Naturally we believe that the service that we provide here at Little Tinkers is fantastic, but don't just take our word for it! Here's a sample of testimonials
from parents whose children attend(ed) the setting:
"Both of my children attend Little Tinkers and their care has been nothing but exemplary. My youngest has developed incredibly with Little Tinkers supporting and reinforcing her knowledge whilst challenging her and exposing her to creative and fun activities on a daily basis. My eldest has created great relationships with all of the children and staff and enjoys his after school time there, feeling engaged and interested in all tasks even though he is the eldest that attends. They have been flexible where possible and I always feel completely at ease when I drop the children off. Firm favourites with the youngest – Stretch n Grow and outdoor activities are always a winner with my eldest. Would always, and have already, recommend Little Tinkers."
"Superb team, fantastic environment, energetic staff, kids love it at Little Tinkers, cannot recommend them enough."
"Little Tinkers has been brilliant for us. In the time X has been there she always seems very happy and looks to be enjoying the activities that are put on for her, as we can see on her pictures on the system. X always seems to enjoy going to different places, and never seems happy to leave – the little monster! She really enjoyed visiting the ice cream factory and loves Let Loose. Little Tinkers are very accommodating with us when mum drops her off early and when dad is occasionally running late or need to get her early. The service Little Tinkers offer is excellent, the staff are very friendly and patient, and offer advice about illness and medicines, which is most gratefully received with us being first time parents. Overall Little Tinkers seem to be a very relaxed and safe place for our daughter. Thank you all very much."
"I couldn't recommend Little Tinkers highly enough; our daughter thoroughly enjoys her days there and as parents we are extremely happy with the personal approach, variety of activities and ongoing support. Thank you!"
"When we had our first child we looked at a few local nurseries and childminders and found them rather crowded and somewhat franchised in their approaches to childcare. They offered few extras in the way of providing nappies or milk for our baby and the activities were very much all in-house with very few trips offered in and around the local area. they were also quite heavily priced for the services they were offering. After one visit to Little Tinkers we were instantly impressed with not only the staff (who are quite frankly superb), but the homely, family environment they offered. Both my wife and I work full time and were keen for her to feel part of the family rather than just a number in a register. We were also amazed at the level of activities the children are involved in both inside and outside of the house and everyday they are taking part in something new and exciting. There are too many trips out to mention and I know our little girl loves the girls who come to the house for additional classes on a weekly basis. On top of all these wonderful learning opportunities we were delighted that nappies and food and trips out are all included in an extremely reasonable price. We are safe in the peace of mind that she is being looked after by professional, experienced and fun childminders with the added bonus of an Outstanding Ofsted report to support our opinion that Little Tinkers is just brilliant, we look forward to sending child number two next year. Thank you to all of you."
"Rebecca and her team are exceptional in what they do and made the transition of going back to work after maternity leave so much easier, knowing we were leaving X in such capable hands and a wonderful environment. They completely understand our daughter and are incredibly thorough in the information we are provided with both at the end of each day and on the weekly review. X's confidence and abilities have developed greatly during her time at Little Tinkers and we are sure she thoroughly enjoys her time there. Thank you for all you do."
"We are very happy with the service that we receive from Little Tinkers. X now seems very settled. I think the activities are great and varied. Love the pictures and comments on Baby's Days, nice to see what he's up to whilst we are at work. From moving from a large nursery, I much prefer the setting at Little Tinkers, it's personable. At the end of the day they used to read off a ticket what he'd been up to, but here there is no need for that, Bex is so involved knows everything. Also great to talk to for advice too! Whilst we don't often speak to Matt and Charlotte, X is also very fond of them too as he talks about them a lot. Very happy and would definitely recommend Little Tinkers."
"Since X started at Little Tinkers, we’ve been more than impressed with the care and attention you’ve given him – from his initial settling-in period where it was hard work for all involved, to the present day, where he actively looks forward to the activities you arrange for the children. As teachers, we appreciate how much hard work and patience it takes to make a child feel happy away from home and as parents we feel 100% confident that he’s getting the very best care available whilst we’re at work. We are also grateful that you’ve been flexible in your childcare provision by arranging a term-time only contract and gone over and above your remit by looking after X during parents’ evenings. You have become the extended family we’ve so desperately needed since having X and we’re so glad we chose you to look after him. Many thanks." M
"X has been at Little Tinkers now for eight months and we couldn't be happier with the care she has received. Being first-time parents we were naturally anxious about childcare but Rebecca, Matt and Charlotte have done everything possible to make the adjustment easy for us and, more importantly, for X. The activities the team plans for the children every week are varied and engaging for all ages, even the very little ones, and they seem to take every opportunity to get out and about which is great. As well as lots of group activities they obviously take the time to support X in developing whatever new skills she's working on at any given time. X enjoys the meals and snacks they provide and as parents we know from the menu they provide that there's a good balance for her. Little Tinkers have been really supportive of us using cloth nappies and X being in reusables has never been a problem for them which is great. They've also always been very understanding when on the odd occasion we're running a little late due to circumstances beyond our control or when we sometimes come and pick X up a little early. X clearly loves her time at Little Tinkers and this has made me going back to work so much easier and less stressful for both me and my husband: in short, we cannot speak highly enough of them!"
"Just a note to say thank you. You have worked tirelessly over the last few years to provide an amazing space for the children to learn, grow and have fun in."
"We are absolutely delighted with the outstanding provision Little Tinkers provides for their mindees. Our son is incredibly happy and settled when he is with you, and he speaks with enthusiasm about the fantastic activities and opportunities you provide. We feel he has continued to develop socially as well as academically over the course of the year and we have appreciated the additional support you have given with his Speech and Language development, particularly in implementing activities suggested by X's Speech Therapist. We are very impressed with the way you promote good behaviour at all times; how you support the children in developing positive relationships with their peers, as well as using good manners. Little Tinkers have been very helpful in terms of supporting during transitions, working closely with school to ensure the children feel settled and happy on their initial visits to nursery, and we feel confident that this will continue to be the case on X's upcoming settling in sessions in his new reception class. Little Tinkers have been absolutely fantastic by accommodating additional requests - we have often had very last minute emergency childcare needs and extra sessions required due to changing work patterns - these requests have always been granted, and we are very appreciative of this.The team are kind, caring, fun, enthusiastic and professional. We are aware through regular newsletters that staff regularly attend courses in their own time to stay up to date with new initiatives and developments in childcare and Early Learning. We feel this has a very positive impact on the mindees as strategies developed are quickly implemented to the setting. The service provided is highly efficient - regular communication via the newsletter is useful and informative. We enjoy being able to view photographs of daily activities and read diaries giving more detailed information about different things which have gone on each day. The Baby's Days app is a great way to access any information we require relating to the setting.We strongly believe that Little Tinkers offers a safe, happy and secure environment where every child is valued and nurtured, and we feel that our children are so privileged to have the opportunity to be part of the Little Tinker's family."
"Little Tinkers are brilliant with both of my children. They have really helped settle them in and have been very accommodating with the hours I have needed. I feel relaxed at work knowing my children will be having fun and love the photos taken throughout the day, so I can see what they have done and look at them in the evening with the children to discuss their day."
"We moved our son, then 20 months old, from a larger private nursery to Little Tinkers and it was the best decision we could have made. From the first meeting with Rebecca, Matt and Charlotte we have been impressed how professional, thorough and child-focused and rightly proud they are of the service and care they provide. The smaller headcount enables Little Tinkers to provide a top quality service with a genuinely personal touch. Our little boy settled very quickly, formed a fantastic bond with all the staff and just as importantly with the other mindees, he has a lovely little group of friends now with whom he enjoys a fun-packed and varied itinerary each week. The amount of effort that goes into arranging and facilitating the trips out to libraries, museums, fruit picking, airport viewing gallery, play centres etc. is very impressive, and when ‘back at base’ they still find time to host theatre and sing-along sessions alongside the numerous games and activities that are always explained fully in terms of the learning and development area. Communication is excellent, both face-to-face at drop-off or pick-up – you never feel rushed or unable to ask a question, and via social media, with systems used extensively to share progress reports, photographs as well as more practical information such as menus, upcoming events and invoices. We are delighted with the service as our little man is happy, healthy, well cared for and discovering new things every day."
"Little Tinkers have provided childcare services second to none I have ever experienced. Rebecca has cared for both my children over a 3½ year period and they have been happy and settled in her setting. I’ve been impressed with the range of activities and outings offered to my children and the services have been professional, efficient, reliable and flexible when I’ve needed to change plans at short notice."
"It is always daunting finding a suitable childminder, someone that is going to look after your children to the same high standards we put upon ourselves as parents, someone you trust 100% and someone your children feel comfortable going to and confiding in. This is exactly how I feel about Little Tinkers. I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have found the most wonderful family to look after my two little girls and as I drop them off on my way to work, as much as I miss them I leave feeling happy that my girls are happy and know they are going to have a wonderful day ahead of them with the great activities Rebecca has planned. X and X are so happy and settled in Rebecca and Matt’s care. They speak fondly of them both including Charlotte who also works for them. The family environment is perfect for them both and I have never had any concerns about their care, learning environment, or meals provided whilst they attend. My childcare requirements were a little complicated in the first couple of months and Rebecca was wonderful in accommodating our needs. She has always been very flexible which has often been with short notice which as a working mum is invaluable. The whole team at Little Tinkers are so friendly and approachable and I have no problem discussing any concerns with them. Rebecca uses systems to post updates on the girls’ days including what they have eaten and pictures of them getting involved in activities. This is a great way for me to check on their progress and enables me to share in some of the fun things they have done. It’s great because it allows me to discuss things with the girls at the end of the day. Rebecca clearly spends a lot of time planning out activities and I love the fact that the activities are very much educational. X loves the ‘letter bag’ activity where each week she comes home with a new letter and we spend time looking for things that start with that letter. It’s a great little activity for a pre-schooler. One thing I really like is the feedback questionnaire Rebecca issues to parents because it not only asks for my feedback it asks for feedback from the children. My girls loved answering the questions which included what they enjoyed, is there anything they would like to do more of etc and especially are there any meals they would like Rebecca to cook for them! It’s a lovely little touch as it really involves the children in their own childcare. I can’t speak highly enough of Rebecca, Matt and Charlotte and would recommend them as a childminding service to anyone!"
"Little Tinkers provide outstanding childcare and we have seen our child flourish. The variation of activities and field trips are superb and bring real benefit to my child's development and social skills. They are proactive with my child's development and they are quick to work on areas of development that my child shows an affiliation with to enhance that development. We always get a daily detailed report on what our child has been doing and where he has shown development and are always happy to offer advice. We wouldn't dream of sending our child to any other childcare service, Little Tinkers has exceeded our expectations!"
"We have been using Little Tinkers for almost 18 months and can only compliment everything about the service and support we all get. Right from the start of every day I know that X gets as much love, support, fun friendship and learning than he would at home – if not more. X is exceptionally settled, we feel he has a wide access to daily groups and educational activities, and when comparing these to my peers it seems X really does have the upper edge, with access to some great adventures – Mini Rangers being one. We are also impressed with the recent introduction to phonics through the use of a personal toy/object, and we enjoy supporting this learning at home. Aside from the compassion, care and nurture our little boy receives, Rebecca and the team run an incredibly professional business – something which is also important to us. The daily attendance and monthly invoice process works well, as does the weekly updates and daily photos, all posted securely via Baby's Days. Communication is offered in a variety of ways; face to face, via text/email, newsletter and via the system, this all helps us work together, sharing important information. Little Tinkers also offers flexibility when it’s required, this is a godsend when you’re stuck in traffic or your boss calls with an early/late last minute meeting! Rebecca and the team really do go the extra mile, they are there for us if we need advice (e.g. eating, development, sleep) and there for X when he needs the extra loving care I don’t feel he would get anywhere else – this means the world to my husband and I."
"My 18mnth old and 5yr old boys have both settled really well at Little Tinkers. I have never left them in floods of tears and am greeted by laughter and smiles. As a working mum, I really appreciate the support the Little Tinkers team give. Bex has been particularly helpful in being as flexible as she can be when work is demanding. They also manage to strike the right balance between gentle reminders and not adding further pressure to busy and hectic lives! Our boys are both on permanent contracts. Whilst our 18mnth old attends 3 days each week, our 5yr old attends one day after school, but our contract gives us the opportunity for additional childcare in holidays. It’s been a step into the unknown for us, as our first went to a nursery – but I certainly don’t regret my decision to do something different this time around. Thanks for your support Little Tinkers!"
"I'm really pleased with Little Tinkers, especially as it's taken a while for my second, younger child to settle, and they've really supported with this. The team are always organised and welcoming and we're always kept up to date. The app is especially good and I love seeing pictures of what they're getting up to. The house is spotless and I have every confidence in the team looking after my children. Coming from a larger childcare setting, I really love the smaller, more individual approach and I'm really happy with the service. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend!"