Play Area

I have many play and learning activities to suit all ages and stages of development including construction (ie magnets, lego etc) small world toys, role play, tent & tunnel, puzzles, board games, lots and lots of arts and craft materials, dressing up clothes, dolls, musical instruments, junk modelling, playdough etc.

Teddy Bears

I have a large range of reading books covering all ages cared for and we regularly (fortnightly) visit the library. I also have a summerhouse housing lots of outdoor toys like spacehoppers, ride on motorbike (with moving screen), play kitchen, numerous garden games, enough watering cans for the whole neighbourhood and access to a fully enclosed trampoline.

Gardening  Toys

The younger children have access to toys appropriate to their age and stage of development, ie shape sorters (both bought and home made), sensory games/books and lots of one-to-one attention.  

Musical Toys

To encourage child-initiated play, the majority of activities are easily accessible by the children and are, therefore, regularly risk assessed.

The children are encouraged to choose for themselves and put toys/books away when finished with or if they want to play with something else.

Welcome to my Website

My name is Michelle and I am an Ofsted registered childminder based in Benton, North Tyneside. I am committed to providing a fun, friendly and safe environment for the children in my care. I endeavour to provide children with stimulating learning opportunities that reflect their age and stage of development through play and every day experiences. I understand that each child is an individual and treat them with care, empathy and respect. I provide a nutritious and balanced diet, encouraging the children to make healthy food choices.

I believe in working in partnership with parents; welcoming ideas and encouraging parents to provide me with comments and suggestions in their child’s contact books or when they have time to talk. I run my setting professionally, attending training opportunities, respecting confidentiality, keeping organised records in accordance with current guidelines. I have clear policies and procedures. I am committed to providing a reliable service that parents can depend on and in which they can place their confidence.

I received an overall grade of ‘Good’ at my Ofsted inspection on the 4th August 2014. Click here to visit the Ofsted website and view my full report.

About Me

I am 47, married to Ray and we have a son called John and daughter called Georgia and a loving King Charles dog ‘Ozzy’. Ray is a self-employed Independent Financial Adviser (website link), John is 21 years old and works for Talk Talk Business and Georgia (15) attends Longbenton High School. All my family fully supports me in my child-minding business and have a current CRB/DBS checks.

We have lived in Benton all our lives and enjoy living here. Our home is within walking distance of the children’s centre, library, park, playgroups, primary schools and shops.
I currently assist in running of a Friday morning mothers & toddlers group at St Bartholomew’s church, Benton with 3 other local child-minders, this has been running for 2 years now, we organise arts and crafts, play games and singing for the children.

If I sound like someone you would like to care for your child then please call or email me and arrange to come along to meet me, have a look around our home, meet Ozzy and get to know us better. I am looking forward to meeting you and your family.


Michelle Carpenter