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Melanie Mangham (Mel's Mini-uns)

Welcome to ‘Mel’s Mini-uns’. I provide a caring, personal and professional childminding service in Darton.  I am a good Ofsted registered childminder and a qualified Teacher with experience in Nursery (age 0-4) through to the end of primary (age 11).

 I offer a range of services, including; daytime childminding for 0-4 year olds, school wraparound care, and school holiday care. I have a little boy and little girl who have food intolerances which means I am well practiced in creating and adapting meals to meet individual needs.

My Ethos ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing’  Outdoor play is a big part of our daily lives; it enables children to become independent learners, encourages social and moral development,  encourages children to grow in confidence and self-esteem, promotes and enables physical activity, allows children to take managed risks, and it allows time to consolidate skills learned. I believe children learn best through play and exploration.

Children in my care take managed risks, like climbing on climbing frames, rolling down small hills and playing in the snow. I believe it is vital that children learn to take and manage everyday risks so they can grow into confident and capable adults. Wherever possible I encourage children to try for themselves and feel it is important to support their personal investigations and interests.

I believe a balance of rewards and sanctions, a stimulating environment, and the celebration of children’s work, enables children to build self-esteem and adopt a positive attitude to learning.

This combined with an engaging curriculum and my own enthusiastic approach enhances their educational growth and helps children to achieve their full potential.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Melanie Mangham
Contact Position


Where to go

Top Row
South Yorkshire
S75 5JQ

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.00 Childminder cost per hour
£45.00 Childminder cost per day
£200.00 Childminder cost per week

Childcare Information

Age Range

0 years,0 months
12 years,0 months


Immediate vacancies
Spaces available for 0-5 year olds. School holiday spaces available for age 5+.

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday to Friday 7.00am 6.00pm

School Pickups

Offers pickups
Kexbrough Primary
I currently provide care from West Bretton, please enquire about other local schools.

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 keep an individual Learning Journal for each child, where observations and assessments are tracked against standards in the Governments Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) documents. This highlights any outstanding areas of learning and any areas for concern. If parents feel their child needs extra support, they should talk to me about it and I will help them access such support needed, whilst working closely with them to further support their child.

I differentiate activities for all the children in my care, so considerations and adaptations will be made where possible for children with SENs and their families.

I observe and assess all children individually when they first start at my setting. I then use this information, alongside the EYFS, to plan the next steps in the child’s learning journey.

Each child has their own Learning Journal where their progress and achievements are tracked. Parents are welcome to view and discuss this with me upon request. I will discuss children’s daily activities and achievements with parents where possible and encourage parents to share achievements made at home.

Personal, social and emotional development runs through the core of my everyday practice. Outdoor play provides massive benefits to children’s overall wellbeing; fresh air, freedom to explore, managed risk taking, nature exploration - just some benefits my 1/3 acre garden can provide daily. I believe children learn from example and self-exploration, so high expectations are set all around.

I aim to create a welcoming and homely environment for the children in my care, and I discuss each child’s individual needs with their parents before they start, and continually throughout my care.

Each child’s individual record is used to determine the level of support needed for that child, alongside their age and stage of development.

Parents are involved through regular discussions, be it verbal, email or message. I welcome suggestions from parents and encourage regular ‘update’ discussions on how their child is progressing both at home and in my setting.

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

I am a qualified Early Years Teacher with experience from Nursery settings through to classes of 30+ 11 year olds. The majority of my experience is with 2 to 8 year olds, though I have a son who is currently 1.

I am continually updating my training though online and attended courses.

How accessible is our setting?

I plan regular trips to the local parks, play-groups and library. I also plan visits to attractions further afield such as soft-play centres, farms, the Sculpture Park, and many others (suggestions always welcome).

I have a downstairs toilet and sink, so all childcare is on the ground floor. There is a step into the front door and a small step in the downstairs toilet.

All resources are age and stage appropriate, though I do not discriminate on what a child chooses to play with, and adaptations can be made where needed.

Last updated on 09/09/2019
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