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Arlene Haffie Childminder



 My name is Arlene. I am 49 and live in a large terraced family home in Leigham Court Drive, Leigh on Sea. I am married to Kevin and we have a son and daughter aged 20 and 17. I am a qualified teacher with 10 years infant teaching experience at a local school and also have been childminding for more than 15 years.  I feel that I provide a home from home service as I believe that babies and young children are happiest when placed in a homely, calm, loving and stimulating environment.


Unlike most childminders, my service specialises in the care of babies and preschool aged children only. (Under 5's) I believe that by keeping my numbers low I can provide the best possible quality care and meet individual needs in a child led environment.


 We have plenty of space for children to play and have a large well resourced summerhouse in the garden which we use all year as a play area. I encourage children to learn through play and provide them with a range of resources to explore at their own pace. I give the children opportunities to become involved in creative activities including arts and crafts, construction and baking regularly.  The children who come to my setting also enjoy taking part in singing and instrument playing through our fun music sessions when I play the piano to familiar songs and rhymes. We often visit local toddler groups, parks and libraries as well as the beach, Sea Life Centre and Hadleigh farm to broaden the children's experiences and give them opportunities to socialise with others. I have an allotment nearby where the children are involved in growing their own fruit and vegetables. I regularly take photographs of the children which I share with parents and I provide a daily diary detailing what their child has done throughout their day as well as a learning journal which tracks their development.


I welcome parents to come and discuss their child's progress at any time and aim to build a friendly and relaxed relationship in order to work in partnership. I have many positive references available, a recent OUTSTANDING inspection report and current policies for prospective parents to view.


I have vast experience of working with children stretching over 30 years. I have taught at a local infant school for 10 years and have a B.Ed (Hons) degree in education. Through my teaching experience I have a clear understanding of how to equip children for school and can help children through school readiness activities. I also have over fifteen years experience as a childminder. I have two wonderful children of my own and therefore have lots of experience through being a mum!

I have a B.Ed(Hons) degree and hold certificates for first aid, food and hygiene, and child protection as well as many others.I am fully registered and insured. I also am a network childminder and am accredited which means I am able to accept government 2-4 year old childcare funding as well as workplace childcare vouchers. I was recently been graded by Ofsted as Outstanding.


I offer a no obligation visit for you to view my premises and documents and to discuss your requirements. I have many glowing references available for you to view as well as an information pack which can be sent to you on request via email. A verbal reference from a current parent can also be arranged.

Who to contact

Arlene Haffie
Network Plus

Where to go

Name of venue
Arlene Haffie Childminder
Venue address
12 Leigham Court Drive
Leigh on Sea

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Monday to Thursday 07.00 - 18.00 Closed on Fridays
Session Information
Monday 07:00 - 18:00; Tuesday 07:00 - 18:00; Wednesday 07:00 - 18:00; Thursday 07:00 - 18:00; Friday 07:00 - 18:00
When is the service available

Emergency Childcare Considered,Temporary Care

Other details

please contact for details
Referral and availability notes

I currently have no spaces available.

Age Range
0-4 years
Related Links
Ofsted Inspection Report - EY272289
Age Range
From 0 years To 4 years
Vacancy Details
I currently have no spaces available.

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Intending to provide 30 hours entitlement
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)
I am happy to take children who also attend preschool so that the 30 hours funding can be shared between two settings.


Inspection date
Inspection type
EYR Inspection
Inspection judgement

Management Info

Childcare/Voluntary Register

Registration Number
Registration Date

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Great Childminder

By Kelly on 15/10/2014

Arlene has looked after my 2 boys since they were 1 years old. They feel fully secure, safe and happy when they are with Arlene. As working parents, we also feel content that our children are in a fantastic environment when we are working. Arlene…
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First Class Childminder!

By Jane Starkey on 20/10/2014

Arlene looked after my son part time from 6 months until he went to school at 4 years old.  She is a first class childminder and there was never a day when he didn't want to go as he always had so much fun there.  Arlene…
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Home From Home

By Jane Rose on 24/10/2014

My daughter had never been to a chidminder before.  I had spotted Arlene in the playground and always admired how calm and happy the children/babies appeared.  It was no easy decision to increase my working hours and seek help with childcare. However, this turned out…
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Fantastic childminding service

By Kate on 23/02/2015

Ever since my little girl started 2 years ago, I have been amazed at what a wonderful service Arlene provides. Both of my children (1 and 3 years old) are now with Arlene for regular childminding. Both children adore Arelene (and her family!) and love spending time with…
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Lovely welcoming stimulating environment

By Jenny carver on 13/10/2014

My 2year old always looks forward to her time at Arlenes. She is happy and content in a warm and loving environment. They are always busy either with days out, toddler groups, or playing in the garden, and she often comes home clutching her latest artwork masterpiece. Arlene is…
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We miss you!

By David and Lois Watt on 13/10/2014

Arlene was childminder for our first daughter, and had we not moved out of the area, would hopefully have cared for our second child Our daughter (Evie) thoroughly enjoyed her time with Arlene and the family (Kevin, Cerys and Kyle), and misses them and asks…
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Highly Recommended

By Suzanne Barnes on 18/08/2017

It is always difficult to leave your child when you go to work however, leaving my son in Arlene's care was the best decision I could have made. Arlene is a caring, competent and all round lovely lady. Nothing is too much trouble and the…
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Exceptional Care

By Helen on 15/01/2018

I cannot recommend Arlene enough.  Our son received exceptional care from her during the 1.5 years he spent there (only left due to relocation) She is incredibly knowledgeable, calm, kind and patient with the children and creates such a fun environment for learning.  Our little…
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Amazingly wonderful!

By Stewart Read on 13/10/2014

Our son has had the priveledge of being under Arlene's care for coming up to a year. We cannot fault her in any way and we have the immense satisfaction that he is not only in safe hands but also has the benefit of being…
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