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Racheal Neill (REYAL) | Community Directory

Racheal Neill (REYAL)

Childminder Agency
General Details

Welcome to Tiny Footprint Outdoor Explorers!

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.

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 

Who to contact

Racheal Neill
01638 603518
07908 180 839
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Contact Notes

My name is Racheal and I live with my partner John, who is also a childminder and has previously been a Room Leader for a Private Nursery.

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, and am now completing my level 5 Early years management qualification before going on to study playwork.

I have six children of my own ranging from 3 to 22 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.


Charity Commissioning Number
Agency URN RA000102

Venue Details

Parking available

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


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Immediate vacancies
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Limited space available

Days & times

Monday to Sunday: 00.01 - 00.00

Inclusive Provisions

Cultural provisions
Individual dietary needs
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs

Other Details

Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, Close to parks, 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, Sleeping area, Take children on outings, Village walks
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 0 Year(s) 0 month(s)
To 14 Year(s)
Offers Tax Free Childcare
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