Sedgefield Childminders

Day or after-school care for children from 3 months to 11+ years in a welcoming, family environment. Ofsted inspected. School runs to Sedgefield Hardwick, Hardwick Nursery and local playgroups.
Elaine Whitaker Sedgefield Childminder


I became a childminder in 2010 and I thoroughly enjoy my role in Childcare. I have lived in Sedgefield for 14 years now and love the village life. I have a partner Ian and a son Charlie who attends Hardwick Primary School. I have cared for children from the ages of 1 year until 14 years old, some of the children have been with me since I first qualified as a Childminder. We live in a large three bed roomed semi-detached house, which is clean, tidy and very well looked after with plenty of space, including a wide range of toys both in doors and out with activities for children of all ages.

Detailed Information


As well as the statutory requirements, I am a member of the Durham Child Minding Network. MK recent ofsted grade-I was awarded a Good with outstanding areas for my 'safeguarding, interaction, caring and well being for my children.


I am able to look after children from 6 months old and into secondary school age. I will also try to offer flexibility within the hours I work, if parents have need to alter arrangements for any reason, dependent on my child ratios.

School Runs

I do school runs to Hardwick School and Nursery. I can also take and collect children from local playgroups.


We have a dedicated play room for all the children with a TV, DVD recorder, and all the toys, we also have a large lounge for the children to relax and chill out in i.e. watch children Sky TV or a DVD, the Wii, PlayStation 3, DS's, read a book or do their homework if they choose. I have a wide back garden with a high secured fence and a locked gate at all times. There is a slide, swing, a sand/water pit, football/goal, tractor car, bats and balls, swing ball, pop up tent/tube and more. At the front of my house there is a large spacious green area directly in front of my garden, where the older children with written permission from their parents can play sports i.e. football cricket rounders tennis bikes and scooters (all provided). I promote a safe, warm, happy, healthy environment in and outside of my home for all the children.


Superb Childminder
We feel so lucky to have found such a wonderful, high quality, dependable and reliable childminder in Elaine, who our son adores! We would recommend her without reservation to anyone looking for a childminder who treats the children in her care like her own.
Elaine has looked after my two children for 2 years now. I am really pleased with how well they are cared for. She provides a safe, happy place for my children to go before school. On a morning they greet each other with genuine affection and it is reassuring to know that my children are in such safe hands, where any issues are dealt with quickly, sensitively and effectively. I would happily recommend Elaine's care to anyone.
I would have no problem recommending Elaine to anyone, she is flexible, friendly, caring and professional, ensuring the children she looks after feel as if they are part of a family. We have known Elaine for a number of years and she has been looking after our child for the last two. We have always found her to be positive, trustworthy, approachable and welcoming. As working parents it is a real relief to know that your child is safe, happy and being so well cared for.
Elaine is Sedgefields answer to Mary Poppins, when i returned to work after 10 years and had to find childcare for my 3 year old son with, was a massive decision, made easier as soon as i met Elaine. Elaine is kind, fun and the most loving, caring lady. My little boy loves her and idolises Charlie her son. I can not recommend Elaine highly enough, every working parent needs an Elaine, she is truly amazing.
My six year old son loves and thoroughly enjoys the home to home comforts and friendly caring atmosphere that Elaine offers. I am delighted that my son is happy, safe and well cared for and has well established boundaries of what he can and can't do whilst in Elaine's care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Childminders accept Childcare vouchers? Yes we do. Fees are paid in advance from a weekly, monthly or termly basis, cash, cheque or directly into bank accounts also accepted.
What sort of snacks and meals can you provide? After school snacks may include sandwiches, selection of fruit, yoghurt's, crumpets, bagels, pizza, toast, raw vegetables, wraps and many more. For children staying after 5pm, we can offer the option of a small meal, beans on toast, scrambled egg, pizza and a price of cake, yoghurt's, fruit etc.

contact info
Please feel free to send me an email request or call my mobile number.