Sylvia looked after both my children over a period of eight years. She always provided a clean, stimulating and happy environment for the children including much creative and messy play! Every opportunity was taken for outdoor activities and play. Adventures by train, where each child took photos on disposable cameras to record their outing, and a memorable Christmas outing to see a pantomime, show what a kind, thoughtful person Sylvia is, who always goes above and beyond her duties. Sylvia is a first class childminder; my children said " ...she is lovely, caring and fun", which says it all really!
G.B. - All Cannings
My Son attended this setting for 18 months and was made to feel at home every
day from the second he arrived. Fantastic Childminder who takes pleasure in
taking the children out and about on adventures etc.. My son was always excited
to be going each day which as a parent is all the reassurance you need.
Overall a wonderful family environment and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend
her. T.P. - Devizes
"We have been really delighted with the excellent child care offered by Sylvia for our three children over the past five years. We really value the high quality care and understanding that Sylvia delivers, as well as the flexibility and range of activities offered to children of all ages, within the country house and garden location. Our children are happy in the welcoming family atmosphere and we have no hesitation in recommending Sylvia's house of children to other families looking for outstanding child care." Woodman Family October 2013.
My daughter has been going to Sylvia for almost a year and every term
has asked to go more often! Sylvia does a fantastic job meeting her from school
and making her after school care more like a play date. She sees every day like
an adventure playing games, going for walks and having wonderful picnics in the garden.
We are so glad to have found Sylvia - Thank you LA - Devizes
Sylvia’s House for Children has always been a relaxed, friendly, home environment for S and T where everyone is made to feel welcome. They have been so happy being part of Sylvia’s extended family with so many different
adventure inside and outside; they have loved exploring and understanding the world around them through the many experiences that Sylvia offers and have loved the good, honest fun (including being allowed to just get dirty!). Most importantly though is the care that Sylvia puts in, which comes from her years of experience but also that she simply cares and loves the children. We couldn’t have wished for a happier environment for our children to be cared in. Mr Mrs B - Chippenham, 2013
“Our son was cared for by Sylvia throughout his primary and more formative years. Sylvia’s child focused approach and the countryside setting of her home have made this a happy and memorable time for him. The emphasis on outdoor learning really suited our own family ethos, and our son relished these opportunities. As parents we consistently felt confident and happy that our
son’s development was well supported both emotionally and educationally. In our view Sylvia offers a perfect environment to build self esteem and confidence and is respectful of individual children and families values and beliefs, which served to promote a diverse and caring approach. Based on ours, and our son’s experience we would not hesitate to recommend Sylvia’s House of Children to parents and carers.” A.M – All Cannings 2013
" A lovely home from home childcare experience - lots of opportunity for outdoor play and exploring, trips out, arts and crafts and general chilling out too. My boys love it!" P.K - All Cannings 2013
I had three children who Sylvia cared for. My youngest was with her full time for 3 years, from 7 months until she started school. She also took care of my older two children before and after school as well as my youngest when she also started full time education.
Sylvia was always kind and considerate with my children. The kids loved to go to her and her home was a second home to them. I have recommended Sylvia to several friends. She has gone out of her way to help me during times when my personal life was complicated and I needed extra child care above and beyond that which is normally called for within the normal realms of most childminders. She has a true passion for children and I always felt that my children were safe with her.
"....enjoyed the homely surroundings, extra breakfast snacks, space and garden to play and socialise with friends of all ages! Your setting and the care and compassion you offer is unique and we really value the superb childcare you provide, and the flexibility at other times of need." A.W. - All Cannings 2015
"Auntie Sylvia" was everything to our son for the eighteen months was there. He could hardly wait to go in the morning and was, and still is full of all the things he did there. Incredible! R.D. - All Cannings 2015