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Sandra Chester

I have been childminding since 1998. I live in an extended semi detached house on High Meadows close to bus stops from Whitehaven and Cleator Moor.  There is a local park within walking distance which we use often.

I have 2 grown up children.  The eldest has left home and the youngest is at University and is only home at Christmas and summer vacations. Both myself and my youngest child are DBS checked,  I provide childminding care for children aged 0 – 11yrs old (for older children information available upon request).

The downstairs of the house is totally child friendly and safe with a downstairs toilet.  There is an enclosed back garden which is flagged and has a section which has artificial turf with an extensive range of play equipment and toys available.  I have a dog which is kept upstairs during working hours.

We visit local playgroups, soft play centres, and a wide range of parks and make use of other local amenities within our area.  The children have easy access to toys & resources in my home along with crafts, messy play as well small world, jigsaws, and books.

At present I have a several different children with disabilities (these can be discussed further if needed).  I work closely with other agenices if ever required.

Nursery/school collections are available: these will depend on the days, times and which locations you may require, as I may have a collection at a different school/location when you’re wanting care for your child. I do offer 2’s funding/nursery education spaces for this are limited at this present time. I have a 7 seater car which has business insurance.  I have a NVQ3 in Early Years.

I am Paediatric First Aid Trained and I have Safeguarding Level 1, 2 & 3. I attend a lot of training which is mainly attended on an evening or a weekend on various subjects/areas of Early years and childcare, as well as conferences.    

At present I have a several different children with disabilities (mainly respite on an evening/weekend these can be discussed further if needed).  I work closely with parents & multi agencies (a copy of my SEND policy is available upon request).  I have worked with ADHD & Autistic children for over 14 years and other disabilities I take advantage of the training when it is available.  I’m afraid as I work on my own I would not be able to other one on one with any children through the week.

Further information and details available, please use the e-mail address provided

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Sandra Chester
Contact Position
Ofsted Registered Childminder
0776 587 0045

Where to go

Home Based 0 - 11yrs (older children can be discussed)

I am located in between the Loop Road (A595) and the fire station in Whitehaven

Other Details


The cost varies on the times and if its a week day, evening or a weekend


Other notes

At present im going through the process of early years funding and hopefully will be available to offer this from January 2019

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
Further information on this is available upon request

Special Needs

Has Provision
over 14 year experience working with ADHD & Autism and their familys/support workers, and nearly two yrs working with a Downs Syndrome child and their family as well as other disabilities that I have provide support/respite to

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Upon Request
Further information on this is available upon request

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
Further information on this is available upon request

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 0930 1830
Tuesday 0930 1830
Wednesday 0930 1830
Thursday 0930 1830
Friday 0930 1830
Saturday 0800 1830
Sunday 0800 1830
Cater for Special Diets
Meals / Refreshments
Temporary Places
Before School Care
Near Public Transport
Outdoor Playspace
Sleeping Area
After School Care
Working Unsociable Hours
Public Liability Insurance
Visit & Outings

School Pickups

Offers pickups
At present i collect from Hensingham Primary school, as well as occasional days from other locations. I also collect from after school clubs if needed, but this will depend on the length of stay after collection from school.
Last updated: 12/10/2021
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