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Little Pickles! Words that spring to mind; homely, caring, teamwork, development, adventures, professional, loving and FUN! We could go on……

As first time parents, time quickly evaporated, and we found ourselves with the common challenge of how to balance returning to work, whilst most importantly keeping our daughters needs and happiness centred.

After exploring many options from nurseries to nannies, a common theme was two fold; firstly, the majority of nurseries presented mass run childcare with little emphasis on individual child needs, often run by inexperienced teams, and secondly, every referral we sought had a resounding ring.........“Little Pickles”!

Having attended Little Pickles since 12 months old our daughter has thrived.

If you are looking for a child minder who has a wealth of knowledge, sounded by an experienced team, built on years of trust, and whom clearly love caring for the children, all coupled with structured development and fun outdoor play & adventures, then look no further.

Jamie & Carla


When I was looking for a child minder for my then 1 year old, I knew as soon as I met Alison and the little pickles team that this is where I wanted to leave my son and I have never regretted my decision. Little pickles has provided William with a second home, full of love, fun and education too. Over the last year they have constantly adapted to meet his needs and ensure he meets his potential. The photos and videos shared on their Facebook page ensure we never miss out on a thing and get to see what our little one is doing, learning and all the fun he is having at the little pickles playhouse.

Kelly Milton


There is outstanding and then there is OUTSTANDING!

Having had my eldest child in an outstanding nursery setting which I was pretty happy with, a school place meant we had to arrange new childcare for my youngest and after school pick up and care for my eldest.

I can’t tell you how impressed I have been with Little Pickles, the staff are always happy and supportive, the setting is wonderful and the activities and imagination makes me wish I was 2 again! Both my children are always excited to be at the setting. My youngest has a severe dairy intolerance and this has been managed with the upmost professionalism and understanding.

As a busy working mother, Alison really helps me to feel that I am doing a good job as my children are so happy in her care. I have none of the guilt or stress I had before and my children are learning and developing in this wonderful environment.

This s a very special nursery with love, support and professionalism all rolled up into one!

Alice McAuley


If we ask Finley what he wants to do in a morning the first thing he says “I want to go to school” And if we ask him why he then will say “to see Alison and my friends”

For us that says it all, if Finley was not happy or supported, cared for and nurtured the way he has been since he was just 15 months old he would not love going. Finley gets so excited if he knows he’s going to Little Pickles, he can’t wait to get out the car and knock on the door and to see everyone.

It doesn’t matter who answers the door you are always greeted with a friendly face and a happy welcome.

Everyday we get an update at the end of the day and every half a term Finley comes home with his learning journal with lots of photos to show us his progress.

Then at the end of each term we get a full report of what he is doing well in and when he needs to develop in line with the EYFS. I do not know anywhere else where we would get that.

For our Finley when we go to work we want to know he is well cared for and loved and all his needs are met and we can definitely say that Alison and the team do everything and more to make sure this happens. We cannot thank Alison and the team enough for all their hard work they put into Finley and all the other Little Pickles.

Nikki Wilkinson


I have been delighted with the care provided by Alison and everyone at Little Pickles. Her planning and record keeping is so efficient, it makes you confident that you know what is happening for your child while they aren’t with you. Not only is my 15-month-old well cared for, she is clearly learning. The whole family looks forward to reading her daily diary to see what she’s been up to!

Pen McCarthy


As first time parents we were so daunted about finding the right childminder for our son, but we needn't have worried. Alison and her team have taken him under their wings from the very start and he is truly thriving in their care. We have seen him grow in confidence, watch him interact happily with other children and surprise us with new skills and we know so much of this is down to his time at Little Pickles. We appreciate always being greeted by a friendly face and we love reading his diary at the end of each day to see what he's been up to. We really couldn't ask for anything more and are so lucky to have found Little Pickles Playhouse.

Sarah Balan


My child has been attending Little Pickles since she was 9 months old she is now nearly 3. Letting go of our first born to return to work was not an easy decision, However Alison and her team made the transition an easier one. Our little girl loves the setting and truly has a sense of belonging. She sees the team as family and trusts and loves them as if they were.

She learns to empathise and be compassionate and is shown love, whereas other settings in my opinion force children to grow up too quickly or do not have the time or capacity to allow them to explore to reach their potential in the way this setting does.

As for the days/trips out our little girl is loving life and it is great to know she gets to experience these days out with her friends and her key worker that she adores!

We are expecting our second child shortly and we will be no doubt sending her to the setting.

If you are looking for a setting which shows your child the importance of love, fun and laughter whilst instilling family values then this is the one for you :-)

Prey Spooner


Alison and her team at Little Pickles are truly exceptional and Little Pickles Playhouse is a very special setting indeed.  Alison offers a nurturing, fun and educational environment in a home setting and we know that the whole team see our daughter Niamh as an extension of their family. We are so lucky to have found Little Pickles, Alison has been the most amazing support to us as parents. You would be hard pushed to find a setting that is comparable in our opinion! The definition of nurture is ‘to care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing’ and Alison nurtures, challenges and supports every single Little Pickle in a bespoke way to help them achieve their fullest potential.

Nikki & Jamie Donohoe


Alison and her team apply the upmost care and professionalism when looking after our children. As a teacher myself, I understand the importance of the best possible start young minds can have to life, and fortunately for us Alison provides this in abundance. I wouldn’t have our children cared for by anyone else.

James McAuley 


My little girl would probably want to be called a 'big pickle'. She has been going to little pickles since she has been 9 months old she is now 8. Isla now goes before and after school and holidays. I truly love the setting for so many reasons. The children are not a number like in so many places Alison and her team truly get to know each child and bring the best out in them and treat them as part of their family. I love the fact that that there is a mix of ages and they all get on so well and help each other. The teams planning is brilliant and they always have so much fun in holiday time. Little pickles is a great setting for any child to learn and have fun as they turn into a '"big pickle".

Hannah Mckay


My 3 year old twin boys have attended Little Pickles Playhouse for 6 months now, and I can say that I am extremely happy with the service that Alison, Shannon and Jessica provide. It is a very friendly, welcoming setting, where the children can play and learn in a family orientated environment.

Alison provides the children with a wide variety of fun learning activities daily, where there is always something new for them to do, continually stretching and teaching them new skills. She regularly takes them on exciting trips during the school holidays, which the children love.

One of my twins has Downs Syndrome, therefore learning difficulties. Alison has done over and above what is required of her to support him and his development, as she does all the children. She has purchased specialised learning resources to help him, and works daily with him on his speech therapy exercises. Alison has also taught herself and her team Makaton sign language  to enable her to communicate with my child, and also incorporates this into the daily routines so all of the other children can benefit from this.

I highly recommend Little Pickles Playhouse, and so do my children!

Helen Price


Four years have passed since that first meeting, and our little baby has grown into a boy. Alison and her team have been there for our family every step of the way, providing our son with a loving home away from home, and us as parents with invaluable information, advice and support.

Alison was an outstanding childminder, and we are thrilled that she has expanded her business by building Little Pickles Playhouse. It is a testament to her hard work and dedication, and a wonderful opportunity for even more families to benefit from her expertise.

We are particularly pleased that Shannon is now a full-time member of staff, as she has been our babysitter for several years and she has a wonderful way with children. As with Alison, we trust Shannon unreservedly. The same is true of Jessica and Wayne, as we know that everyone at Little Pickles Playhouse follows Alison's impeccable lead.

If our son could type he would have a lot to add about how much fun he has and how much he learns, but actions speak louder than words. When we tell him that Alison is going to pick him up from school, his eyes light up, he smiles broadly and he does a classic pre-schooler's over-exaggerated fist-pump! We couldn't ask for more.

Kate Purdie


We have known Alison for almost two years through caring for our first daughter. Fifteen months later our second daughter joined the now little pickles playhouse. We have been delighted with the service provided. Both our girls are blossoming and developing beautifully ( though I am biased!!!). Being in a mixed age environment seems to encourage the children to care for each other, the older ones look out for the little ones and the little ones look up to and push their development to be like the big ones. I feel it is such a natural healthy environment. Being in a setting which is also a family home is also very comforting on the long days they have in nursery. I love the continuity that is available in the after school care available when they are older.

Alison's experience has been invaluable in supporting us through some sleep challenges and directing us on toilet training. Shannon and Jessica are mentioned daily in our house!

The flexibility of longer days was unique to little pickles and has enabled me to carry on working. We are grateful for all that they give to the girls and look forward to an ongoing relationship.

Mrs Saw



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