Mrs Zena Bainbridge

I am a trained Nursery Nurse and have been childminding for over 20 years. I am Ofsted Outstanding and have many excellent references. My house is conveniently situated in Sherborne, meaning that we are able to walk to many parks, gardens, meadows, castles, toddler groups, children's centre and library. I provide cosy home child care which includes craft activities, baking, messy play , story and rhyme times. We do a regular weekly Forest School and in the summer months Beach School too! 


01935 814272
Mobile: 07580 305691


Venue address
West Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 07:30-08:45
Tue: 07:30-17:00
Wed: 07:30-17:00
Thu: 07:30-17:00
Fri: 07:30-17:00

Service Details

Vacancy information

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School pickup
Sherborne Primary School : AM
Cost variations
Call for costs. Sibling discount available.
Additional Information

Registered Childminder - I am on the Intermediate phase of the Dorset Quality Improvement Scheme (DQIS). Parents can use their Early Education entitlement at any time during opening hours. Transport available.

Age Range
0 years 10 months to 11 years 0 months

Ofsted Registered Details

Ofsted inspection result
Date of last inspectionInspection resultOfsted report
17/05/2022 Outstanding View here
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Registration details
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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
Ramp can be used to help with access. Open floor all on one level.... playroom, dining , kitchen and front room. 
Parking availability information
Drop off facilities.
Toilet facility information
Ground floor toilet.
Other Facilities
It would depend on what level of special need.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities

I hold a SEN qualification and have experience of doing a year placement within a Special School and from working in a Nursery. I take on a ‘ key worker’ role for all children in my care - an individual education plan (IEP) will be developed which outlines short term targets to support child’s learning and interests. My setting is ideally situated close to play areas which have wheelchair accessible roundabout and swing baskets. Parents and Carers will be involved with the planning of appropriate trips and activities to ensure their child is catered for. My resources are easy available in low level storage and my house is adaptable. I have policies in place which include Inclusion, Special Needs and Safeguarding. I liaise with the Children’s Centre, Early Years Advisor and Health Visitors. Referrals , with parents’ consent and input will be made to CAHMS Dorset. I am aware that each child and family has individual needs which I’m happy to discuss with you.

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Address: Sherborne  Dorset

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