Helen Palumbo

Aunty Helen's Childminding Service. I am a newly Ofsted Registered childminder who has 2 teenage children of my own. I offer a safe, welcoming, nurturing and 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. I take inspiration from the 'Curiosity Approach' to childcare where the aim is to put the child at the centre of their own development and education and focus on the child's natural curiosity of the world around them by creating a stress-free environment filled with open-ended resources such as treasure baskets and loose parts, sensory and role play. Bright colours and plastic toys are removed and replaced by calming neutral colours and natural materials and resources centering on imaginative exploration through play. Children will be offered many activities in and out of the home such as arts and crafts, messy play, creative role plays, sand and water play.


01935 873263
Mobile: 07810470330


Venue address
West Dorset


Opening times
Tue: 08:30-18:00
Wed: 08:30-18:00
Thu: 08:30-18:00

Service Details

Vacancy information

Available spaces from May 2022, please call for vacancy information.

Nursery/Pre-School pickup
To be discussed with parent/carer 
£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 and is awaiting their first Ofsted inspection. Further activities include music, singing and dancing, baking and food play, reading, story and rhyme times. We have a lovely large private enclosed garden for outside play and activities and children will be encouraged to spend time outside on a daily basis. Children will be taken on outings such as Forest School, Beach School, Farm School, Playgroups, Child Play Centres and Play Parks with the consent and permission of parents as a planned activity. Parents can use their early education funding at any time during opening hours.
Age Range
0 years 8 months to 8 years 0 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
With the use of a ramp if required. Ground floor play room, dining room, living room and toilet. Rear access to the house through garden and kitchen all on one level no steps up into house at the rear.
Parking availability information
Drop off and pick up road side at front of house plus space for one parking in our drive if parent/carer staying longer or for wheelchair access to rear of house.
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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Address: Sherborne  Dorset

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