Opening times

7.00am to 6.30pm Monday-Friday, all year round.


Time is charged by the hour, with a sibling discount. A child can have a regular place, or a pay-as-you-go (ad hoc) place. Term time only and school holiday only contracts are offered.  


Plaxtol Kids is run by Merran - a qualified, Ofsted registered childminder, with a background in education.  She has:

  • A Level 3 Award in Home Based Childcare Award from PACEY.

  • A paediatric first aid qualification.

  • An Enhanced DBS check (signed up to the DBS Update Service). 

  • Public Liability Insurance, and appropriate car insurance.

  • Membership of PACEY (Professional Associaton for Childcare and Early Years).

  • A university degree in Social and Political Sciences.

  • Two children, born in 2012 and 2015.

Home environment

Children are cared for in our family home, which has:

  • A separate playroom, with a range of toys, books, equipment and resources. 

  • A half-acre garden, with climbing frame, slide, swings, playhouse and outdoor eating areas.

  • A large kitchen/diner, so we can eat together and children can practice their cooking skills. 

  • Pet chickens and a small friendly pet dog, so children learn about animal care and the world around them.


​Ofsted requirements mean that a maximum of 6 children will be cared for at any one time (including Merran's own children).


Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.  A Safeguarding Policy is in place at Plaxtol Kids, which parents are sign before their child starts.  A written risk assessment is in place for the home and garden, acknowledging that children need space to take measured risks which support their learning and development.  Children are taught about personal safety.  

Data protection

Plaxtol Kids takes the privacy of children and their families seriously and, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will process personal data appropriately.  Merran Hilton is registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).  

© 2018 Merran Hilton