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Melanie Mix at "The Muddy Boots Project"

We are offering a loving, caring and comfortable home and a fully reliable service for children and carers with Ofsted Outstanding Grade since August 2019.

We are Ofsted registered and belong to the PACEY and have certificates in home based childcare, paediatric first aid and hold a full Morton Michelle Liability Insurance. All my staff hold an intermediate food hygiene certificate as well as the health & safety certificate, I myself gained my diplomas in CYPW NVQ3 (level 3) in Childcare in 2012. 

My settings have been Awarded a Certificate in Montessori Practice for Child minders (CPD), accredited by Montessori Centre International London - as of January 2014.

We offer a wide range of educational toys and activities and visit local parks and libraries regularly we also have a Certificate in Forest Childcare. My setting is very outside based and we spend most of our day outside on the fresh air. We also promote healthy eating (I am a fully qualified chef) and can provide hot and cold meals. All food, drinks and outings are included.  Please contact me to discuss unsocial hours or any other questions or to arrange a visit. Ofsted Inspection Grade: Outstanding November/December 2014.   I have completed the Reading Quality Award (RQIA) - January 2013. Also has a NVQ in Children and Young Peoples Workforce. Age range 0 to 8 years

I am working with assistants who is fully registered with Ofsted to work under my supervision. My assistants have undertaken Safeguarding training, full Paediatric 1st aid certificate and level 2 food and hygiene.

We speak and teach children additional languages : German & Spanish.

Personal care - toileting assistance - changing facilities

This setting has signed up to offer Tax Free Childcare.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Melanie Mix
Contact Position
07825 091152
Melanie Mix at The Muddy Boots Project

Where to go

The Muddy Boots Project

I work with assistants from a separate annex which is situated within my garden area. My setting is open play with lots of natural daylight, most of my toys are made from natural resources and we apply the curiosity approach in my setting. We have a open plan kitchen so children can join in with cooking, a separate toilet and sleeping room for children to take a rest. The garden is fully enclosed with rather large sandpit, mini beast area, Wendy house, mud kitchen, lots of wheeled toys, water play, arts and craft. We take children regularly on outing to the park and forest for forest school. We mostly spend our day outside on the fresh air. You can also have a look at my FB page and website for more information about my setting.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday 7.30am - 6pm

Other Details


For further information on rates and days please contract childminder directly. I don not charge for holidays or bank holidays, when my setting is closed.


Other notes

Please ask provider directly for additional needs and availability. We only childcare for over 14 month old children. 

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
My setting is ground level and easy access for wheelchairs.

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Speech & Language difficulties
Dietary needs
Social & Emotional needs
Hearing Impairment
Delayed speech
General Special Needs
Developmental delay
Sign Language (BSL)
Toileting Assistance
Learning difficulties
Walking disability
Memory difficulties

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes I am a fully qualified Chef with 15 years Catering experience therefore aware about healthy eating and special dietary requirements

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Please ask directly

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
1 Vacancy for 5 full days (Monday to Friday 7:30am-6pm) as of end of August. For any other enquiries please call me directly. Working with 2 assistant.
Date updated
Immediate Vacancies for 30 Hour Place

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Additional 15 hours of *Free* childcare offered
When are the additional 15 hours available? (e.g. Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm)
On full time basis only with minimum of 3 full days. Currently all funded places are taken.
How many places are available for the additional 15 hours to meet the 30 hours childcare
Intending to provide 30 Hours?
Registered to provide 30 Hours?
30 Hours Partner Summary
Not applicable don’t offer shared funding

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 18:00
Tuesday 07:30 18:00
Wednesday 07:30 18:00
Thursday 07:30 18:00
Friday 07:30 18:00

School Pickups

Offers pickups
St Josephs College
Collection and drop offs from Keyworkers homes possible (Please speak to me directly)

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
16/12/2008Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
17/11/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
28/08/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer

Contact Name
Melanie Mix
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Muddy boots
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
SEN Provision Type
Local Offer Updated
Download more Local Offer details for Melanie Mix Local Offer ~ June 2021 here...

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