Ivory Tower Childcare is a home based childcare setting based in Southam, Cheltenham. We currently have 5-6 under 5s a day and intend to grow to 9 children in 2019. The setting is run by two registered childminders with over 20 years combined experience working with children of all ages. We offer the best of both, the nurturing approach of a childminder with the professionalism of a nursery.

Learning and Development

As a registered childminder I work to the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework. This sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. At Ivory Tower we learn through play and by encouraging a child’s individual interests.


Every week we get out into the fields in Southam and go on village walks. Occasionally we also go further afield to local groups and activities. However, we run our own in-house activities as detailed below.


The following groups run sessions in the setting regularly:

  • Sporty Little Stars
  • Babel Babies
  • Mel Boswell, Music Therapist

We also publish an activity plan for the parents every week with our activities and areas of focus for the week. For example:


We also have lots of resources in our continuous provision such as as musical instruments, arts and crafts materials, loose parts, books and a growing outdoor area.

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