a report completed termly.

I work in partnership with parents and carers to meet the needs of the children I care for. I work together with parents to make sure that the care of their child is consistent.

Though observation, assessment and working with parent and other professionals.

All children and adults are treated with equal concern and are made to feel welcome. Parents are provided with a copy of all policies and procedures, which detail how the setting is run. I keep parents regularly informed about daily routines and childcare practices and share information about children with parents verbally, though daily diaries, emails and development records. I informally share information when children are collected or dropped off.
As a child grows and develops, issues crop up that are very important for us to discuss in order for us to work together. Parents wishes are incorporated into my care routine for a child. These could include weaning, potting training, managing behaviour, starting (pre-)school etc.

What specialist training, experience and expertise do we have relevant to children with special educational needs and disabilities?

I have experience in working with autistic children as well as children with physical disabiities.

Basic Makaton
Paediatric First Aid
Safeguarding Children for Early Years
SEND Code of Practice 2015
Language Ladder

How accessible is our setting?

Children are encourged to participate in all activities whatever their ability. Outings and activities are risk assessed and have parental permission.

Due to the steep drive and access via steps unfortunately the setting is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Children are assessed to ensure their needs are being met and to identify any additional resources that may be required.

Last updated on 01/06/2020
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