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Harney, Michelle Anita

I have been a childminder since 2007 and a mum for over 19 years. I am a member of the Orchard Network and also a targeted inclusion minder. I finished my Level 3 Diploma in Childcare in January 2014. I have three children of my own and three step children. We have three chocolate Labradors who are wonderful with the children and the children got to witness my female dog having puppies which was wonderful. We also have two degus in the playroom. I have a large playrroom equipped with lots of toys that the children can access for themselves and a good size garden with lots for the children to do. I meet up with other childminders for play sessions and visit local parks. I have been on numerous courses regarding childminding and am also on the childminding buddy system.  I do the 2 year and 3 year funding.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Michelle Harney
Contact Position
Michelle Harney Childminding
01344 861163

Where to go

Michelle Harney Childminding

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£50.00 Per Day
£15.00 Per Session


Other notes

At present I do not have any spaces available, but due to the children I look after leaving for big school in September this will free up a day time space from 9.30 to around 2.30.

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision

Special Needs

Has Provision
Been on numerous courses through Bracknell Forest Council

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Will cater as needed.

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision

Childcare Information

Funded Places

Offers 2 year funded places
Offers 3 & 4 years (15 hrs) funded places
Offers 3 & 4 years (30 hrs) funded places


I have vacancies from September 9.30 - 2.30 daily
Date updated

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 18:00
Tuesday 07:30 18:00
Wednesday 07:30 18:00
Thursday 07:30 18:00
Friday 07:30 18:00
no smoking household, Climbing Frame, Video Games, Colouring, Off-site trips, Computer, Open Space, Visits & Outings, Children work to the early years foundation stage, Nature Walks, Cinema, Very homely setting, Clay moulding, Visits To The Lookout, Construction toys, outdoor sports, Constructive Play, Walks, Outings, Water Play, Outings in summer, Cookery, Wendy House, Cooking, Outside Play, Computer Learning/video games, Other, Visits & Outings (Local), Computer(s), Conservatory as Playroom, Outdoor Play, construction, Outdoor Play Area, Visits To The Library, People carrier, Pet, Pets, Daily organised activities, Paddling pool/waterplay, Co-opertative games, Woodland walk, Painting, Crafts, Park visits, Creative area, Picnics, Decking area, Dedicated Playroom, Play Area, Detailed report of childs day and meal plan., Play Equipment, Play House, Dancing, Piano, Playground, Educational games & activities, Educational Videos, Enclosed Garden, Playhouse, Play kitchen, Dog(s), Play Room, Dressing up, Playdoh, Prentend kitchen, Puzzles, Football, Face Painting, Refreshments, Ride on toys, Games, Quiet Area, Free Play, Quiet time, Freeplay Toys, Garden Play, planting and watching plants grow., Sand and Water Play, garden toys, Gardening, Sandpit, Role Play, Safe enclosed play area, Garden & apparatus/toys, Safe Play, Garden Apparatus, Garden Play, Hamster, Have a car, Sensory Area, Seasonal Activities, Secure Garden, Slide, Homework area, small trampoline, Homework assistance, Hot Breakfast, Soft ball play, Singing/Music, Sit in cars, Home cooked food, Sleeping Area, Home Corner, Home role play area, Special needs equipment, Indoor Play Area, Activities, Activity equipment, Interest Table, Hot meals provided, soft play visits, I.T., Access to computer and internet, Songs & Rhymes, Access to public library, Songtime, Storytime, Keyboard/musical instruments, Structed Play, Arts & Crafts, Kitchen, Large & Small construction toys, Audio Equipment, Supervised indoor & outdoor games, Junk modeling, Animal Projects, Baby Toys, Tea & coffee, squash & biscuits, Learning about nature, Learning through play, Baking, Swimming activities, Baby changing, Baby Corner, Tents and tunnels, Bedroom cots, Bikes, Library Visits, Themes and Topics, Bird Watching, Literacy & Numeracy activities, Tool bench, Board Games, Teepee in Garden, Lego building, Ball games, Television, Leisure Centre Visits, Tents & Tunnels, Barked Play Area, Toys & equipment, Messy play, Breakfast available, train set, Trampolining, Book Corner, Local Park, Books, Local visits & outings, Bottle Warming Facilities, Toys, Lunch, Music & Movement, TV, Musical Equipment, Chalk and colouring board, Musical Instruments, TV/Video, Changing facilities, Multi Purpose Room(s), Treasure Hunts, Music

School Pickups

Offers pickups
School Pickup
School Pickup
Meadow Vale Primary School Yes Yes

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
15/01/2010Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
12/08/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer

Local Offer Record
Local Offer Description

I am a childminder and I work alone.  I recently was graded Outstanding at my last inspection with Ofsted.  I live in Binfield with my family.

I use the whole of the ground floor of my house for childminding purposes.

I have a step into the front door of my setting.


1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?

I do observations of all the EYFS children in my care via daily diaries, general observations, development matters and we do topics and I do observations on these.  They are all kept in named files of the children in question.

I have completed 2 year checks on all the children in my setting, these are then signed and dated and given to the parents to liaise with the Health Visitor.

I have regular updates with parents, either via text, email or through daily communication at pick up or drop off.

I do an "All about me" booklet when the children start, these are given to the parents to fill in and then I fill in as I get to know the children more and they start to get older and develop more.

I do an Information Sharing Policy which is signed by myself, the parent and the teacher of the nursery the child is going to for part of the day.

I share progress with the parents through the daily diaries and they are able to ask for the learning journals of their child if they so wish.

I ask the parents if they would like me to work on anything in particular with their child and if they do will liaise regularly about this via chats and email, and photos.

2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?

I have a very good relationship with all the parents of the children I currently look after.

I do daily diaries that are then emailed to the parents at the end of my working day, these sometimes include observations so that the parents can see what I am working towards with their children.

I use email, text, and whatsapp as a way of communication with the parents.

As mentioned above I do an All About me booklet.

Learning journals are done on all the EYFS children, and I discuss progress with the parents daily.

I share planning with the parents and ask if they require me to work on anything in particular with their children.

Parents comment in the daily diaries as I tell them this is a requirement from Ofsted and also it is a way of communication between myself and them if they are busy at pick up times.

Information Sharing Policy as mentioned above.

Newsletters are done quarterly and sent home with parents, also on noticeboard by my front door.

Care plans are not used at my setting as have never been asked to do one.

3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?

All planning at my setting is child led on their interests.

I do the Development Matters and these show me where the child is at and if there is anything that I need to highlight with the parent that needs particular work on.

I think setting children small targets to work on is important and shows the children that you value what they have to say and they like to feel included.

I will offer one to one support if this is required.

I adapt all the activities in my setting to meet the needs of every child.

I know that the team at Bracknell forest council are there to help if I need it.

I am aware of the requirements of the EYFS.

4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?

The only experience I have of looking after children with additional needs is through training this is because I have no spaces and havent had for a while.  Plus I have a waiting list.

Every child in my setting is treated as an individual and their needs are met.

If I needed more resources if I was to look after a child with additional needs then of course I would obtain the necessary resource.

Bracknell Forest Council are there to help me.

I have completed lots of training with Bracknell Forest council.  I do have sound blocks, textured reading books and musical instruments but would purchase more if necessary.

5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?

Training is through Bracknell Forest council and I have attended lots of course regarding additional needs.

No experience as no spaces.  I have risk assessments in place and ongoing.  Would update if I was to take on a child with additional needs.

I have a SEND Policy in my files.

Inclusion resources as mentioned above.

6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?

As mentioned previously yes I do daily diaries, observations, development matters and these are available to parents.

Yes to 2 year checks as previously mentioned.

I do termly trackers with observations.

I have meetings with parents, but have never been asked to attend a meeting at another setting as of yet.

7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?

Yes I am aware of the Equality act having done the Level 3 diploma.

I risk asess every outing and would go to a place we havent visited before to risk assess if it was suitable for the age of the children I was taking there.

I work alone with no staff.

8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?


No wheelchair access, patio outside in the garden.

I can make reasonable adjustments in line with the Equality Act 2010.

My environment does enable all children to engage in all play opportunities.

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?

I have never been asked to do a transitional home visit.  I do transition booklets that the children, myself and the parents all write in.  I do the observations surrounding the EYFS 7 areas of learning and how well I think the child is progressing and about the child.  The child then draws pictures of family and life.  Parents do the other bits.  I was recently complimented by a school on my transition booklet and the work I had put into this.

Learning Journals are given to the parents when a child leaves my setting.

All information about the child is shared only on request of the parent.

If a child had any anxieties about starting a new setting then I would work with the parents and the child to support them in any way I could.

10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?

Questionnaire, daily diaries, compliments, letters of recommendation are given to me from parents past and present.

I have not had any feedback from any one apart from my Ofsted Inspector and that feedback was 100%.

I use Plan Do Review as in we plan, do the activity then review it.  We then go back to it another time and see how we have progressed.  If there is anything I could have done better to help the children in their development.

Development Matters are done to show me how well the children are progressing.

11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?

I work alone as a childminder.

12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?

I have a compliments and complaints book, lots of compliments no complaints from anyone.

Parents poster displayed as required by Ofsted.

Questionnaire are done by both children and their parents.

Feedback is given verbally or via email and text through daily diaries.

References, thank you cards, letter of recommendation are all filled.

Last updated: 24/06/2015

Last Update: 06/08/2019

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