About me – I’m Elaine and I live with my husband Ian and son Charlie. We have lived in Sedgefield since 2001. I first became an Ofsted Registered Childminder in 2010. My last inspection I was awarded a ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding areas in safeguarding, caring, attention and well-being for my children. I am extremely dedicated and passionate about my role and my highest priority is for the safety, happiness and individual attention for the children, but also offering them love and consistency and lots of opportunities to interact and play alongside other children of various ages.

My main aim is to encourage, enable and give them the best start in life. I love the outdoors, so the children get lots of opportunities to experience their natural environment and explore the world around them, with lots of walks, park trips, bug hunting, making dens in the garden and many more.

My setting - We have a dedicated play room but the whole of the downstairs is used for the children. I have a wide range of resource toys and activities for the children to learn and explore. The children have a choice of picture cards which they can choose from for the following day i.e. painting, craft, Play-Doh, treasure box, making dens, picnic, park trip, planting seeds & digging, tea party with the bears, treasure hunts, dolls/pushchairs/clothes, princess castle, farmyard/animals, making dens, dressing up box, library, feeding the ducks, baking, instruments, singalong/actions, story time/finger puppets, floor puzzles, construction/diggers, little people, Lego, train set, garage/cars and many more.

As some resources need to be attained in advance as I like to alternate the toys daily to keep the children interested and stimulated. I have a large garden with a high security fence and locked gate at all times. The children have a wide range of outdoor toys i.e. sand/water area, basketball, gardening, skittles, football, cars, bikes, rocker, slide, pushchairs, tractor, cricket set, golf set, garden games, a tent and tubes and many more.  The garden is always accessible for the children. I promote a safe, warm, loving, happy and healthy environment both in and outside of my home. We have two cats called Bluebell and Horace, which the children love and adore. They come and go as they please using cat flaps. We also have a very small dog called Wilbur who stays in the kitchen area where his bed is whilst I am working. 

Qualifications - Myself, my husband and son are all DBS checked and I have level one and two safeguarding certificates. QA level three in paediatric first aid.  Public liability insurance with PACEY.  I am registered with ICO (Information Commissioners Office).  I am a dedicated member of the Durham childminding network. I have a full clean driving licence and my 7 seater Land Rover has a full MOT certificate, it’s taxed and insured for business use. I have car seats appropriate to their age securely fit.  I also have home insurance in place.

Vacancies - I have experience with babies right up until secondary school. I will also try to offer flexibility within the hours I work depending on my child ratios. I currently have children in my care from the ages of eight months up to 11 years old.

School runs - I can drop off/pick up from nurseries/infants/juniors both from Hardwick Primary school and Sedgefield Primary school. I work term time and through school holidays. I can also collect/drop off at local playgroups.

To find out more about help with childcare costs please visit www.durham.gov.uk/childcarecosts

When is it on?

Session information
Monday to Friday
7.45am - 6.00pm

Who to contact

Contact name
Elaine Vickers
Contact position
07800 538 986

Where to go


Other details

Age range
From 0 years 3 months to 14 years 0 months


Childcare availability
Closed bank holidays
Before school
Term time
School holidays
After school
Free 3/4 yr places
Free 2 yr places
Will be providing 30 hours

Vacancy details

Immediate vacancies?
Other information
Immediate vacancies available both full/part time. Before and after school wrap around care.

Other details

School drop off/collection
Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School
Further drop off/collection details
Drop and collect from Hardwick Primary and nursery & Sedgefield Primary school. can also drop off and collect from local playgroups and to the St. Williams School bus stop.
Last Ofsted inspection grade
Ofsted report
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