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Shelby Donnellan - Childminder

I run Little Dinosaurs childminding. I live with my partner, Paul and little boy, Lucas born in April 2018.

Learning and child development is something very close to my heart, I achieved a 2:1 BA Honours in Developmental Psychology and have 5 years’ experience in social care / education sector. I started my school centred teacher training, working as a full-time unqualified teacher in a year 3 class whilst completing the course before falling pregnant with my little boy.

Since having Lucas, I have fallen in love with teaching the early years in a home setting. The freedom and control it allows, with a small group in a warm and friendly atmosphere, means I can give each child the individual care, attention and teaching they need.


I completed the level 3 award in preparing to work in home-based childcare to add to my teaching experience and further develop my knowledge of the EYFS, giving me a great understanding of how to help them grow into happy, confident children in a safe and caring environment.

The setting is a bright, airy, open-plan family home with resources for various age groups to stimulate a fun, friendly learning environment. My aim is to provide a home-from-home atmosphere, ensuring the children feel safe, comfortable and welcome in my setting.

Since having Lucas, I have adopted a more heuristic approach to learning; offering more natural and household objects to enable lots of child-led, open-ended play with exploration, investigation and experimentation (at the moment his favourite ‘toy’ is a cardboard box!) with a keen focus on caring for nature and the environment. 

With a local park right outside the front door and plenty of opportunities for further adventures at the local library, lakes, woods, soft play and activity areas, we spend lots of time learning through play in the fresh air.

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Time / Date Details

When is it on
7:30am – 5:30pm throughout the year.
Time of day
Session Information
Closed all public and bank holidays
between Christmas and New Year
and for two weeks during the summer

Other Details


2:1 BA Honours in Developmental Psychology BTEC Residential childcare Started SCITT primary teacher training before falling pregnant Level 3 preparing to work in home-based childcare Paediatric first aid PACEY Safeguarding Children PACEY Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Early Years Settings Sounds-Write phonics
Age Bands
0-4 years old

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
I worked in residential childcare (in both the home and special education provision) lots of the adolescents had special needs – developmental delays, ASD, ADHD, emotional difficulties etc As a cover supervisor part of my role was last minute cover for children with 1:1 support, these needs varied greatly. I do not have any specialist provisions for children with SEN but a fair amount of experience dealing with challenging behaviour

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
I currently provide breakfast, lunch and snacks. I would do my best to accommodate any dietary requirements, although am not prepared to make several different meals. I would work with parents where possible.

Childcare Information

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 7:30am 5:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am 5:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am 5:30pm
Thursday 7:30am 5:30pm
Friday 7:30am 5:30pm

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report