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Dawn Ann Brown

My name is Dawn and I have been Registered with Ofsted as a Childcare Provider since 2011.  My husband Andy and I run Dawnies Darlings together.  We were joined by our two part-time assistants Allesse in January 2019 and Olivia in September 2020.  We are graded Outstanding by OFSTED.

We pick up and drop off from Halfway Houses School.  We all have DBS checks, completed first aid and safeguarding training and hold Employee and Public Liability Insurance and are members of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years).  We have all qualified to either Level 2 or 3 Diplomas for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator).

Our aim is to provide a warm, caring and stimulating environment, where every child in our care feels safe, happy, secure and valued and is given lots of cuddles.  We also aim to develop them socially, physically, intellectually and emotionally by means of age and stage appropriate activities and outings.  We will regularly visit our local park, go for walks, enjoy stimulating play, story time, spend plenty of time in the garden and occasionally go on outings. 

Each child will be treated as an individual and will be given the opportunity to develop physically, socially and emotionally in a warm and friendly environment.  We have a wide range of play and learning activities for indoor and outdoor play and are continually adding to our resources.

Meals, drinks and healthy snacks will be provided throughout the day.  Please let me know if your child suffers from any known allergies so we can provide the appropriate food and drink.

Of course, the first few weeks in a new environment can be a stressful time for both children and parents/guardians.  Therefore, we would like to offer your child an initial visit before your child is due to start, to enable them to become familiar with us and our home environment.  Please encourage your child to bring a favourite toy or comforter if you think this will help to ease their settling in process.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Dawn Brown
Contact Position
Registered Childminder
07904 408722

Where to go

Buckthorne Road
Minster On Sea
ME12 3RD

We are open from 7.30am until 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and 7.30am until 4.00pm on Friday’s and have between four and five weeks off a year.  We usually have a week off at the end of May/beginning of June, two weeks off at the end of August and between one and two weeks off at Christmas.  We do not charge when the setting is closed, however, we would still charge if parents decided not to bring their child outside of these times or if your child is unable to attend due to illness. 

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 0730 1730
Tuesday 0730 1730
Wednesday 0730 1730
Thursday 0730 1730
Friday 0730 1600

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.00 an hour After School
£5.00 an hour Before School
£45.00 for up to 10 hours Per day
£40.00 for up to 8 hours Per day
ECD Type
Offers pickups
Schools covered
Halfway Houses Primary School
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 0 3
1 5 9
0 5 9
5 7 12
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Drama, Toddler Groups, Paddling Pool, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Team Games, Discussions / Talks, Outdoor Activities, Environmental Area, Pets, Tv/video/dvd, Trampoline, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Water Play, Quiet Room, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Help With Homework, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Healthy Living, Reading, Air Hockey, Refreshments, Books, Bike, Kitchen, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Library Visits, Stories
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
28/09/2012Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
19/08/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
16/02/2022Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

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)

We are eligible to receive funding for 2,3 and 4-year-olds. We are also registered to accept child tax credits and childcare vouchers. 


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