About Us

We provide a high quality, flexible and educational childminding service to meet the individual needs of every child.  Our home has been designed to provide a light, spacious and attractive environment. 

A maximum of just nine under fives with three staff enables us to provide individual attention for children of different ages.  There is plenty of space to play and free access is provided to the beautifully designed garden.

The Garden

We promote healthy eating and provide a healthy morning and afternoon snack including drinks.  Facilities are available for children to sleep, rest or have a quiet time according to their needs.

Jenny McArthur gained her Montessori qualification at the internationally renowned Norland College. Jenny was formerly a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse.  She has worked as a Portage Home Visitor for children with additional needs and has been employed in early years settings, before opening Drakes in 2006.  Hannah, Julie and Nigel work with Jenny, we have a maximum of nine under five year olds, with three staff.

We are all qualified in Paediatric Emergency First Aid and continue our Professional Development through regular training days.

The comfortable lounge

Drakes Montessori Childcare provides a unique opportunity for parents to support the development of their child within a Montessori home-based environment. Our specially prepared home is equipped with activities and materials to help develop your child's skills, in a multi-sensory approach including practical life, sensorial, language, numeracy and cultural activities. Other activities include cooking, shopping, gardening, music and movement, art & craft, and exploring the natural environment.

We are regulated and inspected by OFSTED to ensure quality activities in all areas of your child’s development. Your child is given the opportunity to work towards the Early Learning Goals as set out in the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage through our home-based Montessori environment. We are members of the Montessori Schools Association, PACEY and Devon Child Minding Association. We are proud that Drakes has achieved "Outstanding" at Ofsted inspections, and were one of the first Child Minding setting to be Accredited by the Montessori Schools Association.

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