"The experienced and well-qualified childminder uses her expert knowledge to provide a consistently high-quality childcare. She constantly builds on her professional development. She completes an abundance of well-targeted training courses that promote children's care and learning."
Ofsted 2015.
Our team at The Little Sweethearts are dedicated to providing high quality care and education for children. Staff are experienced and excellent role models for the children in our care who seek to develop their personal skills and knowledge so that they are always best placed to identify the needs of the individual child.

Nicola Ruffle (Childminder)

  • Level 2 Food Hygiene and Catering Certificate
  • Paediatric Emergency First Aid Trained
  • Level 3 Forest School Leader
  • MCI International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy

Hello, I'm Nicola and own The Little Sweethearts, which I set up in 2007 to provide quality childcare from my home. I hold an NNEB certificate and gained my Montessori qualification at the London Montessori Centre, and since then I have worked as an Early Years Montessori Teacher. My love of the natural world and the benefits that this can bring to children led me to become a Level 3 Forest School Leader and incorporate the Forest School approach into our services. I was formerly a social worker in the Children and Families Team at Hampshire County Council and a foster carer for Surrey County Council.

As a childminder I am registered and inspected by Ofsted. At my first inspection by Ofsted in July 2008 I was awarded Outstanding in three areas and Good in two. Since then I am very proud to be consistently awarded Outstanding in all areas.

Tania Crowther (Childminder)

  • Level 2 Food Hygiene and Catering Certificate
  • Paediatric Emergency First Aid Trained
  • Level 3 Children and Young People's Workforce

Tania is a qualified veterinary nurse and worked at a practice in Reading before joining The Little Sweethearts in October 2011. She has completed her Level 3 Childcare Diploma.

As a childminder she is registered and inspected by Ofsted. At her first inspection by Ofsted in September 2012 she was awarded Outstanding in all areas.

Becky Evans (Apprentice)

  • Enhanced CRB checked
  • Paediatric Emergency First Aid Trained

Becky is an apprentice and is currently studying for her Level 3 Childcare Diploma.

Our Partners

In addition to our dedicated team, we are always looking to enhance your child's experience through collaboration with other organisations. Currently we are working with:
Mad Academy provide music and dance classes and their approach is fun, funky and physical.
Karma Kidz Yoga are dedicated to bringing the joy of yoga to your children, through a unique blend of games, stories and group activity classes. They aim to create a warm, inclusive environment where children feel safe to experiment with their imaginations and let their creativity flow freely.