Joanne Shallow

I am an Ofsted registered childminder, located within the Hawkslade estate of Aylesbury. I live within walking distance to Ashmead school.

I care greatly about children and their learning. I want to encourage and develop all children and make their life as fun as possible.

I offer a warm and caring environment where children thrive, with a large range of resources inside and out to choose from. All resources are diverse and offer great learning opportunities. Children have their own drawer containing colouring book, cup, bottle, a towel which promotes independence. 

On my last inspection, I was graded as Good.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jo Shallow
Contact Position

Where to go

Venue Notes

Located in Hawkslade, not far from the hospital.

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AgeAmount £Cost Type
All Ages 5.25 Per hour
Cost Description

Food to be provided by parents. 

Evening dinner can be bought for £2.00 per dinner

Parents to provide nappies, wipes and milk.

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
Vacancy range(s)
From 1 years to 4 years (spaces available = -1)

I currently have part time vacancy Term time only

  • Tuesday 8am to 4pm
  • Wednesday 8am to 4pm

Funded Places

3 and 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 Hours Childcare

This Provider is offering 30 Hours free childcare places

Age ranges
From 0 years to 12 years
When is childcare available?
Full Time
Part Time
After School
Term Times
No. of weeks a year we are open
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:00 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 18:00
Thursday 08:00 18:00
Friday 08:00 18:00

School Pickups

Pickups/Collections offered
Ashmead Combined School
Collection only from Ashmead school.

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer


I aim to give families opportunities to access care for their children whatever their needs. Learning through play is key in my setting: the age and stage of the child is considered as well as their individual needs to ensure they enjoy their time with me. Every child is unique and will be treated as an individual.

I have experience of caring for children with Dyspraxia, ADHD, Learning difficulties. I am keen to work closely with both parents and other professionals to support each child to reach their full potential.

I am able to support families with additional needs. I have experience with children that have ADHD and dyspraxia and learning difficulties.

Contact Name
Jo Shallow
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Needs Level
Communication and Interaction
Cognition and Learning
SEN Provision Type
Universal service (No referral required)

Early Years Local Offer Response

1. What recent SEND specific training has been completed by practitioners in the setting?

I have undertaken various training courses in understanding learning difficulties.

I have experience with ADHD, DCD, learning difficulties children.

2. How are parents involved at the setting and how can I be involved?

I work very closely with parents and other third parties to enable the best for the child.

Learning journeys and trackers are shared with parents and daily communication is key.

Resources or equipment will be adapted for each child depending on their needs. 

Information, activities and advice will be shared with parents to enable some transition for the child.


3. How will practitioners work with me to share information about my child's progress? What is additional for children with SEND?

Every child is different and requires different support or resources.

I will work with parents and discuss on a 1 to 1 their child's needs and requirements. Working with relevant third parties and sharing information. 

4. What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by the setting?

As with all registered Childminders in Buckinghamshire, I have a Key Contact within the Early Years Service, from whom we can access advice and information. They are happy to answer my questions or signpost to other appropriate services. 

Professionals are welcome to meet the child at our setting if parents wish.

I am keen to support all families and develop my own knowledge.  I will undergo further training if it is an area where I need more training.

I am Epipen trained and very aware of allergic reactions or intolerances.

I have experience with children that have learning difficulties, ADHD, DCD and can support children in their early years.

5. How accessible is the setting's environment (indoors and outdoors)?

My home is accessible to most children and families. I am located within walking distance from the hospital and have a regular bus route for those needing public transport, on the next road.

I have a very small step to the front door, and to the back garden. My garden is all one level and has astroturf grass so that all children regardless of age can access the garden without hazards or getting muddy.

I use the ground floor for play and activities. This is all on one level and free-flowing from room to room.

Children can sleep up or downstairs depending on their needs and requirements.

My toilet is located upstairs but provision can be made if an alternative is required.

6. What are the transition arrangements for supporting children and families?

As an established childminder, I have links with the local schools and pre-schools. We work closely supporting children through transitions. I provide a transition pack when the child moves to a different setting.

When children arrive families complete an ‘All about Me’ sheet, provide family photos and any special comforters (regardless of the age of the child).  I am happy for practitioners from other settings to come and visit me before a child starts to help them to settle (whether new to us or moving on elsewhere).

I encourage parents to have some ‘settling in visits’ with their child. Settling in sessions are provided to all families but can be adapted to each child. If more sessions are required or shorter sessions are needed to support the child, I am more than happy to do this.

7. What future plans does your setting have for developing its SEND?

I am passionate about supporting children with SEN of any kind. I am always looking for different ways I can improve or support any child that attends my setting.

I attend various training sessions, webinars and keep up to date with new guidance and legislation. I  have the first-hand experience of having a child with additional needs.

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