Helen Palumbo

I am Aunty Helen, I live with my partner, 2 teenagers, 2 cats and a puppy. We are located in a lovely rural village close to Sherborne. We have a large private enclosed garden.  I offer a safe, welcoming, nurturing  fun ''''home from home'''' environment where a small group of children are equally supported and encouraged to grow, learn, play and develop at their own pace and in their own way. We are very much child led with a few planned activities throughout the week.  Children will be offered many activities such as music time, singing and dancing, messy play, arts & crafts, story time, rhymes, reading and mark making, creative role plays, sand, water and other sensory play. Outside play encouraged. Out and about in the local community to parks, town, river, walks, regular attendance at local toddler groups and some planned outings with consent.


01935 873263
Mobile: 07810470330


Venue address
West Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 08:00-13:00
Tue: 08:00-18:00
Wed: 08:00-18:00
Thu: 08:00-18:00
Fri: 08:00-16:30

Service Details

Vacancy information
I am now taking parent enquiries for September 2023 places, please get in touch for more details of vacancies.
School pickup
Thornford CE Primary School : PM
Nursery/Pre-School pickup
I currently do not offer this service but that may change in the future depending on current family requirements and if logistics fit with my own family and other minded children arrangements.
£5.60 per Hour
Cost variations
Full Time contracts and Term Time Only contracts. Please call for information on costings.
Additional Information
Childminder registered on 11 Jan 2022, due to house move we opened on 10th May 2022 and is awaiting their first Ofsted inspection. We are a small setting with only 3 or 4 children attending per day. I am now full but taking enquiries for September 2023, please get in touch for further details or if you wish to be added to my waiting list.
Age Range
1 years 5 months to 8 years 11 months

Ofsted Registered Details

Ofsted inspection result
Date of last inspectionInspection resultOfsted report
Awaiting Inspection
Ofsted Report notes
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Registration details
Registration numberOfsted registration date

Early Education

Free early education places
15 Hours For 2 year olds
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15 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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30 Hours For 3 & 4 year olds
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Wheelchair accessible
Being a leased 17th Century Grade II Listed Building, unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to the property with steps up to front door, narrow entrance hall and main rooms used for childcare are not all at ground level.
Parking availability information
Drop off and pick up road side at front of house spaces are usually available throughout the day and there are no parking restrictions or charges.
Toilet facility information
Minded children have their own use of ground floor toilet and hand wash facilities exclusive to them disinfected twice daily.
Other Facilities
I am happy to discuss parent/carers requirements on a one to one basis to see how I can support their needs.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities
I am happy to discuss requirements with parents/carers to best support the needs of each individual child.
Record Last Updated
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Journey Planner

Address: Sherborne  Dorset

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