About Us





Watch Me Grow

Watch Me Grow is a childminding service located in Thetford, Norfolk that provides a safe and secure environment for children to play, learn and grow.


We have a lot of experience in caring for children of all ages, from newborn to early teens and are committed to providing the best day care service possible.

About Me

Ofsted Report   21 May 2021

Hi, I'm Chantelle and I run the Watch Me Grow childminding service.


Since 2001 I have been a registered childminder, providing high quality care for children of all ages in the Thetford area.


I love working with children and being a part of their development.


I'm registered with Ofsted - the office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills - and have been rated Outstanding by them for the overall effectiveness of the care, learning and development of children that I provide.


This involves complying with Ofsted requirements such as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework that ensures children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.


Previously I work in partnership with the Norfolk County Council Early Years Team, to ensure that my training and qualifications are always up to date and that the highest standards of child care are being maintained.


I'm also a member of PACEY (previously known as NCMA).


I believe that children come first and find the best way to learn is to interact with the interests of your child and most of all learn through play.


I am accredited to offer 15 hours free early years funding and, in some cases up to 30 hours. I have completed a food and hygiene course and have been rated as 5 from the food standards agency and I try to be as organic/eco-friendly as possible.

Overall effectiveness - Outstanding


•    The quality of education - Outstanding

•    Behaviour and attitudes - Outstanding

•    Personal development - Outstanding

•    Leadership and management - Outstanding


View full inspection report here.

Qualifications & Certificates


Introduction to Childminding Practice

Safeguarding Children

Food Hygiene (Level 5)

Level 2 Award: Food Safety in Catering

Cache Level 3 NVQ in Childrens Care, Learning and Development

PEP (Personal Education Plan)

NSCB Early Years Senior Professional

Paediatric First Aid

Moving & Handling

Health & Safety for Childminders

CAF (Common Assessment Framework)

Risk Assessment

DBS 'Enhanced Check'

Revised EYFS 2015 childminders

Child protection

British values

Prevent Training

My Family & Pets

I live with my partner, who is also registered as my assistant and is Paediatric first-aid and child protection trained. I live with my two children - my son is enhanced DBS checked. We have family dogs that are lovable and very friendly.

Scruff, a male Yorkshire Terrier
Minnie, a female Chihuahua

My Home & Garden

We have a great amount of space available for the children to play and relax in throughout the home's ground floor and garden area.



Our lounge provides a quiet room where the children can watch TV or DVD's and have a rest. In the afternoon this area is used by the younger children for sleeping.


We have a conservatory which the children use for a variety of games and activities including; 'role playing' - which helps them develop their confidence and social skills, and 'music time' - where they get to play with musical instruments and make music together. There is also a collection of, both educational and entertaining, computer games on the PC and gaming console.


We have a dedicated craft room, with tables, chairs, books, toys, puzzles and plenty of arts and craft materials, where the children can develop their creative skills and learn while having fun.


We also use this room to help the children gain a better understanding of the world, through the use of educational books, materials and equipment. We aim to help children with their transition into full time schooling.


The dining room is where we all gather for breakfast, lunch and dinner as one big family. Meals are prepared with as fresh and nutritional ingredients as possible to help children stay healthy. We have a downstairs toilet room where children can access the toilet and wash their hands.


Outside we have a fully enclosed garden area, which keeps the children safe and secure at all times. The garden is split into several separate spaces for different activities.


The eco-area is a decked and semi-roofed enclosure that allows the children to be out in the fresh air while still remaining covered. It's a nice area for relaxing and is one of the places we use for Montessori learning.


Then we have our fully enclosed trampoline which provides fantastic exercise for the children.


In the middle of the garden is our wooden climbing frame which has a slide attached as well as a sand pit with assorted accessories. We also have plenty of outside toys and equipment for the children to use, such as bouncy balls, hoops,  scooters, ride on bicycles and hoppers.


Towards the end of the garden we have a wildlife and herb area with lots of sensory features for the children to experience.

Reviews & Comments

"My daughter has been in Chantelle's childminding care for the past seven years. She is an amazing childminder and always tries to help the children in her care reach their full potential..." Read more


Tina Carpenter (Parent)



"I want to tell everyone about our discovery! ... My daughter is always in a good mood after spending time with our childminder and waiting for half term to spend a bit more time in her place! Any mum is happy when her baby smiles! Thank you for that Chantelle!!!" Read more


Anastasija Averina (Parent)



"My daughter spent just over two years with Chantelle from the age of 1 to 3. It was the best possible start she could have got. ... I cant praise Chantelle enough and feel any child who is cared for by her is very lucky." Read more


Bethany Vardy (Parent)



"Both of our children have been with Chantelle since September 2012 and we are so happy with the service that she provides. ... We can honestly say that the girls thoroughly enjoy the time they spend with her and her family..." Read more


Simon & Claire Sarney-Clark (Parents)