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Melanie Jane Farquhar

Registered childminder and mum of five located in Westbrook, Margate offering a playbased environment for children to grow and learn.

Homebased childcare for 0-5 year olds full of fun filled and structured activities in-line with the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Before and after school club for 4 -11 year olds, school holiday places available.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Melanie Farquhar
Contact Position
child minder

Where to go

Westcliff Gardens

My setting offers a dedicated play room, that is flexiable and adaptable for all ages that I provide a service for.  The facilities are situated on the ground floor, alongside a downstairs bathroom that has access to an enclosed garden.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
0 year(s), 0 month(s) to 11 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:00 18:00
Tuesday 07:00 18:00
Wednesday 07:00 18:00
Thursday 07:00 18:00
Friday 07:00 18:00

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.50 Per hour
ECD Type
Offers pickups
Schools covered
Drapers Mills Primary Academy
St Gregory's Catholic Primary School, Margate
Salmestone Primary School
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Vacancies Details
Spaces are available for before and after school starting Sept 2022. Due to school starters there will be spaces available for daycare.
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 5
5 8 5
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Discussions / Talks, Outdoor Activities, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Play House, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Play Room, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Healthy Living, Reading, Books, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Stories, Life Skills

I have undertaken training in SEND, EYFS and safeguarding for Childminders and observation assessment and planning.  I am peadiactric fisrt-aid trained.

Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)

I offer free early education for 2, 3,and 4 year olds based on the core offer of 570 hours, or 1140 with extended for 3 and 4 year olds.  This offer is for 15/30 hours per week, term time only, between the hours of 7am - 6 pm.  Session can be no longer that 10 hours.  Wrap around care is available at £4.50 per hour.

Service status


Local Offer

Special Needs Support

I have recently undated my knowledge on SEND to ensure I can confidently meet the individual needs of children in my care.  Planned activities and routines form the backbone of my ethos encouraging children to participate in activities listed in the facilities section above and routine that included laying the table in preparation for lunch and snacks.

As a childminder I  tailored all activities to meet the needs of all individuals to ensure that they receive the most from their participation.  The playroom setting is painted a neutral colour to encourage calmness, security and a sense of well-being.  The space is also full adaptable with movable furniture and soft covering underfoot to lessen noise and minimise sensory-overload.

Communicating with parents is a vary important part of Childminding and is a key factor in offering effective childminding services.  Communication is a corner-stone in the service that I provide, imparting information on a regular basis to ensure that parents are kept  up-to-date with daily activities and routines that children participate in.

I complete the Progress Check at  2 which provides information regarding the childs development and this will be shared with parents.

All planned activities and routines will include communication and a language-rich environment that is adapted for each individual child in my care. For example, I have a range of reading books that are used to explore language and encourage new vocabulary.


The setting I provide underpins the personal, social and emotional development for all children in my care.  This is achieved  through creating strong, warm and supportive relationships which encourages children understand and explores their own feelings and that of others

Children in my care will have the opportunity to develop their physical activities to include fine and gross motor skills with the facilities that have been listed above.

All activities and routines are adapted to meet the individual childs needs to maintain full inclusion.

If a child requires additional support outside of my setting, a referral can be made with the parents consent to the appropriate organisation. 

Verbal daily updates will be given to all parents at the end of each session.

Weekly reports that include photographs (with parents consent) are privately shared with individual parents.

Regular outings to toddler groups, the park and local attractions take place and health and safety risk assessments are revised and updated regularly to ensure all children can participate.

There is a step at the front door and a small downstairs bathroom. Access to the garden is via a step.

The resource I used to support children at this stage is 'Getting Ready for School Checklist', Twinkl.  This is includes a range of 'I can...'.   statements that are used to record progress.

I aim to keep parents regular informed and encourage parents to give feedback on a regular basis.

Please contact, 

Melanie Farquhar.

The complained procedure is outlined in the policy given to all parents.  

Parents are given questionnaires to enable them to give constructive and complementary feedback at all times.


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