Rachel Anne Thirkell - The Play House

I have 14 years experience working as a case manager for children and families for Durham Local Authority, experience supporting children with disabilities, I'm a parent of twins aged ten and a daughter aged three, and have fostered for FCA with my husband James. 

My assistant and I are highly experienced and qualified, and passionate about what we do. I have the following formal childcare related qualifications: City & Guilds Level 3 in Assessing Candidates Using a Range of Methods where I assessed NVQ's in Childcare, and a Diploma in HE Social Work. 

My assistant has a CACHE level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education, and a Certificate of Higher Education in Education and Care. Both childcarers have also attended a number of other childcare related training sessions. 

Children will be cared for in a safe and fun learning environment. The home is purpose built for childminding and there are four seperate play areas, one of which turns into a rest room. There are a wide range of toys, books, games and activities for children of all ages.  There is a large garden with a trampoline, badminton games, basket ball, a play house and much more!!  The Play House is near local ammenties woods, parks, football field, shops and library. I have  a people carrier which enables children to explore there wider community and places of interest such as playgroups, soft play, the library, and the farm. I also have annual membership for Durham Wildlife Trust and many other places of interest.
The Play House also cares for pre school children, offers school holiday minding, and can accomodate shifts patterns and term time only contracts.  During the school holidays we offer a range of activities and outings for children of all ages. Please visit our website for more information.

Who to contact

01388 235 480
0776 358 5817

Where to go

Tudhoe Village
County Durham

Other details

Age range
From 0 years 3 months to 12 years 0 months


Childcare availability
Term time
School holidays
Free 3/4 yr places
Free 2 yr places
Will be providing 30 hours

Other details

School drop off/collection
Oxclose Nursery School
St Charles' Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School
Further drop off/collection details
Willing to drop off and collect from Rainbow Nursery.
Last Ofsted inspection grade
Ofsted report
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Local Offer

Local Offer description

14 years experience in Case Management for looked after children for Durham County Council.


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Address: Tudhoe Village  Spennymoor  County Durham

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