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Margaret Woodhams


I registered as a childminder in 2003 and work from my home which is in the centre of Ipswich. I am an accredited childminder offering government funding at my setting. I am qualified to level 4 with an Open University Childcare learning and Development qualification. I have achieved the Suffolk SENCO qualification. I frequently aim to develop my CPD, by doing online training and attending courses. My first aid, safeguarding and food hygiene are all up to date. I am a quality assured setting and have been awarded the Every child a talker (ECAT) certificate for my setting. I use the Early Years foundation stage (EYFS) curriculum to provide learning through play experiences and record the children’s achievements in their personal learning journeys, this documents how your child is growing and developing in their pre school years prior to entry into full time school. I use information provided by the parents to offer play based learning that is of interest to the children in my care, whilst introducing other ideas along side. During their time with me the children do lots of lovely activities ranging from crafts to cooking and growing. We attend local toddler groups, have visits to my allotment as well as using other local facilities such as parks and library’s, as well as further afield such as the beach and farms. Children who attend before and after school are able to play with a wide selection of toys, take part in crafts, let off steam in the garden or relax with books or watching the television, these children can also be catered for in the school holidays with days tailored as much as possible to their likes and interests. My setting encompasses the joy of being able to provide a homely experience whilst caring for children aged 0-13. I welcome input from parents and carers as this enables me to provide the high level of care expected from childminders. It also helps me to get to know your child and families and how to best work in partnership with you.

3 & 4 year old funding Ofsted grade: Outstanding

Who to contact

Miss Margaret Woodhams
01473 405856
Contact Notes

Within walking distance of Sail makers shopping centre and local bus stops at the bottom of Woodbridge road

Venue Details

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Parking available




30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Last updated
Immediate vacancies
Other information
I currently have before and after school places - as well as school holiday are places for school age children. Please do contact me about other vacancies as situations can change

Days & times

Tuesday: 07:45 - 17:00
Wednesday: 07:45 - 18:00
Thursday: 07:45 - 18:00
Friday: 07.45 - 18.00

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
No - The property I live in is unable to manage wheel chair access.
Cultural provisions
Yes - I work along side Suffolk Refugee Support to provide care for children who are new to the town. I am happy to learn about new cultures and traditions.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - I am happy to meet dietary requirements of any child who attends.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - I have experience in ADHD and speech and language needs. I have attended courses to gain more information on others and am willing to do so as the need should arise.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Communication difficulties
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
please contact for advice on current charges Per hour
I am happy to take payments via childcare vouchers

Other Details

Accessible parking, Allotment, Arts and crafts, Close to parks, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Garden, Healthy eating, Out-door play, Pet small mammals, Pets, Playroom, Quiet area, Sensory play equipment, Sleeping area, Slide, TV, TV - DVD, Take children on outings, Vegetable patch
School pickups
St Margaret's CEVAP School (Ipswich)
Further information about pick-ups
We walk to and from the school to provide this service, the school is a short walk from the house.
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 0 Year(s) 6 month(s)
To 13 Year(s)
Age Groups
Pre-school, Children (5-11), Young people
Offers Tax Free Childcare

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
11/12/2008Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
02/07/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
23/03/2022Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer

Local Offer
Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

I have completed SENCO training through Suffolk County Council

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