My name is Melanie Delve and I am an Ofsted Registered Childminder (August 2003) working from my home on the outskirts of Barnstaple in North Devon. I have recently reached my 10th Anniversary as a Childminder.

My family (self, husband and two of our four children ranging from 25 years to 12 years old) live in a large 4 bed roomed property on the edge of a popular housing development. We have our own enclosed garden as well as access to the nearby park/play area. Living where we do, we also benefit from an urban / rural mix.

My husband, three daughters and myself have all been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). I also had a Health Check as part of the registration process.

My most recent Ofsted inspections were in November 2005 and December 2008 - I was graded ‘Outstanding’ in both. My most recent Inspection Report is available to read - please click on the link!

I am registered to care for 6 children under the age of eight and of these, usually no more than 3 can be under 5 years old, at any one time. I can also care for older children as part of my ‘before and after-school’ and ‘holiday care’ service. In addition I provide holiday cover for other local childminders.
I am occasionally asked to provide a placement for childcare students from the local college - I try to accommodate this whenever possible.

In accordance with my registration requirements I hold full Public Liability Insurance, have attended a ‘Foundation Course’ for Childminders and hold an up-to-date ‘First Aid for Childcarers’ certificate. Please click on the ‘Qualifications / Training’ link for further details of my childcare experience. I also have appropriate ‘Business Cover’ on my motor insurance.

I am a member of the ‘National Childminding Association’ (PACEY) and the ‘Devon Childminding Association’, both of which offer support and guidance for Childminders and Parents / Carers. I became a ‘Specialist (Funded) Childminder’ in July 2010 so I can offer the 15 hours of ‘Early Years Entitlement’ to 3 & 4 year olds as well as the ‘2gether’ funding for eligible 2 year olds.

My role as a ‘professional’ Childminder is to complement the role of Parents / Carers to ensure that their child has the best possible start in life.

Please contact me with your requirements by e mailing: delve.woodlandtots@btinternet.com or telephone 01271-379703. I can provide you with further details of the service I offer and up to date vacancy details.
I also advertise my vacancies on ‘DISC’, ‘childcare.co.uk’ and ‘Netmums’.