Ofsted report and testimonials

The Secret Garden Childcare received its first Ofsted Inspection in October 2018, and was judged by the Inspector to be ‘outstanding’ in all areas.

The Ofsted Inspection Report states that “the childminder uses highly successful strategies to help children to understand boundaries […] Children spend the majority of the day in the garden, where they learn about nature and benefit from fresh air and enjoyable exercise.”

As we prepare to relocate the service to Morecambe in Autumn 2019, we look forward to continuing to offer the highest level of care, learning and nature-based fun to our new children and families!


“Life-affirming, educational and inspirational! We started our daughter at The Secret Garden in October last year and she has loved her time here thus far. Amy has an amazing presence; she manages to make parents feel so relaxed and comfortable whilst managing to fill our daughter’s days with exciting activities inside and out. The close relationship and bond she now has with Amy is more than reassuring, and we feel she is learning new skills, developing new interests as well as discovering the great outdoors. It’s a fantastic environment for children, we feel blessed to have this in our neighbourhood.” (Parent SH)

“Fun-loving, creative and outdoor-learning focussed: Amy has provided a warm, friendly and creative learning setting for my 3 year old. She is imaginative and uses the outdoors to stimulate the children’s learning. My little one loves all the activities on offer which include making, planting, baking, exploring various outdoor settings, storytime and creative play. She always looks forward to seeing Amy. I would highly recommend her.” (Parent KGR)

“[My son] has just finished his first two weeks with Amy and we couldn’t be happier. We drop off a very happy little boy in the morning and when we collect him he is full of all the fun things he has done that day. We are able to see his progress via photos, which is fantastic, and means we can talk about what he has been doing at home with him and hopefully carry on Amy’s good work. We would recommend The Secret Garden to anyone who wants their little one to be learning through nature and receiving excellent care.” (Parent JG)