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Nicole O'Brien

I am an Ofsted registered eligible childminder in Minster-On-Sea, Kent, close to Oasis academy school. I can offer the free for two, and three and four year old funded places for 15 or 30 hours a week. I am married and have 5 children - a 24 year old son, 21 year old daughter, a 10 year old daughter, an 8 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. I have lived on the island for 13 years and absolutely love living in a seaside town. I also have a dog, 2 cats, rabbits  and chickens.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Nicole O'Brien
Contact Position

Where to go

Nicki's Island Nippers
Minster Road
Minster On Sea
ME12 3JH

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only, Open All Year, Shift Patterns, School Holidays Only, School Holidays
Carescheme Age Range:
0 year(s), 3 month(s) to 15 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 7:30 17:30
Tuesday 7:30 17:30
Wednesday 7:30 17:30
Thursday 7:30 17:30
Friday 7:30 17:30

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.00 Per hour
ECD Type
Offers pickups
Schools covered
Minster in Sheppey Primary School
Cost details
Fees include breakfast and a PM snack. I also provide nappies
wipes and suncream.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Vacancies Details
Please contact me for updates/vacancies
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 0
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Swing, Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Outdoor Activities, Pets, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Play House, Trampoline, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Play Room, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Help With Homework, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Healthy Living, Reading, Books, Internet Connection, See-Saw, Ball Pit, Bike, Kitchen, Songs, Slide, Library - Children's Library, Climbing Frame, Library Visits, Stories, Life Skills, Childminding Link Group

I spent 5 years working as a teaching assistant with 11-16 year olds; this was mainly on a one to one basis with children with special educational needs. For the next 3 years I worked as a teaching assistant in a local primary school working with year 2, year 4, then finally year 5/6, then I began childminding in April 2016. I absolutely love working with children and with the birth of my third child I knew I didn't want to leave her, but also didn't want to stop working with children, so a career in being a childminder seemed the perfect option. I have done lots of training in my school roles including child protection, English as an additional language, autism training, fine motor skills, I have a current paediatric first aid certificate and in my primary TA position I took individuals and small groups for phonics intervention so have training in that, but also lots of resources available I made for these interventions. I thoroughly love working with the little ones and now I've started childminding and caring for them I can't imagine doing anything else.

My Qualifications:

GCSE's: English language, English literature, Maths, Science, French, Geography, Keyboarding, Drama.

A'Levels: English literature, Media studies, Theatre studies.

BA (Hons) English literature and Language.

NVQ level 2 Teaching Assistant.

Pacey childminding pre-registration.

Paediatric first aid training.

Level 3 Children and Young Peoples Workforce.

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)

Flexible, can accommodate any hours between 7.30am and 5.30pm, with a minimum of 3 hours daily. 

Service status


Local Offer


Early years children supported, we will help support you with any concerns and take appropriate action to put referrals into place, but following the EYFS with achievable targets for the children and one to one support with a key worker. 

Special Needs Support

Working in partnership with parents/carers enabling us to gain a bigger picture of each child. Every child is important, and we want them to fulfil every single learning goal to the best of their ability. We use the early years outcomes to monitor how well they are doing and also WOW moments on Tapestry. 

Through Tapestry observations and constant updates in person. End of term updates, an individual education plan with the key worker having that focused support. 

With a mixture of ages from 0-4, we differentiate across all children, so every activity has many options. Children with SEN will be encouraged to join in but this may be at a different time or with some changes to make it more accessible or exciting for them. 

We use Tapestry which is an app. Communication can be both ways on this, photos can be added, reports can be created, parents can see what children are doing throughout the day. Things they are doing can be linked to areas of learning. There is always a chance to speak upon pick up, and parents are always able to phone and speak to us. 

Personal care is done in private to maintain a child's privacy. We use a quiet corner with books and cushions for any child that feels they need some time away from any situation.  

Through Tapestry and early learning goals. Staff undergo training regularly to increase their knowledge. 

All children's needs are taken into account, when trips occur reins are used, wrist straps, the telephone number of the setting is on wrist bands, anything to keep the children safe. All children will always be included in the planning.   

There is a step, unfortunately we don't have a ramp for wheelchair access. 

Telephone call to the person responsible for transition. Then lots of trips to the new setting prior to them starting to begin to familiarise them. 

Parent questionnaires are regularly sent out. Results of these are discussed in team meetings. 

Anonymous questionnaires. Signposted to Ofsted if a complaint is to be made, poster showing Ofsted's details in the entry door. 


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