Melanie Mix at "The Muddy Boots Project"

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
07825091152 07825091152 07825 091152 07825 091152
Melanie Mix at The Muddy Boots Project
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Where to go

The Muddy Boots Project
RG30 2UG
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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


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.


Wheelchair access
Other notes

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

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair access
My setting is ground level and easy access for wheelchairs.
Special Needs provision
Special Needs Experience
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
Provision for special dietary needs
Yes I am a fully qualified Chef with 15 years Catering experience therefore aware about healthy eating and special dietary requirements
Can make special cultural provisions
Please ask directly

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
No vacancies until 2023

Funded Places

Has 3 & 4 year old funding
Has 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 school pickups
St Josephs College
Collection and drop offs from Keyworkers homes possible (Please speak to me directly)

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
EY358682Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
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
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Early Years Private, Voluntary & Independent Settings


All about me
I am offering a loving, caring and comfortable home from home care, as well as a fully reliable service for children and parents.
I am Ofsted registered (Grade "Outstanding" - November 2014) and belong to the PACEY and have certificates in home based childcare, paediatric first aid and hold a full Morton Michel Liability Insurance. I also hold an intermediate food hygiene certificate as well as the health & safety certificate and have the CYPW Level 3 diploma.

Resently I also have gained the "Reading Quality Improvment Award".

As off January 2014 my settings has now the "Certificate in the Montessori Practice (CPD for Childminders)", accredited by Montessori Centre International.

I am acknowledged for my contribution to the research in this area and my settings are now Montessori Led & Inspired.

I am a Forest Childcare Provider and I believe that spending time outdoors is very important. The children go outdoors here every day, at least once a day, no matter what the weather because I believe that fresh air and wide open spaces are good for them! My setting is situated in a separte annex within my garden. We have a fully enclosed garden that the children can access whenever they want. But we also live near to lovely parks, woodland areas and nature reserves and we visit one of these places about once a week.

I feel that looking after children in a home base settings is more beneficial to child's individual care and development and also means that I am working closely with parents. If you have any further questions or would like to visit my setting please contact me.


Local Offer Updated & Reviewed - June 2022


1: How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?

As an early years education childminder I assess and observe all the children continually in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) set out by the government. I have discussions with you regarding your child and any concerns you may have about your child's development and progress.

All children who are new to my service are assessed as a starting point to see their individual progression. I talk with all my parents at the beginning and end of each day. I share termly reports with parents of all my pre-school children.

A 2 year old development check is undertaken jointly with parents to review ongoing progress. I have extensive child-development knowledge which I have gained through training and working within childcare for over the last years, I use this knowledge when making judgments and decisions about support.

Any concerns I have will be discussed with you initially, and with your permission, I would then speak to professionals to gain further specific advice.

If I have concerns about any child I would follow my Inclusion Policy. As a Registered Childminder, I aim to follow the requirements of the EYFS (2014) and and the Childcare Register (2012) and provide an inclusive environment for ALL children and their families. I am also required to comply with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the SEND (special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Code of Practise 2014. 

2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?

In my settings I use an online system were I can record and follow childrens developmet and than share it with parents on a daily baisis.

I will do this by: 

Regularly talking to parents/carers about the individual needs of each child 
Talking to children about their likes/dislikes and interests 
Encouraging parents/carers to tell me about family cultures/religion/beliefs. 
Providing a wide range of resources and activities which reflects the diversity of our local area and further afield. 
Supporting each child though sensitive observation, regular assessments and individually planned activities to achieve their full potential. 
Providing individual support depending on the child’s needs. 
Using the 2 Year progress check to highlight if I believe a child is falling behind in any of the prime areas of learning. 
Focusing on the positive things that each child can do. 
Leading by example and challenging any form of prejudice 
Providing resources which challenge stereotypical ideas. 
Sharing information about children’s learning and development - and providing ideas for home learning - with parents/carers as required by the EYFS. 
Seeking permission to ask for support from outside agencies where appropriate. 
Attending appropriate training to ensure I have the sill and knowledge needed to support children and their families 
Encouraging children to respect each other as individuals. I welcome your feedback on my service at any time and am happy to discuss my policies verbally, or provide them in a different format if you wish. 

3: How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. 

This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs. 

As a Registered childminders I need to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. 

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.

In the EYFS framework was made it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter most. This new framework also has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child develop.

4: What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?

I work closely with all the children in my service. I liaise and involve parents continually. I support the children by also working closely with all professionals who may be involved with any child in my care and I follow any advice from professionals involved in their care.

I follow my policies including; Positive Handling, Physical Contact, Confidentiality and Risk Assessment policies to help support all children.

I assist you to support your child with on-going assessments and developments. I focus on your child's strengths, building on these to boost each child's self-esteem and self-confidence.

5: What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?

I am the designated SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) for this settings. 
If i believe a child needs additional support, I will speak to parents and ask their permission to approach agencies which will support their child. I will follow the graduated approach laid out in the Department of Education SEND code of practice to ensure every child receives the best possible care and learning development - 

A SEND guide for parents and carers is available from - 

Both of the above documents are also available on the document section on your personal Baby’s days System for you to have a look at. 

6: How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?

As a parent/carer you will be kept informed continually about your child's progress and achievements. This is achieved through daily discussions, daily diaries, and their individual folders containing continual observations and assessments which I use to inform their planning. Photos are used in the daily diaries as a way of sharing your child's day.

On collection and drop of I always talk to parents/carrers in my settings. W can also arrange to meet and chat informally at a mutually convenient time. I am happy to suggest activities for you to do with your child at home. All concerns are shared firstly with you the child's parent/carer and with agreement I will seek further advice from Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) coordinator or other relevant professionals - which ever we agree seems most relevant. I have a varied selection of resources in my service which are accessible as developmentally appropriate.


I have a 'Parents as Partners' policy which I regularly review and implement.

7: How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?

As a childminder I have an inclusive service and this is naturally extended to all activities outside too. Before undertaking excursions I seek your advice as you have the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge and information concerning your child's needs and requirements. All trips are risk-assessed taking into consideration all children I have in my care. Excursions are planned with your child's needs accounted for. My Inclusion policy is always put into practise.

8: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?

I work from my home, which is a msemi-attched house in Reading. There is a small set of step up from the front drive to my front door. There is a also 3 small step down from the sitting/dining room down to the covered Veranda space to my back garden. On the side of the house there is a small step were you can access the garden with safety gate. My livingroom, kitchen and dining room are open plan and have no doors and all one level. Our toilet facilities are upstairs. 

9: How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?

I have an admissions/settling-in policy which I follow for all new children attending our service. Initial meetings are with both the parent/s and child, this gives us the opportunity to meet each other and get to know you both better;- this creates a good environment for future discussions.

Once a parent has decided they would like their child to come to my service, we then discuss a flexible settling-in time-table in the weeks/days leading up to their start date. On the first meeting I also give you a copy of my handbook which includes all my policies and a permission sheet which needs to be signed.

Most importantly the settling-in period gives your child opportunities to become familiar and comfortable with me caring for them and also for them to; meet other children in my care, my family members and to feel comfortable and confident in their new surroundings.

I would ask you and your child about their individual likes, dislikes, fears, needs and comforters. For children moving onto a new early years setting or school the professionals from these services are welcome to call me to discuss your child, or to visit them here in my home, if they wish to; with your written permission.

With your permission, the professionals can have access to your child's development folder.

10: How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?

Parents will be continually consulted. As parents you will be kept up to date with your child's progress and care. You will also have a daily diary via Babys Days ( my online system) which is for written 2-way communication between yourself and me. The diary also contains photos which prompts communication between yourself and your child about their day in my care. Joint working with parents is always mutually beneficial- especially for your child.

11: Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?

Please contact me direct via mobile on 07825091152 or email: or I have also my own website were you can have a closer look at my settings and you can contact me through. Wesite "The Muddy Boots Project" at 

12: What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?

I regularly ask parents for feed back via parental questionair. A compliments and Complaints folder is availble for parents to view all the time. I have a complains ploicy which parents received in their welcome pack. 

Complan policy: I hope that you are happy with the service that I provide, but I appreciate there may be times when I am not offering you and your child the service that you require. 

I hope that you will feel able to discuss any concerns or issues that you may have with me directly. If you would rather not talk in front of your child then we can arrange a more convenient time, for example in the evening or at the weekend. 

It is a requirement by Ofsted that all complaints are logged along with the outcome and any action taken, these records must be available to show an Ofsted Childcare Inspector if required. 

If you feel that you are unable to talk to me, or that after talking, the matter remains unresolved then you can put your complaint in writing, I will investigate the matter and reply to you within 28 days. 

If you wish to make a formal complaint then you can contact the Ofsted Complaints and Investigation Unit on Tel: 0300 123 1231 or contact Ofsted at: The National Business Unit Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester M1 2WD or 

You can also talk in confidence to: 

The National Childminding Association on: 0208 464 6164 


The Early Years Childminding Team in Reading on Tel: 0118 937 6894


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