Leap Ahead represents childminders from Richmond, Kingston and the surrounding area. We register and quality assess all our childminders and provide regular support, advice and training to ensure your child receives the highest quality care.

About Leap Ahead

We believe that the provision of good quality care and play is vital for the all-round education and development of children, enabling them to gain important life skills.

Our vision for the service is:

To promote the understanding and benefits of quality care, play and education to childminders, parents, carers, other professionals and services.

Leap Ahead, the Achieving for Children Childminder Agency, is registered by Ofsted and childminders on the Agency are registered and inspected by the Agency rather than directly by Ofsted.

Childminders in the Agency are self-employed and will be responsible for all decisions relating to their business, such as fee setting and filling of vacancies.

Leap Ahead is an Ofsted-registered childminder agency – registration number CA000010.

Our Team

Lucy Chester

Childminder Agency Officer

Lucy has a BA in Early Years, a Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education and is a qualified Tutor in Further and Adult Education.  Lucy has 28 years of experience working within the Early Years sector starting in 1991, including working as a registered childminder…

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Helen Swan

Childminder Agency Officer

Helen has a BA in Early Years, a Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education and is a qualified tutor in adult education. Helen was registered as a childminder in 1991 and worked both alone and later, alongside two co-childminders…

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