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Racheal Neill - Suffolk Childcare Agency Limited

Childminder Agency

Welcome to Tiny Footprint Childcare!

I am a registered childminder and a member of the Forest Childcare Association. I am in the process of taking this further by completing qualifications with the Forest School Association so that Tiny Footprint can become a FSA Forest School Provider in the future.

Exciting Times Ahead!!

Tiny Footprint is a sunny, bright learning environment to suit all ages with safe indoor and outdoor areas. There is space for bustling, noisy interaction, as well as quiet areas for thoughtful play, reflection and reading.

There is a designated area for arts, crafts and messy play which are loved by most children and so enjoyed on a regular basis!

A range of toys and learning resources are available for all ages and abilities and these are rotated depending on what topic we are following that week.

We have just secured an overgrown outside space approximately 200ft long separate from our actual setting which will be used for our new ‘Tiny Footprint Mini Explorer’ sessions. This will then be developed so that we are able to use the space daily if we are not out and about elsewhere! 

At the actual Tiny Footprint setting, the double patio doors lead straight outside onto wooden decking which is separated from the main grass areas. This space has a table and chairs which allows us to paint, draw and play outside in all weathers and is also used for outside snack time in the warmer months.

This separate area gives the little ones, and older children who do not want to always join in the rough and tumble of the others, their own quieter safe space to play, imagine, watch and enjoy. It has a water table, small play house and slide, ride on toys, seats and large colourful plastic building blocks.

The main part of the garden consists of two different level grass areas that contain play houses, slides, a swing, tunnels and see-saw rockers.

A separate area to the side of the garden is more overgrown to encourage learning about wildlife, the environment, nature and forest play. Here we look for insects, collect leaves and sticks, use crayons to do bark rubbing pictures and the children also use cameras to capture what they have created or seen to bring the outdoors inside.

We rotate outside activities with the children who are encouraged to plant and grow flowers, potatoes, vegetables and to feed the birds, butterflies and insects.

We also like to get out and about as much as possible which includes going to local playgroups, sensory groups and sometime soft play centres. We usually visit The National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey and Ickworth House, gardens and park with the children or South Angle Farm Park where the children are able to feed the animals and enjoy talks about mini beasts, snakes and lizards amongst other things!

Who to contact

Racheal Neill
Leaders Way
Venue Notes

Tiny Footprint is in Newmarket, not far from Exning and within easy reach of the A14 so our children are also from places such as Red Lodge and Soham in Cambridgeshire.

01638 603518
07908 180839
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Contact Notes

My name is Racheal and I live with my partner John, who is also a childminder, three cats and our children in Newmarket.

I have over 15 years’ worth of experience in looking after children from birth to late teens and have also been lucky enough to work in the education sector where I was able to support their learning and encourage them to grow and develop.

Whilst working for Suffolk County Council in the Children and Young People Sector, I gained my Level Four qualification in Early Years Practice by working as a First Steps to Play Worker, Community Parent and Support Worker across Suffolk.

I have six children of my own ranging from 1 to 20 years old and understand the different stages of development they go through and the challenges this may bring!

As well as the Early Years Level 4 qualification, I have a Level 3 Teaching Assistant diploma, Level 3 in Education, Training and Assessing, and modules from the Open University ‘Working with children, young people and families’ degree course.

I am a member of the Forest Childcare Association and am continuing my training so that Tiny Footprint may provide even more outside opportunities for the children in our care.

I have an enhanced DBS certificate, paediatric infant and child first aid training, safeguarding, level 2 Food Hygiene and other CPD training such as Makaton, EYFS Speaking and Listening – a full list can be provided on request.

Venue Details

Tiny Footprint
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Parking available
Parking details
A drive and street parking is available for easy drop off.
We are near the main bus route on the Exning Road / Scaltback Estate.

Tiny Footprint is in Newmarket, not far from Exning and within easy reach of the A14 so our children are also from places such as Red Lodge and Soham in Cambridgeshire.

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


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Days & times

Monday to Friday: 06.00 - 18.30

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - We have a fold out ramp available if needed. Please ask so that we may have it ready for arrival.
Cultural provisions
Individual dietary needs
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.00 per hour (daytime)
£5.00 per hour includes all snacks, drinks, activities and trips out. Regular visits include National Trust Anglesey Abbey, Lode Mill, Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area, Ickworth gardens and playground, Trim Trail and Farm visits for animal feeding and holding! Activities include den building, insect hunting, bark rubbing, shadow drawing and much more! We are very much an outdoors child-led setting so sometimes we are never quite sure where the activity will go!

Other Details

Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, Baby facilities, Climbing frame, Close to parks, Computer, Creche available, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Forest school, Garden, Healthy eating, Homework support, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Pet cats, Playroom, Quiet area, Sensory play equipment, Slide, TV - DVD, Take children on outings, Trampoline, Village walks
School pickups
Paddocks Primary School (Newmarket)
Exning Primary School (Newmarket)
Further information about pick-ups
Soham, Newmarket Academy, Little Buds Pre-School, and other collection / drop offs available. Please ask.
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 0 Year(s)
To 14 Year(s)
Offers Tax Free Childcare
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Ofsted Information

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

My co-childminder in the setting has Makaton training and is currently studying this further.

I have the Early Years Inclusion Team Symbols Resource Pack which is used to create visual timetables individual and unique to the child's needs for things such as snack menu, now and next, etc. 

We have a ramp if needed.

We have a range of sensory resources, textures, treasure baskets, etc.

I used to work for LACESS (looked after children's educational support service) for Suffolk County Council so have first hand experience of supporting some children with SEND.

I have completed the new eCourse called 'is your setting SEN ready?' and am currently studying the complete SEND Diploma Level 3 through the New Skills Academy.

Tiny Footprint also offers 'mindfulness' time for all of our children so that they have the time to be able to relax and listen! This includes time out on 'noticing walks' so that we all stop and listen to the world around us, noticing the noises close to us and in the distance.

'Still like a statue' is also another saying used where the children are able to sit and think about their emotions and are encouraged to use the weather to share with us their feelings - if they want to - so they may be feeling stormy, sunny, thunderous, bright, rainy, etc - and I think we have even had a whirlpool mentioned when someone has been unsure and confused.

There are a range of colouring resources for younger and older children to choose from and I am always happy to work with the children using ICT to find new resources and sounds to help aid calm.

Conditions Supported
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions


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